Color Combination Crush: Navy and Blush

Hi everyone!  I have been adding some new accessories to our home over the last few weeks.  I am noticing a pattern with my color choices.  We recently purchased two navy sofas and I needed new accent pillows to go with them.  I just received these pillows from Etsy and I love them.  They are linen and look and feel very high-end.

Etsy Blush Pillow

If you have been reading for a while, you may have seen that I recently wallpapered my breakfast nook in a fun indigo pattern.  However, the room looked unfinished and had too much blue. This abstract print from One Kings Lane was just the fix.  Now I just have to get the hubs to help me hang it!!

OKL Blush and Navy

Here it is in my breakfast room (leaning of course!)

OKL Print

I love how the color combo is used in the spaces below.  The navy balances out the feminine pink.


Blush and Navy 2

Blush and Navy 3

Blush and Navy 1

Blush and Navy 7

Blush and Navy 5

Even raspberry tones pair well with navy.

BLush and Navy 4

What do you think of this color combo?  Yay or nay?  I am loving it right now, but I change my mind every 6 months when it comes to my own home.  I know many of you can relate!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  Ours is filled with a back-to-school picnic, couples date night out, and a brunch.  I also have to go pickup a new find I found on Chairish.  Details to come! See you next week!



Navy Walls

Hi friends!  Happy Monday!!  I am hoping that some of you have the day off and are relaxing.  I do, so I am just here, at home, obsessing about paint colors 🙂  I posted here all about my home decorating goals for 2016.  On top of that list is to paint the entire inside of our house.  Needless to say, I have been thinking about paint a lot!!

As you enter our home, there is a long, narrow hallway that has two architectural arches.  I was thinking of painting it a light gray.  However, a friend of mine recently convinced me to go with navy.  The hallway is long enough, there is lots of natural light and white molding to contrast the blue, so I think it will work.  I am inspired by the way navy used in these spaces.

How gorgeous is Aerin Lauder’s home.  This was the image that had me starting to consider navy.

Navy Walls

Harper’s Bazaar

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House and Home

Navy Walls 7

Dabito for West Elm

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Lisa Petrole

Navy Walls 5

House to Home

Navy Walls 4

Grant Scott

Navy Walls 3

Home Bunch

Navy Walls 2

Christine Hendrickson and Pontus Wahlgren For Apartment Therapy

Navy Walls 9


I love the blue in this last photo.  I actually pinned it because of the sofa.  I am on a quest for a stylish sectional and this one fits the bill.

What do you think?  Do you believe in the old adage, “small spaces need light colors.”  That phrase was holding me back.  Sometimes you just have to break the rules, right??

Until next time.



6 Ways to Decorate with Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year

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Architectural Digest

Hi lovely friends!  I hope that 2016 is off to a wonderful start for you.  I was sooo sick over New Year’s Eve and the first of the year that I feel like I am getting a late start on things already.  Isn’t that just life sometimes??

So, those of you who follow design trends know that Pantone (THE authority on color) announced its color of the year in December.  For the first time ever, it has selected two colors.  They are two complementary colors called Rose Quartz and Serenity.

Pantone Announcement

Many people might find them very pastel and too sweet to use in their homes, but see how they are used in the spaces below.  They might just change your mind and have you dreaming of these bubble gum hues.

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Style Me Pretty

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The English Room

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Ryann Colleen

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French by Design

Pantone Color 2016

Jonah Podbereski

Pantone Color 2015

Ashley Capp

They need not be limited to children’s rooms and work with a variety of color pairings.  I like how they are paired with browns and dark teals to tame them down a little bit.

Pantone Color Combo

Image via Pantone

There are ways to incorporate these distinct colors in more subtle ways.  No need to go and get a can of pink paint!  These accessories can help you add that pop of pastel without a major commitment.


Pillow/ Tumbler / Rug / Lamp / Dishware / Bowl

What do you think?  Yay or Nay?  I think they are fun and am probably going to use a variation of rose quartz in my daughter’s big girl room.  I definitely like them better than last year’s wine-colored Marsala.

You can read all about Pantone’s prior colors of the year here and here.

Until next time.


































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Pillow /  Tumbler /  Rug /  Lamp / Dishware / Bowl

Decorating with Shades of Blue

Hello lovely readers!!  Today is the start of a monthly series I am starting up here on the blog.  It is a decorating with color series and each month I will tackle a new color and discuss what to pair it with and why it works in certain rooms.  Today, we are starting with a classic favorite -blue!

