Making A Comfortable Bed

Did you make your bed?  Let’s see an imaginary show of hands of the ones who have heard this question, oh, I don’t know, say 5475 times in your life?  I came to that particular number by assuming by the age of five the simple chore of making the bed was on the allowance radar of most parents.  With the the median age of first leaving home for males and females being at 20.35 years of age, that’s roughly fifteen years of making the bed.

15 X 365 = 5475

 

If my math is correct, that ladies and gentlemen is a whole lot of bed making. Fast forward to adulthood where a relaxing and good night’s sleep begins with making a comfortable bed.

why-do-I-have-to-make-my-bedWhy Do I Have to Make My Bed?  ~ Wade Bradford

Routine, by definition, is an action or actions performed as part of a regular procedure. Decorating is rooted in the routine of interior beautification. Our bedroom serves as a peaceful and serene sanctuary, and making a comfortable bed promotes this relaxation technique.  The basic ritual of making the bed each day is a most effective way to give the space an overall polished and finished look. When it comes to making the bed I have a confession to make.  Even though I do make the bed everyday, I am much more impressed with and comfort zoned in on the sheets, pillow cases and shams than the bedspread, comforter  or duvet aspect of the finished look of a made bed.  A public opinion poll commissioned by the National Sleep Foundation of 1,500 randomly-selected Americans between the ages of 25 and 55 explores how respondents think about elements of their bedrooms and to determine the effect of the bedroom environment on sleep. Findings show 85% of those polled rate the comfortable feel of sheets and bedding as an essential factor in a restful sleep.  Another interesting result finds 73% of respondents get a more comfortable night’s sleep on sheets with a fresh scent.

Bedding Hanging To DryMother Earth Living ~ Photo By Corbis

I love the glamour associated with the classic color combination of pink and green with its summer afternoon spent lounging poolside at The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows chic appeal.

Beverly-Hills-HotelThe Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows

Forget counting sheep, I’d rather drift off to lala land dreaming of warm LA or Miami breezes and tropical island vacations.

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Coastal-nautical-life’s a beach designed linens fall into the Goldilocks and the Three Bears category of bedding- not too masculine and not too feminine. This design is just right.

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Not all bedroom decor styles are created equal or gravitate strictly toward the sole taste of one part of the shared sleeping experience equation. Shopping semi-annual white sales with my mother has become a retail ritual with us, a bed and bath steals deals and famished shoppers who lunch meals sort of day.  We both agree on the importance of thread count, deep pockets and texture, but my goodness do we ever have differing opinions when it comes to pattern and color choices.  The Goldilocks and the Three Bears rule fits this scenario as well.

Ralph-Lauren-beddingRalph Lauren Palmer Bedding

I try to select sheets and bedding accents that are not only visually striking, but strike a nice balance between not too masculine nor too feminine.  A stylish neutral color, classic pattern and low frill factor choice of sheet is the way to go. How gorgeous are these gender neutral bedding options?

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A good night’s rest revives, restores and regenerates the mind, body and spirit. The Places In The Home turndown service relies on a comfortable sleep temperature, a generous spritzing of linen spray and our pillows cased in my favorite set of pillowcases.

making a comfortable bedSleeping Beauties

Texture, pattern, color, feel, thread count and making a comfortable bed play a significant role in the production of a beautiful slumber.

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Easter 2015 Plans, Prep and Pastels

Recently I was interviewed for an interior design and decorating publication. One of the questions asked was how would I describe my design style. Traditional with a classic twist answers the question.  Confused?   Allow me to clarify with a visual explanation starring the Easter egg.  Featured in our Easter 2015 plans, prep and pastels is a selection of the traditional plastic pastel Easter egg.

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The following two impressive examples of interior design, decorating, home decor and home furnishings that illustrate the new traditional with a classic twist Easter egg point.

pink-green-dining-roomHouse Beautiful

Pretty makes the perfect dinner guest.

Horchow-dining-roomHorchow

Our Easter Sunday dinner menu is almost finalized.  Numerous do you/will you eat ________  phone calls have been made to the picky eaters collective.  Dave the Builder submits his requests early in the menu planning stages, our son specifies his desire for his favorite dishes to at least make one plated appearance during his visit home, and the youngest nephew wants only one thing- my Vanilla Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce.  It’s almost a side dish at this point, and I no longer regard it as the star of the dessert table.

