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Most neutrals are soothing hues. Oatmeal in particular happens to be a neutral that never goes out of style for home design and works with just about every aesthetic. Savvy Home Blog had beautiful pictures of interiors that were dominated by creamy shades of oatmeal.
When combined with whites oatmeal becomes cool enough for the warmer months and when incorporated with browns, burgundy and deep greens it’s the coziest winter palette around. Playing with various shades of the same color will also make a room look complete and layered, so don’t be afraid if the neutrals are not exactly the same. Most of the images in this post attest to that approach.
Like in fashion, oatmeal can look sleek and contemporary yet still warm. I love the oversized creamy shades on the lights and dining room pendant. If you choose to keep things all in a neutral tone, make sure to mix up textures to make things look more complex and designer-done. Take a look at how the rooms combine woven linens, leathers and sisals...chic.
These rooms follow a similar methodology. Neutrals reign supreme but are not boring. It’s noteworthy that these spaces also have oatmeal colored lighting and shades. Bedroom lighting, like that above, can be so calming? Remember that although a room may be totally neutral make sure there is one darker tone to ground the space whether it be the wooden beams, black ceiling fan or gray wingback chair. Oatmeal may be relaxing but you never want your room putting guests to sleep!
1. Mercer Oatmeal Linen Wingback Club Chair
2. Quorum Telluride Oiled Bronze Pendant Light
3. Artcraft Mercer Street Oatmeal and Chrome Floor Lamp
4. Kaleen Imprints Modern Oatmeal Area Rug
Photo credits: Savvy Home Blog
Walking around Sydney and Melbourne in Australia I could not help it but soak up the design inspiration and go all goggly-eyed at the gorgeous filigreed balconies of the Victorian-era homes. Intricate detail, color variation and innumerable variance had me wandering the streets discovering one unique design after another.
I was so inspired by this I thought about about how to incorporate some of this beautiful iron handwork back at home. Below I will share some ideas on how to bring a bit of Victorian ironwork design into your own home.
This industrial chic interpretation of Victorian ironwork, which I photographed, will have you swooning too.
The beautiful pedestrian gate I found features a strong and streamlined circular focal point with intricate detail spiraling outward. Similarly, the Quorum Salento Parisian White Chandelier features a bold center piece with delicately detailed arms. A large iron chandelier in your entry way would have the same effect for entering guests as this small gate that packs a big punch.
I was drawn to this particular balcony because of the vibrant blue color of the iron work. The color was still so vibrant yet there was beautiful patina and age that only added to the charm of the railing.
While simplistic in detail, this 2 1/2 Quart Blue Enameled Cast Iron Humidifier Kettle completely captures the antique look of the bright blue ironwork. With a vintage shape and speckled finish, you immediately feel that same sense of charm and age.
Here again you can see the grand scale of these filigreed, iron balcony railings. The massive patterns are repeated, sometimes across multiple homes. The rust color that the iron work enhances is mirrored in the Uttermost Teyona Forged Iron Etagere.
Both the etagere and the balconies have an intricately delicate feel while having the ability to carry a large presence.
The bold repeating pattern of this balcony is not as delicate as the rest, with larger, less detailed repeats. The simplicity is also present in the La Parra Collection Hand-Forged 40" High Wall Mirror, where a hard, industrial edge meets gentle detailing. These would make beautiful bathroom and entry mirrors because of the strong yet streamlined detailing.
How will you incorporate some Australian-inspired ironwork into your home?
Photo credits: Allison Rosenberg
Every spring seems to bring a wave of new babies—and with it the fun involved in decorating the nursery, most importantly the lighting of course.
In contrast to recent years, many parents are choosing not to learn the gender of their child before it's born, making neutral decor the best option for welcoming the new arrival home. Clean lines like the crib spotted on Charleston Magazine, soothing colors as seen on Binti Home, and modern lighting all go a long way to create a space that will be perfect for a baby boy or a baby girl.
