Decorating

Rethinking Pastels

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

I’ll admit the word ‘pastel’ makes me cringe a bit. For years, it’s conjured up images of saccharine sweet baby merchandise and Easter decor, but I realized in my study of color that it’s not the hues themselves I’m opposed to, it’s the overuse.  

My most favorite colors to decorate with are pale greens and blues so in fairness, I am fan of pastels. They feel perfectly at home in a child’s room but in adult spaces, pastels are trickier. The key is to incorporate these paler hues in a judicious and calculated way so the softness is sophisticated and not juvenile, and to balance them with neutrals. Here are a dozen examples of favorite uses of a pastel palette.     

Pair painted walls with black and white photography and decorative objects in modern shapes.

pale pink walls with black & white photos

decor demon

   

Use the hues unexpectedly, such as grasscloth wallpaper on the ceiling, as trim on a window treatment, or in a velvet on an accent chair.

blue and orchid living room

better homes & gardens

    

Embrace your feminine side and upholster a sofa in blush pink or pale apricot, mix with contemporary accents and soft or shiny textures. 

blush pink sofa

vtwonen

   

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Reading Corners

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

There’s this corner of our home outside our master bedroom that I’d neglected for a long time. I had a hand me down chair there for years but a month ago I upgraded with a tufted linen wingback that I had been eying for months. It’s now my new favorite spot!

It’s a little corner upstairs where I can look down the hallway to see what the kids are up to but also a place to get caught up on reading or my shows on the iPad (I’m halfway through Season 2 of Scandal and I’m hooked – so good.) 

tufted wingback reading chair

My brother-in-law has a gorgeous black leather Eames and my sister scored a near perfect cognac leather wingback at a thrift store for her reading corner (lucky!). When the babies were little, I had an upholstered glider just like in Gigi’s room where we would read every night and it was bliss.

Every home large or small deserves a great reading chair. Having a favorite place to sit for catching up on magazines, a novel, or Facebook updates on your laptop requires a few essentials: a cozy chair, a perch for your reading material and beverage (be it an accent or coffee table) and good lighting of course. I’m a throw blanket gal so I like having one of those to make the corner a tad cozier. Book storage nearby is a plus, lucky for me these bookcases in the guest room are just a few steps away. 

Reading corners can be created in all kinds of styles from contemporary to transitional to cottage. Here are a few other favorites to inspire!

corner chaise

wells & fox

reading chair 1

via Pinterest

reading chair in library

krieger architects

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Girl’s Room Corner

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Slumber parties, secrets, first crushes, and coming of age. It’s all happening once more with our nine year old daughter just as we witnessed with my older stepdaughter a decade ago. It is such a delight watching young girls grow, the way they forms ideas and opinions. How they possess that sweet innocence of youth but grow more mature and worldly each day. They talk of where they want to travel, the things they want to draw or write about, the adventures they want to have today and tomorrow.

I remember being a young girl and having similar dreams, listening to records on the floor of my bedroom and doodling in my sketchbook. Bedrooms for girls are special spaces, it’s there where they sleep and where they think, where they giggle about the present, and also dream of their future.

girls room peek

I truly enjoy the process of decorating for girls and a week ago finished a corner of the bedroom belonging to one of my daughter’s best friends – these two share a love of cheetahs, swim team, Scooby Doo, Harry Potter, and the color blue. All too soon that will change but for now I’m enjoying this moment in time.

headboard and sham

 

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