Thankful

With Thanksgiving upon us and the hustle and bustle that comes with the holiday season, I wanted to take a few moments today and reflect on a few things that I am thankful for. My Family

I feel so blessed to have a loving and caring family.  They have all been so supportive of my career change, and I am thankful for their love and encouragement.  From my immediate family, to the in-laws, to the extended family, to those near and far, it is such a comfort to know that we have loved ones to share the holidays, and ‘everydays’, with.  I am especially thankful for the little ones – our niece and nephews – who, with their giggles, smiles, and ‘darndest things’ that they say, are constant reminders of the important things in life.

nephew coloring

niece & nephew

My Friends

Old and new, I am thankful to have a circle of friends that are kind, caring, and fun.  There are so many important things to do and be in life, but I truly believe that being a good friend is one of the top things on that list. There is nothing like reminiscing about old memories and making new ones with great friends.  To all of my wonderful friends: thank you for being such a special part of my life!

friends

Colors

Yes, I love color.  I get to work with color on a daily basis and I love helping others bring color into their lives.  Color can affect mood, and the right combinations of color can be stunningly beautiful.  I am thankful to live in a world full of lovely colors!

colors

fabric / paint

Facebook

It sounds silly, I know, but, I am thankful for Facebook.  Facebook has allowed me to reconnect with old friends, teammates, and classmates.  It lets me see pictures of friends’ families and babies, it also allows me to support local businesses and join causes I’m passionate about, and it provides breaking news faster than Usain Bolt can run 100 meters.  From friends that live five minutes away to those that are halfway around the world, Facebook provides a vehicle to stay connected with those we care about.  Besides, where else could I post pictures like this ;)?

violet

Dessert

Hello, my name is Cathy, and I’m a dessert-a-holic.  It’s true.  I don’t try to hide it.  To me, desserts are certainly something to be thankful for.  They really do make each day a little sweeter!

shyndigz cake

Shyndigz cake

Lastly, I am thankful for you – my readers!  You have been so supportive and encouraging and I am thankful for every reader, comment, email, and Facebook like!

I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving – be sure to enjoy the dessert :) !

º What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

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Style Trend ~ Neon

Clothing and decorating trends usually echo each other – whatever is hot in fashion, is hot in home décor.  This year we have seen a return to the 80’s with neon colors leading the way. neon inspiration board

neon color board

When using neon colors in your home’s décor, you want to be sure to use it in moderation.  Using too much neon would probably give you a headache:

neon bedroom

I’ve found some great neon pieces that you could easily add to your home.  If chosen wisely, and mixed and matched appropriately, your neon accents would look chic for quite some time.

One easy way to freshen a room is to change out the pillows.  With their modern patterns and fun color combinations, these pillows would brighten any living room or bedroom.

neon pillows

neon pillows

Ceramic animals are everywhere right now.  Choose one or two of these brightly colored birds to add a fun pop on a bookshelf or mantel.

neon ceramic birds

ceramic birds

Pick a piece of furniture – a coffee table, side tables, the back of bookshelves, etc. – and paint it to add a bright color in an unexpected way.

table with yellow legs

yellow table

These hot pink chairs would be adorable paired with a white tulip table in a breakfast nook.

hot pink chair

hot pink chairs

For a unique centerpiece that would coordinate with the white table and pink chairs in the breakfast nook, add a few DIY vases and fill them with beautiful blooms .

neon vases

twine wrapped vases; paint swirl vases & instructions

Another DIY project is to take old frames and spray paint them whatever color you choose.  They can be used to hold artwork or photos, or keep them empty and group them together to serve as the artwork.

turquoise frames

turquoise frames

A brightly colored piece of artwork would surely be the centerpiece of any room.  You can find neon art in any style - traditional, modern, abstract - and in any medium – photos, paintings, prints – so choose one that fits with the rest of your décor.

neon art

green spider mum photobirds photo collage; blue rose; hot pink ampersand; ‘Jardim’ graphic print

Here are two good options for neon light fixtures.  I love the texture on both the lamp and the pendant light.  (Do you recognize the orange pendant light?  I used it in a mood board for a chic girl’s bedroom.)

