April 2012

Color Spotlight: Indigo!

Written on April 16, 2012 at 4:00 am , by

If you’ve popped your head into local retailers or opened the latest catalogs, there’s a color that’s getting a lot of attention this season and that color is indigo. This inky blue is appearing everywhere from textiles to accessories and one thing is true, while some might consider it the color of the moment, the combination of deep blue and crisp white has always been timeless.  Whether it’s the paint on the walls, or the furnishings in your spaces, indigo is one color to choose to create a moody yet sophisticated feeling in your home.

On the color wheel, its complement is fiery orange, (or tangerine!) and together they make a bold statement.

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Indigo gains feminine qualities when it’s married to more unexpected colors like coral and lime green.  Add plenty of white and you’re looking at one of the freshest color combinations around.

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If you’re seeking to introduce this classic deep blue to your home in a fresh modern way, here are a few statement pieces to consider.

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 1.  Ferm feather wallpaper, Horne, $105 a roll  2.  Harley Balloon Chair, Horchow, $3,199; 3.  Paeonia wallpaper, Anthropologie, $148 roll; 4.  Concentric Diamond Table Lamp, Shades of Light, $392;  5.  Hemnes nightstand, IKEA, $100; 6. Louisa Settee, Anthropologie, $2,498; 7. Southport coffee table, Oomph, $2,295; 8. Skye Coffee Table, Crate + Barrel, $399; 9.  Jonathan Adler Butterfield Sofa, $3,695; 10. Kidman Bergere, The Cross Design; 11. 5 x 8’ Blinov Rug, Overstocks, $198; 12.  6 x 9’ Pinstripe Rug; Restoration Hardware, $590.

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 If it’s smaller touches you’re looking for, consider these gorgeous decorative accessories!

1.  Capri candle, Anthropologie, $28; 2.  Herringbone pillow, John Robshaw, $190;  3. Medallion dinnerware, Target, $82 set; 4.  Mimosa Frames, Z Gallerie, $29;  5.  Modern Ikat pillow, Whitlock & Co, $42;  6.  Provence kitchen mat, Williams Sonoma Home, $50.  7. Cocktail blueprint, Crate + Barrel, $399;  8. Elephant ceramics vase, West Elm, $29;  9. Octopus throw, Thomas Paul, $350; 10.  Horchow pillow collection, $85-205;  11.  High Neck Vase, Terrain, $40, 12.  Gelato tray, Z Gallerie, $25;  13.  Storage Ottoman, Crate & Barrel; 14.  Richard Nixon throw, Jonathan Adler, $290; 15.  Scales Rug, Zinc Door, $100.

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Indigo is a very hot color in retail right now, but you can guarantee that if you incorporate indigo into your own home, it’s classic attributes will stand the test of time.  Are you a fan of this inky blue?

 

 

 

 

 

 


Decorating Tips for Neutral Spaces

Written on April 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm , by

When decorating our homes, so many of us fall back on neutrals and for various reasons.  Some consider them calming, others are simply color shy or afraid to commit to bolder hues.  However, neutrals need not be bland nor labeled safe.  On the contrary, restrained neutrals can be pleasing and tranquil in a space when certain elements are present.  Here are eight ways to add interest to your neutral spaces at home..

Clever Contrast.   Mixing dark woods with light furnishings and walls tends to brings out the best in each other.  The darks seem richer and the whites feel brighter with deliberate contrast on display.

 

Play With Pattern.  This neutral living room offers timeless appeal with its soft painted molding and elegant furnishings. The large scale pattern of the rug and tone on tone striped panels add interest without screaming for attention.

With a neutral palette, you’re free to mix large scale pattern, such as the modern zebra on the accent chair, against a smaller scale such as the delicate floral in the window panels.

 

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Ferns as Art

Written on April 12, 2012 at 10:00 pm , by

There’s no denying the timeless appeal of ferns, indoors and out.  Known for their bright green fronds and delicate stems, ferns are beloved by many for their fine texture and arching lacy stems.  Both verdant and elegant, they are an excellent choice for shady spots in your yard and make wonderful houseplants in pots or terrariums.

 

Ferns are tolerant plants and in the right growing conditions, make a wonderful house plant.  They add that touch of evergreen to your décor, and every space is a bit more inviting with a living thing on display.

