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Color Me Monday: Green

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!


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)

Posted in Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips, inspiration on March 18, 2008

Color Me Monday: Red

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.

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!


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!).

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.

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.

A 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.)

Posted in Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips, inspiration on February 26, 2008

Pretty in Pink

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?

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.

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.
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.
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)

Posted in Color Inspiration, Color Me Pretty, Decorating Tips on February 21, 2008

Color Me Monday: Fruit Stripe Brights

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…

Poppy bedding from the Vera Wang collection at Kohl’s,
Hadley Pollet bag and Printemps Paisley percale bedding
from Garnet Hill.

Spring ’08 fabric from Kerry Cassill, Kate Spade
Mallorca Selby bag and Striped thank you notes, PB Teen
Bubble Up lamp base.

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)

Posted in Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips, inspiration on February 12, 2008

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