Seems like everyone I talk to these days and ask how they’re doing, I get a response something like this. “I’m SO busy”…”there just aren’t enough hours in the day”…”I’m crazy busy”. Between work, family, chores and commitments I think we can all use a few quick and easy ideas for Fall decorating.
To help out and inspire all of you that are “SO busy” I have gathered a few of my favorite five minute decorating ideas from Pinterest.
A few branches of Bittersweet from the grocery store displayed in glass bottles.
a pile of white pumpkins under a glass cloche.
An artichoke, apples, brussel sprouts, cabbage, gourds, candles and flowers all grouped in a shallow bowl.
If you live in an area that has foliage there is nothing easier than putting some colorful branches of leaves in a glass vase.
Okay, I know this is getting old, but popcorn and candles in a clear cylindrical vase is another one of those five minute decorating tricks. Great if guests are arriving and you need something quick for the front hall table.
As a last resort, line up pumpkins on your mantel and call it a day. Simple, understated and beautiful. Sometimes less really is more.
How about you? Do you find the time to go all out with your Fall decorating?
If you read my blog then you know that I am a huge color lover. I spend a lot of time thinking about and looking at color. Therefore, it comes as a surprise (even to myself) that I am mysteriously drawn to the new trend in both fashion and interiors which is a black and white palette.
Maybe this trend is just a needed palette cleanser after all the highly saturated color we have been bombarded with over the past few years or maybe it is just a 180 for designers to try something new.
Black and white kitchens of course are timeless and have been popular for ages.
I love the black floor and range hood in the image above and the black subway tiles in the image below are a welcome change from the typical white subway tile that is usually used.
The black and white living room below looks so fresh and calming and the eye is drawn to the beautiful hanging lights, tribal patterned pillows and the few carefully placed accessories.
Black and White can be a good choice if there is a spectacular view right outside. Essentially the view becomes the color in the room like in this dining room.
A small bathroom would be a great place to use a black and white palette; especially with a fun graphic wallpaper to add some visual interest.
One of the best things about a black and white color scheme is that you can mix in any color of your choice and then easily change it up whenever you like.
I am in the initial stages of gathering inspiration to redo my home office. I am seriously considering using just black and white. That way, all my colorful fabric and paint samples will really pop. This home office is one I especially like.
So what do you think of the new Black and White color trend? Do you think I should use it for my home office?
If you would like decorating or color help please give me a call.
When looking for color inspiration we often look to nature or maybe exotic travel, or a beautiful fabric or artwork. However, color inspiration can also come from the most unlikely of places…even trash!
While in Florida last week I spotted this fabulous color grouping of stacked plastic buckets, bins and water bottles and loved how beautiful the colors looked together.
Then while perusing Pinterest, there it was! those colorful plastic buckets turned into a room.
Have a great weekend everyone and don’t forget to keep your eyes open to color, it can show up in the most unlikely of places.
If you would like help decorating or choosing a color palette for your home give me a call.
Even though it is only early October, anticipation is slowly building as to what will be “THE” Color for 2014. Pantone is the big Kahuna in this area because they predict what color will be trending not only in home interiors and fashion but in all industries that have a product with color. (I’m predicting it will be a rich deep blue, but who knows!)
The major paint companies also have their say and last week while vacationing in Key West I received an email from Benjamin Moore announcing they had chosen Breath of Fresh Air (806) as their color for 2014.
Benjamin Moore Breath of Fresh Air 806
I had to laugh because the hotel room we were staying in was painted in what appeared to be this exact color. It got me thinking about color and geographical location. This fresh blue is so perfect for the hot sunny South where you want to escape from the heat or if you own a light filled beach house like in the photo above.
In the North East where I live, I rarely have client’s wanting to paint their walls blue unless it’s a bedroom. We deal with cold (or cloudy) weather a good part of the year so the majority of my client’s are looking for warmer neutral colored walls (warm grays, taupe, cream or soft white). If they do want blue walls then it’s rarely a fresh blue like Breath of Fresh Air, but a more grayed down blue gray.
Benjamin Moore says that it has “detected a ‘lighter touch’, hints, whispers, tints of color. Shifts to pastels without looking too ‘candy’, too ‘Easter egg’ which is an exciting message for us, a color company. We’ve begun to see a shift away from gray to tints of blues, greens, lavenders and pinks. Pastels, softened and filtered, to lift the spirit but not shout too loud… colors that can make a room happy, flatter your possessions and your art. We call these the new neutrals.”
