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Mud cloth has the "IT" factor that is taking over the design world right now. 

photo via Pinterest

photo via Pinterest


Mud cloth prints are EVERYWHERE right now and I can't get enough! I have always been attracted to black and white everything, so I am so naturally drawn to this geometric and playful textile.  You can find mud cloth in a variety of colors and patterns, blues are particularly popular right now.  But, what I really love about this gorgeous material is the rich history behind it that instantaneously gives any space that "traveled feel" touch.   

Mud cloth is the direct translation of the word Bògòlanfini, meaning cloth died in mud.  In the Malian culture, women die the cloth in fermented mud and men are responsible for weaving it.  Men wear it for hunting and women typically wear it as they transition into adulthood and after childbirth.  The fabric itself is believed to absorb danger under these circumstances.  You can now find the mud cloth motif in anything including garments, wallpaper, furnishings, you name it!  And you can only expect to see more of it throughout 2017. 

A tiny insight to me, I'm a compulsive Home Depot shopper... I mean, I can literally roam the aisles as most women do through Target. A few months ago, I bought two black plastic planters to transfer two small trees I had received from a client.  They seemed to be my sleekest options and they were self-watering, which is highly necessary for this girl!  But, I couldn't help but look at them without feeling they were a little boring and wanted to put a personal stamp on them.  This is where the idea to do a Mud Cloth inspired design came in.  So, I went back to Home Depot and found myself a white paint pen.  Happy Dance!!  I wanted to give the planter a little height too, so I bought a small barrel mover as well.  Doesn't hurt that it makes it easy to move the finished product around either! 

Painting my pattern was a great creative outlet for me.  Some days, I just need a little time to myself to "create!"  This project was easy to knock out in just under an hour and I went at it really organically.  I love how the mud cloth textile has both a geometric feel to it, but kind of has no rules.  I started without a plan and am so happy I did.  I didn't want to copy a pattern that I had seen before and it was important to me for it to feel like it was my own.  Now, I don't know that it would meet the people of Mali's standards, but I still love the end result!  

This little gem has certainly perked up my front porch!  What spring projects are you into right now?  Do share, I need my next one! 

You can see more details on my personal design style on my personal pinterest board.

Happy Designing !!!


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With wedding season in full swing I thought I'd share with you a really easy DIY bridal shower game for any maid of honor, bridesmaid or best friend to make for your sweet bride-to-be. My best friend, Kelsey, made this "How Well Do You Know The Groom?" game for me at my bridal shower. I laughed and cried and got most of the answer right! The best part was that she had it laminated and I got to keep it and cherish it with my other wedding momentos. She did such a great job that I had to recreate it for Heather-Scherie at her bridal shower!

Whitestone Design Group | Bridal Shower DIY | Bridal Shower Game
Whitestone Design Group | Bridal Shower DIY | Bridal Shower Game


  • staight edge/trianlge for cutting
  • exacto knife
  • scrapbook paper (I found this small booklet of paper from TJ Maxx)
  • heavier weight card stock paper in your color of choice
  • hole punch
  • metal ring clip (can easily find them at your local hardware store)
  • ribbon (I used grosgrain ribbon and bakers twine)
  • washi tape
  • laminator (I went to my local FedEx printing center)
  • the groom's email address and/or phone number


  • Where was your first kiss?
  • Where was your first date?
  • What is groom's name favorite food?
  • How many kids does groom's name want?
  • Does groom's name prefer boxers, briefs or NOTHING?!
  • What is a destination you both have dreamt of going to?
  • What is the groom's name shoe size?
  • What's groom's name favorite band?
  • How long did groom's name have the ring before he proposed?
  • What is groom's name favorite quality about you that made him want to marry you?
  • The last note card have the groom write a small note to end the game and state why he fell in love with his bride and why he can't wait to marry her.
Whitestone Design Group | Bridal Shower DIY | Bridal Shower Game

I cut each page to size (5x7) and cut the cards a bit smaller leaving about an inch of paper as a border. I hand wrote the questions and answers on each card and used washi tape to paste them to the front and backs of each page. I typed and printed out the cover page and last final question since is a bit longer and needs to fit on a notecard. I gathered everything and took them to FedEx to laminate each page and trimmed them down with their fancy matte cutter. 

I used a small hole punch and punched a hole in the top left corner of each card and strung the cards (in order!) onto the ring clip.

Whitestone Design Group | Bridal Shower DIY | Bridal Shower Game

I used some grosgrain ribbon and baker's twine that I already had and tied it to the ring clip for some embellishment.

