TBT Sofa

TBT Sofa

Ok here it is the matching sofa to my Throw Back Thursday Chair last week. And the key word here is matching. Matching Sofa, chair and ottoman! Gigantic rolled leather arms with a tapestry fabric that wore like iron.

Old Sofa Stats …
Tight back = no back cushions.
Straight seat cushion which means the arms come down to the end of the sofa and the cushion sits within the arms.
Length 86″ long but the arms are 10″ wide so you lose 20″ of seating space.

TBT Sofa
TBT Old Sofa

New Sofa Stats …
3 cushion
Length 95″
Extra deep
Track arm sofa
Seat Cushions, Spring blend down T-cushions.
T-Cushions refers to the T like shape at the end of the cushion that wraps around the arm.
Spring Blend Down means in the core of the cushion is a coiled spring wrapped in foam then cotton batting then surrounded by a down blend cushion.
Track arm is typically a more modern or clean lined rectangular arm style.

TBT Sofa
TBT New Sofa

Two totally different sofas! But I have to give it to the new sofa, I like the T-cushion, track arms and the cushion back it all makes for a much more comfortable sofa.

The new sofa and pillows are from Intentional Designs, Inc.
Below you can see the design process as I selected fabrics below for the frames and pillows and how it came together.

TBT Sofa
The Fabrics

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I love TBT!
Enjoy your day, make it a great one ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

Warm Neutral Paint Colors

When choosing from all the warm neutral paint colors available, consider Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige SW 7036.

I know it is hard to visualize paint color in a room ~ everything affects it; from lighting to flooring, upholstery and accessories. So what you see here may look different in your space, that’s why it is so important to sample it in your room. Make sure to paint 2 coats in several different locations, and if your going over a very deep color you may need to prime first.

Accessible Beige is a beautiful livable neutral color. The Master Bedroom below is from HGTV Dream Home 2013. They have used Accessible Beige SW 7036 in their master suite and paired it with blue tones for a completely serene “sandy” environment.

HGTV Dream Home 2013, Master Suite Bedroom
HGTV Dream Home 2013, Master Suite Bedroom

The palette of accessible beige SW7036 + warm bamboo flooring + soft blues + cream and crisp white set the stage for a the rest of the design choices.

I really love how they maximized their space using a writing desk in leu of a night stand (matching) next to the bed in a painted finish and a dresser on the other side. The soft blue coverlet with a crisp white duvet and pillows adds a “hotel” chic feel.

HGTV Dream Home 2013, Master Suite Bedroom
HGTV Dream Home 2013, Master Suite Bedroom

Accessible Beige SW7036 is categorized by Sherwin-Williams as a Warm Neutral and is in many of their collections; Bold Invention, Coastal Cool, Neutral Nuance, Pottery Barn Kids – Fall 2013, PBteen – Fall 2013 Color.

Below for the Neutral Nuance Collection, Accessible Beige is paired with SW6185 Escape Gray and SW6385 Dover White.

Sherwin Williams SW 7036 Accessible Beige.  HGTV Neutral Nuance
Sherwin Williams SW 7036 Accessible Beige. HGTV Neutral Nuance

From the Coastal Cool Collection below, this paint pallet encompasses Accessible Beige, SW0024 Curio Gray and SW7014 Eider White.

Sherwin Williams SW 7036 Accessible Beige.  HGTV Coastal Cool
Sherwin Williams SW 7036 Accessible Beige. HGTV Coastal Cool

As a warm neutral, Accessible Beige lends itself towards many color combinations from blues to greens to pops of vivid colors. If you are considering a warm neutral paint color Accessible Beige would be worth the time to look into.

Sherwin Williams Bold Invention Collection
Sherwin Williams Bold Invention Collection

Accessible Beige has also been featured in The DIY Network Blog Cabin 2013 pictured below with SW6772 Cay.

DIY Blog Cabin 2013.  Sherwin Williams SW 7036 Accessible Beige
DIY Blog Cabin 2013. Sherwin Williams SW 7036 Accessible Beige

Make sure to visit http://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/color/find-and-explore-colors/paint-colors-by-family/SW7036-accessible-beige/#/7036/?s=products&p=PS0 for more information on Accessible Beige.

Spring Color Forecast

Happy Spring!!!
The weather is anything but predictable but the Spring Color Forecast from Pantone Women’s Spring 2015 Color Collection guarantees a season of beautiful color ahead.