Here are all their picks for the “new neutrals” for 2014. (Click on image to enlarge)
Benjamin Moore top colors for 2014
Benjamin Moore top colors for 2014 (page 2)
Distant Gray, Clay Beige, White Dove, Wickham Gray and Elemental are all staples in my color kit and frequently spec’ed; and Palladium Blue and Van Allen Green are both popular for bedroom colors. The corals and peaches…not so much. Maybe it is simply because of the region of the country I live in as I saw both coral and peach walls while vacationing in Florida.
Lavenders and purples are trending in both fashion and home interiors and just within the past six months I have had an increase in clients requesting gray with a purple undertone. It will be interesting going forward to see if these softer pastels take hold.
In the meantime, I would love to hear from you. What do you think of Benjamin Moore’s softer more pastel neutrals? Are they popular where you live?
If you would like help choosing the perfect color for your home give me a call!
Recently I was invited to tour the Boston Magazine Design Home located at the newly constructed Concordia in Swampscott MA. If you live anywhere near Swampscott this home is a must see and even if you don’t, it is worth the trip. Not only is the home BEAUTIFUL but 100% of the proceeds of the tour go to support Children’s Hospital.
Ocean side of Concordia image via Boston magazine
The home is right on the water and although it was foggy the day of our tour the future homeowners will have incredible views. The design and decorating of the home was coordinated by Jerry Rippetoe and Tony Sienicki. They did a fantastic job of creating a beautiful color palette of blues, creams and complementary neutrals that flowed seamlessly from room to room. There is so much to take in and share but the highlights for me was the lighting, the color palette, the window treatments, the artwork, the ceilings, and the carpets (I guess that’s pretty much everything).
Just around the corner from the entrance was the kitchen, designed and build by Family Kitchens. Here the designers chose a lighter version of the blue/green and white color palette.
The kitchen had every conceivable amenity and the white cabinets paired with the green Costa Esmeralda granite and coordinating tile back splash felt just right for an ocean side home.
The adjoining great room flowed seamlessly with the kitchen. Don’t you just love the blue ceiling? Another bonus is that a full wall of windows looks directly out to the ocean.
The great room is filled with one of kind accessories and museum quality artwork such as the painting over the fireplace.
For me the highlight of the great room is a 100+ year old carpet from Landry and Arcari. Talk about artwork for the floor! It was one of the most beautiful carpets I have ever seen. Interwoven throughout the entire piece are animals and fanciful creatures. By looking at the colors it was most likely the inspiration for the designers chosen color palette.
Look closely and see how many animals you can spot (I see at least four in this tiny detail).
The house has three bedrooms and my favorite is the master.
master bed room
SO relaxing and soothing with the beautiful blue and silver wallpaper and that gorgeous silver bed.
The house has four bathrooms and each one is different and beautiful but they all have luxurious finishes, lighting and window treatments.
Even the closets are decked out and are a space to linger in.
This is “her closet” and below is “his closet”
The house is open for tours Sept.12th through Oct.7th. For those of you who are local and would like to see the whole house I have two free tickets I would love to pass on. Just let me know if you would like to attend by commenting below. If more than one person wants them I will randomly pick a name on Wed.
For more information about the home and the many fabulous sponsors or to buy tickets to tour the home click here.
I would love to hear what you think of the house and what your favorite room or feature is.
Pantone just announced their top 10 fashion colors for Spring 2014. Blue continues to pull top spot for the second year in a row while purples are close behind…humm, this maybe a hint as to what Pantone will pick for “THE” color for 2014.
If you would like to read a bit more about the choices in WWD click here.
Sometimes choosing a color palette is no big deal. You simply match a color from an already existing item such as your drapes, rug or art work and snap….it’s done. Sometimes though, choosing color is not so easy. You’ve build a new home or added on or you just want a whole new look. Starting from scratch is when choosing a color palette can become more challenging. Many homeowners simply don’t know where to begin.
In my guest post this week for New England Home I share my favorite way to gather a little color inspiration along with designer rooms that used those colors. I hope you pop on over and take a look.