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Did you know that you can turn your garden fern fronds into art?  Yes, it’s true, I did it last summer!

It’s a simple process and easy DIY project that will take your favorite botanical right from the garden and place it on the wall as artwork.

1) Gather fern fronds from your yard or snip a few from your healthy houseplant  2) Lay fronds between wax paper and press flat between large heavy books for 2 to 3 days. 3) Lay flattened ferns on paper and affix to paper with a tiny bit of Mod Podge or craft glue, and 4) display behind glass in frames.

If feeling extra crafty, make them look aged by using cream colored craft or tea stained papers, and stamping them with botanical Latin terms.  As an alternative to framing the real thing, you can scan the fronds and frame them as prints for an equally attractive botanical display.

The next time you spy a fern in a nursery, consider bringing it indoors to not only add beauty to your home, but potentially to your walls too!

Happy decorating!


Color Spotlight: Tangerine!

Written on April 12, 2012 at 10:13 am , by

Late last year, Pantone announced their much awaited Color of the Year for 2012, and this time around it’s Tangerine Tango! To quote Pantone, ‘Tangerine Tango’ is “sophisticated, dramatic … and marries the vivaciousness and adrenalin rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

At the pronouncement, orange lovers all across the land issued three cheers to feisty tangerine taking the spotlight and many retailers pushed the color to the forefront of their decor offerings this year.

If you’re a lover of tangerine, consider painting your walls or even your front door in this hue of the moment. If you’d prefer that this vibrant color play a more subtle roll, bring it indoors in the form of decorative accents, toss pillows, or other accessories in your home.

Tangerine accent chairs, side stools, and area rugs add fresh color to your space without a huge commitment, or be brave and choose a bold accent piece in the form of a dresser or even a sofa.

1. Bunny Lounge Chair, House & Hold, $450 2. Duc Duc Dresser, Fawn & Forest $1,375 3. Tini Table, Zinc Door, $395; 4. Martini Side Table, West Elm, $129; 5. Stray Dog Blush Stool, Zinc Door, $330; 6. Atomic Sofa, CB2, $1,099 7. La Versha Chair, Anthropologie, $298; 8. 8 x 10’ Striped Tangerine Rug, West Elm, $229.

1. David Trubridge Coral Painted Pendant, Y Lighting, $360; Rachel Ray EVOO Dispenser, $16.95; 3. Lacquer Hexagon Tray, Jonathan Adler, $175; 4. Anything Clock, Horne, $69; 5. Chica Wall Vase, Crate+ Barrel, $10; 6. Geo Placemat, Z Gallerie, $28; 7. Orange Chick Candleholder, CB2, $8; 8. Barcelona Pillow, Zinc Door, $90, 9. Montego basket, Georgia Mills, $80; 10. Stripe Hamper, The Cross Design, $72; 11. 3 x 5’ Trina TurkFloral rug, Sky Iris, $160

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Whether it’s bold or subtle flavors of tangerine you choose, or accents large or small, this is one invigorating color that’s sure to bring some zest into your space and you’ll certainly be right on trend adding these accents to your home.

Happy decorating,

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Welcome to Centsational Style!

Written on April 11, 2012 at 9:09 am , by

Welcome and hello everyone! I’m Kate Riley, better known around the blogosphere as Centsational Girl I’m a self-professed incurable DIYer who loves to paint and design anything from small crafts to large spaces, and I’m delighted to be part of the Better Homes & Gardens team!  I’m a just simple gal with a simple dream: transforming the drab into the fab with an arsenal of paintbrushes, primer, and power tools, and I’m here to share my tips and techniques with all of you.

I’ve been passionate about design, décor, and do-it-yourself projects for as long as I can remember and I’ve been an avid reader of Better Homes & Gardens publications for over a decade.  This blog is where I’ll be sharing my unique perspectives on design and do-it-yourself decorating.  You can look forward to all kinds of topics from What’s Hot in design to Perspectives on Color, and other tried and true techniques for creating style on a budget!  I’ve been fortunate enough to have my work featured in various Better Homes & Gardens publications, and now I have a voice right here online at Centsational Style.  Come on over to say hello, pay a visit to my Project Gallery or wander through the Style Files  where you’re sure to find something to inspire you!  

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All the best,