neon light fixtures

green lamp; orange pendant light

Another way to bring the neon trend into your home is through an area rug.  In both of these rooms, the rug adds a punch of color to the space.  Alternating the floor tiles between bright and neutral colors allows you to switch out the bright ones when you are ready for a change.

neon rugs

purple and tan area rug; multi-colored runner

A few tips for using neon colors in your home:

  1. Moderation is the key!  Find a few fun pieces that will coordinate with the rest of your home.
  2. Neon colors pair well with soft neutrals – greys and tans.  They can also work with black and white.  Depending on the space though, that could be too harsh of a contrast.
  3. Choose pieces that can easily be switched out when you are ready for a change.
  4. Moderation is the key!

º Which neon piece is your favorite? º How would you bring neon into your home?

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Colorful Front Doors

A few years ago, my mom took a trip to Ireland with 3 of her girlfriends.  They had a fabulous time touring the countryside, and along with many souvenirs and pictures she returned with this poster. Irish front doors

I fell in love with the colorful front doors and knew that when I had a home, I wanted it to have a colorful front door.

So, when Andrew and I bought our house, we headed straight to Lowe’s and picked out the perfect shade of purple (my favorite color) for our front door!

purple front door

When picking out a paint color for your front door, it’s important to keep a few things in mind.

Your front door is one of the first things people notice about your home.  Make it welcoming by choosing a cheery color.  Red is always a popular choice.  A cherry red front door on a white house with black shutters is a classic and timeless combination.

red front door

red front door

You want to be sure to choose a color that compliments the other features of your home’s exterior.  For example, blues usually work well with red brick homes.

blue front door

blue front door

I prefer to have the front door a different color from the rest of the exterior.  It adds interest to the façade of the house and welcomes you and your guests.  The fresh green door on this house is the first thing you notice.

green front door

green front door

If your door opens to a main room in your home, you may want to think about the colors used in that room.  John and Sherry of Young House Love chose a sunny yellow for their front door.  The color not only works with the exterior of their house, but it matches the décor in their front rooms as well.

yellow front door

yellow front door

When thinking about your front door color, don’t be afraid to think outside the box.  I have not seen too many orange front doors, but paired with grey siding and white trim, it’s a lovely combination.  The coordinating flowers and outdoor rug make this space even more inviting.

orange front door

orange front door

Adding a contrasting detail is another way to set your front door apart from all of the others on the block.

pink front door

pink front door

If you’re having difficulty choosing a color, here is a tip I learned from HGTV’s Carter Oosterhouse:

  1. Take a picture of your house.
  2. Print an 8”x10” of the picture.
  3. Cut out the area for the front door.
  4. Place different color paint chips in the opening to see which one you like best!

How to choose a front door color

 house

In the end, you are the one walking in the door every day, so have fun, pick a color you love, and add a unique and recognizable feature to your home!

º What color is your front door?

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Fun With Fabrics

The right mix of fabrics can take a room from ordinary to extraordinary. sarahs-cottage-guestroom-west-image1

Sarah Richardson

When designing a room, I start by thinking about 3 things:

  1. the function of the room
  2. the feeling the room should convey – casual, elegant, sophisticated, relaxed, etc.
  3. the color scheme

Once these items are determined, I find my design inspiration through fabrics and let the room evolve from there.  I love to mix and match fabrics to create the perfect combination for the room.  Depending on the room, there can be anywhere from 3-4 fabrics, all the way up to 10-12 fabrics.

I recently helped my mom choose fabrics for their family room.

blue fabric combo

She knew she wanted to use shades of blue in the room to play off the blue and yellow color scheme she has in the adjoining kitchen.  We both fell in love with the beautiful floral embroidered fabric and used that as our starting point.  From there, we chose a polka dot, a stripe, and a French blue chenille.

blue fabric combo

We determined where to use each fabric based on their patterns and durability.

Chenille ~ settee & banding on window valances Stripe ~ window valances Floral ~ pillows Polka dot ~ side chair & pillows

The fabrics coordinate perfectly with their neutral couch and soft wall color.  By updating a few pieces in the room with beautiful fabrics, we were able to refresh the space and give them a room they love!

