I’ve never really experimented much with patterns in my home but I’ve seen photos of very nice homes where the owners have mixed stripes, florals, plaids, paisleys and pretty much everything else very successfully.  The idea intrigues me but I’m afraid to try it out for real in my house.  My solution?  I’m experimenting on a very small and inexpensive scale.  I’m mixing patterns on homemade cards.

I chose three pretty diverse patterns: stripes, floral and a star all in shades of blue and was surprised how much I liked the combination.  This idea is growing on me.