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It’s All Greek Key to Me

23 Aug

Anyone else need a break from Wedding stuff???

Well it’s been a while since we’ve tried to act smart here on HFoP, so let’s bring it back to a little Teach me Tuesday, shall we?

This week we’re learning about Greek Key!



Greek Key (also known as the Meander Pattern):decorative border constructed from a continuous line, shaped into a repeated motif. Such a design is also called the Greek fret or Greek key design, although these are modern designations.

It’s like a little maze in your home decor.


Love this duvet!!

West Elm

And these pillows aint so bad…

Jayson Home

I just love the look of the clean lines on this buffet.


Hot pink greek key rug?  Yes please!

Kristy Lee Interiors

Hmmm… this reminds me of my previous Lucite debate…

1st Dibs

Paired with a simple white porcelain base, this lamp shade could ROCK!

Constance Crenshaw

Well aren’t you pretty?


So what do you think about Greek Key? 

{All Greek to me???}


Teach me Tuesday: Code Flags

7 Jun

Morning friends!

Just taking a quick detour from our Outside Pride journey to squeeze in a little “teach me tuesday” this week.

So todays post is not really a “design” teaching moment…but hear me out 🙂

The International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPSCode is an amendment to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention (1974/1988) on minimum security arrangements for shipsports and government agencies. Having come into force in 2004, it prescribes responsibilities to governments, shipping companies, shipboard personnel, and port/facility personnel to “detect security threats and take preventative measures against security incidents affecting ships or port facilities used in international trade.”


Yes, I know this is VERY important information here – but why on earth am I writing about it on a blog dedicated to home decor?

Oh I’m so glad you asked!

So I was looking for a fun bus scroll to hang in our apartment, and turned to (where else) Etsy for ideas.  Am I too predicable?  Well I love the bus scroll trend right now…

Transit Design 

…but wanted something a little more off beat for our home.  Well after some hard core searching I came across this fabulous Etsy shop based out of Sydney, Australia called Bexpert, and I fell in love!  This very creative lady turned the International Security Code Flags (see above if you got bored and skipped over the wordy wiki definition) into some pretty funky artwork!

Bexpert @ Etsy 

Brilliant, huh??  And for only $15 a piece, I had to have 2!  One J and one T.  I’ll let you smarties guess why….

Now I debated where to put them, and I kept coming back to the bathroom.  Was it because there is an abundance of water in there? Or because the very small space kinda makes you feel like you’re in a ship’s bunker?  I’ll never know the reason for the calling… however I absolutely LOVE them there!

Check it out!


The shop also sells antique versions of the flag, as well as some cute prints:



And my final plug… the seller Beck Williams was super nice, got back to me with answers to my questions right away, and the shipping was really fast – even coming from the other side of the world!!  Two thumbs up from this girl!

{All Aboard!}

Teach me Tuesday: Pinterest

24 May

Ok, show of hands people.  How many times do you dog ear a page in a catalog, bookmark a website, leave a sticky in a magazine, tape a great pic to your fridge, or jot down an item in a notebook or iPhone, when you find an item you love?

Anyone?  Yeah, I thought so.

Well shopaholics and inspiration seekers, get ready because you’re gonna love this tool!

Welcome to Pinterest, a virtual pinboard, where you can capture any image you find on the web, and create organized collections of all the things you love!

Life is GOOOOD!

This tool is GREAT for blogs (obv) but also super helpful for collecting wedding inspirational ideas, hair styles, fashion trends, and of course… home decor items!

Convinced?  Oh wait, there’s more!

Pinterest is also social and inspirational!  The site allows you to “follow” collections created by others as well as share your fantastic taste with the world!  But beware… this site is so much fun it can eat up a LOT of your time.  Don’t say I didn’t warm you!

Here’s a snapshot of my HFoP board

So what are you waiting for?  Go create a free account, and start collecting!  


Teach me Tuesday: Color Blocking

17 May

Color blocking – The trend of pairing contrasting colors next to one another has become quite a trend in the fashion world…

…which means it’s right there with home decor as well!

It’s a bit on the modern side for me, but what do you think?

Can color blocking survive in your home?

Ender By Nest

Kim Valee

1st Dibs


The Company Store 

Crate and Barrel

Calvin Klein

Both from Room and Board

Daily Candy

Random Interior Ideas

{So is Color Blocking for you?}

Teach me Tuesday: Tchotchke

10 May

Tchotchke (pronounced CHACH-kee) are small toys, gewgaws, knickknacks, baubles, trinkets, or kitsch. The term has a connotation of worthlessness or disposability, as well as tackiness.

Ok, I must admit…  I have referred to these in this blog before as knickknacks because I had ABSOLUTELY no idea how to spell the word, but having grown up referring to (and collecting) these babies… it was time I learned!

And I have to disagree with the Wikipedia definition above, because Tchotchkes are not necessarily worthless. If done right, they can ROCK!  I love a good (and unique) collection of items, to fill up a bookshelf, mantle or creative wall hanging piece like this.  They can really add a personal touch to a room, and oftentimes be a great conversation piece!  My late Nanna and Poppop were the kings of the tchotchke display.  I’m sure like many of your grandparents too – they had a real knack for collecting.

So whether it’s a collection from childhood, a tradition when you travel, or a gift – embrace the Tchotchke!!!

On that note, I’m off to the Brimfield Antique show today, so here’s hoping to pick up a few to share when I get back!

{What’s your favorite Tchotchke?}

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