Wine Colors

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Our color for September …

Wine Colors

Pantone Color 2015
Pantone Color of the Year 2015

Pantone’s color of the year 2015, Marsala.

After Pantone’s initial announcement, Marsala seems to have designers talking + debating the choice, according to the LA Times article.

I think the pendulum has swung so far away from the once overwhelming heavy color combination of wine, olive + gold tones…
but today it’s all about mixing textures, colors + styles.
The blending of deeper richer colors into a modern lighter palette works plus wine tones certainly contribute to a global color vibe.

I like wine tones in home decor but I also feel a little goes a long way.
Wine Colors will skew from deep rich brown tones to lighter versions.

Here are some ways to add a touch of wine into your home …

Paint an accent wall …
from Benjamin Moore
A perfect combination of wine tones with modern artwork, rich worn leather pieces and a sisal area rug.

Wine Colors, Benjamin Moore: Walls Carter Plum CW-355, Trim Chantilly Lace Satin OC-65, Ceiling Chantilly Lace Ultra-Flat OC-65
Benjamin Moore: Walls Carter Plum CW-355, Trim Chantilly Lace Satin OC-65, Ceiling Chantilly Lace Ultra-Flat OC-65

Add accessories …
The trend towards gold looks really great with wine tones.

Add an upholstered piece …

Trend Watch Dark Floral Fabrics, Settee in a global dark floral fabric from Isabelle Borchgrave for Fabricut
Settee in a global dark floral fabric from Isabelle Borchgrave for Fabricut

Pinterest has a lot of examples of wine colors, mostly clothing.
Recently while out shopping for clothes I saw a lot of wine colors from suede shoes at
J.Crew Roxie Ankle-Cuff Tassel Pumps (which I’m kind of obsessed with) to basic pieces.
but not a lot of home items in wine colors …

So how will we embrace wine tones in our homes in the coming year??
What will the market provide for us to choose from???

I guess we’ll have to wait and see, but while we’re waiting I say add a splash of wine to your home +/or wardrobe!

wine colors, J.Crew Roxie Ankle-Cuff Tassel Pumps
J.Crew Roxie Ankle-Cuff Tassel Pumps

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

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A good buy … Outdoor Accessories

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Our good buy for the end of August ...

Outdoor Accessories

As summer comes to an end with hydrangeas in full bloom, it’s a perfect time to stock up on outdoor accessories.
Shop outdoor accessories save for next season -or- use inside now!

a good buy outdoor accessories
Summers End

From ceramic garden stools to decorative pillows, check out your local garden store, box store or your favorite online store for end of season sales.

Ceramic garden stools …
These stools can easily be placed anywhere; from a bedroom to a living room.

from westelm.com

A Good Buy ... Outdoor Furniture. WestElm.com Tillary Outdoor Modular seating
WestElm.com Tillary Outdoor Modular Seataing

Candle holders …
Casually place in your home for low lighting.
You can easily change the feel of an outdoor lantern season to season.

A Good Buy Outdoor Accessories
Outdoor candle holder.

Area rugs …
Don’t let the name “outdoor” deter you from using them indoors!

A good buy outdoor accessories, Furniture arrangement Ideas from the Sanderling Resort, Duck NC
Area Rug, Sanderling Resort, Duck NC


Pillows …

Outdoor pillows are so versatile with updated fabrics you can easily bring them indoors.

A good buy outdoor accessories
Outdoor patio seating with pillows

My Tip ~
I saw this bird bath at my local garden store and thought it was so well made that it could easily be used as an end table.
Think of it as a tray table -or- make it your own by topping it off with a piece of glass cut to size + a collection of shells under the glass!

A good buy outdoor accessories
Bird Bath

It’s Monday … have a great week!! ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

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Double Duty Bookcase Decorating

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Now what? You’ve decided to paint your bookcases but how to arrange your books and accessories so your bookcase doesn’t look like just another place to put stuff.

It’s really fun and easy to decorate your bookcase with accessories and the great thing about this is that you actually can have your bookcase work double duty for you and look good at the same time!

Bookcase Decorating


Bookcases are not just for books.

