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I am Nancy Wildermuth, Owner and Founder of Intentional Designs, Inc. Whatever your requirements are, Intentional Designs remains committed to exceeding your design vision with professional and courteous care. Located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, I have over a decade of experience, offering Innovative Interior Design/Decoration coupled with full product lines for every space and point of view. Intentional Designs may be new to you; however, have confidence that ID carefully designs each project based upon individual needs, selecting vendors with the highest degree of integrity, quality, style and reputation. ID offers Interior Design Services and products for Residential use. As an Allied ASID Member or the Philadelphia East Chapter, I am currently the Chairperson for the Interior Design Awards, to be held in May 2013. Prior to that I volunteered with the IDA 2011 committee.

Paint Colors for Winter Months

Questions??? I was recently asked about choosing paint colors for winter months. I love this question because it’s the emotion behind the question with a link to specific geographic areas.

Ultimately it’s the same wherever you are …How do you want to feel in your space?

    Do you want your space to feel cozy and warm most of the year with a warm neutral palette?
    -or-
    Do you prefer white walls, keeping as much light as possible?
    -or-
    Do you want to perk up your space with lots and lots of bright color?
    -or-
    Do you tend towards cool color tones?
    and the list of questions goes on….

Living in a cold weather climate the winter is longer for you with less sunlight as the winter months progress. On the flip side, if you live in a warmer climate there is an abundance of bright sunshine most of the year. Again, great question, because in the winter months it is important to take into consideration how you want your home to feel because that’s when we spend the bulk of our time indoors.

We lived in Minnesota for a couple of years, it seemed to be cloudy a lot, not to mention very cold but for me the cloudy days took more getting use to in the long run. I preferred to paint the rooms in shades of white keeping the space open and bright; while some of my neighbors had a cozier feel with deep rich paint tones. I live in the Northeast now and it’s pretty much the same; I still have mostly white walls and some of my neighbors and clients have deep rich paint colors.

So it still circles back to what you like, what makes you happy and comfortable in your home?

All the photo’s below from SouthernLiving.com. Click on the link below for more information.
http://www.southernliving.com/home-garden/decorating/home-decorating-tips-ideas-style-guide

A warm neutral palette …
This neutral tone-on-tone textural palette has all the elements you need to create a cozy space.

Paint Colors for Winter Months
A Warm Neutral Palette.
From SoutherLiving.com Photo Credit Laurey W. Glenn.

White Walls …
Love the casual balance of this living room.
graphic-design-after-x-l

Lots of color …
Crazy about the ceiling color and how it plays out in the rest of the space in furnishings and accessories.
Paint color from Benjamin Moore Dill Pickle 2147-40.

From SouthernLiving.com Paint: Benjamin Moore Dill Pickle (2147-40).
From SouthernLiving.com
Paint: Benjamin Moore Dill Pickle (2147-40). Photo Credit: Laurey W. Glenn.

Cool Colors …
Teal
Just beautiful, just can’t get enough of the teal colors we are seeing right now.
paint colors for winter months

Spa Blue
So refreshing, ahhhh.
paint colors for winter months

Hope you all have a great day!!!
be happy + be comfortable in your home ~ nancy

Pantone Color Report Spring 2015

Pantone Color Report Spring 2015 for fashion was introduced in September to coincide with NY Fashion Week.

    Since home fashion follows runway fashion … how will you incorporate these colors into your home … or will you?


Color Trends for 2015.  Pantone Color Report 2015
Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2015.

From www.pantone.com
http://www.pantone.com/pages/fcr/?season=spring&year=2015&from=hpfeatures
“Many feel compelled to be connected around the clock because we are afraid
we’ll miss something important. There is a growing movement to step out and
create ‘quiet zones’ to disconnect from technology and unwind, giving ourselves
time to stop and be still,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the
Pantone Color Institute®. “Color choices follow the same minimalistic, ‘en plein
air’ theme, taking a cue from nature rather than being reinvented or mechanically
manipulated. Soft, cool hues blend with subtle warm tones to create a soothing
escape from the everyday hustle and bustle.”