When it comes to designing a neutral nursery, look for soft textures and nature-inspired materials. This room from coco + kelley demonstrates how birch and ash can brighten the atmosphere, while this shelving unit on Adore Magazine shows a great use of burlap.
As for the lighting options, keep things fresh with for ceramics and woodgrains, and look for shapes with personality like this lamp on My Scandinavian Home. With this simple, contemporary decor approach, you won't have to redecorate until your little one leaves for college!
1. A harmonious shape makes this modern pendant easy on the eyes.
2. The striking design of this wood pendant lamp feels like a very sophisticated crib mobile.
3. Inject texture with the weathered wood finish on this table lamp.
4. This Jonathan Adler giraffe lamp is fun without being over the top.
Image credits: Charleston Magazine, Binti Home, coco + kelley, Adore Magazine, My Scandinavian Home
Absolutely every room in your house needs home decor. Kitchens are no different, in fact, we probably should fill them to the gills considering the amount of time we spend in them every day. Lonny has a triumphant amount of images of stylish kitchens that inspired this very post. From distinctive kitchen clocks to canisters, don’t forget to accessorize the heart of your home.
1. Metallic White Scooper Adjustable Bar or Counter Stool
One of the most popular items in the kitchen today are bar stools. Most families congregate around a breakfast bar or island, so why not give them something cute to park themselves on when chatting about their day.
2. Retro Round Silver Finish Metal Wall Clock
Cute kitchen clocks are essential. Everybody needs a functioning clock in the kitchen not only do you need it for cooking, it’s helps keep the entire family on schedule. While they are certainly a necessity, why not make sure they are also stylish!
Whether your kitchen is little bit country or a little bit rock ‘n’ roll, do not go without.
3. Kichler Nickel with Fresnel Lens 13 1/2" Wide Pendant Light
Like clocks, kitchen lighting is critical. Naturally you need ambient lighting as well as task lighting so an oversized pendant is a wonderful way to light a large space. I think they are great over breakfast room tables or designer kitchen islands as in the images above.
4. Garcelle Rooster 47" High Wall Decor
It’s easy to add personality in a kitchen with wall art. Provided you have ample wall space, culinary wall art will brighten up the space and infuse the room with character.
Photo credits: Lonny
There's just something about the color yellow that makes me smile, especially when it's used for home decorating. It's the color of sunshine and summer and joy and waving wheat across the fruited plains.
And the color of a brilliantly hued table recently featured in Better Homes and Gardens that coordinates perfectly with gray painted floors and white cabinets and stunning wire stools.
And right about now....in the dreary, bleary days of winter....
....we could all use a little extra helping of yellow.
Decorating with yellow....
.....here's how to do it with flair.
1. It's all about the walls
Sometimes with a vibrant color like yellow...simply painting the walls can make a design statement.
This kitchen from House Beautiful features brilliant yellow walls with blue and white accents.
Yellow walls warm up a room and provide the perfect backdrop for inlaid hardwood floors, white cabinetry, and a handsome wood table, specifically the Karlin Wood Top Pedestal Dining Table would be perfect.
2. It's all about the focal point
Sometimes all a room needs is a brilliant focal point like this stunning fireplace featured in Brooklyn Bride.
Surrounded by neutrals, this faux fireplace brings whimsy and fun to this space.
Not sure if a yellow fireplace is for you? Simply add yellow to a room with a stylish accent table like the Yellow Spindle Round Accent Table or a pair of colorful lamps instead.
3. It's all about the accessories
Sometimes a space just needs a little yellow to bring it all together....like this living room featured in Better Homes and Gardens.
The gray patterned rug, textured coffee tables and white slip covered couch blend perfectly with the yellow and blue striped chair and coordinating pillows.
Amazing lighting, such as table lamps and an architectural tripod floor lamp complete the look.
4. It's all about the flexibility
Sometimes adding yellow to a space can be a temporary solution....as in these yellow stools featured in Better Homes and Gardens.
Stools or other accent pieces in yellow provide an instant mood change to any room.
