Waiting for snow…

December 26, 2011 § 2 Comments

I love the historic buildings and homes of New England—they have such character.  I’ve always admired their perfect proportions and details.  Beautiful in classic white or deep rich colors…they just feel like home.

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Now all we need is some snow!

Happy Holidays.

The color of the season…red!

December 12, 2011 § 5 Comments

Red is so festive and cheerful—it’s the perfect color for the holiday season.  Why not spread some holiday joy year-round by adding this color to your home?

Photo: via Jane from Stormy Girls Castle Blog

My favorite way to use red is to add touches of red throughout the home.  Pick a few moments in each room…a red accented front door,  a red leather tray with books or a throw, red cabinetry in the kitchen or mudroom, or a red accent wall.  Think of your home as having one color palette—played out in different ways.  Use quiet colors for the backdrop.  Neutrals work best, like off-white, charcoal & beige.

Photo: Southern Living

Photo: Traditional Home

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Photo: This Old House

This works great with a small home or apartment.  Try using more red in some rooms than others.  Mixing it up and using red in different ways will keep it interesting.

     

Color palette swatches are from Benjamin Moore: Segovia Red 1288, Black Tar 2126-10, Simply White OC-117, Spring in Aspen 954.

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