Interior Design

My Latest Spark:

Ticking Stripes Forever

From humble beginnings to, what is now, a staple in Farmhouse style design; ticking stripe canvas was a heavy-duty material used to cover feather mattresses.  The word ticking comes from the Greek word theka, meaning case or covering.  American designer, Sister Parish, introduced ticking stripe to high society in the 1940’s when she paired it with chintz.

What I love most about ticking stripe is its clean simplicity and ability to match with many other fabrics.  My favorite is to contrast it with floral or sundial patterns.  See below for some inspiration and share your ideas.


Interior Design

Trends from the Nest


This trend has been around awhile but it appears to be catching fire in 2018.  Some of our favorite Spark & Sparrow home interior brands such as Magnolia Home, Serena & Lily, Annie Selke along with retail chains such as Pottery Barn, Arhaus and Crate & Barrel are all getting in the act.  All that said, this is not your great-grandmother’s wallpaper.  Some of the hottest trends include botanicals, florals, geometrics, brick & stone effects, metallics, marble, fabric and much more.


Beyond the amazing variety of styles, Wallpapers are much easier to apply if you prefer to DIY.  Vinyl and or vinyl coated wallpaper makes it possible to use wallpapers in kitchens and bathrooms since they are easy to clean.


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Wallpaper can be used in many ways whether it be an entire room, single wall or backing for a bookshelf.


Share some the ways you have used wallpaper in your home.