PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR ~ 2016

This year, Pantone decided to gift the design world with two Pantone Colors of the Year for 2016. The color authority chose the delicate Rose Quartz and the calming blue Serenity and while this news certainly isn’t the newest story on the block, I thought these images of interior spaces show just how beautiful these colors are when used thoughtfully and tastefully. Visions to Inspire~~

Living Room Nashville

I am swooning over this Living Room of interior designer Ray Booth and television executive John Shea in Nashville, Tennessee.

Napa Valley Bedroom

And this lovely bedroom in Napa Valley, California designed by Jeff Atlas.

London Study

Here a lovely shade of Rose Quartz has been used on the walls and drapery in this London study designed by Veere Grennery.

Dining Room Nashville

Designer Ray Booth repeats the color in the dining room of their Nashville, TN home.

Family Room Martha's Vineyard

A Family Room of a Martha’s Vineyard home decorated by Mark Cunningham.

Bahamian Cottage Bedroom

Love the wallpaper in the Master Bedroom of a Bahamian cottage decorated by Andrew Raquet Interior Design.

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HOME TOUR ~ KATIE KIME

I first came across this article written by Rebecca Dalzell and photographed by Genevieve Garrupo in Lonny and it just made me smile. I was so inspired by her fresh take on design that I had to share her very inspiring home in Austin, Texas. Katie Kime is someone who sees the world as though you were on a merry-go-round ride around the color wheel. Traveling has been a great inspiration for her, from bright Moroccan poufs, Obami embroidery or Turkish kilims. “Color in these countries is so bright and bold and fearless, pink with orange, red with pink.” Katie Kime’s home is filled with bright, bold patterns and whimsy. Her interiors website and brand began in 2013 and now, she has expanded to a brick-and-mortar showroom in Austin, Texas.

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Bold lighting, large scale artwork, textured grasscloth walls and an over-dyed pink rug from One King’s Lane.

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Custom sofas, graphic sliding barn doors, statement lighting and black and white ottomans from OKL.

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A close-up of the side tables with Jonathan Adler lamps.

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The Master Bedroom painted in a bold, dark charcoal gray from Benjamin Moore~Gravel Gray.

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And how could you not feel happy when you walk into this dressing closet to get ready for the day?

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Kitchen ~ Gold Ball Pendants by Dot & Bo.

Breakfast Nook-Katie Kime

More happy, fun and whimsy in the breakfast nook space.

Landing-Katie Kime

This is no ho-hum landing space, textured walls, family photos, colorful artwork, and, a fun, colorful graphic wallpaper on the ceiling.

Boy Bedroom-Katie Kime

Boy’s Bedroom ~ Land of Nod Bedspread. Pendant, Design Within Reach.

Daughter Bedrm-Katie Kime

Daughter’s Bedroom. John Robshaw quilt.

Faux Silk Flower Wall-Katie Kime

And isn’t this totally fun, walls covered in faux silk flowers with a Katie Kime designed birdcage chair in hot pink.

The Bee's Knees-Katie Kime Queen Bee Pattern

And the fun doesn’t stop in the daughter’s bathroom. The Bee’s Knees, Kimi’s queen bee patterned wallpaper.

Thanks for Stopping By

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SHARED BEDROOMS

I’m sure there has been a time in most everyone’s life when we’ve had to share a bedroom. It may have been during one’s childhood, a college dorm room or as a guest at a friend’s house. Whatever the circumstances were, careful planning and design will certainly help ensure a positive outcome. Here are some very inspiring spaces with impeccable design from guest rooms to fun-filled children’s rooms.

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Visions to Inspire. Designs to Enrich.

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FAVORITES FOR THE BEDROOM NIGHTSTAND

When space is tight in a bedroom, I find the desk/nightstand trend a great solution for small space design. It is a great dual-functional surface that saves on valuable space while keeping necessities at hand. Here are 8 of my inspiring favorites from Domino.

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Traditional Home Desk-Stand

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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY

It is hard to believe, here it is the 4th of July! My gosh, where is this year going? We don’t have any special plans this year for the holiday, and quite frankly, that is just fine. I am finding that I prefer to stay close to home, having a little barbeque with family. In years past, we could easily be found down at the Dana Point Harbor, boating and enjoying a day on the water until the sun set and then watching the firework display from the barge that is anchored just outside Doheny State Beach, but those days are over and quite honestly, I am more than fine with that. It was loads of fun when my, now grown children, were younger, but over the years, the harbor has gotten more and more crowded and once you are there, you are definitely committed to staying there the entire day. This means you better get there early and be prepared to get home after midnight…..the traffic is abominable!! Anywho, whatever your plans may be, I wish everyone a safe and Happy 4th! Red, White and Blue….be inspired……

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Happy 4th of July

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16 INSPIRING WAYS TO USE BLUE

A Little Bit About the Color Blue

Did you know that blue is the overwhelming favorite color? Well it is! Blue is seen as trustworthy, dependable and committed. The color blue is considered the least “gender specific” color and has an equal appeal to both men and women. It is the color of the ocean and the sky and it is perceived as a constant in our lives. It is the color of the spirit and it invokes rest and can also cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming. Here are 16 beautiful ways that blue has been used in these interior spaces…..inspiring ways, for sure…..

