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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All images via here.

Have a Lovely Weekend

 

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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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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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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.

Pale Green 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?

Images Via Pinterest

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HOW TO COLOR GREEN: 16 INSPIRING IDEAS

Green, I love the color. It is the color of balance and harmony. It is the color of growth, the color of spring, of renewal and rebirth. It is the color that I readily associate with the Month of March. It renews and restores depleted energy. Green promotes a love of nature, a love of family, friends, pets and the home. It is the color of the garden lover, the home lover, and the good host……honestly, no wonder I love this color. For heaven’s sake, why wouldn’t you? Anywhoooo…….it is a fabulous “neutral” to use in your interiors, as you will see. While Pantone declared it their color pick for the year 2013, it is certainly not a passé color, by any means. I hope you enjoy these Visions to Inspire.

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This was my Inspiration Moodboard that I did when Pantone announced its 2013 Color of the Year.

LIVING SPACES

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What a statement this sofa makes in all of its Emerald glory. Clearly this space is a family space and I love how the bookshelf has been styled. Keeping each shelf organized by color, makes for such a pleasing and cohesive way of organizing, it’s like moving around the color wheel.

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In this space, shades of blue seem to be the predominate color, and, then, it’s punctuated with a pop of green, in something as simple as a pouf.

KITCHEN AND DINING SPACES

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Doesn’t this space just make you happy? And, that island, in glorious Emerald, it’s the pop of color that just says WOW. What fun!

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Green, in all of its varying shades, from the painted diamond shapes on the hardwood floor, to the table and hutch, to the stoneware.

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In a word, STUNNING.

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Rustic meets Contemporary. Clearly, those Emerald chairs make quite the statement…..no mistaking who the Host and Hostess are.

HOME DECOR AND FURNITURE

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GREEN LIVING “WALLS”

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BEDROOMS

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Green and Navy, always a winner.

 

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 Fun and fabulous comes to mind in this happy child’s bedroom.

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Dramatic Master Suite.

All images via my Pinterest.

DESIGN TO ENRICH

Does Green Inspire You?

Your Comments Are Welcome

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR ~~ RANDOM THOUGHTS FOR 2015

Road Trip~~

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On New Year’s day. after beginning our morning with the traditional viewing of The Rose Parade, we decided to take a little road trip. Out here in sunny, Southern California, an unusual Arctic storm has brought frigid temperatures and blanketed our mountains with beautiful snow. But what was even more amazing was the snowfall that fell in places that ordinarily don’t typically ever have snow and one of those places was Ortega Highway. Ortega Highway is a 2-lane, curvy stretch of road nestled between Orange County and Riverside County, starting in San Juan Capistrano and ending in Lake Elsinore. Just days before the New Year, motorists were left stranded for up to 10 hours on this highway with snow falling everywhere and wreaking havoc with motorists trying to navigate under extremely unusual conditions.

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Hubby, myself, my youngest daughter and our Vizsla, Duke (our beautiful, high-energy companion that loves an outing), all jumped into the car to take advantage of the beauty that Mother Nature had dropped at our “doorstep”. As we got underway, continuing our drive out of San Juan Capistrano and climbing in elevation, the scenery slowly began to change. What unfolded in front of us, was a vision of fresh, brilliant, white snow. It was amazing and a little surreal to see children with their parents building snowmen, having snowball fights and seeing snow plows drive by (apparently, we actually have them). As we took some time to enjoy the beauty of the snow, I began to think about the beauty of white and all that is associated with the color. It is an inherently positive color, associated with purity, innocence, light  and goodness, to name just a few, but, it can also represent a successful beginning, which seems rather symbolic as we welcome the New Year 2015!

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From Fashion to Interiors, I find white to be just right, pure, fresh, new and inspiring. These are just a few images of white that I think are particularly lovely. I hope you enjoy!

Fashion ~~

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Interiors ~~

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HAPPY 2015

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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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And Look At Them During Different Times of the Day

 

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HAPPY WEDNESDAY

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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.

A Modern Office

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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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INSPIRATION YELLOW

More on Yellow ~~

Happy and Bright

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May your weekend be happy, sunny and bright.

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