Reflecting back on 2013 and looking forward to things to come in 2014 takes center stage for a whole lot of people at this time of year. Once I weed through the resolution staples- lose weight, get organized, get healthy- I get down to the business of business that is decorating. With decorating comes hours of sourcing, viewing and discovering interiors. Commercial complexes, residential homes, restaurants, lounges, chain and luxury hotels- I’ve never met an interior I didn’t appreciate. The common denominator of design swoon and decorative admiration becomes more clear with each and every image. Fearless and fabulous color excites the eye, races the heart and commands attention. Isn’t that the idea?
If we insist on beauty and style and in our homes, why not factor that in when we select places and spaces to celebrate a special occasion?
Wynn Las Vegas– photo by Barbara Kraft
Color is at the core of detail. Color excites, enhances and engages diners, travelers and celebrators. It is a measured ingredient, sometimes in appropriate hit you over the head excess, sometimes in take you by surprise I didn’t realize I like that color discovery.
My personal measure of fearless and fabulous color done right is when the balancing act of hue, tone and saturation come together to engage the eye in real time without sensory intrusion, but makes it’s biggest impact in memorable afterthought. That’s a color your world impression, and isn’t that the idea?
Wynn Las Vegas
Dave the Builder and I had the pleasure of staying at Wynn and Encore Las Vegas for our 25th anniversary. The celebration and importance of the milestone could not have been better framed for a more memorable experience than by the impressive design and decor attributes richly bathed in color.
The vision, creation and execution of these memorable and notable interiors begin with Roger Thomas, Executive Vice President of Design for Wynn Design and Development.
There is absolutely nothing common about the design and decor details of the common areas. I do like and appreciate the tone down of color in the guest rooms. At home or on the holiday road, decompressing and relaxing is so much easier when a space is done in a tasteful, tranquil palette.
In the case of Wynn and Encore, the serene Californicated neutrality reserved for the guest rooms is a well thought out color application.
Switching gears and geographical locations to further the point is the fabulous guest rooms of the SLS Hotel South Beach.
Architect and designer Philippe Starck brilliantly succeeds in pairing quintessential South Beach elegance with French influences that fascinate the eye and relaxes the soul. Let me ask you this: How long did it take to draw your eye straight to the pink accent pillow? There are times when just a blush touch of color is all it takes. Stark (no pun intended) white with a fearless hint or fabulous from floor to ceiling saturation – fearless and fabulous color has the will and the power to influence, inspire and impress. Isn’t that the idea?
Color, texture, edits and updates usher in spring and spring home decor ideas. The colors of spring take winter’s edge off our interiors and fashions- the mirror images of style. Pantone’s fashion color report for spring 2013 colorfully illustrates that exact point.
Home decor items in decorative and colorful choices spring up everywhere this time of year. Regardless if your seasonal update involves a major weekend color infusion paint party throwdown or a more subtle approach of the decorative throw pillow, lampshade, and decorative accent kind, inspirational and affordable ideas abound.
That’s a moiré wallcovering! Designer Jamie Drake selects a silk moiré wallcovering that not only exemplifies optimum pattern and color choice, but highlights the accessories in the always spring appropriate fuchsia. I like how the balance between feminine and masculine in this bedroom tips the scale toward perfection.
Hydrangeas in full bloom housed in a porcelain pitcher or galvanized metal bucket never fail to take my thoughts back in time to Saturdays spent at my grandmother’s antique shop.
A bouquet of hydrangeas sitting atop an oak server, walnut dining table, or mahogany parlor table brings out the natural beauty of the flower and the furniture.
How spring does love the classic and timeless color combination of pink and green!
The Featured Designer room at Lee Jofa in New York City features the color inspired brilliance of Nick Olsen. The Cheshire Tight Back chair is upholstered in Lee Jofa Ayla Trellis in fuchsia red. Bold colors in big doses too much for your tastes? My advice for that is to practice the ABC’s of impact- Adjust Big Color. A seasonal splash of color through spot accessories can achieve just as big of an impact as color drenching the entire space. Big and colorful things do come in small packages.
1. Morrocan 18-inch Embroidered Blue Decorative Pillows (Set of 2) ~ Overstock: $58.99
2. Trina Turk Needlepoint Shanghai Links~ Layla Grayce: $58
3. Grand Estate Pillow ~ Kirkland’s: $14.99
4. The Room Essentials 2-Piece Outdoor Decorative Throw Pillow Collection~ Target: $19.98
5. Greek Key Orange Reversible Square Decorative Pillows (Set of 2) ~ Overstock: $31.49
6. Azzure Gold Square Throw Pillow ~ Overstock: $28.09
Look what was spotted on Home Goods Facebook page last week. I am soooo jealous of those of you who have a HomeGoods in your town! I’ll be HomeGoods happy when and if we ever get one.
