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June 8, 2010

Can you spot the polka dot??

I came across some wonderful summery pictures recently over at Passion for Decor. The red & green polka dot dishes in this picture caught my eye. They’re so fresh and charming — perfect for a summer picnic :-) In fact, I think polka dots are the perfect summer accessory.

picnic red and green passion for decor

And so came about the inspiration for this post about polka dots. I have to warn you, there’s a LOT of cool polka dot stuff out there, from this adorable polka dot piggy bank…

piggy bank crate barrel

…to a picnic basket…

picnic basket strawberry fool

…to a blue and white polka dot lizard belly button ring (seriously!!)

lizard belly ring amazon

It was super-hard to narrow them down to the pics I’m posting here. So let’s get started, we have a lot of polka dots to get through!! Like this bright & bold polka dot fabric…

PolkaDotFabric ramblings and other such nonsense

Whip up a batch of cupcakes and bake them in the Polka Dot AGA (see more of AGA’s special limited edition designer ranges here).

aga

You can bake your cupcakes in polka dotted liners in your polka dot oven…

springgreenpolka cupcake liners splat cooking

Or why not decorate your cupcakes in polka dots…

cupcakes i village

Mmmmm, cake!!

polka-dot-cakes the celebration shoppe

Of course, you’ll need some polka dot cutlery and plates to eat your polka dot cake..

cutlery strawberry fooldishes recomm household red cats usadishes kate spade macys

Pretty red & white polka dot dishware…

polkadot tableware white-porcelainpolka-dot-red little window shoppe

And polka dot crystal…

etched glass macys

Polka dots are popular in nurseries. How cute is this turquoise & bright green nursery with the polka dot curtains & chair and the adorable frog :-)

nursery bright green style decor

Check out the huge safety pin artwork in this polka dot nursery!!

nursery design dazzle

A fireplace in a polka dot nursery?? Why not!!

walls-07-06-p90-unused-livingetc-dot-com

This nursery was designed by Sarah Richardson on season 2 of Sarah’s House. Tommy’s reasoning why for why it was OK for the nursery to be such a small room — because babies are small!!

nursery sarah r

Of course, polka dots aren’t relegated to nurseries — although they do seem to be a popular choice for bedrooms…

big pink design dazzle 2

There are lots of things about this bedroom that I like — the turquoise & green colour combo, the bench with the lucite legs, the vaulted ceiling, the tall windows… and the polka dots, of course :-)

cool bedroom decorpad

Pink polka dots…

kids room murals for kids

pink-polka-room funky black owl

How about polka dots on the ceiling??

ceiling womens inc

Red and white polka dots that I found on the newly-discovered Sprout Gallery blog…

bedroom sprout gallery

A desk with dots…

kids desk bed-linen-manufacturers

…and dining with dots…

tablecloth bhg

Shimmery polka dots…

bagsilverpolkadotwinebag hanson ellis  scroll_invitation wedding-calligrapher

You can wrap a gift in polka dots…

wrapping paper gracious bridal

…or wrap yourself in polka dots.

dress fashion fuss

And accessorize yourself with polka dots…

green polka dot earrings kbowling i do inspirations  necklace kimberly petruskaping silver and spicewatches madison envy

Clockwise from top left: I Do Inspirations, Kimberly Petruska, Madison Envy, Silver & Spice

shoes victoriassecret

…and accessorize your dog with polka dots too!! :-)

Pinkpolkadot collars mr mrs dog

Some dogs come even pre-polka dotted ;-)

dalmationUpup kaneva

The perfect food & water bowls for a black & white polka dot dog :-)

dog polka_dot_dishes lil house of paws

And finally, The Grand-Daddy of all polka dots — it’s the Dorothy Airstream Trailer designed by artist Sarah Pratt in Cape Town, South Africa. The whole interior is duck-egg blue and covered in white polka dots.

dorothy airstream the grand daddy sarah pratt 2

dorothy airstream the grand daddy sarah pratt 3

dorothy airstream the grand daddy sarah pratt 6

Right down to the radio and books…

dorothy airstream the grand daddy sarah pratt 1

…dishes…

dorothy airstream the grand daddy sarah pratt 4

…and livestock!!

dorothy airstream the grand daddy sarah pratt 7

Now THAT is a lot of polka dots!!

