Decorating

Summer Colour Analysis

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Summer is in full swing, can you feel it?  I can, this week especially.  July’s days are drifting into one another as we sleep in a little bit extra in the morning, and spend afternoons sipping lemonade out by the local pool for an hour or two.  I love all the kids in their bright swimsuits and towels and the moms in their swimwear in shades of turquoise, coral, orange, and pink.  Summer is the season for wearing and decorating with the brightest hues! 

I invited Shannon from AKA Design to share her thoughts on summer color, or “colour” as our Canadian friends say up north!  Please welcome back Shannon.

“Hi everyone, it’s Shannon back again to talk summer colour!  Summer is the perfect time to lighten up and have a little fun – with the colours inside and outside your home!   Whether you spend your summer days soaking up the sun by the beach or keeping cool in an air-conditioned office, your home can give you that little extra bit of summer lovin’ when you dress it up for the season.

I’m not talking about gutting and redecorating an entire room just for the summer.  What I really mean is changing up the accessories for the season; the throw pillows, the vases and maybe even the artwork.  Of course if you are blessed enough to have outdoor spaces to call your own, you can take your decorating a step further by having summer furniture, throw pillows and colourful outdoor tableware too.

Blue is most often cool in hue; perfect for spaces that you want to be calm or sedate.  It’s the colour of the sky, the ocean and twilight and commonly associated with clarity, creativity, and summer!  It is extremely relaxing to settle into a space filled with blue accents after a hot day out in the sun.  

blue tablescape vogue tori burch

 rh blue patio

blue fabrics on patio mary mdconald

Sources:  Vogue, Restoration Hardware, Mary McDonald 

 

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In the Spotlight: Muse Interiors

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

You regular readers know from time to time I like to interview and feature designers or stylists that inspire me greatly, and the latest addition to my list of favorites is Lauren Muse of Muse Interiors.  I stumbled across her portfolio a few months ago and was so impressed with her spaces, I had to contact her and tell her so! 

Lauren’s room designs have appeared in several publications from New England Home to HGTV, and I’m sure we will continue to see much more of her work inside shelter magazines for years to come.  Lauren graciously agreed to answer some of my questions, so please enjoy our conversation and after seeing her designs, I’m sure you’ll be a huge fan too.    

CG: Hi Lauren, tell us a little about yourself, your background, your education, and how long you’ve been a designer.

LM: I started Muse Interiors in 2000 after going to New York School of Interior Design. I grew up and now live in Greenwich with my husband and two children.    

CG:  Your spaces are all so sophisticated yet casual, classic and still modern, filled with tailored yet livable furnishings.  What’s the design philosophy behind the look?

LM: The design philosophy behind the look is to maintain a transitional timeless style, rather than solely modern or traditional. This way the home stays current for years to come.  Like you mentioned, there is a balance to our work.  A mixture of clean lines and complex patterns with an elegant, yet livable atmosphere that is evident in the design.

 breakfast nook muse interiors

stripes and starburst in entry muse interiors  

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Going Coastal + Other Decorating Ideas

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Just popping in to share that I’ve been writing a lot over at my other blog Centsational Style and have some new articles to share, click on the buttons below to read the latest!

coastal style 9 ways to display photos
dining sets break up still hot brass and gold
smart entry solutions white ceramics

I also posted about my favorite apps and my summer pillow picks too, more to come this week. 

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As always, I welcome your ideas for future articles! 

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