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.

Photo: House Beautiful

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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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.

Adding light to dark colored rooms

May 30, 2011 § 1 Comment

Using dark colors on your walls always runs the risk of creating a room that is too dark. Occasionally, it is the designer’s intent is to create a dark and mysterious mood in a room, but in most cases, the goal is to create a sense of light even though some of the elements in the space are dark.  The key to adding light to the space is all about balance.

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This space uses light colored flooring to reflect light into the room.  In addition, all the elements in the room are light colored except for the richly colored dark walls.

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This office is a great example of balancing dark colors in a room.  The bookshelves and windows break up the dark gray walls.  The white cabinetry increases the perception of light in the room, while the orange accents add interest.

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Lighting is key…This kitchen has an amazing amount of light considering just about every element in the room is dark.  Why does it work?  A large amount of natural light from the window fills the room and is reflected by the raised white ceiling.  Additional light fixtures have been added to the space as well. The size and openness of the room also helps to promote a light and airy feel.

Some other ways to add light to the room is through the use of wainscoting, mirrors or reflective surfaces, and artwork.  Pick your room wisely, one that gets a lot of natural light and open space. Ready to take on a project like this? Here are some of my favorite moody hues…

         

Colors from left to right…1623 Britannia Blue, 1456 Mountain Ridge, 1609 Temptation, and 1637 Blue Spruce.  All colors are by Benjamin Moore.

Decorating with Green…

May 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Green is one of my favorite colors.   I love this shade of green, it is mysterious and stylish.  Painting a room in such a deep hue can be tricky. If it is not done properly, it can really darken the room.  Instead, try adding it to the room in small ways — the impact can be big.

Photo: House Beautiful

Even with this gorgeous runner on the table, the green still gets your attention…

…and in this beautiful architectural setting, these chairs become the star of the room.

The green trellis pattern in this room commands your attention, yet gives a cheerful garden feel to the space.

Citrine Dreams Bedding Collection by Serena ans Lily

Deep shades of green can be energizing, while lighter shades of green are more peaceful.  Select the shade according to the mood you want to set for the room.  The lighter shades of green used in this room crate a quiet and peaceful setting, perfect for the bedroom.

White?

April 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Today’s post is dedicated to my 4 year old daughter, who reported happily that her favorite color is white…..White?  Isn’t that the absence of color?  This, from the daughter of an interior designer?  Sigh.  Well, I have to admit, as much as I love color, I do love the white look when it comes to interiors.  I don’t see it happening in my home anytime soon though (white upholstery is not the best design solution for a house with kids) but until then I can dream…

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Photo: Rachel Ashwell

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