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Take Your Home Décor On An Exotic Voyage With Chinoiserie

The word “Chinoiserie” is as beautiful on the ears as the pieces of décor it represents. It is a term borrowed from the French word for Chinese, “Chinois,” and is used to describe the European interpretation and inclusion of Chinese and East Asian art.

It all begins with a little blue and white.

One of the most popular ways we see Kellogg customers bring Chinoiserie to their homes is with blue and white ginger jars – but this is just the beginning. Decorating with Chinoiserie is about experimenting and being bold. It’s about contrasting your space with a punch of flavor from the Far East.
Add Asian fabrics and patterns to incorporate this exotic feel to your aesthetic:

Subtle details: The cream threads on the green pillows reveal two formal Asian women…

…which is the same fabric as the upholstery in this room!

The duvet and shams on this bed are covered in chinoiserie fabric.

Look for Asian shapes, like pagodas, to bring a new curve from the other side of the world to your traditional space.

A gold pagoda lantern adds exotic flair to this vignette in our Richmond shop.

Bamboo and pagoda come together beatifully in this headboard.

Asian wall art is bold, beautiful and elegant. Everything from photography and paintings to calligraphy and bamboo frames will make a room feel more exotic. Even if the artwork isn’t technically Asian, but captures a certain Asian essence, grab it, and remember it is your home and you should decorate the way that makes you feel happiest.

Bold blue-and-white Asian paintings and a gold bamboo mirror decorate this upper hall by Diane Litz.

It’s no secret that Chinese culture and most of Asia loves the color red. Red has never been the most popular color for home décor in the Western world, so Chinoiserie is your chance pull red, blacks, golds, and glossy finishes to your space.
Jog your memory for Asian trinkets or gifts you’ve collected in life. Gifts from friends, or souvenirs from your own travels to Asia, should be pulled out of storage, shined up, and put on display. It’s those bold, quirky-but-elegant pieces that tend to solicit the most glances and compliments, especially if you have a good personal story to accompany the piece.
Or perhaps your story is that you got it at your favorite store (wink wink).
We hope we’ve inspired you to let your home décor travel to new lands! Come to The Kellogg Collection to see our latest pieces inspired by Asia that you’ll want to have in your home.

Don’t Be Afraid of Light-Colored Fabrics in Your Home!

We’re here to turn a bit of “common knowledge” on its head. Anyone who has pets or children tends to avoid light fabrics on their upholstery out of fear of inevitable spills and messes. Stop envying your polished friends with their perfectly white and beige sofas and chairs, and start introducing those shades back into your home TODAY!
There are a few tricks to keeping those fabrics bright, and it starts with the type of fabric you’re covering your furniture with. At The Kellogg Collection, we carry beautiful kid- and pet-friendly fabrics by Sunbrella and Crypton. Crypton’s patented fabric is the only textile that is stain, water and bacteria resistant. The key to this super fabric is its weaving process coupled with its proven barrier. Many Crypton fabrics are so soft, you won’t be able to tell it’s a special fabric that is stain resistant to markers, wine, odors and more.

Don't cry over spilled wine on your white sofa! Instead, watch it bead up before you wipe it down with a paper towel. Image via Crypton.

Don’t cry over spilled wine on your white sofa! Instead, watch it bead up before you wipe it down with a paper towel. Image via Crypton.

Another line of durable fabric we love is Sunbrella, which began in the 1960s as an umbrella and awning manufacturer/designer. This company has since expanded to include lines of fabric for upholstering furniture for indoor and outdoor use. Sunbrella fabrics are engineered with robust performance characteristics that provide resistance to fading and degradation from sunlight and chemical exposure. The fabric is tactile yet durable, has industry-leading environmental characteristics, is easy to care for and offers long life – wherever it’s used. Sunbrella is easy to clean and care for, and we often see it used on outdoor as well as indoor furniture.
Sectional sofa upholstered with Sunbrella fabric.

Sectional sofa upholstered with Sunbrella fabric.

For added protection, you could also spray your furniture with Scotchguard or any of the other fabric sprays on the market today.
Now that you know you can have lighter shades in your living room, let’s move on to why. Think about your favorite white or nude dress. It’s easy to brighten it up for spring with a coral scarf and sandals, or dress it up for fall and winter with a black jacket and boots. The same goes with light, neutral furniture. It’s easy to match pillows, throws, and artwork with a neutral fabric all year round. This versatility makes it easy to commit to upholstering (or re-upholstering) a sofa in a more neutral shade compared to a bold pattern or other color.
Beige, white and gray pillows on a white sofa. Room by Diane Litz.

Beige, white and gray pillows on a white sofa. Room by Diane Litz.

One sofa decorated three ways.

One sofa decorated three ways.

Now is a great time to update your home and get those light fabrics you’ve been wondering if your home could pull off. Until March 25, 2017, enjoy 20-30% off in-stock and special order upholstered furniture, and 20% on fabric at The Kellogg Collection. We also offer slipcovers!

Going Wild for Animal Prints

For millions of years, humans have relied on animals to stay fed and warm. After some time, not any animal pellet would do, and the skins of the most dangerous and exotic animals quickly became prized material for the world’s most powerful people. Our priorities have shifted today as it’s extremely illegal to sell leopard and cheetah furs, but their prints are still in style both in fashion and in home decor.
Just like any other bold pattern, animal print can add a huge punch of personality to a room. Because the color of most animal prints are natural and neutral, new animal print is usually easy to mix into an existing room. In short, animal print is an easy way to really spice things up.

Statement animal print ottoman in a home office.

Statement animal print ottoman in a home office.

Zebra print rug in a bedroom.

Zebra print rug in a bedroom.

Animal print bedding.

Cheetah print bedding.

Some of the animal print ottomans available at The Kellogg Collection.

Some of the animal print ottomans and benches available at The Kellogg Collection.

