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Thank you for visiting my blog. I have a passion for decorating! And, as a decorator and home stager who's helped many people transform their homes, I wanted to share my ideas and tips with others. Enjoy! My company's motto is: "Get A Goode Start to Sell Your Home!"

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Announcing Pantone’s 2017 Color Trends

Pantone has announced its choices for the Top 10 Colors for Spring 2017, these colors range from bright and vivid to earthy neutrals.  They are colors that remind us of ones that surround us in nature. "Reminiscent of the hues that surround us in nature, our Spring 2017 Fashion Color Report evokes a spectrum of emotion and feeling. From the warmth of sunny days with PANTONE 13-0755 Primrose Yellow; to the invigorating feeling of breathing fresh mountain air with PANTONE 18-0107 Kale; and the desire to escape to pristine waters with PANTONE 14-4620 Island Paradise, designers applied color in playful, yet thoughtful and precise combinations to fully capture the promises, hope and transformation that we yearn for each Spring,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.
These are the colors that will be dominating all areas of design and decorating. And just like in 2016, we are seeing Blue as a prominent color.

Niagara- Pantone 17-4123 The most prevalent color for Spring is a denim-like blue that oozes the feelings of relaxation. This color reminds me of an old comfortable pair of jeans.

Primrose Yellow- Pantone 13-0755 This color makes me think of a sunny day. This is a warm yellow that is joyful and vivid. This color would brighten up any room.
Lapis Blue- Pantone 19-4045 Drawing inspiration from the semi-precious stone Lapis Lazuli, Lapis is a deep intense blue. This is a bold and strong color and certainly be a bold color choice for your space.
Flame- Pantone 17-1462 Want to add fiery heat to your room or wardrobe- then this is your color. This red-orange is vibrant and fun loving.
Island Paradise- Pantone 14-4620 This cool blue/ green shade speaks to me of dream vacations and tropical locations, like the name implies.
Pale Dogwood- Pantone 13-1404 Drawing colors from nature this color is found in the blossoms of the dogwood tree. It is a quiet and peaceful pink shade that put you in a tranquil mood.
Greenery- Pantone 15-0343 A soft yellow-color, Greenery, feels like spring. It is the color of flourishing foliage and meadow grasses. It is a refreshing color that would pair well with bright yellows and earthy neutrals.
Pink Yarrow- Pantone 17-2034 Another Tropical inspired color, Pink Yarrow, is a whimsical hue that is bold and captivating. Adding this color to any room would lift your spirits and improve your mood.
Kale- Pantone 19-0107 Another color that draws from nature as its inspiration, Kale is a deeper green. I think that this color could be a great new neutral color.
Hazelnut- Pantone 14-1315 Another key neutral for the spring. This shade is natural earthiness it is unpretentious and warm.

What colors inspire you for the upcoming year?  Happy Decorating!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Warm and Fuzzy Rugs for Decorating!

I was in my favorite store the other day when I spotted it -- a pure white faux fur 8x10 rug. It was soft, fuzzy and luxurious. I must have stared at this rug, which was very tempting, and I wanted to put it in my cart and take it home. It was the kind of rug you design a room around; and I could have, however my reality and teenage kids made this purchase more like a fairy tale.

Take a walk in any home d├ęcor or furniture store and you will see this popular design trend in everything from rugs to chairs. But why is this trend so appealing? Texture is the key!
By adding different texture to a room you instantly make it more interesting and well balanced space. Texture helps create visual interest in your space which will keep your eye moving around the room. If there is too much of the same texture in a space, the room can come off as boring and flat.  In order to get a well-designed space, texture is a layer that should not be overlooked.

Pillows and Throw Blankets: Probably the easiest and cheapest way to introduce this trend in your space.  You can get a variety of colors and different effects depending on the look you are going for.  For a modern space you may want to stick to stark white and cool grays, but if you have an eclectic space you may want to opt for a fun color or elaborate pattern. These pillows are from Horchow and are shown in soft colors; but if you are looking for something bolder, they have animal prints and darker colors.
Since it is the holiday season, you can also bring this trend in with you holiday decorating. Faux fur stockings and tree skirts can also be found at several retailers.

Small Furniture: I have seen faux fur used on furniture as well. In this picture, we see two small stools that are covered in the faux fur. These stools help to balance out the bold color and bold art by adding a soft surface. The texture of the faux fur is soft and is a good contrast to the hard lines of furniture.  

 Rugs: A bit more of an investment but a great way to make a big impact.  Faux fur in a rug can really be a statement piece.  Probably a better choice for a low traffic room where it wouldn’t get much use.  Rugs can come in shapes of with a natural “hide” shape. These textured rugs work well in a variety of design styles from modern to contemporary.

So, it's November and the holidays are coming soon.  Happy Decorating and see you in December!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Fall Decorating Ideas

Change of Seasons

I love when the seasons change from summer to fall. When the leaves go from bright greens and yellows to warm golds and shades of orange.  Fall also marks the unofficial start to the Holiday season, we open our homes up to family and friends for the next couple of months.  It is easy to incorporate the warm cozy feeling of the season into your home by decorating using cues from nature.

Here are some easy ways to get your table ready for the start of the Holiday Season:

Bring the outdoors in- A cheap way to decorate for the season is to bring nature indoors. Fall offers a variety of objects that can be used in centerpieces. In the picture we see dried leaves used in hurricane vases to add a bit of the season. Be sure that whatever you use in your decorating is thoroughly cleaned. Also note that in the picture they have used a candle in a glass vase inside the hurricane vase. This will help prevent the open flame from coming in contact with the dried leaves.

Flowers- You can’t go wrong with flowers when decorating your table. In the above picture, the colors of the season are represented in a small bouquet and paired with twine and pine cones. It is a rustic yet beautiful addition to any fall table. In addition to flowers, you can use twigs and decorative sticks to spruce up any centerpiece.

Pumpkins- One of the most iconic symbols of fall is the pumpkin. While it is traditional to use orange pumpkins to create jack lanterns and decorate your porches, you can also bring pumpkins inside to create interesting centerpieces and visually stunning floral arrangements. If you don’t like the traditional orange pumpkins, they do come naturally in white or you can paint them any variety of colors from gold to even chalkboard. In the picture on the right, we see a stunning arrangement created with a “pumpkin vase."  In this example, the pumpkin is not hollowed out in order to add the flowers; instead they add floral foam on top using the stem to anchor it in place. This will allow your “vase” to last longer. For complete instruction follow the link- https://homeiswheretheboatis.net/2015/10/12/at-the-table-pfaltzgraff-painted-poppies-and-a-blooming-pumpkin/