spring is here!

March 21, 2012

We are in the mood for spring!

It officially hit yesterday, and just like that, the grass is getting greener by the day!

Let’s celebrate all things fabulously green!

1. Chandelier Earrings (Stella and Dot). 2. Villa Dress (J. Crew). 3. Playhouse (Crate and Barrel). 4. Luck Side Table (CB2). 5. Leather sandals (Aldo). 6. Green Rock Bench (Francis King Showroom).

7. Picnic silverware (West Elm). 8. Marimekko bowl (Crate and Barrel). 9. Green floral wallpaper (KDR Showrooms). 10. Glass pendant (Francis King Showrooms). 11. Green and gold bracelet (Anthropologie). 12. Green maxi skirt (J. Crew). 13. Window panels (Anthropologie).

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Taking more inspiration from Pantone’s prediction of the hot color trends for spring 2012, we’ve showcased two more color combos on the blog today. Take a look…

The first scheme features a daring Ikat fabric from Schumacher that features navy, margarita, tangerine, and grape. Along with this fabric, there is a white Tulip chair with green cushion from Design Within Reach, a tangerine glass pendant from Francis King, and a blue console table from Room and Board.

Our second color combo is also a bold one! This graphic print from KDR showcases tangerine, marigold, grape, hot pink, margarita, navy, bright blue, and sandy taupe. Furnishings that go along with this color scheme include a painted cabinet from KDR, a ceramic based lamp from Crate and Barrel, and a stylish blue chair from Blu Dot.

Would you use either of these color schemes in your home? If so, which room?

orange is the winner!

November 1, 2011

You voted on our color poll for your favorite color of the season and the winner is…

To find these orange items, keep reading!

Orange is a stimulating color. It is also often called a power color. Use it re-energize your mood and increase your creativity.  Some believers in folklore also say that if you need any kind of change in your life, all you have to do is burn an orange candle for 7 nights and it will happen!

Pendant Light: Design Within Reach

Wing Chair: Anthropologie

Parachute skirt: Athleta

Leather belt: Banana Republic

Patterned drapery panels: Anthropologie

Outdoor camping grill: Crate and Barrel

October is breast cancer awareness and we’re doing our part…

To help bring awareness to women’s health please enjoy our collage of pink items found at shops in and around the Twin Cities that you could use in your home.

Bringing breast cancer awareness to the design community, one pink item at a time.

1. Hot Pink cuckoo clock at Patina Stores.

2. Watermelon coffee table by local furniture make BluDot.

3. Bright pink vinyl placemat at Patina Stores.

4. Magenta based lucite table lamp at Room and Board.

5. Rose sheepskin fluffy accent pillow from Room and Board.

6. Marimekko storage tin at Crate and Barrel.

7. Fuscia table lamp at Design Within Reach.

8. Pink side chair from Crate and Barrel.

9. Perforated metal stool at Design Within Reach.

Which one of these items is your favorite?

If you’re looking at your living room and thinking that it looks a little tired and needs a quick pick-me-up, we have the perfect solution for you… pillows!

Pillows are a great way to quickly change the look and feel of  your room or to add a pop of color where it’s needed.  They are easy to change in an out with the seasons and let’s face it, they are fun to shop for… all of the new colors, patterns, and textures… ooh! 

A tip for mixing and matching pillows: grab a couple in the same color family or that have colors that are repeated in a few. It’s good to make sure you have a variety of patterns: think maybe a stripe, an animal print or large floral, and a texture…  (And don’t forget to add in a solid velvet pillow or two – they are perfect for nap time on the sofa!)

(This is a collage of pillows from Anthropologie, CB2, Crate & Barrel, and West Elm. )

4th of July fun!

June 30, 2011

The holiday weekend is just around the corner!

We’ve pulled together some fun red, white, and blue fabulous items to get you in the mood for Independence Day! Take a peek…

  1. Show up dressed in style to your 4th of July picnic with this dress from Anthropologie! (It would be so cute with a flashy red belt and necklace!)
  2. These embroidered napkins from Pottery Barn are just what you need for setting the table.
  3. Baseball is about as American as you can get. Why not serve your lovely fresh fruit and snacks in these baseball serving bowls from Patina?
  4. Heading out to a picnic? This fold down blue table is just the ticket for setting up a snack bar. You can find it at Crate and Barrel.
  5. Pack up your napkins and silverware in this neat caddy from Crate and Barrel.
  6. Fire up this Premier Weber blue grill and throw on your favorite brats, veggies, and hamburgers.
  7. No Fourth of July picnic is complete without fresh strawberries and blueberries. Stock up at your local farmer’s market before heading to the lake!
  8. What a cute (and patriotic) tote bag to toss your things in on the way to the beach. You can find this gem at Anthropologie.
  9. Bomb Popsicles. They are an Independence Day must! Sounds like you’ll need them – it’s going to be a scorcher!
  10. While you’re preparing your holiday weekend goodies, don this cute red, white and blue apron from Patina.
  11. Set your brunch table with these lovely cut-out vinyl place mats from Patina.

Cheers everyone! Have a happy and safe holiday weekend!

the color purple

May 19, 2011

Today I’m taking a little color inspiration from the pretty purple Royal Candles and Geraniums flowers  that are outside of my office window…

Purple at home: 12 light chandelier by Cyan Lighting, abstract animal print wallpaper by Romo, and Theatre two seater sofa by DWR.

Purple in Life: carry-on luggage and garden hose sprayer from Crate & Barrel, and lavender infused sleeping blanket from Patina Stores.

Purple in fashion: watch by Marc Jacobs, leather heels by Michael Antonio, and Floral wrap scarf from Anthropologie.

What are you taking inspiration from today?