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September 2012

Decorating with Orange

With all the leaves beginning to turn on the trees and the pumpkins popping up around town, the color orange is very much in the spotlight right now.  Orange is a vibrant and happy color that can be used in large doses, or in smaller ways as an accent or accessory.  Orange is one hue that will always bring warmth and vitality into your home.  Here are a variety of ways to decorate with this fun color!

Paint with Orange.   Orange is guaranteed to brings a punch of color to any dining, living, or bedroom space, and is especially fun when used as an accent wall.

 

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Upholster With Orange.  An sofa will take the spotlight when it is upholstered in this vivid hue.  Toned down shades of burnt orange complement earth toned walls, furnishings, and warm gold finishes, or pair it with its neighbor yellow for big impact.

 

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10 Festive Fall Porch Accents

‘Tis the season to festoon our fall porches with the abundant accents that the harvest season brings.  Autumn offers us a chance to change up the decor on the front porch to welcome friends and neighbors during this favorite time of year.   If you’re looking for inspiration for ways to embellish your entry in original ways, consider these ten festive ideas for adding seasonal accents to your fall porch! 

1.  Tiered Pumpkins.   A fall porch isn’t complete without a pumpkin or two.  Whether placed along the path or layered in an urn, stack these favorite fall accents vertically for a dramatic effect.  

 

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2.  Extra or Unexpected Orange Accents.   You’ve got the pumpkins, now think about the extras!  Incorporate additional decor in shades of orange to complement your pumpkins such as pillows, end tables, colorful chairs, and paper lanterns!

 

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3.  Leaves and Branches.  With all the changing leaves around town, consider clipping a few branches from a tree that can spare them and display their vivid colors with your pumpkin collection.

 

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Gorgeous Grasscloth!

I love paint’s ability to completely transform a space with a new hue, and patterned wallpaper is equally divine for bringing the wow factor into your home.  For me, grasscloth wallpaper is the love story between both, with the added bonus of texture!

 

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Grasscloth wallpaper is available in various neutrals, in colors, and even metallic sheens.  Chocolate brown grasscloth wallpaper envelops this luxurious bedroom where rich contrast is played up between equal parts of light and dark. 

 

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Grasscloth wallpaper is also available in variegated shades which incorporate fibers of different colors into the woven pattern. 

 

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And how pretty is looks when used like a wainscot wall treatment with a chair rail or molding used to border the top. 

 

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Installing grasscloth wallpaper is challenging and hiring a professional is recommended for precise application.  Grasscloth is surprisingly heavy so it requires extra adhesive!  But being the incurable do-it-yourselfer that I am I attempted installation myself a few years ago with an unconventional technique, but three years later (after some recent furnishing upgrades) I’m still loving it! 

One must be prepared for the subtle but visible lines that appear between the panels, but the texture of grasscloth wallpaper is always warm and inviting.   

 

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Grasscloth is just as versatile as patterned wallpaper, filling spaces all around the home with chic style, from the dining room to the bathroom.   

 

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Here are some sources for rolls of grasscloth when shopping for your home:

 

York Wallcoverings

Thibaut

Phillip Jeffries

Decorator Grasscloth from American Blinds

Discount Wallcoverings

 

Have you installed grasscloth wallpaper in any of your spaces? 

 

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10 Small Space Home Offices

It’s so nice to have a separate room dedicated solely to a home office, however the luxury of that extra square footage isn’t possible for everyone.  We all face the daily obligations of responding to email or bill paying, so a space for a home office makes sense for most of us.  Here are ten ideas for setting up a home office absent a room solely dedicated to the task.

1.  The Secretary.   How tidy is this solution?  A portable piece of furniture like an armoire or secretary allows you to store supplies for correspondence and then close it up at day’s end when your tasks are complete.

 

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2.  The Corner.     Truth is, corners exist in every room, right?   Take a look around and ask yourself, is there one corner where you could add some upper cabinets and a desk below?  If so, that’s the place to insert a home office!

 

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3.  The Alcove.   A narrow space that includes shelves and a desk becomes a stylish work station with room for storage behind a pretty fabric skirt.

 

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4.  The Cart.   Portability is a bonus with this setup!   If space permits, wheel it into a closet or spare room so it disappears when visitors arrive.

 

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5.  The Wall.   An office can be created virtually anywhere along a blank wall, whether it’s the top of the stairs or a wide hallway.

 

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6.  The Dining Room.   In any home with a formal dining room, consider using it as a home office/library instead.  Store your books on shelves along walls and treat it as a library and home office by day.  A table in the center can easily be set for guests when its time to entertain and serve a meal.

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7.   The Kitchen.   Tucked away in a kitchen, a home office in this zone allows you to keep an eye on the spaghetti as you socialize online or search for new recipes.

