COLOR CRUSH ~~ ROYAL BLUE

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When I saw this home in the recent issue of House Beautiful, my first impression was WOW, which was then followed by a huge smile. To learn more about how designer Gary McBournie and Bill Richards arrived at the happy color scheme of saturated blues, oranges and yellows for this 1940s ranch house in Nantucket, be sure to read all about it here.

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FRIDAY FAVES~~CLASSIC BLUE AND WHITE

Hello Everyone. I know, I’ve been a bit missing in action, but I have been so busy working on getting my Etsy shop up and running. I have talked about starting an Etsy shop now and again, for, well, like forever, it seems. I have been so overwhelmed with all the nuances of opening a shop, that I’ve been kind of trigger shy. Being the perfectionista that I am, has caused me to be my overly critical self, not to mention that I felt that I needed to have a few items ready to go before making my launch. My family was getting so annoyed with my constant procrastination. Anywhooooo, I’ve finally made the commitment and I will be sharing more very soon.

As we enter the weekend and with Spring officially in the air, I wanted to share some favorites from my Pinterest ~~ Classic Blue and White. This color story simply never gets old for me. Visions To Inspire. Designs To Enrich. Enjoy.

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Have a Lovely Weekend

 

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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.

Dining Room-Katie Kime

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

Living Room-Katie Kime

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

Jonathan Adler Lamps-Katie Kime

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

Master Bdrm-Katie Kime-BM Gravel Gray

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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SOPHISTICATED UPPER EAST SIDE ~ HOME TOUR

This pristine Upper East Side home belonging to Dr. Clifford Hudis and Jane Hertzmark Hudis, the global president of Estée Lauder, bears the minimalist stamp of its designer, architect Lee F. Mindel of the Manhattan firm Shelton, Mindel & Associates. “Mindel was struck by the city view when he first toured the two-bedroom residence, located on the 12th floor of a new building and boasting a pair of breathtaking terraces.”  Mindel was inspired by moody skies and the rooftops and façades of the surrounding buildings and from that, envisioned the interiors as an abstract panorama of grays.

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Have a lovely weekend and, if where you are is anything like here in sweltering, tropical, humid and hot Southern California where we have been feeling the misery of Tropical Storm Linda off the coast of Mexico for this entire past week, then you have my deepest sympathy. Try to stay cool and I hope you have enjoyed these…….

Visions To Inspire and Designs to Enrich!

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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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SINGING THE BLUES

I’m Singing The Blues, not in a sad way, but in an inspiring way. Blue is HOT, HOT, HOT, right now…..in Home Decor and Fashion. I wouldn’t say it is a trendy color, but a classic color that works wonderfully with so many other colors. I love it with Emerald GreenBright Orange. Shocking Pink, Bright Yellow, and Black, to name just a few. Of course, the color Blue, along with Red and White is particularly symbolic this time of year with the 4th of July happening in just a matter of days. Wow, it’s so hard to believe how fast this year is flying by. Nevertheless, I love the color blue no matter what the occasion and thought it would be fun to share some of my blue home decor, fashion and art that I find inspiring which I have curated from Polyvore. Enjoy my Rhapsody In Blue……

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If you’re interested to learn more about the items seen here, visit Polyvore.

Visions to Inspire, Designs to Enrich

Have a Lovely Day

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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

Blush~~~

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.

Chinoisserie Panels

 

 

 

ROOM INSPIRATION

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BlushTones For A Living Room

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A pretty bedroom by interior designer, Suzanne Kasler.

MY BLUSH INSPIRATION

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Via Polyvore

Images via Pinterest.

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.

White and Black Transitional Kitchen with Mint Accents

Black cabinetry punctuated with pale green seating and lighting.

Traditional Blue-Green Kitchen

Mint green Cabinets

Mint Green Bedroom

In the bedroom.

Pale Green Bedroom

White Living Room with Green Accents

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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