How to create a beach vibe in your home

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Happy 4th!!!Hope everyone enjoys the long weekend ahead.

4th of July Flag/Beach
Happy 4th of July!

Have you ever vacationed to a beach location and yearned to bring back that laid back vibe into your home? Here are some great ways to

create a beach vibe in your home

http://www.traditionalhome.com/design/beautiful-homes/spacious-home-seaside-palette

Beachy Blues, Traditional Homes, Sitting Area
Traditional Homes | Photo Credit: Jean Allsopp | ​Interior designer: Georgia Carlee, GCI Design | Sitting Area

Love this sitting area combining beachy blues, crisp whites and sandy tans. The beach vibe is clear without being a theme.

Get this look by adding …
Glass accents
Mix and match fabrics in blue and white.
Anchor the palette with sandy browns, think of your wood floors or in the photo above the ceiling treatment.
Contrast with crisp whites for molding, cabinetry or accent pieces.
Use plenty of texture from rattan furnishings to ceramic accessories or solid surfaces in granite and wall treatment in wainscoting.
Paint in shades of white keep the room fresh and updated.

Beachy Blues, Traditional Homes Master Bedroom
Traditional Homes | Photo Credit: Jean Allsopp | ​Interior designer: Georgia Carlee, GCI Design | Master Bedroom

The bedroom above has an eclectic aesthetic, perfect for a beach home. The Master Bedroom looks as if each piece was collected over time brimming with the homeowners treasures.

Checklist for a beachy vibe …
Slip-covered chairs add an easy breezy feel.
Weathered woods and distressed finishes keep the room light and open.
Lots of texture with the seagrass area rug, shell mirrors and upholstered headboard.
Paint in shades of white and pale blues.

Touches of gray ground the blue and white palette.

Have a wonderful weekend …
and as always thanks for sharing your week with me! ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

Neutral + True White Paint Colors

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Neutral + True white Paint Colors are perfect choices for unifying an open concept floor plan or to create flow throughout your home.

Looking back at the differences in the 2015 + 2014 Dream Home Paint Colors most widely used throughout the homes ~

2015 Dream Home – Sherwin-Williams Pure White SW 7005
2014 Dream Home – Sherwin-Williams Barcelona Beige 7037
2014 Urban Oasis – Sherwin-Williams Barcelona Beige 7037

My take-aways …
Both colors unify an open floor plan seamlessly.
Both colors are considered neutral and both are timeless, lending themselves to many decorating styles from traditional to modern or transitional.
Both colors provide a beautiful backdrop for adding pops of color.

Neutral + True White Paint Colors, HGTV 2015 Dream Home, Great Room/Dining/Kitchen
HGTV 2015 Dream Home, Great Room/Dining/Kitchen

When you are searching for the perfect paint color, consider your entire home not just the one room you are currently working on. The HGTV homes do just that, they have a definite plan that works from the paint color of the main areas down to the accessories in the closets!

Although most of us are not starting from a blank canvas we can develop our home one space at time with a plan. Maybe it will not all be done at the same time but you’ll be heading in the right direction … and the end result will be a home you’ll love.

Sherwin-Williams Pure White SW 7005
Pure White is considered a True White from the PBTeen Fall/Winter 2014 Collection.
http://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/hgtv-home-by-sherwin-williams/homes/dream-home/

Sherwin-Williams Barcelona Beige 7530
Barcelona Beige is considered a warm neutral from Sherwin-Williams Liveable Luxe Collection.
http://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/hgtv-home-by-sherwin-williams/homes/urban-oasis/

My last take-away ~
The big difference to me is that each color will give you a different “feel” to your space …
and the “feel” of your space is that intangible when you connect with a color palette.

http://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/color/find-and-explore-colors/paint-colors-by-family/SW7005/

HGTV 2015 Dream Home Paint Colors
Sherwin-Williams Pure White SW 7005

http://www.hgtv.com/design/hgtv-dream-home/2015/articles/great-room-from-hgtv-dream-home-2015

HGTV 2015 Dream Home Window Treatments
HGTV 2015 Dream Home, Great Room, Window Treatments

http://www.sherwin-williams.com/architects-specifiers-designers/color/find-and-explore-colors/paint-colors-by-family/SW7530-barcelona-beige/

Sherwin-Williams Barcelona Beige SW7530
Sherwin-Williams Barcelona Beige SW7530

http://www.hgtv.com/design/hgtv-urban-oasis/2014/articles/living-room-from-hgtv-urban-oasis-2014

Neutral + True White Paint Colors
2014 Urban Oasis Living Room. Sherwin-Williams Barcelona Beige SW7036.
HGTV Dream Home 2014, Living Room, Kitchen
HGTV Dream Home 2014, Living Room, Kitchen

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

A good buy … outdoor fabrics

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As June comes to a close the weather is gearing up for a beautiful summer ahead!

