Decorating with…Red!

July 8th, 2013

I’m on my way home today, having spent a few days in Las Vegas with my folks and hopping over for a day to Salt Lake City to see my sister. We did some thrifting and house hunting together and we think we found a house to buy with a lot of potential, I’ll keep y’all posted if it ends up being the one!

We spent hours talking about design ideas and color palettes which put me in the mood to take a deeper look at color over the next few weeks, and it makes sense to start with red and work around the color wheel. Red is one of my favorite colors in fashion, but frankly my least favorite color to decorate with in the home, except in small doses or on a piece of furniture as a focal point.

True red is a dramatic and dominant hue that stimulates in large doses and adds a fantastic spark when used as an accent. With dark wood or antique pieces, red leans traditional, but when given a glossy sheen and paired with lacquered pieces, red is modern and fabulous. Barn and brick reds lend a cottage feel whereas berry or coral reds inject vibrancy and femininity. 

Red paint packs a punch when used on a wall – choose deep garnet and mix with global textiles for an exotic feel, or a brighter shade balanced with white for pleasant contrast.  

brick red painted walls

pottery barn red wall


If you want a piece of furniture to take the spotlight, you can’t go wrong with red – a glossy candy apple finish adds a contemporary vibe and a distressed finish has cottage appeal.

red painted dressers

natty by design / mustard seed interiors

Red on the front door is thought to bring good luck – this bold hue will make any entry happier to those who visit.

red front door

bh&g / house beautiful


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BOTB 7.5.13

July 5th, 2013

Hello hello, I hope you all had a happy Fourth! I read that so many friends on the east coast were hit with rain and festivities were canceled. :(  I’m so sorry.  We’re in Las Vegas at my parents’ house and the temperatures are 110 degrees in the shade, but we’ve spent most of our time taking dips in the pool to cool off.

Today it’s another Friday edition of ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ and I’m loving these refreshed spaces and inspiring ideas. We’ll kick it off with two fab bathroom makeovers, this first sophisticated gray & white bathroom completed by Kathryn Lemaster, don’t miss the before photos!

bathroom makeover kathrynjlemaster


Next up, my friends Layla and Kevin worked some magic in their half bath, transforming it with a soothing palette with paneling, wallpaper, and a dresser vanity.

cottage bath theletteredcottage


Here’s a handy (no sew!) tutorial on reupholstering a wingback chair by Four Generations One Roof.

reupholster a wingback diy fourgenerations


Hammocks are undeniably relaxing, learn how to make your very own DIY sail rope hammock at Design Milk.

sail rope hammock design milk


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