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Green Glorious Green!

March 16, 2007

Here’s more green to inspire you today. From bold and confident, to charming and subtle, green is a color worth exploring! And don’t miss a little secret of mine below because it may encourage some of you color shy types to stop standing along the wall and participate in the happy world of hue!

Green Glorious Green!Accessories from Green Glorious Green! Even though this rug from Angela Adams isn’t shown in the room, it’s a fresh, modern translation of all of those fantastic greens and blues from that David Hicks space, don’t you agree?

Green Glorious Green! This room, designed by the great Green Glorious Green! Jonathan Adler knows how to have fun with color, doesn’t he? Even the ties he sports on Top Design could be made into a room. Love this bright yellow and green combo, I can’t imagine ever waking up in this room and feeling depressed. Design prozac indeed.

Green Glorious Green! Chlo? Sevigny’s entryway, pictured here from a recent issue of House + Garden, incorporated the Kelly Wearstler green imperial trellis wallpaper so well. I love wild and crazy patterns in an entryway for two reasons. You give guests a major welcome – first impressions are everything – so a hallway with the wow factor means so much. Next, because you can. A pattern like this is somewhat of an exclamation point print, it screams “Look at me! Over here! Look at meeee!”, something you may not want to use on 4 walls in a living room or bedroom, but can totally get away with in a hallway, small bathroom, pantry, etc. In an entryway, this bold pattern accomplishes it’s goal. Welcome! To! My! Home!

Green Glorious Green! This Wary Meyers dining room is fantastic, from the tulip table to the seat cushions, wallpaper, and that green painting… It all works. That is what I love about their portfolio, you see things working together in ways you’d never imagine putting together.

Green Glorious Green! When I think about the color green, I think of versatility. When you are out in nature, green and blue and the two most dominate colors in most places, whether it be the blue sky, green grass, turquoise ocean, or the way mountains almost look blue or green from a distance. Then, you observe the colors around you in the form of shells, flowers, animals, rock, sand… Everything coordinates. You never look at a bed of flowers and think, “Oh my god, nothing matches! Dreadful!”. Colors that occur in nature are so appealing. Images above, top: Vincente Wolf and bottom: Kemble Interiors.

Green Glorious Green!Look at the serene and sophisticated home of an Apartment Therapy reader. If anyone knows who this is or has the link to the original slide show, please comment with that below so I can give this lady due credit. I loved her space. Look at those velvet apple chairs. So inviting.

Now to share a little secret that may encourage those fearful of color. I was a neutrals-only girl for several years, stuck in a color rut just like some of you. How did I get out?

Let me clarify that things weren’t always this way. I didn’t grow in a color-free home, my mother loved color and even today, still uses it very well. I was actually quite the colorholic, I couldn’t get enough. At 21, I moved into an apartment and my first purchase was a pink vintage refrigerator, huge floral wallpaper for the kitchen, and hardwood flooring that I installed myself. That was the wildest kitchen ever. Scary but gorgeous. After that apartment, I slowly allowed neutrals to creep into my life for reasons unknown. Maybe it was an emotional thing. I don’t really know. But it was in my mid-20’s that I hit a major neutral phase. I didn’t understand what was happening to me. When I tried to introduce color, I fell flat, so I just didn’t use it at all. Everything was cream and khaki.

What ultimately changed my perception of color was randomly hearing someone say that the best way to bring color into the home is bring nature inside. If it works outdoors, it will work indoors. I never thought about that in my life, seemed so simple, but so true. It was then that I started small. I brought home fruit and flowers. Instead of mixing fruit in a bowl as I always had, I started to put oranges in a single bowl, lemons in a tall vase, limes arranged on a platter. I always loved to buy flowers for my office at work, but didn’t bring them home much. I changed that. I started bringing fresh flowers into my home once a week, but instead of buying a mixed bouquet, I stuck to a single color, like yellow tulips for instance. Placing fruit and flowers around my home helped me feel more comfortable about living with color again. The 21-year-old Holly with the pink refrigerator resurfaced. I was me again. Color was back!

Now I feel completely comfortable around color and I’m in a profession where I’m helping others to overcome their color fears. So start small and build, even if it’s just fruit and flowers. Look to nature. Start with green.

Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips

Fresh Green Furnishings

March 16, 2007

Nothing says spruce up like the color green. From the preppiest greens to the softer shades of apple, going green never looked so good. And now that we understand it a little more thanks to this post, let’s look at some of the hottest home furnishings on the market – all in green, of course!

