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GREENERY

It's that time of year again! Pantone has just announced their color of 2017 which is called Greenery. It is nice to see some spring colored leafy green this time of year as everything up here in the north turns a cold gray. Brrr...

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Wondering how to incorporate this green into your existing home decor for a fresh look? Check out this room photo below for some inspiration, it looks great mixed with rich blues and wood tones. 

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Artwork and some green ferns are always an easy update! 

What do you think of the new color of 2017? 

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Another Decorating Tip That's Cheaper (and less stressful) then repainting

 

Buckinghamshire Residence by LLI Design.

 

Updating accessories! Of course the "cheaper" part of the subject line only holds true if you aren't spending a lot on accessories. But what is important to know here is that sometimes paint colors just don't look right in a room. People may even repaint a different shade and still not be happy with the results. The problem here is with the accessories, or lack there of.

 

J. Hirsch Interior Design Portfolio

 

One key element of design is to make each decision look intentional. For example, if you are going to mix a warm color with cool color it needs to look intentional. How to do that? Find a piece of artwork that has both tones in it so it looks intentional. 

 

Cozy Living Room

 

Then repeat it. Pick up both colors in pillows, throw blankets, vases, etc. 

 

Parkwood Road Residence Living Room 2

 

I believe that you can make almost any color scheme work with carefully placed design elements and accessories. 

 

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I think that a decorator's job is an important one for finishing a room. You can have the best architectural layout, best tradespeople install, and highest quality furniture purchased. But accessories and carefully chosen colors really make a room sing. It adds personality and liveliness and that 'wow' factor everyone is looking for. 

 

Honore-Transitional Dining Room
 

 

If you need ideas on how to make this happen in a room of yours, I'd be honored to help!

Cheers, 

Pantone Color(s) of the Year

Well, this morning Pantone announced their color(s) of the year for 2016 and all I can keep thinking is that they seem to have suffered from decision paralysis and couldn't pick just one! It is an unprecedented move by the industry's color authority so we'll see how it plays out. I understand what they are saying about the colors working together to provide balance, harmony etc. but it's a tough line to walk as a single recommendation.

It's also fun to see what everyone else thinks of the announcement. I am seeing lots of references to Steven's Universe & Sailor Moon (never watched either of them), birth announcements (baby blue and pink anyone? lol), and my other general observance that I thought ombre was on the way out... 

 

So for this post I am going to totally ignore the "serenity" blue aspect of the color and instead focus on the "Rose Quartz" which is a pretty blush pink. THAT color I have been seeing more of and I would like to take a look at it in different aspects of interior decorating as a subtle trend. 

First a look at "Rose Quartz", the stone

So as the name references this is what natural Rose Quartz looks like. It's a beautiful soft pink that reminds me a bit of Himalayan rock salt. The history and meaning of the stone itself is related to the heart and "unconditional love." 

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Rose Quartz is a pink coloured crystal believed to have heart-healing properties. It encourages healthy self-love, and can bestow compassion, forgiveness and acceptance. Rose Quartz is also soothing, calming and reduces stress and tension.

"Rose quartz" as paint

I attended a Sherwin Williams color forecast earlier this fall and also saw lots of blush colors as part of their forecast. I'm going to say that the closest of these is the "charming pink" on right since it has a similar clarity of color that the stone shares. But the muted blush pinks work really beautifully with subtle grays to warm up the color palette. 

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"Rose Gold" metal

Yes... even METAL is going pink! Now I'm not suggesting that everyone replace their faucets and light fixtures with rose gold but in the right application it's a nice option and welcome change to the standard "silver" or "chrome" options. First brass was making a comeback in the warm metal options, and now rose gold is here! 

 

 

Rose Gold Technology

Oh and incase you weren't sure about the metals above, check out the rose gold iPhone option available here ;) 

(apple iphone)

 

Ok so now are some other simple ways of adding this hue into your home decor...

