From Modern to Cottage Style; Interiors with a Splash of Turquoise And Aqua Add Exoticness

Turquoise is much more than another color from the gemstone lineup. Its many shades, hues and tones combine to paint a world of joyousness and glee. Just like the gemstone, the color is deeply ingrained in human history as one that brings peace, harmony and lasting happiness. Native Indians believed that this fallen sky stone had an ability to ward off evil and offer health. Similarly the color has been embraced by cultures across the world as one that energizes interiors while providing pleasure and serenity.

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No matter what your style, shades of turquoise can be woven elegantly throughout the home

Is The Lack Of Color “Boring”? We Say No Way!

Let me start by saying, I have always had an aversion to tons of colors in one room as a personal preference. My ideal room design is typically mono-chromatic with a hint of color in an accessory or in a fabric.  I have always felt that others thought it boring, LOL, but the minimalist in me has always liked a clean, simple design especially when you come home from a busy day.

I have had some great opportunities to “live outside the box” so to speak when designing my clients spaces.  I know some very colorful and artistic people and my ideal will just not fly with their design desires.  In this way, I don’t feel so BORING!!!

Here are some ideas on how to create a room or rooms with a simple, clean palette of white, cream, taupe, beige, brown & black without being, you know, Boring!

This first set of photos by https://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.faranial  Henrik Bus Art House, shows a more urban, modern design.

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Our next set of photos show a more French Country/Romatic design.

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Here are some with a Classic Design

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Here we have a twist on modern and classic mixed.

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Ok, so I always say to my clients/friends “Don’t be afraid of Color!” When I say that I mean don’t limit yourself to bland surroundings.  Although these examples above are in LACK of color, it shows you can still have fun, be romantic, classic, modern, urban and even edgy without using a wild palette of color.

The most important thing is that you LOVE your surroundings.  Find your own space and taste and go for it.  If you follow your true self when dong anything in your life, you will feel great about it and your friends and such will see YOU come through in your design.  You can always contact me if you need a gentle PUSH!  🙂

Making our world beautiful one room at a time

Rande James, White Owl Market

Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long

A change in season often brings with it an entirely different take on colors, styles and patterns. For design aficionados, it offers a chance to tinker with the color scheme of their house in a subtle and elegant fashion. Yet most of us are put off by the idea of having to drastically shift between colors every two to three months. This also means that you need to rethink your entire design theme at times. While having a neutral backdrop with bright pops of color is a wonderful alternative, one still needs to pick the right accent colors to pull off this look.

Carpet tiles for the porch in white grey and eggplant Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long Year Trends Three Serve Long Hues Fashionable Color

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Today we shine the spotlight on three beautiful colors that are currently among the hottest shades doing the rounds in both the worlds of fashion and interior design. Cutting across the barriers of varying seasonal trends, this trio gives your interior a trendy look all year long and makes sure that you are never caught off guard!

Cheerful and Versatile Coral

If you have an interior that seems drab and even mundane, then just add a pinch of coral and you will see it spring back to life! With bright oranges making a grand comeback in 2014, coral is the ideal color for those who wish to join in on the trend and yet dare to decorate with a difference! While bubbly Tangerine has been dubbed the in color by some, coral is a refreshing alternative that is far more elegant and equally vibrant. Instantly adding glamour, simple coral accents in the form of throw pillows and stylish drapes can easily change the entire appeal of your living room or bedroom

Lovely coral accents bring visual lightness and complement the dark navy blues perfectly Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long Year Trends Three Serve Long Hues Fashionable Color

by Darci Goodman Design

Beach style bedroom with a striped rug and fabulous coral and aqua accents Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long Year Trends Three Serve Long Hues Fashionable Color

by Echelon Custom Homes

Farmhouse style living room with a bright coral accent wall and iconic decor Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long Year Trends Three Serve Long Hues Fashionable Color

by ZeroEnergy Design

For those looking to incorporate coral in a more permanent fashion, we suggest a blend of beautiful, light aqua and luminescent coral accents for a fresh, Mediterranean style. This is a style that seems perfect for both spring and summer, and a dash of lime green along with fresh yellows makes it even more engaging. Just swap out these light shades for dark chocolate and deep browns, and corals look equally appealing once cold winter days arrive.

Coral combined with light blues usher in a Mediterranean charm Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long Year Trends Three Serve Long Hues Fashionable Color

by Lori Smyth Design

Bring in some coral hues with smart fabric accents and decor Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long Year Trends Three Serve Long Hues Fashionable Color

Give your ceiling a fresh makeover with luminous coral Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long Year Trends Three Serve Long Hues Fashionable Color

by Jere Bradwell

Lovely coral with pinkish hue for the relaxed modern bedroom Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long Year Trends Three Serve Long Hues Fashionable Color

by ABRAMS / Photography by Eric Piasecki

Move away from bright pinks and give coral walls a shot this summer Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long Year Trends Three Serve Long Hues Fashionable Color

by Page 2 Design

Pastel version of coral for the trendy modern nursery Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long Year Trends Three Serve Long Hues Fashionable Color

by RN Interior Design

Coral coupled with refreshing lime green to create a breezy living room Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long Year Trends Three Serve Long Hues Fashionable Color

by Jill Wolff Interior Design

The Vibrant Magic of Teal

Here is a color that not only works well on its own, but seems to complement coral beautifully! Teal is a mixture of blue and green and comes in a wide variety of shades and hues. With a change in its intensity and the amount of white or grey that is mixed with it, teal can paint a picture varying from the radiant to the refined! As versatile as coral, the many shades of teal make it as much a part of the summer home makeover as the winter overhaul. And it is this adaptable nature of teal that has made it so popular in the last few years.