To put together a few more fabric combinations, I headed to the Designers Market (a wholesale showroom to the trade) for their wide selection of fabrics.

The first combination:

purple fabric combination

I always pick one fabric to be the starting point.  In this combination, the striped fabric caught my eye.  I (of course ;)! ) was drawn to the purple in the color palate, but the other colors, and the stripe pattern keep it from feeling too feminine.

After choosing the striped fabric, I wanted to find fabrics that would pull in the colors of the pattern.  The paisley fabric was the perfect, soft shade of yellow to coordinate with the stripes.  Next, I found the purple geometric pattern, and completing the combination is a solid purple glazed linen.

purple fabric combination

Now, you might be thinking: “These are pretty, but how would I use them?”

A perfect location for this combination would be a sunroom.

Stripes ~ pillows & banding on window treatments Yellow Paisley ~ window treatments Purple Geometric ~ 2 chairs Purple Glazed Linen ~ upholstered ottoman / coffee table

Add a neutral couch and a light aqua color on the walls, and voilà , a cheerful sunroom!

For the next combination, I wanted to create an elegant and neutral palate.

neutral fabric combo

I started with the taupe and cream damask print (bottom right).  The embroidery on this fabric was absolutely beautiful!  To complement the damask, I chose the cream and taupe scalloped design.  Next, I found a silk stripe to balance the two embroidered prints.  As an unexpected touch to round out the combination, I chose a shimmery cream fabric, with a subtle geometric texture.

neutral fabric combo

Although neutral, this combination of fabrics is anything but boring!  I envision this as an elegant and sophisticated dining room, yet one that is chic and timeless.

Damask ~ backs of host and hostess chairs, and framed as artwork Scallop ~ backs of side chairs Stripes ~ floor length window panels Geometric ~ fronts & seats of chairs, and a runner for a buffet

A neutral wall color and a lovely chandelier would complete this stylish dining room.

For the last combination, I wanted to choose fabrics that could be used in a child’s room.

Modern Colors colorful fabric combo

I first saw the striped fabric and liked the modern color palate.  The white and coral lattice work fabric brings in a bigger scale to the combination.  The lime green dotted ikat print is fun and playful.  Lastly, the blue and tan mini chevron pattern adds a touch of sophistication.

Modern Colors colorful fabric combo

This combination of fabrics could be used for a boy or a girl, and would grow with the child from infancy through the teenage years.

Stripes ~ bean bag chair & pillows Lattice ~ window treatments Ikat ~ upholstered headboard Chevron ~ seat for a desk chair & pillows

Painted furniture and a fun rug would make any child happy with this room!

When working with fabrics it is important to keep in mind the scale of the pattern, what the fabric is made of, and the texture of the fabric.  Creating a unique mix of fabrics will make your room beautiful and memorable.   Start with a pattern you love and grow your palate from there.

If you don’t know where to start, or get stuck in the process, call me to help you create a room that you will love!

(All fabrics are available to the trade from the Designers Market.)

º What is your favorite fabric combination from the 4 above? º Do you have a fabric in your home that you love & created a room around?

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The Power of Navy Blue ~ Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of my exploration of the world of navy blue (review Part 1 here).  In last week’s post, I showed how navy and the colors of the rainbow can each work together to create enviable rooms.  Today, I’ll share how navy also coordinates beautifully with other pairings. The first color combination today is navy blue and pink.

navy blue & pink nursery

(navy and pink nursery from OctoberRoad via HGTV)

A little girl’s nursery is a natural place for this duo.  The pale pink walls create a feeling of softness in the room, while the addition of navy provides a layer of interest.  The use of an area rug over the existing wall-to-wall carpet adds depth to the room, and a focal point around the crib.  If you look closely, there are creative details all around – the pink ceiling medallion and handmade rosettes on the throw pillow, for example – that make the room extra special.