Simply add or take away color depending on the season and you will completely transform your space.
I hope Winter waves goodbye.
I hope spring says hello soon.
But until then......
......here's to brighter days and sunshine with a little extra helping of yellow.
Photo credits: House Beautiful, House Beautiful , Brooklyn Bride, Better Homes and Gardens, Better Homes and Gardens
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Styles come and go and tastes evolve over time. While most of us can’t redo our homes from scratch every few years, it’s fun to mix in current trends with what we already own.
Industrial style is a hot design trend that was once only found in warehouses and factories.
The focus is on clean lines, raw finishes, exposed parts and repurposing.
Some ways to integrate the industrial look into what you already have includes creating a wall of galvanized pipe shelves like The DIY Showoff made.
A favorite way to add a touch of industrial chic is with wrought iron pendant lighting and metal chandeliers.
I especially love the drama of these two huge pendant lights against a white backdrop featured at Delight by Design.
Vintage factory carts are all the rage and this one from The Poor Sophisticate takes center stage against a clean, white sofa.
Want to get the industrial look in your home?
Some of my favorites include …
1 – Pinebrook Rectangular Rolling Table
2 – Baron Small Wrought Iron Antique Clock
3 – Toledo Collection 14 3/4" High Silver Outdoor Wall Light
4 – Set of 4 Stovall Metal Chairs
5 – Criss Cross Metal and Wood Stool
6 – Lite Source Armstrong Accordion Arm Bronze Desk Lamp
7 – Baja Distressed Finish 65" High Etagere
8 – Walton Rectangular Dining Table
9 – Gardenia Natural Metal Adjustable Bar Stool
10 – Pike Place 25" Wide Rope and Wrought Iron Chandelier
Image credits: Apartment Therapy, The DIY Showoff, Delight by Design, The Poor Sophisticate
Has the year started but you are still in lazy holiday mode? Your brain may want to truck on, but your surroundings might need a jump start. Updating the design of your work space, whether at home or at the office can breathe new, vibrant life into your work habits and subsequently your work itself.
Whatever style you subscribe to, we will tackle some fun ways to update your office design.
The image above from Elle Decor is a good example of utilizing space when you have it. This extra large rustic table doubles as desk and conference table when necessary. The rustic, industrial furnishings are complimented with oversized iron candleholders and a large metal floor lamp that inevitable shed some light on the midnight crunch sessions.
This office space from Homepolish takes a stab at incorporating bold painted walls that also serve to sooth, and they succeed quite well. The tone of these sea foam walls have just enough pigment to be bold, but are soft and subtle enough that they won't give you a huge headache by the end of the day. Keeping the furnishings cohesive in a dark walnut, and choosing a neutral area rug help to compliment the wall color instead of combat it.
This masculine office space is packed to the brim but has the appearance of extreme organization. Oversized bookshelves keep things off the desk and floor, and adding art that overlaps between the bookshelves makes them feel more permanent and purposeful. The subdued, neutral palette of cream, black, bronze and gold are very fresh and crisp feeling and serve to keep the calm feeling in the space. Too much color here would overwhelm this space. The final touches in this office space form Carrier & Company that I love are the mounted antlers and prominent brass table lamp, which add elements of carefree fun to an otherwise very straightforward space.
This charming mid-century office space from Dwellings and Decor has minimal lines, subdued pops of color and a showstopper woven ceiling pendant that is enormous but at the same time light as a feather. If want to have a gallery wall in your work space, emulating this one above is the way to go. If you put up distracting and loud images you will only be looking up at your wall rather than at your work. Use simple and minimal art that compliments your space as opposed to becoming the focal point of your space.
Now its time to address the fun and funky office space, like this awesome one from Homepolish. If you are not easily distracted and work best in a creative and quirky environment why not go all the way with it? This awesome wallpaper lets anyone who is entering or working in this office space that it's a fun zone where collaboration and conversation are very welcome. If you are nervous to go the distance with wallpaper like this, try it on a small wall, hallway, common area or even on the inside of a bookshelf and see how you feel first.