From indigo to royal to ice blue, this hue is a huge hit with professional and novice decorators alike.  It adds a calm and serene vibe to any room in the home.  It pairs very well with yellow, white, silver, lavender, black, green and red.

I love how saturated the blue hues are in the bedroom below.

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Blue and white- oh so right!!

Blue room 3

 House Beautiful

The pastel hues in this dining room make me wish it was Easter.

Blue Room 15


Moody blue walls and artwork pair well together.

Blue Room 14

House Beautiful

You can definitely make a statement with a blue velvet sofa.

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House Beautiful

Blue can be so crisp and light, but dark and moody as well.

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I love the boho vibe of these different blue patterns.

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House Beautiful

Blue even works well in the kitchen.  Love it paired here with brass.

Andrea's Kitchen

Blue, white and pink- oh my!

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Blue room 8


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Blue and white look so fresh and crisp in this bedroom.  Breakfast in bed please!

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Susan Palma

Blue room 4


I have been coveting this sectional from Horchow for years.  It is one of the few pieces that satisfies both my husband’s and my needs.  I may have to paint my living room blue if I ever purchase it!

blue room 2


Can we just say, not your basic built in?  This looks so chic with the brass sconces.

Blue Room 1


I hope you have enjoyed this series.  Next month, I plan to tackle an uncommon choice- yellow!



Decorating with Black and White

Happy Friday friends!  Sorry my posting has been so sporadic lately but I have been super busy at my “day job.”  I am also working on a really exciting collaboration right now and I can’t wait to tell you guys more about it soon.  As part of the project, I am in the process of picking out fabric. For some reason, I keep going back to black and white selections.  Black and white is just so classic and sophisticated.  It works in both traditional and modern interiors and you can shake it up by adding pops of color.  I am particularly smitten with black and white abstract art right now. See how well it works in the photos below!

Black and White vignette

La Dolce Vita

black and white abstract art

Domaine Home

Black and white dining room

Pieter Estersohn for Architectural Digest

Black and White bedroom 1

Irene Langlois

Black and White Bedroom

Laurel Bern Interiors

black and white entry

Lee Kleinhelter

Black and white garden

Designed for Life

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Black and white living room 2

Maggie Stephens Interiors

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Irene Langlois

Black and white entrance

 Rue Magazine

Do you decorate or dress with black and white?  If so, what is your favorite pop of color to add to the mix?

Have a wonderful weekend friends!  I will be busy working some DIY magic for my upcoming project.  Think spring!!



A Pop of Chartreuse in the Dining Room

Hello everyone and Happy Friday!! I am starting to get that refreshed New Year feeling at last, and I think the bright pop of color I added to my dining room has helped.  I have been looking for an affordable piece of art for my dining room for “ages,” as my daughter would say.  I just can’t find the right piece for my space at the right price. So, in the meantime, I have had this room decorative room screen/divider that was taking up space in my garage.  It was inherited from my husband’s grandmother and was a really solid and sturdy piece. DIY Decorative Screen Room Divider

I also really liked that it had beautiful decorative scroll work on it.  I thought if I painted it the right color, it would make do as artwork until I found the right piece of art.  My dining room has really muted tones and lacks color.   I have a beautiful black and white photograph framed and I thought a pop of chartreuse would pair nicely with it. I chose the color Citronette from the Home Decorator’s Collection at the Home Depot.  This photo actually makes it look more mustard yellow than it actually is in person.  Paint is madening that way!!

CItronette Home Depot Home Decorator's Collection Chartreuse

So after two coats of primer, and two coats of Citronette.  Here is what it looks like.  Not too bad for the cost of a quart of paint, right?? DIY Painted Decorative Screen Room Divider Chartreuse

Please try to ignore the dust all over my buffet!  I have not started my new year’s cleaning yet 🙂

DIY Painted Decorative Screen Room Divider Chartreuse

You can see the decorative scroll work in this close up photo.

DIY Painted Decorative Screen Room Divider Chartreuse

In this photo, you can see how it pops against the black and white framed photo on the other wall.

DIY Painted Decorative Screen Room Divider Chartreuse Pop of color

What do you think?  Do you like the jolt of color or is it way to much for you? The good news is that when I tire of it, I will hopefully have found a new the perfect piece of art to replace it with. Have a wonderful weekend friends!!

Linking up at the Shabby Nest and Flaunt it Friday.





Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year: I Would Rather Drink It!

