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Orange You Glad It's Fall

 
Fall is a time of brilliant colors,
warm fires, textured fabrics,
and an overall feeling of comfort
and entertainment
with family and friends.
 
The holidays will be here before
you know it, but right now is the
time to immerse yourself in the
colors of Fall.
 
 
 
When you think of Fall, the first color that comes to mind is ORANGE.  But this Fall color favorite comes in more forms than just images of pumpkins. The color Orange comes in a bountiful array of shades to match your individual personality and design styles.
 
Bring the Fall indoors, with Colorful Burnt Orange Leaves and stems arranged on a mantel or buffet.
 
 
 

 
Or maybe an Orange pillow with the
texture and pattern of fall wild
flowers is more your style. 
 




Pair this with a warm and cozy throw in a wonderfully nubby brown, ivory or deep gold or purple, for a dramatic yet
pulled together look and feel. 
 
 
Photo Credit; Design Seeds









The possibilities are endless for how to bring the beauty of FALL indoors to your home.

Orange you glad that nature offers such a great color, that works in combination with so many other beautiful colors, to match your individual style. 
 

Define Your Deck Space

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Everyone loves decks and patios for everything from quiet relaxation, to entertaining with family and friends. No matter whether you have a small space, or a large and luxurious space,you still need to define your space.

Just having a bunch of beautiful furniture out on a patio is not enough. When you define a space, you give it purpose, function, and style. This can easily be done by simply placing your furniture in groups for function. For example dining space, conversation space, grilling/prep space, etc. 


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To even further define a space, use rugs. Rugs are the perfect element for added texture and definition. Rugs add color, emphasis design style, and create imaginary walls for your specific space. Rugs are like shoes that help ground the overall style and design.
 
The next time you step out onto your deck, think of it as your outdoor living space. Use rugs and groupings to create imaginary walls, add plants to soften or add coverage, and group furniture for function and definition.

 

Spring Painting 101

 
Spring has arrived and the official start of a new season
filled with color and style has begun. 
What colors will YOU grow  this Spring,
and where will you plant them in and around your home?
 
 
Photo credit: Design Seeds
Choosing which paint colors as well as
what types of paint finishes and where,
can be an overwhelming task for many homeowners.
 
Although it's best to consult with a Professional Color Expert to help with these types of decisions, there are 3 basics things you can keep in mind to help ease the decision making process. 
 
 
 
Photo credit: Design Seeds
 
 
How To Choose A Paint Color
Select something in the room that makes you happy. Draw upon those colors and feelings to create a theme or color palette that ties everything together.
 
Starting fresh? Find something you like,
a piece of artwork, a rug, a photo, or a piece of decorative accessory, and use that
as your bridge in creating a cohesive look.
 
 
 
 
 
Photo credit: Design Seeds
 
How To Choose A Paint Finish
 
Selecting a finish is not hard, but first you must decide where and how the area or item you are painting, is going to be utilized. Although there are many things to consider and different types of paint that will give you the effect you are trying to achieve, there are still some basic tips you can follow, to help you select the right finishes.
 
Satin works great for homes with uneven walls where you need to minimize or hide imperfections. Semi-Gloss is great for trim pieces or mouldings and high traffic areas, because it's easy to wipe clean.  Gloss is durable and looks great for accenting the curves and lines of furniture pieces.
 
 
Photo credit: Design Seeds
 
How To Select The Right Tools
(1) Invest in a good drop cloth that can be used over and over again. Cloth is more durable that plastic and provides a better non-slippery surface for working in.
 
(2) You'll  need Blue Tape or Frog Tape in order to mask off area for protection and create clean corners and lines.
 
(3) Paint Rollers - these are great for larger areas and come in a variety of sizes. Choose a deep pile roller for textured surfaces, and a low pile roller for smooth finish walls. Don't forget to get an extension rod if you want to be able to reach those high reach areas like ceilings and wall corners.
 
