Thursday, October 24, 2013

DIY Fall Decor

I was feeling rather crafty last night, and in the spirit of Autumn entertaining, I thought it would be nice to make a welcoming wreath!

A wreath is the perfect decor item to add and change seasonally or more frequently if you so desire. A wreath is the first thing your guests will see when they arrive, it can set a tone for your festivities too! 

To get inspired, I searched for fall wreath ideas on Pinterest. Talk about inspiration overload!

I headed to the craft store and selected a foam ring, some wide burlap ribbon, and an assortment of florals and grasses.

I laid everything out on the floor of one if the aisles to do some visual planning of the layers. I have never made a wreath before and I didn't want to end up with too much or not enough decor.

I knew I wanted to use sunflowers, and the white flowers looked nice against the brown burlap and the yellow sunflowers. I had some leaves with glitter on them, but I decided to swap them for the grasses for more of a rustic natural look.

It was so easy! After I wrapped the foam with the burlap, I hot glued the ends to hold it down, then I once again plotted the arrangement, and got to trimming!

I removed all the flower stems, keeping the reeds and plumes of the grasses but trimming the leaves.

I hot glued everything in layers. Reeds and grasses first, then the daisies, and finally the sunflowers. I toyed with the idea of adding a burlap bow, but didn't. I can always add that later...what do you guys think?

Happy Autum DIY-ing & Decorating!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Perfect Autumn Entertaining

Autumn is my absolute favorite time of year! I love everything about it.

I love the crispness of the air in the morning, I love the clear blue skies and days of the perfect temperature. I love the crunchy leaves that land in your path and the sound that they make while you walk through them. Around this time next year P and I will be getting married!

But of all of that, my most favorite part about fall is that it is the perfect season for entertaining.

The nights are cool, and if you don't feel like going out, almost any hot meal will pass. So make your best dish and have fun with the presentation!

So, invite your friends over and enjoy the night!

Happy Entertaining!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Color Week :: Pops & Accents

Marigold books and a blush sofa grace this room in subtle and delightful hues.
If you aren't sold on a particular color scheme, adding a pop of color in your accents will help liven up your space. Using accents that are easy to change up or rotate through when the next color strikes you.

This vastly neutral room gets maximum attention with bold accents.

These spaces feature a mostly neutral backdrop that allows the color used to really pop in the space.

Pink and gold grace this clean white workspace
to create a touch of playful sophistication.

What colors will you add to liven up your neutral spaces? This look is a lot easier to wrap your mind around, and it is less of a commitment than an overall color make-over.

I simply adore the way these minty chairs freshen up this gray and white space.

Happy Accessorizing your spaces!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Color Week :: Opposites Attract

Bold blue and orange complementary scheme. 
One of my favorite rules of color is that of complementary colors. You can create a sharp look with stunning visual appeal. 

So what are complementary colors? They are the colors that lie opposite each other on the color wheel. They are contrasting. If you use them in equally intense hues, they can make you go cross-eyed.

Notice the differing shades of each hue:
All of the shades of red, complement the shades of green.

But the beauty with a complementary color scheme is that you can use any gradation of the two colors opposite each other. Have fun with it! Play around. Choose which complementary colors you would like to play with and then branch out. 

Soft and serene green and red color scheme. 

What do I mean? The most basic complements are red and green, orange and blue, and yellow and purple. Choose one shade on one side of the complement pair, and then use the whole range of the other color to find the right intensities for you and for your space.

Vibrant plum and mustard color scheme. 

On a random side note, I have unintentionally been dressing in coordination with Color Week. Tuesday, I wore the cutest achromatic ensemble, and today I wore an orange gingham shirt and dark denim jeans with cognac booties. Color is my fave.

Happy Schemin'.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Color Week :: Fall Fashion

For fashion colors, I use Pantone as a go to source. Well Pantone, and some of my favorite fashion bloggers. But let's focus on Pantone for the purposes of this post.

Each Spring and Fall, Pantone releases a fashion color report with sketches from some great designers in the chosen hues. I love to see the sketches, almost more than I enjoy seeing the colors revealed.

This season there is a good mix of deep earth tones and jewel tones. The chosen colors are all of the more intense and saturated variety, with only a few subdued tones to anchor the palette. Take a look at some of the looks I love from this reveal!

The Vivacious in Tadashi Shoji's Design:

The Deep Lichen Green in Pamella Devos' Design:

The Koi in Bibhu Mohapatra's Design:

The Linden Green and Turbulance in Herve Leger's Design:

But my favorite has to be Charlotte Ronson's combination of Emerald, Acai and Mykonos Blue in her design:

What do you think? Do you love the colors in fashion this season? Be sure to look for clothing items that you feel good in. Colors that give you confidence or make you feel sexy when you wear them are more likely to become staples in your wardrobe, as they should!

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Color Week :: The Absence of Color

While we are on the subject of color, it is important to also talk about the lack there of.

Achromatic gray scale.

ach·ro·mat·ic (a-krə-ˈma-tik) adjective
1. not readily colored by the usual staining agents 2. possessing no hue : being or involving black, gray, or white.