Visit Pantone for their list of the Top 10 Women’s Colors for Spring/Summer 2015 at
http://www.pantone.com/pages/fcr/?season=spring&year=2015&pid=3

2015 Color Trends. Pantone's Color Report Spring 2015
2015 Color Trends. Pantone’s Color Report Spring 2015

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.

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.

www.fabricut.com

Isabelle De Borchgrave - For Fabricut

Isabelle De Borchgrave – For Fabricut

    I absolutely love the sophisticated breath of these modern serene yet powerful colors full of simple pleasures for the soul.

For the home, I think The Pantone Spring 2015 color palette is a most welcome accent to the existing abundance of neutral color schemes and furnishings.

    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.

Add a vignette as pictured above in a warm-toned palette or a backdrop of colorful window treatments to enhance your upholstery or a little paint to get things started.

http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-ca/paint-color/breathoffreshair

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!

home interior color trends
Breath of Fresh Air, Benjamin Moore

Which are your favorite colors from the palette???

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

Traditional Home 25th Anniversary

Traditional Home 25th Anniversary Celebration!

I think I’ve always had a subscription to Traditional Home Magazine. I seem to have subscriptions to most decorating magazines … but I do love spending time relaxing and flipping through the pages of beautiful publications learning as I read about the designs.

Check out Traditional Home Magazine they have collected “25 Years of Beautiful” Rooms for us to visit. It’s really fun to see how things have changed or maybe not …

    I’ve pulled out a few of my favorites from over the years which are your favorites???

I love this living room below from the October 2012 issue.
They had me at gray + white …
Classic + modern.
Beautiful architectural details + rich design elements create an understated chic comfortable space.

http://www.traditionalhome.com/design/25-years-beautiful-living-rooms?page=24

Traditional Home Magazine 25 Years
From www.traditionalhome.com Louise Brooks’s Elegant Living Room. Photo Credit: Tria Giovan, Interior Design: Lynn Morgan, Architectural Design: Louise Brooks.

A classic Black and White Bedroom from May 1999.
Simple, elegant and timeless.

http://www.traditionalhome.com/design/bedrooms/25-years-beautiful-bedrooms?page=11

Traditional Home 25th Anniversary
From www.traditionalhome.com. Black-and-White Bedroom. Designer: John Barman. Photo Credit: Jeff McNamara.

A “Summer Inspired Dining Room” from the July 2008 Issue.
I love anything with hydrangea’s, especially a hydrangea beach inspired room!
The elements of this room speak cottage on Cape Cod, casual with a touch of formality without falling into theme decorating.

http://www.traditionalhome.com/design/25-years-beautiful-dining-rooms?page=20

Traditional Home 25th Anniversary
From www.traditionalhome.com. Summer-Inspired Dining Room. Photo Credit: Bruce Buck. Interior Design: Mary Foley and Michael Cox. Architect: Douglas Dick.

Happy Friday!! The weekend is here ~ enjoy!!
Thanks for sharing your week with me …
and as always have a wonderful weekend ~ Nancy

be happy + be comfortable in your home

Navy Leading Home Color Trend

Navy leading home color trend for accessories, furnishings, wall color, flooring just about anything anywhere!

According to a report on Color from PantoneView.com August 2014, Navy is leading the note in interior settings for both product and furnishing choices.

Navy can be …

Your paint color …

http://inspiration.farrow-ball.com

Navy Leading Home Trend Color
Hague Blue-30
Farrow and Ball

Accessories …
http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/blossom-garden-seat/?pkey=cgarden-seats&cm_src=garden-seats||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_–_-

Navy Leading Home Trend Color
from www.wshome.com. Navy accessories.