Cheetah print staircase.

Cheetah print staircase.

Pretty zebra print bench/ottoman seen in our DC shop

Pretty zebra print bench/ottoman seen in our DC shop

Leather and animal print go together like cake and ice cream!

Leather and animal print go together like cake and ice cream!

While our upholstery sale is going on (ends this Saturday, October 29!), consider adding an item upholstered in animal print to your home. During our sale, you can enjoy 20-30% off all upholstery at The Kellogg Collection.

A sample of animal print pillows available at The Kellogg Collection.

A sample of animal print pillows available at The Kellogg Collection.

If there is a specific animal print or color you’re looking for, be sure to ask us about custom upholstery next time you’re at The Kellogg Collection. We’ll be happy to help you find your “wild side!”

Blue & White Ceramics and Ginger Jars

Elegant and classic pieces, ceramic and ginger jars date back to the dynasties of China. Ginger jars first came about during the Qin Dynasty of about 200 BC, when traders would fill gorgeous colorful Chinese jars with sought-after ginger spices and haul them together back to the west. Those within the Qin Dynasty used the jars to store wine and spices. The first jars came in a rainbow of colors of patterns, and the blue and white pattern would emerge  during the Yuan Dynasty of 1271–1368AD. Historically, blue and white jars symbolized happiness within the Yuan Dynasty, which also marked a period of a cultural renaissance in China. In addition to gorgeous blue and white ceramics, the also developed drama, novel writing, scientific education, new crops, and new ideas.

Yuan Dynasty Blue and White Wine Jar, image from British Museum; Plate image from the Met Museum

Yuan Dynasty Blue and White Wine Jar, image from British Museum; Plate image from the Met Museum

Now, 800 years later, these jars are timeless pieces of décor that will never go out of style.


These porcelain pieces have characteristics beyond just the color. Pieces with blue floral designs never fade and are healthy for the body (and the mind)! Some pieces with Chinese symbols on them are representative of prosperity and happiness, which goes beyond the beauty they behold. Find the motif on some of our lamps, too.

Sample of some of the blue and white pieces available at The Kellogg Collection.

Sample of some of the blue and white pieces available at The Kellogg Collection.

...and a few more!

13443253_1106319142759065_5386291279854974258_oAll of our blue and whites are versatile pieces. On side tables in bedrooms, in bookcases as decor, and on dining tables for added attraction, one can’t go wrong with a classic and everlasting ginger jar.


Room by Debbie Blair, The Kellogg Collection

Room by Debbie Blair, The Kellogg Collection

Use it as a vase! Try filling your jar with hydrangeas, forsythia branches, peonies, or tree limbs for a beautiful added bit of the outdoors.

kelloggcollectionAs far as using these to store wine? Well, we’ll leave that tradition to the ancients!

The Kellogg Collection’s Baltimore Shop Celebrates 30 Years!


Debbie, Lesley, Baltimore manager Ashley, Diane, and Kathy.

Debbie Schmidt, Leslie Rodgers, Baltimore manager Ashley Dickinson, Diane Litz, and Kathy Hutson.

Kellogg BaltimoreIt’s been 30 years since our founder, Pam Kellogg Green, signed the lease on the Baltimore location of The Kellogg Collection. It was the second store the Baltimore native opened following the success of her original Washington, D.C. store.

“Opening a Baltimore store made sense for a lot of reasons,” said Green. “It’s easy to get to from D.C., and it was a great excuse to come back more often to see family.”

Kellogg Baltimore

Green grew up in Ruxton and attended Roland Park Country School. Though the store attracts customers she grew up with, news of its one-of-a-kind pieces of English furniture, designer upholstery, chandeliers and Dhurrie rugs has spread beyond her hometown. Today, the Baltimore store attracts buyers from Annapolis, Chevy Chase, Philadelphia, Southern Pennsylvania and Hollywood – about once a year, award winning set designer Tiffany Zappulla shops the store for T.V. shows like House of Cards and Veep.

Kellogg Baltimore

Today, The Kellogg Collection has stores in Richmond and McLean, Virginia, and a warehouse in Gaithersburg in addition to its stores in D.C. and Baltimore. Green believes what really sets Baltimore customers apart from the others is their sense of tradition. “A lot of the people who live in Baltimore grow up here. It’s not as transient as D.C.,” said Green, “so we often see people buying pieces to go with their heirlooms.”

Kellogg Baltimore

“While The Kellogg Collection still sees customers who started shopping with us when we opened 30 years ago, I find we are now helping the children of those same customers, and their children,” said Diane Litz, the store’s resident interior designer for 18 years. “It’s a pretty place to work and I love the women I work with.”

Kellogg Baltimore

Those who have seen the store blossom since it first opened nearly 30 years ago know that it hasn’t always been located at 6421 Falls Road. Its first location was about two miles up the road at Green Spring Station. A few years later, The Kellogg Collection called Owings Mills Mall home, along with anchor store Saks Fifth Avenue, before finally settling in to its location today. Now, the Baltimore location counts Urban Threads (across the street), Leesha Lee and Cox Kitchen & Bath among its neighbors.

Kellogg Baltimore

The Kellogg Collection looks forward to many more years of serving the Baltimore community.

Custom Design Services – Meet Our Designers!

