WINNING WAYS WITH CHARTREUSE ~~

Chartreuse ~ 

It’s a vibrant, electric color. . . . .happy and versatile. Chartreuse is a color that is halfway between green and yellow. The spectrum of this color ranges from bright lime to light sulphur. Below, are some inspiring images showcasing some ways to use Chartreuse in your space. This vibrant color pairs well with so many different colors, charcoal gray, turquoise, indigo blue, to name a few. I love this color and I say, go ahead, dare to be bold!

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Bold would certainly be an accurate description in this entry. Dramatic chartreuse, lacquered walls makes a stunning statement for sure.

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A pretty palette of light gray, chartreuse, cool navy, bright sea glass, olive green. Image here.

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Bronze-lacquered walls pair nicely with chartreuse taffeta curtains.

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Another pretty palette .

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Chartreuse is ideal with soft lavenders and purple.

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Dark charcoal walls make the perfect backdrop for the eye-popping chartreuse sofa. Image here.

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Another perfect pairing, chartreuse and turquoise.

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Garden inspiration.

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Traditional pieces really come to life in this boldly colored room of fuschia and chartreuse.

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VIBRANT AND DRAMATIC

 

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS COLOR?

 

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MOODBOARD MONDAY

Whu Who It’s Monday ~~~~ Moodboard Monday ~~~~ That Is ~~~~ Inspiration Chartreuse!

An earthy or electric color. . . . . this yellow-green hue brings a zingy freshness to this modern office concept.

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Does this Color Inspire You?

Stay Tuned for More Chartreuse Inspiration

Thanks for Stopping By

Enjoy your Monday!

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A SPRAWLING RANCH IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Interior Design: Windsor Smith

It’s hard to believe that this sprawling ranch home in the rolling hills of California is smack dab in the middle of the city of Los Angeles…..but it is, and it occupies about 3 acres of land in Brentwood. The homeowners (the wife to be exact and her two daughters) are equestrians. So, naturally, this is a horse property complete with horses, of course! The mother and her two daughters workout with their horses practicing and competing in various dressage events. Oh my, certainly something I have always dreamed about. As a former hunter/jumper/equestrian rider and horse owner, I always fantasized about living on a ranch with several horses……Sigh and Sigh again!!!

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The home embraces the beautiful, genteel elements of classic Italian and Spanish Colonial styles. I love the thick beams, cascading draperies and tall mirror. Speaking of those cascading draperies, what Windsor Smith has to say about the window treatments, not only speaks to their practicality but also to the principles of design. “Of course, during the daytime, the curtains protect from the glare”. “The roof lines are not high, so I hung the drapery at the top of the wall to lift the eye. . . .rather than use a big, heavy treatment, I chose a small rod that’s less ornate and more youthful.”

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A bold painting by James Nares in a traditional dining room.

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Another view in the dining room with bold art, antique table and 18th-c. dining chair.

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An expansive kitchen, with windows framing a gorgeous vista.

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The gorgeous vista. There are the horses!! My dream!!!

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I think this speaks for itself. . . .dream, dream, dream. . . .

Visions to Inspire. Design to Enrich.

Could you see yourself here?

 

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HAVE A SEAT

Being able to carve out some space in your  home for an intimate seating arrangement is such a wonderful way to creatively make use of a space whether it is a bedroom retreat or a small niche on a stairway landing. I hope you enjoy some of these images that I came across at Luxe magazine.

HAVE A SEAT and become inspired……..

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Here a pair of cream-colored settees are nestled just so along the curve of each wall. A beautiful Fortuny-like chandelier hangs dramatically over the round table that is flanked by a couple of benches for another spot to linger.

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What a cozy retreat to read a book or enjoy an after-dinner Cognac. A very organic vibe has been created by marrying texture and pattern, as seen in the zebra-print wing chairs with classic nailhead trim.

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A beautiful Master Bedroom sitting area with French doors leading to a balcony overlooking the backyard. What a lovely spot to sip your morning coffee and let your mind wander over the days events.

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A console table helps to divide a seating area with a pair of oversized sofas.

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Here, a small seating nook was created on the outskirts of a great room with spectacular lake views, which must have been used as inspiration for the ombre-style drapery fabric.