 

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8.  The Craft Zone.  Have you dedicated a space in your home to your creative side?  Fantastic!  Why not incorporate some office supplies too, adjacent to your laptop.  Scrapbook, craft, and pay bills all at the same time with a multitasking zone like this.

 

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9.  The Niche.   A few square feet can make for a cozy office space, such as this niche with built in cabinetry.  It’s the perfect place to catch up on email and balance the checkbook too.

 

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10.  The Spare.   A guest or spare room is another great place to insert a desk for use by day while visitors use the space to slumber by night.

 

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Small space living never means you need sacrifice a fully functional home office!  With a little creativity, you can steal some square footage in a corner, niche, or alcove in your home and include a place for a computer and office supplies.

Where have you set up a home office in your home?

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Best Of: Glass Lamps

Jane wrote to me the other day, inquiring about a glass lamp in a favorite image from the Better Homes & Gardens galleries and also appearing on page 10 of the recent publication New Cottage Style.

“Hi Kate, I have been looking at pictures of living rooms in the New Cottage Style by Better Homes and Gardens.  There is a particular room that I love – it has a fireplace, and a funky bright turquoise coffee table. There are two glass table lamps – round bases with white tapering shades. Can you tell me where to find these lamps?”  – Jane

From her description, I immediately knew it was this image of a picture perfect cozy coastal inspired family room.

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Jane was smitten with the lamps and I did my best to find them online for her.  ‘Tis true, the glass jug shape lamp has a little of everything!  It’s casual, elegant, timeless, and complements every style of decor.

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I was unable to track down an exact match for Jane, but I was able to locate twelve contenders in what I’ve deemed the impromptu ‘Best of Glass Lamps’ contest.

 

12 great glass lamps

From top left: Recycled Glass Lamp, $219, Shades of Light; Gourd Lamp, $325, Williams Sonoma Home; Glass Boudoir, $35, Pier 1; Seeing Clearly Vase Lamp, $249, Wisteria; Regina Andrews lamp, $223; Layla Grace; Bordeaux Lamp, $149, Ballard Designs; Jack Table Lamp, $149, Crate + Barrel; Clear Lamp Base, $47, Target; Quinn Teardrop Glass Lamp, $454, Altogether Home; Silver Apothecary Lamp, $149, Lamps Plus; Glass Jug Lamp, $149, West Elm; Arteriors Glass and Acrylic Lamp, $528, Wayfair;

If you stumble across the perfect glass jug or vessel, you can always make a DIY version of a glass lamp with instructions from DIY Diva.

Do you know where Jane might find her dream lamp?

Which of the glass lamps shown is your favorite?

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Inviting Autumn Table Settings

Gathering around the table to share a meal is a favorite occurrence for so many of us and what better time is there to enjoy savory food and good company than the autumn season.   As I drive around town running various errands this month, I can feel the change of the season in the air and I observe the piles of leaves that begin to collect in the street from now until November.

In anticipation of setting a table for the fall season, I’ve collected six simple ideas for setting an inviting autumn table.  Enjoy!

1.  Seasonal Abundance.   Pumpkins and fall leaves are readily available this time of year, and the pumpkin plus leaf medley is a no fail combination.   Whether your pumpkins are big and your branches are small or vice versa, the two go hand in hand when setting your seasonal table.  So many of us have wood tables so skip the tablecloth, keep your table bare, and corral natural elements together for a casual display.

 

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2.  Unexpected Elements.   Consider the chandelier or nearby sideboard as a place to put autumn bounty on display, or even books from a nearby bookshelf as props for your seasonal gourds.

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3.  Light It Up.  There’s no debate about the ambiance that is achieved through glowing candlelight.  Surround multiple pillars or single votive candles with branches, fruits, gourds, or berries for an effortless centerpiece.

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4.  Leaf Motif.   Details matter when setting an inviting autumn table, and changing leaves are a symbol of the season. Use cardstock cutouts or the real thing to add that extra detail to the edges of your tablecloth or the center of a place setting.

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5.  Varied Heights.  One of the key elements of an interesting fall display is the visual movement that occurs with objects and accessories displayed at varying heights.  Play with textures, containers, and natural objects to achieve the look when creating your own vignette on your table.

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6.  Everyday Elegance.  Combine your everyday white plates with glass vases filled with branches and berries brought in from the outdoors.  Simple seasonal botanicals enhance the serenity of a mostly white tablescape.

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Fall is that special time of year when we head outdoors in cable knit sweaters, embrace the colors of spice in our homes, and gather around the fireplace with family.  Don’t let the season pass by without spending quality time with your favorite people.  Tie some ribbon around a mini pumpkin on your breakfast table and invite your best friends over for tea to savor the beauty of this time of year.

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Wishing you all the very best the autumn season brings !

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