Who’s Ready For Summer?

Who’s ready for summer?  The first day of summer officially arrived yesterday. No calendar needed.  It was hot, it was outdoor living at its finest, it was an excellent party guest!  Summer is on tap.

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Dave the Builder snapped the pic of my brother’s freshly cleaned swimming pool right before he dove in.  A cool summer splash revives the mind and refreshes the body on a hot summer afternoon.  All winter long we wished for summer, and believe me, the great genie of hot with a huge dose of humidity granted our wish. Do be careful what you ask for.

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If summer means I get to color my summer world with tropical brights,

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fresh and green right off the farm to table seasonal vegetables and fruits,

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and accents in the so summer appropriate classic color combination of pink and green then I say bring it on

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I am seriously considering developing a signature paint color in a stunning shade of pink to pay homage to my first true color love.  The name of my paint color?  I pink therefore I am.  I have a long history with the color pink. My first design and decorating endeavor dates back to the late 1960s, when my very brave and trusting Mother allowed me carte blanche with the paint color and wallpaper selections for my bedroom. The standout feature of this wallpaper was the texture. The colors and pattern design captured the flower child chic groovy sign of the times, but it was the the texture of this wallpaper that made an impression on me.

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I love the summer of 1968 movie With Six You Get Eggroll, starring Doris Day and Brian Keith.  Inspiration is everywhere, and evidently it was at the movies for me.  I don’t believe it a mere coincidence that my bedroom design and decorating choices closely mirrored the master bedroom of the McClure residence as shown below.

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Summer is a three month fest of vacations, outdoor living it up entertaining, interior updates and refreshes with summer colors, patterns and textures and relaxing on the patio, porch or deck with a cool beverage embracing the lazy days of summer.  Who’s ready for summer?

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Blue, Brown and Aqua Color Palette

The color spotlight for this week shines on the palette perfection brought forth by the calm, serene and often understated elegance of a blue, brown and aqua color palette.

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A tried and true color palette choice, a blue, brown, and aqua color palette is not your average lock you down to basic run-of-the-mill color palette option.  Selections of varying shades work together to serenely frame a space regardless of decorative style.

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From the subtle shades of coastal blues and tranquil aquas to a bold turquoise paired with a warm Moroccan, the blue, brown, and aqua color palette strikes a perfected balance of blended shade and tone culminating in flawless color palette execution.

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Working with classic color palette combinations as the decorating foundation and building from there allows for a fresh perspective in the grand color palette scheme of things.

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Aqua, turquoise, Tiffany or Wedgwood- the many tones, colors and shades available in the current paint, fabric, upholstery and wallcovering marketplace reflects the popularity of this palette and how it fits in with the design and decorating styles and tastes of today’s decoristas.

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High Impact

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Reserved Elegance

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Resources:

Benjamin Moore HC-69  Whitall Brown ||  Benjamin Moore  2107-10  Chocolate Candy Brown  ||  Aqua Ocean by Valspar  ||  House Fabric  ||Online Fabric Store  ||Inside Wallpaper  ||  Total Wallcovering

Royal Redo, Remodel, Rearrange, Remove, Repaint, Rethink of Elvis The King’s Jungle Room

Channel surfing through the digital guide, I noticed Turner Classic Movies is once again featuring a day of Elvis Presley movies in cinematic celebration of what would have been his 81st birthday.  Our son’s girlfriend recently visited Graceland, and her review of the interiors, especially The King’s Jungle Room, was one of mixed reactions. Time stood still for the decor of Graceland decades ago, but giving a bit of thought to a just for decorative fun update poses the question, how difficult would it be to untacky the tacky?  Immediately I put on my redo, remodel, rearrange, remove, repaint, rethink thinking cap on. Seldom is over the top flamboyant chic the style aimed for when designing and decorating commercial and residential spaces, but not all commercial and residential spaces are created equal.  There are spaces and places where understated just won’t do.

The_Grand_Trianon_Castle_InteriosThe Palace of Versailles

Ostentatious decorating and design has a standing relationship with grand scale museums, historical homes, architectural marvels, Las Vegas and hooray for Hollywood interiors.  Some tacky, some tasteful, some unforgettable and some better forgotten. What is it they say about beauty being in the eye of the beholder? Celebrities love to dial up extravagance in a manner befitting a true Hollywood style story.  You live what you know as some would say, and if flamboyant is just another day at the office it becomes the rule versus the exception.  Paging Liberace, Elvis and Michael Jackson!  Talk about extravagance on and off the stage.

