I am a self-diagnosed striper.
No…not a pole-dancing gal who takes off her clothes (although pregnancy plus Georgia heat makes that a pretty attractive idea)…a striper…one who stripes. She who loves the stripe. The stripe is my friend.
I can’t help it. I’ve always been one with the stripe ever since I was young. I even remember the first time my mom bought me a new outfit at Old Navy. It was middle school and clothing could make you or break you. Seriously. It was a life or death situation. At least it was to 13-year-old-me. I picked out a sweet pair of pleated khakis and a blue and white striped button-up shirt. I know that sounds like a uniform, but to me, it was the best. I kept that top for years. I may even still have it…
The point is, I loved that shirt because of the stripes and I went with one of the most classic fabrics ever—striped ticking. And that bad boy is still as classic today as it was in the Civil War times.
So what’s the point of my reminiscing of my middle school wardrobe? Well, besides sharing memories of teenage angst and a terrible complexion, I really want to talk about stripes and how some can be classic and some can be as trendy as my 1990′s overalls with the one strap undone and tucked into the back pocket. Note to self: anytime you wear an item that styling includes the instructions “tuck into back pocket”, it’s not a cute look.
Firstly and foremost, you should know that my love for stripes still continues to this day. And I have translated that love into my home. Stripes are everywhere in this house. I have a bold awning style striped rug in our reading room…it’s bold and beautiful.
I have a simple duvet in our guest room that has three simple stripes that act as an accent. It’s called “hotel bedding” for a reason—it’s classic enough for hotels to invest in it!
Striped fabric was the choice for the small bench at the end of our bed. Linen already makes it classy—but the simplicity of the equal stripes is the feature that makes this fabric a favorite for years to come.
A homemade shower curtain (it’s from a modified flat sheet) was the perfect fit for our kid bathroom. The stripes really inspired the entire space with the pinstripe design and rainbow of colors.
Even some of the art in our stairway gallery boasts stripes…like this one made from a collection of buttons. Simple, imperfect lines look casual and hand crafted.
Oh and don’t even get me started on our couch; at any given point it has at least two throw pillows touting the stripes.
So all that to say—with all the stripes in our house, I truly believe that the simpler the better when it comes to one of my favorite patterns. One of my tests is to look at the stripes and ask myself “Was this stripe in two years ago?” and if I say no—then it’s probably a trendy type stripe. I also ask myself “Will I love this pattern in five years?” It keeps me in check with choosing things just based on a whim. I have a lot of those It all comes down to the idea that I don’t have money to burn on stripes that go out in two years. I need to love it and it needs to last. Spoken like a true romantic, huh!?