Flooring …
http://www.flor.com/made-you-look-2-chevron-indigo-10-x-12.html

FLOR modular carpet tiles, Made You Look SU13V FLORug
FLOR modular carpet tiles, Made You Look SU13V FLORug

Upholstery …

choosing home accessories
From Coastal Home
Interior Designer Lynn Morgan, Rowayton, CT.
Photo: Annie Schlechter; Stylist: Matthew Gleason

Cabinetry …

Blue Kitchen Cabinets
HGTV Smart Home 2014, Kitchen. Designer Linda Woodrum. Credit: Eric Perry.
    I tend to gravitate towards all shades of navy from deep indigo to bright navy.
    I have hints of navy scattered around my house from accessories to china. Most recently I designed window treatments in the pattern below with a tangerine accent just for fun, I’ll post a picture once I install them.

www.kravet.com

Navy Fabric
Arta Fabric from Kravet in Indigo.

    It’s common to hear designers suggest adding a touch of black to every room, I think the same is true about navy. Adding a little navy always seems to be a welcome sophisticated addition.

    Navy or deep blue tones remind me of a pair of jeans, well-loved and familiar. Probably most of us have a connection with navy from the classic navy blazer or a pair of jeans to natures deep blue ocean and starry nights.

Cinque Terre, Italy. The Ligurian Sea, which is actually a part of the Mediterranean Sea was the most breathtaking bright navy water I have ever seen, just amazing.

Cinque Terre, Monterosso Italy, view from our room
Cinque Terre, Monterosso Italy, view from our room

A favorite blue paint color of mine is Lucerne AF-530 from Benjamin Moore. I just love the rich bright lively nature of this color.

http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-ca/paint-color/lucerne

    I just love this boys room below, the Madras patterned quilt provided a fun colorful jumping off point to add color and personality to the room. The accent wall is painted using Lucerne AF530, it works perfectly with the Madras patterned quilt.
Painting Accent Walls. intentionaldesigns.com
After Boys Bedroom, by Intentional Designs, Photo by dreams come true productions. Paint Benjamin Moore Lucerne AF-530 and Natural Wicker OC-1.

Enjoy you’re Wednesday … the weekend is just around the corner!
be happy + be comfortable in your home ~ nancy

Celebrity Home Design

Happy Monday!! Hope everyone is having a great day!

Celebrity Home Design highlighting Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick’s summer home designed for “comfort” in Bridgehampton NY.

Personal style abounds from their comfortably stylish home in Bridgehampton. Designed by long time friend Eric Hughes their goal was “comfort, comfort, comfort”.

http://www.elledecor.com/celebrity-style/the-comfort-factor#slide-2

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

Enjoy this beautiful home beaming with personal style, ease and comfort.

My take away is the use of white ~ notice how white is a key player in each of the rooms.

    The white backdrop allows this seating area to create a moment within the space.

http://www.elledecor.com/celebrity-style/the-comfort-factor#slide-5

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

    In the Kitchen the bold red cabinetry pops against the white walls and black + white floor.

http://www.elledecor.com/celebrity-style/the-comfort-factor#slide-9

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

    In the Dining room I love the black + white scheme carefully designed but at the same time carefree and easy in spirit all centered around a custom table and an amazing turquoise chandelier. I love the touches of kelly green too.

I think this is a great idea! A miss-matched set of chairs painted all black with black upholstered slip seats. So brilliant, just love it.

http://www.elledecor.com/celebrity-style/the-comfort-factor#slide-10

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

    In this Guest Room, white soothes the space and at the same time supports the colorful fabrics and accessories.

http://www.elledecor.com/celebrity-style/the-comfort-factor#slide-15

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

Enjoy your day … make it a great week!
be happy + be comfortable in your home ~ Nancy

2015/16 Color Palettes

It’s Friday … hope you all have a great day!

Pantone 2015/16 Color Palettes …
remember~ home fashion follows runway fashion.
Here we see a new player but an old favorite updated and fresh … Olive.

Below are newly released color palettes from The Pantone Color Institute for 2015/16.
http://www.pantone.com/pci/pages/index.aspx?pg=21148#team-section

Global Color
From Pantone Color Institute. Color Trends for 2015/2016.