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From the articles, books and interviews I’ve read referencing the interior spaces of Elvis Presley’s Graceland, his flamboyant personal taste and style on stage followed through to his home as well.  I often find myself deep in if this was my house, hotel, or shop thought – a first cousin to window shopping for the decorating minded. Deep contemplation of exactly how I would redo, remodel, rearrange, remove, repaint, rethink the entire design takes over, and suddenly I’m looking for pen and paper to jot down ideas and sketches. I do the same thing when watching a television show or movie.  Drives Dave the Builder crazy! My redesign and redecorating services have not been engaged by famous architects, heads of Hollywood studios, hoteliers or the fine folks at Graceland, but a girl can ponder can’t she?

GracelandJungleRoomThe Jungle Room via Wikimedia Commons

In an article on How Stuff Works,  it is revealed Elvis purchased the furniture for the jungle room on a spur of the moment whim to stir up his father.  The article states Elvis’ father thought the furniture was the ugliest he had ever seen.  I must admit I agree, which brings us to today’s let’s redo, remodel, rearrange, remove, repaint, rethink the entire design: The King’s Jungle Room edition.

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Hermes Set of Four African Animal Theme Ashtrays In Box

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This is how a bold, chic and sexy space is done.  I believe they call it animal magnetism.

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But there’s a pretty little thing
Waiting for the King
And she’s down in the jungle room

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Marc Cohn

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Contemporary Chic Meets A Modern Challenge: Bring Vegas Home

Design and decor features of beautiful hotels dazzle the eye from check-in to check-out. I base a great stay on the total property package, and interior design is at the top of the list. Stylish, chic and luxurious features provide a comfortable and unforgettable experience, and inspire ideas to use in our own homes.  I am thrilled to participate in the Vegas.com “Bring Vegas Home” challenge using The Cosmopolitan Hotel as the model for design inspiration. It’s really no challenge for me to bring Vegas home. To know me is to know I’ve got a huge place in my heart for my oasis in the desert. Thirty+ years of traveling to Las Vegas puts you up close and personal with Vegas interior design and interior decorating choices through the decades as only Vegas can Vegas. The get up and boogie style of the ’70s set the trend setting for the period, and the over-the-top theme them and they will come extravagance ruled the design conscience ’90s and ‘2000s.  Crystal baroque chandeliers and dark mahogany wood-paneled walls came to town years ago and still prove relevant to today’s Las Vegas, stylishly existing in tandem with the Californicated modern luxury currently headlining on the Las Vegas Strip.  Forget what you’ve read or heard about tacky, kitschy or out of touch interiors- contemporary chic, relaxed elegance and modern luxury has checked in at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

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Crystal chandeliers are synonymous with glamour, and The Cosmopolitan believes in making a Vegas statement in contemporary and cosmopolitan fashion.

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Showstopper!

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Crystal chandeliers aren’t just for the dining room anymore. Bathrooms, master bedrooms, kitchens, foyers and closets become a bright lights city when a crystal chandelier graces the ceiling or walls. Contemplating a “Bring Vegas Home” transition, I may be more inclined to pull back the reins on the your Vegas style is showing drama for a slightly scaled down version of glitz and glamour.

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And then again, maybe not.

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Dark tones and rich textures play the style game very well.  I say double down on decorative drama with a premier focal point piece.

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Las Vegas is an adult Disneyland of sorts, and the fantasy aspect of this desert oasis is part of the deal. Enter the Las Vegas Bungalows at The Cosmopolitan.

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Design and decor features of well-appointed and well designed hotel rooms offer floor to ceiling ideas to pack up, bring home and implement into our own home decor. Cosmopolitan-Bungalow

“Bring Vegas Home” Design and Decor Winners:

– Lighting selections are crucial to the overall design of a space. The use of crystal chandelier(s) strikes a grand balance between ambient and accent lighting while instantly adding presence, form, function and ambiance.  There are plenty of crystal chandeliers in today’s market that offer the look of expensive elegance with a most affordable price, and that point is always a design and decor winner.  Another point of decorative visual interest is the focal point statement made by pairing design styles together in a non-traditional opposites attract in a wow factor on steroids kind of way.

– Wallpaper is a notable design and decor option.  Classic patterns have no expiration date.  Faux croc and wood grain patterns as well as traditional and new traditional grasscloth in neutral tones frame the space for pattern and bold color to proceed.  Like a good optical illusion in a headliner magic show, the “headboard” in the image above is an optical and design trick.  It’s wallpaper!

– Crisp white accents and linens raise the stakes.  I know, I know- white in a high traffic hotel room?  I don’t pretend to analyze the logic behind it, all I know is it works beautifully.  This is definitely one of the “Bring Vegas Home” decor features I would not hesitate to try.  Pristine white stands up to any decor style and pairs elegantly with the other neutrals in the space.  Do the purple decorative throw pillows jump out or what?  Make no mistake, great thought went into this neutral at first sight color palette.

