Decorating with… Green!

August 27th, 2013

The Color Series continues today with a peek at the verdant shade of green, one I always refer to as “seasonless” because this hue works well inside and out and all year round, in winter, spring, summer, and fall. The color is found in what we see when we look outside each day, from the leaves on every botanical to moss covered trees to rolling grass covered hills to deep green forests.

Green paint is available in countless shades as anyone knows from visiting the paint store. It’s a color that can communicate whatever a designer or homeowner wants depending on the lightness or darkness or saturation selected.

celedon green walls ikea

green painted backs to built in bookcases

livet hemma / tobi fairley

Pale shades like celedon or celery are light and airy, less saturated hues like sage are subtle and play the role of a neutral. Brighter lime or chartreuse greens always pack a punch while mint or seafoam greens brighten and cheer. Dramatic and deeper jade and olive introduce drama, while vivid emerald and Kelly add an dash of modern chic.

minty green walls katie rosenfeld

green walls house beautiful

jade green walls

katie rosenfeld / house beautiful / vtwonen mag /


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Back to School Organization

August 26th, 2013

This past weekend our family parted, Matt taking our oldest on their annual summer camping and hiking trip while I stayed home with the littler ones. We started our Saturday with stop at a local office supply store to check off the list of necessary school supplies, it’s a ritual I love. All the pencils and markers and glue sticks and pen cases in bright colors, all fresh and new and ready for Monday morning.

back to school supplies

I was especially lazy over the summer, paying no mind to the piles of paperwork leftover from last year that required sorting. But it’s August again and if I’m not equipped to handle the new school and sport schedules and looming homework assignments, it makes me crazy. So I spent two full days organizing and filing and readying the house for the fall semester.

I toss the kids’ school papers in a big drawer during the year after I’ve weeded through the weekly stash, but then I always have to purge once more. I find a few months of emotional separation from the previous grade (and the excitement of the new one) helps me sort through it all and keep only what’s funny, special, or shows their academic progress.

canvas bins for storing art and homework

I use these canvas storage bins to compress two grades of work for each child into one place. They’re sturdy and large enough to hold that oversized artwork and I can store them away in the window seat in the study.

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