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Hi BHG readers!  My name is Lauren Liess and I’m a decorator from Northern Virginia with a blog called Pure Style HomeI couldn’t have been more thrilled when the BHG team called and asked me if I’d like to decorate the 2015 BHG Innovation Home!  (The big reveal will be shared in this October’s issue of the magazine.)  My firm began the decorating plans this past Winter and I’m so excited to walk you through our thought process, step-by-step, as we get closer to the big reveal in October!

 

When I began the decorating plans for the BHG Innovation Home, I decided to start with an overall palette for the house that could be carried throughout.  Developing a general palette for a home aids in creating flow and consistency so that walking from one room to the next makes sense and feels authentic.  To keep things interesting, I like to vary up accent colors, rather than shocking visitors with a new palette in every room.

 

We know that BHG readers love color, and I, myself, am nature-obsessed, so I was hoping to relate the color palette of the home to the breathtaking Wisconsin land just outside its door- the big wide open blue skies and fields of green and gold.  A favorite chintz pillow of mine had just the right combination of colors- blues, greens, gold/mustard and earth tones – so I used it as a launching point for the palette and then added in some purer blues and fresh accents to cheer it up a little.

{My starting point chintz for the color palette…  The fabric isn’t actually used anywhere in the house.}

 

Texture also played a key role in establishing our palette as I wanted to make sure that there was a sense of nature woven throughout the home.  We included a mix of natural textures and materials- woven grasses, textural wallcoverings, nubby linens, and various wood tones that are both warm and coo- and these earthier elements help ground the color scheme, giving it depth and keeping it from feeling too “sweet.”

 

Once I’d established a palette, we moved onto determining the style and vibe of the house, which I’ll share next time.  I hope you enjoyed this peek into the design process!

 

{A look at some of the color, textiles & textures we’re incorporating throughout the home}

 

 

 

 


Get the Look: Decorating with Pink and Blue

TREND: Pink and blue move beyond the baby’s nursery.

When you hear of decorating with pink and blue, especially paired together, people tend to think of nurseries or kids’ rooms. The colors can easily look right at home in adult spaces too though! The trick is to keep either the pink or the blue bright and saturated, as opposed to using pastel “baby” colors. The living room above is a great example of this in action. The blue is soft and sweet, but that vivid pink (almost magenta) keeps things lively. You can get a similar look with the items below.

  1. Blue Lacquer Hexagon Tray, Jonathan Adler
  2. Pink Hydrangea Stems (Faux), Pottery Barn (or use fresh flowers, of course!)
  3. Paint: Tropical Breeze, Behr
  4. Louis XVI Hand-Carved Upholstered Chair, Restoration Hardware
  5. Campaign Coffee Table, Horchow
  6. Athena Bone Glazed Lamp, Lamps Plus
  7. Fruit Bowl and Plate with Biscuits, Cézanne print, Art.com
  8. Eton Sofa with Slipcover, Ballard Designs
  9. Eyelash Coral Pillow, Crate & Barrel
  10. Linden Lake Pillow, Linden Lake Pillow

 

– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely


For the Love of Color: Navy

I’m not sure why it is, but as of late I’ve been totally taken with anything navy. So much so, that this past week I spray painted my outdoor bistro set the most gorgeous shade of navy. It turned out beautifully, giving me just the look I wanted. In the past, navy was never really a color that came to mind when decorating. However, lately I’ve been introducing touches of it in my spaces and loving the results.

As amazing as it could look, I’m not the type to paint an entire room navy. However, using it as an accent color can be brilliant. I especially love the space in the photo above. In this room, the architecture is the star. The bursts of navy blue in the pillows not only make the space look inviting, but give it a contemporary edge. I think the reason I’m loving navy so much is that depending on how it’s used, it can feel traditional, regal, or even modern.

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Thankfully, I’m not the only one loving navy these days. I’ve been seeing more and more accessories and furnishings in this fabulous shade at so many of my favorite stores. Today, I’ve pulled together a few pieces to inspire you to give navy a try in your own space. What do you think? Have you been bit by the navy bug?

Happy Decorating!
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm


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