(4) Paint Brushes - Decide if you need a natural bristle or synthetic brushes. Stains typically require synthetic nylon or polyester while most interior wall paints are best paired with natural brushes to avoid streaking. Don't forget an angle brush so you can "cut in" corners where walls meet moldings.
 
Painting your home doesn't have to be complicated. With a little bit of patience and creativity, you too can find the color of your dreams, and a room where memories are created.                                             
     

How To Make A Colorful Entrance

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Quick Tips for Successfully Selling Your Home  
 
In order to sell your home successfully,
you need more than a sign in the lawn, and pretty furniture inside.
Knowing what buyers want, and what price they are
willing to reasonably pay for it,
 is the vital  balance that Pro's like 
Real Estate Agents and Home Staging Professionals together,
can bring to your selling table.

Everyone knows that Curb Appeal is the one of the most important factors in creating desire for potential buyers to view your home. Depending on the color and architectural style of your home, a COLORFUL front door may be just what you need in order to stand out, yet also brings warmth and character to your home.
 
 
Photo credit: Pella Doors
 
Nothing compares to the elegance of
a wooden front door. More than just  
beautiful and stately, wood doors are viewed as a statement of luxury by potential buyers. Wood doors are common in higher end luxury homes. Think of how much character and elegance a wood door could possibly add to your home, and the value it appears to add. 
 
 
Photo credit: House Beautiful
 
  
For those of us with less than dreamy
entrances, who rely on COLOR
to be the focal point of a warm and welcoming home entrance, we start
with the colors RED and BLACK.
 
For many people thoughts of a colorful
front door automatically turn to basic
BLACK or RED.

 
Photo credit: GardenWeb.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Although both colors blend in well with most homes especially Traditional and 
Colonial styles, selecting a color for your door also depends on the style 
                                                                      and color of your home's exterior.  
 
Choosing a COLOR for your Front Door also depends on the look you are trying to achieve. Do you want your Front Door to stand out, blend in better for cohesiveness,
or do you need it to slide into the background, giving front and center attention to the landscape and architectural detail of your home.
 
Photo credit: Apartment Therapy
 
Selecting paint colors for your front entrance to your home is more than just pretty paint colors. Your front door is the emotional entrance to your home, and first step to creating the feel of what is coming, once they open that door. For this reason color is not only has to be appealing, but carry meaning. This is  where a Color Expert  or Home Staging Professional, can help you decide what selections are best  suited for your home, in order to achieve the look you need for best value, appearance, and style

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Welcoming New Color & Patterns In Your Home

Who's ready for Spring ??
Are you craving color but unsure which ones are really YOU??
Do you forever collect paint samples only to find
your home drenched in all the same colors year after year?

 
Photo credit: Design Seeds 
For many homeowners, adding new colors to their home, is difficult. More importantly, most homeowners are unsure what colors and patterns would compliment their homes and design tastes and grow weary from the vast amount of choices we have now to select from.
 
Fortunately there is an easier and simpler way to change things up, without throwing it out. As a Certified Staging & Design Expert, I have helped hundreds of clients make changes in their homes everyday. 
 
I have found the best way
to introduce new colors and patterns, is through the use of accessories like pillows, throws, and even artwork. Once you have embraced new color choices, you can grow to add various patterns based on those color choices, and finally once your fear of color is erased, you can move onto repainting walls and more. 

By tackling your fear of color in small steps, you can grow yourself and your home into a Blooming bouquet of color and pattern, that is a Signature Style, that you can call HOME.
 

Make Your Sunroom A Beautiful Place


Does your enclosed porch or Four Season Room, still look like it's Christmas season?

Does your Sunroom bring you more grey skies than sunny moments?


 
If you're selling your home this Spring, buyers don't want to see potentially valuable areas like these, cluttered with holiday decorations or dead plants from last summer you've forgotten to toss away.