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A gathering room with neoclassical architectural details that have been paired with pieces that pay homage to 20th-century styles such as the 1970s mirror and the contemporary lounge chairs that reference the Art Deco era.

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A sitting room at the entrance of the Master Suite has been flanked with thick bookshelves, creating a small library.

ROOMS TO INSPIRE, DESIGNS TO ENRICH

HAPPY MONDAY!

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INSPIRATION YELLOW

More on Yellow ~~

Happy and Bright

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To learn more about these images, click here.

May your weekend be happy, sunny and bright.

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WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS

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I absolutely love lemons….from the color, to all that you can do with this lovely fruit. I have put together a few inspirational pictures for you to enjoy along with a recipe to try.

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A Delicious Lemon-Lime Recipe to Try. To see recipe, please visit here.

Thanks for stopping by

Images via my Pinterest.

 

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YELLOW IS FOR HAPPY

Happy Yellow…..it is the color of the mind and the intellect. Being the lightest hue of the spectrum, the psychology of yellow is uplifting and illuminating, offering hope, happiness, cheerfulness and fun. It is the best color to create enthusiasm for life and can awaken greater confidence and optimism. Using yellow in home decor is a wonderful opportunity to bring freshness and energy to a space and for fashion, a bright, yellow outfit may help bring a spirit of perkiness or renewed confidence.

With a little understanding about the psychology of  the color yellow, let’s see how we can be inspired by this primary color.

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These bold, super saturated, luscious silk drapes certainly liven up the space. They caused so much excitement that they drained the energy right out of this little girl. She looks so peaceful all curled up on the yellow striped fauteuil chairs.

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Love how happy these chairs look in their bright yellow velvet.

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For an earthy palette, mix yellow with brown.

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Very pale yellows can work as neutrals alongside darker or richer colors.

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Yellow and blue are a high contrast, eye-popping combination.

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Use yellow to perk up a subdued cool palette of blues and grays.

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Yellow perks up the walls of this kitchen space.

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Mustard yellow looks so smart on this chic dress.

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With art, yellow makes an uplifting and illuminating statement.

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Here I have chosen to use yellow, turquoise blue and gray for a nursery design.

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A beautiful yellow tulip wreath against a black door.

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And love the yellow floral arrangements that have been used on this table where yellow is the color inspiration.

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Nature is always a great inspiration for a color palette.

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I THINK THIS SAYS IT ALL!

HAPPY WEDNESDAY

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT YELLOW?

Images from my Pinterest board.

 

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WINDOW DRESSING

One of the many aspects of design that I truly enjoy, is dressing windows. It is just another layer in the design of a space that can be built upon and embellished. Of course, it is important to understand the basic needs of the occupants using the space. Do they need light control? Privacy? UV protection? Protection from heat and cold? Maybe the windows only need to be dressed in a way that softens the hard edges. Once the fundamentals of function have been addressed, the truly creative process of layering then begins. I liken it to fashion. There are many ways you can take a basic outfit from simple and purposeful to fabulous and stunning!

The images I’ve selected are just a small sampling of  beautifully dressed windows. I have many other inspirational images that I will share for another time. In the meantime, ENJOY……

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A large, graphic floral has been used as decorative side panels over a natural, woven shade. And, layered at the leading edge of the drapery panel, is a beautiful tassel tape. I love how the drapery fabric has been repeated again on the upholstered chair.

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Layer, over layer, over layer. Here we see a cornice box layered over a stationary drapery under-treatment, which is layered over a flat-roman shade. And, I love the embellishments….nailhead trim on the cornice, a tassel, bead trim down the leading edge of the drapery, and a similar bead trim is repeated on the bottom edge of the roman shade.

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Another beautiful, embellished window treatment. Tapes at the leading edge make such a stunning statement. It’s like a layer of jewelry…..pearls added to the little black dress.

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Strong, graphic geometric on the roman shade and a grand band of navy, makes for a bold and sophisticated statement on a pair of French doors.

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Another example of  layered treatments. Here we see a shutter treatment being used to control light and privacy. I love shutters for their function and architectural aesthetics, but they become even more beautiful when they have been layered and softened with the addition of drapery side panels and a tailored, soft cornice top treatment. And, don’t forget the details, in this case, a layering of a simple grosgrain tape, which creates another layer and another graphic element.