Sometimes it takes more than buying furniture and home accessories from our shops to achieve “the Kellogg look” in your home, and that’s when our very talented design professionals step in with our custom design services – which is the best deal in town at just $250/room! This service offers the opportunity to have a beautiful home created especially for you by a designer who has an intimate understanding of The Kellogg Collection special appeal and classic aesthetic: fresh, uplifting colors, balanced design, and luxurious comfort are essential elements of our interiors. To us, there is no such thing as a project that’s too big or too small. And, thanks to our flat fee, you know you won’t be on the hook for percentage billing and hourly fees typically seen in the industry.
Using merchandise from our own collection, custom furniture and upholstery, designer fabrics and wallpapers, and an extensive selection of lighting, area rugs, carpeting and accessories, our designers create rooms that reflect not only our design philosophy but, more importantly, the personality and taste of our clients. From custom window treatments and cut-to-fit carpets to paint color and fabrics, our designers enjoy pulling every element of a room together. We simplify the design process because we have so many items in stock, ready for immediate delivery.
Meet our four design professionals and get to know their styles:
Debbie Blair
DebbieDebbie Blair is one of two Kellogg design professionals based out of our Washington, D.C. location. Her style is often very balanced, with beautiful designer fabrics, wallpapers, statement pieces and more.
“I love beautiful fabrics, plush upholstery and a range of white painted walls. I am inspired by rooms that have warmth, friendliness and understated elegance. Helping my clients create a space that is about their lifestyle, their loved ones and their vision is my goal.”

Living room by Debbie Blair, The Kellogg Collection.

Living room by Debbie Blair, The Kellogg Collection.

View Blair’s look book here.
Diane Litz
DianeDiane Litz is our design professional that works out of our Baltimore location. She has worked with The Kellogg Collection for 18 years, and has a tremendous fabric swatch collection in the shop to prove it!
“I strive to surround my clients with special things, especially a gorgeous fabric, as it can be the centerpiece for a great room. My goal is to meet the needs of my clients by transforming a room into a space that harmonizes balance and color. I find great fulfillment when a room comes together, combining the old and the new, and my client is fully satisfied.”
Living Room

Living room by Diane Litz, The Kellogg Collection.

View Litz’s look book here.
Polly McKenna
pollyPolly McKenna does double-duty for Kellogg as she not only provides custom design services in homes in Richmond, but she manages our Richmond location, too. If you’ve ever walked into our Richmond store and fallen in love with the gorgeous vignettes, then you’ll probably enjoy her personal touch to your home!
“I try to create beautifully balanced rooms for our customers merging the lovely furnishings from our shops with their own pieces. My goal is to bring out the integrity of each item in the room. Negative space is just as important as space that is filled and allows the rooms to be beautiful and functional at the same time.”
Room by Polly McKenna, The Kellogg Collection.

Room by Polly McKenna, The Kellogg Collection.

View McKenna’s look book here.
Amelia Perez
AmeliaAmelia Perez is our talented designer who also works out of our Washington, D.C. location. Her bright, light-filled and sophisticated designs capture the Kellogg look beautifully.
“I enjoy mixing warm colors and fabrics with new upholstery beside inherited pieces. My inspiration is reflected in my love of architecture, art and the sheer joy of creating the perfect mix of comfort and sophistication.”
Sunroom/sitting area by Amelia Perez, The Kellogg Collection.

Sunroom/sitting area by Amelia Perez, The Kellogg Collection.

View Perez’s look book here.
Our designers are neither affiliated nor certified with ASID.

New at The Kellogg Collection: Kew Pottery

There is a new line of pottery available at The Kellogg Collection that will make Anglophiles happy: hand-crafted Kew pots from London’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew!

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Kew is not only one of the most beautiful gardens on earth, but it also boasts the world’s largest collection of living plants. Kew gardens have seen influences from British kings, queens, prices, princesses, dukes, lords and more since King Edward I built a manor house near its location in 1299. It was first adopted as a national botanical garden in 1840, though it was “formally started” in 1759.

From Kew's Facebook: The Order Beds and rose archway

From Kew’s Facebook: The Order Beds and rose archway

From Kew's facebook: The laburnum arch

From Kew’s facebook: The laburnum arch

Today, the 300 acres are home to 30,000 different plants – as well as several stunningly beautiful palaces, glass structures, and ornamental buildings.

From Kew Facebook: Palm House and Parterre, built 1844-8

From Kew’s Facebook: Palm House and Parterre, built 1844-1848

From Kew's Facebook: The Temperate House, built 1863

From Kew’s Facebook: The Temperate House, built 1863

From Kew's Facebook: "London's oldest and finest bluebell woods can be found in the Conservation Area, in the grounds around Queen Charlotte's Cottage, at Kew."

From Kew’s Facebook: “London’s oldest and finest bluebell woods can be found in the Conservation Area, in the grounds around Queen Charlotte’s Cottage, at Kew.”

From Kew's Facebook: Kew Palace. Built by a Dutch merchant in around 1631, it was later purchased by King George III.

From Kew’s Facebook: Kew Palace. Built by a Dutch merchant in around 1631, it was later purchased by King George III.

Now, you can have a pot from this beautiful and historic spot in your own garden! The Kellogg Collection works with the gardens’ exclusive American wholesaler.
“It is our wish to inspire you with elegant, hand-thrown pottery from the most prestigious Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in England, where shape, texture, color and beauty mold into one form.
“Each piece has a distinctive patina which represents hand-thrown bespoke craftsmanship with clean lines and classic proportions suitable for many uses whether in your home or on the terrace.”
Each pot is adorned with an official Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew seal:


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photo 1 (16)photo 2 (15)photo 3 (9)Once you take your new Kew pots home, fill them with lifelike botanicals, fruit, ornaments, or with living plants. Before you know it, you just might be on your way to having a garden that will rival Kew’s!
Note that the pottery is not frost-resistant and will need to be brought inside during colder months.
Product images (c) The Kellogg Collection and distributor

The Classic Quatrefoil Motif at The Kellogg Collection

The quatrefoil motif is one that appears on several pieces at The Kellogg Collection. Perhaps you think it is a lovely symbol, and perhaps you wondered if there was any symbolism or history behind it. It turns out there is quite a bit.

Strong overlap, little overlap, and barbed quatrefoil shapes

Strong overlap, little overlap, and barbed quatrefoil shapes. Via Wikipedia commons.