Allow buyers to see the beauty of this valuable space by adding seasonal colors that compliment the time of year and your individual home, along with pillows, area rugs, and fresh flowers or plants, that appear to have been growing there all winter long. Use warm weather floral prints and brighter colors in Spring and Summer, and rich darker colors in Fall and Winter Seasons.

Even if your style is more Formal or Traditional, you can still evoke the feeling of a sunny comfortable and peaceful space that buyers will be drawn to. Cluttered and even empty spaces, can make a room feel cold, and unusable.
 
Buyers love indoor/outdoor spaces that make them feel relaxed, and removed from family hustle, bustle and noise. Awaken the senses of buyers with the ability to connect to every valuable space, your home has to offer.

Make your Sunroom and enclosed porches a space that buyers long to spend time in, whether alone or entertaining with friends and family.
 

Layering Your Rooms For Warmth & Design

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The winter chill is on and temps across the US have us
 reaching for cozy sweaters and throws....
 
 
Photo via: Pinterest
 
What is it about a knitted throw that makes
 you feel warm and comforted even on the worst of days.
 
A knitted throw can warm us, nurture us, and comfort us like an old friend. It's no wonder
we find ways to incorporate them into our everyday decor with their beauty and style.
 
 
 
Photo via: Pinterest
 
 
 
Knitted throws and pillows are as versatile as they are beautiful, and
add a layer of warmth and beauty to the spaces they decorate.
 
These soft and luxurious accessories
are great in living rooms, family
rooms, bedrooms, and nurseries.
The possibilities are endless.
 
 
 
Photo via: Pinterest
 
 
Knitted throws add layer and texture to when thrown over sofas or chairs, and add warmth and character when folded at the end of a bed, or layered across the bed as a blanket on cold nights. Best of all knitted pillows and
throws are not just for winter time.
Think of how comforting it feels to
be nestled in a throw on chilly Spring night or while reading a book on a crisp Fall day.
 
 
Photo via: Pinterest
 
 
Summertime throws are lighter in weight, but heavy on color for that added punch of texture and fun, to
any space or special event.  
 
On a porch by the lake, or by a
campfire on the beach, knitted throws
are like a best friend, capturing all our memories and wrapping them
up in special hug.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
      

Creating a Beautiful Backyard For Buyers

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When staging your home for sale, don't forget backyard decks and patios.
Potential buyers want to "SEE" the potential your home has to offer.
Don't allow buyers to guess "what could be" .... create it for them !!

Photo credit: BHG.comIf you live an area with gorgeous views, make sure buyers see that there is a warm, cozy and comfortable space for them to both relax and enjoy the view.

If your home offers great amenities such as a pool, or outdoors kitchen, use that theme to design around it and create a space that buyers cant wait to show off to their friends and family.

Maybe your home is more city or urban, where privacy tends to be something that buyers would love to know you have. In this situation, creating a space for entertainment or casual reading, while also providing a sense of privacy, will gain you high marks when buyers view your home.


Photo credit: BHG.comNo matter what your individual home has  to offer, make sure the colors compliment your particular demographics and style of home. While a playful palette of vivid color and patterns may be great for a modern or contemporary home, a more formal or elegant design of home, may have be more inclined to flow, with neutral colors, amongst wooden or iron furniture combined with lots of textures and layers for coziness, to create that warm and unqiue indoor/outdoor total living space that  buyers love.

Do you have a lakeside home, maybe blues and greens would help play up your outdoor features. Does your home sit in a wooded area, where pops of bright color against the lush green trees would make buyers drool? 

You don't need alot of space, for buyers  to see how valuable your home's deck or patio can be to their family needs. Just "go with the flow" from inside your home,  and connect that design to create an Indoor/Outdoor living space that will have buyers begging to spend the summer there with family and friends.


Adding Warmth with Bookcases

Photo credit: Apartment Therapy
Does your home have empty spaces you're unsure how to use? Are you looking for more function as well as decorative space to showcase your accessories and collectibles?

Built-In Bookcases can be a beautiful way to display your books and collectibles, while adding a layer of design and warmth to any room.


