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Allison Maze

Meet Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

As if we needed another excuse to beat the winter blues, today Pantone announced its 2015 color of the year — drumroll, please — Marsala! While it’s more subdued than colors of years past, the warm, earthy, full-bodied hue is forecasted to make its way into fashion, beauty, and home furnishings within the next year. In fact, we’re already seeing it crop up in storefronts and makeup aisles, so today we’re sharing a few ways to cozy up your decor with this new color trend.

 

Nearly-neutral Marsala offers just enough color to pump up a color scheme without overpowering it, which is why it’s so great for layering. Touches of Marsala on the lamp, rug, and pillows comfortably combine with indigo, cream, and wood tones in this living room.

 

Dare to embrace Marsala’s bolder, more elegant side? Try an eye-catching wall treatment. These red-wrapped walls may look like leather, but they’re actually covered in a stitched red fabric that was glazed and buffed.

 

If you’re not ready to fully commit to Marsala, start with an accent piece. This white and wood foyer gets a pop of color thanks to the simple addition of a wine-red chair.

 

 

Tell us! What do you think of Pantone’s 2015 color of the year? How will you decorate with Marsala?


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Holiday Decorating In My Neutral Palette Home

 

Hi there!  I’m Becky and I blog over at This Is Happiness where I share my journey to create a stylish home and beautiful life with my wonderful husband and two amazing children.  My passion is DIY and design, but I also love entertaining, food and fashion all of which you will find me sharing on my blog.  I was recently given the honor of having my free Craigslist piano makeover featured in Better Homes and Gardens “I Did It” section for December, which was such a dream come true.  With the holiday season upon us, today I’m excited to be with you all as a guest blogger and share how I decorate for the holidays in my neutral palette home.

 

My decorating style is classic, casual and simple.  I love mixing whites, off whites and oatmeals for my base colors including my walls, fireplace stone, sofa, etc.  Then I like to add texture, patterns or sometimes a punch of color with accents and accessories.  Not committing to a particular color in a space gives me flexibility to easily change things up if I tire of them, or for different occasions including the holidays.

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For my holiday décor this year I choose to keep it simple and neutral adding a little Christmas flavor with red in small doses.  If you don’t want to use color, introducing pattern and texture will also make a neutral room stand out.  You can accomplish this by using baskets, throws and pillows to help provide warmth and coziness in a space, all of which I included in my holiday décor this year.

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I think any space, including a neutral one, needs greenery.  So, in addition to my main Christmas tree, I also love using other greenery to decorate with including my boxwood wreaths, topiaries and smaller lighted trees. Heading outdoors is my other source for holiday decor. Pinecones and pine branches are perfect natural elements that I like to add to my home this time of the year.   Fresh flowers, like paperwhites, almost always make an appearance in my home around the holidays.

This year I used clippings from our holly bushes to tie around my napkins as seen in the picture above. And I created a green garland for our buffet below with clippings from our cedar trees.

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And finally, here is my piano all dressed up for the holidays!
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So have you started your holiday decorating yet?  I hope you found some inspiration here today.  You can see more of my holiday décor here.  Thanks so much BHG for the “I Did It” feature and the opportunity to be with you all today!

I would love to have you stop by my blog or connect with me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Bloglovin.

Have a great day!


Khristian A. Howell

Color + Mood: Make Your Space Feel Warm and Cozy This Fall

Fall is the perfect time to make your space feel warm and cozy.  While it is cold outside we all love retreating to a place that is aglow with a toasty fire or candlelight.  We can’t wait to gather around the Thanksgiving table with yams and cranberry sauce.  Take these cues and fond memories as inspiration to use color to create this warm and cozy feeling.

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One of my favorite things about fall is the magic of watching the leaves change.  Use these gorgeous colors as inspiration to create a warm feeling in your space.  Stunning ochre, gold, burnt orange, and bordeaux all make great feature or accent colors when warming up a space.  Worried your room will become too dark and heavy?  Have no fear. You can create the feeling you are after even with warm white or winter white walls.  Add the color in the furnishings, throws, pillows, and even by changing to warmer bulbs in your lighting.

