Trends in design and fashion are always evolving and always intertwined. Pantone’s color of the year is “Living Coral” is a beautiful orange with gold undertones. Somewhat of a throwback to the vintage seventies, it’s very lively and fun! At a deeper level, according to Pantone, it’s a hue that speaks to our “innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits.”
In 2019 we will be seeing lots of variations on this great color, note how well it brightens a lot of gray which has been so popular:
Lastly, the trend of artisanal crafted, one of a kind accessories for the home as well as in fashion continues to gain in popularity. How lucky we are to have websites like etsy.com dedicated unique handcrafted pieces to vintage treasures and hand crafted items!
So there you have it. Not that any of us want to be a slave to the most current trends; but it is always fun to do a little updating. Bright pops of color in our home and wardrobe can be a great way to incorporate current trends without going overboard. I will be looking to add some “Living Coral ” accents to my gray dining room as well as trying OPI’s “Melon of Troy” at my next manicure!
I can honestly say I have never met a color I didn’t like. However, there are some I adore. Creekside Green (Benjamin Moore) is just how it sounds. It reminds me of a lovely spring walk by a creek. In my opinion it is the color of spring!
I chose this color for my kitchen over 8 years ago and I still love it. Like my favorite friends, “it plays well with others”. It is so versatile it is almost a neutral:
It is appropriate for any room:
A dining room.
It is a great way to create contrast when paired with cream or white.
Also, it is great for exterior applications as well! If May were a color it would be Creekside Green. What could be nicer than a walk along a creek on a beautiful spring day?
Today is the big day for the royal wedding. It will be starting a little early for me, but wishing those kids all the best! I look forward to seeing the photos, etc.
Let me go on the record as saying I love weddings. The celebration of the blending of lives and families is so sweet. Weddings are the true exclamation point to a commitment and clearly marks a new beginning.
Aside from this lovely sentiment, what I love the most about weddings are the flowers. How I adore them! Traditionally, hundreds of years ago, they were used to perfume the air and cover up any unpleasant smells from guests. Yes, not so long ago Saturday was bath day, so naturally a good day for a wedding celebration. But I digress.
Wedding flowers set the mood for the celebration, identity key participants (naturally!) and emphasize the color scheme.
As someone who lives in a 150 year old home, I like a vintage feel:
What does this have to do with an interior design blog? The same way flowers emphasize the color scheme of a wedding, flowers can emphasize the color scheme of your home.
It’s that magical time of year when we need to get our hands into the good earth and plant wonderful flowers and vegetables. My garden was fairly well established until the happiest woodchuck I have ever seen racked havoc on my beautiful garden. As a result a lot of TLC is needed to bring it back. But also a good opportunity to incorporate some changes. By change I mean less flowers and a large hammock. I am thinking less work and more relaxing!
I don’t have the luxury of two big trees, but a hammock stand will suffice:
I have narrowed it down to these choices (all available at Hayneedle.com):
What is it about a hammock, is it the simplicity of the design? The way it cradles and rocks us? Is it the way it clearly states it’s chill time?
But here is the real question, a single or a double?
Spring here in the Northeast has been a bit of a lemon this year; as in it really hasn’t happened yet. In April we still are dealing with snow and cold temperatures. How to cope? I recommend indulging in all things citrus. Eating-drinking citrus, wearing citrus colors, and of course decorating with these colors. Maybe it’s because nothing really tastes better on a warm day than a cold glass of Lemonade!
Consider these ideas to put yourself in a warm state of mind:
Fresh Orange and Lime drink combinations.
Cook with citrus in new ways. Scallops and orange; yum!
I was lucky enough to stay at my favorite hotel recently, The Edition in NYC. Oh, how I love this place! While staying there I am always inspired by the interior design. So much so, that in the moment, I am mentally redesigning every inch of 1865 City House.
What makes it so appealing? It’s the repeated use of contrast. Or in other words “opposites”. Light colors with dark colors. This is the best tool in a designers tool box!
At The Edition light oak floors paired with dark wood entryways and beautiful dark oversized beds create contrast at its best. The high contrast concept is implemented with variations on the same theme all throughout the hotel. Even the artwork is great vintage black and white photos in glossy white or black frames.
Here are a few examples of contrast for interiors:
Contrast (light vs dark) is important when designing a room. It is an easy way to make a statement and add personality to your spaces.
Even monochromatic rooms can be visually exciting when paired with strong accents in constrating colors. A room without any contrast can be quite boring. I recommend taking a step back, or better yet photograph your spaces to ensure they are inviting, interesting, and have a good deal of contrast. Often it is just a matter of adding a few dynamic colors to update the entire look!
I have been to NYC more times than I can count (lucky, I know!). Still more often than not, I end up with a sun burn on my neck. Crazy, first because I should remember to use sun screen, and second, because I look like a tourist – at risk of all touristy pitfalls – but I digress.
I am always looking up in NYC to see the amazing architecture. The same is true in Interior spaces. The ceiling is often overlooked but a great opportunity to add a statement.
June, so many beautiful and amazing flowers! Early last week I bought a bouquet of Peonies. I wish I had photographed them, so pretty! In my opinion Peonies are the frangance of summer! But alas all good things must come to an end. I awoke today to a vase surrounded by fallen petals. So sad.
I adore fresh flowers, my garden is planted with the intention of having cut flowers for display inside my home.
However fresh flowers and plants need tender loving care and have an expiration date:
This being said, I will admit to the purchase of fake flowers and plants. These beauties can fill up an empty space and require no care at all. However best to keep them on the small side, as it is harder to find larger arrangements that look natural.
Here are some of my favorities fakes:
Of course there is nothing like the real thing, but once and awhile it’s ok to fake it.