Style Picks

Kate

Console Style

No piece of furniture is better suited for the entry than the console table. Designed to be narrow enough to fit in a skinny space like a foyer, yet wide enough to be practical for setting down keys and a phone, the console table is the perfect perch for those little things you hold in your hand as you exit or enter throughout the day.

A console table isn’t just for practicality, it’s also the first impression in an entry. You’re free to choose anything to hang above, from hooks to photographs to abstract art, and a mirror is always a no fail partnership.

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Console tables are that first introduction to the style and personality in your home. Cottage versions are often painted in bright hues or whitewashed to reveal the beauty of the wood underneath.

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whitewashed console

 

A warm metallic like gold leaf or brass will guarantee a dose of elegance in the entry. 

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gold leaf console in entry

 

Acrylic and Lucite surfaces have risen in popularity in the last ten years, and are appealing when used in contrast with traditional architectural elements.

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Industrial style continues to be a desirable design choice, especially when partnered with rustic, weathered, or worn wood.

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Old World or European inspired console tables constructed of iron in combination with marble or wood showcase filigree and decorative metal in their bases.

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An antique console table is one of several ways to style an entry and possesses unique and vintage appeal.

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Looking for a fab console for your entry?  Here are eight style picks!

From top left:  Tiffany console, Horchow; Arden Console, Jayson Home; Studded Gold Leaf, Zinc Door; Keys Console, Home Decorators; Rusted Iron, Ethan Allen;  Toscane Console, Willams-Sonoma Home; Brent Console, Clayton Gray Home; Cayman Console, Z Gallerie.

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Kate

Bold & Bright

You want to know what makes a room very happy?  Colorful accent furniture! One of the things that struck me about the series of images below is just how cheerful these spaces are simply by introducing a bold and colorful piece of furniture.

Just about anything you already own can be painted any color you choose. If you’ve been considering painting an existing piece and introducing a fun color into the home, follow this step by step guide on how to paint furniture or these tips for using spray paint

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Brightly colored ottomans punctuate a sitting area and steal the show with their friendly color placed front and center.

bright yellow leather ottoman

 

Another easy way to add a modern bold accent is with a brightly painted stools or end tables, they’re versatile pieces that work as a perch for setting down a book or glass, and often as extra seating. Play off the colors that exist in a rug or introduce a fun new shade to your space.

 

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When it comes to periods or styles, color never discriminates. Bright hues are right at home in many settings, from contemporary to cottage.  

 

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bright green hutch and end table

 

Neutral kitchens are another place to add a cheerful pop of color – choose brightly painted counter or bar stools to create a happy snack zone.

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I rounded up some bold and bright accent furniture for the home, many of these pieces are available in other colorful shades. 

 bold and bright accent furniture

 

From top left:  Honeycomb chairs; Overstock; Crocheted Apple Pouf; Crate + Barrel; Peacock Club Chair, Overstock; Pagoda Stool, World Market; Oomph side table; Zinc Door; Carlisle Stools, Target; Casbah Chair, Pier One; Slim Console, Room + Board; Chartreuse stool, Zinc Door; Bombe Chest, Kirklands; Pink Pouf, Jonathan Adler; Linon Curve Stool, Kohls; Orange Desk, CB2; Slim Cocktail Table; Room + Board

 

Have you decorated any space in your home with a brightly painted piece?  What color did you choose?

 

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Kate

Marble in the Bathroom

The use of marble in interior design has a long history, dating back as far as Ancient Rome. Marble has been used over the centuries to embellish everything from iconic architectural structures to modern day kitchens and bathrooms. Sculptures as famous as Michelangelo’s David have been carved from this prized stone and it has always held its appeal throughout the years.

Marble is a luxurious choice and is often more expensive than other solid surfaces, but is worth the investment since it’s unquestionably elegant and forever timeless. There are two varieties of Italian marble that are similar in appearance, both milky white with gray veining, and they are Carrara and Calacatta. Carrara has more delicate, lighter veining; Calacatta is a rarer, pricier stone and has bolder more defined strokes, yet both are a desirable luxury stone.

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Slabs are the most expensive but smaller scale tile patterns tend to be more affordable per square foot. The mixture of small and medium scale motifs add interest to any bathroom space from petite herringbone to offset brick pattern tile.

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Calacatta marble appears on the walls in this bathroom, adding drama and one-of-a-kind pattern. One thing is true about slab marble, it doesn’t need embellishment of any kind. Marble has earned its beauty and is best left with its stunning and unique veining on display.

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Instead of slab on the floors or walls, look for large scale marble tiles that will give the same look, but broken up into smaller sections.

 

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Or consider a marble basket weave tile for a decorative inset pattern that is both intricate and exquisite.

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One of the most popular ways to add marble to the bathroom is with slab countertops. Mix it up with tile or wallpaper in the same gray and white palette to bring additional pattern to your bathroom space.

carrara marble flooring and countertop

 

marble wrapped tub surround

 

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Looking for the ultimate in luxury?  How amazing is this retro inspired vanity washbasin with spectacular Lucite legs – stunning!