Finally let's talk about some small space solutions. Here, Homepolish shows us that lacking space doesn't mean you have to compromise on style an functionality. Making room for both a guest seating area as well as shelving is made possible with the addition of the removable ladder. Bring the ladder around to access files and office supplies stored high up and slide the ladder to the side when you have clients or guests in your office and want to have a more casual conversation with them.
What updates are you going to try on your office space?
Image credits: Elle Decor, Homepolish, Carrier & Company, Dwellings and Decor
While you may institutionally place art in the living room, bedroom and often times the dining room, you may not always think about the kitchen in this way. Art is a great way to enhance your kitchen design and I'm goings to show you how.
Wall art works particularly well in a kitchen where the design is mostly functional. Abstract art in particular because you need not worry about whether the subject matter is appropriate. There’s also lots of leeway with color palette, without getting cutesy.
This clean white kitchen, which was actually part of The Design Files Open House sale last year, is punctuated with fun pops of color, from the counter stools to the dinnerware. A pair of prints featuring pastel shapes are hung high on the wall, providing relief from the dark mass of the shelf.
Straightforward abstracts are great for adding color and interest to a kitchen without necessitating contemplation. “Geometric Color VII” would look even more crisp in a minimalist, contemporary space, perhaps drawing on colors from an adjacent room. “Abstract Black White Strokes” would add a bit of texture and grounding black to an either all white kitchen or one done in wood, and “Sometimes II” by Jaime Packard would work well in a classic white kitchen, or even one with accent colors on the island or backsplash.
The kitchen of Australian photographer, stylist, buyer, and seller Kara Rosenlund’s 19th-century cottage is inspired by bakeries and butcher shops. Functional materials and salvaged bits work with the bones of the house, while the clean palette makes fresh.
The oil portrait that leans against the backsplash plays on her love for vintage elements with character, and provides a focal point beneath the open shelving display of white dinnerwares. Although the subject may not be anyone important, he seems to belong.
Portraiture adds personality to a space, especially to the kitchen where personal touches can be scarce. A black and white photograph, like that of “Marilyn Monroe Dining”, which is an instant conversation starter. Artist Michelle Oxenberg's “Look Up” brings in color, without the commitment to a full-on face, while the stylized piece, “Woman's Face Sketch II”, is a delicate touch that subtly infuses emotion.
Brazilian architect Mauricio Arruda’s apartment in São Paulo is filled with rich color and an abundance of varied artwork, kitchen included. The celadon tile takes cues from the adjacent rich turquoise dining room. The black and white landscape photo that hangs there is a bit moody, matching the black countertop and appliances, without distracting from the whimsical mid-century modern clock and unexpected placement of knives.
Landscapes always suit a kitchen, especially when a real view is absent. The acid colors of “Summer Breeze” would enliven a traditional white wainscoted kitchen. The framed diptych “The Tree”, sophisticated but simple, is easily incorporated into almost any decorative style. A pair of hand painted landscapes called “Morning Meditation” by Madeline Clark would look especially cozy in an antique cottage kitchen.
Still life paintings are another easy genre to incorporate into kitchens, given typical subject matter, like fruit, flowers, and pottery. The kitchen pictured here is a pleasant mix of retro (the Smeg fridge), industrial (the stainless steel countertops and bare lightbulb), elegant (the glasses and dishes), and earthy (the artwork).
“Arrangement II”, a limited edition piece signed and numbered by artist Olivia Maxweller, brings a burst of color, as well as texture thanks to its vigorous brushstroke. “Winesap Apples” pictures a time-honored subject that never goes stale, and “Still Life with Green Apples”, channels Europe with its Italian-style earthenware jugs.
The classic white kitchen of blogger Centasational Girl is imbued with subtle ocean hues thank to her collection of watercolors, including a green and yellow owl. Instead of arranging an entire menagerie, she ties the pieces together through color and an overall nature theme. Crockery in the glass-front cabinets echoes the colors of the artwork.
