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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Peonies and Coffee

Peony Floral Arrangement
A fresh bouquet of flowers celebrates any space - A kitchen counter, a night stand, a patio table. This floral, fresh cut from my garden is simple peony stems and variegated Hosta leaves.  In a favorite vase given to me by an old California friend, makes it even more special. As I sit in my kitchen and take my first morning sips of coffee, this simple floral arrangement starts my day in a beautiful way.


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Art of Displaying Art

Art does not have to be found at a gallery or require a college degree to make the right selection. Instead, "Art" can be anything that pleases your eye and makes you smile. From trash to treasure finds to your own jewelry collection - ART can be anything.

When it comes to hanging art, there are many techniques that can inspire you - Here are a few:

This romantic room showcases a "Head Board" of unique and personal finds.



The white washed painting of the display items - vintage shutters, picture frames and mirrors, creates unity and connects all the pieces. The scale of the art collage makes for a great representation of the traditional head board too!  The use of personal items layered into the display softens and by centering the display on bed AND the night stand, adds just the right whimsy and a casual feel.

Hang it up with re-purposed vintage pant hangers
A simple vintage pant hanger makes for just the right prop to showcase photographs.  We could all picture the dapper gentleman, the subject of the photo, hanging up his trousers on those hangers. Don't be afraid to alter a photo to create a new look, repeat the photo for impact or use a unique hanging device.



Especially in a dining room, use art as a conversation maker
A dining room is your special place in your home to sit with family and friends and celebrate! This art display celebrates the space, showcases the scale of the room and expresses the style and personality of the homeowner.  The largest piece is the starter point of this display; note the smaller, yet darker framed/matted pieces are placed above the largest piece to bring the eye up and the entire collection is hung lower on the wall, since the viewers are most likely sitting, not standing in the space.

Wall sconces as object holder and art itself
Art need not be flat or hung with a nail.  In this display, the Art IS the sconces.  The secondary subject is the organic, from-the-sea finds.  The impact of many, the juxtaposition of the high gloss white painted sconces to the organic beach finds, makes for an interesting display. (Note how the less detailed sconces are hung above the more detailed ones...)
Adding color block back drops for an art collection (Photo: West Elm)
This clever wall display, which would be perfect above a couch, in a dining room focal wall or down a hall, showcases smaller art collections with a color block background.  The art or smaller pieces would be lost just hung on the wall or displayed in a curio.  But by making mini collections with the use of shelves and by painting the wall behind, makes this display fabulous.


Showcase your Jewelry Collection

Have you been collecting jewelry for years?  Why not display it as art? Use picture frames backed with cork, ribbon or wallpaper to display your favorite items.  From broaches to pearl strands, your jewelry can showcase as art!


































Monday, May 21, 2012

2013 Color and Trend Forecast

Just digested this morning the 2013 color and decor trends which includes "Western" and "Americana" as the new trend as you'll read below.  Then picked up a copy of this new magazine - http://www.romanticprairiemagazine.net/ - From denim to washed linen, American casual is the hot new trend. With the election on the horizon and economic recovery -  we celebrate American determination and durability. Our "Super Bright" colors have been going strong for awhile and will incorporate more neon's. Super fun, with just the right POP - These can be used as accents to pull spaces together. On the flip side, "Art Deco" inspiration makes us celebrate classic "city" design with glitzy metals, sleek lines and the sultry mystic that era represented.


How can you incorporate these color trends?  Use the theme as an inspiration as you redesign or rotate a room. What things do you already have in your home that can be used to freshen a space?  Use the color cues for a new paint hue for your walls, a fabric for a chair re-do, or a palette for a remodel.  If replacing lighting, floors or cabinets, let some of these color trends be your muse.
  • The Old West: Color palettes with shades of brown evoke tones of worn saddles leather and  weathered wood, while those with strong hints of red recall clay and prairie land. Faint greens and bolder yellow-greens add out-doorsy diversity, along with stone blues and charcoal grays.



Old West Inspired Space 
  • Americana
Colors palettes inspired by the American Flag and the Old West will make a splash in textiles and upholstery. Classic denim blue, off-white and autumn red will be a strong presence as well us rustic brown and cowhide patterns to represent the old West trend.
Americana 
  • Bright Colors:
Primary colors in their brightest form will command attention in 2013, however the neon trend is not expected to re-emerge. Upholstery is trending towards bright reds, light, crystal blues and high impact yellows.
Bright Colors 

  • Art Deco:
The muted palette of 20th century art deco is coming back. Dulled silvers, greens and yellows will be a presence in some upholstery and home d├ęcor patterns.

Art Deco Inspired Room


 
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