Spring Color Forecast,Women's Spring 2015 Colors
Pantone’s Women’s Spring 2015 Colors

Cooler colors like Aquamarine and Lucite Green seem to be dominating the forecast, but we stay anchored with Classic Blue and Marsala and we rely on our neutral colors in Toasted Almond and Glacier Gray to enhance all the other colors.

For more information from Pantone, click on the link below.

My mantra ~ Home Fashion Colors follow Runway colors.
For the home, I think The Pantone Women’s Spring 2015 color palette is a most welcome accent to the existing abundance of neutral color schemes and furnishings.

The message for me is color + confidence, beautiful combinations of serene and bold, warm and cool combined with neutrals, all together brimming with clarity, calmness and joy.

In the marketplace color and pattern abounds! If you haven’t been bit by the color bug just wait … there comes a point when you simply can’t resist.

Spring Color Forecast
Fabric collection soon to be offered by IntentionalDesigns.com

If the color doesn’t get you the fresh modern patterns with global influences or solid textures just may. Designers have delivered new upbeat florals, geometric prints + animal prints in an array of colors plus beautiful textured solids and fresh takes on plaids + houndstooth patterns.

Find your way to introduce a little or a lot of color into your space, be fearless or at least push yourself up one notch and see where it takes you.

How to get started????
My Tip ~
Start with a beautiful fabric or collection of fabrics, then extract colors from it for your paint color or accent colors.

Paint + Fabrics
Paint + Fabrics

Or ~
Let the paint color drive your design decisions. It’s a little more challenging this way and I don’t normally recommend it, but if your really crazy for a paint color just “make it work”.

My Simple Real Life Truth ~
I recently painted my powder room in Benjamin Moore Breath of Fresh Air, I absolutely love the color it’s fresh, modern and fun. I paired the rest of the room in tones of gray, black and whites, a gray vanity with a white top, a mirror in gray and cream, artwork in black and white and a window treatment that marries the paint color. Definitely drabbbbb to fab!


Powder Room Makeover
Powder Room Makeover

Which are your favorite colors from the palette???

Spring Color Forecast,Women's Spring 2015 Colors
Pantone’s Women’s Spring 2015 Colors

Happy Monday! Enjoy your week ahead … make a great one!
be happy + be comfortable in your home ~ nancy

Apartment Window Design Ideas

Anyone remember these days …
they revisit you when your “children” move out!

Apartment Window Design Ideas
duct tape window treatment

And again when your husband adds his design aesthetic!

Apartment Window Design Ideas
Duct tape window treatment

So what’s a designer and mother to do … absolutely nothing unless …. wait for it … but no interest on anyones part.
So I found myself saying things like …
“great use for duct tape, it’s so versatile”
“glad you have extra sheets”
“dad added a tie-back made from broken mini blind cording, how inventive”
“love the artwork”
“good thing we have some privacy … when is the Super fixing the blinds again???”

For me, my mind was full of apartment window design ideas, this amazing apartment in the best location in Boston has such integrity; huge windows with deep sills, 9′ plus ceiling height, fireplace and all the quirkiness that you could ask for.

I’m thinking …
Paint a neutral color.
Change out the yellow for Elephant Tusk by Benjamin Moore.

Add a quick window treatment update in an Ikat print, one of the collections soon to be offered by IntentionalDesigns.com.
I like the gray tones in this Ikat it works well with his gray sofa and doesn’t compete with his artwork.
I’m a pillow person, for me no room is complete until a few pillows in textural solids and graphic patterns are tossed onto the sofa for long naps.
… and that would do the trick.

Apartment Window Design Ideas
Fabric collection by IntentionalDesigns.com

The end result, no decorating intervention this trip…
But the guys sure know how to choose a good restaurant and make a reservation. We had a delicious and fun dinner at Carmelina’s in the North End of Boston then off to Mikes to pick up a few Cannoli’s.

Apartment window design ideas
That’s me and the guys, my husband Paul and son Scott at Carmelina’s Restaurant Boston, North End



have a great weekend!
and as always, thanks for sharing your week with me! ~ nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

TBT … Family Room Chairs

Throw back Thursday
Family room chairs!

TBT isn’t just about hairstyles or clothing styles …
here’s a tbt family room chair.

Back in the 90’s it was all about gigantic rolled arms and fabric combinations. This chair has it all, gigantic rolled leather arms, a wood frame plus a tapestry fabric.
I loved it, but it’s had its day in design.