Furniture

A nice pink accent piece would be a fun addition to a room! Either paired with high contrast dark colors or keeping light and airy with other light neutrals. 

 

 

 

 

Window treatments

 

 

Accessories & Decor

 

 

Artwork

 

 

 

So after seeing a few examples of the Rose Quartz / blush pink in context what do you think? What do you think of Pantone's announcement in general? Would love to know, leave a comment below! 

Cheers!

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Transform a Room with Color & Simple Styling

Well hello there! I have returned from maternity leave and it's so good to be back! I started back gradually over the summer and now that it's September I am back up to speed again. This is the first post on my blog since returning and I am excited to keep up with my social media again. 

So what is my first post going to be about? Well, I have been working on a few projects involving window treatments and have become really excited with Smith & Noble's before & afters. I first discovered them on my ipad over the summer and was totally mesmerized with sliding the bar back and forth to see the transformation. I should say that I had a few "extra minutes" to look through all of them because I was holding my little babe for long stretches of time ;) 

What I really like about these is that they not only show window treatments but also pillows and throws. The furniture remains exactly the same but it shows how powerful color & accessories are in transforming a room. i would love to show you a few of my favorites and what I like about each one. So let's get on with it shall we?

Bedroom Transformation

You can see how the blue livens up this simple bedroom and the mix of solids and pattern also adds interest. They added a table lamp next to the bed. All of this is very simple but adds so much sensory experience to the room.

 

Family Room Transformation

This large window and sliding door combination looks great with a dual layer window treatment. In addition they've replaced some of the green accessories with a simple white orchid and throw pillow. Same furniture but wow - look at the difference! 

 

Living Room Transformation

Another dual layer window treatment - blinds with patterned panels on each side. The addition of sunflowers in a vase and throw pillows really pull the room together.  Please also note that the curtain rod is hung as high as possible and the curtains are brushing the floor. Full length curtains really keep the windows looking tall! 

Living Room 2

Talk about framing a view! The curtains really draw attention to the windows, and the throw pillows and blanket repeat the colors and introduce new pattern.  This is also a great example of how a neutral couch and wall color isn't a recipe for boring! Accessories are an easy way to upgrade and change a space.

Kitchen

Again here is a simple upgrade with a valance, and the color is repeated in the flowers and bowl of fruit. Also note how this curtain makes the window seem taller? If you look at the original window and notice how low it is, then notice that the top of the valance is lined up with the top of the cabinets. Viola! Tall window magic.

Dining Room

Bay windows can be tricky, and while I'd say about 90% of the time in general it's best to let as much light in as possible. But sometimes it's good to break that rule and go for cozy drama and have fun! Curtains carve out space in an otherwise large room, especially if there is a lot of other natural light available. This looks fabulous, plus all the accessories on the table really pull it all together. 

Contemporary Loft Space

Even in really contemporary loft spaces (maybe especially in these spaces) curtains can really add a soft touch without taking away from the space. The sheer curtains shown below emphasize the height of the room, let light filter in, and soften the hard edges in this space.

 

So what do you think of these transformations? Do you see the potential for a color & accessory makeover in your home?? This is the fun part that really adds a lot of personality to a home, is easy to update, and makes a room feel complete. 

Thanks for reading! As I mentioned earlier all Before & Afters are compliments of Smith & Noble! You can take a look at all of the transformations and play with the slider from the link below. 

www.smithandnoble.com/beforeandafter

 

Cheers!

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Navy Blue Rooms

I've always loved the color blue, and have found navy blue in particular to be a versatile chameleon. I don't think there is a color that doesn't go with navy! There are times when I've even thought "navy is the new black" but have refrained from making such statements. Navy has been hot for a few years now and it looks classic mixed with white, like all those ginger jars we see in decor magazines today.

