Closet spaces reinvented…

June 28, 2011 § 1 Comment

Reclaim your closet space and give it a new purpose.  Get inspired for a quick weekend project with these great ideas for utilizing closet space.  This office nook below is the perfect solution for a combination guest room/home office.  (Although ideally there would be more space between the desk and the bed!)

Photo: Apartment Therapy

This closet efficiently stores a home office, which can be hidden quickly.

Photo: Martha Stewart

I love the creative use of this closet—converted into a cozy library.  The deep hue on the shelves and the addition of the ladder adds warmth and character to the space.

Photo: Real Simple

Get the toys off your playroom floor with this colorful organized space—who says closets need to be white?

Photo: Container Store

You can even make a private hangout—this fanciful child’s closet is much more fun as a reading nook and playspace.

Photo: Ohdeedoh

Have fun!

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Design Trend: Lavender…

June 22, 2011 § 2 Comments

Lavender is a soft feminine color, but it’s use has been reinvented. This color—traditionally used in bedrooms or children’s rooms—has become a popular choice for more public spaces.  To do this successfully, the color you select is very important.  This shade of lavender reads as almost gray. This modern color gives a fresh look to this traditional home…

Photo: Canadian House and Home

         

Using a color like lavender in a public space can be a challenge.  Adding deeper hues to a lavender scheme can make it more universal, like in this room by PIERCE -ALLEN.  I love this color combination…

Photo: PIERCE – ALLEN

         

The way lavender is perceived can be influenced by the colors it is used with. This room by Anne Coyle is brilliant example of transforming lavender through the use of color.   The use of black gives a more masculine feel to this feminine color.

Photo: Anne Coyle

           

Why not try using a deeper shade instead?  Who needs lavender in a room like this…

Photo: House Beautiful

Color palette swatches by Benjamin Moore:  Scheme 1 – Lavender Mist, Mystical Blue, Athenian Blue, Bryant Gold.  Scheme 2 – Plum Royale, Beach Plum, Yellow Iris, Racing Orange.  Scheme 3 – Beach Plum, Black Tar, Bryant Gold, Stuart Gold.

Balancing yellow & pink…

June 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

Yellow and pink make a great combination—and even better when accented with a rich magenta, like in this photo below.  The colors are so perfect in this picture…

Photo: House Beautiful

I didn’t think it could get any better until I came across this image—I love how the pink and yellow are layered in front of the dark background. This moody gray brings a quiet sophistication to these two cheerful colors.

Photo: Tony Bennett Photography, as seen on Desire to Inspire

The golden framed artwork is the perfect accent for this gorgeous pink and white schemed room.

Photo: Amanda Nisbet

I love what they did with the walls in this photo…the yellow stenciled walls really make the room.

Photo: Serena and Lily

Balancing two colors like yellow and pink is essential for a successfully designed room.  This can be done in a number of ways:  1. Try varying the intensity of the colors.  To balance a bright yellow, select a soft pink, instead of a deeper hue.  2. Balance can also be achieved by varying the amounts of color used within the room.  For example, a bold color can be softened by using it smaller amounts, or intensified by using more of it.  3. When using these two colors at equal intensity, you can balance them by adding a neutral to to the color scheme, so the two colors will read as accents —or use more of one color than the other, so one color is dominant.

Design Trend: Yellow and gray…

June 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

Yellow and gray do look great together, but when using this trend its easy to get carried away.  Some yellow and grey rooms are very bold and unrealistic for most homes.  I like the more subtle versions of this trend. Try some of these softer palettes for yellow & gray.

Photo: Martha Stewart

         

This image by Kathleen Walsh Interiors, uses only touches of gray in the carpet and artwork.  The warm yellow selected for the walls gives the room a golden glow.

Photo: Kathleen Walsh Interiors

          

This room by Kelly Wearstler is more typical of a yellow and gray scheme, but the colors are toned down, which softens the look.

Photo: Kelly Wearstler

          

This feature in Veranda uses only a few touches of yellow…perfect!

Photo: Turner Davis Interiors, featured in Veranda

        

This room by Aerin Lauder uses a predominantly gray room with touches of golden yellow.  The lavender-gray used on the tablecloth adds warmth to the room.

Photo: Aerin Lauder, featured in Elle Decor

          

Color palette swatches by Benjamin Moore:  Scheme 1 -Pale Avacado, Treasure Trove, Yellow Lillies, Rock Harbor Violet. Scheme 2 – Naples Yellow, Calla Lilly, Feather Gray.  Scheme 3 – Jasper Yellow, Blue Orchard, Dark Lilac. Scheme 4 – Jasper Yellow, Toucan Black.  Scheme  5 – Yellow Bisque, Tropical Dusk, Galaxy.

Adding color to your kitchen…

June 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Adding color in small ways can really make a difference in your space.  Start with something you love—a great color or a unique collection—  and finish the room with a few accents in a complimentary color.

Photo: Decorpad

The spa blue dish collection above, is accented with golden tones.  Displaying a colorful dish set is a great way to personalize your space.

Photo: This Old House

Accenting some of your cabinetry with paint, like this island above, is an easy way to make your space more welcoming.

Photo: Flicker

Replacing your countertops with something more current will also make a big difference.  The countertops in the photo above were accented nicely by painting the interior of the glass cabinets.

Photo: Plain & Fancy Living (plainfancyliving.blogspot.com)

Don’t forget artwork — colorful art displayed prominently like this can really make your space.

Design Trend: Imperial Trellis…

June 1, 2011 § 1 Comment

Trellis is everywhere.  This fanciful pattern can be used in many ways.  Here are my favorite uses for this bold pattern.

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When designing with trellis, keep your room simple and let the pattern be the star.  There are so many great colors available in this pattern.  Consider the impact you are going for when selecting your color.  Light greens and aquas will be softer than bright pink or orange.

Love this pattern and still need more?  Bring a piece of this great pattern home with these items from Etsy…

         

Images left to right… Imperial Trellis Pillow by Lily on Blue ‘s Store on Etsy, $86. Imperial Trellis iphone Cover by Plum Street Print on Etsy, $55.  Trellis Clutch by Kimberly Jones Designs on Etsy, $40.

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