How do you feel about polka dots?? Do you like them, or do they drive you… ummmm, dotty?? ;-) Leave a comment and let me know!!

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I can help you make your home be what you want it to be. Contact me at kelly@jaxdecor.ca or call me at 613.291.2491

22 comments:

Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy said...

Wow! You weren't kidding when you said you were featuring a lot of polka dot stuff. I am a fan of polka dots, if done liberally. I love that AGA Stove! And I love the rooms where there is a hint of the dots here and there. That being said, I want to do a kids room with a wall of polka dots, but I don't know if I would do it for my bedroom. Thanks for all the fun images!

miss corner cape said...

Wowzers, that's a lot of polka dots. Who knew there were that many (and i'm sure still tons more) of polka dot decor and items? I like them, there is just something inherently "happy" about them, you know? Like, you can't be wearing polka dots and be in a crappy mood.

Katie Lane said...

Holy Cow!! (cause cows are dotted, get it? ha) What a cool post, loving the dots on the ceiling, I might have to do that to my little girl's room :)

Atticmag said...

What a great polka post! I looove them. They are so for summer. Like peanut but and jelly. Thanks for stopping by to see us. Victoria won our last big giveaway but there's always a second chance! (It's a glass vessel sink -- closing tomorrow). Jane F

A-M said...

Now that is some serious 'dot research'. You put more effort into this post than I did in my uni assignments 25 years ago. Love the airstream trailer...serious dot addiction. A-M xx

Ideezine said...

Love polka dots they're like colorful bubbles only they last longer. Always love the black and white especially on children's clothes. Great post!

Bette

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Polk dots are such a fun design! I love that airstream trailer, although I might feel I was in a bubble after awhile!

Petra Voegtle said...

Kelly - this post is a real hoot!!! It made me smile. I think this is exactly the sense behind polka dots!
Wonderful collection you have sampled here!

Lisa said...

Such a fun post! I love polka dots I have polka dot clothing and my daughter's room has polka dot curtains....
Love all the stuff you found especially the dishes - I feel the need to pick up some for summer ;)!

Kelly Berg said...

Fun fun fun! (Although that trailer is a bit much for me!!!!) Polka dots are so timeless, aren't they? And always a bit playful - which I love. Thanks for sharing such cheery images. BTW - I used those decals that Sarah Richardson did for a little girl's bed and bath. Turned out cute! They're by Blik, if anyone is interested...

Kelly Berg said...

oops! wrong photo reference. The Blik decals are in the fireplace Livingetc image. Sorry!

Razmataz said...

Wow, thats a ton of pola dots. Love the Airstream interior, although I am not sure I could live with all those dots. I have the coffee cups by Emma Bridgewater that match that aga if I could afford it.

Sarah @ Dream in Domestic said...

I absolutely love them! I really would love to be the proud owner of that polka dot oven! So unique. Plus, since nobody else would probably want it, I'd get to take it with me whenever I move! :P

Thanks for all the polka dotted goodies! It's rainy out right now, so this brought a big sunny smile to my face!

Marcus Design said...

Love this post Kelly! Pola dots are awesome, my most favorite blouse is black with white polka dots. I think polka dots can range from classic and classy to whimsical and wild!! Love all the examples you chose to show here. That stove is pretty amazing :)
Nancy

Sprout Gallery said...

Love your blog. I go crazy over polka dots too.

Staci Edwards Design said...

Sign me up for the polka dot picnic basket, oven and pink shoes! How darling!

Christy said...

I love them - and that trailer is just amazing! I can't believe someone actually uses it?! I have polka dotted utensils for the Foo, and a purse for myself!

Gayle said...

I had never thought about it before, but I...love them! Very cool post!

traci zeller designs said...

Well, one look at my logo and you know I'm a fan! ;-). I've used the fabric covering the chair in the nursery Sarah Richardson designed. It's so cute!

Millie@PassionDecor said...

Thank you for mentioning me Kelly, very sweet of you :)
These are great finds,wow...and Piggy is absolutely lovely... My second fave is Sarah's nursery,I love those colours

Susan said...

I'm definitely a fan of polka dots. I'm crazy over the brown upholstered bench with the white dots...
cheers
Susan

girlaboutOtown said...

Yummy. Polka dot rooms. Polka dot clothes. Polka dot cupcakes! Is it wierd that the polka dot airstream makes me hungry??

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