“White Horse” canvas print can be serious or silly, deeding on your interpretation. It’s a nice touch in a suburban home. The “Pelican” canvas is a cute piece for a cottage at the beach, while the "Hare Maison” would lend French flair to a rustic country house with a oil-rubbed wood dining table and mismatched plates.
This 1920s loft in Milan, Italy, formerly a glazing factory, was renovated by Studio B + M. The finishes are distinctly Italian—sleek and black—but charming, original elements remain, like the fireplace, brick inset, and slanted wood slat ceiling. The simple typographical piece states that this kitchen, despite its well-worn floor planks, is firmly grounded in the 21st century.
Typographic art can be a fun reflection of the state of your family. “Grand Central Subway”, a giclee print with gloss laminate finish in an inverse black frame isn't just colorful, it might harken back to a busy mom’s past days as a singleton in the city. “Life Hands You Lemons” is a sassy statement on a simple silhouette in high color. “Respect” is perfect for a young family’s kitchen, where so much happens and is learned.
Image credits: Brooke Holm for The Design Files, Remodelista, Photo by Ricardo Labougle for Casa Vogue, Mikkel Vang for Vogue Living Australia, Censational Girl, Photo by Denise Bonenti for Elle Decoration UK
Can you believe Spring is right around the corner and it’s finally time to warm up our home interiors and add inspirational color? While adding colorful furniture to your interiors can happen year around, this is the time of the year where a renewed home feels essential.
Colorful furniture is one of the best ways to transform an entire room. Whether you choose a certain style of furniture with warm wood stains or you decide to modernize your home with clean and modern lines with a punch of color, here are a few ways to wake up your interiors with Spring vibes!
Bringing your own design style into your home with color:
Color is one of the few elements in the design world that is inexpensive, quick, and can transform a room instantly with its impact. Furniture is the perfect place to add spring color as it consumes a large portion of your room and you can mix and match subtle colors or you can use spring inspiration like these yellow and pink office furniture pieces from Artistic Designs for Living for a vibrant room.
If you prefer a more subtle approach to your furnishings then look to distinctive craftsman style furniture and decor where you'll find wood stains such as walnut, cherry, and oak stains. Mixing different eras of furniture is a great design tool that adds layers of interest to your space, such as warm mission style coffee table styles with modern lighting.
Add subtle color with illuminated fixtures:
When we think of furniture we often only consider tables and chairs, but lighting goes hand in hand with your furnishings. Not only does lighting add illumination but also it accessorizes your furniture. This Spring, consider adding subtle color with pendant lighting, floor lamps, and table lamps.
This Speckled Glass Tiffany Style Pendant Chandelier is a subtle way to bring color into your room with its multi-color speckled art glass shade in neutral colors that will blend beautifully in any decor. The speckles give it a playful aesthetic that is perfect for Spring inspiration. Everyone has a different design style so it’s nice to have a variety of options from bold color to subtle color that still sparks the eye.
Affordable ways to bring color into your furnishings:
If you're on a budget, don’t get put off by expensive furniture and decor, instead opt for affordable but colorful bed linen, throw rugs, and accent pillows to awaken your room.
Bedrooms, bathrooms, and even kitchens are the perfect rooms to infuse color with accessories that compliment your main furniture. This bedroom from Primacor Designs uses spring color in the upholstered headboard; throw blankets and Bohemian style poufs to add playful color to the room. Choose from Spring colors such as peach, poppy, tangerine orange, yellow, turquoise and even neutral tones of crisp white paired with your favorite spring colors can add a lift to your interiors.
Spring is in the air and therefore it's time to start bringing it back into your home. Whether you love bold color painted furniture or you lean more towards subtlety, there are plenty of inspiring options to choose from.
Furniture, lighting, and accessories can dig your dull Winter home out of the snow and bring it into a sunny feeling home in no time!
Image credits: Artistic Designs for Living, Primacor Designs