THINKIN’ PINK IN THE SPIRIT OF VALENTINE’S DAY!

 

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching it’s easy to be thinkin’ pink.  After all – love is in the air, or at the very least, the desire for love is in the air.  And, since the meaning of the color pink is “unconditional love and nurturing” it stands to reason to be thinkin’ pink this time of year.   

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It’s such a happy, yet peaceful, uplifting color. It invites a certain sweetness to the atmosphere.  How gracious of God to bless us with this beautiful color in nature for inspiration.  Makes it’s meaning all the more apropos.   Isn’t this spectacular?

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It’s like a big, divine hug of unconditional love from God!

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And, while it’s very common to utilize this precious color in a little girl’s room to create an adorable, inviting space for herself and friends….

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Or to adorn a wedding in all things pink…….  (My bridesmaids wore bubblegum pink and my groomsmen wore burgundy tuxes.  Oh, yes, they did.)

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But, would you ever consider carrying it into your living area at home?

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I mean……how eye-catching is this?

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How bold and striking is this fun dining room?

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There’s lots of fun to be had with pink.

It’s not just for Valentine’s Day, little girl’s rooms or weddings.

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You can use it as a mainstay color in your home. 

So think bold, think beautiful……think pink!

Happy Decorating!

FUN AND FAB FURNITURE: MIXING COLOR WITH PATTERN!

 

If you’ve read my blog post for very long you know that I love color and I love mixing patterns.  One of my favorite furniture designers, McKenzie Childs, has this art down to a science…or should I say this science down to an art.  I’m sure many of you know exactly who she is and what her style looks like, but for those of you who don’t, I wanted you to see her look for yourself. 

I for one love it so much, she inspired the direction I went with my office-turned-guestroom.  (Which I’ll blog about if I ever get it finished!)

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In addition to color and pattern, almost everything she does has a bold infusion of black and cream.  One of my other all time favorite color combinations.  Would you have thought to mix all this color and pattern together?  If you have some fabric remnants left over and a piece that needs recovering…..why not give it a shot.  Just sayin……

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How cute is this chubby little ottoman?

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And this black and cream with this bold plaid.  I mean….isn’t it fun?

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Totally presh!…..Notice the black and cream door knobs?

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Could you just die?!  So cute!

Check out her website here for more info on her amazing work.

If I ever get finished with my guest room I’ll show you how she inspired me in designing my space.

Happy Decorating!

Crazy For Color: Infuse Your Room With Fun!

 

Infusing a room with color is one of those things that can not only brighten up your room, but like I’ve said before, can even add a “little happy” to your life. 

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In a time of such challenges bringing a little childlike, lighthearted pleasure to our little corner of the world and to our weary old spirits is a good thing.

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Like this traditional style chair.  Upholstering such a “serious” piece in this bright, overt color takes it from ho-hum to unexpected and cheerful.

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Adding this loud pattern and these bright colors to this sofa kind of just puts the fun in funky…..

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There’s just something about walking into a room filled with color that helps set the tone for optimism and a happy attitude…

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And, even stimulates creativity….

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It makes furniture more hip…..

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And, a somewhat formal space…..more lighthearted and joyful…..

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And, can’t we all use more of that in our worlds.

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So think about bringing a little more color, a little of the unexpected and a little more “happy” into your corner of the world.

Happy Decorating!

Decorating with Beige: It Doesn’t Have To Be Boring:

 

For many people when they think of beige they think boring!”.  But, beige doesn’t have to be boring at all.  In fact it creates a very soothing, warm ambiance when done correctly.

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The key to a monochromatic color scheme is using different textures and introducing other interesting items to create interest and keep the eye moving.  Take a look at this space above.  Notice everything is a version of beige, but you’d never say it was boring.  The woven woods, the addition of wood, rattan and other textures in the space hold your interest and please the eye – creating warmth and welcoming you in.

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Here you see, again, the combination of textures and varying shades of beige.  The addition of the sleek espresso table adds a new texture and breaks up the beige upholstery tones just enough.

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Look closely here….beige, beige and more beige.  But, lots of texture to break it up and maintain interest and charm.

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You’ll notice the same thing here….

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And, here……

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But, if you really wanted to you could bring in that fun pop of color. 

You see……beige is not boring at all!

Happy Decorating!

SAVVY STUFF: MORE FUN AND FUNK WITH COLOR AND SPUNK!

 

One of the best, cheapest decorative tools you have at your fingertips is paint.  And, one of the best ways to “cool up” a space is to infuse it with color.   Lots and lots of color.

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Look at how…..well….just flat out fun this space is.  This careful infusion of color screams fun.  A bit bohemian, a bit hip and a lot of fun.  A very fun line of furniture by a company called Guildmaster.

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Guildmaster is a wonderful vendor and their prices are very reasonable, but if  the budget is tight and you just can’t afford pieces like this……step out on a limb……do it yourself!  Buy an inexpensive piece at a garage store or inexpensive resale shop and just go for it.  What have you got to lose but a little time?  You might find it much easier than you think and very satisfying.

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Fun, colorful fabric is a great way to incorporate color, too.

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A funky touch in your accessories with unusual pieces makes it interesting.

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Color, color, color…

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Joyful and upbeat…….can’t you use a little more of that in your life?!

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Ever tried stenciling?  It’s not hard.  Give it a whirl.  A great, inexpensive way to bring charm and personality to your walls.

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Look closely at this piece….the paint, the mixture of mis-matched hardware….who’d a thunk?  But, it’s great!

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And, how fun is this?

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Don’t forget the artwork.   Keep it colorful, keep it large scale and keep it FUN!!

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Makes me smile just looking at all this color!  Imagine what it could do in your own home?

