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What Is That Color? Far-from-Basic Black

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Black seems to be one of those colors that people are afraid of – they think it will be too dark or too daring for their homes. But black is an amazing neutral that can be a dazzling accent or a super-dramatic focal color! When my clients asked me to create some colorful drama in their outdoor room, I knew black would definitely be in the mix.

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My clients wanted this pavilion right off their pool to feel like a fabulous and airy tent. And those amazing angles in the ceiling really lent themselves to bold stripes like the best of summer awnings – so I had them painted with white and Sherwin-Williams’ Tricorn Black. It’s a deep and rich black that is one of my favorite go-to colors!

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With two neutrals anchoring the space, I was able to add in bright and bold accents in coral, turquoise, and sky blue, perfect sea-worthy colors for an outdoor space. But the black is what draws your eye in and really creates a breathtaking look!

So what do you think of bold black? Would you use it in your home? Let me know in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,

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New House Diary: My Daughter’s Room

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When I started thinking about the new decor for my daughter’s bedroom, I realized this room would be more of a transition than just moving into a remodeled house. This year – and I almost hate to say it – my daughter officially becomes a “tween.” Yikes! So this room needs to be more grown-up, and ready to move her into her teen years. That’s both scary and exciting – probably for both of us!

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So we put a lot of thought into the layout and design of her new bedroom. And I say “we” because I always believe that everyone in the house – kids included – should have input on their spaces! After all, they’ll spend a lot of time there and they should be inspired and happy in those rooms! My daughter needed a room that would be a fun “hang out” for her and her friends, where she can study, and where she can read and be on her own. So there will be lots of storage and seating, including a fantastic window seat that can also serve as an extra bed for sleepovers. Extra-special surprise? There’s another twin bed that pulls out underneath for yet another sleeping space for friends!

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I love the nook we designed above – it will also be great for studying, reading, and just hanging out. In my original design, there were built-in shelves inside the window seat on either side but as is often the case in remodels, when we got into the “as built” space and got final measurements, these had to go. But that’s ok because the bigger priority for me are the great storage closets on each end of this wall. When we were temporarily living in this home before we moved out to remodel, I noticed these 2 corners of the room were where everything my daughter owned seemed to pile up. From games to stuffed animals to arts and crafts, these 2 corners were the catch-all areas and now all that stuff will be perfectly organized in these closets. One side will even have a desk top inside the closet (they are deep closets) for her die-cut crafting machine and all her supplies. Plus in the bed nook,  I made sure to add plug-ins too, for her laptop, phone, iPad, or any other electronic that comes along in her teen years that she wants to use in this space!

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And on the other side of the room, we also have a built-in homework station, with a desk, bulletin board, storage, and plenty of plugs for her computer and printer. We’ve also planned to add a lot of color here inside the shelves up top. Which leads me to color for the room – being my child, you know this will be a colorful space! She really loves the cooler blue/green colors like aqua and cobalt, which are great for a room that needs to also be restful. But we’ll also punch it up with coral, which she really loves with aqua. And – just like her mom – she is VERY opinionated about the actual shades of each color. She knows just what she wants!

I can’t wait to show you the finished room – and the rest of the house – later this year! Have you designed a room for your kids? What did you include, and what did your kids want in their rooms? Let me know in the comments section below!

xo,

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Colorful Holiday Decor

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I was so happy to share my holiday decor ideas with Elle Decor for a recent feature – I do love the holidays and I love decorating, so it’s a win-win time of year for me! My top advice for holiday decor is to use the colors of the room when selecting your decorations. It’s so much better to let the wreaths and ornaments complement the room, rather than fighting with it!

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So in my daughter’s hot pink room, we really went for it with a playful and colorful tree that was absolutely magical for her! And before you ask, I have no idea where to find that fabulous white vintage tree anymore. It’s about 8 years old and the company who made it is no longer in business (sad, I agree!) If someone is reading this who manufacturers something like this, just about everybody I know is trying to get one!

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Did you notice how we added fun little toys and trinkets to make things even more charming? And even the wrapping paper coordinates with the room – it gives everything a really cohesive and pulled-together look.