First of all, there isn’t a right way to do a quatrefoil. This symbol may appear with more overlap – which looks like a classic four leaf clover – or with less overlap. It may also appear “barbed” with inverted points. These are all considered to be quatrefoils.
The roots of this symbol extend to Christianity, though some say it may have Islamic roots. Today, its religious ties have lost importance as people of all denominations enjoy this pretty symbol in their homes, jewelry, and clothing today.

Quatrefoil detail in the Washington National Cathedral. Images via Facebook.

Quatrefoil detail in the windows of the Washington National Cathedral. Images via Facebook.

Cartier quatrefoil bracelet.  Image via Cartier.

Cartier quatrefoil bracelet. Image via Cartier.

Van Cleef and Arpels quatrefoil pieces. Screenshot via vancleefarpels.com.

Van Cleef and Arpels quatrefoil pieces. Screenshot via vancleefarpels.com.

We stock a lot of pieces at our shops with this beautiful and classic shape. It looks great in spaces that are traditional, as well as in spaces that are modern. Be sure to stop into one of our four shops to see these and other quatrefoil lamps, tables, mirrors and more you can bring into your home décor.

Quatrefoil Mirror

Quatrefoil Mirror


White Quatrefoil Mirrored Nightstand

White Quatrefoil Mirrored Nightstand

Round Quatrefoil Mirror

Round Quatrefoil Mirror

Quatrefoil Table Lamp

Quatrefoil Table Lamp

White Barbed Quatrefoil Mirror

White Barbed Quatrefoil Mirror

A quatrefoil vignette, as seen in the Richmond shop.

A quatrefoil vignette, as seen in the Richmond shop.

And of course, should you buy anything from The Kellogg Collection that can fit in a bag, you’ll be taking it home in our bag – which is covered in pretty green quatrefoils!

Kellogg shopping bag

Fabulous Fabrics at The Kellogg Collection

Fabrics at The Kellogg Collection

Assortment of in-stock bolt fabrics.

You’ve been coming into The Kellogg Collection and telling us about all of the fabric stores in DC, Maryland, and Virginia closing up or scaling back their offerings. We’re here to tell you that the opposite is happening at our stores – we are actually offering more fabrics than ever before which you can use for window treatments, pillows, bedding, headboards, and custom upholstery (and re-upholstery) in your home.
We sell fabric by the yard! Use our wide selection of thousands of beautiful fabrics for a variety of projects in your home. Of our fabrics, close to 100 of these are in-stock “bolt” fabrics which range from $20/yd to $130/yd. These bolt fabrics come from high quality mills in the USA & England. By buying these fabrics “by the bolt,” we are buying them directly from the mill instead of design center showrooms, which helps to keep costs way down for you.

After working at The Kellogg Collection for 18 years, Diane Litz has built up an incredible treasure trove of fabrics.

In our Baltimore shop: After working at The Kellogg Collection for 18 years, Diane Litz has built up an incredible treasure trove of fabrics.

We sell designer fabrics! We have an extensive selection of high end designer fabrics available by the yard. Our selection includes cottons, linens, silks, velvets, selections from the bold and beautiful Cowtan and Tout, as well as indoor/outdoor Sunbrella fabric (which is great for homes with kids and pets!).

A small sample of our ready-to-use curtains.

A small sample of our custom made curtains.

Just because your fabric store down the street is hanging by a thread, that doesn’t mean you should deprive yourself of the beautiful fabric you want for you home. Whether you’re looking for something new or want to get something re-upholstered, we have you covered. Come in and see us soon so we can show you our full range of fabrics.

High quality fabrics in your window treatments, pillows and furniture can dramatically improve the look and feel of a home.

High quality fabrics in your window treatments, pillows and furniture can dramatically improve the look and feel of a home.

Three upholstered chairs

Trio of fabulous Ikat print club chairs.

Kellogg bedroom vignette

Made-to-order Finder’s Keepers floral bedding

A Sunbrella-upholstered sectional.

A Sunbrella-upholstered sectional, as seen in our Baltimore shop.

Dark upholstery, light upholstery? Just ask! We have it all.

Dark upholstery, light upholstery? Just ask! We have it all.


Durham Chair in Omoko floral print.

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Made to order Llyta floral bedding and an aqua leopard print upholstered bench.

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Made to order Medici damask print bedding and custom linen upholstered headboard.

The Kellogg Collection fabric

Made to order custom window treatments in Omoko floral print.

Upholstered headboard The Kellogg Collection

Designer fabrics on a headboard and bedding ensemble.

New Photography Wall Art at The Kellogg Collection

It is always fun going to the High Point market and shopping for new items that we think you all will love. Perhaps our most exciting find at this past April market was a treasure trove of dramatic and beautiful photography. We are so happy to share with you that these 40 new pieces of wall art are already here and available for purchase at The Kellogg Collection.
London art curator Martin Trowbridge, the same force behind the magazine Bridge to Design, featured several of these pieces in his book, Decorating with Photographs:

Decorating with Photographs

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These stunning pieces of art come in a variety of sizes, including many large statement pieces and series shots. No matter what size you fall in love with, these are sure to add a very calming, serene and sophisticated feel to a room. Does that big wall above your sofa need artwork? These framed photographs are just the thing to take your room up a notch.
The photographs featured below are a selection of what we have currently in stock. If there is another statement photograph you see in Decorating with Photographs that you would like to have in your home, please get in touch with the store nearest you and one of our talented sales associates will do their best to order it for you.


















In addition to these framed photographs and the art listed here on our website, we have many other pieces of wall art that will look great in a variety of room styles. Come in to our DC, McLean, Richmond or Baltimore location soon to see what else we have that will add that je ne sais quoi to your home.

Spotted on House of Cards Season 3: The Kellogg Collection!

