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Color Me Monday: Red

February 26, 2008

Today I’m going with red for this edition of Color Me Monday. Red is highly emotional — heat, passion, fire, anger, power, love and hate. Because it’s a stimulant, red is best in the dining room if used on the wall, not as effective in the living room as it can inspire heated discussions amongst guests. If you use red in the living room, put it on an accent wall behind the seating arrangement so guests are not facing it, or sprinkle it around the space in the form of soft furnishings, flowers, or area rugs.

Color Me Monday: Red Playful red! Photo from LivingEtc.

In the dining room, red stimulates appetite so using it there seems to work well, but if the tone of red you use makes you feel restless or moody and you start to notice this whenever you’re eating there, then you may need to decide on either a different tone of red or paint the walls a more relaxing color and use red as an accent. When combined with light to medium blue (cool), red loses its intensity since it’s a warm color and blue seems to balance it out, which is precisely why red and blue is a great color combination for a home office space. Light pink and red give the room a very feminine look, while fushcia and red can be extremely edgy and glam. Red and orange is a great combination for the kitchen with pure white – fresh and clean! On the other hand, gray or black with red is very grown up and sophisticated. However you plan to use red in the home, here are some great products that I like that may interest you in adding this color to your home just a little bit more. I selected a mix to appeal to everyone while still staying true to objects I’d own, just perhaps not at the same time or in one space. Enjoy!

Color Me Monday: Red
Thomaspaul Bali pillow, Emilie chair from Anthropologie, Sock Monkeys print by Marisa Haedike of Creative Thursday, Iannone Design cork credenza, Orla Kiely traffic jam tote bag, Kerala semi-circle rug, and olauf curio cabinet from Anthropologie (marked down to $299 from $698!).

Color Me Monday: Red Louis chair from Ballard Designs, iron bed, flour sack pillows, “gather” sign, and kilim rug all from Sundance, and the Garret glass cabinet from Pottery Barn.

Color Me Monday: Red Isak blossom tray, Jantze Brog?rd Asshoff bloom chair, Hippie dining chairs from CB2,
Normann Copenhagen funnel, Lulu tray from Angela Adams, bread bin and oven crab apple oven mitt from Anthropologie.

Color Me Monday: RedA litte red for the walls… Marimekko kulkue wall hanging from CB2, Sitting Still by Yumi Yumi, Nautical Portraits from Lab Partners, and Feeding the Pigeons by Hadley Hutton.

If you’d like to learn more about the color red and view red rooms, visit Rachel Perls’ informative For the Love of Reds post on decor8.

(images linked above.)

Color Inspiration

Pretty in Pink

February 21, 2008

I feel like showing you a few pretty in pink finds today since I’m hoping that it will somehow rub off and turn cold New Hampshire into a warm Springy day. What do you think of when pink comes to mind? Little girls? Love and affection? Blushing brides? Cotton candy? Does it calm you down or excite you?

Pretty in Pink Pink vinyl doilies, glasses suitcase stationery set from pink loves brown,
camellia watercolor print, rainbow sherbet reading glasses, kate spade
pink agenda, grid pillow, Identity5 print on canvas, and the new orange22
Botanist Flora cocktail table.

Pretty in Pink

Pablo Tube Top pink lamp, Un-Bermuda bag from Lilly Pulitzer,
Hepper Podium pet bed, assorted pink wallpaper patterns from
Walnut Wallpaper, and A Stitch in Time necklace.
Pretty in Pink Keep Calm and Carry On poster that you know all bloggers and blog
readers must own to establish that we are secretly part of this online
design world… I mean, if I go into someone’s home and find this poster,
I’ll instantly know they read blogs whether they admit to it or not. :)
Areaware Orlov horse pillow, Filles Des Iles eau de toilette, and a
pink poppy pillow from Hable Construction.
Pretty in Pink Pink Hairhide chair, Bamboozled bracelets in gold with tiny pink
ladybugs (so coastal South Carolina preppy), Stargazer lily knob,
Doxies and Hearts personalized stationery, Petite drop crystal
pink chandelier, and the Bedlam patterned wallpaper which I
think would go so well with this chair, don’t you?

