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A Vintage-Inspired Home Office

My husband and I have a dream, and a very real goal, to buy a house that we can retire in. On my list of things I'd love for the house to include is an extra bedroom that I could turn into a beautiful home office. I envision a very Instagram-worthy desk, a place to store all of the PR samples I get, and some pretty tufted accent chairs: where I can enjoy coffee breaks with my husband, who luckily also works from home.

When I get inspiration from vintage home offices on the web, I'm most attracted to spaces with a touch of modern glam. My husband and I both like transitional decor - old meets new. For example, I'd pair a modern mirrored desk with one of these antique desk chairs. Seating isn't often the focal point of an office, but why shouldn't it be? We spend all day sitting in it, after all.


My husband and I take frequent breaks throughout the day, with a coffee break here and there and a lunch hour during which we watch one of our favorite shows togeth…

Style Trend Summer 2013: Patterned Shorts

1. Merona patterned shorts in red/white - target.com // 2. Kirra High-Rise tribal print shorts - amazon.com // 3. Merona polka dot shorts - target.com // 4. Cotton damask print shorts - maurices.com // 5. Apt 9floral print shorts - kohls.com // 6. J.Crew 3" chino patterned short in Sea horse - jcrew.com // 7. Maurice's Plaid cuffed shorts - maurices.com // 8. Kirra floral print V yoke shorts - amazon.com // 9. Elle damask print shorts in red (on sale for $18) - kohls.com

Last year it was all about solid-colored denim. For 2013, patterned shorts top the list of summer trends in shorts. Classic prints like floral and polka-dot are still widely available, but Aztec patterns in particular are very trendy this summer. I really love these Ikat-print shorts. Designer brands like Burberry and Lilly Pulitzer have well-tailored patterned shorts . However, more affordable stores like Old Navy, Kohl's,  and Target have a nice selection of women's patterned shorts under $20.

There are so many ways to wear the tailored patterned shorts. These semi-dressy cuffed shorts look great casual, but you can also dress them up with a blouse and even a blazer. Here are three ways to wear patterned shorts this summer.

 
Dress It Up: Monsoon lacy top / Printed shorts / Madden Girl wedge sandals / MICHAEL Michael Kors / Bracelet jewelry / GUESS Wrap 'N' Roll white leather wrap watch / Burberry cat eye sunglasses  //  Layout by Krisztina Williams / powered by Polyvore / click for image sources


Dress It Down: Rebecca Taylor / Ermanno Scervino jean shorts / DV by Dolce Vita women's gladiator sandals / Nine West handbag / NAKAMOL fringe necklace  //  Layout by Kriszitna Williams / powered by Polyvore / click for image sources


Play with Patterns: Jaeger breton top, $92 / J.Crew polka dot shorts / Wallis white T-strap sandals  / Kelly & Katie straw handbag / Witchery round sunglasses, $39 //  Layout by Krisztina Williams / powered by Polyvore / click for image sources

While patterned shorts are super trendy for summer 2013, the trends is a classic that will stick around for good, so go ahead and invest in a new pair this year. There are so many patterned shorts available this year, now is the time to stock up. Leave a comment before you go - let me know how you would wear the trend.

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