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 (

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.


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.

Going Green…

April 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

I went to Weston Nurseries today, to replace some bushes that did not make it through our New England winter.  Seeing all the beautiful flowers got me thinking about designs for the outdoors.  So the color inspiration for today’s post?  Green!  Green is peaceful & relaxing, and perfect for outdoor settings.  When decorating outdoors, most of your color is coming from nature, so I recommend going neutral with your outdoor furniture, with the exception of a few key accessories.  Bring in some color with something simple like yellow or green print pillows and cut flowers.  Add drama with lighting by using lanterns or pendants.  The results will be understated and peaceful.  Need a bit more color?  Use light green or pale yellow for your furniture with a darker shades of green and yellow for your accents.

by Brown Jordan


Photo: Restoration Hardware

Photo: Restoration Hardware

Photo: Pottery Barn

Photo: Pottery Barn

Knox Lantern, Crate and Barrel

Sunflower Embroidered Pillow, Williams Sonoma

Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year for 2011 – Vintage Wine #2116-20

April 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

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Benjamin Moore has unveiled their color of the year, Vintage Wine #2116-20.  This deep hue is best used as an accent.  Shown above, this nook is given a cozy feel by just painting one wall with this rich color.  (A nice departure from the usual “white mudroom” look.)  This color is warm and welcoming.  Not up for painting?…Here are some other ways to bring this sophisticated color into your own home.

Flori Thistle 20″ Pillow, Crate and Barrel

Undersea Area Rug

Undersea Area Rug, Home Decorators Collection

5 bottle bud vase, CB2

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