The navy and pink color scheme isn't just for nurseries though.

navy blue & pink living room

(navy and pink living room from Mary McDonald via Epitome of Chic)

In this living room, navy and pink combine to create a gorgeous space.  The marble fireplace and layered artwork immediately grab my attention.  As I study the rest of the room, I notice the dramatic effect created by the use of the solid navy fabric on the settee, ottoman, and chaise.  In contrast to the traditional furniture pieces, the graphic rug and pops of pink provide exciting modern elements.

Navy also pairs well with more neutral colors.

navy blue & brown bedroom

(navy and  brown bedroom from Diane Bergeron)

In this navy and brown bedroom, we see another eye-catching rug.  The brown grasscloth wallpaper gives the room a cozy feel, while the crisp white bed linens and window treatments provide balance in the space.

navy blue & brown family room, living room

(navy and tan living room via décor*pad)

Grasscloth wall paper is also used in this navy and tan living room.  Casual elements, like the porthole mirror and wooden coffee table, mix well with the more elegant navy blue velvet French style couch.  The combination of styles works well together to create an inviting space.

Another neutral partner for navy is grey.

navy blue & grey basement

(navy and grey basement from Sarah Richardson)

This room was a late addition to the line-up.  I recently watched an episode of Sarah’s House and fell in love with this navy and grey basement.  Sarah consistently uses pattern, texture, and color to create stunning spaces, and this room was no exception.  Only Sarah could design a bright, cozy space centered around a navy blue couch in a basement with no windows!

Navy blue and black is often an unexpected color combination.

navy blue & black & pink living room

(navy and black living room from Domino via Sketch 42)

In this living room, navy blue, black, and bright pink work together to create a striking palate.  The similarity in the textures ties the pieces together, and the neutral rug helps to ground the space.

navy blue & black kitchen

(navy and black kitchen from The Sexy Kitchen)

Navy blue cabinets and black countertops complement each other in this modern kitchen.  The use of the two dark colors helps to make the space feel big and open by not breaking the flow of the room.   The minimalist décor, clean lines, and stainless steel accents all keep with the modern design.

Navy also pairs well with different metallic accents.

navy blue & gold & silver living room, family room

(navy and metallic family room from Emily A. Clark)

Mixing textures is the perfect way to make any room feel multi-dimensional.  The gold sunburst mirror and silver vase and candlesticks add a touch of elegance to this family room.  The bamboo shades, geometric rug, and plush throw keep the room feeling comfortable and cozy for the whole family.

Last, but certainly not least, is the always classic navy and white.

navy blue & white bathroom

(navy and white bathroom from HometoDecor.com)

The combination of navy and white always invokes such a crisp, clean feel.  I love the color combination in this bathroom, where the details work together to complete the space:  the open bottom of the vanity helps to make this piece seem less chunky; the beadboard gives a farmhouse feel to the space; and the flower-like tile on the floor adds texture and pattern.

navy blue & white dining room

(navy and white dining room from Lonny Magazine)

How beautiful is this dining room!  All of the pieces in this space work so well together.  The perfect shade of navy on the walls is balanced by the white window panels.  An unexpected combination of wing back and wooden chairs surround the table.   The midcentury modern side board and gallery of artwork on the wall pull together the eclectic feel of this enchanting dining room.  This welcoming and inviting space is perfect for all occasions – from casual dinners with friends to special family celebrations.

º Which color combination wins your vote from today’s pairings? º What color are you currently obsessing over?

 

The Power of Navy Blue ~ Part 1

I’m a color person ~ I like colors, I’m inspired by colors, I think about colors.  Ever since Pantone (the “world-renowned authority on color”) released their fashion color report for Spring 2012, and included ‘Sodalite Blue’ in both the men’s and women’s colors, I’ve had navy blue on my mind.Pantone's Sodalite Blue

In home decorating, most people seem to shy away from dark colors.  Navy is such a rich, versatile color though, and when used appropriately it can create a dramatic impact or act as an unexpected accent color.

I want to explore the world of navy and show how it can be combined with any other color to create a beautiful room.  Today, I’ll start with the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.  Next week, I’ll be back to explore other color combinations – some more unexpected than others.