Creative combination of teal and yellow in the living room Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long Year Trends Three Serve Long Hues Fashionable Color

by Erin Williamson

Exquisite use of teal accents throughout the stunning living room Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long Year Trends Three Serve Long Hues Fashionable Color

by Possibilities for Design

A more masculine use of teal accents in the bedroom Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long Year Trends Three Serve Long Hues Fashionable Color

Below you see four lovely inspirations that show you how gorgeous teal looks as a summer hue. Sometimes closely resembling turquoise, teal can even alter the appeal of a room by simply changing the intensity of lighting around it. White, teal and bright pops of orange are a perfect blend for a living or dining room with coastal or Mediterranean style. Capturing the informal appeal of summer and fall flawlessly, lighter tones of teal evoke images of a sunny day on the beach.

Combine teal with lighter shades for a summer style living room Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long Year Trends Three Serve Long Hues Fashionable Color

Eclectic dining room with a breezy combination of Caribbean Teal and white Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long Year Trends Three Serve Long Hues Fashionable Color

by Kimberley Bryan

Multiple shades of teal and an accent wall that borders on auqa Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long Year Trends Three Serve Long Hues Fashionable Color

Two trendy colors Bright coral and light teal in the living room Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long Year Trends Three Serve Long Hues Fashionable Color

Sometimes we stumble upon the most uncanny color combinations, and navy blue and dark teal is one such duo. Bold and modern, teal also works well with gold, yellow and warm earthen colors. Teal accents make a big impact visually even when used sparingly, making it easy to incorporate this color without committing to it fully.

Beautiful teal chaise lounge placed in a living room with navy blue walls Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long Year Trends Three Serve Long Hues Fashionable Color

by Horchow

Smart teal accent wall in the white contemporary kitchen Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long Year Trends Three Serve Long Hues Fashionable Color

by NW Home Designers

Teal used along with red and gold in the eclectic kitchen Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long Year Trends Three Serve Long Hues Fashionable Color

Home Office cabinets painted in cool Caribbean Teal Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long Year Trends Three Serve Long Hues Fashionable Color

by Rachel Bauer Design

Posh and Majestic Eggplant

The world around us has a huge impact on the colors that we choose, and exotic purples have once again taken over from steely grays since the day the world economy found its footing again. (Or so say the experts!) Regardless of the reason behind it, eggplant is a color that you want to use around your house in the next few years. Sophisticated and stunning, this color is admired by may. In fact, the latest research suggests that even infants prefer this regal shade in their nursery! Much like teal, you can pick between the many shades of eggplant to alter the overall vibe of your home.

Aubergine makes a sophisticated and grand visual statement Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long Year Trends Three Serve Long Hues Fashionable Color

by Z Gallerie

Stylish kids room with walls in eggplant Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long Year Trends Three Serve Long Hues Fashionable Color

by Rachel Reider Interiors

Luxurious bedroom brings together deep eggplant and light green in a subtle fashion Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long Year Trends Three Serve Long Hues Fashionable Color

by Angela Todd Designs

Deeper tones of eggplant are ideal for living room accent walls and decor additions. Bedrooms benefit from a lighter shade of eggplant, as it helps create a more relaxed atmosphere. Since the color is so rich, be careful not to fill the room with too much aubergine. A couple of plush accent chairs or a gorgeous couch in brinjal is often enough to give the room a touch of class!

Curved sofa coupled with Tom Dixon wingback chairs in eggplant and plush ottomans Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long Year Trends Three Serve Long Hues Fashionable Color

by David Howell Design / Photography by Peter Margonelli

Eggplant accent wall enlivens the bedroom in neutral hue Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long Year Trends Three Serve Long Hues Fashionable Color

Give your contemporary kitchen a touch of finesse with eggplant walls Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long Year Trends Three Serve Long Hues Fashionable Color

by XTC Design Incorporated

Smart color combination gives the contemporary bedroom in Dublin a refreshing serene vibe Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long Year Trends Three Serve Long Hues Fashionable Color

by Think Contemporary / Photography by Barbara Egan, Reportage

Lighter shade of eggplant and mirrored fireplace give the living room a warm cozy vibe Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long Year Trends Three Serve Long Hues Fashionable Color

by Bruce Palmer Interior Design

Alter the color scheme of your living room with decor additions Hot Color Trends: Three Fashionable Hues That Serve You All Year Long Year Trends Three Serve Long Hues Fashionable Color

 

 

 

6 Mistakes You’re Making When Hanging Curtains

How to Get Organized in a Small House

During the past few years, many of us have had to adjust to downsizing due to our economy crashing, job losses and home costs.