So how does this apply to your space? Can you imagine a space that possesses no hue? It's hard for me to imagine why you would want to! 

But, there are some spaces that look great in an achromatic scheme! 

Think of a classic kitchen with black and white floor tiles, white cabinetry, and black granite countertops (Think of the 50s domestic Goddesses.). Now picture a modern version of this:

Modern Achromatic Kitchen
with Black & Gray cabinets
and a Caesar stone top.

Contrasting black cabinet bases on the island, with soft painted grey bases on the perimeter. Open shelving above, stainless appliances, quartz countertops in white with flecks of black and grey that shimmer. This would make an incredible kitchen space.

You can also spin off of a mostly achromatic scheme in any living room or bedroom, by adding accent pieces in pops of color that can easily be swapped out as the mood strikes you. 

What do you think? Are you more likely to keep things black and white? Or do you like to live in color?

As Color Week continues, Happy Tuesday!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Color Week :: Paint Trends

Paint companies are all about color. And believe me, there is a lot that goes into picking out the appropriate colors, not only for the space, but for the people that are using it and the activities that will take place there. 

That being said, paint companies do a lot of research on "trendy" colors. What colors will people like to see in their spaces that will make them feel more at home. Here is a look at Benjamin Moore's colors for 2013.

New Traditional provides a good balance of femininity and masculinity. This palette creates a romantic space. 

Artisan is a color rooted in earthy neutrals. They create a warm cozy color scheme to create a space that looks and feels natural.

Urbanite is influenced by the cool industrial colors in urban environments. Though the colors are drawn from a cool environment, they still come together to create a warm feel.

Coastal color scheme is just that. Coastal. I love the cool beach-y tones and the feelings of being on a warm beach that they evoke.

What do you think? Do you like the colors and color schemes that Benjamin Moore has put together? Do you follow any sources for color trends for your space? Whatever sources you follow, make sure that when it comes time to choosing a color for your space, you choose one that you love, regardless of if it is trendy.

Happy Color Week! Follow along each day this week to see what else we have in store!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Perfectly Picked :: Fall Plaids

Plaids are in in a big way this season--and I can even see them carrying through winter, and then brightening and softening up and staying trendy through the spring!

If you are loving plaid, and you are looking for ways to incorporate it in your home as a cozy accent, here are some suggestions:

Incorporate a bold color & cozy feel by adding a layer of plaid to your dining table

Add fall depth to your front porch with a plaid throw and some fall gourds.

These soft blue and cream plaids add a cozy chic look to this seating area.

And for the wardrobe:

Love this scrunched-up plaid scarf!

Plaid shirts for days.

How 'bout a plaid pant to jazz up your look?

What do you think? Are you loving plaids more for your home or your wardrobe? Do you have any plaids that you have incorporated already?

Happy plaid hunting!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Pretty Powder Rooms

If you are looking for a space in your home to really express yourself, your powder is a great space. You can add a lot of bang without overwhelming.

You can start with something simple. A wide stripe. Painted in a bold color, it will make the space pop!

Love this bold chartreuse stripe and eclectic details.

Pick a region to focus on. French, African, Indian, Asian, etc., and choose a colorful wallpaper to express that region and make the space!

This Asian-inspired print adds gorgeous detail.

Choose a moody color. One that is deep. One that speaks to you. And brighten it up with white fixtures, furnishings, and decor pieces.

This deep blue-grey bathroom adds depth and intrigue.
Take a classic space, with classic details and liven it up! Use a playful version of a common pattern to make your statement.

I'm in love with this playfully spotted classic powder room!

Keep it soft and soothing. With elegant details and an earthy palette you can't go wrong.

This bathroom exudes striking elegance.

How's your powder room stacking up? Does it need a fresh coat of bold paint or playful wallpaper? If you need advice, we are here to help! Email us {click on the envelope at the top right} or check out our Pinterest board for more powder rooms!

I hope you love these pretty powder rooms as much as we do! Happy Decorating!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Desperate Bathroom, No More!

Here is how the bathroom space turned out. The young ladies that will be using this bathroom did a great job of picking out the details and how they would come together in their space.

We focused on a few key features:
  • Proper lighting in the bathroom for putting on makeup

  • Shelving in the shower for shampoo, conditioner, etc., to be placed

  • A quiet fan with light and good ventilation
  • Not overwhelmingly green or blue as the previous bathroom was an explosion of blue. The great room and hallway are green

  • An overall more clean and spacious feel

What do you think? Mission accomplished? Everyone has now used the bathroom, and they all love it. They particularly love the tile in the shower (with the ceiling-tile detail) and the vanity and sconces.

Happy Bathing!
(All photos taken by Lindsay Perry)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Desperate H Bathroom Plans & Progress

Yesterday, you got a look at the before photos, here is a look at the game plan (and design plans):

A look at the floor plan.

Vanity wall elevation, detailing vanity placement and lighting scale.

The electrical plan is a very important detail to cover.

And a look at the work as it progressed:

The bathroom is gutted. 

Closing the walls.

Everything's framed in and ready for finishes.

Is your bathroom ready for a transformation? What do you think of the progress so far? Check back tomorrow for the reveal! Happy anticipating!