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Layering drapery treatments isn’t limited to just windows. You can treat your tub surround as if it were a window.

All images from my Pinterest board.

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Visually Inspiring

Design Enriching and Simply Intriguing

 

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HOUSE TOUR ~ A MANHATTAN BEACH COUPLE DO OPPOSITE OF DOWNSIZE

Manhattan Beach, California, is an idyllic beach community and the location where my husband and I began our married life together almost 29 years ago. Back then, we were renting a one-bedroom apartment that was part of a two-story, shingle-sided house, that was right on The Strand. The Strand, as it is known, is a stretch of real estate that runs parallel to the beach from Redondo Beach, to the south, and on up to Playa Del Rey, to the north. At the time, our humble little abode was conveniently located just south of the Manhattan Beach Pier and we could practically fall out of bed onto the sand. Needless to say, we enjoyed watching surfers and dolphin frolic side-by-side, summertime volleyball games and awesome sunsets. We became good friends with the couple that owned the home. As our circumstances changed, we later moved on and they eventually tore the old house down to rebuild their dream home.

When I saw this story in Luxe Interiors + Design, it brought back those wonderful memories of our time in Manhattan Beach and for this empty nest Manhattan Beach couple, the decision to build their dream house came after the kids grew up. They have a large and growing extended family and they wanted to build a house that could meet those needs.

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THE GREAT ROOM

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THE LIBRARY

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THE DINING ROOM

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THE KITCHEN

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THE GUEST BEDROOM

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OUTDOOR SEATING

Interior Design: Chris Barrett, Chris Barrett Design

Architecture: Grant Kirkpatrick, KAA Design

Happy Monday

 

 

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COLOR STORY ~ BRILLIANT BLUE AND BROWN

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The perfect pair ~~~ and, of course, they should be, after all it’s everywhere in Mother Nature. Blue and brown is, quite wonderfully a match made in heaven. Light and airy hues, dark and rich shades, or a combination of the two. This dynamic duo can jazz up any space.

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BOLD GUEST ROOM – The rich, dark chocolate brown wall is a stunning backdrop for bold accessories. The striped wallpaper, above, is an element of surprise. That fifth wall is the perfect spot for an opportunity of whimsy. Bringing in the orange accents really livens up the space.

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TORTOISE SHELL DINING ROOM. Interior Design: Andrew Howard.

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SEASIDE STYLE. On the sofa, the walls, the flooring, brown and blue play together throughout a seaside room. Interior Design: Eric Cohler.

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ARTFUL BEDROOM. Interior Design: Eric Cohler.

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COOL CORNER. Interior Design: Eric Cohler.

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BLUE AND WHITE BEDROOM. Shades of blue enhanced by white and grounded with brown in a bedroom for a young adult bedroom. Do you remember who this bedroom was designed for? (Hint: Remember RHONY). Love what they did with that fifth wall, the ceiling, great graphic.

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GRAND LIVING ROOM. Interior Design: Hélène Aumont.

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The blue day bed adds just the right pop of color. Interior Design: Jonathan Staub and Masion Philpotto Miller.

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BEACHY KEEN.  Neutral hues and splashes of blue are a nod to the ocean outside.

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CHEERFUL FAMILY ROOM. Interior Design: Mary O’Brien Cabaron.

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TRELLIS DRAPERIES. Interior Design: Mary O’Brien Cabaron.

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DREAM TEAM. Interior Design: Heather Dewberry and William C. Huff, Jr.  Well, I just love this entire space, those high pitched ceilings with wood beams. The drapery hardware that mimics the arch of the window, the fabulous sectional in that deep oceanic teal blue, flanked by chocolate brown club chairs, the tiered chocolate stained coffee table and overlooking all the blue and chocolate brown, is a gorgeous iron chandelier, embellished with teal blue crystals. And, I spy with my little eye, what looks like a Robert McDonald bronze dancer sculpture posing in front of that fabulous picture window. It’s all so beautiful!

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SELA WARD’S STYLISH HOME. Chairs in blue, spill-proof fabric sit atop a brown rug by Ebanista. Interior Design: Ann Runyon Carter.

Well There You Have It, A Tour of Blue and Brown.

I Hope You Enjoyed

I Always Welcome Your Comments

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