Perhaps you agree with us: House of Cards season three was a wild one with the Underwoods in the White House. Our eyes were on the home and office décor. Though it was exciting spotting our pieces in the sets on previous seasons, there was something particularly special about spotting some of our pieces in the fictional executive mansion.
Note: some photos have been lightened and are all property of Netflix.
In the White House, we spotted two pieces of art available at The Kellogg Collection: Caribbean Study V and VI.


Kellogg Collection House of Cards interior design

Kellogg Collection House of Cards interior design
In the fictional oval office, we spotted a coffee table almost identical to one of ours:

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White House Kellogg Collection home decor
…and then another coffee table in reporter Kate Baldwin’s living room. She also has a couple of our hurricane lanterns:

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Kellogg Collection House of Cards interior design
The Underwoods loved their Bamboo tray table so much, they moved it from Claire’s office at their previous home and right into the White House:

house of cards bamboo tray table

Kellogg Collection House of Cards interior design

In addition to the items above, The Kellogg Collection has thousands of beautiful pieces of furniture, fabrics and more that work with that Underwood White House aesthetic.
Netflix and House of Cards are unaffiliated with The Kellogg Collection, and this article is not meant to imply any sort of endorsement or sponsorship.

Shades of Gray at The Kellogg Collection

All puns about a certain book-to-movie aside, gray’s many shades make it a wonderful “color” to decorate a home. It’s a neutral shade, which means it goes well with any other colors going on in a room. It’s also a contemporary color trending now in the design world.
Gray living room
Gray living room vignette
Gray can make a strong anchor color for a room. If you select a gray fabric for your main living room upholstery and a gray rug, you won’t have too much trouble matching pillows, rugs, lamps, throws and other pieces of furniture to this “blank canvas” – you could even add more grays, like left’s pillow with its bold pattern. Should you feel the desire to add more color, simply swap a few pieces out for the new color you’re in the mood for. This swapping is harder to do when anchoring upholstery, a main rug or wall color in royal blue or bright yellow, for example.
Gray home decor
A big upside to gray is it is easy to find, and almost all of its shades naturally match well together. Dark grays and light grays go well with other shades, including metallic silvers, mirrors, white and black. In the above photo, you can see how nicely the gray chairs and darker gray-and-white pillows look lovely with clear vases, white flowers, and a mirrored table with black trim.
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Instead of mix-and-matching colors in your pillows, play with different shades and textures of grays. Above, a central pillow pulls together the cooler and warmer grays in its flanking pillows. The soft texture of the medium-gray throw, chunky white fringe and light gray sofa add more gray texture layers to the sofa vignette.
Home office
Gray and metals can add an interesting element to a room that would otherwise just be white. A metal storage bin, a gray-and-white throw and a darker gray pillow tie make this office vignette more eye-catching.
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Pantone Grays
Image via Pantone
Pro tip: Not all grays are created equally. As we said earlier, there are warm grays and cool grays, which have yellow, blue, purple or green undertones. This may not matter when mixing gray home accessories, but gray’s warm and cool tones should be considered when picking rugs, wall color and upholstery.
All images (c) The Kellogg Collection unless otherwise stated

Holidays at The Kellogg Collection: Gifts, Décor and More

Holiday pillows

‘Tis the season to swap pumpkins for evergreens, and wall art with wreaths. There’s nothing quite like taking that box of ornaments out and reliving each of those memories, and then throwing a few red and green pillows on a bed or a sofa. At The Kellogg Collection, we also love this time of year, and take special care to stock each of our four shops with seasonal gifts and goodies.

Holiday entertaining

Add holiday flair to your entertaining with trays, cocktail napkins, crackers, soaps, decorative centerpieces, dishes, silverware and more. Many of our cocktail napkins have traditional colors and scenes on them, but you’ll find a few with whimsical phrases like, “may your glass be full and your gifts exchangeable!”
In addition to our wooden Liberty puzzles (which we stock year-round), you can make family time more fun with the Downton Abbey board game. Select a footman or lady’s maid piece and wind your way through your duties, collecting bell tokens to win.

Downton Abbey board game

Seasonal snacks like spicy cheddar twists, flavored popcorn, and peppermint bark are ready to become your perfect host gift or stocking stuffer.


There are even dog biscuits in pretty, decorative tins for the canine lover on your list.

Holiday candles

Fill your home with the aroma of cedars and fir with candles that not only smell delicious, but look beautiful, too.

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Punctuate your home with motifs like angels, Santas, evergreens, stockings, botanicals and more.



We also have a variety of beautiful ornaments for tree trimming. Maybe – just maybe – when you bring those ornaments back out again next year, you’ll think back on what a great time you had shopping at The Kellogg Collection!

Decorating with the Greek Key pattern

By Ali Glass
The Greek Key is most commonly used as a decorative border. Its appearance in architecture and landscape dates back to ancient history. The design itself is constructed of various lines shaped into a repeated motif, which resembles a key. The design is also commonly referred to as a “meander” which is conjunct with the curves of the Meander River in Turkey, Greek’s neighbor.

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The ancient Greeks used this motif mainly in architecture, pottery, and sculpture. While the Greek Key above is shown carved into marble frieze atop this column, in modern day we use the design in our homes in many other ways.

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In ancient times we may have had to look upward in architecture to see a Greek key pattern, but the pictures above show that now the key is used on both tile and wood floors. A more subtle and simple way to incorporate the Greek key into your home is on the border of your carpet, shown above in the stair runner.

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In ancient times we may have had to look upward in architecture to see a Greek key pattern, but  now the key is used on both tile and wood floors. A more subtle and simple way to incorporate the Greek key into your home is on the border of your carpet, shown above in the stair runner.


The use of the Greek Key in your interior space doesn’t have to stop there however; plenty of decorative items in your home can be adorned with this border.