Our good buy for June …

Outdoor Fabrics

The beautiful fabrics below are from Stroheim UV Pro Collection. Visit the collection at www.stroheim.com.

A good buy ... outdoor fabrics.  Stroheim UV Pro Fabrics.
A good buy … outdoor fabrics. Stroheim UV Pro Fabrics.

Outdoor fabrics are all over now; available by designers in endless pattern options or at big box stores usually limited to solids with a few patterns.

My tip ~
Not only are outdoor fabrics useful on the patio … think of using them in any room of your home
in a room with a sunny window, kids room or living room … or fabric for a dining chair, window panels/valance, a sofa, chair or ottoman, the sky’s the limit.

The amazing fabrics below are from Sunbrella. Visit the collection at www.sunbrella.com

The Serenity Collection by Sunbrella brings the beauty of the ocean and beach indoors
The Serenity Collection by Sunbrella brings the beauty of the ocean and beach indoors

The videos below are from a February Elle Decor luncheon with top designers discussing “Durability as the New Luxury”. The “rooms” were designed at Bjork Studios by top Designers featuring Sunbrella fabrics showcasing the products versatility.

From Sunbrella …
“On Feb. 26 Sunbrella and Elle Décor invited interior designers to a luncheon to discuss Durability as the New Luxury. Watch this video to learn more about this event and see interviews with designers Alex Gaston, Brian Patrick Flynn and Drew McGukin and their unique takes on Sunbrella fabrics.”

Durability is the New Luxury, Part l from Sunbrella on Vimeo.

Durability is the New Luxury, Part ll from Sunbrella on Vimeo.

Then while attending the Design Bloggers Conference in March a couple of weeks later, we were graciously invited to a magical night at the Bjork Studios sponsored by Sunbrella Fabrics and Traditional Home to preview the designs.

I loved the pink draperies in Brian Patrick Flynn’s space they were so unexpected, dramatic yet neutral all at the same time.

See more photo’s capturing the evening from Atlanta Event Photography at the link below.
https://atleventphotography.wordpress.com/tag/bjork-studio/

Thanks to everyone who made the night one to remember!

Happy Friday!! ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

White Home Accessories

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Hi! Hope everyone is having a great week!

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.

White Home Accessories

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

Pink Home Accessories

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http://www.housebeautiful.com/shopping/furniture/tips/g1639/canopy-bed-designs/?src=spr_FBPAGE&spr_id=1451_196999010

Pink Home Accessories, House Beautiful, Designer Marshall Watson
House Beautiful, Designer Marshall Watson

Hope everyone had a great weekend! June Celebrations with Father’s Day + The First Day of Summer!

I love tones of pink, especially in the summer. Last Wednesday‘s blog got me thinking, here are some more ways to add pink to your home from peachy pinks + bold vivid magenta to lipstick and candy cotton pink … and from traditional to retro, bedrooms to bathrooms pink can be used in any room of the house!

Pink Home Accessories

Paint
Add a captivating peachy pink paint color to a small space and watch it come alive with warmth and coziness …

Pink Home Accessories, ArchitecturalDigest.com 10 Colorful Baths
ArchitecturalDigest.com 10 Colorful Baths, Jamie Drake Colorful Pink Bathroom

From AD
“In the master bath of his New York City apartment, designer Jamie Drake covered the Venetian-plaster walls in Benjamin Moore’s Perky Peach.” | Photo Credit William Waldron

http://www.architecturaldigest.com/decor/2015-05/colorful-bathrooms-ideas-slideshow_slideshow_item5_6

Flooring
Don’t neglect your floors … perk them up with pink!

Pink Home Accessories,Floweret PInk Carpet Tiles from FLOR.com
Floweret PInk Carpet Tiles from FLOR.com

http://www.flor.com/catalogsearch/result/?order=relevance&dir=desc&q=pink+&search_submit=Search

Accessories
A retro bedroom showcasing a pink and orange palette.

