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Color Theory: Olive Green’s Comeback

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

You know how they say nothing is new and everything comes back in style? Well, there’s a reason those are sayings. As of late I’ve been drawn to rooms with olivey green walls.  I used to hate this color on walls, or anything in the “sage” family (or “cranberry” for that matter) in a home. And now, I’m digging variations of this color. I’ve always liked green, but more of a crisp emerald, or a green with blue tones to it.  But olive/army/ sage looks AMAZING with brass or gold accents, leather, wood, marble,  animal prints and has a very historic, cozy quality to it.  Here are some inspired spaces using variations on the shade:

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Inspired By Mint & Sand

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

I saw these incredible photographs by Álvaro Sánchez-Montañés and was not only inspired by the magical subject matter but also the colors found in these images. That pale minty green mixed with white and sand is such a soothing palette.
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Here’s a roundup of some items that reminds me of this palette- from sandy rugs to crisp mint bordered sheets….

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Color Theory: Coral Peony

Monday, April 14th, 2014

I spent the weekend working on sprucing up my yard and thinking about what kind of flowers I want out in my beds this year. I’m thinking lots and lots of pink. Specifically coral, as it is my favorite color for flowers, with coral peonies being the ultimate choice for me.  Aren’t they just the most majestic thing ever??? I doubt I can actually grown them, but a girl can dream.
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I just love, love love the color coral. My wedding colors were coral and chocolate in fact! My bridesmaids wore a pretty shade of it in silk shangtung and their bouquets were an amazing combination or corally pink french tulips, chocolate cosmos and fiddleheads. They were just awesome. My bouquet was a little more subdued with blush peonies, roses and dahlias.

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Coral is a color that makes me happy, especially when combined with neutrals (linen, jute, wood) for interiors.  And in fashion, coral just makes me light up, I feel so drawn to it.  So here are some favorite coral items- with a little neutral mixed in for good measure… HAPPY SPRING!

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Rethinking Red.

Monday, March 24th, 2014

When people ask me what my least favorite color is to paint walls I almost always say red.  I just have never been a fan, particularly of cranberry.  It always feels dated to me. Except all of the sudden I feel the tide changing.  For example, a couple episodes ago I was watching Downton Abbey and when this scene came on in a bright, crisp red room with white trim and gilt frame paintings I gasped. Literally. It was so stunning!
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It got me thinking- I love coral and pink walls of any shade so why not red?  When the right shade is in play in the right rooms, I actually find myself drawn to red now.  I prefer brighter reds with more orange tones to them for a more modern, bold feel as opposed to deep, dusty colonial-looking shades.  Here are some rooms I’m liking the use of red in!

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OscarPRGirl’s Colorful Cottage

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

I was flipping through my Elle Decor last night when I was stopped dead in my tracks by a spread on one of fashion’s most popular social media stars, OscarPRGirl, also known as Erika Bearman.  Her Southampton home, designed by none other than Miles Redd, is quite an exercise in bold doses of color mixed with a heavy dose of white.

Speaking of bold- how about this high gloss green living room?

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This entry slays me. Love the paper paired with the stripe ceiling!

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A black and white bathroom speaks to my monochromatic sensibilities.

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More my style- the kitchen with the black grouted subway tile and custom hood.

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That polka dot tablecloth is so darn cute.

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A pink and navy guest room any girl would love to stay in.

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Although this one is more my speed in turquoise and yellow…. that floor is one bold choice.

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The only space I’m not hot on is the master- it’s more the styling than anything else- those red accessories don’t work for me (and I’m 99.9% sure they were brought in for the shoot and not how the room looks everyday).  If it were me I would have added a woven seagrass bench or for something more bold a pair of white leather and chrome Barcelona ottomans at the foot of the bed.

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The master bath certainly is more bold fun. Miles doesn’t do understated.

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peaking of color, a special thanks to Jaime Meares and the Furbish Studio team for a fun feature on styling an colorful and functional entry! Check it out HERE!

 

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