Then I read an article from the Wall Street Journal (Top 5 Interior Design Trends for 2015) discussing how moody blues are on trend, and so I thought it would be fun to show a few combinations of navy with other colors for some inspiration. I focused mostly on painted navy rooms, although adding navy accents through furniture and accessories is another great way to infuse a smaller dose of this blue. So without further adieu let's see some pictures!

Navy with Neutrals (moody blues)

 

Navy & White (classic & crisp)

 

 

Navy & Hot Pink (hot hot!)

 

Navy & Green/Yellow (crisp & clean)

 

That's a Wrap!

Well, the holidays have come and gone and today is the eve of a New Year! I am excited to ring in the new year with friends later tonight and am looking forward to see what 2014 brings!

In an effort to wrap up some of my design finds from last year I wanted to share my last round up from the ICFF, and this one is all about paper! Maybe you've seen some beautifully wrapped gifts this past holiday, but this post will focus on your walls! 

Some of you may still be removing wallpaper that you inherited from decades ago but the truth is that wallpaper is back in a big way! And why not when there are so many beautiful options that can add pattern, metallics, depth, or texture to your walls. It creates instant ambiance and impact. This isn't your grandmother's wallpaper.... :)

Calico Wallpaper

Beautiful marbled technique applied in a metallic paint, beautiful and organic. They have a process section on their website that shows a few photos of how they marble their papers.

Lunaris

Vahallan Papers

These are made in panels that are replaceable and repairable. Very interesting concept for wallpapers. It comes in many textures and patterns, and also offers a 'torn edge' style that creates a seam-free look.

Industry

Lobo Loup

Cute illustrations that would work great in any children's room. Playful designs are printed on sustainable paper with water based inks.

Wiener Dogs

Petta Thompson

How fun are these 3D wallpapers with pom poms and flowers

Scatta with pom pom accessories

 

Carl Robinson

And here is a line of classy wallpaper. I received a folder with

Top 5 Tips for Styling Vignettes

Last week was a really fun week for design and business! I attended a design conference and met other members of theInterior Redecorators Network that I am part of. I learned so many good business tips and even more decorating ideas. One day of the conference we went to the New York Design Centerand after an information session we toured the beautiful showrooms. There was so much to see I'm already making plans to go back again! There were too many favorites to name but one of the showrooms that really stood out to me was Global Views. They carry a lot of home accessories and had beautiful vignettes set up by color. It was a really impactful way to organize the showroom and each vignette was beautiful on its own.

(Photo I took at Global Views - stunning vignette of black, white, and gold)

I think vignettes like this one above are a really nice way to add some interest to your home decor too. If you have collections you'd like to display or personal mementos that you'd like to share this is a great way to showcase those. Not to mention how well these work with holiday decor! So I thought I'd share a few tips for creating vignettes in your home.

1- Define a Collection


A collection begins with a grouping of 3 or more items. Edit the collection to showcase the best and most meaningful so they don't become clutter. Each vignette should tell a story about the items, afterall the word vignette means "a short scene in a movie or play."

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2- Think Scale

This is something that kept coming up in conversation at the conference too, it's easy to get consumed by lots of "little" things. Don't forget to vary the scale and think BIG to add some height and interest to bring your eye around the room!

 

Pantone Products

I've been reading a lot about color lately and was excited to see the most recent catalog from The Home Decorators Collection featuring four new lines of rugs that are part of Pantone Universe! There is Pantone focus, Pantone expressions, Pantone prismatic, and Pantone matrix.

This first picture from their catalog that shows a simple shag in the Pantone 2013 color of the year, of course: Emerald.  One of the other colors available is Tangerine Tango which was 2012's color of the year. These are basic color block options for a dose of saturated color in any room.

This catalog page shows their more subtle color combinations which all have a soft feathered edge to the patterns. I really like the one they picked to photograph above, called New Antique. You'll also see they've selected a few Pantone chips on each page so you can "perfectly match your wall color, laminates, furniture, accessories and more with our rugs."

