Favorite Things

Get the Look: Blue + White Pattern

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

This spring Pantone’s Classic Blue is among the lineup of featured colors and in the latest House Beautiful Egyptian Blue was in the spotlight. The names for shades of blue are endless and the blue and white pairing is very on trend in both fashion and interiors, while block print, indigo dye, and shibori patterns continue to be popular in textiles.

west elm blue floral

 

naeem khan fall 2015

 

da blue white

west elm / style.com / dash and albert

  

The blue and white combo is a classic! Instead of simple solids, consider these fresh patterned favorites for decorating around your home this season:

 

blue and white for the home

 

splatter lamps / origami pillow / dreambirds vase / indigo octagon pillow / chinoiserie knob / bistro stool / geo tray and bowl / school of fish linens / scribble curtain / trellis plates / ayla pillow / medallion rug

You’ll hear no complaints from me, the blue and white pairing will always be a favorite!

Porch Upgrades + Outdoor Benches

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Now that it’s March, spring is on its way and at this time of year I start thinking about sprucing up outdoors spaces. As you know, we bought a house in Las Vegas last year that we’re remodeling, it’s in an older subdivision neighborhood and it has a modest entry.

What was on the front porch before was oh so boring: a brown front door and plastic bench left by the previous owner. For months I left it as is but on my most recent visit, I gave it a mini makeover by painting the front door and swapping out the old bench for something more stately and stylish.

porch side view copy

Here’s a peek at the entry before, very blah and uninspiring.

front door before

Fresh paint, new bronze hardware on the door, a geometric print outdoor rug, and desert climate plants helped make it more welcoming.

painted front door black bench on porch

I painted the front door with exterior paint in a bluish green, it’s ‘Northern Green Mountain’ by Glidden in the Exterior formula, I shared the step by step on how to paint a front door here. The geometric indoor/outdoor rug is from Overstock.

northern green mountain paint

The front door handle/lock is the aged bronze Addison model by Schlage. All of the new doorknobs inside the home are oil rubbed bronze so we continued the look with the same dark hardware here.

northern green mountain paint front door

The bench on this porch is the Amalfi available at Grandinroad in several colors (and on sale). I love the curved detail in the back and the sophisticated black finish which complements the dark hardware on the door.

amalfi bench

If you’re thinking of a front entry sprucing of your own, consider one of these outdoor benches in shapely and colorful styles.

modern outdoor benches

rockpoint blue / white lattice / chippendale bench (multiple colors) / black curved back / red back slat / karoo gray / sunny yellow / eucalyptus

Hooray for spring, it’s almost here!