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What’s Your Theme for 2015?

» 22 January 2015 » In Decorating, Organization, Planning, Style » Comments Off on What’s Your Theme for 2015?

Well, I don’t know about you, but the end of 2014 went by with a flourish.  So here we are, January of 2015, a new year, new beginnings, new promises, new resolutions.

New Years ImageYes, it’s the month of People Magazine’s biggest losers. I’ve posted articles about organizing, staging, and new design projects.  As I have been researching new trends for 2015, I came across a great article from Forbes by Kathy Caprino.  So for this blog, I’m adding her seven questions to ask yourself for your theme you would like to focus on for 2015 (myself included).  Other than eating healthy, diet and exercise (which is a given and a struggle for me every year after coming down from a sugar coma over the holidays).

Not that I consider myself a “deep thinker”, but no matter where you are in your life, age, etc.  I don’t think it hurts to have a plan (for those who know me, I’m all over plans!).  This especially hits home for me as I watch our children moving forward onto different phases of their lives:  first jobs, grad school choices, under grad choices, major choices, (can you sense a theme here?) and lastly our “Empty Nest Syndrome”, which is getting closer.  Whether it’s your career, where you are in life, family, etc., I think these are great questions to come up with a great theme/plan for the year.

Here are seven critical questions to ask yourself that will help you choose the best theme for your life going forward and identify clearly what you want to focus on in 2015:

1. What do you care about the most in life – from everything you read, hear, watch and attend to?

2. What agitates you most in the world that you desperately long to transform or improve?

3. What do you want to accentuate, amplify and build on in your life?

4. What key words describe the people you find most inspiring, impressive, compelling?

5. What do all your dreams for the future have in common – the critical threads and recurring patterns?

6. What is the most outlandishly wonderful fantasy you have for your life, and why would that bring you so much happiness?

7. Now, who do you really want to become in 2015?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kathycaprino/2014/12/30/whats-your-new-theme-for-2015-these-7-critical-questions-will-tell-you/2/

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What’s Your Fall Color Palette?

» 20 October 2014 » In Decorating, Planning, Style » Comments Off on What’s Your Fall Color Palette?

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I don’t know what happened to September, and now it’s mid-October!  The crisp mornings and colorful foliage are a welcome sight.  To me, it’s also the beginning of the holiday season.  As I cleaned out my closet and moved my summer clothes in storage and my winter clothes in, I took a look at my color palette. 

I was heading for an out of town wedding and wanted to see what I had to wear for a fall wedding.  However, most of my winter clothes are 50 Shades of Black!  I decided that I needed to add color to my wardrobe!  With the grey days of winter ahead, I feel it’s necessary to add a pop of color to my basics.  It’s just that one small pop that can change your mood, and make you feel a little better with the winter months ahead.

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Just as in your wardrobe, I feel a little pop of color is necessary in your home.  Whether it’s a new throw, colorful dishes for the holidays or a fresh arrangement from the grocery to add to your color palette.  Thoughts go directly to the colors of autumn:  Various shades of orange, red, yellow, green, brown and even purple!  Simple ideas for arrangements for the holidays can brighten up any grey day ahead.

As we begin our fall and winter season, changing out our clothes, mattress flipping (don’t forget!), preparing our yard for winter, enjoying the last bit of warm days to breaking out the evening wood fires, crock pots and our comfort food recipes, all involving glorious shades of color…What is your favorite fall color palette?

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Add Warmth to Your Space

» 31 October 2013 » In Decorating, Style » No Comments

Area Rug Styles

Area Rug Styles

Coming down from the sugar high of Halloween, November brings many thoughts to mind – cooler temperatures, lots of color, and time change when days are shorter and nights are longer.  It’s the beginning of the holiday season, parties, fabulous food and the gathering of family and friends.

Yes, we have tips on decorating for the holidays, favorite recipes and cheer.  I also think of warmth, roasting fires and how rugs can come into play.

 

Just returning from a trip to Market, I ran across thousands of rug manufacturers…I saw some of the most beautiful rugs imaginable that fit any style of home.  From bright colors, to muted Orientals of various countries, rugs are the perfect accent piece, the icing on the cake, if you will.  

Area Rug StylesArea Rug StylesRugs can finish off a room and completely change the look and feel while adding warmth and color to an area.  There are so many textures, patterns, materials and colors to choose from, your floor is a blank canvas…

 

 

So as we enter this holiday season and you want to spruce up and/or put some finishing touches on your space, don’t forget about the blank canvas you stand on…what piece would work for you?  Let us help…Cheers!

 

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What’s Your Style?

» 09 October 2013 » In Decorating, Style » No Comments

 

White Contemporary Decor What’s your style?  I have been asked that question numerous times and I have to honest, it has evolved over the years.

When I was a newlywed, (1980’s) I was into the opposite of what I grew up with…greys, apricots, sage green and LOTS of brass and glass, white carpets and couches! I was on the verge of contemporary…

As the children came along, brass and glass end tables, white couches and light colored carpet did not bode well with small hands and sippy cups.

 

Jewel Toned Living Room Our home became more jeweled tones with hard wood floors, area rugs, and durable fabrics. I chose darker colors and lighter walls (although I had a Navy living room) to hide spills, finger prints, etc.

 

We have never been a “Formal” family.  Never has a room gone unused for “Special Occasions”.  Over the years, my love for everything French has evolved.  I’d say “Country French” without the reds, blues and yellows.  To me, Country French is more weathered pieces like stone, hardwood floors, muted and earth tones – browns, beiges, terra cotta and muted greens…

 

Country French Decor

I love the weathered furniture.  Not to worry if something gets nicked or scratched a little because it adds character to the piece.  I do love faux finishes…Venetian plasters, textured fireplaces for a stone look, painted and weathered fireplaces, and book shelves to give those pieces a look of their own.  You can mix in some lighting with a little bling in certain areas.  I also bring in color through fabrics and art.

Your style should reflect you and your family.  Yes, the “It” color was Emerald Green, however, trends come and go.  Take a look at your wardrobe.   What pieces are your favorites?  What colors do you gravitate toward when you are selecting clothing?  It’s similar for your home.  What colors make you happy?  Do you like the very bright colors or do you tend to go more neutral?  Do you like antiques or a more streamlined contemporary look?  Do you like an eclectic look?  Mix and match?  When starting a project, pictures are worth a thousand words.  The more Pinterest Boards, Houzz boards or magazine clippings you can pull together…the more you will see your style evolve.

So don’t panic, everyone has their own unique style, and it may take time to find the style that is your favorite.  What matters most is when you come home, you are happy.

*N.B: These are not photos of my actual home.

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