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Whichever way you choose to use it, from tile on the floor to slabs on the walls to the simplicity of a countertop, you can never ever go wrong with marble in the bathroom.  Carrara and Calacatta marble are surfaces that hold a rare title, they have stood the test of time for not just decades, but centuries!

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Kate

Style Spotlight: Nesting Tables

I’ve been on the hunt for some nesting tables for our family room, to take the place of a plain end table. I love the versatility of nesting tables, and the fact that they can be compacted together in a matching set tucked away, and then separated for any day when you need an extra surface to rest a book or drink upon.

Nesting tables come in all shapes, sizes, and finishes, choose a warm metallic like classic brass or gold leaf to add a dose of elegance.

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A contemporary white set looks lovely paired with traditional furnishings and provides extra storage for magazines, keeping remote controls handy for surfing on the television.

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Wood always warms a space, and a shapely modern trio provides a perch for plants or reading material.

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Or introduce an industrial element to your home with a metal and wood combination!

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I rounded up a dozen favorites, from the gilded and glamorous to colorful and cottage styles, enjoy!

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From top left: Bronze Mirrored Tables, Lamps Plus; Peekaboo Tables, CB2; Woodland Tables, Walmart; Astair Tables, Z Gallerie; Hailey Tables, Grandinroad; Maharaja Tables, Home Decorators; Durham Tables, Ballard Designs; Jenna Tables, Pier One; Stella Tables, Horchow  Blue Tables, Overstock; Granger Tables, Pottery Barn; Gray Criss Cross, Overstock.

 

Which set is your favorite?

 

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Kate

Decorating with Animal Print

Animal print has gone through different periods of popularity but always been present in home design. Lately we’re seeing animal prints reinterpreted in large scale abstract giraffe motifs and in colorful leopard and zebra prints. 

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We’ve all seen those exaggerated rooms filled with animal print that’s way overdone and the crime that occurs from overuse. Animal print is best used in small doses and smaller pieces of furniture or accents, or to make a dramatic impact with a rug or fun upholstered piece. It’s a bold move to upholster a sofa in an animal print, but it’s graphic nature makes a stunning statement.

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Go a little less wild with chairs and ottomans – they’re perfect candidates for playing with animal print in traditional motifs, but consider colorful ones too since many fabrics are now available in recognizable patterns printed in bright colors. 

giraffe print ottoman

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Animal print will always inject a graphic element and the recognizable patterns make for fabulous area rugs in leopard, zebra, and giraffe skin prints. 

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leopard print rug

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For those craving the exotic nature of animal print but in smaller doses, an accent pillow or lampshade will always do the trick!

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I rounded up a few favorites available in stores for adding a touch of animal print to the home in several motifs and colors.

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From top left: Sommerset Wing Chair, Horchow; Green zebra rug, Z Gallerie; Giraffe 4 x 6’ rug, Bed, Bath & Beyond; Pink leopard 3 x 5’ rug, Bed, Bath & Beyond; Orange needlepoint, Bellacor; Leopard duvet, Urban Outfitters; Oval chair, Kmart; Giraffe print pillow cover, EastandNest on Etsy; 19; Gray zebra ottoman, Z Gallerie; Zebra Toss Pillow, Target; Animal print lamp, Lamps Plus, $80

 

Do you use any animal print in your home?

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Kate

Colorful Outdoor Seating

The blooming plants are beginning to show their color now that spring is in full swing. Once the fair weather is here for good, extend your living area outdoors by arranging seating on your deck or patio for lounging and entertaining into the evening hours.

Take a cue from nature’s colorful show and welcome it to your outdoor areas with brightly painted seating. A gathered grouping of colorful chairs provides a focal point and also a welcoming place to gather with friends and family.

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Outdoor spaces filled with color communicate “good times happen here”. Resist the temptation to be hum drum or play it safe with neutrals and welcome vivid hues for a vacation in your own backyard.

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Scatter colorful chairs all around your outdoor space to make the message clear, nothing formal happening here!

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In these modern times, colorful outdoor chairs are available in many styles, from casual European bistro chairs, to retro inspired shapes that evoke nostalgic memories from the 1960s, they also include American favorites like the classic Adirondack.

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Even rustic outdoor tables can benefit from a color injection and a mixed rather than matched set is aesthetically pleasing – find painted metal seating in various places from flea markets to retail stores.

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To add an dose of color to your backyard, here are twelve chairs guaranteed to bring instant flair to your alfresco space. 

colorful outdoor seating

From top left: Kruger, $179, Crate + Barrel; Acapulco Chair, $250, Modern Lighting; Allweather, $229, Brookstone; Red Adirondack, $249, Pottery Barn; Metal Bistro, $198, The Garden Gate; Retro Tulip, $59, Amazon; Beulah Rocking Chair, $169; CB2; Bend Chair, $249, West Elm; NIcolett Stripe, $25, Target; Zuo Juju Set of 4, $605, Hayneedle; Ixtapa, $229, CB2; Cadiz, Set of Two, $99, World Market

 

How do you add color to your backyard spaces? With accessories? Spray paint? Colorful chairs like the ones above?

 

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