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Get the Look: Decorating with Pumpkin Orange

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With November officially here, the countdown to the holidays is upon us. But before we get to Christmas and all the glittery trimmings, I love these last few days before Thanksgiving when it’s still all about pumpkin spice and all things fall. One of my favorite colors is pumpkin orange – that perfectly cheery hue right between yellow and red that can add an unexpectedly chic spin to a room. It’s happy, warm, inviting, and energizing, and I’ve pulled together some of my favorite ways to incorporate it into your home.

Hermes is famous for their beautifully detailed silk scarves, but they’re equally known for those iconic orange boxes. I’ve been eBay-stalking some (empty) Hermes boxes to do a display in my entryway (as well as a big square scarf to frame in lucite!). If you don’t adore orange, this is an easy way to get the accent of fall color without committing to a complete makeover. Look for fun boxes at Target or the Container Store to get this look for a fraction of the cost.



And these orange lampshades perfectly echo the boxes and complimentary pumpkin-hued pillow. Remember – repetition is key to design in any form. It makes it all feel pulled together and intentional.



These fun little side tables reflect the flame-inspired hues of the dhurrie rug below them. This could also be another easy and inexpensive DIY with some Ikea LACK tables and spray paint.


Tons of other colors work really well with orange. Test it out with blue in almost any shade; blue is the natural complimentary match to orange as it sits opposite the color wheel from it and is the perfect cool to orange’s warmth. Try it with navy for an uber-preppy pop or with a pale icy blue for a more modern spin (could be so cute for a nursery). And of course it’s bright and beachy with hot pink too. For neutrals, brown is an easy match for orange as it shares its warmth. But what about a nice bold black? Here’s a kitchen that proves that black and orange together doesn’t automatically equal Halloween upon first glance. By balancing it with an ample dose of white, it feels fresh and unexpected.



But if orange is the color of happiness and energy, then what better place to try it out than in your entryway? I’m partial to the warm ivory against the orangey-red with the brass hardware. So rich.


But my absolute favorite image right now is this all-out lacquered entryway – it’s super glamorous and dramatic, especially with that fretwork. I’d fill it with gold accents and a Chinoiserie-inspired rug.

Orange Lacquer entryway

This room below is a modern reinterpretation of the classic 1970s color palette of orange, creams, and browns, with a perfectly pumpkin accent wall. This could be easily DIY’d in an afternoon with a quick coat of paint. Mix and match some funky patterned pillows for an eclectic aesthetic – and don’t forget the natural wood accents as it’s key to the earthy vibe.


Speaking of natural elements, this shiplap wall that’s been left unpainted is gorgeous and another great interpretation of the classic 70s color scheme.


And of course, I couldn’t talk about orange without showing a few fab wallpaper options. One of my most favorite shots below (remember it from the previous post on dining rooms?) as it’s chic, eclectic, and loaded with personality.



Happy November! Now go snap up some orange (and I’m off to stalk eBay for my boxes).


Last month I had my entryway wallpapered with a deliciously bold navy and white paper that I agonized over for weeks. I love to switch up my decor a lot, so could I really commit to a pattern, especially in a single color? The answer is yes – and with my love of pattern (not to mention navy), I’ve found it pretty versatile. So I thought I’d show you how to get three different looks by just switching out accessories. After all, accessories are always the easiest (and often, inexpensive) items that bring the most life and personality to a room.

A quick note on the color schemes: by using navy as my primary color, I’m able to pair practically any other shade with it. Navy is great if you want something friendlier than black but more interesting than brown or beige. It’s a warmer and preppier color that plays well with red, yellow, green, aqua, pink, … I could go on and on! And in the case of certain shades like pink, yellow, or aqua, it provides a little bit of grownup polish to a color that’s more juvenile.

In all 3 spaces, I’ve kept the basic furniture the same: a vintage white campaign desk that I bought on eBay (a similar one here) a few years ago paired with a white circular mirror from Crate & Barrel. But the rest of the accessories are fluid, depending on what color scheme you go with. I can see this vignette working in an office, a nook in your bedroom, or as a study space for a student.



First up, an aqua and navy look, (which is the primary color scheme of our home, by the way). It’s bright and fun, and anchored by that geometric Robert Abbey lamp in robins egg blue. I’ve accented it with various accessories including the Madeline Weinrib runner that I bought several years ago (obsessed). I stacked the lamp on some of my favorite design books, which is another easy trick to introduce color and personality into a space.



But for a whole new punchy spin on things, how about yellow? I adore a bold pop of citrus. It’s always happy and it tampers down the seriousness of navy. A lucite chair provides a traditional spin with its design in an unexpected material, and made more comfy with a silk twill pillow (from Target, years ago). Play with mixing and matching patterns, like the large scale stripe throwbed from Hedgehouse pictured here (perfect for tossing onto a sofa for extra comfy lounging). A yellow tassel hangs from the campaign hardware, and a stack of yellow books rounds out the look.