Add decorative items, like a shell you found at the beach on vacation … it will make you smile.
from benjaminmoore.com
Benjamin Moore White Dove OC17 + Benjamin Moore Flint AF560

Double Duty Bookcase Decorating

Add a few pieces of artwork in front of your books. I love doing this it’s so personal especially if you use your own photos.
from elledecor.com

Double Duty Bookcase Decorating, Elle Decor "ECLECTIC COOL IN NEW YORK" Photographer: Roger Davies
Elle Decor “ECLECTIC COOL IN NEW YORK” Photographer: Roger Davies

Go monochromatic …
Use the space to display a collection + stack your books on the bottom shelves giving the bookcase visual weight.
from Benjaminmoore.com

Benjamin Moore Williamsburg Color Collection, CW-5 Hardwood Putty (walls)
Benjamin Moore Williamsburg Color Collection, CW-5 Hardwood Putty (walls)

Double duty.

Add baskets to lower shelving to hide gaming gear, or dog leashes or overflow from another room.

Use a shelf of your bookcase for a bar, it’s perfect for that and the barware will really look amazing.
from ikea.com

Double Duty Bookcase Decorating, Visualizing. intentionaldesigns.com
From Ikea Vittsjo Storage Combination

Dedicate a shelf for your mobile devices + for your work stuff.
I like using a lower shelf for work stuff so you can toss your backpack and computer in it.

Now for the books + magazines.
Be playful, add your books vertically and stack them horizontally or in size order.
I like book covers to me they are beautiful pieces of art plus they add so much organic color, so I’m not a fan of recovering books in matching paper.

from architecturaldigest.com

Double Duty Bookcase Decorating, Architectural Digest. MICHAEL J. FOX AND TRACY POLLAN'S MANHATTAN HOME. Interior design firm Gomez Associates. Photography by William Abranowicz.
Architectural Digest. MICHAEL J. FOX AND TRACY POLLAN’S MANHATTAN HOME. Interior design firm Gomez Associates. Photography by William Abranowicz.

I collect so many magazines and find that using magazine holders helps to keep me organized.

Double Duty Bookcase Decorating
Magazine Holders for Bookcase Decorating

It’s Friday!! Have the best weekend ever!!
and as always, thanks for sharing your week with me ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

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Double Duty Bookcase Paint Ideas

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Storage is always important no matter where you live no matter how much space you have. Free standing bookcases or built-in bookcases are perfect for adding double duty vertical storage to your home.

Plus bookcases are warm and welcoming full of your personal treasures to share with your friends and family.
from elledecor.com

Double Duty Bookcase Decorating
Photo Credit from Elle Decor

Paint is a quick + inexpensive diy project that provides a very custom/personal design detail to your space.

There are many ways to enhance your bookcase with paint …

Bookcase Paint Ideas

Paint the back of the bookcase in an accent color to coordinate with your space.
from benjaminmoore.com

Double Duty Bookcase Paint Ideas, Benjamin Moore Williamsburg Color Collection, CW-105 Bracken Cream (Shelves) & CW-590 Williamsburg Wythe Blue (back of shelves)
Benjamin Moore Williamsburg Color Collection, CW-105 Bracken Cream (Shelves) & CW-590 Williamsburg Wythe Blue (back of shelves)

Or… make things easier, purchase a shelving unit to place against your painted accent wall.
You’ve just given your room a dramatic custom design detail!

Double Duty Bookcase Paint Ideas
Double duty shelving

Or – Paint the entire bookcase the color of you existing walls.
This treatment looks very seamless.

from Traditionalhome.com

Built-in bookcases, Double Duty Bookcase Paint Ideas
From the Editors of Traditional Home. Built-in Bookcases, White. Photographs by Dominic Blackmore

Or – Paint it completely in an accent color.
Depending what color you choose this treatment can skew modern or boho chic.

from farrow-ball.com

Double
Farrow and Ball
Tanner’s Brown No. 255
2015 Key Colours

It’s Wednesday … Hope your week has been good to you ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

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Color Trend Inspirations 2016

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Color Trend Inspirations 2016

A few more color forecasting observations …

Technology
Technology still plays a driving force in color forecasting, how it affects our everyday life, the need for technology + the need to unplug from it too.
Spa colors continue to be popular in home furnishings and paint colors providing a relaxed vibe.

Choosing Paint Colors for your home.
Benjamin Moore Gray Mirage

Where is the gray-scale now?
I think gray has found it’s place and will continue to be a mainstay for interiors. According to www.fashionisers.com Gray or “stormy weather” continues to be strong in the 2015/16 fashion world.
With home interior colors following runway fashion, Gray is here to stay.
Gray is so versatile and popular it’s moved into other applications such as cabinetry.