Fresh Green FurnishingsThe dark olive strut table from Blu Dot makes my heart skip a beat. I love it in this space, paired with red, hints of robin’s egg blue, and brushed nickel. Excellent color combination.

Fresh Green FurnishingsWant to go a little crazy? Here’s a few fun green patterns from Anthropologie. The ditte sofa in green and white, or in solid leaf. Although this sofa is very expensive, and I’d never purchase it in anything but a solid since I get tired of prints quickly, it is the most comfortable sofa I’ve ever sat on in my life. My husband even tested it out and loved it. The pepper green corrigan chair is another comfortable charmer in soft tufted leather, or go wild with this josef frank wingback.

Fresh Green FurnishingsIf you prefer a richer green, go with these forest green Egoa task chairs from Josep Mora. Doesn’t green look gorgeous with pure white?

Fresh Green FurnishingsOf course, who can forget some of the classics. The Eames shell rocker in lime and a wool chartreuse Arne Jacobsen egg chair from DWR are great green finds. Another nice seating option is this olive David Mocarski Libre two-seater sofa because it’s comfortable and doesn’t take up a lot of space. Notneutral has a new collection of Tetra cabinets with drawers and trays you can add in green (as well as a few other colors), and for all you mid-century lovers out there, the new collection from Sherwood Hamill for Angela Adams is my latest obsession. I love it all (amazing finds), but the pieces shown above in yellow-green have my attention.

Fresh Green FurnishingsOne of my favorite sofas out there right now is the Bantam from DWR, it’s available in both sage and olive green. The sage is my favorite because I prefer the textured fabric over the solid olive, it looks more like canvas and I’m not big on the look of canvas on sofas. Above, it is shown in sage. I love everything about it, the single cushion seat, the arms, the legs, well almost everything except that it’s sitting in a DWR showroom right now and not in my living room…

Fresh Green FurnishingsIf it’s pattern you crave, Urban Outfitters has a ton of new furniture in, one being this great little green pillow top settee in a lattice print. Lattice is huge right now, have you noticed?

Fresh Green FurnishingsFresh Green FurnishingsFor something a little more girly, try this fainting sofa in juicy green apple. Here are a few picks from Brocade that ooze with femininity and charm. All green and glorius… A tufted bucket chair in pear, or a hand-carved curve back chair in stem.

Fresh Green FurnishingsOr perhaps you want to add a moss green silk regency headboard to your bedroom. This would look lovely with crisp white bedding (the chocolate satin bedding urban’s shows it with is hid-e-ous, don’t click here whatever you do – it’s like a 60’s one-nighter hotel.) But the headboard works, I love the shape. If you prefer cleaner lines, but still want a touch of glam, try their velvet apple green headboard instead.

Fresh Green Furnishings
The chippendale chair in lime, from Jonathan Adler is perfection on 4 legs. If you’re a Chinese chippendale fan, Tonic Home has a great outdoor bench (not shown) in sage (free shipping!).Not sure if you shop Ballard Designs, I’m part of their designer’s program and I’ve placed several orders with them for clients. Almost all of their soft furnishings are available in a range of fabrics and patterns, several patterns have green as the dominate color. I really like the lines of this Chatfield chair.

Any green furnishings that you’d like to suggest?

Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips

Tricia Guild – No Color Fear Here!

March 10, 2007

To spark your creativity today, browse the world of one of today’s leading color mavens, Tricia Guild. It’s a trip fantastic. These images are from her new Spring collection, Oriental Garden and Essentials. Delish! I’m not a fan of all the furnishings and flooring, but the textiles and wallpaper patterns are bold and fresh.

Tricia Guild - No Color Fear Here!Tricia Guild - No Color Fear Here!I think my favorite is the bottom image, far right. At least the wallpaper. That blue and white room pattern makes me feel energetic and happy. I’d have to add some warmth to the room though, either through hardwood floors or a wood credenza. I don’t like the black tulip chair. The white parsons table is nice, I’d keep that.
Tricia Guild - No Color Fear Here!
(images from designers guild)

Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips, Inspiration

Villa Nova (and random thoughts on color)

March 6, 2007

Print + Pattern blogged about Villa Nova out of the UK and since I found some of their images to be a source of inspiration (along with a mega dose of color, refreshing), I thought I’d post a bit of beauty for you to enjoy. I found these rooms to be so typical English, do you? I love the bold, patterned drapes – those take courage, don’t they?!? And check out the pink spaces. Imagine having the guts to go all out like that and create a pink living room? I am in awe when I see interiors that have such a strong color palette. Sometimes I think I’m going over the edge incorporating teal or pear into my own space, but then I look at how the English, German, and Dutch use color and I sit back and think of how I may be a bit more fearful of color than I care to admit to. Maybe I’m a color wuss.