But for some all-out girly glamour, hot pink can’t be beat. This is an eclectic look with a whole lot of style: a modern Eames-inspired chair with hairpin legs is a fun contrast to the gold lamp. A hot pink pouf is great for extra seating or for a footrest (I use this one in my office!). Throw pillows, artwork, and decorative objects keep the continuity of the color scheme going.

So what do you think? Could you commit to a bold wallpaper? I’m loving how surprisingly versatile this floral wallpaper is, and I can’t wait to decorate for the holidays with it (white Christmas tree!!!).

Get the Look: Decorating with Pink for Grown-Ups


I love using hot pink in practically any room in the house. It’s definitely not just for nurseries when you pick the right shade and can absolutely be used in a sophisticated way. A dear friend of mine pairs the prettiest shade of hibiscus pink with ice blue through her whole house. (Full disclosure: when I asked her how she got away with using so much pink, she shrugged and winked. “My husband is colorblind!” she replied.) Regardless, finding the right shade is the key to nailing this look. Whether you go all-in like the jewel tone entryway above or just a few accents here and there, check out these inspiration shots to help you get the look.

September stylemaker (and cover girl) Brooke Shields uses a fuchsia pink with blue undertone in several rooms of her home. It’s the perfect unexpected twist in an otherwise neutral space. The living room is grounded in buttery soft textures but the pink is what makes it unforgettable.


Much like my friend’s house that I mentioned earlier, this family room below in Brooke’s house carries the same theme of icy blue and electric fuchsia. It’s modern and a little bit glamorous while still being a comfortable and inviting space. The fuchsia is bright enough that it doesn’t feel overtly feminine.


I’m all about low-commitment choices when it comes to decorating, so if you’re on the fence and don’t want to blow your budget on a certain look, it’s easy to choose accessories that can be easily swapped when you’re wanting to try something new.

Case in point: a set of bright bubblegum pink Euro shams and a textured throw in a cool grey guest bedroom. I love the repetition of the color in the framed scarf over the bed, and the way it pops against the cherry red headboard.



Or maybe try an all white room with coral drapes, much like the living room below. An eclectic set of throw pillows in fun patterns feels fresh, unexpected, and loaded with personality.


These tole lanterns below offer just a hint of pink in an eclectically-styled breakfast nook. Find pillows and fabrics to visually link the look together to keep it feeling cohesive.


10 Easy Decor Ideas for a Late-Summer Soiree

Say goodbye to summer in style by throwing a late-summer soiree. Think about it: One last chance to show off your tan and catch up on some much-needed girl time before the temperature drops and the kids go back to school. Let’s get this party (pardon me, soiree) started, shall we?


First thing’s first. Decor. Decorations are a key component to throwing a successful summer soiree. Summer-inspired centerpieces, floral decor, colorful tabletops and elegant place settings will set your soiree apart from other sunny season extravaganzas. I’ve put together 10 easy decor ideas to get your creative juices flowing!


1. I’m officially in LOVE with these DIY Oversized Tissue Paper Flowers from A Blissful Nest. They’re beautiful, dramatic and oh-so-chic!



2. Check out Making Home Base‘s  Citrus Stamped Tea Towels for a quick, colorful and cheap update to any white linen.



3. Songbird‘s Easy Summer Arrangement is a refreshing take on a classic centerpiece.



4. How stunning are these DIY String Chandeliers by Ruffled?! With balloons, glue and twine you can make these beauties yourself.



5. Dessert anyone? Let your candy creations shine with a DIY Tissue Paper Flower Backdrop. See Project Nursery for step-by-step instructions.



6. Stylize your dishware with Sugar and Cloth‘s DIY Pineapple Plates tutorial.



7. Instead of flowers, opt for a succulent/cactus centerpiece. Add a burst of color to your table with these DIY Gold Dipped Plant Pots from The Style House.



8. Add instant fragrance to drinks with Petal Ice Cubes courtesy of Express – O.



9. I didn’t know this was possible! DIY Decoupage Palm Frond Balloons ?! Get the deets at Balloon Time.


photos courtesy of Studio DIY


10. Fruit made pretty! 100 Layer Cake does a Spray-Painted Pineapple Centerpiece flawlessly.



Happy Summer!


xx madison

Get the Look: Decorating with Lucite

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I’m all about a little touch of glam in a home, and lucite can be the perfect way to accomplish this. And due to its naturally transparent qualities (wink, wink), it’s also perfect for small spaces where you don’t want a lot of visual clutter. But the key to adding this to your home without going overboard is little touches here and there – just enough to add a subtle hint of modern glamour.