Looking for an attractive way
to make your bookcases flow seamlessly from window to wall?  Use curtains   that match or complement your window treatments, to flank the sides of the bookcase to create a window effect. Curtains can also be used to hide shelf clutter especially in guest rooms or workrooms.

Photo credit: CDN
Bookcases are also a great way to separate a space, acting as a room divider to create the illusion of  additional space for dining or studying.

Whether its built in or free standing, however you decide to use bookcases is up to you. The possibilities are endless, and can quickly and easily turn an everyday space into a designer showplace.



Nightstands That Withstand Function

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As you reached for the Alarm Clock this morning,
did you awake to a bedroom where beauty and function mixed?

Starting with the night stand .... Is there enough light for the room,
is the furniture big enough for your needs, does it function for your needs?


Photo via: Pinterest
Believe it or not a great nightstand is more than just a pretty table next to your bed.

This repurposed nightstand by HGTV Designer, Kenneth Brown shows how even an old 1950's credenza can be the best nightstand.

If standard nightstands with drawers are not functional for your particular needs, maybe furniture pieces with doors, that provide storage
for larger items, is what you really need.


Photo via: Houzz.com

This bedside table/nightstand by Designer Jodie Rosen makes a perfect design statement as well as houses storage for
books, glasses, and other bedside needs.

To finish the look Jodie has added a larger silver based lamp to compliment the larger and bolder furniture pulls.

In this particular case not only does this particular piece of furniture provide function, but also provides a tremendous amount of design style and elegance.


When selecting a great bedside table for your bedroom, remember that beauty follows function. Pretty furniture quickly loses it's beauty, if it doesn't provide you with the essentials to peace and functionality. Likewise no one wants strictly function, if doesn't provide a sense of beauty, elegance, and personal appeal. 

Consider your storage needs, your personal needs, and the type of lighting you will be selecting. Do you need something larger with drawers, or doors, or possibly just a an end table due to space or limited needs.

When you reach for that clock each morning, are your stretching your needs, or reaching for the stars? 


Keeping The Green In Home Decor

Keeping The Green
 in Home Decor
 
Photo via:: Apartment Therapy
 
Adding a variety of
houseplants to your 
home decor, adds texture
to a room, as well as helps
bring the feeling of the
outdoors inside ... 
 
Houseplants are a great way add 
warmth and texture to a home, especially in winter months when gardens are brown and grey, or covered in snow. 

There are hundreds of varieties,
sizes, and colors, as well as many
low maintenance plants for those
with no green thumb. Unfortunately most homes are also very dry in winter months, which leaves houseplants screaming for moisture, as well as becoming more prone to certain diseases. Over watering is not the answer. The answer is humidity. Unless you are raising cactus, most houseplants need at least 50% humidity to keep luscious and thriving. Regular misting will help increase humidity. 

When selecting a plant for your home, consider the amount of maintenance it requires, the amount of sunlight it needs, and most importantly the size it will grow. Many low maintenance plants are fast growers, and will need re-potting in order to stay healthy and continue growing strong. Consider the type of texture and overall look you want to achieve with plants. Are you looking for something soft and airy like a fern to compliment your shabby soft interior with soothing colors, or are you a strong and bold color person, looking for a more tall and stealthy plant like a ficus or rubber tree. No matter if you have a green thumb or not, there are many varieties of plants to suit your particular needs and tastes. 

Beginners Tip: Want to start with something easy? Consider a "Pothos" plant. They are tolerant to almost any home condition, including low light, and are easy to care for while providing a stunning array of shiny green leaves for baskets, desktop bowls and more. 

How To Create Colorful Wall Arrangements

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Do your photos crave color?
Do you struggle with how to arrange photos
so they tell a story?
 
Photo via: Pinterest
 
Here's a quick tip for arranging those family photos,
while also adding some color and fun.
 