Here is an article from The Inspired Room which was recently voted 2014 Readers’ Favorite Decorating Blog by Better Homes & Garden’s magazine! In this article there are ideas that can help you organize or re-organize your new small space.  We hope you like it.

Remember: Organizing and cleaning up the clutter will not only look more aesthetically pleasing but it will simplify your life leaving more time and energy for FUN!

XO,

White Owl Market

 

 

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I love small houses. Part of the appeal for me is the challenge to make the house cute, organized and functional all at the same time! I love a good house challenge! My favorite thing is to find a way to make everything in the house earn its keep while looking cute or stylish at the same time, and that often means things need to do double duty. It’s my favorite small house organizing trick! I happened upon some great ideas while scrolling through theBetter Homes & Gardens site today, so let’s take a look!

So many small houses don’t have separate foyers, and really that is OK if you can figure out how to create one simply with a piece of furniture. If you walk right into your living room from your front door as many people do, a small chest or dresser as you come in the door not only gives the entry a little definition, but it offers attractive storage for those excess shoes, hats and book bags!

In a small house, built ins can make a world of difference in how the home feels. Free standing furniture can appear cluttered and doesn’t always make the best use of the space you have. So tucking in a built in or a banquette, wherever possible, helps maximize space while offering attractive storage too. Glass doors on a built in keeps the visual space more open while offering organizational options at the same time.

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If you are fortunate enough to have a small breakfast nook or dining room, built in banquettes can offer tucked away storage for those extra dishes, entertaining platters, seasonal items and small kitchen appliances, as well as offer the maximum seating for sit down meals! That is a WIN WIN!

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Tiny awkward cabinets like this can end up being a jumbled mess. Instead of being frustrated or limited by its diminutive size, find attractive and appropriately sized containers to organize items inside, making it CUTE as well as useful! And when a cabinet is actually CUTE inside, you are much more likely to keep it looking that way. Am I right?

Hanging back of the door clear shoe storage racks also make the most of a small unused wall or cabinet door by rallying small items that would easily get lost or hard to find in a larger space.

Don’t let what little space you might have go to waste! Put it to good use and make it look pretty in the process.

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Big walls for hooks and memo boards such as whole wall “family command centers” can be so handy and attractive! But small houses do not always have large walls available to create an extensive system like that. But, you can still make the most of the space you have!  If you can carve out a small area to organize a “landing” space for each child’s school supplies, remember to think ‘double duty.’ A metal bucket for each child could have a magnet or clip for personalizing daily reminders! I like that idea!

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So, we don’t all have dedicated craft rooms. Bummer, how will we survive? Obviously craft rooms are nice, but in a small house space is at a premium. But living in a small house doesn’t mean we can’t have cute dedicated spaces for crafts and wrapping! Think beyond the “whole room” to how you could use portions the space you have. You probably will have to pare down and not keep as much or as many craft supplies as someone who has entire rooms dedicated to crafting or projects, but you should be able to find a little nook or cranny for the basics of what you love to do!

I have my eye on a couple of doors in my own house that I’m determined to use to store craft supplies and wrapping paper. I may not have an entire room for craft supplies, but that is no excuse for not getting organized! When you can find what you are looking for in just a few moments, you are much more likely to USE your craft supplies, so that is a big plus too!

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Do you have a lack of cabinet space in your small kitchen? I use a freestanding cabinet for extra dishes (see it above!). I also created a pantry under our staircase. By taking the door off and making the small awkward space an attractive little nook by the kitchen, it does double duty by enlarging our usable kitchen space. It even holds our microwave! You could create a pantry in a cabinet or closet in a nearby hall or other room or with a dresser next to a kitchen or dining table.

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Creating an attractive, dedicated space for everything you use in your home, no matter how small of a space you have, helps get a small house organized in style. I like that!

 

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Room Buy Room: Cool Retreat

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Create a restful retreat in your nest by blanketing the bedroom in layers of white for a quiet, serene style. To keep the look clean, try varying the texture of whites to maintain visual interest. Punctuate the muted palette with soft but unexpected pops of color, like the ikat pillow, paneled blue door and elements of nature.

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Artful Acrylic

The unmistakable silhouette of Louis XV style gets a dose of postmodern style while adding a modern twist to the bedroom.

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Branch Out

Designed like metal gallery tables found in old 18th century greenhouses, this simple cocktail table adds sophistication and femininity.

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Ruffled Feathers

Soft ripples of cotton voile come together to create a texture so cozy it envelops you in its ruffled waves.

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Eye-Popping Pillow

For a look that’s high on style and easy on the wallet, we suggest this bold blue ikat pattern.

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Hide and Seek

A hair hide rug adds unmistakable style and character to any floor thanks to refined texture and an imperfect silhouette.