I really wish I could say I love Pantone’s color of the year, but I can’t.  Marsala, Pantone’s color for 2015, is enough to push me deeper into my winter blahs.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I am starting this year off in a “special” kind of mood.  I was sick on New Years’s and am feeling unmotivated and very behind.

Here is Marsala.  It is named after a fortified wine.  Like I said . . . I would rather drink it than decorate with it!
Pantone Marsala Color of the Year 2015

Via Pantone Instagram

I think it works best in smaller doses in spaces such as these.  I like the understated look of the color in the rugs.

Pantone Marsala Color of the Year 2015

 Brittany Ambridge for Domino

Pantone Marsala Color of the Year 2015

Oriental Weavers

Or, another good option would be to incorporate the color in smaller doses uses home accents.

Pantone Marsala Color of the Year 2015 home accents drapes


Pantone Marsala Color of the Year 2015 home accents lamp Wayfair


Pantone Marsala Color of the Year 2015 home accents rug


Anthropologie Pantone Marsala Color of the Year 2015 home accents throw


The murky color of Marsala was really not working for me.  However, when I began to see how it plays against other colors, it started to grow on me a bit.  Paired with the right colors, it looks more like a deep sienna or oxblood.  I think it looks best with greens and blues, including navy, as well as pale pink.

Pantone Marsala Color of the Year 2015 best color pairings

Staffan Tollgard

Pantone's Antique Green

Antique Green

Pantone's Starlight Blue

Starlight Blue

Pantone blue nights

Blue Nights

Pantone's Gossamer Pink

Gossamer Pink

Pantone's Cream Pink

Cream Pink

Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year was Radiant Orchid, which I was smitten with.

Pantone Radiant ORchid

The year before it was a shade of turquoise which is still trending.  Who knows if Marsala will take off the same way.  I guess time will tell!

What do you think?  Are you a fan or would you rather drink it like me?





Trending for Fall: Amethyst

The hotel I stayed in on my trip had very vibrant colors and modern decor.  I have to admit it was an example of modern done wrong (more on that coming soon).  I tend favor more traditional styles, but I can appreciate modern if done right.  One thing I did appreciate about the decor of the hotel, was its use of beautiful tones of amethyst.

A regal tone once reserved for royalty, the gem toned hue is showing up everywhere from fashion accessories to fabrics to housewares.  It is such a deep, rich and smokey color, I think it transitions well into fall.  It is also similar to Radiant Orchid which was Pantone’s color of the year. See how luxe it feels in the rooms below.

Amethyst 6


Amethyst 7


Amethyst 3


Amethyst 1


Amethyst 4

Christina Wedge

Amethyst 8


Amethyst 9


Here are some of my favorite home decor items that could be used to incorporate this rich color into your home.


Lamp / Pendant / Bedding / Pillow / Bowl / Tumbler


I know it is not your typical fall color, but isn’t it so luxurious?  Have you incorporated any amethyst hues into your home.  You can see my jewel toned console table here.



Indigo Accents

Everywhere I turn, I keep seeing the most rich hues of indigo blue.  From high-end retailers like Horchow to stores like Target, this trend is everywhere. It is one of the oldest methods for dying fabrics and has stood the test of time.  It works classically with white, but can also be mixed with other colors like pink or chartreuse.


I am also really loving the indigo tie dye prints that are out there.  They are so relaxed and summery!  They have the power to transport me to an island in the Bahamas.  Maybe someday!  Here are some of my favorite picks on this trend.

OB Indigo

Mirror / Pillow / Rug / Napkins / Pillow / Pouf

What do you think?  It it a color you would use in the spring or summer?  If you had your own private island??


New Year New Color

This is somewhat old news in the design world, but I thought I would let you know what Pantone’s color of the year is for 2014.  Pantone (THE authority on anything color from clothes to home design to cosmetics) has named “Radiant Orchid” color of the year for 2014.

radiant orchid

The color of the year for 2013 was Emerald Green and in 2012 it was Tangerine Tango.

For the color shy, this is a bold choice.  I personally like it, but it is not for the faint of heart.  There are ways, however, to introduce this trend in doses or in a tone downed way.  You could introduce it in pillows, drapes, glassware, towels and other home decor accents.

Here are a few inspiration shots to see how it can be incorporated into interiors.

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Now, I am not going to go out and paint my walls this color.  I definitely think it works best as an accent.  In fact, last year, I painted this console table a very similar shade of purple.



Orchid Ornaments WM


What do you think?  Will you incorporate any “Radiant Orchid” into your interior or fashion design this year?