This month I am featuring loads of COLORFUL ideas.  Some are a result of my own experiences with client's and their homes, other ideas are based on research and/or ideas I have gleaned from other design professionals. 
I believe in all of them and if I don't....you'll hear about it.
 
So I recently completed my daughter's bedroom. We based her design scheme off of a bright and bold fabric that I had found (pictures some other time).  I had her window treatments custom made and did not want them to be tooooooo full.  I made a mistake.  In the a.m. the bright sun filtered through where the drapes met. I had to find a filler with out having more custom treatments made.  The result gave me an idea. Double drapes are a fantastic way to add interest and color!  See these ideas below:
Love the double curtain for color.
 
Double curtain example
Beautiful double curtain
canopy bed window drapes and sheers lilac colour neutral beeding
Visit my Pinterest board for credits and ideas:
This month I am featuring loads of COLORFUL ideas.  Some are a result of my own experiences with client's and their homes, other ideas are based on research and/or ideas I have gleaned from other design professionals. 
I believe in all of them and if I don't....you'll hear about it.
 
freshHome recently devoted an issue to COLOR.
They gave some great tips for adding WOW in your home in unexpected places.
 
Bathroom Backsplash


 
 
Ceilings
 
Look Up
From Better Homes and Gardens
Dark ceiling paint - thinking of doing this
From Jenn Feldman Designs
 
Interior Doors
Interior doors painted gray Bedford gray- Martha Stewart oooo nice and settle. I still like the idea of black more but the hubs won't let me. :(
http://designismine.blogspot.com


Pick a place and Rock it with color!
 
This month I am featuring loads of COLORFUL ideas.  Some are a result of my own experiences with client's and their homes, other ideas are based on research and/or ideas I have gleaned from other design professionals.  I believe in all of them and if I don't....you'll hear about it.
 
Jessica Colaluca from Madison, WI is a genius with color. I go to her Design Seeds page when I need a little creativity boost.  If you layout your floor plan and look at it from a birdseye perspective, you can incorporate Jessica's palettes in a whole floor of living space.
 
For example, take this board:
cherry palette
You could use the gray as your neutral foyer and hallways, the ocean blue in your kitchen, the bright blue on the back of your front door or your laundry room, the deeper cherry color in your family room, the bright cherry in your dining room, and the chartreuse is your powder room.
 
OR this palette:
From the top:
Living Room
Family Room
Kitchen
Kitchen Ceiling
Powder Room Ceiling
Powder Room
 
More ideas flow from this graceful palette:
Jessica is so talented.  Go visit her for more inspiration:
 
 

This month I am featuring loads of COLORFUL ideas.  Some are a result of my own experiences with client's and their homes, other ideas are based on research and/or ideas I have gleaned from other design professionals.  I believe in all of them and if I don't....you'll hear about it.
 
Domino asked several designers for color advice last summer and
here are some of the best ideas:
 
In a sunlit bedroom PALE POWDER #204 (Farrow and Ball) works nicely
-Allegra Hicks
"The perfect khaki, lovely anywhere."
-Delphine Krakoff
MANCHESTER TAN (Benjamin Moore)
"Marvelous for a 'cocoon' bedroom"
-Suzanne Rheinstein
DUSK (Restoration Hardware)
 
"For the inside of cabinets"
-Steven Gambrel
TERRA COTTA (Pratt and Lambert)
 
 
BEST WHITES?...coming soon....
This month I am featuring loads of COLORFUL ideas.  Some are a result of my own experiences with client's and their homes, other ideas are based on research and/or ideas I have gleaned from other design professionals.  I believe in all of them and if I don't....you'll hear about it.
 
Travel to find inspiration.
Years ago, I discovered Sibella Court on a TV show. She oozes style and was recently featured in BHG.  There she explained how she uses her global travels to inspire new palettes. 
 
"When traveling, your senses are naturally heightened and you are consciously
aware of everything around you," she says.
 
She was inspired by hot pink turbans, and patchwork textiles in
India when creating this palette:
 
Sibella Court BHG Sept 2012

Clockwise: Mount Royale (Dutch Boy), Pick me Up (BHG paint from Glidden), Shangri-La (Behr), Timberline (truevaluepaint.com), and Mariner (Sherwin Williams)
 
 
 
 
This month I am featuring loads of COLORFUL ideas.  Some are a result of my own experiences with client's and their homes, other ideas are based on research and/or ideas I have gleaned from other design professionals.  I believe in all of them and if I don't....you'll hear about it.
 
