Color of the Year ?

December 1st, 2014

Pantone is about to announce their Color of the Year for 2015 for interior design as they do every year in the first week of December. The announcement always generates excitement since the Pantone Color Matching System is used industry wide by furniture, textile, and wall covering companies across the globe.

The Color of the Year is determined by a secret group of industry professionals that gather in Europe, the winner is chosen as one that captures the spirit of the year, and includes a reason with it. “2013’s Emerald served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity; 2014’s Radiant Orchid encouraged expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”

Trends in fashion, film, and art all contribute to the final selection of the Color of the Year, the final choice is a reflection of what’s happening in entertainment, the art world, travel destinations, and technology. pantone inspiration

Paint companies and textile designers make their own predictions as to what colors are the “it” color, Robert Allen has declared it to be Calypso Blue and Benjamin Moore has announced Guilford Green as their color for 2015.

Most of the Pantone winners from the past have been bold hues but neutrals and pastels have popped up as Color of the Year before.  Here’s a reminder of the winners from the past:  pantone color of the year

I’m rooting for a shade of green. I have a crush on muted versions right now and I think deeper less saturated greens will continue to trend in 2015 for their earthy organic appeal. Of course I’d love to see any shade of deep blue too!

ling green wallpaper

graham & brown

For fun, I thought I’d ask you all to play along. Before the big announcement is made, place your bets! Take this survey below and vote for your pick, which hue do you think will be Color of the Year for 2015? Feel free to explain your choice in the comments, I’m curious what you think!



If you want an inside glimpse into how Pantone made the decision for the Color of the Year and how it will translate into fashion and home decor, they’re offering a webinar with VP Laurie Pressman of the Pantone Institute, happening on December 9th, details here

Glitter Letters + Fabric Trim Trees

December 1st, 2014

Christmas is different for us this year, it’s the first time we’re spending it away from our home in California and instead in Las Vegas with our extended family. This year I’m focused on simplicity over excess. The holiday season is better when it’s about making memories instead of killing ourselves with all the decorating, only to have to take it down in a few weeks. I’ve decorated my entire home top to bottom in the past because I love this season so much, but I’m taking a break from it this year and it feels really nice.

Before we left Las Vegas on our recent visit I pulled together a simple vignette in the living room with a wreath and two easy-as-can-be crafts to welcome us on our return in a few weeks. I spent maybe an hour on both projects combined! Together they make a fresh and festive vignette for us and our future guests.

merry letters and trim trees


I spray painted 12" paper mache letters (find them here) then sprinkled white glitter on them before the paint dried, the paint acts as an adhesive when wet and holds the glitter to the cardboard when dry.

spray paint


sprinkle glitter


I love their large scale and how they sit independently, spelling out the holiday sentiment.

merry glitter letters up close

The trio of trees are made with a few yards of fabric trim hot glued to cardboard cones, and accented with vase filler "ornaments" from a craft store.

yards of fabric trim

I used ruffled, sequin, and fluffy snow like fabric trims found on Etsy and at Joanns. I didn’t take a picture of the process, but it’s nothing more than spiraling the fabric trim around the cones and using hot glue to secure it every few inches.

fabric trim tree trio


Put on a Christmas movie while you make them; they’ll be done before it’s halfway over, they’re that quick and easy.

merry letters and trees


Today is Cyber Monday! I do half my shopping today to take advantage of all the sales, share any good ones you know about from your favorite stores! .