Welcome spring, friends, and family with color!
From left to right~
Pink Spring Floral Doormat from World Market: $16.99
Life’s a Beach Doormat from Overstock: $33.49
Pink Poppies Doormat from World Market: $16.99
Spring Blocks Coir Doormat from Overstock: $33.49
Beautiful Sunflower Doormat from Overstock: $27.49
How do you welcome spring into your home decor?
Life often revolves around the color wheel. The influence of color touches lives far beyond pattern, palette, and walls. In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, I find I am more and more amazed at the power of color. It’s no coincidence that color is closely associated with traditional rights of passage and milestones in our lives. The pink or blue of a baby nursery, the religious significance of white baptism robes and christening gowns, graduation caps and gowns in school colors, white and ivory wedding dresses, black tie affairs, golden and silver anniversaries- you get the idea.
Emilie Parker, Josephine “Joey” Gay, Grace McDonnell, and Victoria Soto share obvious and tragic circumstances, but choosing to define their memories by those circumstances is not fair to the lives they lead. I am so struck by one particular detail, a shared commonality lovingly revealed and colorfully expressed. We’ve learned how color defined their individuality and its impact in each of their lives, memorials, and funerals. Josephine loved all things purple, Emilie the color pink, Grace claimed both as her favorites, and Victoria adored the color green.
Josephine “Joey” Gay’s family knows well Joey’s affinity for the color purple, straight from the spirited hearts of Baltimore Ravens fans.
Purple balloons throughout their neighborhood paid tribute to Joey. May the peace and warmth associated with the color purple comfort her family.
Big sister Emilie Parker nurtured way far beyond her young years. Comfort came to those who remembered her caring qualities by a simple and colorful request- to wear the color pink, Emilie’s favorite, in a united show of love and remembrance of the little girl who loved pink.
Grace McDonnell’s mother talks of Grace’s love of peace signs and the colors pink and purple. Her mother shared with Anderson Cooper how the family took part in a very colorful, deeply personal, comforting, and fitting tribute to Grace. Grace colored the world with her artwork so full of vivid colors, wise subjects, and touching sentiments. Color was not absent from her world, and her parents made sure it would never be via Sharpies and color filled tributes.
Victoria Soto simply adored the color green and pink flamingos. That revelation crosses my mind when I source, select, and admire the color green. Green has a calming quality and is said to represent safety. From what we now know, Victoria Soto died offering to the best of her ability the qualities of her favorite color.
Isn’t it beautiful how color is a sweet and strangely comforting testament to the creativity, imagination, and strength of Grace, Victoria, Josephine, and Emilie. Color gives hope through the green and white ribbons that stand strong with Sandy Hook and the citizens of Newtown, Connecticut, and unity echoes through music, small voices, and somewhere over the rainbow colors in support of the families and in remembrance of Charlotte Bacon, Daniel Barden, Rachel Davino, Olivia Engel, Ana M. Marquez-Greene, Dylan Hockley, Dawn Hochsprung, Madeleine F. Hsu, Catherine V. Hubbard, Chase Kowalski, Jesse Lewis, James Mattioli, Anne Marie Murphy, Jack Pinto, Noah Pozner, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Rekos, Avielle Richman, Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach, Benjamin Wheeler, and Allison N. Wyatt.
My decorative and design energy is fired up for the New Year. I’ve spent the last few days checking things out fresh and new for 2013 aka the design and home decor trends of 2013. As we all know, fresh and new is not always fresh and new. You may spot more than one renewed, refreshed, repurposed, and/or reinvented idea from decor trends pasts. That’s the great thing about good trends- they possess the quality, look, and decorative chops to become even better the second, third or hundredth time around when done very well. Like, love or hate them- the decor trends and forecasts for 2013 are in. Color is color once again, a romantic renaissance is coming back around and look what blast from the past is set to lead the way- the big brass band of beauty.
Layering for warmth also applies to inside warmth, comfort, and coziness. Layers of color on color, texture on texture, pattern on pattern- pile it on! What could be easier than spot updates?
You’ll hit a trending trifecta with this wood, metallic, and gold gilded drift wood sconce from Clayton Gray Home.
Wood accents, meticulous metals including going for the bold and gold, texture, pattern, and shades of green will make an impact on the interior design and decor radar for 2013.
Antiques as pieces of art will serve as focal points and conversation pieces.
I’m thrilled to see the encouraged use of antiques as art coming around. Last week as I was viewing Million Dollar Decorators I was cheering on Jeffrey Alan Marks. His comments regarding the use of antiques as the final touch of personality in decor made me an instant follower of his train of thought. Unique, one-of-a-kind, unusual, whimsy, conversation pieces- yes, yes and YES! If only one piece brings this to the space then I say bring it! Can you tell I’m a huge fan of antiques as art?
It’s a new year full of new trends. I’m definitely inspired! Are you?
