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.


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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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.

Photo: Pottery Barn

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.

Decorating with Orange…

April 27, 2011 § 1 Comment

I came across a great rug today, I wish I had a place to use it. It’s such a nice shade of orange, not too bright, and not too pink. Orange can be a tough color to use in decorating, because it can be so overpowering. The most important thing to remember, if you are using a bright shade of orange, is to balance that brightness by using it with whites or neutrals. Since this shade of orange is a bit lighter, I decided to pair it with a deep blue/gray, using light orange and neutral accents.

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by West Elm

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by Ballard Designs

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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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