This banquette above from BHG is one of my favorites. Overall the room is based in traditional design but it gets extra interesting with the contrast offered by modern touches. The Saarinen table with those funky lucite chairs is what makes this space so memorable.

By the way, have you ever wondered what the difference is between acrylic and lucite? As it would turn out, there’s no difference at all and it’s merely marketed under different names. (Plexi-Craft has a good FAQ on lucite, including care tips.)

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The twin lucite pendants in this kitchen above offer extra glamour with the addition of their brass accents to mirror the hardware on the cabinetry. The openness of the framework keeps it all feeling light and airy, which is perfect contrast to balance out the heaviness of the dark island and wood floors.

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Another way to get just a hint of lucite or to test out the look is with these chic curtain rods. And would you believe it? These were a DIY project by Grace at A Storied Style.

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Floating acrylic frames offer a hint of modernity and can bring attention to your artwork. Framed scarves, vintage maps, or even wallpaper cuttings can instantly pop when sandwiched between two sheets of acrylic. Find kits on Etsy or DIY it!

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I don’t see lucite legs in bathrooms much, and this vignette caught my eye instantly. I especially like the way this particular bathroom also feels beachy or more casual with the tongue-and-groove boards all the way around. But it’s definitely got a glamorous masculinity to it with all that shiny chrome and black too.

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One of the easiest ways to introduce lucite furniture is with a ghost chair. Readily available at a variety of price points, they’re fun and quirky little accents that can add a ton of personality into a space. And due to its origins in traditional design due to its shape, it can work in practically any interior. Got a super traditional space? Test one of these out – you might be surprised at the

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And in the go big or go home category, this entryway packs a powerful style punch in a small space. It screams personality and glamour with the nearly-invisible lucite console and funky accents (that lamp!). Definitely play around with pairing lucite with metallics – it’s a winner almost every time.

As for me, I’m personally stalking eBay and First Dibs for some lucite chairs I stumbled on in an antique shop a few months ago. With curved lucite legs and canary yellow velvet upholstery, I initially balked at the price tag for the pair. But once I went back to the shop, they were already gone. They were definitely the ones that got away!

Get the Look: Patterned Floor Tiles

Patterned concrete tiles

Four years ago in France, I was visiting with my aunt and uncle about their plans to redo their 18th century French home and they introduced me to some of the most amazing patterned cement tiles. You’ll see them all over France in a variety of colorways and patterns and despite their age (often hundreds of years old), they look as bright as the day they were laid. Often you’ll see similar ones made of ceramic, but the process is different in creating the individual tiles so the ceramic ones wear differently over time (see an interesting breakdown of each here).

I’m seeing more and more of these cement tiles popping up. I shot a gorgeous home here in Oklahoma City a few weeks back that featured this gorgeous tile above in their cabana, and it got me thinking about different ways to use these stunning tiles.

Bouchon Las Vegas

In typical French style, Bouchon (above) in Las Vegas offers a nod to its country of inspiration with some similarly stunning floors (not to mention one of my most favorite meals ever). It’s been a few years since we’ve visited, but I distinctly remember staring at the floor, enthralled with the cobalt blue background and swirling design. Go for the floors; stay for the incredible meal.

Encaustic tiles


In Europe, these tiles are seen in almost any space. I love how it’s used above to create the entryway in an otherwise small space.

Encaustic tiles


The amount of patterns and colorways can be overwhelming, but there are some similar themes. Hexagon shapes are popular, as are more traditional squares with loads of scrolly organic designs and ornate details. I’m partial to the blue ones, especially that cornflower shade above.



Philippe Starck designed a stunning hotel in France (shown above), and the hotel restaurant showcases loads of encaustic tiles throughout the space, again acting almost like area rugs to delineate different areas. This black and white design is uber-chic against all the contemporary furnishings.

subtle encaustic in kitchen


I love how subtle the pattern of the floor is above against the warm grey cabinetry. It’s just enough visual texture to keep things interesting without completely overwhelming you with pattern.

Kismet Tile Los Angeles


In the US, Kismet Tile offers a selection of handmade tiles, most of which can be customized to the colorway of your choosing. That blue above is mesmerizing — again, everything else is kept super simple, allowing the floor to be the star of the room.

Cement Tile Shop


Also in the US is, based in Florida. I’ve pinned practically everything from their Pinterest account, but maybe the most fascinating board shows the step by step process of how these tiles are made. And like Kismet, they also offer a dizzying array of colors and patterns.

I seriously believe the hardest part is picking which color and pattern to go with. Oh, and if you’re looking for more floor inspiration, check out the Instagram account I Have This Thing with Floors. It’s insanely addictive and you’ll want to redo every single floor in your home!

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