Trend Alert: The Return of Burgundy

Remember back in the 1990’s when the color Burgundy was so popular in interiors?  It seemed like half the houses on our street had Burgundy dining rooms and who could forget the oh so popular Burgundy, Forest Green and Gold plaid sofa. Well guess what…it’s BAAACK.

Burgundy was one of the hottest color trends on the runway this past Fall and is trending equally strong for Spring 2013. Today’s Burgundy has been given a bit of a make over (less Red/Purple than the Burgundy of the 1990’s) and Christened with a new name; Oxblood. If you like the color, but like me are haunted by the Burgundy of the 90’s here are a few ways to use the new burgundy and still keep your room fresh and current.

 Try pairing Burgundy walls with lots of lighter neutrals in the furnishings, carpet and accessories like in the room below.burgundy paired with neutral

You can also try the reverse and use Burgundy in the furnishings and accessories while keeping the walls neutral.


Another way to keep Burgundy from looking like 1990 is to pair it with something other than green or gold. The room below looks modern and fresh when Burgundy has been paired with blue.

burgundy and blue

burgundy and blue

Personally I am still on the fence about Burgundy. I never liked it in the 90’s and I’m still not sure I am ready to embrace it now. I must say though when I saw this image below from Elle Decor I thought …maybe just maybe…I could learn to love it.

oxblood interior elle decor

oxblood interior elle decor

What do you think of Burgundy? Are you ready to welcome it back into your home?



Waiting With Anticipation for Pantone’s Color of the Year Announcement

We are only days away from the big announcement from Pantone as to what the 2013 color of the year will be. As a Boston area color consultant this announcement is a really big deal. Kind of like sitting in the front row at fashion week and waiting for the new looks from your favorite designer if you are a fashonista.

Yesterday Sherwin Williams announced their 2013 color of the year and it is Aloe

Sherwin Willmans color of the year

SW 2013 color of the year

Benjamin Moore had announced their pick for 2013 a while back and they chose Lemon Sorbet.

Benjamin Moore color of the year 2013

Benjamin Moore color of the year 2013

Interesting that both paint companies chose pastels for 2013 especially since we are seeing so much rich saturated color in both fashion and interiors. Although both SW and Ben Moore color choices are interesting to note, they are both focused on selling paint…and what pretty colors to pick if you are looking for a wall color.

Pantone however is not a paint company. They are the big kahuna of color influence. Any industry that works with color from fashion to designers to graphic artists to pastry chefs all look to Pantone for influence and guidance on color trends…hence the excitement of the big announcement which will come any day now. Pantone chose Tangerine Tango as their pick for 2012 and the stores have been full of Orange products all year.

In anticipation of the big announcement the blogosphere has been filled with rumors and guesses as to what this years color will be. I have read many of the postings and there seems to be three colors that keep getting mentioned as possibilities. Here they are in order of popularity.

#1. Dark deep Blue: Pantone picked  Monaco Blue  as the top color for fashion for Spring 2013 and many believe that this will also be the pick for Color of the year. Rich dark blues have been all over the runway and was also really big at Fall High Point so this is a good guess.

Pantone Monaco Blue

Pantone Monaco Blue

mary MacDonald

Mary MacDonald

#2. Emerald Green: rich jewel toned greens have been very trending as of late so this is a also a good guess.


Pantone Emerald Green

Miles Redd

Miles Redd  

#3. Purple: The color purple is Hot Hot Hot right now and many are guessing Purple will be it.  I will be surprised if this is the pick but hey…I didn’t see Tangerine Tango coming last year so who knows!

african violet

Katie Ridder

Katie Ridder

As soon as they make the big announcement I will let you all know…until then….what to make a guess of Pantone’s Color of 2013?

If you would like help decorating or  choosing color for your home give me a call.

Five Minute Thanksgiving Decorating

These past few weeks have been a complete blur for me. I am working with a wonderful new client who is moving into a new home and by choice has decided to start from scratch. He is bringing absolutely nothing with him other than his clothes…seriously… nada…not even a fork and spoon. Oh, and to make things a little interesting he closed two weeks ago today on his new house and left two days later for Asia and asked if everything could be finished when he got back…. which is tonight…. HAHAHAHA… really?

Well fast forward two weeks and no, the house is not done but things are coming together really nicely. I still have a way to go and I can’t wait to share photos once everything is in place.

The point is I have had no free time (hence my first blog post in 3 weeks) to decorate my home for Fall.  I do realize Thanksgiving is this coming Thursday so I need some super easy, super fast Fall decorating ideas that take five minutes or less. I want to share my finds…just in case some of you are pressed for time as well.

Now in the North East it is too late to decorate with colorful leaves but if you do have any left in your yard this is always a super easy and quick solution as you can never go wrong by bringing nature into your home.

No leaves? I love this look of bare branches in a tall vase. Make it tall and make it a statement.

If you live in the city and branches are scarce, glass vases or jars filled with Fall colored seeds, corn or other Organics and topped with a candle (silk leaf optional) will bring a Fall feel into your home.

A simple pre-made Fall flower bouquet from the super market accented with acorns and dried lentils will look great on my kitchen island.

Bittersweet is another Fall favorite and either it grows wild where you live or not. We have it all over our neighborhood so five minutes of clipping and I have a quick and easy way to add color to my Thanksgiving table or mantle.

An all white Thanksgiving table looks so beautiful with white dishes and table cloth, white pumpkins (real or not) and chunky white pillar candles…super easy, super fast.

white thanksgiving table

and if  this coming week turns into another 3 days of 12-15 hour work days and I wake up on Thursday morning with nothing done and no time to do it…my fall back is a bag of candy corn still unopened from Halloween.

candy corn

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

How about you love taking the time to decorate for the holidays? Do you have any quick 5 minute ideas to share?

If you would like help decorating your home or choosing color (after Thanksgiving) give me a call!




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