When you say "navy and red", many people have visions of the American flag and a 4th of July picnic.  Here are two rooms, however, that use this usually patriotic color combination to create welcoming and exciting spaces.

navy blue & red family room, living room

(navy and red family room from Costal Living via Design & Style)

In this family room, white is used to ground the color scheme.  The playful stripes repeated throughout the space help to connect the rooms.

navy blue & red kid's room

(navy and red bedroom by Meg Braff via Design & Style)

For a child’s bedroom, navy and red is a fun color choice.  The light blue walls give a soft and airy feeling to the room.  Picking a fabric with all of the room’s colors, like the one on the window, is a perfect way to unify the space.

Around Richmond, VA, if you say “blue and orange”, visions of UVA Cavaliers usually pop up.

UVA Cavaliers logo

(UVA logo via virginiasports.com)

Even so, this color combination can produce a unique and appealing room (that even VA Tech fans can enjoy ;)! ).

navy blue & orange nursery

(navy and orange nursery from Sarah Richardson via HGTV)

This nursery by Sarah Richardson, evolved around the fabulous wallpaper she used on the ceiling.  Her use of patterns, both in the fabrics and on the wall, provides a stimulating space for a baby.  The two main orange elements add pops of color and warm up the space.

navy blue & orange nursery

(navy and orange nursery from Katie Raadt via Chic & Cheap Nursery)

Here is another take on a navy and orange nursery.  This one uses fewer patterns than the first nursery.  The solid walls, allow for the map, framed art, orange chair, and oversized giraffe to shine in this room.  (I think I spy the Fillsta pendant light from Ikea that I used in my Sweet Frog Foyer.)

Next on the spectrum is navy and yellow.

navy blue & yellow family room, living room

(navy and yellow family room from House Beautiful, picture #12)

I love the navy coffee table and side chairs in this family room.  The accents in yellow make the room feel warm and welcoming.  Who wouldn’t want to catch up with an old friend over tea in this room?

navy blue & yellow entryway, foyer
(navy and yellow entryway from House & Home)

Even though this entryway uses the same color scheme as the living room above, the bold use of the two colors creates a much more dramatic effect.  The painted door makes the entry feel larger, and the mostly white art gives balance to the space.

When I think of navy and green, I think of adorable, preppy school boys in striped polo shirts.

navy blue & green kid's bedroom

(boy’s bedroom from Apartment Therapy)

navy blue & green kid's bedroom

(navy and green bedroom from Serena & Lily)

Notice the similarities in these two bedrooms: overall color scheme, wood behind the beds, and striped comforter.  While still preppy, the lighter green in the second one, invokes a fresh, spring-time feel.

navy blue & green dining room

(navy and green dining room from House Beautiful via View From My Heels)

Not just for little boys, navy and green can also create a stunning room for grown ups.  In this dining room, the use of solid colors for the main pieces (walls, chairs, side board, rug, and table) allows each one to stand out and make its own statement.  The artwork and trim on the window panels pull the room together.

Navy also mixes well with other shades of blue.

navy blue & light blue family room, living room

(navy and light blue family room from Falls Design)

The monochromatic scheme in this family room is calming yet inviting.  The equal use of the two blues prevents one from overpowering the other.  I love how the white furnishings give the room a crisp, clean feel.   The print on the window panels provides the finishing touch to tie the room together.

navy blue & turquoise sun room, porch

(navy and turquoise sunroom from Costal Living)

Here, turquoise is used in an unexpected place to create this welcoming sunroom.  The mix of modern pieces – in the coffee tables – and more traditional elements – in the wicker furniture – work well together in this space.

Today’s last color combination is navy and, my favorite color, purple!

navy blue & purple dining room

(navy and purple dining room from décor*pad)

Subtle uses of each color create an easy balance in this dining room.  The dark wood floors, iron console table, and neutral walls help to keep the room from feeling too feminine.

navy blue & purple wallpaper in entryway, foyer(navy and purple wallpaper from Burke Décor)

In a much more bold use of the colors, the navy and purple wallpaper makes a grand statement in this entryway.  The simple console table and neutral chair keep the focus on the wallpaper.  How fun!

I’ll be back next week to explore other combinations with navy!

º What is your favorite color partner for navy so far? º Have you used navy in your home?