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Reader Q: Help My Ugly Front Porch!

August 4, 2008

Jen is a reader looking for some help today with her front porch. She cannot make any structural changes but needs help with color and perhaps some furniture ideas and placement.

Reader Q: Help My Ugly Front Porch!Jen’s stoop – Any suggestions?

Jen says, “It’s a fairly useless porch and it’s waaaaaay too white. We are going to replace the screen door and I’m thinking of painting the front door a bolder color (it’s now black). The walls of the porch have been primed and I’m just trying to decide what color it should be painted. I’d like to warm up the house a bit. And I’d like the porch to reflect the style within our house, not necessarily the 60’s split level style. Our *style* could be described as eclectic–contemporary cottage, perhaps. Cozy with lots of books and comfy furniture but not cluttered. Oh–and the picture does not properly show the planting that is to the right of the front step. I’ve got a huge bunch of black-eyed Susans there right now, but would happily change it if someone has ideas. The whole area is just plain awkward.”

Hmmm… Perhaps a lovely before and after from blogger Tissue Papers may inspire Jen a little?

Reader Q: Help My Ugly Front Porch!
Reader Q: Help My Ugly Front Porch!

Or maybe Martha Stewart can help (link)? Do you have some tips to help Jen add a little curb appeal to her porch? Thanks for writing in, Jen!

(images: top from reader jen, bottom two from the tissue papers blog)

Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips

Color Notes

May 27, 2008

I just blogged a few notes on color over on Haus Maus and after writing it, I thought that some of you may enjoy stopping by to read it. If you’re interested, of course.

Color Notes
Here’s the link.

(mood board by holly becker)

Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips

Got a Passion for Purple?

March 31, 2008

PointClickHome just posted a slideshow with lots of purple finds, including some of their favorite paint colors by Benjamin Moore. They didn’t highlight Passion Plum 2073-30 but I have to add that to the list because it’s a deep hue that is so rich and delicious…

Got a Passion for Purple? I really like this cane coat stand from Red Egg – the materials and design anyway. I can’t say I like it in this color because it’s a bit too Golden Girls for me — I’d paint it bright red, crisp white, tulip yellow, or black. I’d also love to reupholster that chair in perhaps that Duralee animal print and paint the frame white. Or reupholster it in some red and white geometric print and lacquer the frame in black. I know, I know, the whole point of this post is to highlight purple finds but I can’t help myself since I love to alter things, editing is in my blood. The Tokyo Dahlia wallpaper is lovely, it’s from the Oriental Garden collection over at Designers Guild.

To learn more about the color Purple and to view rooms in this sassy hue, here are a few decor8 links to inspire you:

Color of the Month: PURPLE
Lavender Love from The Washington Post
Poppin’ Purple

(images from pointclickhome)

Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips, Inspiration

Color Me Monday: Green

March 18, 2008

It’s March 17th , how can I not mention green today? For some inspiring rooms in this grassy hue don’t miss this. And below I have a few green (color not eco) products for you to enjoy!

Color Me Monday: Green
Guide: 1. Green light frame, 2. atom art bowl, 3. kate spade pop clinton street stevie bag, 4. green is good tote,and 5. kate spade perry street 5×7 frame.

More green goodies not shown: oval silhouette hooks, gumby & friends notecards, kitchenaid artisan 5-qt. stand mixer (now with a $30 rebate), martha stewart tossed sprigs platter, martha stewart cupcake liners/toppers and garden damask bedding.

Would you like to see more products in green? Click here.

(images from anthropologie and kate spade)

Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips, Inspiration

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, Decorating Tips, Inspiration

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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