Gray Kitchen Cabinets. intentionaldesigns.com
Designers Christine Teicheira and Lauren Tapper
Photography: John Merkl
From the 2013 Traditional Home Napa Valley Showhouse

Color, color, color …
Adding bright pops of color either to deep tones or neutral palettes.

Gray has paved the way for other deep color tones to enter the arena …
Navy, Wine (think Pantone’s Marsala), Olive (I still think it’s a front-runner for color of the year), Black and Chocolate Browns.
Pair these deep tones with bright pops of color from pinks to reds, cobalt to spa blue, yellows + orange.
I saw a lot of cobalt + black combinations at the market in everything from table top to pillows.
Adding color in accessories to your Neutral furnishings provides a quick refresh.
I also saw a lot of bright pops of color added added to neutral furnishing vignettes.

Monochromatic color schemes
Monochromatic color schemes are beginning to emerge. The layering of one color in varying hues, products, textures makes for an interesting space.
Tone-on-tone prints such as ikat, tie-dye and floral can lend a good jumping off point for a monochromatic scheme.

The HGTV Urban Oasis 2015 showcases both a monochromatic scheme + and offers bright pops of color throughout.

Living Room Urban Oasis 2015, Sherwin-Williams 6536 Searching Blue
Living Room Urban Oasis 2015, Sherwin-Williams 6536 Searching Blue

It’s Monday!! Enjoy your week!!
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Home Interior Color Trends 2016

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Home Interior Color Trends 2016

I just returned from NY NOW the gift show at the Javits Center in NY. A showcase of premier vendors + products for home, lifestyle and gift items.

The one big trend I saw at the market was that
there wasn’t a trend.

Each companies booth was unique to its aesthetic to its own voice.
It was refreshing + up-lifting.
To me, this is where we are moving to and for some we’re already there.

We have developed a culture of collaborative design…
the boldness of color and the pastel tones,
the bright cultural influences and the vacation blues,
black + white or simply neutral …
its all good.

It makes perfect sense then, that the color palette’s for 2016 encompass a far-reaching range.

Here’s a sampling of 2016 Color Forecasting for home interiors …

From Home Accents Today 2016 color palette they call “Chaos Theory”

Home Accents Today Color in 2016 CHAOS THEORY
Home Accents Today Color in 2016 CHAOS THEORY

From Sherwin-Williams 4 Key Palettes
Sherwin-Williams 2016 Color Forecast
Sherwin-Williams 2016 Color Forecast

From Behr – The structure of color

Pantone View + Interiors 2016 …
2016 home furnishings and interior design color and direction
9 Key Palettes
From Home Accents Today

Natural Forms
Shades that are plumbed from natural sources
Dichotomy
Reinforces the concept that opposites do attract
Ephemera
Pastel-focused
Lineage
Adding touches of bright colors to a deeper palette
Soft Focus
Subtle +/or muted colors “smoky”
Bijoux
Jewel tones
Merriment
Joyful shades
Footloose
Vacation destination blues and blue-greens
Mixed Bag
“an assortment of eclectic patterns and prints that are drawn primarily from diverse cultures and a multi-national influence”

So there you have it, I think a “mixed bag” sums it up.

Enjoy your weekend,
and as always thanks for sharing your week with me ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

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Food for Thought Tuesday … Cupcakes

Cupcakes with Sparklers

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Cupcakes

I’m a long time Barefoot Contessa fan. I began collecting her cookbooks years ago when she had her store in East Hampton, I actually have a few signed copies! I really like her style; simply cooking with fresh seasonal foods.

I love to cook but I definitely had a learning curve to work out.
So what I did was:
-I chose a few new recipes each week and made them.
-I printed the recipes, put them in a three ring binder + soon created my own cookbook.
-I also rated the recipes
-and if I changed what the recipe called for I jotted down notes on my copy.

A few years after both my sons moved out my older son, Scott asked me for our family recipes so now they both have a cookbook full of our favorite family recipes.

If you’re looking for an absolutely delicious dessert, try the Coconut Cupcakes from
the barefoot contessa cookbook.

Barefoot Contessa Coconut Cupcakes
Barefoot Contessa Coconut Cupcakes

They are so good plain I thought oh I don’t even need the icing … but then you taste the icing and it’s crazy good, it’s hard to believe that they could get even better!

My tip~
I actually froze half of the batch without the icing for a few weeks, and they were delicious. I needed to make more icing, but it was well worth the effort.

Enjoy!! ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home