1.) Choose a frame color and finish for your grouping.
 Choose a complimentary style like brushed nickel,
and repeat that finish in different shapes,
or for a more traditional look approach,
 select a repeating frame of the same style and color,
 like the photo above.  
 
2.) Now that you have selected a frame,
choose the colors for your photo mats.
Note this process works best with B&W or Sepia tone photos.
Choose colors that are complimentary to your room,
but in a darker or lighter shade than your walls,
or a more playful punch of varying bold colors. 
 
3.) Select how you want to tell your story ...
Do you want each line to tell a short story,
or do you want the wall to tell a longer story like a book,
that you read line to line filled with action and adventure?
 
4.) Layout your frames on the floor in the design pattern you
have chosen and re-arrange as needed until you find that
perfect style that says "you".
 
5) Measure, hang, and there you have it ....
A customized, colorful, and creative wall
 that tells a story of the people who live there,
and the road traveled along the way.

New Year ~ New You Kickoff

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Let's celebrate THE NEW YEAR together!!
 
With each new year comes the opportunity for new beginnings & fresh starts. 
While everyone is concentrating on personal goals like weight loss and stop smoking, what if this year we work together on CHANGING your HOME? 
 
 Let Marie Kelly help you kick off the new year with positive change.
 In a year long effort to help our readers create a NEW YEAR / NEW YOU @ Home, 
we are bringing you a year of weekly tips in how to reach your goals 
of creating change in the spaces around you. 
Even one small change can yield big results without a huge price tag!!
 
 
Photo via: Pier One Imports
 
Your Mission ~ Change out pillows!!
It's no surprise that a small accessory like pillows can make a huge difference in a room.
From floral to striped, to to tassled or buttoned, pillows come in a variety of styles and shapes. 
 

 
 
 
Start with a theme or color foundation you want the room to focus on, and bring that color to life through your pillows. Look for artwork or other accessories in the room you want to pull from.
 
 
Photo via: Pinterest
 
Use that color palette to determine the color and design style of the pillows you will need.
Don't be afraid to mix patterns and shapes.     
I always use 3 rules when selecting pillows.
 
     1-Theme /   2-Color  /  3-Fabric 
 
Choose pillows that offer different forms of texture. For example, if you have a leather sofa, then add pillows with more nubby texture like  a linen, or add fur or velvet pillows for soft warmth and softness. 
 
Remember opposites attract. You don't have to be matchy matchy when selecting pillows. Sometimes the most beautiful of rooms, comes from adding the unexpected
 

Halloween Sweet Treats & Table Delights

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 Final HALLOWEEN EDITION

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Happy Halloween to all you Ghosts, Goblins, and Ghouls !!
 
It's Halloween Weekend !!! Starting tonight and all through the weekend, Halloween Parties everywhere will be creatively displaying their frightful best in costume and home decorations. But party tables and tummies need something special too. Don't worry, it doesn't need to be complicated .... it just needs to be FUN !
 
Photo credit: The Thrifty Crafter
Make your party and dinner tables this weekened, colorful and fun. Use creative ideas for napkin rings, like these black maraboo feathers or skeletons and spiders.
 
Photo credit: BHG.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
Looking for the dark side of Halloween?
Drench your tables in traditional black,
with skull scary creations in silver & glitter, plus a Top Hat or 2, to make your table 
dance with delight. 
 
Presentation is everything when hosting parties, so  don't be afraid of bringing out those furry spiders and bug eyed bats, to dress up a table and make guests shiver.
 
 
Photo credit: Shelterness
 
Looking for some quick sweet treat ideas to please your ghoulish crowd? I just love these cute little witch legs to dress up a cupcake, made from paper straws.
Click photo for link to the directions.  
 
 
Photo credit: BHG.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Why not consider this colorful Rainbow
Bundt Cake as a festively treat for all your hungry ghouls. Easy to make, yet looks like you bought it from a professional bakery. 
Click the photo for link to the directions.
 