Greek Key home decor

Greek Key home accessories

Whether you are going for the look of the repeated design along the edge of your curtains or shades with bright color combinations or prefer the option of a single gold key design on your light fixture there are plenty of different decorative items, which can display this pattern.
You can also take this design outdoors!

Greek Key outdoors

Greek Key can be seen in pool tiles, and almost resemble a maze in garden shrubbery. The above outdoor sculpture probably speaks the most to ancient times but definitely transcends into a modern look for your outdoor space.
Another very simple accessory not yet mentioned to display a Greek Key design is on a pillow, which gives you endless color combination, shape, and detail options, based on whatever your personal interior style is. Whether centralized, used on a border, or used throughout the entire design of the pillow the Greek Key can add a nod to ancient history within your home.
The presence of the Greek Key has become a very popular within the home as it symbolizes infinity and an eternal flow. This makes accessories designed with the Greek Key excellent marriage gifts.

Greek Key bedding ideas

When thinking about the next marriage gift you plan to give, or update to your own home, be sure to stop into the Kellogg Collection to have a your Greek Key piece custom created for you!
Come in to one of our four Kellogg Collection locations (in D.C., Baltimore, McLean and Richmond) for ideas and inspiration on how to incorporate this timeless motif into your home.

November Wood Furniture and Rug Sale at The Kellogg Collection

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From November 7th through 29th, 2014, The Kellogg Collection is hosting a Fall Sale on wood furniture and rugs. Come in during this period to receive 20 to 30 percent off all wood furniture and rugs at our four shops, and 50 percent off on all needlepoint rugs in our Washington, DC location.

Look by Polly McKenna, our interior designer based in Richmond, Va.

Look by Polly McKenna, our interior designer based in Richmond, Va.

So what all is included in our “wood furniture” category of the special sale? We’re including case goods – chest of drawers, sideboards, buffets, dining tables and more – as well as beds and painted furniture.

Cherry drop leaf dining table

Cherry drop leaf dining table

Bowfront four drawer console from the Kellogg Collection | @kelloggfurn

Bowfront four drawer console


An original Kellogg Collection piece: the white Gustavian Sideboard

An original Kellogg Collection piece: the white Gustavian Sideboard

Adirondack Chest from the Kellogg Collection | @kelloggfurn

Adirondack Chest

Tall two-door bookcase from the Kellogg Collection | @kelloggfurn

Tall painted two-door bookcase

Though it’s not wood, we’re also including some of our glass- and mirror-topped metal coffee tables in the sale.


The other half of this sale covers our rugs – a home category Kellogg knows very well. When founder Pam Kellogg Green opened the first Kellogg location in D.C. over 30 years ago, it was to sell Dhurrie rugs, then the collection expanded from there to include the wide variety of traditional English furniture you see across our four stores today. The Kellogg Collection still sells Dhurrie rugs, as well as Soumak, woven cotton, woven wool, pak-weave, Oushak, versatile indoor/outdoor rugs as well as some gorgeous one of a kind pile rugs.

Indoor/Outdoor rugs

Indoor/Outdoor rugs

Samir Dhurrie rug

Samir Dhurrie rug

Coral oushak rug

Coral oushak rug

We have lots of rugs for you to browse on the walls and on our rug racks, and we can also custom order hundreds of other styles and sizes to fit exactly what you’re looking for.
We hope to see you in one of our four shops this month for our wood furniture and rug sale. The Kellogg Collection has stores located in D.C., McLean, Richmond and Baltimore.

Upholstery and Fabric at The Kellogg Collection

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A comfy sofa and a beautifully upholstered ottoman – what more does one need to relax comfortably in a home? Upholstery is furniture that is padded and covered with fabric. With unlimited fabric combinations, it’s a very easy to customize a piece for your home, and we have a few pointers to provide in the decision making process.
The first thing to think about is the actual piece you want. You can browse a small selection of our upholstery offerings right on this website; click through for our chairs, ottomans, sofas and loveseats, and a few pieces in our beds & headboards category. Some of these pieces have variable dimensions to fit your space, for example, a shorter loveseat or a longer sofa.
Once you have a vision in mind for your piece, the fun begins: selecting a fabric.

The Kellogg Collection has thousands of fabrics by designers from all over the world.

The Kellogg Collection has thousands of fabrics by designers from all over the world.

If you plan to keep your upholstered piece in a room for many years, you may want to play it safe with a solid fabric in an agreeable, neutral color. That doesn’t mean you have to use a fabric that is plain or boring. Make up for a neutral color with an interesting texture, or select a fabric with subtle pops of a second or third color:

Mackie sits on a neutral chair that’s made more interesting with a herringbone texture and nailhead trim


Thanks to the subtle neutral plaid striping, these red chairs are easier to decorate with.

The pop of coral trim on this cream chair makes it a more interesting piece.

The pop of coral trim on this cream chair makes it a more interesting piece.

Green and white chairs flank a sold green sofa.

Green and white chairs flank a sold green sofa. Look by our interior designer Amelia Perez.

Spunky polka dots on twin headboards in a children's room – white and/or blue bedding will always match well. Look by our interior designer Polly McKenna.

Spunky polka dots on twin headboards in a children’s room – white and/or blue bedding will always match well. Look by our interior designer Polly McKenna.

If you’re feeling more daring, cover a piece (or two, or three) with a bold pattern to add personality to a room.

Patterns, patterns: two plaid chairs and a cheetah print ottoman.

Patterns, patterns: two plaid chairs and a cheetah print ottoman.

A bold gray and white armchair with a hot pink and white pillow. Look decorated by Diane Litz.

A bold gray and white armchair with a hot pink and white pillow. Look by our interior designer Diane Litz.

A pink-and-green plaid upholstered bed. Look by our interior designer Debbie Blair.

A pink-and-green plaid upholstered bed. Look by our interior designer Debbie Blair.

