2017 Trending home decor color … Kale Green

The trending color for 2017? … Kale Green!

Pantone released their Fashion Color Report for Spring 2017 and Kale stands out to me as a fresh new shade of green. It’s not olive nor grass but an earthy tone that will work well with many neutrals. Neutral colors ranging from gray to pale pink or shades of white, kale for the most part compliments those hues across the board.

So will Kale be hailed Color of the Year by Pantone? Regardless, I think the odds are pretty good that Kale Green will become a major player in 2017 and moving forward.

So, our color of the month … Kale Green!

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Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2017 includes Kale.

My simple real life truth …
I remember the trendy greens from Hunter to Olive and Sage. And truthfully I wasn’t always a Hunter fan. But I grew-up with plenty of olive, so it’s always feels familiar for me. Sage green is a favorite of mine, it’s an easy neutral. And now I’m on board with this earthy green Kale as a welcome fresh update to the group.

So, let’s see how to integrate Kale or other dark leafy greens into our homes~
Here’s some of our favorite Green sightings from around the web …

Forest Green, from ArchitecturalDigest.com the newly renovated Union Square Cafe by design firm The Rockwell Group. Forest Green wainscoting is a welcoming design element for their clientele.

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Union Square Cafe from ArchitecturalDigest.com

Charleston Green from ArchitecturalDigest.com, How to Create a Top Chef-Worthy Kitchen. Top Chef Kitchen located in Charleston SC incorporates plenty of Charleston Green.

Olive Green from ElleDecor.com, an olive green upholstered bed by designer Steven Volpe.

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Olive Green from ElleDecor.com, an olive green upholstered bed by designer Steven Volpe.

Dark Olive paint from Benjamin Moore in the study of Hilary Swank’s Manhattan Home, from ElleDecor.com.

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From ElleDecor.com Hilary Swank’s Manhattan home. Study painted in Benjamin Moore’s Dark Olive.

From Kale Green to pine … ’tis the season!

I love the cozy throw as a tree skirt!

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From CountryLiving.com a cozy family room with a simply decorated Christmas Tree.

Enjoy your Monday, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

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Black Friday Shopping @ IntentionalDesigns.com/Shop

Black Friday Shopping is here! Hope you’re enjoying time with your family and cashing in on a few deals!

My Simple Real Life Truth ~
I come from a family of shoppers! No wonder I’m in the profession I am. My parents are the best shoppers around, I’ve learned the ropes from the best! xoxxo

So back to Black Friday Shopping! That means for every road warrior a delicious dinner of leftovers is waiting at home for you, the weary shopper!

Black Friday Shopping

Our newly launched Shopping Site https://IntentionalDesigns.com/Shop is offering 20% off all our custom draperies!
Intentional Designs offers Custom Draperies made from beautiful fabrics.
Each fabric has been hand selected. So Fabrics range from a wide selection of solids, velvets, embroidered patterns to Ikat & Suzanni prints offered in linen, cotton or a blend.
We’ve designed each drapery with you in mind. All our draperies are made in the United States & are sold in pairs only assuring you of the finest workmanship.

So stop by and visit us today while you’re Black Friday Shopping. And maybe you’ll have leftovers while shopping, not bad!

Black Friday Shopping
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Happy Friday! I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season! ~ Nancy
and as always thanks for sharing your week with us, be happy + be comfortable in your home

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Holiday Decorating Ideas

We’re all in the holiday mode now! From brunch to dinner and overnight guests, here are some Holiday Decorating Ideas for just about any room of your home!

It’s time to have fun with home accessories!
Combine textural elements such as Leather & rattan with organic natural elements.
Break out the china, mix and match on the table or create a wall design.
diy projects always add a personal touch.
Artwork can be a game changer, think about switching out your artwork seasonally.

My Simple Real Life Truth ~
I love decorating for the winter months. We have boxes of holiday decorations packed away filled with special memories. These collected home decor holiday accessories stir up fun conversations. But honestly, after the holidays are over I can’t wait to put everything away clearing a path to spring!

Some tips for winter decorating!

Textural & Natural Accessories
Amp up the texture with touches of organic elements.
Warming up a space doesn’t just mean infusing dark colors, textural elements work just as well to warm up a space.
So this year add a faux fur throw, rattan baskets, a leather ottoman or textural seagrass stools.

Throws are not for sofas anymore! Check out this sumptuous faux fur throw from Restoration Hardware.