While pink is a toned down version of red, it isn’t perceived nearly as powerful as red despite being in the same family. In fact, most associate pink with weakness. Guess that’s why most men wouldn’t be caught dead in a pink shirt in the office while women show little problem wearing this flirty hue. If red is passion and fire, pink is all about being spontaneous and sweet. I associate pink with certain people, places, and movies. When I think of where I grew up, I think of pink (South Carolina) because we had lots of it in the surf shops and clothing stores. I also think of my pale pink izod shirt because I wore it constantly.

I’ll say pink and you tell me what immediately comes to mind. Ready? PINK.

If you have a positive response to this color, if you think of positive things, try to incorporate it into your home and/or wardrobe whether in small doses or in Betsey Johnson extremes (tour her apartment here). You should be living with colors that give you joy and though many a lady claims that her partner hates pink and won’t allow it in the house, you can inject shots of it in rooms that they may not spend much time in – like your art studio/office, your closet (wallpaper the inside of the door or if you have a walk-in transform it into a girly dressing room), or add it to your patio through cushions and flowering shrubs. Where there’s a will, er, woman, there’s a way!

(images linked above)

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Color Me Monday: Fruit Stripe Brights

February 12, 2008

Fruit Stripe Brights is my theme for Color Me Monday this week. Not quite neon, not a pastel, we’re talking citrus pinks, oranges, and apple reds. Think glossy lips, flirty dresses and fresh feminine bedding for Spring. Colorful pillows for the sofa. Fabulous fabrics for reupholstering a worn out chair. Here’s a colorful collection of things that I’m enjoying today, please take special note of the Vera Wang bedding at Kohl’s (reversible). The Poppy pattern is even better in person so if you haven’t checked out Kohl’s lately for bedding you may want to visit a store and check it out. The in-store selection is much better than online. Ready for some happy brights? Here are some things that inspire me this week…

Color Me Monday: Fruit Stripe Brights Poppy bedding from the Vera Wang collection at Kohl’s,
Hadley Pollet bag and Printemps Paisley percale bedding
from Garnet Hill.
Color Me Monday: Fruit Stripe Brights Spring ’08 fabric from Kerry Cassill, Kate Spade
Mallorca Selby bag and Striped thank you notes, PB Teen
Bubble Up lamp base.
Color Me Monday: Fruit Stripe Brights Various flats from J Crew, “Tree” print by cashmandra,
Kapali bedding and Mi Ciudad pillow from Anthropologie,
Aloe print from yodraws, Somebody Loves You print from Charliemotel.

….I can’t wait until Spring! All in favor!?

(images from stores linked above, collage by decor8)

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Inspiration from Pottery Barn

February 5, 2008

Sometimes I surprise myself. I have nothing against Pottery Barn, but there isn’t much that they’ve offered in the past that grabbed me. Same goes for Crate and Barrel, West Elm, and the other chains that fall into this category that I call mainstream decorating stores. They appeal to the masses, but for those of us that are a bit less typical in our approach to design, we tend to go elsewhere for most of our finds or we repurpose what we have.

Inspiration from Pottery Barn
But lately I started looking at my Pottery Barn catalog again. I’m liking how they’re styling their rooms, the great paint colors they’ve rolled out to help many a home owner, and how they’re incorporating a bit more pattern and variety into their collection. I still wouldn’t buy a complete room-in-a-box from them because I’m far too eclectic and bossy — I need to incorporate a lot of me into my home and not someone else’s vision, but I don’t think Pottery Barn is trying to sell you on an entire room these days. I’m seeing lots of things in their rooms that you can’t buy in a PB store so seems they want us to mix it up a bit.

Know what else I’m liking about Pottery Barn lately? Their office furniture and accessories. The variety that they offer for the modern crafter or home office worker appeals to my taste because who wouldn’t love a huge linen pinboard like this or to sit on the Ryden desk chair with such pretty trim? And the sofia chandelier would totally work in a petite bathroom. Or for $49, this darling teardrop chandelier is perfect for an entry (marked down from $129) or over a bedside table.