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I guess I should be more selective with the way I frame the topic of dessert with The Places In The Home gang.  The look Dave the Builder and my mother had on their faces when I informed them we will be going naked for dessert was priceless.  Naked cake, silly.  This naked cake recipe from Just Destiny is right up my alley.  It’s easy, made from the box and the can, and a delicious excuse to feature fresh flowers.  Destiny advises bakers and cake decorators not to get caught up in perfection.  I like her style.

naked-cake

Smart and savvy diy projects always catch me eye.  These terracotta pot napkin rings from Cottage at the Crossroads will set a stylishly spring is here table.  The tutorial for this project is easy to follow and the materials list is not expensive.  Click here for all the how-to information.

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I’m contemplating making up a few how does your garden grow themed favor baskets.  A quick trip to the dollar store will provide the essentials- individual packets of assorted seeds, garden gloves, gardening tools and couple of packs of mini terracotta pots.  A cute print out of the terracotta pot napkin ring tutorial will complete the baskets.

Easter 2015 Plans, Prep and Pastels

 

All colors are fair game for Easter decorating.   I love using pastel colors in my Easter decorating color scheme, and a soft and serene shade of pale blue is simply one of the best.

Eggshell-blue-paint-colorsBetter Homes and Gardens

Speaking of an Easter decorating and tablescaping dollar store run and the color blue ~

We need another set of plates in our kitchen cupboard like we need a another set of plates in our kitchen cupboard.  Can you say obsessed?  Simple and understated dinner plates have their place on our Easter dinner table.  I prefer to let the crystal, linens, flatware and centerpiece live out loud.  I am one of the last Southern hostess holdouts when it comes to monogramming the vintage linen dinner napkins my mother brought me back from her last trip to Tennessee.  I’m still on the fence about committing this particular set of napkins to a permanent applique and color choice. Thank goodness for hemstitch cocktail napkins.

Easter-2015

The jury is still out on Martha Stewart’s getting bunny with it napkin fold decision for this year’s Easter tablescape.  It’s got the look, and the men of our family, including our adult son and two nephews, have absolutely no qualms voicing their wishes and requests for traditional holiday menus and decorations. I kid you not, these men like the details.  I’m in the memories business, and far be it from me to buck with the traditional practices of all things house that make a home.   Be it ever so humble…

bunny-fold-napkinMartha Stewart

 

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Spring Into Spiff Up, Organize and Declutter Action Suggestions

Happy first day of spring 2015.  That looks so lovely on the page I believe it worthy of retyping.  Happy first day of spring 2015!  Spring cleaning and organizing places us one step farther away from the hunkered down-closed up-stir crazy harshness of winter and one step closer to the open the windows and doors-age of Aquarius-let the sunshine in glory of spring.

open-windowsCountry Living Magazine

While nature is doing its natural thing getting the outdoors gussied up for the color parade is the perfect time to spiff up, organize and declutter the spaces and places inside your home.  All things house that make a nice, neat, organized and tidy home starts spring off on the right note.  Here are a few spring into spiff up, organize and declutter action suggestions.

Holden-Arboretum-Midwest-Living  The Holden Arboretum ~ Midwest Living

An accent table is a stylish option for extra storage in a bathroom or powder room.  There is a vast selection of small accent tables available in the home decor marketplace to fit all space needs and price points.  A well placed accent table serves a twofold purpose: (1) a storage companion to the vanity countertop and linen closet, and (2) an unexpected feature of furniture placement brilliance.  Unique furniture placement is often the sole design element responsible for creating the focal point of the space.

bathroom-tableHouse Beautiful ~ Photography: Simon Watson

That’s a crock, pitcher, coffee tin, soda crate- you get the idea. My kitchen utensil storage selections do not runneth over, but they do stand pretty, poised and ready for KP duty.

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Kitchen utensils and cooking wares displayed in brand spanking new containers or repurposed vintage treasures from yesteryear place practicality within the cook’s reach while adding personality to a kitchen countertop.

storage-islandHouse to Home

Vanity closets and dressing areas are in vogue at the design and decorating moment.  You don’t have to be keeping up with the Joneses, a cast member of the Real Housewives of wherever, a Hollywood leading man or music mogul power couple to get fashionably organized.  Select an area, pop a couple of rods up, maybe add a chic rug or chandelier and let the in vogueing begin.  Yet another space primed and ready for the addition of an accent table.

planter-antiqueOne Kings Lane

Decorative planters, dresser trays, decorative objects, saucers and bowls from garage sales or thrift shops make excellent jewelry holders.

storage-closet-BHGBetter Homes and Gardens

Get creative with the look and the purpose.

jewelry-display-ideasPOPSUGAR Home, Good Housekeeping, Martha Stewart

 When style pairs with function the result can be a chic and organized thing.

