Written on August 7, 2012 at 10:03 am , by Kate
What does the word cottage mean to most of us? Homey. Cozy. Relaxed. Inviting. Modern cottage style isn’t a cluttered country cabin, the current definition of cottage style is clean, simple, and light, and now captured inside the pages of the latest publication compiled by the experts at Better Homes and Gardens.
Completely updated, New Cottage Style brings together a medley of welcoming homes showcasing fresh interpretations of cottage style retreats that reside on the coast, in the city, the suburbs, and the country too. Inside, you’ll see the classic choices of seagrass carpet and relaxed slipcovers mixed with punchy pillows and modern art.
The homes within feature spaces in classic palettes that, in true cottage style, play with layers of texture.
Painted pieces, vintage accessories, and detailed trim are abundant plus you’ll find plenty of fresh white paint applied to walls, floors, furniture, and cabinetry. Classic details meet with modern silhouettes in family friendly spaces where a playful attitude and casual comfort are the focus.
Pared down spaces are still packed with plenty of style in this new hybrid definition of "cottage" that mixes elements of modern, traditional, and coastal too. Create harmony and simplicity with so many tips for keeping your home current yet still comfortable.
New Cottage Style also includes dozens of favorite porches, organized offices, streamlined mud rooms, and stylish hobby spaces to inspire.
Look for New Cottage Style at your local bookstore or buy a copy online, it’s a new favorite on my bookshelf. You’ll love all the fresh inspiration inside the pages!
Written on July 23, 2012 at 10:00 am , by Kate
One of the most common struggles in home decorating is how to incorporate color with confidence! With so many paint colors and fabric samples to choose from, decorating in color can quickly become overwhelming, and the tendency is to go with a “safe tan”. Great news! There’s an inspiring new 250+ page book filled with tips, tricks, and inspiration on the topic, featuring the very best spaces that have appeared on the pages of Better Homes & Gardens publications for the past few years.
Seeking the tools to pull together color schemes to express your personal style?
Introducing Color: The Complete Guide for Your Home!
This inspiring guide is broken down into six parts, beginning in section one with where we all start, color inspiration! It addresses overcoming color phobia and starting the process of pulling color into you home by beginning with whatever catches your eye, whether it’s an image, a piece of cloth or jewelry, or a collection of favorite treasures. Included are tips for finding color palettes from unlikely places to favorite ones such as the seaside or farmer’s market.
Section two offers an analysis on color from a mood perspective, taking an in depth look at every hue, what each one communicates, and how they work together. You’ll find helpful tips from interior designers that give you options for freshening a lackluster spaces with suggested color pairings.
Section Three begins a discussion about using color in every room and common space related challenges. Mixed throughout this room-by-room chapter are suggested combinations of fabric, paint, trim, and decorative elements, and also useful tips on layering prints, textiles, and furniture silhouettes in entries, living rooms, dining rooms, kids rooms, kitchens, and more.
Section four breaks down the step-by-step approach to decorating with color, and how to incrementally layer your spaces over time.
Section five teaches how to unite color throughout your home, creating a connection through rooms as they flow together by repeating various colors or elements room by room.
Finally, section six provides and in depth primer on color analysis, breaking down the complexities by starting with the basic color wheel and defining analogous, complementary, triad and tertiary colors and how they work together to make a successful space!
Look for Color: The Complete Guide for Your Home at you local bookstore, or pick it up online for less than $20, it will be a handy resource for years to come and a worthy addition to your bookshelves.
Happy decorating, with color!