Feeding My Blue Obsession.

I saw these pictures from Mark D. Sikes’ Legends of La Cienega window design and just LOOOOOOOOOVED it.  I don’t know why I am having such a blue obsession right now- perhaps all those Y chromosomes from Baby Gates are affecting my brain- but I am loving the bright, bold blues shown here so much.  And I love the combination of all the patterns- from the tile to wallpaper, leopard and chinoiserie vases. I have GOT to work some of this shade into my living room STAT.
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I Need Some Color.

All of the sudden winter has turned to summer and I am CRAVING adding some color to my house.  Like, desperate for it.  I was all happy with my monochromatic palette and for some reason I feel the need to add bold pops of blue or coral or pink to it. I still would keep the basics neutral, advice I give any client who changes their mind as often as I do, but I think I’ll get busy changing things up in my living room (finally) and guest room.  And this month’s House Beautiful only encouraged me further with it’s great collection of homes that use bold color in genius ways.

The gorgeous New Orleans home of Jane Scott Hodges, owner of Leontine Linens (the dream bedding of everyone) is a mix of classic traditional style and modern punches of color.
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Inspired by My Garden

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Last weekend we started planting some new things in our back garden beds and I fell in love with the combination of these blush Hellebore flowers mixed with some silvery greenery. It’s such a beautiful combination of colors that it inspired me to pull some home and personal items based on the combo!

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Is Brown Back?

I saw this room designed by the fabulous Celerie Kemble on Pinterest the other day and fell madly in love. I’ve been dying to use this wallpaper on a project for a year or more, and this application is just perfection! It also brought up this question- is brown back? After years of grey and black ruling walls and upholstery, is this warmer color due for a resurgence in decor? The answer is yes (in my opinion)- as long as it’s a modern day version of brown, like this wallpaper, which is a grey-brown or “cool brown”.  Warm, medium browns still remind me of the early 2000’s when I had a chocolate dining room AND a chocolate sofa.  But I think grey-brown tones are going to be the hot dark wall color this year, mark my words ( I’m struggling not to say “50 Shades of Brown”…ooops, there I go.)

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A Guide to White Paint

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A couple of you mentioned needing some help finding a white paint that could give you the look of the home I posted on Monday.   It’s such a wonderful look, an all white room.  The way it gives a clean backdrop allowing your furnishings, art and architectural details to take center stage is magical.  But there are a zillion shades of white, which one is right? You don’t want something too sterile or too yellow- in fact even the WSJ did an article on the struggle of finding the perfect white paint. I thought I’d chime in with my tips for going all white.

Let’s start by talking about types of whites- there are bright, very true whites,  warm whites and cool whites.  Bright whites you will see a lot on trim, woodwork and cabinetry as it’s very clean and crisp.  Warmer whites can range from very light ivory or off-white to deeper creams and cooler whites have grey or blue undertones to them.