– Mixing metals creates contrast, and contrast creates an interesting aesthetic.

– The allure of the design darling color combination black and white is at play throughout The Cosmopolitan.  The draw is timeless, and the classic color palette complements the design flow and gives decorative balance to the contemporary setting.

 

Opulent interior design and interior decorating features from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas offer fantastic inspiration for your own Bring Vegas Home challenge.

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Just so you know disclaimer:  This is not an official review or paid advertisement post.  All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own.

 

A Most Fetching Friday

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adjective: fetching

attractive.

synonyms: attractive, appealing, sweet, pretty, good-looking, lovely, delightful, charming, prepossessing, captivating, enchanting, irresistible

 

This week’s Fetching Friday accentuates both the tasteful and the decadent.

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ff-Thibaut_Heritage-Houndstooth-dining-chair_s3x4_lgThibaut

ff-fall-dessertsCountry Living Magazine

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Chocolate-Pear-Loaf-Cake-via-BHG1Chocolate-Cinnamon Pear Loaf Cake

ff-wallpaper“Zebras” in Safari Brown from Scalamandré as featured in Traditional Home

ff-hot-cocoa-brownie-cakeHot Cocoa Brownie Cake with Pumpkin Marshmallow Frosting

I hope you have a most fetching Friday.

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Wallpaper: A Classic Choice

Wallpaper is an essential decor element- the paper doll of decor. Consider a wall, ceiling, bookcase back panel or whatever item you have in mind the form, and the colors, patterns, and textures the designer article of attire.

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Have fun with interior design, decorating, and home decor! Rules apply for balance and form, but consider this- the unexpected use of color or well thought out and very intentional placement of a design or decor element in an “I would have never thought of that” place keeps things interesting.   Wallpaper adds interest, a punch of personality, and the all important and essential pop of color.

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Risky Business Smooches by York Wallcoverings

Cremona by Nina Campbell from Osborne & Little

Grasscloth GC 1109 ~ Roger Arlington

Jackie-Oh! Houndstooth in brown by York Wallcoverings

Natural Tortoiseshell and Knots: Karen Robertson Collection for Casart Coverings.

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If we’re talking traditional wallpapers, we must be talking Grasscloth. Grasscloth wallpaper hangs around the scene for one stylish and obvious reason-its natural texture, quality of style, and durable function keep the spotlight on it. 

Norwall Natural Grasscloth Natural Grasscloth by Norwall

I’ve installed, suggested, and used grasscloth many times over the years in properties we flipped, commercial and residential design jobs, and in our houses to rave reviews. Repeat after me- classic, timeless, durable.

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Instantly recognizable iconic patterns identify with not only the brand but with classic traditional style.  The investment in iconic pattern wallpapers is for the life of the space.

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   Scalamandré Zebras in Masai Red

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Texture intensifies this Graham & Brown wallpaper from the retro archives. Boucle beauty will have no trouble adding the oomph quality, regardless if the decision is to color or not to color. Paintable wallpaper? You bet! Select your favorite color, grab a roller, and introduce impact to the space.

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Is it art or is it wallpaper? It’s both! Wallpaper can most definitely be considered a work of art, especially patterns such as this one from Studio Printworks as featured in Architectural Digest.

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Timeless designs, on-trend patterns, and durable function make wallpaper a classic and quality choice of product for a quality result in interior decorating.

 

The Seasonal Influence of Color Awakenings Through Spring, Space and Color Palette Choices

The seasonal influence of color awakenings through spring and space are upon us.  Warm mid-afternoon breezes,  hints of pastel petals, the yellow dusting of pollen (you want pretty flowers, don’t you?),  the hum of lawn mowers and thoughts of strawberry pie. Spring offers wonderful inspiration for making color palette choices.

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The colors of the season shake off the last of winter’s remnants. Granted it was not much of a winter here in Louisiana, but enough of one to make me appreciate the fact it is almost a memory.

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Spring moves the clock forward, seems to think it is the perfect time for us to clean, and wakes up the color all around us. You know how I love my world to be colored!

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An easy and affordable way to make a colorful impact on your surroundings is through exterior and interior paint, accents and accessories.  Throw pillows are a guaranteed burst of new color energy with maximum results for minimal money.  Who doesn’t like that?

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Wallpaper has the power to quickly transform a space by infusing color, pattern and texture. Using wallpaper or fabric as the wallcovering on only one wall can automatically pack a space with immediate focal point potential. There will always be the question of wallpaper vs. paint.  In certain situations, coupled with certain tastes, here’s where I stand on the matter…why not both?  Decorative harmony is a beautiful and colorful thing!

