Posts Tagged ‘Color’

Celebrate Independence Day with Style

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Here are some fun, classy ideas that I found online while looking for 4th of July ideas.

 

This is from Twig & Thistle blog.  They’ve done a great job keeping it elegant and simple by using a common motif and color.  Click on the link to see more ideas from this creative team.

 

A 4th of July picnic or Bar-B-Que is all about mobility and easy to eat foods.  Organize & Decorate Everything takes you step-by-step on how to make these simple food cones.

 

Another do it yourself project from Women’s Day.  I like this because you could add your own motif to it and reuse it every year.  Use it for silverware, condiments, etc.

 

I’m all about using items found around the house.  Try this cute idea reusing tin cans that have been pierced and painted.

 

And we can’t forget food!  I’m not sure what the drink is but you could easily make this with champagne and blueberries.

A nicely done Rice Crispy bar!

 

One of my favorite summer drinks is a watermelon slushy.  It’s super easy so thought I’d share it with you.  Just cut up large chunks of watermelon and throw in a blender; blend until smooth.  Add ice and fresh mint and enjoy a refreshing drink.  You can also add sparkling water or alcohol of your choice.  Cheers to a safe holiday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

NYC Patio Completion

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Our patio is complete, just in time to share it with friends on this lovely Friday.  The first three photos are of the patio before we started.

 

 

We created a little dining area with a rug, table and chairs.  We planted a new Japenese maple tree (very small at this point) but the red leaves glow brightly under the sun and it’s perfect.  The umbrella brings in a pop of color until everything blooms and I combined stripes and the graphic patterned rug for visual interest.

In the corner we planted lettuce, herbs, beets, carrots and tomatos.  The large black pots include garden sage, honeysuckle and some red nancy.   They are all pretty small at this point so I look forward to them growing and blooming.

We used wine crates for the beets, lettuce and carrots since we did not have any actual ground to plant in.

Lettuce just popping up.  Can’t wait to have a fresh salad from our garden!

This is our “gnome” Bella.  She will keep the birds away but unfortunately she loves lettuce and carrots so we’ll see who gets the first taste of summer.

Quick Fixes for Your Home

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Bored with your home?  Looking for some easy, affordable ways to freshen things up?  Look no further!  Here are some quick fixes to update any room in your home.

Option 1: Paint

Get rid of the boring beige.  Below is a great example of how a little color on the walls can brighten up a space and make it feel larger.

 Work to find the right balance of light and dark.  This will prevent a room with dark walls from feeling small.  The light floors, cabinets, and ceiling are a beautiful contrast to the navy walls.

Don’t be afraid to try a bright color.

That said, neutrals can also make a statement when the right hue is used.  Notice how crisp this color looks with the white trim.

Try a pattern to make a bold statement in a small space.

Consider putting the pattern on the floor.  It is a great way to provide color and visual interest in any space.

Option 2: Revamp or upgrade a light fixture

This is a great example of how an old brass chandelier can have a new life if you have the time for a little DIY project.  Try a spray paint with a gloss finish.

I had to throw this in.  I made a wine glass chandelier to go with my thesis project back in college.  It took 36 wine glasses, fishing line, and a single light bulb.

I love using chandeliers in different spaces such as bedrooms, closets, or bathrooms.  They add a touch of nostalgia and intimacy to a room.

A funky grouping of fixtures can make a dynamic statement.

Option 3: Make your bed the throne of your bedroom

Reinvent your headboard.  Try a found material like the one below made of old plank floor boards.

Consider reupholstering an antique headboard with a bold color or pattern that draws the eye.

If you don’t have room or the budget for a headboard, consider a wall decal.  They are an inexpensive, fun way to give a room character.

Option 4: Reupholster or refinish

Find a piece of furniture that has good bones but is in sad shape.  Give it some TLC and the end product can be stunning.

This console has an old school finish, but a carefully applied coat of paint gives it a lovely new life.

Option 5: Invest

Invest in ONE “statement piece” of furniture per room.  It can be a piece that you lovingly refurbish or one that you choose to splurge on.  Whether a chair, desk, mirror, accent piece, table, or rug, the choice is up to you, but one thing is certain – it must steal the show.  What is your eye drawn to in the images below?

 

Hamptons Inspiration

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

It’s summertime and the Hamptons are the go to place for a little summer R&R. A breath of fresh air from the hot, sticky streets of NYC in the summertime, the Hamptons are not only a spot to let loose and relax, but they are a great place to get inspired for your own personal retreat…even if yours isn’t in the Hamptons.

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Love this pool house by Neff Architecture. When I think East coast beach style this is what I like to see; gray shingles with white trim and perfect proportions.   These gray shingles (also known as clapboard siding) look great on the coast.  I think it’s the way they age and contrast against the backdrop.  I wonder who owns this and if they’ll let me move in?

Rooms with a lot of windows are fantastic in the summer, and in the Hamptons there is no shortage of these.  Try using the natural landscape to provide color in the room, so white furniture pops against the beauty just beyond the windows. The pictures below are great examples of bringing the outside in.

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I love the freshness and versatility of white in vacation homes. It’s invigorating and so easy to change the accent colors. White can be used in so many fun ways.

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A living space designed by Vicente Wolf in the Hamptons.  If you use a lot of white, it’s great to warm it up with a sisal rug and some wood.

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Raw wood and nautical hints are always a great idea.  I love this interior by Heiberg Cummings Design.  The white washed paneling and natural earth colors make me want to explore.

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Above is a great example of crisp whites accented by vibrant colors.  Definitely a fresh feeling room to walk into and take a cat nap with the summer breezes drifting in.  Ahhh!

If you want to keep a summery state of mind year round, design your room with lots of neutral colored or white furniture. Add some bright colors, and you can take that retreat any time without leaving home.

Happy summer!