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Interior Designer: Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Photographer: Roger Davies

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Contemporary Porch by Juan Montoya Design. Photography: Björn Wallender.

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Contemporary Living Room. Architect: Robert A.M. Stern. Interior Designer: S.R. Gambrel, Inc. Photographer: Eric Piasecki.

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Contemporary Kitchen. Architect: Robert A.M. Stern. Interior Designer: S.R. Gambrel, Inc. Photographer: Eric Piasecki.

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Traditional Kitchen. Designer: Mark Gillette. Photography: Luke White.

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Beach Living Room, Harbor Island, Bahamas. Designer: Alessandra Branca. Photography: William Waldron.

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Modern Dining Room. Designer: D’Apostrophe Design, Inc. Photography: Thomas Loof.

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Traditional Kitchen in the Home of Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade’s California home. Photography: William Waldron.

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Traditional Dining Room in Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade’s home.

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Traditional Office/Library in home of Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade.

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Traditional Living Room in the home of Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade.

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A traditional dining room from Designer CarolEgan Interiors. Photography: Scott Frances.

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Contemporary Bathroom by Designer: Cesare Rovatti. Photographer: Oberto Gili.

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Traditional Master Bedroom of Brooke Sheilds. Designer: David Flint Wood. Photography: William Waldron.

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Traditional Bedroom in Beverly Hills, California. Designer: Michael S. Smith. Photography: Scott Frances.

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Traditional Dining Room in South Africa. Designer: David Kleinberg Design Associates. Photography: Eric Piasecki.

Have a Lovely Weekend!

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COLOR CRUSH ~~ BLUSH

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This pretty, whisper soft shade of pink can be found in many variations, from the dew-kissed petals of a pale pink peony to the almost iridescent shades on a seashell. It is a fresh, innocent color that is pretty without being too cutesy and it is an unexpected neutral that I am definitely crushing on.

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Pretty Blush Paint Colors

Seashells Framed

Loving the pretty blush variations naturally found in these sea urchins, nautilus and pretty pinky toned shells.

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ROOM INSPIRATION

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A pretty bedroom by interior designer, Suzanne Kasler.

MY BLUSH INSPIRATION

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VISIONS TO INSPIRE. DESIGNS TO ENRICH.

 

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8 INSPIRING WAYS TO USE PASTEL GREEN

Nature Inspired Green Color Palette

Inspiration can come from so many different sources, but certainly, one of the most inspiring sources of inspiration definitely comes from nature. Today, we are going to visit this soothing palette of soft pastel-like greens. This color shows up in some surprising ways and I love each and every one.

Pale Green Foyer

In the foyer.

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Black cabinetry punctuated with pale green seating and lighting.

Traditional Blue-Green Kitchen

Mint green Cabinets

Mint Green Bedroom

In the bedroom.

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Love how the artwork was used as inspiration to bring the soft green color in upholstery and pillows.

Does This Pastel Color Inspire You?

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BRING IT ON ~ PINK

Without a doubt, I absolutely love Pink and certainly, the color is most befitting for the month of February. I’ve gathered a few images that more than send my heart a flutter, and, hopefully, you will enjoy them as well.

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Shut the Front Door ~ Pink, of course!

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And, with Navy, it is simply Stunning, but yes!!

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I love everything about this room, starting with the ceiling, and ending with the luscious fabric choices.

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Speaking of Fabric, here are a few picks from Schumacher and Robert Allen.

FROM NURSERIES TO KIDS

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TO FLOWERS AND FASHION 

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BRING IT ON ~ PINK

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SHADES OF WHITE

Ordinarily, I enjoy making color decisions, however, this time around, I am having such a difficult time. I am currently in the process of re-doing our Master Bedroom and while the preliminary design decisions have been made and the fabrics selected, I am down to making a decision on paint. I am taking the color palette and “feel” for our bedroom in a completely different direction. I have wanted to go much lighter for sometime now as my design aesthetic has changed for the space. I have been loving all the neutral, creamy whites and soft grays. These shades just seem to work so nicely for a serene yet elegant bedroom and this leaves me with the dilemma…….which one do I pick. As we all know, there are many, and I mean MANY shades of white and, honestly, it’s just WHITE, RIGHT??  All that said, I’ve started to (sort of)  narrow it down. Next up, I’ll do what I always tell clients to do and that is…….

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HAPPY WEDNESDAY

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