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If you’ve been using the excuse that decorative storage solutions are too expensive the jig is up. Inexpensive storage and organizing solutions do exist.  It doesn’t get any less expensive than lidded jars and curbside boutique finds.

mason jar storageBetter Homes and Gardens

I’ve noticed several home decor sales events in my online sourcing rounds this past week.  Sale is the four letter word of the season, but clearance makes my money saving heart race with consumer delight.

spiff-up-organize-and-declutter-action-suggestions

I’ve moved away from the constant state of showroom perfection to the life is messy, pick it up-clean it up phase of housekeeping.  Decorative baskets and wall hooks lead the charge against clutter, and make decluttering your home an almost effortless endeavor.

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Spring cleaning tips pair well with spring into spiff up, organize and declutter action suggestions.  All things house that make a home tidied up and in their rightful place goes with spring like design goes with decorating.   Julia Millay Walsh authors the wonderful article for Domaine, “How to Clean Practically Everything.”  From a lamp shade to glass shower doors to a mattress, this article provides useful tips on how to clean, well, practically everything.  Click on over to read her how to get the job done.

Enjoy the first day and weekend of spring 2015.

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St. Patrick’s Day Decor Favorites In Gorgeous Shades of Erin go Bragh Green

Top o’ the morning to you on this St. Patrick’s Day Tuesday!  These St. Patrick’s Day decor favorites in gorgeous shades of Erin go Bragh green fill the eye and fill the heart with the color of St. Patrick’s Day.

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green-hbz-march-hutton-wilkinsonHutton Wilkinson ~ Harper’s Bazaar

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Julianne-MooreJulianne Moore in Gucci as featured in Harper’s Bazaar ~ photographed by Camilla Akrans

emerald green color historyDesign Sponge

The History of Emerald Green ~

This brilliant blue-green color was extremely popular in the mid-1800s.  Because it was cheap to manufacture, it was not only used as an artist paint, but as a household paint and was widely used for patterned wallpaper.  Unfortunately, the paint was made with poisonous arsenic.  This made damp rooms, where the arsenic would be turned into a gas by the mod living in the wallpaper paste, a death trap.  Napoleon’s death in exile on St. Helena was possibly hastened by his exposure to the Emerald green wallpaper in his favorite room.

citrine-emerald-earringsMacy’s

Brendan-WongBrendan Wong Design

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Cream of Shrimp Soup

This Cream of Shrimp Soup recipe is an easy to prepare crowd pleaser.   Seafood is the star of the Lenten season and a year round favorite for the Southern coastal crowd.  Seafood based soups, gumbos and chowders serve up delicious one pot dinners.  Cream soups make an impressive menu addition to a special occasion luncheon, brunch or holiday dinner.  The Places In The Home gang has submitted their request for Cream of Shrimp soup for our Easter Eve dinner.

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Dave the Builder is my official would you please hand me the recipe card for _______  sous chef and taste tester extraordinaire.  He has mastered the art of recipe card retrieval without so much as a single paper cut, and is well deserving of the coveted Places In The Home 5 forks out of 5 forks for expert culinary talent.  His  “this Cream of Shrimp soup stuff is fantastic” review is spoon worthy.

Cream of Shrimp Soup recipe

 

Cream of Shrimp Soup

Ingredients

1  stick of butter

8  ounces cream cheese

2  cans cream of potato soup

1  quart half & half

1  Tablespoon liquid crab boil

red pepper to individual taste preference

salt to individual taste preference

½ lb.  prepared cooked shrimp; thawed and drained

Directions 

In a Dutch oven or large sauce pan, heat butter over medium heat, stirring to melt butter.  Add cream cheese to melted butter and allow to melt.  Stir in potato soup; blend well to remove chunks. Stir in the half & half in small amounts; stirring well until mixed.  Cook for 30 minutes over medium low heat; stirring often to prevent scorching.  Stir in shrimp.  Continue to cook on medium low heat until shrimp is cooked through, 2-3 minutes.   Add the liquid crab boil and preferred seasonings to taste.  Serve immediately.

soup-tureen

This dish makes a great addition to a holiday dinner menu as an appetizer or first course. I serve the soup in individual soup tureens topped with a generous pinch of parsley and chives.  An Easter basket bread basket of sliced artisan breads rounds out the plated presentation and brings home the wow factor.