Inspiration from Pottery BarnNext time you pick up a Pottery Barn catalog, really get into the rooms they show and try to figure out the mind of a stylist. It’s a good exercise to help you spin your own creative wheels, especially helpful if you feel a bit rusty. Take for example this bedroom, the burst of these floral yellow branches coupled with a shot of pink at the foot of the bed looks really nice in this mostly neutral space. You can easily switch around these elements with each season with new colors to add a fresh new look to your bedroom. Simple swap out the flowers, a few pillows, and the throw. Try violet and green, violet and gray, blue and yellow, you get the idea. Another cool tip to steal from this room: the art over the bed. You can do something almost exactly like this by using your favorite wallpaper or fabric and mount it on wood or foam core.

Inspiration from Pottery Barn Great example of a well styled wall. These objects all relate to one another via color and size and the groupings here are symmetrical. I remember learning years ago that in order to style a bookcase or shelf, you need to view it as a giant letter Z, in other words, the eye should follow the objects in that pattern, staggering from top to bottom. Interesting concept, isn’t it?

Inspiration from Pottery Barn Foo dogs! Yay! Now this is a leap for Pottery Barn and I like it. Although I’m not keen on the desk and chair, I do like the turquoise glass and that wall of photos pinned to it (to the right of the desk). It looks very random and I like that. The grouping over the window makes the space feel a little too cramped in my opinion, so I’d leave it alone, but that inspiration wall looks great.

Inspiration from Pottery Barn This desk is the ultimate for the modern crafter or even interior designer because you can work either seated or standing and you have lots of places to store your tools. Huge flat space for cutting, sewing, hand drafting, etc. Very nice. I also like the brightly painted accent wall. The rug and those large pictures on the wall — not so much. I’d put my inspiration board there so I’d have a spot for pinning everything.

Inspiration from Pottery Barn This is a bit rustic for my taste but hello, did you see their doggy art wall? I mean an art wall in a Pottery Barn catalog? This is progress people. Maybe they found it all over on Etsy? :) Adorable. That tree coat rack isn’t bad though, I would paint it some crazy color or go all white with it, I don’t think black does it justice as you can’t really see what it is against the dark wood walls.

Inspiration from Pottery Barn This blue headboard is really, really pretty. And if you get sick of blue, you can paint it because for me, I don’t feel nearly as guilty painting already painted furniture as I do painting over natural wood. I also picked up this idea here: if you’re not into bedside table lamps, opt for a mini chandelier.

Inspiration from Pottery Barn Rug? Pretty but not for me. Curtains? Ditto. Desk? Yes! Especially with all those pretty things arranged inside. A great workstation option for those with laptops and no dedicated room at home for an office. You can use this for working and then when you’re finished, close up shop and no one will ever know that your china cabinet is doing double duty in your dining room. When you need to work, you can pull your dining room chair away from the table and open your cabinet and start visiting all of your favorite blogs again. ;)

Inspiration from Pottery Barn This room is an example of what I meant earlier when I said that Pottery Barn is starting to mix color and pattern in unexpected ways. An animal print chair cushion with a modern floral blue rug? Although there’s several things I’d alter in this room, I can’t take my eyes off of that turquoise vase and those numbers. What is that anyway? A chalkboard? bag? calendar? I can’t figure it out.

Inspiration from Pottery Barn I really like the medium blue wall behind the bed, the lamp, and the idea of a small bedroom functioning as an office simply by swapping a nightstand with a desk and an ottoman. Great use for a spare bedroom too. The duvet scares me a little for an adult bedroom.

And for those that are a bit color confused, PB has this clever section on their website that I think is extremely beneficial because they feature many painted rooms with the wall colors identified so you can run out and buy it. They even have an entire section devoted to kid’s rooms. Keep in mind that lighting plays a huge part in how these colors will look in your home, but still — it’s really helpful. There are 28 of their own Pottery Barn paint colors made exclusively for them by Benjamin Moore (great paint by the way) to choose from so you can click here to view them all.