The best thing about upholstered furniture: If you fall out of love with a fabric, give it a new look by re-upholstering it with a fresh new fabric! Come in to one of our four locations in D.C., Baltimore, McLean or Richmond for a free consultation on your next piece of upholstered furniture.
All images (c) The Kellogg Collection.

How To Bring Warm Autumn Colors Into Your Home

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Today is the first official day of fall, and the chill up and down the East Coast confirms it. It’s about that time to swap swimsuits for leather boots, and lemonade for pumpkin spice coffees. It’s also time to think about phasing out the whites and brights in your home for warmer tones like the browns, reds and corals we’ll soon see on the trees.
You don’t have to throw out your whole living room each season; after all, homes don’t need to be flipped as quickly as our closets. There are a few things you can do to warm the look of your home for autumn (and you’re always welcome to hire one of our interior designers for $250/room if you desire a professional touch!).


Though leathers look great year-round, they especially look good in a home during the warmer months. Now is the time to add a high-quality leather chair to your home so that you can get maximum enjoyment out of it (and take advantage of our semi-annual sale, which ends on September 29, 2014!).
The Eaton chair, above, has a beautiful distressed look to it and looks great in almost any setting, from living rooms and sitting rooms to bedrooms and home offices.

Astor Chair

Really up the ante on your fall redecorating by adding a statement piece to your room. The Astor chair, above, may be custom upholstered to your liking. This eye-catching pattern in autumn flavors makes for a great, high-quality statement piece.



Or, you can begin with a smaller piece, like one of our many pillows. These pillows have a wonderful variety of warm fall colors and can add a lot of personality to a vignette.


Once you have a statement piece, move around the room to swap in accessories to complement it. Match a red table lamp to a shade on the fabric, add a wire turreen or a brown hurricane to a table, add a terra cotta throw to a couch, or even stack a few leather-bound books nearby.

Fall home decor

Woods, golds, and deep greens also complement a fall room look.
Some of the things you’ll probably want to put into storage are summery motifs like seashells and starfish. It’s also generally a good idea to move out colors that will overwhelm the autumn palette (like pastels, neons, and summer whites) – though there are exceptions to this tip. Replace these bright, summer colors with warmer tones in eye-catching fall patterns like paisleys, plaids, leathers and chenniles.
Images via The Kellogg Collection/Public Domain

What Is A Garden Stool, Anyway?

Garden Stools

Garden stools: They come in so many colors, they look great in a room, yet it might be tough to figure out exactly how to decorate with these unique pieces of furniture once you buy one. It turns out these ceramic (and sometimes metal or wooden) stools are actually quite functional and versatile and can serve a variety of decorative uses in a home.

Garden Stool

Thanks to the waterproof finish on garden stools, these pieces do well functioning as their namesake: a stool in a garden. Leave it on a deck, in a garden, or out on a porch with little worry about water damage. Should you buy a metal or a wooden stool, double check with a Kellogg employee that it will do well outdoors.

Garden seat in a shower

Garden stools can also serve as a seat in a bathroom, and it can add a punch of color in the process.

Garden seat set

Bring several together with a glass or wooden top for a colorful and interesting table indoors or out. If you’re expecting extra guests, simply remove the top and voila! You have extra seats for the soirée.

Garden seat

The stools can function as decorative side tables ready to hold books, drinks and other knick knacks.

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Or, just keep a few stools nearby to use as extra seating when company comes over.
Come in to the Kellogg Collection’s stores in Richmond, McLean, Baltimore or Washington, D.C., to see the many different stools we have and see what looks good in, and outside of, your home. You may also browse some of our garden stools here.
Images via Houzz and the Kellogg Collection

Bookcases – They’re Not Just For Books

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Who doesn’t love a bookcase loaded up with wonderful old leather-bound books? Many homes, new and old, have built-in bookcases ready for display. Unless you are lucky enough to own lots of books to fill them up, you might need some help getting them looking styled and fabulous!


Did you know that The Kellogg Collection can assist you with in-home design and accessorizing on large or small projects? We have thousands of items in-stock and ready for immediate delivery. Bring by photos of your project or stop in and talk to us about our in-home consultations.

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Architectural fragments, ceramic accessories, framed photos and baskets can help fill up the space in addition to pretty books. Not every shelf has to line up with each other; try staggering the shelves to create visual interest.
Framed artwork may be hung on the face of the bookcases to give a layered effect. Try painting the back of the bookcase with a complementary paint color to dramatically set off what is being displayed or paint the entire fixture itself. The contrast of the brass wall sconces against the blue bookcases are a handsome feature, not mention the additional lighting that they bring to the space:

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Collections massed together in groups always makes a well styled shelf. Integrate stacks of books into your collection to create varying heights in the display. Assemble memorabilia from different parts of the world as mementos of where you have traveled.

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Color is a another way to add continuity to bookcase displays. Group things by similar colors, materials and tones to create visually appealing shelves. Don’t forget – the spines of books add color, too:

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No detail is too small. Some of the best displays are groups of un-like objects. Your display could simply be a grouping of some of your favorite things. Tortoise boxes, sea coral and Chinese blue and white porcelain are artfully arranged to perfection in this bookcase:

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 8.39.04 PMShown below are several “before” photos from a historic row house project that included a large built-in unit. The homeowner had an extensive collection of sheet music and some wonderful family treasures that they wanted to include.

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And after:

What a difference a few hours can make. The Kellogg Collection team transformed this client’s home by organizing what the customer already owned and by adding some carefully selected items from the shop.
No matter what your decorative needs are – whether you need new things to enhance your shelves, or a total home makeover – come in to one of The Kellogg Collection’s four stores for advice from our talented staff.
Images via House Beautiful and Pinterest

Form Meets Function with Case Goods


Having spent the past week with a personal organizer who helped wittle down the ever-accumulating amount of wares a house aqcuires, the need for storage in our lives remains of the utmost importances. You should never have to sacrafice design or a pleasing aesthetic sensibility, when it comes to adding function to the home. In comes the case for case goods (pun inteneded!). Above, a stunning example of appointing a gorgeous chest, the work of the iconic Frank Randolph.


