On this day so wonderfully associated with love and the color Red, I thought I would update a post from last year. Some of the images are new but the message remains the same.
Here in the Deep South winter has not made much of an appearance, not that we are complaining. Looking to the first hint of rising temps, warm weather brings the ultimate hostess gift to the party known as spring. Who doesn’t love the renewal of color to help kick start winter’s thaw?
The anticipation of canned peppers and jellies via a spring vegetable garden can instantly get the party started. Shall we take it inside?
That touch of Red brilliantly warms the decor of this library by Designer Frank Ponterio. Red is typically thought of as the color most associated with excitement. Who doesn’t want an exciting decor? Exactly!
When temperatures rise many a fancy turns to thoughts of home improvement. I like to think of it in terms of recharging one’s battery. If Red indicates the positive clamp, let’s clamp down on that color scheme and take a look at a few fun, inexpensive, and easy ideas to help with the recharge.
Isn’t this photo from photographer Annie Schlechter gorgeous? Lamp shades are a quick way to change a look and incorporate color into the room. Another option is to add decorative trim to a shade you already have. You are a glue gun and a scissor snip away from a new to you shade. Fabri-Tac permanent adhesive will also work. Begin with either a heated glue gun or an adhesive at the bottom of the shade by applying the hot glue or adhesive to a small section. Add the trim to the glue section by section covering the entire bottom of the shade. I run the trim a little past the starting point to allow for “snipping” as trim tends to fray. When this happens (you will know if the trim is going to fray when you make your final snip) I simply apply a small amount of glue and “tuck” the pieces under the top of the trim. If so desired, you can also apply the decorative trim around the top of the shade.
Paint a chair, your kitchen, your front door or your wagon- just paint something Red! Paint is an inexpensive way to add dramatic change to the look of a room. You can go for the bold change such as painting the entire room or incorporate the new color through accent pieces. Home decor magazines are design central for inspiration. Take a stroll through the paint department of your local paint stores or the paint department of your favorite home improvement store(s). It’s a great starting point to gather ideas and inspiration, and to study the many shades of your favorite color theme. The above colors are from Sherwin-Williams. Perfect choices for Valentine’s Day!
Throw pillows add great color and life to an existing sofa, chair or bedspread. These are from Bed Bath & Beyond.
I found this Chippendale chair at a second hand store in South Louisiana. I couldn’t get to the register fast enough to pay for it. As you can see from the picture it is presently at Hopefully Classic Antiques & Interiors awaiting departure for the comforts of its new home. A rule of thumb in my business is there is a ninety percent chance the client will change the upholstery. There are wonderful selections in all price ranges out there in the fabric world. With a screwdriver, a pair of scissors, a little padding if desired, a staple gun and a little patience you too can be an upholstery changing wizard.
Now we come to the good part. All hard work needs reward. It doesn’t matter if said hard work is painting out the entire room, planting a flower bed, or shopping till you drop looking for the accent pieces. When the work day is through and your home is beautifully renewed, refreshed, and recharged it comes time to paint the town RED. I felt it my duty to share a few of my favorite friends with you, dear readers, a few relaxing suggestions to enjoy after the big REDo. I open the wine and pour myself and Dave the Builder a glass.
A Red ice cream scoop and its very best friend, Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia.
All done up in eye catching Red is the cover of Freakin’ Fabulous: How to Dress, Speak, Behave, Eat, Drink, Entertain, Decorate, and Generally Be Better than Everyone Else by Clinton Kelly. This book is a freakin’ fabulous read. It’s laugh out loud funny and good for a few great suggestions. I highly recommend it! If you have already read it I highly recommend doing so again. It goes good with the wine and the ice cream!
Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras and the invasion of the Red mudbugs better known as crawfish season- it’s a fabulous February here in Louisiana! February is also American Heart Month. Go Red and be good to your ♥
Here’s to whatever puts the color in your world. Cheers!
**Each Red is capitalized for emphasis purposes only**