(images from pottery barn)

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Color Me Monday: Grassy Green

February 4, 2008

Fresh, energetic, natural, productive, green! Green has long been associated with many positives. It can mean brand new or renewed. Maybe you have a green thumb meaning that you’re good with plants. Green is also another word for cash so when you have a little extra green in your wallet that’s a positive. Going green is equally good, it means you’ve decided to live in a way that benefits the environment. And think back on some of our favorite childhood characters. Who didn’t like Mr. Green Jeans and Kermit? Still not sold on the color green? Watch this video. :)

Color Me Monday: Grassy GreenMarimekko fabrics for Spring ’08.

From a cultural perspective, green is the color of Ireland and the traditional color of Islam because it’s a sacred color there. On the flipside, it also calls to mind a few negatives, poison for one. Remember Mr. Yuk stickers? It can also point to a lack of experience, jealousy or being green with envy. When I think of grassy green, I think of Ireland and Kate Spade. What about you? I’ve been thinking a lot about this color over the past few days and I’ve decided that it will forever be a positive color in my eyes and when it comes to the best rooms for it, I prefer seeing it in the bedroom, office, or bathroom. Here are a few of my favorite finds that may whet your appetite for this fresh Springtime hue!

Color Me Monday: Grassy GreenSome of my favorite green finds for the home: Mariette pillow and the Inanda pillow both via Anthropologie, sowa salt + pepper shakers, STAACH Cain collection slatted bench, perry street frame from Kate Spade, and trellis green wallpaper fom Ballard Designs.

Color Me Monday: Grassy GreenOther fun finds: Stella lamp, Lucy frame and alarm clock all from Pottery Barn. A lamp like this would look great on a lacquered white desk or console. I love the idea of green in an office because it gives me feelings of energy, calm, and balance. It’s particularly nice mixed with white and violet or turquoise.

Color Me Monday: Grassy GreenAnd when it comes to paint, isn’t this Benjamin Moore stem green 2029-40 just beautiful on the walls?

Color Me Monday: Grassy GreenGreat dining room via Western Interiors magazine. Would you like to see more inspiring rooms in this color? Click here.

(images linked above)

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Pantone Color Forecast {Spring + Fall ’08}

February 1, 2008

Many know about Pantone, the mega color standards company who unveils color forecasts for each season — today their Fall ’08 forecast was released to the public on their website. I always download mine and print it out in color so it’s handy. It’s important for all designers to preview the next it colors – from interiors to fashion, product, and beyond.

Pantone Color Forecast {Spring + Fall '08} Spring ’08 Palette.
“Refreshing splashes of invigorating brights punctuate classic, versatile neutrals as designers offer a playful spring palette for endless exploration and creative combinations. Variations on popular colors such as energizing red, cool, waterborne blue and eco-friendly greens also play a key role this season.” – Pantone

Pantone scours advertising, magazines, movies, websites, and other facets of pop culture to unearth color cues, even surveys of socio-economic trends, art exhibits, and considering even the state of the global economy. After intense research and analysis, they sell colors to clients a few years in advance and then poll them to discern popular choices so they can then produce color planning guides that influence the multitudes. I walked around for years thinking these trends just happened for no reason at all. But oh no, everything is calculated. That’s why it’s critical for you to know what the color forecast is for each season because then you can use it as a guide in your design in order to stay current.

Pantone Color Forecast {Spring + Fall '08} Fall ’08 Palette.
“Best described as a season of change, fall ?08 is defined by rich, elegant hues that offer a vibrant selection. New York’s fashion designers emphasize cooler blues, greens and purples in the top five tones used in their collections, followed by variations of warm red, orange and yellow.” – Pantone

Here are the Fall ’08 color trends in fashion. These trends are mirrored in home design, too. Here’s the Spring forecast in case you missed it. Now when you browse current magazines and catalogs you can look for these colors.
(images from pantone)

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