Five tips for a great home office

July 26, 2011 § 1 Comment

Looking to improve your home office?  Here are some tips for creating a space you will love…

Photo: Martha Stewart Living

First, keep it simple—a calm, organized space is best for productivity. Storing your projects and papers in color coordinated binders and bins cuts down on the visual clutter of the space.

Photo: Monique L'huillier's Office, Elle Decor

Select a room with natural light or a great view—it will elevate your mood.

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If you plan to display your collection of books, select a neutral color for the room to serve as a backdrop.  You will be surprised by the cheerful colors they will add to the space.

Photo: Michael Angus, Canadian House and Home

Get inspired by beauty and surround yourself with things you love—whether it’s beautiful antiques or a fabulous picture wall.

Photo: West Elm

There are many styles and types of offices—pick a style that suits your personality.

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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.

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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.

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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.

New: Products by Color & Style

May 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’ve been taking a small break from posting to develop some new features on HUE.  Check out my new Products by Color and Products by Style section.  These include some great product collages grouped by color or style. Instead of just filling a collage with things that are blue, I have carefully selected items that can all work together in a room.  It’s like a ‘room starter.’  Need inspiration?  Working with an empty space?  This is the perfect thing for you!  All products and prices are noted, with links to where you can buy them.  Here  are some collage examples, to check out the full post click on Products by Color or Style in the menu…

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Hope you find them useful.  I will be adding to them as I go along, and get back to a regular posting schedule soon.  Subscribe so you don’t miss a post!

Creating a Restful Bedroom

May 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

Your bedroom should be comfortable, peaceful, and relaxing. The best way to give this look and feel to a room is to use a quiet color scheme — think accented neutrals and light colors.  If used sparingly, dark colors are ok, but you will want to stay away from bright colors.  Instead of using a traditional blue, a rich blue/grey will be more peaceful. Instead of purple, use a soft plum.  Try using one of these hues as your accent color.

          

Photo: Restoration Hardware

This bedroom is a great example of a stylish, relaxing retreat.  You could add more color to this room by replacing the gray pillows and quilt with a similar set, in one of the accent colors above.

Here are some tips for creating a restful bedroom:

Photo: Restoration Hardware

1. Layer your bedding…Bedding should include a great sheet set, a plush duvet, and a textured coverlet or throw.  Mix up your colors and patterns using these elements.  Try one in a solid, one in a print and one in a deep colored, textured solid.

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2. Soften the room with fabrics…Layered drapery will add softness to the room.  Try using a roman shade framed with floor length curtains.  In addition, you can add soft furnishings to the room — like  an upholstered bench at the end of the bed or a lounge chair in the corner.

Piccadilly Chair by Serena & Lily

3. Finish the room with style…Add a great pendant and some beautiful artwork to give the room character….and enjoy.

Images from left to right.  Torso Line Drawing I by Richard Karwoski. Victorian Hotel Pendant and Peacock Mirror by Restoration Hardware.  Accent colors used above are Benjamin Moore Silvery Blue, Cabernet and Polaris Blue.

Great colors for your kitchen…

May 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

Renovating your kitchen can be a daunting task.  There are so many choices out there.  I think part of the reason the white kitchen has become so popular, is that it reduced many of these choices…white cabinetry, carrerra marble countertop (or quartz look alike), stainless steel appliances, dark wood floors…done!   Now, kitchen cabinets are becoming more and more popular in colored finishes; particularly gray, robin’s egg blue, light green, and dark gray.  I still love the classic white kitchen, but these colors are quite tempting…

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Adding color with wallcovering…

May 11, 2011 § 2 Comments

Wallcovering can really transform a space with the use of color and pattern.  The pattern you select can set the mood of the room and inspire your room’s style or design.  Using a large scale pattern, while keeping the rest of the room simple, will have the most impact.  Here are a few of my favorite wallcoverings from Thibaut.  They have some great colors!  Thibaut’s patterns are available in fabric too, if wallcovering is not your thing.

Damask Resource Vol II, Manhattan Damask in Aqua, by Thibaut

Cypress Collection, Orissa in Aqua, by Thibaut

Natural Resource Collection, Parkland in Yellow, by Thibaut

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