 

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What Works For You Is What Works

Inspiration is a funny thing.  There is no hard and fast formula for what, when, how or who will light the fire. There are times when the cart does come in front of the horse, and this is one of them. Scrolling through an image gallery on the Traditional Home website placed inspiration in my blog post thoughts. The kitchen in the image below has a whole lot going for it in the design and decorating department.  Great choice of flooring, natural light, exposed beams, workable layout and a pair of antique tables that serve up style with a side of function as kitchen islands. Repurposing, replacing parts and the repainting of vintage and antique pieces has taken root.  I must admit I often cringe at the sight of antique pieces in the direct line of a can of chalk paint.  I have seen gorgeous (and I do mean gorgeous) reworkings and re-paintings of antiques, paling only in comparison to the highest end of high end furniture manufactures.  I’ve also seen plenty that left the one word impression on me of why?  I prefer to keep the overall integrity in place and in its original state, but as the taste of the buying public changes so does the need for and use of pieces.  Repurposing an antique farm or harvest table, armoire or buffet to be used as a kitchen island, desk, entertainment center or home bar is what’s in at the moment.  Dave the Builder and I stand ready and willing to accommodate the needs of our clients by replacing the original wood top or shelves with marble, granite or a durable wood for practical use purposes. The result is another what works for you is what works piece ready for stylish duty in its new home.

antique-tables-as-kitchen-islandsTraditional Home

At first glance I did give pause to the placement of these sconces, especially the sconce on the far right and its close proximity to the wall.  Paired balance is present, but unless the cabinet door is rarely used the constant swing issue of door meets sconce could be a design deal breaker for some.  Moral of the story? What works for you is what works.

kitchen-gray-wallsTraditional Home

Let’s all gather ’round the grand piano~

Lalanne-sheep-Waldo-FernandezArchitectural Digest

Don’t be sheepishly shy with home decor choices.  The Places In The Home rule book clearly states the design and decorating principle that guides our simple philosophy- your house, your rules.  If you hear something I’m sure it is interior design icons, professors and the by-the-book believers crying out in a collective round of that’s not how it’s done.  To that I say oh pooh!  The unexpected always kicks the look up a noticeable notch or two.  Conformity can be awfully boring.

I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing...”

~ Thomas Jefferson

mix-match-dining-chairsHouse Beautiful

I advise making a mismatched statement in at least one space.  Mismatched dining chairs instantly add the pop of personality factor to the don’t be like the rest of them, darling equation.

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Talk about going for the brilliant and the bold with determination and palette penchant. This beauty takes a giant step away from ho hum, jumping style first into entry envy territory in a very what works for you is what works way.

HBX030115_072 Benjamin Moore’s Twilight 

What works for you is what works.  Always.

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The Decorative Oomph

The parallels between writing about interior design and decorating and working with interior design and decorating aren’t as different as you may think.  At least four times a year I go back into the blog dashboard and select blocks of posts to reread for the sake of relevancy.  I look at my foundation design and decorating advice as the good bones of the post and keep it squarely in place.  Images and sources aka the accent pieces of the post are what’s up for creative and decorating reconsideration.  Freshening things up applies to design and decor everything, and when you get down to it, do we as decoristas ever really place the period at the end of the design and decorating sentence?  A comma perhaps, but never a period.  New seasons, new reasons and new phases of decorating life bring about new ideas and arrangements.  If interior design, decorating and fashion magazines churned out dated and tired information it would be time to cancel the subscription.  My mother-in-law taught by example the importance of rearranging, re-positioning and refreshing the look of a space in order to achieve a very important element of design and decorating- the decorative oomph.

the decorative oomphTraditional Home

“It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.” ~ Amelia Barr

Now I’m not suggesting a costly and/or timely undertaking. What I’m talking about is applying the principle of musical chairs. There are several definitions for the term, and the confusing, rapid and all over the place definition does not apply here. What I’m referring to is this:

musical chairs

noun

• a series of changes or exchanges of position

An affordable and easier than you think solution to the decorative doldrums is to rearrange and redistribute items.  Some of my best moves, decoratively speaking, have come about from actually sitting still long enough in the space and studying the entire contents of the room.  Sit down.  Look at the accents, art, accessories, etc…   Do items deliver a different look from one position or visual level than another?  Do you notice the decorative oomph? Decorative accents are ripe for the let’s move this to another spot picking.