Photo via: Pinterest
 
 
Whatever your taste, color, or style,
Halloween is the one time of year where anything goes  -- from creepy and crawly, to magical and mysterious, 3 heads or beheaded .... it's all done for the fun of the holiday, and the fun and friendship shared with your party guests.

 
 

Spooky & Special Halloween Mantels & More

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 HALLOWEEN EDITION

Photo credit: BHG.com

Along with cooler temps, comes the desire to decorate fireplace mantels for the Fall and Halloween Season. From spooky and creepy, to festive and fun, fireplace mantels have long been a tradition of exquisite decor and holiday fun. 


Photo via: Pinterest
This fun and creative mantel offers Trick-or-Treaters of all ages, a bit of whimsy and wonder by layering objects from back to front in different colors and textures, as well as adding objects of different heights, for a lush and full mantel effect. 


Photo credit: BHG.com
Spanish Moss becomes cool and creepy when placed in a glass apothecary jar with furry fake spiders inside and around the jar

Photo credit: BHG.com









Go for the unexpected yet 
classic Edgar Allan Poe look, with everyday items like a wooden chest, glass bell jar and old books. Cobwebs and a blackbird under glass complete the creepy eclectic look.

Photo credit: BHG.com
If  simple and classic is more your style, consider bringing in the outdoors, with colorful branches, and fall floral, along with scented candles, and
pumpkins or gourds, in varying sizes and shapes. 

Photo credit: Pottery Barn




If neutral tones are more your style,
consider using white pumpkins along with darker wood toned decor for a dramatic effect that pops with seasonal elegance.


Photo via: Pinterest

Even if you don't have a fireplace mantel, you can still create these same effects on a entryway table, dining room buffet, or bookcase. Sometimes an unused corner, can become a sizzling seasonal space, when decorated with unexpected items that give warmth, whimsy or creatively creepy fun. 


With any holiday decoration, the key is to finding balance. A few sparse objects scattered about, is uninteresting, and won't have a big enough effect to draw people in, while going overboard will only diminish the look and feel of what you are trying to accomplish, and look over cluttered. Balance is the key, but most importantly ....

Remember to have Fun!! 
Halloween is all about being creative!!

Summer Vacation Homes

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Photo via: House Beautiful
 
July is finally here and now is the time to squeeze in those family vacations before
the dreaded process of Back to School planning begins.
 
Your vacation home should be a warm
and cozy place you long to return to.
However most families neglect to decorate
or furnish their vacation homes with the style
or warmth, of their everyday home.
 
Vacations are for escaping and dreaming. Your vacation home should be even that
and more to you.
 
 
Photo via: HGTV.com
Periodically update your furnishing and accessories to include memories and
favorite colors that make your own home
feel comfortable. No one wants to escape to
a cabin or vacation home, that screams maintenance or lacks the charm and warmth,
to make you feel as if you never want to leave.
 
Add small touches like higher end decor
pieces mixed in with bargain or flea market items. Candles, throws, favorite books, sea shells collected, all add to the memories and
the comfort of a family vacation home.
 
Update with fresh pillows, linens or comforters, and even a coat of fresh paint for the family dining area, kitchen, or bedroom. Make it a family painting project for brothers, sisters, in laws and kids, to help makeover the favorite room in the house and each contribute a special current object to mark the year you all were together and help contributed to making it that special place that everyone looks forward to spending time in, year after year.
 
 
 

Quick Tips for Backyard Color

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Photo credit: Coastal Living
 
If you want to create a feeling of
 "CONNECTION"
to the outdoors with your backyard porch, patio or deck,
use colors that coordinate with your outdoor scenery.
 
Living near near water?
Incorporate blues, aquas, and sand into your palette.
 
 

Photo credit: House and Home 
 
 
Living in the city?
Try bold spicy colors, like
Lime Green, Chili Peper Reds,
 Deep Orange, or even Deep Purple.
 
For a more elegant and formal
 look to your patio ...
 
