Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Color Moods: The Color of Happiness

Are you feeling it? Spring is slowly moving in and I am so ready for it!
In my old age (yeah it's true), my palette has become more natural and muted. I love the crispness of gray and white in a's so refreshing. When we first bought our home three years ago, I went crazy with dining room, yellow hallway, blue guest bedroom, I was all over the bold color map. While I'm moving away from using these colors within my home I still truely appreciate the jolt of happiness these vibrant colors create. There's something about the approach of spring and summer that gets me really excited about bringing in more color to my life!

I love the white backdrop in these two rooms and then the injection of bold accents.

These two colors would be a great pair in a nursery or mud room!

A shot taken while on vacation from the blog, I Suwanee.


A few great color pairings for 2013 are emerald green, citron, and a misty blue. These are inspired by Pantone.

Now you've recieved your daily dose of color!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Large Wall Solutions

Bare with me as I try to jump back on the blogging band wagon. It is a challenge to be on top of things with a newborn. What was my excuse before I had the baby? I have no idea.
I recently asked my facebook people if they had any questions about spaces in their homes.
My sweet friend Lindsey asked about two large walls she has in her master bedroom and a sitting room.  I'm going in blind on this because I'm not familiar with her home, but here are a few budget friendly suggestions. Let's look at some visuals first....

Notice that the pictures are hung on the entire upper and lower wall space, if you're not putting a table or chairs under the frames then I believe that you're not limited to just the upper portion of the wall. I have a small gallery wall in my hallway and the pictures are hung anywhere from waist level all the way up to close to the ceiling.

Walls aren't just for pictures. You can add interest to a gallery space by mixing in mirrors, canvases, letters (found at most local craft stores), kid's art, plates...anything goes really. You can also add impact by painting stripes. I would suggest using the original wall color paired with a darker or lighter stripe in the same wall color tone or family. Here's a demonstration on how to paint stripes on a wall.

Some spaces call for a small table coupled with a chair or two. If you don't have a table available and you're on a tight budget (like me!), craiglist can be you're best friend. I would even look in the "free"section, you never know what you might find!! Give the table a fun coat of paint and pair it up with two chairs. The wall space above it will be used for your wall gallery.

Spray paint botanical finds in fun colors! Use these inexpensive Ikea frames.


This is a super fun idea using free paint samples.
Hope this helps! If you have any other large wall solutions I would love to hear about them!