Happy Thanksgiving and my unconventional color palette

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.

Thanksgiving Table

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).

Thanksgiving table

 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!

Thanksgiving center piece

 The Rosemary that I stuck into the napkin holders is fresh from our garden.

Thanksgiving place setting

What do you think? Too unconventional or just fine?

Thanksgiving Table

Happy Thanksgiving and I wish you all a day filled with family, love, peace and food!

Color Trend: Think Pink

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.

pink sofa

Circle Furniture: Linda Holt Photo

Nearby was a hot pink leather recliner with a matching ottoman.

hot pink leather chair

Circle Furniture

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.

pink4

White walls with black and gold accents keep both of these rooms looking sophisticated and not too sweet.

Pinterest

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.

pink

You can also do the reverse and paint the walls bright pink while keeping the surrounding elements neutral.

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pink walls5

Or, you can have both pink walls and pink furniture but still use plenty of neutrals and keep the palette limited.

pink walls2

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.

The hottest trends from the style spotters

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

Century Pinned by Tobi Fairley

Century Furniture

Lisa Mende spotted the color orange still going strong and pinned this fabulous orange lacquered lamp from Dunes and Duchess.

Dunes and Duchess

Dunes and Duchess

Stacy Naquin chose this mint lacquered console from Hickory Chair with trending gold accents and gold table lamps.

Hickory Chair Lacquered chest with gold

Hickory Chair

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.

Casart Coverings High Point Fall 2013

Casart Coverings

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.

Shagreen and agate boxes

Regina Andrew

This agate sconce from RoshamBeaux seems like it was a market favorite and was spotted by Lisa Mende.

Agate chandelier High Point 2013

RoShamBeaux

Nail heads are still trending as is the color pinkGretchen Aubuchon  spotted this hot pink and silver chair outlined with silver nail heads.

Hot pink and silver chair

Wesley Hall

Shay Geyer also spotted the color pink as trending and pinned this white lacquered chair covered with hot pink velvet from Caracole.

white lacquered chair with hot pink velvet.

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

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.

What is your favorite trend from High Point?

 

 

Fall decorating in five minutes

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.

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A few branches of Bittersweet from the grocery store displayed in glass bottles.

mini pumpkins

a pile of white pumpkins under a glass cloche.

fall decor and candles

An artichoke, apples, brussel sprouts, cabbage, gourds, candles and flowers all grouped in a shallow bowl.

leaves in glass vase

If you live in an area that has foliage there is nothing easier than putting some colorful branches of leaves in a glass vase.

popcorn and candles

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.

pumpkins on mantel

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?

Trend Alert: Black and White Interiors

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.

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

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.

via Pinterest

via Pinterest

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

Pinterest

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.

black and white 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.

black and white bathroom

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.

black and white and yellow

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.

black and white office

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.

Friday’s Photo

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.

color inspiration

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.

Benjamin Moore Colors for 2014

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 Color of the year 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 colors for 2014

Benjamin Moore top colors for 2014

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!

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