Idea for today:
From Courtney Price
 
When rooms open to one another, avoid choosing radically different colors, or the space will look too small and choppy.
This month I am featuring loads of COLORFUL ideas.  Some are a result of my own experiences with client's and their homes, other ideas are based on research and/or ideas I have gleaned from other design professionals.  I believe in all of them and if I don't....you'll hear about it.
 
To kick things off I want to introduce you to a new love:
GRAY AND YELLOW
 
It's cool meets warm.
It's happy meets dreary.
It's lemonade on a cloudy day.
 
Go Bold with Sunshine and Horizon Gray from Benjamin Moore:

 
OR use more neutrals tones such as Citrine and Silhouette (again Benjamin Moore):

 
Finally, you could use this lovely combo of BM Banana Cream and Secret:

 
They pair so well with the deep & rich Hale Navy:
 
Have FUN and Let me know if there is a color combination you are loving now....
 
 
 
It’s summer and one of the stylish accessories of the moment is mirrors. More specifically, sunburst mirrors.  Here is a round up (and inspiration) of some of the best:

 Crate and Barrel Starburst Mirror

Home Decorator's Silver Mirror


Horchow Starburst Mirror

Lamps Plus Sunburst Mirror


Suzanne Kasler for Ballard Designs

Use them over your bed, in an entry way, over your mantle, or even above your bathtub. These beauties infuse a space with whimsy, texture and interest like no other.
They look especially great on darker walls and when paired with a fantastic light source.
Don’t be afraid to use them on their own or in a cluster of other wall accessories.
They are pure fun!
It's the time of the year when most of us just want to be OUTSIDE. We turn our focus of Stylish Living to the backyard, the patio, the veranda, etc. I have an outdoor project in the works that I hope to show you soon. Meanwhile, you can visit my Pinterest Board for inspiration:

Here are some of my favorite ideas:




Do you have an outdoor project to share?
Email me and I'll feature it on my Facebook Page.
This post is extra special to me. I am featuring a beautiful home designed (and lived in) by one of the best people in my life. She is a fellow designer and genius in the details.  Recently, her home was featured on a house walk in Glen Ellyn, IL benefiting the Glen Ellyn Infant Welfare Society. 

When Amy and her awesome husband bought a sweet 2 bedroom, 1 bath home in 2004 they had big plans for a future remodel.  
The result of those big plans can be seen here in these photos.
Join me as we tour the home virtually... 
A great view of the kitchen. Gorgeous light fixtures echo a circular theme that is seen in the back splash accent tile, the bar stools, and a fantastic original window that was kept intact during the remodel.
(seen below above the breakfast nook)

She designed a built-in bench seat and had the table custom made to fit the space.

 Here is another view of the breakfast nook looking into the family room.


The family room is so gorgeous. Little touches of bling are ALL OVER this house and it is so well appointed.  The wood cladding around the fireplace was left over from a client's house that she designed. 
You know how I adore repurposed materials.
More bling and more love in this high styled living room. The settee has been in the family for years. She reupholstered it to heighten it's style.
The dining room is divine. I could stare at the pendant all night. The white lacquer table is the perfect contrast to the black dining chairs. The buffet is custom designed by the homeowner and built to fit over a staircase below that leads to the basement. She found silver trays at flea markets, painted chalkboard paint on them and hand lettered a prayer that her grandfather used to say a mealtime.
Foyer light at entry. Swoon.
Want to do laundry? Heck ya! Look at this wallpaper!!! This family has travelled to some amazing places and it is illustrated by the map and photographs on the wall about the folding counter surface. WANDER....
At every turn, I love this house. Seen here is the Master Bedroom. Note the nesting tables that are stacked in the corner to form a bookshelf. Genius.

Maas Photography in Glen Ellyn did this fantastic portrait of the family above the bed. It was custom cropped to emphasize the unity of this FAB family of four.
The master bathroom tile detail is perfection. Love the cleanliness of the quartz countertop.
The oldest daughters bedroom is so sweet.
The bed was bought a a flea market and painted that gorgeous pink.
Amy painted the tree on the wall and hung beautiful vintage mirrors to reflect light and the ridiculously fun chandelier.

The youngest daughter's room is shown here. Amy also painted the stripes and vanity in this room. Love, love, love the colors in this room.
Finally, the mudroom.  The same repurposed wood is used on the bench seat. Custom millwork includes cubbies for coats, bags, and drawers for shoes.  Rectangular tiles make the space seem even bigger and the finish hides lots of undesirable dirt.

Amy Storm is crazy talented. This little tour represents a tiny portion of her immense portfolio.
Please visit www.designstorms.com to see more of her work.

(If you have a question or love something, please comment below.)
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