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Restoration Hardware Luxe Fur Oversized Bed Throw

Add touches of Sparkle (without tinsel)
Silver & Gold are plentiful this time of year and always add that bit of drama at the holidays.
This is a great little centerpiece for just about any table top from one of our favorite stores OURS! … https://IntentionalDesigns.com/Shop

Holiday Decorating
Gold Leaf Vine Centerpiece from https://IntentionalDesigns.com/Shop

Table Top
Place Mats & Runners
Combine place mats in rattan, a red table runner & white china for a casual & welcoming table-scape.
Candles
I’m a white or ivory candle only person, but at the holiday time I do like to switch out my pillar candles with a little color!
China
Mix up you matched sets. Believe me it looks great and makes for great conversation.
From Crate & Barrel.

It’s hard to think of winter decorating without a few diy projects!

diy Projects
This is the time of year to tap into your creative side! Whether its wrapping a package, baking cookies or refinishing a piece of furniture have fun and see what you come up with!
You don’t need to make it time-consuming, it’s the thought!
It can be as simple a tying raffia or burlap around a mason jar filled with greens.

Ok, I just couldn’t pass this diy up! Make your own mercury glass from bhg.com.
I’ve been a diyer for many years but just never thought of this one! So excited to try it out. Seriously how beautiful is this?!!

Holiday Decorating
diy make your own mercury glass from bhg.com

Artwork
Up you cozy factor with winter artwork!
Over the years my Mom & Aunt have given me art of winter scenes which I love to put up for the holidays.
As a Tip ~ For unique and inexpensive artwork, check out your local consignment shops -or- frame a favorite photo from holidays past!

So from my home to yours enjoy the beginning of this joyful holiday season, gotta get back to cooking 🙂 ~ Nancy

be happy + be comfortable in your home

holiday decorating
cooking up a feast!

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Winter Decorating Flips Looks we love!

Winter Decorating … I love to get questions regarding topics that inspire home decorating! Recently I was asked to offer some decorating ideas about transitioning from Fall to Winter.

My Simple Real Life Truth ~

I’m originally from Long Island New York. My Mom and Dad grew up in Brooklyn & Queens before moving to Long Island, then they retired to Florida. So, I’ve found for them that interior design was somewhat regional. While in New York their home was filled with a warm earth tones. And after moving to Florida, they enjoyed the process of decorating their new home in a pastel palette.

But getting back to the question
“how do you transition into Winter Decorating?”
Ideas for Winter Decorating Flips
Fall –> Winter Decorating ideas that we love 🙂

Winter Decorating

1. Area Rugs.
Begin from the floor up! Switch out your area rugs.
Choosing a sisal or jute rug adds so much texture and warmth plus it’s a perfect place to begin your winter decorating.

winter decorating, 5 family room decorating tips for a family friendly space, how to add purple, Elle Decor Celebrity Homes: Meg Ryan. Photographer: William Waldron
Elle Decor Celebrity Homes: Meg Ryan. Photographer: William Waldron

2. Pillows & Throws.
Create a perfect pairing of pillows & a throw, updating your space in a heartbeat.
If you have a pastel palette, think of adding a few deeper tone pillows like a burgundy, plum, kale or deep taupe.

Family Room Chairs
Add Cozy Accent Pillows & Throw

3. Draperies.
Sheer Draperies are a beautiful way to keep the sun to a minimum especially in southern climates. Adding a top layer of drapery panels to your sheers is a great way to warm up your room for the winter.

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4. Slipcovers.
Slipcovers are under rated, they’re an easy update! Currently, I have an upholstered bench in a linen fabric that is at this very moment being worked on by my slipcover professional. From my shopping site https://IntentionalDesigns.com/Shop I selected Pattern Mocha in Mulberry a deep rich color, plus I’m having a pillow or two made as well!

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Custom Accent Pillows available from https:IntentionalDesigns.com/Shop, Fabric Mocha, Color Mulberry

Our Winter Decorating idea board

Get cozy this winter with our idea board using earth tones & lots of texture to warm your neutral sofa for the winter months.

The weekend is here! Enjoy 🙂
and as always thanks for sharing your week with id ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

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Olive or Kale: Green Paint is on the menu!

Olive or Kale either way green paint is on the menu for home interiors!
yup, kale that leafy green vegetable or if you prefer the salty savory olive … green paint has resurfaced with a modern twist (but definitely not stirred).

Strikingly dramatic paint color; Dark Olive from Benjamin Moore sets the stage for Hillary Swank’s home office. It’s earthy quality pairs so well with gray tones & the black and white accents. The wall treatment is interesting adding texture and it seems it would be pretty easy to achieve. I also love the drapery panels!

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From ElleDecor.com Hilary Swank’s Manhattan home. Study painted in Benjamin Moore’s Dark Olive.

My Simple Real Life Truth ~
I kind of wish I had that job, naming paint colors must be really fun, especially for a color nerd like me!