Stand back, take in their simplistic beauty and enjoy the aromatic fragrance of spring to come. The lemon is nature’s inspiration for shades of color, scents, desserts and home decor. With spring in the air the beauty of lemon influenced home decor and home furnishings spring to mind and space.
Isn’t there some saying about making lemonade?
Shades of lemon brighten the mood and the space.
Accentuate the positive energy of fun through lemon accents and home decor accessories.
The eye is undeniably drawn to the coffee table book. Lemon provides the all important pop of color.
Lemon based desserts are closely associated with cool, refreshing and light endings to a meal. The lemon is an ideal ingredient to complement and balance a rich meal. The same thought process can be applied to a rich decor balanced with complementing lemon accessories.
Clockwise, starting top left:
Meyer Lemon & Rosemary Granita
Preserved Meyer Lemons~ visit Whole Living for recipe
Lemon Basil Butter Cookies ~ visit Southern Living for recipe
Lemon Pudding Cake with Fresh Mixed Berries~ visit Food Network for recipe
“The regions of France” themed lemon festival in Menton, southern France is home to this Eiffel tower replica made from 145 metric tons of lemons and oranges.
Pucker up and say o0h la la!
On this day so wonderfully associated with love and the color red, I’m thinking a post featuring red home decor accessories is quite appropriate.
Winter has not made much of an appearance in the deep South, 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 for more red home decor accessories?
Deep and dramatic shades of red on the walls and in the red home decor accessories in this Chinese New Year themed living room. Red is typically thought of as the color most associated with excitement.
Who doesn’t want an exciting decor?
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.
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’s goes freakin’ fabulous with the wine and the ice cream!
C’est si bon! ~ Pinterest
New Orleans Crawfish Boil
5 lbs of live Crawfish
3 lbs of andouille sausage, cut into ¼ inch pieces
3 heads garlic skin on cut in half, on the horizontal
6 ears of corn cut in half
2 lbs red potatoes, whole
1 lb of mushrooms
2 tbs black pepper
3 bay leaves
1 small bunch of thyme
1 tbs red pepper
5 tbs old bay seasoning
1 bottle of Rex crab boil (available in most grocery stores and seafood markets)
4 gallons water, more if necessary
In a large stock pot add 4 gallons of water.
Add the Garlic heads, black pepper, bay leaves, thyme, old bay and Rex crab boil and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer for 15 minutes.
Add the potatoes, mushrooms, corn and sausage increase heat slightly and cook for 15 minutes.
Add the Crawfish and cook for another 10 minutes.
On a table covered with newspaper, place all of the ingredients and serve.
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!
Color may possibly be the consummate element of design and decor. The implementation of color develops and defines interior design devoid of monotony. Don’t fear using color in your home decor and interior design.
With this title I feel as if I should have a cowbell, a drumstick and Christopher Walken asking for more cowbell. In this case, cowbell is color, and current trends are asking for more of it.
Color enhances a space with a positive energy. First it draws the eye, then effortlessly offers the vision of how to introduce color to the space.
Color flows from walls, furnishings and accessories to envelope the space in comfort, warmth and beauty.
Gorgeous, n’est–ce pas? That’s the undeniable beauty and result of using color in your home decor and interior design.
Navy blue is a classic color that is timeless, traditional and always on trend. Don’t you love the word trending? News, fashion and people- they all trend. Social media even loves the word trending. Isn’t tweety the twitter bird blue? Wait, wrong blue. #navyblue- the original classic blue.
Popular and current styles or the who, what, or where currently in vogue dictates trending. Navy blue is a true traditional classic color choice. Its flavor of the month popularity may vary at times, but the unmistakable appeal and classic shades of navy blue never go out of style.
Classic touches cast a modern light on the traditional scale of the space, and a chic spotlight on the navy and white Moroccan trellis pattern wallpaper.
The flow of blue creates design marvels from the deep blue sea.
Antique pond yachts in triplicate showcase both the rich color and grain of the traditional wood paneling and the classic touch of center point navy.
Go bold or go home! This kitchen island in blue takes drama in a modern and new trad direction befitting the space.
Navy blue carries the space as the predominant decor influence. When paired with white home decor accessories and furnishings the perfect effect is achieved. It is all the visual explanation needed as to why this color pairing remains a classic choice.
This spin on the popular nautical theme is elegant at first sight and practical in pairs.
Stainless and white frame this vintage blue stove in a rustic gorgeous fashion.
The crisp white ceiling and molding emphasizes the navy blue walls painted in Benjamin Moore Admiral Blue 2065-10. The look is thoroughly modern magnificent, and navy blue is the star of the color show. Glam at work.
Navy blue stands the test of time for a very good reason~every fashion, decor, and decorative accessory it graces is in line to become a classic.
It wins the color triple crown for timeless, traditional and trending beauty.
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