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A gorgeous wallpaper pattern in equally gorgeous spring colors~ Masquerade from the Gazebo collection by Thibaut.

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“Only those who love color are admitted to its beauty and immanent presence. It affords utility to all, but unveils its deeper mysteries only to its devotees.”

Johannes Itten

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Subtle in nature and brilliant in execution, white does indeed make a strong and complementing canvas for the space to show its true colors.

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The different shades and tones of gray in the distressed headboard, chandelier patina and wallpaper all come together as the foundation to build upon. Gray is no longer associated with lifeless, sterile and unimaginative interiors. I really am embracing it more and more as an accessory color. The more I study this image and the influence gray has on bringing out the pinks, the more I am fascinated by the result.

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Color wakes up a space in the same manner that spring wakes up color from its winter hibernation. As shown above, furnishings and accessories are the means in which color is portrayed as the star of the space.  Balance is perfectly achieved between the neutral walls, rug and curtains and the strategic points of color. Color breathes life into the space to freshen and renew the look.

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How do you color your world?

Home Decor Gotta Have It List

Good Friday everyone!

I thought I would round out the master suite remodel posts with my home decor gotta have it list.  The home decor and home furnishings accessories treasure hunt is as fun as the finds, and I have had a blast searching and discovering  home decor wonders.  The gorgeous Thibaut fabric is a pop of color dream.

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A frog anything is always in order, and Butch the Bulldog has a face I can get a chuckle from.  I want to mount the iron goddesses to the wall as easels for a piece of art.  I’m contemplating using the corbels as bookends.  What do you think of the wallcovering choice for the master closet?  An  alligator and/or croc wallpaper is fittingly appropriate for Louisiana.  Please don’t assume I’m a swamp person, but I would be remiss if I did not add a “Choot ‘Em” to the alligator reference.  Click on the image to enlarge.

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Next week I will be featuring a guest post that I’m very excited about.  Be looking for it early in the week.  I hope you enjoy looking at  the items featured on the home decor gotta have it list.  Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Office Ideas That Work!

It would be difficult for me to want to be out of this office.  Organized and ready for work, I have been considering home office ideas and what exactly a home office space should say about the person behind the desk.

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Benign decor and design has an appropriate place, but if we live in style shouldn’t we create and work in style?

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Limitations and restrictions on office decor fit certain workplace spaces and environments, and it is safe to assume most of us got the memo on what is acceptable for the workplace.  Thank goodness the home office space is fair game.

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Taking all things into decorative consideration, I’m thinking an overall neutral color palette will suit my home office needs.  It is a wonderful foundation to build a color palette upon through home decor, accessories, lighting and office essentials.  Updating through color is an easy update, and a space touched by color is a space touched by personality.  I call this the home office chairman of the board moodboard.

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The goodie list –

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Sherwin- Williams Paint Colors

 Georgian Bay  ||  Roycroft Vellum  ||  Chop Sticks  ||  Downing Earth ||  Delft  ||  Colonial Revival Stone  ||  Copen Blue

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Sarvanny Home Office Desk

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Give an inexpensive piece the look of luxe by changing out the drawer hardware. hch7bt2_az

Old Hickory Tannery Sperry Office Chair

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Dimond Ceramic Gloss White Table Lamp

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Old Hickory Tannery  Mint Tufted-Leather Chair

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Martha Stewart Living Layered Faux Bois Potter’s Clay 5ft. X 8ft. Area Rug

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Crestview Brookline Gray 5-Shelf Tall Etagere

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Arteriors Home Rittenhouse 6-light Chandelier

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Crocodile Pewter Stapler

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It works!

Vegas Nights: Bright Paint Colors

The final installment in  the Color Your World series is courtesy of my colorful interpretation of  America’s Playground, Fabulous Las Vegas.  Vibrant and bright paint colors take the pulse of our decor choices and supply the essential element- the pop of color.  I hope you have enjoyed viewing this series as much as I have enjoyed bringing it to the page. Click on image to enlarge. Thank you, thank you very much.

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Resources:

Thibaut :  wallpapers ~ available at selected retailers. Price available upon request.

American Blinds :  wallpapers starting at $9.98 per single roll.

Benjamin Moore:  prices vary according to retailer.

Sherwin-Williams: prices vary according to retailer.

Total Wallcovering: wallpapers starting at $11.00 per single roll.

Warehouse Fabrics Inc. :  drapery and upholstery material  prices starting at $7.79 per yard.

Designers Guild:  wallpaper~ available at selected retailers. Price available upon request.