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Sherwin-Williams Kale Green

Beautiful display of artwork with a twist!
This green paint certainly makes the mirror collection pop while providing a serene neutral backdrop.
And the mix of textures from the floor up keep this room subtle yet energized.

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From ElleDecor.com, Milan Villa

From farm to table to anywhere in your home, home decor is quickly picking up on this inviting earthy green paint color.

These rich earthy green colors works as well in a home study as it does in a bedroom. So how do you or will you introduce this color into your home?

Paint a wall or add green in home decor accents.
Jax Drapery Panels from our shopping site https://IntentionalDesigns.com/Shop provide the perfect addition to an otherwise neutral space.

Window Treatment Fabric, Drapery Fabric: Jax
https://IntentionalDesigns.com/Shop Window Treatment Fabrics Pictured: Jax Color Azure

So, keep your eyes open and you’ll start seeing olive or kale green in fashion, home stores and home decor & paint colors too!

It’s Wednesday, have a great day! ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

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Vote for Colorful Interiors!

Our vote for colorful interiors this fall has been trending and as far as we can tell will continue!

One trend we’ve been seeing is color, color, color …

Colorful interiors can range from deliberate pops of color with a neutral background to full on color!

A favorite blue dining room
A monochromatic color scheme works great when you combine textures and break it up a bit with a shade of white.

Colorful Interiors, Dining Chairs
See Nadja Swarovski’s Colorful Family Home Outside of London

Add Cheerful Citrus tones …
A white shiplap wall backdrop sets the design for pops of cheerful citrus tones of pinks and greens.

colorful interiors
From HouseBeautiful.com This Bright Lowcountry Home Will Convince You to Try Moody Accent Colors

plus Soft Neutrals…
A soft gray paint color provides a neutral backdrop to switch out accessories to grow with your child.
And notice how this area rug grounds the room design with pops of pastel, neutral and vivid colors.

colorful interiors, stripe rug
from bhg.com Cottage Style Rooms

and don’t forget White …
White kitchens are among a top trend right now and are perfect for mixing in all sorts of colors.
These blue counter stools add color and texture to the kitchen. And the flowers full of rich green tones are so welcoming for a kitchen.

colorful interiors, what makes you happy at home? intentionaldesigns.com
From Elle Decor. Photo credit: Eric Piasecki. The kitchen in Lisa Gersh and Richard Bressler’s East Hampton home designed by Victoria Hagan.

or architectural details in black …
Window moldings & mullions are updated in black adding a fresh architectural detail.

colorful interiors, artwork displays
Meg Ryan Soho Loft from ArchitecturalDigest.com

Color is working to gain your vote the Fall as part of your interior decorating choices moving forward!

So how do you plan on adding color to your home this year? Or will you?

My Tip ~
When you get stuck on a color palette ~ look to fabrics for inspiration.
At our new shopping site https://IntentionalDesigns.com/Shop we have plenty of colorful draperies to inspire you!

Happy Monday! Enjoy your week! ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

So stop by and see us at our new shopping site!
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Philly Mag Design Home 2016

Are you looking for a little Interior Inspiration?
This is the last weekend to tour one of the most exclusive homes in Philadelphia …
Philadelphia Magazine’s Design Home 2016

located in an uber-luxurious townhouse development in Philadelphia’s historic Society Hill

With tours running through Sunday November 6th it’s the perfect weekend to visit.
In addition, proceeds from the $25.00 ticket price will benefit MANNA.
And when you go, you’ll receive a complete product guide full of insider information!

So visit Philadelphia Magazine’s Design Home for more information.

The Philly Mag Design Home 2016 is a must see and a win win with all proceeds benefitting MANNA. Its urban setting, stunning architecture and modern interior design provides inspiration across the board.

Are you looking for interior inspiration?
Whatever your design style, I’m sure you’ll find a take-away here!
From the many architectural details, furnishing options, artwork, flooring and lighting.
Plus inspiring paint colors providing flow throughout the home from Sherwin-Williams.

Check out these videos providing before and after without giving too much away!

My Simple Real Life Truth ~
Thank you to Marcello for taking us (Cyndi & I) on the tour through this amazing home!
I was truly inspired by touring Philadelphia Magazine’s Design Home 2016 with Interior Designer Marcello Luzi of WPL Interior Design, Philadelphia Magazine’s Design Home 2016 Interior Design Firm.
Plus touring with friend & Designer Cyndi Haaz owner of Cyndi & Company then meeting up with Janet Stevenson Design Sales Manager at Closets & Cabinetry by Closet City Ltd. made for a fabulous day!

Well, it’s Friday! Make it a great weekend! And as always, thanks for sharing your week with us ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

So stop by and see us at our new shopping site!
And while you’re there check out our custom window treatments. Then, before you leave visit our custom pillows too 🙂
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