Family Room Chairs
TBT… Family Room Chairs
Before giant rolled arms of the 90’s.

A much needed update, two chairs for the space of one! lol!
I’m just crazy for these streamlined Medley Chairs from Kravet Furniture. They’re comfortable and clean lined in a beautiful gray chenille, also from Kravet Fabrics.

Family Room Chairs
TBT… Family Room Chairs
After, beautiful clean lined chairs from Kravet Furniture.
Chair Styles for Living room and family room.
Family Room Chairs
TBT… Family Room Chairs
After, beautiful clean lined chairs from Kravet Furniture.
Chair Styles for Living room and family room.

Below is a link to the Kravet Furniture website.
I’m a big fan of Kravet furniture, it’s so comfortable and never disappoints plus they have a beautiful selection of styles.


Have a fabulous Thursday …
Friday is tomorrow! yay!! ~ Nancy
be happy and be comfortable in your home

Green Decor

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
A little green decor to start your day ~ enjoy! Nancy

If you’re looking for a soft go with everything green…
try Benjamin Moore’s color of the year 2015 Guilford Green HC-116. Following our beachy decorating theme from last week, Guilford Green would be another color option to check out for your seaside retreat at home.

Green Decor, Benjamin Moore Guilford Green HC-116
Benjamin Moore Guilford Green HC-116

Or if you’re searching for an emerald hue …
These beautiful fabrics from Fabricut will certainly add a rich pop of color.

Green Decor, Fabricut Fabrics in Emerald
Fabricut Fabrics in Emerald

Green Accessories sure to add interest …
Adding green accessories and fabrics to the room below gives this warm palette a rich pop of color.

Sherwin-Williams Latte SW 6108

Color Flow In Homes
HGTV Smart Home 2014, Guest Room. Designer Linda Woodrum. Credit: Eric Perry.

Freshen up with green …
I love a green and white palette, it’s fresh and inviting every time.

Sherwin-Williams Pure White 7005 + Sherwin-Williams Breaktime SW 6463

Green Decor, HGTV Dream Home 2015 Paint Colors
Kids Bathroom

Don’t forget to be real …
Keep it simple and beauty emerges. I just love the casual arrangement of fresh cut greens + flowers, it’s so bold yet effortless.

Celebrity Home Design
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick “The Comfort Factor” from www.elledecor.com by Stacie Stukin Photography by William Waldron.

My simple real life truth …
I’ve found over the years working with clients that people tend to be either blue or green people, but rarely both. Growing up in the 60’s “avocado” green and gold were the color of the era. So, I’m used to olive tones but never warmed up to the hunter greens of the 90’s. I am definitely a blue person first, but absolutely love a blue + green combination when it works … it reminds me of enjoying a beautiful summer day outside.

Have a great Monday! ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

Decorate with Beach Colors

It’s easy to decorate with Beach colors whatever your decorating style is. If you’re inspired by a seaside palette check out the video below from CoastalLiving.com. 10 Beach House Essentials gives you some quick and easy ways to incorporate beach colors into your home … seaside or not!

My tips ~
If you love the look and feel of a seaside palette, consider all the components that make up the space ~

Search for images that you like and refer to them as you choose the essential elements below …

Color palette + flow of your home/space
Choosing a color palette will really help to narrow design choices down the line
To support your color palette.
Some suggested colors for a seaside palette are a mix of neutrals + white with soothing blue or green barely-there colors; depending on the room you can certainly opt for more saturated hues.
A mix of solid fabrics + prints, especially stripes will always tie a room together.

Decorate with Beach colorsl Beach inspired pillows
Beach inspired pillows

Combine natural elements such as rattan baskets + pops of vivid “beachy” colors.
Think easy care such as wood flooring with natural fiber area rugs; such as a sisal.

Furniture + upholstery pieces
Take time to plan for these important pieces.
Consider repurposing furniture or keep it casual by adding mismatched pieces. Visit flea markets, estate sales or local antique stores for a unique piece or two.

“My simple real life truth”
The beach is probably one of my favorite places, winter or summer. With all the snow this late in March, I guess my mind has wandered off to beach inspired decorating! We’ve explored so many different palettes and design styles this week that I’m re-energized to get going on a few new projects!

Decorating with Beach Colors
That’s me at the Beach in February, it was pretty windy!
Decorating with Beach Colors
My favorite view.

enjoy your weekend by the sea!
and as always, thanks for sharing your week with me ~ nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home