This has been quite a Winter with all the snow and ice, school closings, lost work and canceled appointments. I think we all need a big bouquet of flowers to cheer us up and remind us that Spring really is right around the corner.
It may not be immediately apparent but this is a photo of a sunset taken in my hotel room. Actually, it’s really just a plain shear curtain with red dots. On my final night stay I came back to the room just as the sun was going down. The light was reflecting off the adjacent buildings and bouncing back through the shears creating this gorgeous array of colors.
Hotel Sunset: Linda Holt photo
The lesson? Sometimes it’s fun to see the usual from a slightly different perspective.
Tuesday I spent the day at the Boston Design Center. I hadn’t been in for a few weeks and as someone who is so tuned into color I couldn’t help but notice the hot new color that was EVERYWHERE! It seems Purple is everyone’s darling right now. I only saw a few show rooms that didn’t feature purple, either as a wall color, a furniture color or in accessories. Here are a few photos I snapped with my cell phone to give you an idea of what will soon be in a store near you.
purple accent wall at Scalamandre
Stepping off the elevator I was blown away by this rich purple accent wall at Scalamandre. The silk purple floral and solid purple pillows tied in nicely with the wall color.
Purple leather chair at Kravet
I spotted this gorgeous purple leather chair at the Kravet show room and this purple velvet one at Duralee (swoon).
Several of the showrooms featured purple sofas for those willing to make a major color commitment including this one below at Grand Rapids.
Kravet also had a purple sofa but leaning more toward magenta. I loved the art work above and the chartreuse green wall.
Kravet purple sofa
For those who like purple but are not so sure they want to make such a big commitment there were plenty of pillows. Using pillows is a great way to be on trend without making a major investment.
This purple velvet and ikat were two of my favorites… also at Kravet.
Another purple a bit more on the magenta side was spotted at Duralee.
This piece almost came home with me as it was a floor sample and would look so nice at the foot of my bed.
Having studied color and color psychology I know purple is one of those controversial colors that people either love…or not. Studies show that purple is most popular among pre-adolescent girls and creative types but it doesn’t get much love in home interiors except maybe bedrooms…until now.
This year we are having an evening Thanksgiving dinner so I thought I would use a more dramatic color palette than in years past. Although it might be considered unconventional, I chose black, white and pear green.
Pear green is my fixed color in my drapes and chairs so I used a black table tablecloth with white china. I found these great glass balls from West Elm that I hung from my black and white glass pendant lights (you can only see one light in the photo but there are three lights and they are all a bit different).
I decided on a really simple pot of Kale with green berries and a few potted succulents since the centerpiece always get moved off the table once the food dishes go on. We never seem to have enough room!
The Rosemary that I stuck into the napkin holders is fresh from our garden.
What do you think? Too unconventional or just fine?
Happy Thanksgiving and I wish you all a day filled with family, love, peace and food!
Color trends are closely related to social trends and since Breast Cancer awareness is on everyone’s minds these days it comes as no surprise that the color Pink has become THE color of the moment. Now I am not referring to a soft quiet pink that we associate with little girls, but a vibrant strong “manly” pink.
Maybe it’s just a coincidence but this bold bright pink seemed to go viral as soon as the NFL players were spotted wearing pink gloves and shoes in support of the breast cancer cause. (I will say, it made watching a game with my husband so much more enjoyable…just because of the added color and how it looked against the green field).
Hot pink for the home is popping up everywhere and while furniture shopping for a client I spotted this bright pink sofa at a local Circle Furniture.
Circle Furniture: Linda Holt Photo
Nearby was a hot pink leather recliner with a matching ottoman.
Now I know pink isn’t for everyone but if you are thinking of bringing this hot new color into your home, here are a few tips for using it successfully.
The brighter the pink the more visual weight and energy it carries so be sure to surround it with plenty of neutrals so that the eye has a place to rest and the pink does not overwhelm the room.
White walls with black and gold accents keep both of these rooms looking sophisticated and not too sweet.
Same principle here in that the room has plenty of neutrals so that the pink furniture can stand out as the star of the room.
You can also do the reverse and paint the walls bright pink while keeping the surrounding elements neutral.
Or, you can have both pink walls and pink furniture but still use plenty of neutrals and keep the palette limited.
Although I don’t think of myself as a pink kind of girl, I’m loving the pink trend.
How about you? Would you use this bright pink in your home?
If you would like help using Pink or any other color give me a call.
Last week was the home industry event referred to in the designer world simply as High Point. It is a HUGE home interiors market that takes place in High Point, North Carolina. All the top manufactures and dealers of anything related to the home gather to showcase their newest products to members of the trade. Although I did not attend, I lived vicariously through several of my designer friends and acquaintances who did.
For the past few seasons, High Point has designated 9 “Style Spotters” to search out the hottest trends from all the different showrooms and “Pin” them onto a Pinterest board. I have loved following their pins and getting a sneak peak of what we will soon be seeing in our local home furnishing stores. You can check out all 9 style spotter boards here but here are some of my favorites.
Bold bright color, especially when applied as a high gloss or lacquer, is still trending. Look at this gorgeous lacquered teal chest spotted by Tobi Fairley
Lisa Mende spotted the color orange still going strong and pinned this fabulous orange lacquered lamp from Dunes and Duchess.
Dunes and Duchess
Stacy Naquin chose this mint lacquered console from Hickory Chair with trending gold accents and gold table lamps.
Graphics continue to have a strong presence and Traci Zeller spotted this collection of graphic removable and reusable wallpaper from Casart Coverings. Removable wallpaper is so great if you want the punch of wallpaper but don’t want to make a permanent commitment. When you tire of the look, simply peal it off.
Our natural world has been trending for awhile now and agate seems to be especially popular. I love these Shagreen boxes with agate slices on top from Regina Andrew that was spotted by Shay Geyer.
This agate sconce from RoshamBeaux seems like it was a market favorite and was spotted by Lisa Mende.
Nail heads are still trending as is the color pink. Gretchen Aubuchon spotted this hot pink and silver chair outlined with silver nail heads.
Shay Geyer also spotted the color pink as trending and pinned this white lacquered chair covered with hot pink velvet from Caracole.
Lastly, I want to share this bold blue and orange show room by CR Laine. I love everything about this room and look at all the trends it incorporates: bold color, lacquered furniture, the color orange and a graphic rug.
CR Laine at High Point Fall 2013
I invite you to check out my Pinterest board of all my favorites from the 2013 Fall High Point Style Spotters here and discover a few other other trends this room also incorporates.
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?