Case goods are pieces of furniture that are essentially built like a box, such as cabinets, a chest of drawers or a breakfront. These pieces are generally meant for storage, and so their construction often incorporates drawers, doors and shelves. In recent years, the category has extended itself somewhat to occasional tables that you might put in a hallway or foyer. The point is, in the home, having a surface to place things either for display or function, is often overlooked but most imporantant.

Above, an example of form meeting function is aptly exemplified in the image from Ann West Interior’s living room: on the surface, two lamps and an array of perfecly placed object d’art. Underneath, she stores her china, wares and serving platters.


We’re always a bit partial to the Swedish, Scandinavian look. It’s clean, light and airy, sure to brighten the heaviness of any room.


Well-Read: 3 New Decorating Books on Design Legends


It’s a good time for books on design and decorating. Every publishing company seems to be putting out an increased amount of tomes devoted to interior design and home matters. Bloggers are routinely now getting book deals, and long time interior designers who have yet to publish a book of their work, have all picked 2013 to be the year they finally do it!
We’ve already talked about Tommy Scheerer’s buzz worthy title that debuted last month, a book long overdue. This month there are a few more books to look forward to, covering similarly iconic designers: Thomas Pheasant, Stephen Stills, and Suzanne Kasler.



Filled with Thomas Pheasant’s soothing schemes, Simply Serene is a textbook for modern classicism. The two images shown above depict Pheasant’s restrained, clean aesthetic that the design world has admired for years. Gorgeous photography coupled with straightforward copy, this book reflects the pragmatic style Pheasant loves.



The first compendium of renowned designer Stephen Sill’s solo work explores hushed, refined spaces in which every element – from chalky plasterwork to assiduously selected furniture to museum-quality art – adds up to a supremely elegant brand of chic. For the lover of dramatic interiors and artistic, eclectic flare, Stephen Sills Decoration is sure to please.



In Suzanne Kasler’s new book Timeless Style she showcases new projects that exhibit her fun “traditional with a twist” look that is ever-so-chic. This book is very in-depth, chronicling 8 different houses, and each project is given 30+ pages. It’s as if she is taking you on a personal tour throughout her portfolio!




What is impressive about Kasler and about this book is the vast range of aesthetics she creates for her clients. From traditional Southern to scandinavian modern, she can do it all. You’ll be inspired and learn from this book, which is especially good at showing the power of non-generic decorating and authentic creativity.
Come into Kellogg and see which book is right for you (and which you should give during the holiday season).

Neutral Territory


Living with color does not mean simply painting the walls red or green. Carefully orchestrated colors in the hands of a skilled designer can speak volumes to you. The trick with color is to select a shade that won’t become tired. This is why so often designers pick a neutral palette. From linens and browns to silver and gray, a monochromatic scheme can give a sense of tranquility that is stylish.


Afterall bolder color, when tempered by a layering of varied textures and balance of organic and architectural design, creates a timeless expression of refined taste. This is personified in the cream and beige living room above, that boast pops of aqua.

The variations in color options here can be daunting. Not all whites are created equal! Using beiges, greys, whites and cremes that compliment each other is vital.


In an all-white room, collected wares take center stage. It shifts the focus to the silhouettes rather than a play of colors, and the depth of dark wood antiques or the texture of materials are given room to breath.

Above, the living room of Frank Randolph’s Georgetown townhouse is a study in whites, with slipcovered upholstery, Jeffersonian antiques mixed with contemporary art, combine to create a visually stunning feast for the eyes. A Frank Randolph dining room is pictured below, and has a similar artistry.

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Some tips on neutral pallettes from Frank Randolph via Tone on Tone:

1) Start with a neutral color, and build from there.

2) Pick an accent color that inspires you.

3) Don’t be afraid to mix classical antiques with contemporary art.


Truth be told, whenever we create a neutral scheme, it is always popular. Above is an example of such a vignette at The Kellogg Collection and the mix of browns, beiges, and cream all go together so nicely. The pop of green from the topiaries is dramatic because it’s the only bold color!


Sticking with neutrals is always chic and sophisticated. But more than that, it’s livable. (Above, a cream tablescape via Ann West Interiors).

Inspired Design: Office Upgrade


Once school starts, there’s an overriding sense that it’s time to get organized, no matter what you’re age. For many, this means not only restoring order to your desk, but also upgrading your entire office. Regardless of your profession, everyone needs a place at home to write a letter, keep papers, and display the things that inspire you most.


It’s important to think outside the box when it comes to your office and desk. Above, a simple fold up table with a linen cloth draped over it serves as a perfect surface to work on. Bookshelves provide storage for the things that would normally go in drawers.


It’s always nice to mix and match styles. The painted black desk creates a nice juxtaposition when paired with this leather chair.

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An eclectic look for sure! The bulletin board that has been made out of an oversized frame and fabric piece of chintz fabric is the perfect place to intentionally collect pictures of sentiment.


Here are some ways you can spruce up your office via The Kellogg Collection:

1. ARMILLARY GLOBE; fun table top accessories for a masculine touch.

2. RIVER WASH STACK BACK; Stack back open bookcase in a river wash finish.

3. HARPER TABLE LAMP; Gilded iron table lamp with rosette detail and natural paper shade.

4. A pair of prints provide a handsome touch. The art collection is always rotating, come by the shop to see what prints are currently available.

5. ALEX ARM chair; we like the idea of using a painted chair with a stained wooden desk.

6. The Victorian desk; walnut veneer desk with faded green leather top, turned legs with brass banding and casters.

7. A fun STRAW BOX to keep surperfluous items hidden.