 

I also liked these tone on tone geometeric wool flatweaves shown above. 
Horizon Blue: Pantone 19-4057 TPX and Pink Flambe 19-3138 TPX

Dreamy Bedrooms

Sometimes when writing these blog posts I like to include relevant topics to conversations I've had or projects I'm working on. Today's post is about bedroom pillows because, well simply put, we are in the market for some new ones stat! After spending some time last week in a hotel it became apparent that I can no longer sleep on the ones we have. Nada, no more. I changed the sheets today and couldn't even bring myself to put the pillow cases back onto the old pillows.

Our upgrade will more than likely be a functional one as we still have some nice shams and pillow covers. But if you are in the market for some new pillows and you'd like to refresh the look of your room as well, here are some ideas for different ways to arrange them on your bed.

I think that all these arrangements above are nice and easy to work with. In general I would say that Euro shams provide a more contemporary look since they are square, compared to their standard rectangular counterparts. Mixing them together though is a nice way to add some variety.

 

Here are some pictures that demonstrate nice pillow decor...

This one mixes euro and standard pillows. I like the graphic punch of the accent pillows with a purple neck roll.

Traditional Bedroom
by Opelika General Contractor Stone Martin Builders

 

This one uses the same fabric on the headboard as the long roll pillow. A pop of matching yellow is pulled out for the back layer, and a soft blue pulled out to layer in front of that.


Traditional Bedroom
by Atlanta Interior Designer Cristi Holcombe

 

Check out this comfy tufted headboard! Black provides a sleek accent color and is softened with the gold and white of the bedset. I like the use of a matching graphic pillow as one of the layers.


Contemporary Bedroom
by Saskatoon Interior Designer Atmosphere Interior Design Inc.


Lots of layers in this bedset - the cute little round accent pillow in front centers the look and adds a soft touch with the ruffles.


Traditional Bedroom
by Morganville Interior Designer Marina Klima Goldberg - Klima Design Group

 

Crisp white linens are paired with neutral browns for a simple contemporary look. Mixed euro and standard pillows works well to add interest when using mostly white.

Good Design Takes Planning

As with pretty much everything else in life the best results are achieved when there is a "big picture" goal and a plan to follow. Sometimes decorating can feel like a daunting task when you don't have all the pieces yet, or don't know what to do with the pieces you already have. You may know what kind of look you want but find it hard to achieve the desired result because of various limitations. These limitations can be anything from trying to find furniture you love in the right size, waiting for the budget to allow for such purchases, or waiting to inherit a piece promised from a friend or family. The list goes on and on and it can be so frustrating!

This room needs help! Picture from Houzz dilemmas

This room also needs help! Houzz dilemma


But don't give up! It will all come together in good time. Designing a home takes a lot of time and patience, and allowing for things to evolve over time. I just finished reading "The Business of Design" by Keith Granet and I pulled a quote from him that really resonated with me: "A house is a product, a home is a process."  Isn't that so true?


Traditional Living Room
by Toronto Interior Designer Jane Lockhart Interior Design


Contemporary Living Room
by Orlando Photographer Studio KW Photography

Sometimes all you need to get started is a good plan! The design plans I provide as part of my consultation help to define the "big picture" for the space AND help to prioritize each step of the process so you know when to buy things and in what order. It's your own personal check list! Having a design plan saves frustration, keeps you organized, and helps your budget stays on track.

Erin Go Bragh!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! When I hear this exclamation my first few thoughts are: shamrocks, parades, and beer (green optional!). When it comes to decorating though, there are many other ways to bring a bit of Ireland into your home. For me Ireland conjures up images of lush green pastures dotted with sheep, stone walls covered in lichen, and a hazy aqua mist.

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The best thing about decorating personal spaces is that every person has their own interpretation of what something means to them. We always try to incorporate meaningful funiture and accessories into our redesign because that's what makes each space truly unique. Below are some rooms we found that could have been different interpretations of Ireland based on the pictures above. What does Ireland mean to you?