The floor is painted in Salmon Berry and White Dove, both from Benjamin Moore.

Pink Home Accessories.  House Beautiful Retro Beach House
House Beautiful Pink and Orange Retro Bedroom

http://www.housebeautiful.com/design-inspiration/house-tours/g1109/vintage-colorful-beach-house-0911/?slide=14

Bedding
Layer solid bedding with bright vibrant pinks and cool lavender.

Pink Home Accessories, Bedding from IntentionalDesigns.com
Bedding from IntentionalDesigns.com

Choose a beautiful soft paint color …
to take a nursery to a sophisticated girls room from Farrow and Ball, Calamine Estate Emulsion.

Farrow and Ball, Girl's bedroom painted in Calamine Estate Emulsion.
GIRL’S BEDROOM IN CALAMINE
Contributed by Josie Long
Farrow and Ball, Girl’s bedroom painted in Calamine Estate Emulsion.

Enjoy your Monday!! and Happy Official Summer!!! ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

Father’s Day Song

Happy Father’s Day!!
To my Dad + my Husband
+ to our family and friends who are great Dads ~ cheers to you!
Especially the new Dad’s in our family and family of friends this year, may your lifetime as a Dad be the best time of your life!

Enjoy this beautiful Father’s Day song from Paul Simon.
Words are so powerful and can make all the difference in the world especially this song full of support, kindness and love from a Father to his daughter ~ Happy Fathers Day to all!

Paul Simon performing Father and Daughter | Sony Music Entertainment

Looking for a great gift for your Dad … spend some time together it’s the greatest gift of all.

It’s been a great ride, love you and Happy Fathers Day you are an amazing Dad! ~ Nancy

Italy Vacation. intentionaldesigns.com
Our last day in Rome, Biking through the Borghese Gardens. Italy Vacation. intentionaldesigns.com

Hope everyone has an awesome weekend!
and Happy Father’s Day ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

Home accents in pink

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Have you considered adding home accents in pink …

Take a peek inside television producer Ellen Rakieten’s Los Angeles Home, Designed by Anne Coyle.
Elle Decor | by Ingrid Abramovitch | Photo Credit William Abranowicz | Styled by Martin Bourne

http://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/house-interiors/g875/west-hollywood-retreat/?slide=1

home accents in pink

I’m a pink girl and love it when I see pink celebrated and lifted up in a sophisticated room design.
It’s not that easy to pull off that’s why I am such a fan of this home full of “girly chic” accent pieces + modern sophisticated furnishings and .

From Designer Anne Coyle …
“we also used poufy ottomans and fun fabrics to give it that girly chic.

Living Room:

Living Room: Los Angeles home of Ellen Rakieten, Designer Anne Coyle.
Living Room: Los Angeles home of Ellen Rakieten, Designer Anne Coyle.

New 2016 Sherwin-Williams Color Forecast, Mas Amor Por Favor.
A sophisticated range of pinks, green, gold and yellow from the Sherwin-Williams Collection Mas Amor Por Favor are seen throughout the home.

Sherwin-Williams Mas Amor Por Favor Collection
Sherwin-Williams Mas Amor Por Favor Collection

Guest Room:

Guest Room: Los Angeles home of Ellen Rakieten, Designer Anne Coyle.
Guest Room: Los Angeles home of Ellen Rakieten, Designer Anne Coyle.

Foyer:
Love the wall-mounted console, its covered in shagreen from Edelman Leather, paired with a vintage mirror.

Foyer: Los Angeles home of Ellen Rakieten, Designer Anne Coyle.
Foyer: Los Angeles home of Ellen Rakieten, Designer Anne Coyle.

So what is shagreen?
From Wikipedia –
Shagreen is a type of rawhide consisting of rough untanned skin, formerly made from a horse’s back or that of an onager (wild ass). Shagreen is now commonly made of the skins of sharks and rays.
From Merriam-Webster –
1: an untanned leather-covered with small round granulations and usually dyed green

From Edelman Leather –
Shagreen available in 11 colors

Edelman Leather, Shagreen
Edelman Leather, Shagreen

http://www.edelmanleather.com/products/upholstery-leather/shagreen/

It’s Wednesday … not long now until the weekend :)
be happy + be comfortable in your home ~ Nancy