Whitestone Design Group | Bridal Shower DIY | Bridal Shower Game

You can turn it into an interactive game during the bridal shower by having each guest guess how many answers the bride will get right. Who ever is closest gets a small gift. And for each question the bride gets wrong she needs to drink! Or just take a sip of champagne ;)

Whitestone Design Group | Bridal Shower DIY | Bridal Shower Game

I hope this DIY project inspires you to get creative and make your bride feel extra special during her bridal shower. Leave any questions or any DIY ideas you've done in the comments below!

You can view the beautiful photos from Heather's shower here.

xx Katie



Independence Day Decor & A Summer Cocktail

The best thing about Independence Day in The Pacific Northwest is that it is typically  reigning in our summer. As Interior Designers, we get asked for holiday decorating tips all the time and Fourth of July is no exception.   I'm going to share a few examples of the patriotic decor I've been admiring this year as well as my new favorite summer cocktail.  For more holiday decor ideas, follow Whitestone Design Group at our Pinterest Board where we are always collecting little gems! 

When decorating for any holiday, I'm a big fan of adding subtle touches that work all year round if you want them to.  I love this blog I found on Pinterest of a few simple touches that say, "Celebrating Independence Day," without being overly committed to just one day of the year.  Simple fabrics and suggestive prints make for easy pillow covers that can be added and removed throughout the year, but the impact is pretty impressive!  This wooden flag is an easy weekend project that won't break the bank and pulls it all together!  See the rest of this project on the Dear Lillie Blog here. 

Because I am so crazy for my partner, Katie Cooper's massively impressive chalkboards, the look below really speaks to me!  The best part about chalkboard decor is that it's relatively inexpensive and can be customized to say anything you want.  In addition, you can always paint over your chalkboard and start all over again! What you see in this patriotic decor is low commitment and really easy to accomplish for your summer celebration!  You can see Katie's chalkboard at her East to West Studios Etsy shop.  And to see more images from the project below, check out The Golden Sycamore's Blog. 

An easy way to set the tone for your Independence Day Party, a Welcome Wreath!  Go simple and make this a family project with the kids.  Holiday wreaths let the world know that you love the holidays and I've never made one that cost me over $50.  Below are a few that I'm loving this year.  Click on the following links for DIY recommendations on how to achieve the look.  1. Rag Rug Wreath  2. Ribbon Wreath  3. Twine Wreath 

Onto my favorite part!!  Summer Time Cocktails!  I can't quite nail down how I arrived at this concoction, but I'm so glad I did.  I find it to be refreshing and the flavors are so indicative of some of my favorite summer flavors!  Try it out at your next summer shindig and leave us a comment with your thoughts.  



1-1/2 cup sliced strawberries

1/8 cup finely chopped basil

3/4 liter lemonade

1 cup Vodka

1 cup Champagne

Prepare lemonade mixture and add lemonade, strawberries, and basil to a liter serving pitcher.  Allow mixture to infuse for about 4 hours.  Before serving, add vodka and champagne along with a little ice and cocktail is ready to serve! Enjoy and remember to drink responsibly! 

For more recommendations for summer entertaining, visit the Whitestone Design Group Pinterest Page or email us at

Happy Summer!







A couple of weeks ago myself and another bridesmaid, Sasha, planned a perfect bridal shower brunch for our very own, Heather Scherie! Our great friend and go-to photographer, Wynne, happened to bring her camera and took some beautiful photos of the party and many of the details, so we have no choice but to share the prettiness with you! It was a simple party to plan, especially when you're not doing it alone! Sasha took care the food prep while I handled the design and decor. With a couple easy DIYs and a trip to the wholesale flower market where we selected in-season blooms, like peonies and mums, we were able to create inexpensive, pretty and whimsical tablescapes and vignettes. Also, thank you to Target's Spritz party decoration line for having plates, napkins, straws and other accents that tied in with the invitation! 

It all started with the invitation that perfectly matches the bride's personality - we chose a custom instant download invitation from Etsy which made it quick and easy to print and mail out.

HS Bridal Shower
HSG Bridal Shower
HSG Bridal Shower

One of the games we played was  "How well do you know your groom?" One of my bridesmaids made it for me and it's something I will have forever and knew Heather would love it just as much. I made laminated question and answer cards that we read off to her and she had to guess his answers. It made for a lot of laughs and story telling...also some tears as the last note card we had Paul share why he was so excited to marry Heather. You can see the DIY game here!

HSG Bridal Shower

If anyone knows Heather Scherie well you may know about her slight obsession with Jonathan Adler pottery. Sasha and I found this cute JA bird pitcher/vase and filled it with extra flowers. It added to the decor for the party but she got to take it home with her as her shower gift. She loved it!


We hope you enjoyed these photos and inspires you for your next party or get together! And Heather, I hope you're enjoying Thailand with your new husband!

Cheers! Katie