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I bet there is not a single one of us who hasn’t moved this over here and this over there at one time or another complete with a that looks ten times better there result.  I call those design and decorating V8 moments.

double-socket-lampsOne Kings Lane

Antiques auctions provided Hopefully Classic and Places In The Home with a rotating inventory. There was a whole lot of updating going on at the shop and at the house. Good and stylish times.  Like a moth to a flame, my eyes and bid card would lock on decorative lamps in need of TLC- total lighting care.

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Rewired and ready for double decorative duty as part accent, part task lighting these double socket treasures would be fitted with one soft white light bulb and one soft pink light bulb. The result is visually pleasing and creates a surprisingly balanced look- the decorative oomph.

Renaissance IOne Kings Lane

Is that new?  No, it was in the __________.   As a frequent player of the musical home decor game, I have been asked that question or a variation of it a couple of hundred times.  It seems the biggest decorative impact is made when I move art around.  A quick rearrange of a gallery grouping or swap around is as near an instant response of is that new that I can guarantee. Behind almost every piece of art in this house is a positive testimony to the wonder of nail hole filler.  Here’s a tip: fill in a small nail hole(s) with white toothpaste. We’ve been doing this for years, and it works like a charm!  So does the toothpaste.

Incorporate the decorative oomph into a space by executing a series of changes or exchanges of position.  It’s a great way to rejuvenate the look, feel and personality of the space, and an easy way to balance the scales of space and design on a dime.

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Hackers Will Hack: Please Bear With Us

Please excuse the intrusion to the weekend with this rare weekend post. Intrusion to privacy, interference with standard operating procedures and the relentless efforts of hackers to post filth on my feed is beginning to test my patience.  We’re all adults here, and what an adult wants to view on their electronic devices and smart phones is their business, but when you type in placesinthehome.com on your electronic device you want Places In The Home ~ an all things house that make a home website/blog.  Thankfully, there is no issue at this time with our site when accessed from a desktop or laptop computer. Do I realize there is a problem with a porn site redirecting my website to theirs?  I most certainly do.  Dave the Builder and I are on constant “pull up Places In The Home on your iPad/iPhone and see if the porn is on there” patrol.  Extreme and necessary steps have been taken on our part to stop this nudity nonsense, but evidently there is still a spot of weakness and vulnerability left to hack.  A problem for sure, but one we are aware of and are doing everything in our power to put a stop to once and for all.  Please bear with us (bare seems more appropriate- ha!) and by all means, do contact me either in the comment section or via email  – darleen@placesinthehome.com – to let me know if you see content signaling the problem still exists.  I hope you will reconsider resubscribing to Places In The Home is you have unsubscribed due to this reason.  Who knows, curiosity may increase the number of subscribers. In that case, here’s hoping you’ll be disappointed meaning the porn problem is fixed, but wonderfully surprised at what you will find on our site- a design and decorating show and tell that under normal circumstances is rated S for stylish.

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Paging Friday, March 20th: First Day of Spring 2015

Paging Friday, March 20th.  I don’t believe I’m going out on a limb here when I say most of us are more than ready for the first day of spring 2015 to make an appearance in weather reports, gardens, flower beds and home decor accessories. Gloomy days and frozen nights of late make a very good argument for the hurried anticipation of spring’s arrival.  North, south, east and west- it’s time for spring to get to springing. I’m for less of this…

gloomy

and much, much more of this.  Blooming trees, color on parade flowers and budding plants, warm temps, sunny afternoons and swing time works for me!

First Day of Spring

Have you ever seen the movie Waking Up in Reno?

Waking-Up-In-Reno1Miramax

This silly rednecks on a road trip resonates with our crowd in a we know people exactly like that kind of way.  One particular dialogue exchange between Billy Bob Thornton (as Lonnie Earl Dodd) and Patrick Swayze (as Roy Kirkendall) in regards to the customized Chevrolet Suburban they would be traveling in hilariously hit home.