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We used that same idea in my mom’s house, picking up on the shades of blue and green that may not scream “Christmas,” but definitely say “Happy Holiday!”

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I also love to pull out all the heirlooms or collectibles for the holiday table – that gorgeous china and silver that you never seem to get around to using. If there was a ever a time of year to get it out, this is it!

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Of course I’m not saying that red and green shouldn’t be on the color menu! They should definitely be part of the mix in rooms where those colors blend well with the rest of the room’s decor.

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If you have any favorite collections, like my jadeite in the photo above, bring it out for festive table settings or vignettes. It’s so exciting to actually use the stuff that you love!

This is a season for celebration, family, and happiness – so if a color or an object makes you feel happy, then it should be part of your decor!

Wishing you a colorful holiday!

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Before and After: A Bright Family Room

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I love working with a client who isn’t afraid of color, and who embraces the idea of bold patterns and color combinations! This client’s family room was already making a strong statement, since it was wrapped in a dramatic red from top to bottom.

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However, the deep red really darkened the room and was too much contrast against the white trim. Another tricky part of about the before (above) was an error that a lot of people make in their rooms, which is that the rug is too small for the space. And a small rug has a way of dictating your furniture placement, so that oftentimes people are only using a small portion of the room. That was definitely the case in this room where two sofas were floating in the middle of the space and seating was VERY limited.

Now we have a sectional, two lounge chairs, a large round ottoman, a wing chair, two banquettes (one with a game table) and some floating ottomans. Talk about a place to entertain friends and family!

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In the After photo above, a lighter and more neutral paint brings fabulous light into the room, and acts as great backdrop for the bold jewel-toned colors of the upholstery and the art. And a fun patterned rug now fills the space nicely!

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Before, the furniture was all either sitting in the center of the room as I mentioned, or was pushed to the corners and walls. It didn’t use the space well and it actually made the room seem smaller. And the clients are avid art collectors and their pieces didn’t show up at all in the dark red room. Now the art is what really brings this space to life!

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The reworked room seems much bigger with the new furniture layout, and I added two fabulous banquettes flanking the fireplace to create a great reading nook on the left and a dining or game area with a table on the right. In the finished design, my clients still had the color and “wow factor” that they wanted, but in a lighter and more cohesive look!

So what do you think of this colorful before-and-after? Let me know in the comments section below! Isn’t that acid yellow ceiling a kick? I love how it draws the eye up!

Look for more before-and-afters in the coming weeks!

xo,

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Before and After: Lighten Up

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I love to transform my clients’ homes into gorgeous spaces that function for the way they live – and you know I love to bring a little color in at the same time! The Meadow View project, in particular, was a lot of fun because we reworked the floor plan to get rid of small and outdated rooms to make way for living spaces that really do work for my clients.

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In the “before” photo above, you see the smaller living room before we incorporated a porch on the back of the house and moved the fireplace from the exterior wall to an interior one, allowing for more windows across the back of the house. With the porch on the outside of this space and a fireplace in the middle of the wall, there just wasn’t enough natural light coming in. This made the room really dark and the dated paneling on the walls in this room helped add to a more dreary feeling.

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I have worked with this family a long time, from my early days in design actually. And this family isn’t afraid of color at all. But they have three sons that are now grown and mostly out of the house, and the family needed updated rooms that are lighter and brighter. They needed spaces that are more open plan, perfect for entertaining at family gatherings and holidays.

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As you can see in the “after” photo above, enlarging the space by taking in the previous porch, adding new windows with transoms, moving the fireplace and freshening up the walls and ceiling with new moldings and paint really transformed this space. You would swear the ceilings are taller, too, but they are still just 8 feet. Amazing, right?  Giving the walls a gorgeous soft neutral tone and then layering in pops of red and turquoise for great added color was just the right amount of freshness this room needed.

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Of course we didn’t forget the large-screen TV and plenty of seating, making this room perfect for football days with their three adult sons and guests. By reworking the layout of the home, we were able to design rooms that make sense for these clients, and that give them a lot of comfort and style!

Don’t you just love a fun “before and after”? I’ll be showing you more of these in the coming months – some of them will be even more dramatic than this one! And let me know in the comments below what was the most surprising to you about this family room transformation!

xo,

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