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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