Written on May 19, 2013 at 6:00 pm , by Kate
The urban dictionary defines a “staycation” as a vacation spent at one’s home enjoying all that one’s home environment has to offer. Transitional outdoor rooms than include the comforts of the indoors and the pleasant atmosphere of the outdoors are one of the most desirable spaces in a home. Covered porches, sunrooms, converted sheds, or screened porches are all examples of sheltered outdoor rooms that extend our living spaces and also our hours of leisure at home.
Because they are protected from sun or unpredictable summer rainstorms, the covered porch, patio, or loggia has the benefit of circulating fresh air with the bonus of a roof that provides shelter from the elements. Ceiling fans are a smart addition to a covered porch or patio and provide necessary air circulation, especially in regions where temperatures can creep above 100 degrees.
Covered porches are an opportunity to use furniture just as you would indoors since their surfaces are protected from direct sun or moisture.
Consider the addition of a bright swash of paint to your porch ceiling like these planks coated in a cheerful yellow also repeated in the fabric toss pillows below.
To encourage lingering among guests, or create a space where you wish to spend many hours relaxing, invest in furnishings with deep seat cushions in stylish outdoor fabrics.
Written on April 2, 2013 at 4:00 pm , by Kate
Spring decorating in this century avoids the sole use of saccharin sweet pastels often associated with the traditional Easter decor of decades past. Today’s modern spring palettes include fresh mixtures of classic hues and bold color. Here’s a peek at five spaces pulled from the archives to illustrate how to approach spring decorating in contemporary ways.
Coral is a cross between pink and orange and is fetching when paired with complementary teal blue. Inject a dash of lime green for an invigorating combination sure to cheer any space.
Refined plum balances the pastel lavender and pale celadon hues often associated with spring, together they make a chic bedroom space.
Yellow brings thoughts of daffodils and sunshine so it’s the perfect accent for a spring inspired room – pull in mellow gray and energetic tangerine for an invigorating place to begin your day.
Mocha is an earthy neutral and the perfect anchor to lighthearted blush and berry pinks. Dark wood balances the feminine hues on display in this contemporary dining space.
Shades of blue and purple are analogous on the color wheel – temper neighboring hues of vivid orchid and bright turquoise with a soft gray blue for a balanced approach.
What color combinations are you inspired by this season? Do you have a go to hue you’re loving right now? Stop by to chat about it tonight at the Twitter Party, where the BH&G Style team is talking all about spring color palettes and decorating, details below.
Written on March 22, 2013 at 4:00 pm , by Kate
March is the the month we officially welcome spring, and it’s a favorite time of year as nature begins its annual ritual of blooming and growing again. The Easter holiday is when friends and family gather to celebrate with traditions of egg hunts and special meals. In anticipation, I gathered some simple and elegant ideas to inspire your entertaining and decorating around the home.
Pull out your pastel dishes to create a sweet seasonal vignette on an open shelf or cabinet to welcome the arrival of the season.
Tulips are one of the floral symbols of the season, display them in unexpected ways such as a teapot and accompanying stacked cups. Hyacinth and lily of the valley are also complementary and symbolic spring bouquets.
Delicate quail eggs framed with pretty papers in shadow boxes are an elegant spring inspired gallery wall that you’ll want to keep on display all year round.
Blossoming branches are the first sign of the season but if the real ones are unavailable or not quite ready in your region, recreate the look with hot glue and faux pink blooms for branches and blossoms that lasts for months.
Written on March 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm , by Kate
Coastal inspired spaces are incredibly popular because of the light and bright approach to decorating, with pale sand and sea inspired palettes that dictate the design choices.
This week I’m taking a much anticipated vacation at the beach where one cannot escape the beauty of the ocean and the serenity the sight and sound of it brings. I rounded up some soothing spaces to share this week with a few tips on incorporating a coastal style and bringing the feeling of the beach indoors.
An easy way to incorporate a breezy and coastal inspired style is to choose light or white furnishings, or include stylish slipcovered sofas and chairs. Add contrast and texture with a coffee table made of rustic or weathered wood to complete the look.
Pale tans and taupes on walls, curtains, or furniture repeat the color of sand and provide a soothing neutral backdrop that allows you change out accessories with the seasons.
Watery blues pair perfectly with sandy tones, and choosing a bamboo woven shade adds another layer of texture reminiscent of tropical destinations.
Nautical inspired fabrics in stripes or coastal motifs bring the beach indoors by adding classic or playful patterns.
