Decorating

Be My Guest: Colour Me Happy

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

One of my favorite reads every day is Colour Me Happy, written by Colour and Decorating Expert Maria Killam.  Maria tackles all sorts of problems in decorating and design with a focus on choosing the right colors.

Some of my favorite tips are answers to questions like ‘Which Color Sofa Should You Buy?  or Maria’s informative suggestions in ‘What Everyone Should Know About Gray’.   I’m delighted to have Maria here this afternoon with her suggestions on ways to make your home a cozier space this autumn.

 

5 ways to Cozy your Space for Fall

by Maria Killam of Colour Me Happy

"I am thrilled and honored to be guest posting with Kate here at Centsational Girl.  She is so creative and talented; I just love her blog, this woman wields a spray can like nobody’s business!  Here are my top tips for a cozy fall:

 

1) Paint a room green. Green goes with everything, looks fabulous with your staple pieces in brown or gray and feels warm and spacious.

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This is a custom colour based on Benjamin Moore’s ‘Forest Moss’.   I love the way it’s mixed with charcoal, contemporary accent pillows and gold accents.

 

2) Add mirrors.

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Mirrors add sparkle and light to a darker space and are an inexpensive way to fill up a wall where art would normally be.   Check out Kate’s entire transformation of her family room (above) – the mirrors and the lamp makeover really add bling to the room.

*flattered you would pick my space Maria!

  

3) Introduce a dramatic colour to your living room

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This room has primarily red accents but it still works with the raspberry wall and keeps the space feeling fresh.  Keep in mind the white and cream in the room are necessary to work with such a clean colour.

 

4) Add Cushions with Pattern

 

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I recently saw a client who informed me that she didn’t like cushions at all, she simply has a gorgeous throw in all the colours of her living room, but I got her to commit to a minimum of three (for 2 loveseats).  Without cushions on a sofa, it can look naked.   Toss pillows do a great job of repeating the existing colour in your space!

 

5. Have an Ottoman with a Throw.  I am a big believer in ottomans, especially in great rooms. The first thing I want to do is put my feet up when I sit down at the end of the day and a throw is also a requirement to stay warm.

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Stick around, Kate has so many ideas on her wonderful blog!  How do you make your home feel like fall?"

 

Thank you so much Maria for sharing your tips today, it’s always a pleasure learning from you!   Speaking of fall decorating, be sure to link up to Julia’s Fall Open House Party and also Nester’s Fall Mantel Party too!  

 

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Magnolia Tree Fall Wreath

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Fall is one of those seasons that just happens for everyone at a certain moment.  For me, last year, it was just something in the air.  This year, it happened to be the turning of the calendar to my favorite month of September. 

I was playing in the park with my girl a few weeks ago, and noticed the beauty of the fallen leaves from a nearby magnolia tree.   It was instant inspiration!  Up close, I loved the shape and caramel color of the leaves so I thought they would make a perfect wreath for our front door.  

golden magnolia leaves

  

This year, my requirements for a fall wreath were this: cheap and easy !   Here’s this year’s front door wreath, and the best part is that it cost me less than $5 dollars. 

 cg front porch fall wreath

The outdoor rug I found last year at Pier One.

 

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