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My favorite way to create a cozy feeling in a space is to go really bold and super dark on the walls.  Not only will this daring choice make the room feel very current and super chic, but it will also give you that cozy feeling as you are wrapped in rich saturated color.  How dark you ask?  Why not black?  Yep, that’s right, black!  How do you keep the room from feeling like a cave, you ask?  First make sure you have a great light source.  Next balance things out with light furnishings and accent pieces.  If you are feeling super adventurous, this is the perfect time to splurge on that white couch you’ve been obsessing over!  Put the finishing touch on this designer cozy look with metallic accents.  Metallics will not only add a bit of glamorous shine to the room, but will also serve as reflective pieces that will help to keep light bouncing around the room.

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Next, pour a glass of egg nog or a hot toddy and celebrate the season!

 

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Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 11.7

Hello all! I hope November has introduced itself kindly this year–I know here at least that winter chill turned on like a switch. I love the cold though, so I’m not going to complain–unless it doesn’t snow soon. Then I’ll complain. I’m feeling particularly earthy today, so I thought I’d share some recycled wood projects for the crafts-people out there. Good luck!

 

First of all, project aside, this puppy is absolutely adorable. Build this fun modern pet bed for your pooch with this tutorial from A Beautiful Mess. I love the bright colors and bold pattern, but you can make it blend with your decor just as easily!

 

 

Looking for a fresh spin in your living room? Try this recycled barn door coffee table from Cleverly Inspired. Bring a bit of rustic flair inside your home and get a fun hand-crafted piece all in one!

 

 

For a more subtle wooden touch, try these pallet wood wall pieces from Craftberry Bush. I like the subtle, washed-out look and the relaxing, brown tones showing through underneath–perfect for adding some calm to your room.

 

 

These wooden crate stairs from Funky Junk Interiors are so unique and fun! I absolutely love this idea. Hit a couple antique shops or thrift stores and see if you can find some fun crates to incorporate into your new stairwell!

 

 

And lastly, if you’re looking for that missing piece of flair in your bedroom, take a look at this modern headboard design from Fresh American Style. While the completely white look soothes, funky mix-matched colors would add some oomf to your space!

 

 

And there you have it. Until next time, Style Spotters! Happy crafting–the trees thank you!

 

Erin


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 10.31

Happy Halloween all! I hope all things spooky and spectacular have come your way already and will keep coming all night long! To celebrate the day, I’ve got a few last minute ideas for those procrastinators out there to add that final ghoulish touch to your holiday.

 

These DIY Halloween Lanterns from DIY On The Cheap are a quick and easy way to add a little bit of bright color to your porch, table or shelves. Make them as friendly or frightening as you like!

 

 

I love these DIY zombie wildlife figurines I spotted on The Proper Pinwheel. What a fun idea that lends perfectly to any spare toys you have lying around the house!

 

 

For last minute tabletop decorations, check out these cute ideas from Dream Green DIY to add a little glitz and glam to your night.

 

 

These cute ghost lights I found on House Tweaking are the perfect last-minute addition to your Halloween decorations! In five minutes, you can transform any light in your house into a creepy ghoul floating through the night.

 

 

And lastly, check out these spooky glowing eye centerpieces from Mod Podge Rocks. Something about those pictures gives me the creeps.

 

 

Have a fun and safe night everyone!

Erin

 

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Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 10.24

Good morning and happy Friday, Style Spotters! I hope the past week was filled with all of the wonderful happenings of fall: hot cider, apple pie, crunchy leaves, Halloween costumes, and because I’m feeling bold today, I’ll say it–I can’t wait to see some snow! In the meantime, I’m so excited to be back sharing some fantastic tutorials, amazing inspiration and all-around gorgeous stuff with you all today!

 

I love the look and fabric of this DIY Bedside Bench from A Beautiful Mess. While I’m all about southwest-inspired prints, it would be so easy to add colors and patterns that match existing decor in your bedroom, mud room or living room.

 

 

If you’re still looking for that final fall decoration, you can’t really go wrong with pumpkins and glitter. Try this Floral and Glitter Pumpkin Tutorial from Homey Oh My! to add a little jazz to your table this week.

 

 

For special occasions, try this fresh spin on flowers from Paper & Stitch. Their DIY Fabric Bouquet will make the perfect hostess gift for any of your friends, and add a little bit of brightness to any room in the house.

 

 

I think this DIY Envelope Liner tutorial on The Crafted Life is brilliant–what a fun way to add an even more personal touch to handwritten notes or cards for your friends and family.

 

 

And because we all need something to lust over for the week, look at this amazing kitchen on Decor8. I can’t get enough of that rustic-but-modern look–I see a spot for my southwestern bench in this kitchen!

 

 

Until next week, everyone!

 

Erin

 

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