The Two Collections above, described by Pantone ~

    Foggy
    “Foggy pinks mix and mingle with warm greys. A touch of metallic adds shine and contrast”
    Blurred
    “Dreamy celadons blur with ochres and pale olive for an earthy mix of transient hues.”

Grey is still a strong player in the Foggy palette, from pale gray to deep graphite.
While olive is the clear cornerstone within the Blurred palette.

These two deep rich tones support the new dreamy rich and complex hues of pink, celadon and ochre.

The earthy sophisticated tones of olive create a subtle richness for other colors to take center stage.

Below is the Ralph Lauren RTW Runway for Spring 2015. Visit the link below for the full show it will take your breath away.

http://www.wwd.com/runway/spring-ready-to-wear-2015/review/ralph-lauren/slideshow?src=facebook#/slideshow/article/7902486/7902582

2015/16 Color Trends
From WWD.com Ralph Lauren RTW Spring 2015, 2015/16 Color Trends

How will you incorporate Olive tones into your home??? Or will you??
I’ll leave you with this accent chair from a post of mine earlier this year.

FEBRUARY'S MOST-WANTED HOME FURNISHINGS AND ACCESSORIES. Councill’s Palladian chair in lush citrine velvet. AD editors select their must-have items, from simple pleasures to ultimate luxuries. Architectural Digest. Text by Stephanie Schomer | Produced by Parker Bowie Larson | Photography by Geoffrey Sokol.
FEBRUARY’S MOST-WANTED HOME FURNISHINGS AND ACCESSORIES.
Councill’s Palladian chair in lush citrine velvet.
AD editors select their must-have items, from simple pleasures to ultimate luxuries.
Architectural Digest. Text by Stephanie Schomer | Produced by Parker Bowie Larson | Photography by Geoffrey Sokol.

Thanks for sharing your week with me,
And as always, have a wonderful weekend!
be happy + be comfortable in your home ~ nancy

Trend Watch: White Home Accessories

Hi! Hope everyone is having a great week!

Trend Watch: White Home Accessories.

Home Accessories in white are popping up all over the place from bedding + window treatments to upholstered pieces, white accessories are so versatile a perfect compliment to most any room.

Create dimension and depth to a space by layering different shapes, shades and textures of white.

    The photo below showcases a white kitchen with white accessories complete with white slipcovered chairs, love it!

    White provides the backdrop for other pieces to pop such as the turquoise collection of serving pieces, napkins and accessories.
Trend Watch:  White Home Accessories
White Accessories for a kitchen from table top to decorative accessories.

http://www.bhg.com/decorating/color/neutrals/decorating-with-white/

White Linens are used in most Hotels Guest Rooms which make the room feel bright, clean and welcoming.

    Below is an inspirational photo from The Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia. The Guest Room is brimming with color, pattern and an array of finishes, but the white bedding is simple, clean and a welcoming addition creating a focal point as your eye has a place to rest among the bold color and pattern. You can use this same principle in your home.

Trend Watch: White Home Accessories
Guest Room from the Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia, PA

http://www.monaco-philadelphia.com/hotel/index.html

White accessories and furnishings are popping up all over the place. White has a cleansing nature and crisp feel when paired with neutral palettes and natural linen fabrics.

    The Room below is a great example of how a bit of white perks up a soothing palette of linen fabrics and earth toned wall color.

    Just these touches of white keep your eye moving around the room from the window treatments to the lamp shade + coral accessories to the built-in bookcase accessories up to the crown moldings then back down to the cocktail table with white flowers + and a selections of white accessories then over to the sofa with a touch of white in the accent pillows.

Trend Watch: White Home Accessories
from www.bhg.com. Decorating with white accessories with neutral linen fabrics.

http://www.bhg.com/decorating/color/neutrals/house-tour–decorating-with-neutrals/#page=1

Have a great day!
be happy + be comfortable in your home ~ nancy