Shells and coral are sculptural and textural accents that are perfect for displaying on bookshelves or console tables.
Accent pieces with distressed paint treatments bring a weathered and worn look as if they’ve been sitting in the sun or have recently washed ashore.
Beach inspired decorating can be done in smaller or subtle ways by placing your coastal finds on display, such as this driftwood and shell mobile, or perhaps more simply and casually with starfish and smooth stones placed on a shelf or mantel.
How do you layer your home with coastal inspired furnishings or finds?
Written on February 26, 2013 at 6:00 pm , by Kate
Colorful patterned pillows will instantly transform a plain sofa into a fabulous focal point of comfort and style and they’re an easy accessory to swap out with the changing seasons. An initial question to ask yourself when choosing pillows for your bedroom or sofa is to ask yourself what style appeals to you and go from there. Are you a fan of classic stripes or Ikat motifs? Do you prefer floral or geometric patterns?
If your furniture is neutral, a fresh and fabulous patterned pillow can set the mood for the entire space, and from its palette you’re free to pull out multiple colors to accessorize your room even further.
There are many different ways to make a bed and playing with layers of pattern in geometrics, florals, stripes, or other unique motifs is a sure way to inject style into the bedroom.
Choosing pillows that share colors that already exist in your space is another good starting point when choosing your toss pillows. Let the tile, paint colors, or the rug lead you to choices that complement what hues are already present.
Another designer tip: If you’re having a chair reupholstered, it’s a great idea to buy a few extra yards and have those made into coordinating accent pillows to use on a nearby sofa.
A mixed arrangement of pillows is an inviting and casual look – repeating one pattern on another piece anchors the seating area in a subtle way.
Even outdoor spaces benefit from a medley of cheerful patterns that add bright color and a layer of comfort – their presence will always encourage everyone to linger longer.
Are you on the hunt for some fresh patterns to spruce up your home this spring? Here’s a roundup of great patterns available this season in all the shades on the color wheel.
from top left, red: raspberry ikat, sydney floral, ovals; orange; floral crewel, geometric, chevron; yellow: cabana, soleil; geometric; green: greek key, verdi, ikat; blue: silsila, geometric, monaco; violet: ikat, medallion, cortez
For even more fun pillow picks plus tips on how to style them, check out this post from last week on basic tips for sofa pillow styling.
Who’s ready to start decorating with colorful patterns this spring?
Written on December 20, 2012 at 11:00 am , by Kate
I’ve spent some time this month featuring inspiring holiday ideas and today I’ll end the holiday decorating series by highlighting some outdoor displays. These are those last days before Christmas, and the moments when we as a family love to take walks or drives around town admiring the displays.
I love to look at the creativity of our neighbors, their twinkling lights, sometimes subdued, other times crazy or garish but always full of fun. Here is a final collection of inspiring ideas for the holidays with a focus on the outdoors!
A red door is for good luck and pairs perfectly with a pinecone and ornament garland draped across the threshold. Merry berries trim lanterns that light the walkway.
Large scale snowflakes suspended as vertical garlands celebrate the winter scene happening just beyond the arbor.
Lighted baskets that are filled with annuals in spring make perfect vessels for a string of twinkle lights in winter.
Garlands all aglow bring holiday cheer to an entry embellished with a fresh evergreen wreath and its shimmery ribbons.
A wintery willow wreath is an alternative to the classic evergreen version with its fresh white palette and small additions of color.
This porch is made merry in an afternoon with the cheery strings of icicle lights and swirling garland bringing color to the columns.
Layered boughs of evergreen swags and magnolia leaves tied up with seasonal berries and pinecones welcomes guests and neighbors as a botanical treat for the eyes.
No one ever said Christmas trees are only meant to be displayed indoors, so why not another one placed on the porch!
Classic red looks festive on a glossy green door paired with rosemary trees and red pomanders in urns.
An antique wood sleigh makes a perfect perch for a pine tree swag against a front or back door.
A stocking hung with care on a door is a sweet alternative to a wreath and a nod to the tradition of hanging them indoors in anticipation of a visit from Jolly Old St. Nick.
Embrace the oldest tradition of the season by decorating with evergreens with classic cedar swag and a wreath that make a porch welcoming to family and friends.
Are you all enjoying the outdoor displays in your city or town this season? So festive, right? I’ll be back with one more post on color tomorrow, but until then wishing you all the very Merriest Christmas season!