Happy Decorating!!

The Soft, Soothing Vibe Of “Country Blue” & Crème For Your Beach Themed Space!!

 

Those of you who are old enough may remember the soft country blues and mauves of the eighties and the relaxing vibe it created.  I certainly do!  Soft, soothing, comforting…..all the rage for years and then….it was over and onto the next color of the moment.  (Then it was onto other colors like the good old hunter green, burgundy and navy.  Remember that, too?Smile ) 

Well, what I call “country blue” has been a popular color again for sometime now in interior design.  Especially paired with brown in years of late it’s a color that “rocks” with other colors, too….as well as in all sorts of design styles.

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And one of those styles is a beach themed space.  For the lover of that soft soothing blue hue – it’s as peaceful, serene and comforting as ever.  (Just like it was in the eighties!) When paired with simple cream it just has a way of softening the edges and relaxing the spirit.  (Much like the sign above says.)  Don’t you agree?

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Perfect for so many styles, but none more than a beach theme….

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Frames, plaques, etc…..

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It’s a perfect pairing with this soft creamy color.

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See what I mean?

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Is it time to bring some calm to your home?

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Time for a change?

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Think about a beach theme in soft blues and crème’s.  With it’s soft, soothing vibe it may be just what you need to relax in this crazy world.

Happy Decorating!

There’s Just Something Hot About Hot Pink!

 

One fun color that can cause extreme joy in some, but can make others cringe is the dramatic boldness of fuchsia or hot pink.  Others might like it just fine –for someone else – they just can’t imagine highlighting it in their own life in any way, shape or form.

Face it….not everyone can pull off hot pink…..

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whether it be fashion….

Or lips…..

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Or, heaven forbid….certainly not interior design!  But, I – like most designers – can appreciate almost any color done in the right space for the right client.

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And, hot pink is certainly no exception.

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And, it’s not just for tweens and teens.

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Which, of course, is always fun….

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It’s for grown ups, too.

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Look how spectacular these hot pink chairs are.  They pop!  And they create a drama and sense of style like no other color.

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For the super daring how about an entire room in hot pink?

It can always be toned down with a soft white like this if it’s too much to do the entire room.  Dramatic and fun, yet classic.

Or, maybe you want to pull it into your décor, but in a low key way.  Try just doing a few accent pieces like this.  Doesn’t it make this space fun?

No matter how much you decided to use….a little or a lot…..there’s just something incredibly hot…..something incredibly fun and sassy about hot pink.

So I say….go for it!

Happy Decorating!

Tangerine Tango–The Color Of 2012

 

Many of you blog followers out there have read about the color of the year already.  But, there are as many or more that have no clue that the color of the year is called “tangerine tango”. 

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The refreshing vibe from this vibrant color has made it’s way to just about everything…..

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Whether it be lipstick…..

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Fashion…..

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Or nail polish….

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But, the biggest splash is in interior design.  Take a look at these vibrant tangerine tango drapes in a space filled with black and cream.  Imagine how different the room would look if the drapes were black or cream, too.  Boring!  This vibrant tangerine never fails to add snazz and pizzazz.  It doesn’t matter if it’s in a hip, transitional space like this….

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Or a more modern space like this…….

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Even a more traditional space like this.

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You can have just a tiny little punch of tangerine like these pillows….

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Or maybe just a little more with a chair or two….

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Just a simple throw on each chair in tangerine adds such a pop of color and fun.  It tilts the entire personality of the room to feel less “serious”.

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If you’re bold enough you can paint an entire wall.  Notice how the black, white and gray anchors the space and helps balance the weight of such a bold color?

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You could always go for the gusto with a tangerine bedroom? Could you ever be so bold????

Why not?!  I say go for it?!

Because if you’re looking for a wow factor….you certainly have in tangerine tango.

Happy Decorating!

Is Gray Really The New Beige?

 

After doing a blog post last week called “Shades of Beige Can Be All The Rage” (if you missed it – check it out by clicking here) I was recently asked the question, “Isn’t gray the new beige?”  And, the answer is, well, in a word – yes.  While, beige is timeless, beautiful and works with all sorts of colors, styles and textures, gray has replaced it – or at the very least given it some serious competition as I guess you could say – it’s hipper, cooler, “more chic” cousin.

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Gray works well in a multitude of styles and with a multitude of colors.

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See what I mean?

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So many colors, styles and textures……..all take on a bit cooler vibe when painted, dyed or paired with gray.

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See how this space pops with personality when yellow is paired with gray….

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A mix of color that creates an unexpected joyful vibe.

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And, notice this modern space takes on a rather regal, elegant air with purple accents….

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Of course it looks great with red!

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Totally hip with hot pink…..

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Luxurious and serene with teal blue….

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Wild and exotic with orange….

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It even works shades of green….

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Here it creates a stunning, sophisticated master bedroom….

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And, even looks sweet and spectacular in a nursery.

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I mean….who knew?

So, yes, gray is very versatile and works with a multitude of textures, styles, and colors just like our good, old friend – the tried and true, timeless beige.  But, somehow gray just has that “now”, that “it” factor making it the hipper, cooler “new age beige”. 

Happy Decorating!

Decorating With Green and Brown: Cool and Hip

 

Looking for a fun color combination to spruce up your place?   How about green and brown? 

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It’s a hip, chic…….fun combo.

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They look great together in a contemporary space like this……

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A casual space like this…..

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A transitional space like this….

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Even in a traditional space like this the mix of green and brown is stunning.

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Whether you bring in the rustic look of tin tiles….

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Or the contemporary look of glass tiles….green and brown make a beautiful combination for any space.

Happy Decorating!!!

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