Weekend Reading

August 9th, 2013

We’ve been shopping the local farmer’s market and eating outdoors as much as possible lately. This time of year the tomatoes are plentiful so I find myself snacking on the little yellow ones like candy and slicing up the larger heirlooms for salads and sandwiches.

This farm to table setting got me thinking just how nice this time of year really is. Though the days are getting a shorter, the evenings are warm and pleasant and worthy of the hours spent lingering al fresco. There’s nothing quite a blissful as a group of friends and family gathered together around an outdoor table with seasonal preparations and a great glass of wine as the sun sets in the distance.

farm to table


And a few other links I enjoyed this week…

10 tips for creating the perfect bedroom.

All the spaces and details in the Southern Living Idea House.

I’m in the Lamps Plus Look Book this week with some other fab design bloggers.

What the White House is worth according to Zillow.

5 modern glass houses.

At BH&G last week: decorating with woven textures.

At My Colortopia last week: tropical paint colors.

20 quick tips for writing great blog posts.

Celebrity passport photos.

One of my favorite mothering moments too.

30 efficient ways to pack your travel stuff.

This silly video made me smile.

I am Countess Athena del Fuego! Find your royal moniker with this Royal Name Generator. And tell me yours too!

Contentment and a simple life (ditto this)


Have a lovely weekend friends!

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Decorating with… Purple!

August 8th, 2013

This time of year always gets me thinking about the color purple. With fall fashions and home decor often featuring various shades of this hue it can’t help but come to mind with the arrival of catalogs and campaigns. It’s an especially popular color in my area since harvest is on its way and we’re seeing the grapes turn this month. I also just finished a dining room space that includes several shades of this hue in the design, reveal coming next week.

Today I hopped across the color wheel in the continuing Color Series to focus on this dramatic color and its various alluring shades that include deeper aubergine and paler lilacs and lavender. First up, paint on the walls, when does it work? In formal spaces such as dining and living rooms, dark and moody shades of purple are a sophisticated choice.

plum paint on wall

Laura U Design

deep plum walls in dining room bhg

Better Homes & Gardens

Refined purple grounds white in a bedroom or living space, adding beautiful contrast.

plum and white bedroom lisa gutow

Lisa Gutow Design

purple paint on walls bhg

Better Homes & Gardens


Have you considered a shade for your bathroom or laundry room?

plum paint laundry room

Precision Cabinets

purple in bathroom bhg

Better Homes & Gardens


Purple is a popular choice for a young girl’s room (I went there too!) and in paler shades of lavender, the look is sweet and feminine when balanced with a lot of fresh whites, modern prints, and doses of playful colorful accents.

purple girls room

Rusk Renovations

lavender girls room


tobi fairley lavender girls room

Tobi Fairley Design


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