Hi visitors! First of all, thanks for stopping by I know it’s been a while since we blogged. Lilia and I are still going strong; designing away. We’ll post some of the e-decorating projects we’ve worked on here in the coming weeks.
I’ve just had a realization while accessorizing my condo and thought it would be a great topic to share with you.
There are many aspects to designing and decorating and I’d like to think (speaking for Lilia as well) that most of them come pretty effortlessly to us. However, accessorizing is one aspect that, although ends up looking great, doesn’t ‘click’ as fast or as easy for us. I love color and selecting color schemes. Here is an example of colors I would use (if I were my own client).
I think we can all agree that finding particular or exact colors (especially pinks, purples, teals, and emeralds) from multiple sources can be difficult and time consuming. So, what I’ve starting doing in my own home is using accessories and furniture in neutrals and using the colors on the walls. I like using white as my neutral because it ties the white moldings in to make a very harmonious feel. This is also a great idea when the color of 2013 looks out dated in 2019 or you simply fee like a change for your space. It’s been said many times that painting is the easiest way to dramatically change the look and feel of a room. Repainting is also much cheaper than buying new furniture and accessories. Here are some examples:
Gray and greige are also very popular right now and I am totally on board. A warm gray or greige can be very robust an almost seem like more of a color.
If you’d prefer a break from the go-to white moldings and don’t want the traditional look of a stained wood, here is an example I saw that I think really works while staying at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. I think the neutral cooler gray walls are complimented nicely by the dark maroon/brown moldings. This feels fresh and contemporary, but also warm and comfortable.
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I just received one of my shelter magazines and read that the color yellow is hot, hot, hot right now. Personally, orange is my go to citrus but I have to admit that all of this yellow is quite enticing.
I find that because it is a strong color, that it is really best in smaller doses. It can really give a space a jolt of excitement.
Here’s some spaces with a punch of yellow
So what do you think? Would you or have you used yellow in any of your homes?
Hello All! Katie MacDonald here again, and this time I’ll be discussing (more like gushing over) my favorite stone; onyx! Why is this my favorite stone you ask…
Color and Pattern Variety
(I could go on and on…)
but most of all, I love the light!
Even though onyx is a natural stone, it is translucent. The swirling cloudy variations in the stone are just amazing when lit from behind. This feature allows usually contemporary feeling lighting to be balanced by the earthy and classic feeling of natural stone. The best of both worlds!
I look at a lot of kitchens and one thing I always notice is their lighting. For me, it’s one of the most important elements that helps set it apart from other kitchens.
Good lighting helps places be memorable.
This kitchen is a good example of interesting lighting. It takes the monochromatic space and elevates it with a sculptural quality. Notice how the chairs echo the general shape of the light.
The pendant lights in this kitchen draw you in for a closer look.
I love these pendants, they are both glamourous and unusual.
Here is a kitchen that Jeff Lewis designed. The lighting is tremendously successful with it’s contemporary re imagination of a classic lighting fixture.
Here’s a tip for choosing kitchen lighting: Because of all of the square and rectangular geometry that is caused by the cabinets and tiling, it is a good idea to choose lighting with curved or rounded elements. Not only does it provide balance, it introduces variety as well as softness into the space.
Not that the weather is heating up, I have been feeling a little sluggish lately.
Here’s some places I would like to take a nap:
I can’t tell you how badly I want to design a contemporary style nursery around these prints. The photographer is Sharon Montrose and I simply adore the simplicity:
I actually like the way that she arranged them this way below, but of course, I would have to do my own spin (perhaps a trendy turquoise spray paint on an inexpensive Ikea frame).
Please, please, please give me client that wants a contemporary nursery!
For more adorable pics, Sharon Montrose’s website is located here
Right now, people are still really excited about gallery walls and while they’re lovely, they’re also difficult to execute. While I was browsing Martha Stewart.com I came across this picture:
I know, much easier!
Directions: draw a horizontal line around 60-63″ above the floor. Measure 1/2″ above the line and 1/2″ below the line and place the pictures as pictured above.
I’ve been spending the last couple of days thinking about what great piece of art I’m going to hang over my new fabulous sofa. I keep coming back to sailing and clipper ship paintings. I love the bit of blue and vibrancy they can add to the decor as well as they carry a certain romantic appeal.
Here’s a few inspirational rooms that contain ships:
House of Turqouise
Ok, not really, but it sure felt like I did.
Let me share with you the story:
I am at Home Goods doing my bi-weekly sweep after consuming too many carbs at Coco’s and lo and behold I see a clone to the beloved sofa that occupies a spot in my living room. Instantly, I perk up fighting off the sluggishness of the carbs and briskly walk towards it. Why is it here, I ask myself. I don’t know but it doesn’t matter because of what I see in the corner of my eye. I catch it’s scent; it smells sexy and seductive.
I instantly fall in love.
Ralph Lauren Mitchell Place Sofa
I am no longer sleepy, but my stomach starts to ache. How am I going to ask my husband to replace the perfectly good, albeit style challenged sofa in our den? I go home and drag my husband back to Home Goods to “look”. Reluctantly, he agrees.
We’re standing in front of it. He looks it over. I’m not getting much and he offers some compliment about the quality. He sits down and gives an hmmmm. He looks at me and catches the glimmer in my eye.
He asks if I’m sure I want it.
I tell him that it reminds me of my childhood.
(And I offer him the home office)