Lonnie Earl: Nothing’s too good for my friends.  We’re gonna be ridin’ and stylin’ and profilin’.

Roy: It smells loud.

Lonnie Earl: That’s probably that Corinthian  leather, is what that is.”

My uncle, a Southern gentleman of few words and good taste, was in the carpet and flooring business for years before embarking on his career as the cinnamon bun king of central Florida.  Loud was his word of choice when describing busy colors, bold fabrics and pungent foods.

 

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Horchow

The MacKenzie-Childs Flower Market Outdoor Butterfly Chair is exactly that, loud. Subdued in its statement it’s not, but then again, neither is the beauty of spring. This chair captures the iconic look of the brand with the perfect amount of funky fun, live out loud color flair, and unique interpretation.

bee-tea-potZulily

Speaking of loud, the buzz of the bee is the sound of nature at work. The bee makes spring things happen in the great outdoors as well as indoors with a gorgeous result.

bee-finialQueen Bee Finials

wallace-Napoleon-Bee-FlatwareWallace Napoleon Bee Flatware

Thibaut and Sunbrella bring classic style and outdoor durability to spring 2015 with the Portico collection.

Thibaut-Sunbrella-fabricsPortico ~ Thibaut

The Portico collection offers fabric selections in a gallery of vibrant colors and patterns synonymous with patio, deck, porch, courtyard and sunroom fun in the sun and shade style.

spring-flowers-purple1            Midwest Living ~ Architectural Digest

LilacLilacs ~ courtesy of Better Homes and Garden

We’ve got less than a month to go.  Hold on, the loud and lovely spring band will soon be Marching in.

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Flawless Gray Areas: Inspiring Gray Rooms

By no means is the crush we design and decorating faithful developed on the color gray over.  There has been no break-up with this new neutral, no we are so over that color revelation. In fact, most of us asked gray to move in and stay awhile. It’s a color your world love affair expanding to many a living room, bedroom and kitchen. The relationship between proven color base of space and go-to neutral is color palette perfection, one that beautifully creates flawless and inspiring gray rooms.

decorating with gray as a neutral colorBetter Homes and Gardens

“The tones of gray, pale turquoise and pink will prevail.” -Christian Dior

 

gray bedroomMayme Baker Studio

Neutral colors are no longer being thought of as dull, boring or unimaginative home decorating, accents, paint and furnishings options. As seen in the image above, gray is a strong neutral, a formidable color that refuses to simply fade away into the background of the wallpaper, chandelier patina, or the headboard. The tones subtlety take control, guiding the eye to the prevalent and pronounced color pops. I really do love how the colors and patterns play so well together on this stylish playground.

gray-breakfast-areaTraditional Home

As the color foundation of the space, gray does not overpower nor underwhelm. It this case, however, the different shades do command attention to detail.

Toronto Custom Home

Recognized in design circles as a space changing tour de force, a gray color palette exhibits the decorative power trio we all look for in design and decorative execution- drama, elegance and style.

gray-wallsArchitectural Digest

Accent colors take to the depth gray offers, proving its impressive ability for enhancing color and creating flawless gray areas. It is quite an amazing and appreciated foundation shade.  

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Gray is a stunning neutral, a color that has come into its own as both an elegant anchor and palette powerhouse.

Benjamin Dhong Interior DesignBenjamin Dhong Interiors

Complementing shades of gray frames the walls, marble floors and millwork as an interior design work of art.

gray-bathroomArchitectural Digest

gray-walls-bathroomTraditional Home

Nine impressive shades of gray from Benjamin Moore paints ~

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Ashley Gray || Revere Pewter || Gray Owl || Silver Chain || Stonington Gray || City Shadow || Street Chic || Smoke & Mirrors || Perspective

velvet-drapesRestoration Hardware

gray-art

French-lead-garden-urnsThe HighBoy

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One Kings Lane

As the base or simply as the focal accent color, gray is color capable. It’s a color choice easy to work with, live with and and not grow bored with. And if that is not reason enough to consider incorporating the color gray in your decor take a look at the gorgeous image below.  Shades of gray, when paired with elegant accents in think outside the matchy-matchy box contrasting colors, give the space its personality and command a sublime reaction.

gray master bedroom Better Homes and Gardens

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