What about you? Are you a risk taker or do you play it safe?

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(images from villa nova)

Decorating Tips

Walnut Wallpaper (+ Paper Ideas For You!)

March 4, 2007

Norinne DeGal, owner of Walnut Wallpaper out of Los Angeles, stocks papers like no other. Gone are the days of shopping papers that are ‘trade-only’ or amazingly country (in a bad way). If it’s modern cool you’re looking for, you can shop Walnut and find all the big names, from Twenty2 to Cole & Son, Allegra Hicks, Mibo, Neisha Crosland, Osborne & Little, and Mod Green Pod, to name only a few. She also stocks Palace Papers, which are my flavor of the moment, here’s a peek:

Palace Papers

Walnut Wallpaper (+ Paper Ideas For You!)
On the website, you can browse papers by color, style, designer, or featured papers, which I love because if my heart screams for something in blue, I can search the aqua or blue collection and find exactly what I’m looking for. Or, if I’m craving a geometric print, I can search under geometrics. It’s so easy!

The same geometric print in two different colors. Lovely!

Walnut Wallpaper (+ Paper Ideas For You!)
Walnut is located at 7220 Beverly Blvd, Suite 201, in LA or you can check out their website and email them if you’re interested in placing an order. Their email addy is contact {at} walnutwallpaper {dot} com. We need something like this in Boston – badly. We don’t have a modern wallpaper boutique that isn’t for the trade only…

Walnut Wallpaper (+ Paper Ideas For You!)
Wallpaper tips: Purchase a few feet to mount on fore core and frame for the wall, or install it directly on the wall and frame it out with moldings. Cover a desk or table top (like a coffee table – looks gorgeous), create a room divider, closet doors, collage on a single wall using all of your favorite wallpaper scraps cut into neat squares, or paper a tiny room or a single wall in your home. It’s also beautiful inside of a walk-in closet. Use it on the ceiling (see image below). Remove the shelves and paper the interior of a bookcase, put the shelves back in place, and voila! A completely new look. You can use it as contact paper for kitchen cabinets. Wallpaper possibilities are endless…

Add wallpaper to the ceiling for high impact.
Walnut Wallpaper (+ Paper Ideas For You!)
Or on a closet door (via the lovely Posie)

Walnut Wallpaper (+ Paper Ideas For You!)

Cut squares of your favorite patterns and paste on the wall (via Lena’s inspiring blog)
Walnut Wallpaper (+ Paper Ideas For You!)
Paper only one wall to make a statement.

Walnut Wallpaper (+ Paper Ideas For You!)
(images from walnut wallpaper, posie, lena, and palace papers)

Decorating Tips

Mixing Floral Patterns

February 28, 2007

I really enjoyed the feature in Real Simple on mixing florals with patterns; I think they nailed it when they said, “Mix them with colorful stripes, polka dots, and gingham checks in complementary tones.” That really sums up the process, the key word being ‘complementary’.

Mixing Floral PatternsMany fear the process of mixing various patterns and prints in a room. Layering is actually quite painless. Grab a color wheel and a good book on color combinations, and/or take a color theory class at your local art school. Introducing yourself to new ideas via classroom instruction enhances your life in so many ways, especially in the cold months, it helps fight creative stagnation and feelings of depression. You’ll also make new friends and tap into parts of yourself you never knew existed.

Mixing Floral Patterns
Of course, visual learning through the pages of your favorite magazines doesn’t hurt, either. The more you expose yourself to beauty and good design, the more your brain starts to pull all the pieces together and you find your own creative voice, you develop your own ‘eye’ for style. I do believe that people are born with talent, but I also think developing a good eye can be trained if you’re not one who was born with the ability to effortlessly throw things together to result in something pleasing. Try, try, try, again!

Mixing Floral PatternsMixing Floral Patterns
(images from real simple)

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