Try Black and White with a touch
of silver or gold for the sleek look
of industrial city glam.
 
 
 
Photo credit: BHG.com 
 
Surrounded by beautiful
trees or forest?
 
Bring in earth tones
and colors of nature,  
in varying shades of 
golds, greens, browns
and tans, for a color cohesive blend with nature.
 

  
 

Emerald: Pantone's Color of the Year 2013

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to 
EMERALD CITY
 
Photo credit: Pantone
 
 
Photo credit: PantoneToday is St. Patrick's Day. The one day each year where everybody's favorite color is GREEN. 

Did you also know that  Pantone's Color of the Year for 2013 is EMERALD? 
 
This rich, deep green color is pure luxury to many design styles.
 
 
Photo via: Houzz.com
I have to admit. When I
first saw this color I was concerned as to how I
would be able to to incorporate such a bold color into my designs.
But the more I explored
and worked with this color, the more I grew fond of this color's  simple yet limitless ways for bringing in elegance, fun, richness, and power to a room.
 
 
Photo credit: BHG.com
Just because a color is popular or
new, doesn't mean you have to
drench your whole home in that color.
 
Depending on your comfort level with incorporating color, you can gradually add Pantone's Emerald into smaller areas of your home, with items such as pillows, lamps, or in smaller decorative accessories like glassware, artwork, etc.   
 
 
Photo via: Pinterest
 
 
 

For braver souls, who love to immerse themselves in a variety of life's colors, you can drench your rooms with larger accents of EMERALD with items such as chairs, curtains, and even your walls. 
 
But wait, there's more ways to bring in this powerful and vivid color ....
think of a peacock and all the colors they bring to you visually.
 
Photo via: Pinterest
 
Think of all the possibilities that paring Pantone's EMERALD could do, with say Peacock Blue, Aquamarine, Amethyst or Metallic Golds. 
 
Whatever your comfort level of incorporating new color into your home, and into your life may be, there a place, a space, a spot, a corner, where Pantone's EMERALD,
can lead you to your Pot of Gold.

 

 


Kitchen Lighting Solutions

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Photo via: PinterestKitchen lighting should be as functional as it is beautiful.
Today's homeowner has a multitude of choices for making their home
a brighter and more beautiful working environment
for cooking, creating, entertaining, and dining.
 
 
Photo credit: BHG.comPendant lighting comes in a variety of style, colors, sizes, and  finishes. The type of kitchen style you currently have and if you want to match it, or mix it up, is something you need to decide before shopping.
 
One way to select your lighting finish is to match the appliances or cabinet hardware.
A stainless steel appliances for example would easily compliment sleek and contemporary stainless steal lighting.
 
 
Photo via: Houzz.com
 
If color is something you are longing to  bring in with your lighting, imagine how a pop of orange or bronze, or even jewel tone colors in emerald, blue, or purple,  could add that extra zing of excitement to your kitchen island or dining counter.
 
 
Photo via: Pinterest
 
 
 
 
 
 
Seating area lighting is another fun and adventurous shopping trip, where you can be as creative as you want. From modern day chandliers, to wild shapes and sizes,
the possiblities are unlimited.
 
 
Photo via: Pinterest
 
 
 
 
 
 
From sleek and modern metals, to
elegant and traditional glass, to fun and contemporary colors, shapes, and sizes, selecting hanging light fixtures for your kitchen is definitely more than just light, it's
a way of defining who you are, who you want to be, and how you want it done. 
 

The Center of Attention

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Photo credit: BHG.com
Photo credit:: BHG.com
 
Your fireplace doesn't have to be in the center of a room,
 to be the CENTER of attention.
 
Many homeowners are frozen to creativity, by the warmth of an off center fireplace. Somehow knowing how to arrange furniture and accessories
 becomes a difficult challenge of direction.
 
An offset mantel to balance the design and draw the eye the opposite direction
along with  carefully placed accessories, can make an awkwardly designed fireplace,  appear as if it was intentionally designed just for you.