Certain colors have made an impact on modern design. They have taken boring spaces and made them show stoppers. One of those colors is orange. It immediately stops you in your tracks. They key with orange is to merge it with mostly neutral colors. Orange can become competitive with other bold colors. And it can create a chaotic space if not careful. That is why we are all about adding pops of orange in a space.
No matter how fancy a kitchen is, I always like to see industrial lighting as a part of it. It gives such a solid foundation: hearty, serious, and functional. Though industrial lighting may seem heavy and bulky, it can be lightened up by paying attention to scale or changing the color. Here are some of my favorite ways to use industrial lighting in the kitchen.
Gleaming white kitchens are everywhere, but what about their polar opposite? I’m talking about dark obsidian black spaces that are just as functional and a lot more dramatic. A black space can be the key to creating a warm and cozy environment, perfect for cooking with loved ones and entertaining. The best part is that a little black can go a long way; it doesn’t have to be floor to ceiling or wall to wall for impact.
Have you noticed how the 70s are back with a vengeance? With everything from macramé to plant hangings to weavings! It seems like these days just about everyone weaves. BUT, what I like to see is that the new weaving comes in modern color palettes, thus making it refreshing. There are a number of tutorials out that teach you how to make them for yourself and there are a lot of workshops and shops selling them handmade. Here are some of my favorites.
One design element that changes a room immediately is lighting. It takes a room from boring to beautiful. It creates the perfect mood and transforms any style of space.
One type of lighting that I can’t get enough of is the sconce. It’s practical, accessible and so stylish. You can use sconces in pretty much any room. They make great reading lights, mood lights and spotlights. For bedrooms, you can hang them directly above your side of the bed or above your side table.
A new year means a new stab at getting organized, am I right? And there are so many easy and cheap ways to get organized that there’s sure to be one idea for everyone out there! To get the messes off the ground or desk, try bringing it up and up onto the walls! Here is a collection of some of my favorite clever ideas to help you get organized for the New Year.
Every January brings cleaning, organizing and re-decorating. One of the areas that always get a fresh makeover in my home is the mantel. I take down the holiday decor and replace it with simple touches like plants, prints and candles. Usually mantels take center focus in a room. Which makes it a great area to spotlight some of your favorite goodies.
Every year color trend forecaster, Pantone Color Institute, predicts a color of the year. This year, the color was decided as Marsala, or Pantone color 18-1438, from the earthy wine color it is named after. From the Pantone website, “this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while it’s grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.” Can you feel that earthiness yet sophistication? I find that it’s a perfect color for creating warmth and moodiness both in fashion and in spatial design. Here are some images to inspire you this year.
Designer Peter Dunham created the inviting room above. The masculine lines of the sofa against the more feminine wallpaper is especially appealing, and the room looks comfortable and chic at the same time. If you’d like to achieve a similar look in your home, you can do so with the items below.
Each year as we roll into a new year and another January I pause to think and hope that the New Year will be simpler, both in life and in my home. That might mean different things to different people – a more organized schedule, fewer things, less obligations – in fact it means something different to me nearly every year. For 2015, it means going back to basics. Streamlining my wardrobe, choosing quality over quantity, and adding more natural things to my world.