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.
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of CB2. All opinions are 100% mine.
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Outdoor spaces have quickly become extensions of the life lived within our homes. Whimsical in theory, neutral in palette, and classically fun- the Luli Lamp will pair perfectly to any outdoor space decor. It doesn’t monkey around with its stylish statement.
Bright and bold color injects essential life of the party looks to a space. From small indoor pops to grand outdoor statements, color makes its welcomed personality known in the CB2 and Novogratz Collection. Hot color mixed into warm wood, a wide range of items and price points, and a design nod to vintage love from a thoroughly modern designing couple makes for one desirable collection.
I’m a big fan of husband-and-wife designing teams. Just ask Dave the Builder. The couple that designs and decorates together deserves a beautiful vacation home in Brazil!
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“I learned that passion about objects and furnishings makes for fearless decorators—and that if you are comfortable in your home, everyone else will be too. That sense of authenticity is what gives a home its soul.”
—Courtnay Daniels Haden, interior designer
“Turn off cell phones!”
—Joan Michaels, interior designer
“A room should start a conversation before people actually start exchanging words.”
“Make a home-cooked meal, even if it’s just a bowl of chili and a salad with garlic bread. There’s nothing better than simple and delicious.”
—Lisa Fine, textile designer
“In case of an entertaining crisis, take a deep breath and ask, ‘What would Auntie Mame do?’ If a guest accidentally breaks something, regardless of value, simply say, ‘Thank you. I’ve been looking for a reason to replace that old thing.'”
“When I was in Italy one summer, our hosts served cashews and potato chips in crystal bowls while we sipped Prosecco. It was a revelation: right-out-of-the-bag snacks become sophisticated when they’re served in a gorgeous dish.”
“Handwritten thank-you notes after being entertained are a must.”
—Grant K. Gibson, interior designer
“You can never have too many white plates, platters, and bowls.”
—Cheryl Katz, interior designer
“I try to greet my friends with a drink in my hand, a warm smile on my face, and great music in the background, because that’s what gets a dinner party off to a fun start.”
–Ina Garten, celebrity chef and author
“In life as in design, it is not perfection you should be after. There’s beauty in the faded and worn, the well loved, and the sentimental…After all, life has seams. Your home should be like a loosely woven fabric of desires, memories, practical, notions, and even compromises.”
After running across pictures from our trip to Dallas last year, listening to one of my favorite singers on Spotify, and getting a big old Texas kick out of the new Dallas on TNT, I’ve got memories from last year’s Dallas trip on my mind.
Our son called from the Great White North to inform us he was coming home for a visit.
We will now be three for the trip over to Dallas to see the performer I refer to as “the voice” in concert at American Airlines Center.
The son quickly informed the mother he would be sitting this one out- the concert, not the trip.
In spite of how health conscious and diet minded he is, he had his taste buds set for a west coast treat recently new to Texas.
More on that later.
“The Voice” is the incomparable Josh Groban.
On our 25th wedding anniversary trip to Las Vegas, I had the pleasure of being introduced to the beautiful song “February Song” by Josh Groban.
When he announced he would be touring in 2011, I kept my eye out for the dates.
I zeroed in on a Dallas, Texas vacation, waited for the tickets to go on sale, and starting planning the trip.
The concert was fantastic!
The pictures not so much, but you get the general idea.
California based In-N-Out Burger was the reason for our son’s excitement about our Dallas trip.
Yes, they are that good!
One of our favorite Saturday night Vegas traditions was seeing the show Mama Mia at Mandalay Bay, followed by a gourmet dinner fit for a dancing queen and her man at In-N-Out Burger.
Our trip to Dallas satisfied our son’s In-N-Out Burger craving, marked seeing Josh Groban live in concert off my bucket list, and gave Dave the Builder the opportunity to brush up on his tour guide skills.
My late night SS (sourcing and surfing) sessions go well with an excellent cup of coffee and great music.
Feeding my love of the music of The Eagles, and realizing just how good their album Hotel California really is set the tone and the mood for an extended evening of discovering interior design and interior decorating similarities.
This was no wasted time.
Editing and refreshing design options is necessary to stay current with accessory and accent selections.
Color and accessory choices may shift, but the foundation of our tastes tend to stay solid.
Not all design and decorating moodboards are created equal, nor immediately put into project action.
I distinctly remember an episode of a since canceled reality television showthat featured the architecture and interior design process.
When the couple, who were deep into the interior design process, met with interior designers, architects and contractors, they produced a large look book full of images, articles and clippings detailing the furnishings, accents and accessories of preference.
This was way before the days of Pinterest, folks.
Working on the moodboard for our master bedroom remodel afforded me the opportunity to discover the gorgeous interior design work of Linda McDougald from Linda McDougald Design and Postcards from Paris.
The private South Carolina residence at The Cliffs at Keowee Springs is breathtakingly beautiful, as is the magnificent and impeccable interior design work of Linda McDougald.
Photography by Rachael Boling Photography.
The master bedroom images immediately captured my attention.
I noted the similarities in color, furnishings and accessory choices between her design and my selections and choices in my master bedroom moodboard.
The upholstered headboard with nailheads and the mirrored nightstands especially reflect my tastes.
Architectural elements and spot antique pieces complement the contemporary spacing.
The make no mistake strength of a soft color palette is this; it envelopes the space in a subtle yet strong whisper, that when paired with optimum furnishings, accessories, and accents, becomes a decorative roar.
From the exposed brick ceiling, pewter and Carrara marble countertops and dual toned stainless steel French Lacanche range to the custom designed cabinetry crafted by Jose’ Florez, no culinary or decorative detail has been overlooked or left undone.
Features such as the pot filler and antique iron fire back lend charm, unique form and elegance to the function at hand.
I like a good surprise, but I love a great surprise!