Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Make Your List

With the holidays behind us, and Spring on the horizon, do you find yourself looking around your home wanting to make some changes?  Do you suddenly have the desire to organize forgotten closets, spruce daily living spaces or the urge to knock down walls and renovate???  Well you are not alone!

At the start of the new year, I recommend taking inventory of your home.   For example, I evaluate each room and look to uncover projects, problem areas, and repairs I'd love to tackle throughout the year.  When I'm making my list, I'm not thinking of a budget or timing...I'm just simply putting my "attention areas" down on paper.  The act of list making alone, instantly makes me feel less overwhelmed, and hopeful I can work these side projects into my busy work/ life schedule.  

By reviewing the list often, I can prioritize timing and budget, and most importantly, give myself some time to visualize the space and begin taking note of of what I might need.  Then I start paying attention to auctions, upcoming sales like President's Day, or flash sale sites, such as, One Kings Lane, Joss and Main, and Guilt.

Some of the projects on my list this year....

1.  Renovate the 3rd floor into an Office/ Workroom

2.  Baby Proof!

3.  Re-tile the Master Shower...or perhaps a slab of marble would do??

Making your list is the first step to seeing these projects through completion.  If they don't happen this year, than you can add them to next year's list.  It's funny, but I have found when I write something down, it usually gets done. ;)

Sending Love and Design.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

 If you haven't heard, Pantone recently announced the 2014 trend color of the year: Radiant Orchid!  Each year, the Pantone Color Institute designates a color reflective of what's globally current, and one that will resonate across the worlds of fashion, beauty and interiors.   

"An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” - Pantone  


Radiant Orchid complements a variety of colors, including olive, hunter green, light yellow, turquoise, and teal, as well as beige, gray and taupe.  I think it also looks great with light blue and navy.  Below are examples of how the color was incorporated by other interior designers. 

Liz Levin Interiors

Eileen Kathryn Boyd Interiors

Kevin A. Walsh

Radiant Orchid is a perfect color to use when wanting to brighten and refresh any room.  If you are feeling inspired to incorporate the IT color of the year into your home, start by looking for rugs, accessories, pillows.  This rug, for example would be a great addition to a girl's room, playroom, or even a family room. 


I would add a pair of these ceramic table lamps, keep the furniture a neutral color, and add an acrylic coffee table.
Table Lamp
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This same Radiant Orchid table lamp could also be added to a bedside table in a guest or master bedroom.   This bedding collection from Serena and Lily would coordinate beautifully.  
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The wall covering below would look awesome in a master bath or small power room. 
Sadly when I searched my own home and closet for Radiant Orchid, the only thing I could find resembling the color was Emily's highchair toy...obviously this won't cut it!   

Regardless, I'm looking forward to incorporating this color into some of my upcoming projects and I'll be on the hunt for more Radiant Orchid items to add to my home.  Perhaps some new throw pillows are in my very near future! 

Sending Love and Design...