A personal favorite of mine, Sarah Richardson and her design team (especially Tommy). I chose today to showcase a few of my favorite designs as well as the wide range of color Sarah uses in her master retreat designs. I love her use of color one selected pieces and how they pop off the very neutral overall schemes. Her vibrant use of patterns and bold choices is her signature, and one reason why so many idolize her craftiness and taste. Not only does she use bold prints, she isn’t afraid to step outside the box and mix very different schemes to make something truly unique. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but there is something to be said about how everything comes together
With spring upon us I can’t help but be attracted to the lush comforting color of green. My favorite shades are bright and vibrate with less yellow and more wow. Admittedly, I am not one for a lot of color on a wall but if done right, the smallest touches and careful arranging your room can read green in no time!
I love the nature pattern on the chair and the clean bright neutral walls:
again a similar effect with more neutral furniture:
Again very neutral walls and very green accessories:
For a little more luxury the kelly green pillows exude elegance:
For those who are bold! The island itself makes a large impact and the unexpected ceiling wall paper just adds to the wow factor of this space:
For those who are less daring….
A little bit of a bold pastel effect. The mixing of the patterns creates a no fuss atmosphere (don’t want to be tooooo serious!):
Don’t forget outside too!
Quit being green with envy and get a little green of your own 😉
When you have objects to be displayed or stored — and an empty wall in your home — shelving is an ideal solution. Much of the secret to effective, attractive shelving is the bracket. Brackets are available at hardware or home-supply stores, but they’re also simple to make using our shelf bracket template These templates can easily be changed to suit your needs: For a larger shelf capable of accommodating a heavy row of books, enlarge the design on a photocopier; for a smaller shelf, reduce the template.
Once you have determined the size of the bracket you want, trace the template onto a piece of card stock, and cut it out. Next, set the card stock on the wood you’ve chosen, and trace the pattern carefully with a pencil. Use a jigsaw to cut along the lines of the bracket pattern. After the bracket is cut, sand any rough edges; then prime and paint it.
You will need to cut a notch in the back side of the bracket for the nailer, a board running beneath a shelf that acts as a horizontal brace. After cutting the nailer to the length of the shelf, mark the dimensions of the nailer’s thickness onto the bracket in its top rear corner. Cut out the resulting rectangle so the nailer fits snugly against the bracket. Attach the two using wood glue and nails or screws inserted through the back of the nailer. Finally, screw or nail the nailer into the wall. For a permanent shelf, the top board can be attached to the brackets with wood screws or left unattached for adjustable shelving.
With summer lurking around the corner I can’t help but write a post of the things yet to come. Just think: lazy saturdays, fresh cut grass, BBQ’s, campfires, warm breezes, flowers blooming…all things good.
Here are a few reminders, and of course ideas for living outdoors!
A few little ideas first, that I love
Now for some spaces ( sorry there are so many, I couldn’t choose!)
Weatherproofing Your Outdoor Space (great little article on Pottery Barn)
Take a cue from nature itself when choosing furnishings for the outdoors and find fabrics that wear well in the sun and can take a bit of rain — or a lot of it. In a protected area, like a covered porch, bring some of your favorite indoor furniture outdoors for the season. To protect indoor upholstery from sun damage, dress it for the summer with weatherproof or canvas slipcovers.
When decorating outdoors with weather–resistant or weatherproof furnishings, there are as many styles and materials to choose from as there are for indoor decorating. Wicker is a mainstay due to its sturdiness. Choose the real thing but keep it covered overnight and in rainy or excessively humid weather, or choose synthetic wicker, which looks just as beautiful but is completely weatherproof. Ring–spun polyester chair and upholstery covers keeps traditional furnishings made out of natural materials protected and looking new summer after summer.
Small groups of weather–friendly chairs attended by lightweight galvanized tables, make it easy to move seating around. A mat underfoot made of seagrass, a fast–growing aquatic grass, is strong like straw and smoother than coir or jute, and proves resilient when exposed to moisture. Add in a classically–styled dining table in a wood specially treated to withstand the elements, and that will weather well outdoors over time.
For entertaining, consider a range of accessories made just for the outdoors. A sleek duo of weatherproof galvanized buckets can double as extra seating or be easily reconfigured as side tables. Choose dinnerware that’s acrylic, melamine or metal coated in layers of enamel. Shatterproof polycarbonate glassware looks as beautiful as real glassware, and adds an elegant touch to dinner under the stars.