How to: Bring Fall into a Summer Palette

The summer color palette that I featured yesterday is fun, sweet and modern but how do you make your home feel like fall with such a cool palette.  I would say textures and pattern.  Bringing in neutral textures that remind you of fall and simple, classic patterns.

Here are a few ideas of how to add fall to your summer home.

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I love bringing in natural elements from the outside.  It’s free and brings texture into the home for the season.  How do you bring fall time in?


Colors of Nature: A Sweet and Modern Summer Palette

I’m blogging from my homeland at the Outer Banks.  I saw these pillows and artwork this past week and thought how much the colors reminded me of summer and the beach.  So….it was just an appropriate weekend to share this beautiful mix of colors.  I’m usually drawn to warmer colors but I love the bright gold and blue with the cooler colors.

Here’s what I came up with.

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Follow along to see how to bring Fall into this Summer Color Palette.

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Everyday Buys: Wood Plank Walls

The wood plank walls in the bedroom I created for yesterday’s post was a wallpaper.  I can’t believe how realistic it looks.  This is a very, hot, Fall trend that has been moving up the popularity charts over the past few years.  There are many ways to recreate this look in your home.

Here are a few I found while browsing the net.

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There are a lot of ways to create wood plank walls in your own space.  Of course, you can always go to your local salvage yard and find reclaimed wood.  Stik Wood is my favorite.  It’s a peel-and-stick wood veneer that can be removed fairly easily when you’re ready for a change.  I want to use this product in my split-foyer area.  Have you used a wood plank product that you love?

Wallpaper / Porcelain tile /  Vinyl / Wall Decal / Laminate / Stik Wood

Tricks of the Trade: Awkward Bedroom Windows

Everyone has that one window in their home that is totally awkward and you can never figure out what to do with it.  I have one in my bedroom and so does the Decorator’s Show House that I mentioned yesterday.  I peeked just to make sure.

Here are a few ideas on how to make that awkward window beautiful!





Hope you can draw some inspiration from these ideas!

Bed / Bamboo Shade /  Chevron pillow / Ikat pillows / Floor Lamp / Table Lamp / Sunburst Mirror / Drapes / Night Stand / Floral painting / Bird Embroidery / Black & White Photography / Top Landscape / Landscape Photography

Elemental Design: Merriweather Farms Decorator Show House

A couple of friends and I visited the Decorator Show House at Merriweather Farms in Maryland this past week.  We had a great time!  I’m always inspired by the homes I walk through, even if I don’t always like the style of a home or room.  There is always something to learn.  There were a couple of rooms that really worked in this home.

Here’s a simple explanation as to why they worked  so well.Merriweather Farm blog

Sherwin Williams hosted their Color Mix 2015 at the Decorator’s Show House which was sponsored by Historic Ellicott City, Inc. I can’t wait to share some inspiration from their presentation.

Here is quick article and more pictures of the home.

This home is also on the market.  Here’s the listing!

Colors of Nature: Elegant Beachy Living Room

I have been working on color palettes this week for a client.  She has a sweet home on the water and loves the beach.  I was inspired by a photo I saw of Billy and Katie Lee Joel’s living room in their home in New York City.  I loved the colors and the elegant feel of this room.  Nate Berkus helped design this home and here is a video tour you can see of the room and others.

Here is how I used this inspiration room to put together a color palette.

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My clients have a much more relaxed style but this is a neutral and versatile color palette that can bring a calmness to a busy home with three young boys along with an elegant style.  This color palette says water and sand in a very grown-up way.


Elemental Design: My Master Bedroom

Ever since I saw this bedroom on my dear friend’s blog, by Furbish Studio, I’ve tried to replicate it in my own space.  I have bought two different rugs, one I just couldn’t pass up for $10 at a yard sale. I’ve also acquired a nice white duvet set from West Elm.  Thanks Mom!  It’s a king size but nothing I can’t fix.  I’m actually thinking of pin tucking it.  I’m on my way!  Here’s how to replicate a room without buying everything new and using patterns and textures to get the feel.

Here’s a breakdown of what I love and have.

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There’s just no way around it!  I have to install the bamboo floors that are in my main living spaces into my room.  That way any pastel color will look amazing. I can layer rugs with wood flooring.  The runner can go in front of my bed and a cute shag bedside by bed.  I just can’t break down and purchase an 8×10 Turkish rug for this room.  Way too much money!

I don’t have enough room for the seating area but I can recover my little bench with a large geometric pattern, kind of like that pillow on the love seat.  Using the burlap curtains as a texture, like the love seat, instead of buying a new bench and curtains cuts down on the overall price tag for this room. Switching out the colors of the bedding and furniture is a good idea too.  I really don’t want to repaint my furniture and I like it black and distressed.  I have white bedding too.  Why change it?  The feel of the room will still be the same.

Okay, now I’m getting excited!  Thoughts in line and plan on paper.  Watch out honey!  We might be sleeping in the living room for awhile.

How To Start Designing a Room

This is a topic that can be very mind boggling.  Well, it goes back to your school days.  BRAINSTORM!  In modern day translation, this means PINTEREST.  Pinterest is a great way to start the process.

Here are some tips to get your creative juices flowing.

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I just started this process for my Residential Design class.  We are doing a Trading Spaces type project with a partner in class.  I have a partner that has traveled and lived all over the world.  I’m designing a sitting room for her.  Here is what I narrowed my board down to.  We both agreed on the inspiration picture.

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I think it’s a great start!  Here’s a link to my Pinterest Board for this project.

 Did you notice the tassel trim curtains?

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Large Coffered Ceiling / Glass Paned Doors


Everyday Buys: Jute Tassel Trim

I know it’s been awhile but here I am.  After an overwhelming year of life I’ve changed my look and content of my blog.  I want to try this from a fresh start again- simple and easy.  I’ve decided to use the many thoughts I have on design during the week.  It’s normally more than three but I’m a weekend blogger now so that’s the limit.  Hopefully this will help me to streamline my thoughts and focus on what’s at hand in my life,design wise and help you be inspired for your own home.

My teenage daughter is getting a bedroom makeover, again.  I should’ve listened to her the first time, but that’s a whole other post.  I’m making her curtains.  Well, kind of adding on the an IKEA pair.  I wanted to put some sort of tassel trim on them.  I found Serena and Lily tassel curtains in Marshall’s clearanced section that I used in my other daughter’s room.  I decided on jute tassel to help the beachy look along.  Here are a few that I found.

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Not all of these trims are meant for drapes.  Can you guess which ones?  You got it, #4 and possibly #3.  Here are a few tips of what to look for when purchasing jute trim to add to your drapes.

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Can’t wait to share the trim in my girls’ rooms.  Do you like trim on your curtains?