I was so honored to have been asked to be a judge for the Apartment Therapy Room For Color 2014 contest sponsored in part by Sherwin Williams. There were so many colorful entries. It was also so great when I saw that Janel over at AT put together a post announcing my participation (read it here), it really made me happy. One of the questions that she asked me about color was fun to answer so I thought I’d share that with you now. She basically asked me what my thoughts on color are at the moment – what palette I’m digging. This is the collage I created below followed by my thoughts.
I love these four images and this fun, colorful palette – but the draw to me is that navy has replaced black as a strong accent color. Black and white is such a huge trend at the moment, yet I feel like I’m seeing it too much now and its losing it’s appeal. That’s why a nautical deep navy is a nice replacement and break from black while still keeping things deep and dark and providing a nice contrast amongst all of the light colors and brights that are trending at the moment. Plus navy (not cobalt or any other blue – strictly navy) and crisp white look stunning together, so a deep navy wall with white trim – well, you can’t go wrong!
Here were some of entries in Warm, Cool, Light, Dark, International that I found really interesting. Apartment Therapy readers judged what they liked the most (there were so many entries!) and the judges were sent the 5 most voted for rooms per category and each of us voted for our favorite without knowing what the other judges were voting for. It was done very fair and square which I appreciated. You view all of the homes here. And guess what Germany? One of your own won the International submission!
So much fun!!! And thanks again Apartment Therapy for having me. Here are the winners, but in my eyes everyone won the moment they submitted their entry because that takes major courage.
I think I need to team up with some big company and have a decorating contest for decor8 readers, right!? Wouldn’t that be fun???
(Images in the top collage: Johan Rosenmunthe for Bolig Liv magazine, Lys Vintage, Dust Jacket Attic , Smitten Studio Online. Single image: George in Delaware (winner!). Bottom collage: top left: Amanda in Montana (winner!), top right: Jessie in Ohio (winner!), bottom left: Katharina in Germany (winner!), bottom right: Jo in the UK.)
Are you guys frequenting real estate websites like I do? It’s been an obsession of mine for years and years. Ever since the internet was invented. And seriously it’s so fun, it’s like playing House Hunters International from your desk. I love to dream about my alter ego and her life with 5 apartments and homes scattered all over the globe. The beachfront house in LA, the NYC townhouse, the Sydney surf shack, the hideaway in some tropical destination (Bali sounds nice) and the London home away from home. Where would you have homes? Do you dream big like I do, too? For all of the dreamers out there may I suggest visiting Fantastic Frank. This agent has great apartments for sale in mostly Stockholm and Berlin (and coming soon, Munich!) and man,they are sweet. Here are a few impressions to linger over.
I love how they are pimping out these places thanks to their team of interior stylists, gorgeous! What a fun job, too right???
(images – fantastic frank)
Marble is already trending and only growing in strength, at least in my part of the world, but have you seen snakeskin making an appearance? I just noticed it being used as a pattern on pillows and tea cosies over at by nord copenhagen and was impressed. I REALLY like it which surprised me because snake isn’t usually on my radar. I also like the appearance of mini trees again or at least, smallish ones vs. the massive standard American version I grew up around. Seems a smaller tree just may be a big holiday decoration trend again for 2014 as it was last year (remember this post?). What do you think, does marble, snakeskin and mini trees do it for ya? How about pine branches in vases? Thoughts?
(images: by nord)
On Monday, October 13th you simply must keep an eye on decor8 because I’ll be writing up a book review of the gorgeous new title by stylist Hans Blomquist, In Detail, photographed by Debi Treloar and Hans as well — AND giving away 5 gorgeous copies. It’s part of a blog book tour I’m kicking off for Ryland, Peters and Small. You’ll want to pin ALL of the photos that I plan to show you, I promise — so watch this space!
It’s moody, it’s edgy, it’s romantic and it’s the book that you’ll want on your coffee table for Autumn!
(image: ryland peters and small)