Behr’s 2019 Color of the Year and How to Use it for Fall

Morning and HAPPY Thursday All! I know all of you have been holding your collective breath with great anticipation…what, pray tell will be thee 2019 Color of the Year? All kidding aside, in the world of all things design, it’s a thing.  And….drumroll please….. Behr has chosen a beautiful, calming blue, called Blueprint S470-5.  Per their release, Behr states that Blueprint, “... is an honest, approachable color that conjures up the blueprints that builders rely on to bring architectural designs to life. Blueprint creates a space where you can build your own reimagined life-—where awareness of what we want to build for ourselves can transform into action”.  That seems like a lot of pressure to put on a color, but nevertheless it is a shade that can work with many different styles to create a stunning result.

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Behr’s 2019 Color of the Year, Blueprint

Whenever new colors are released I start playing with the tones to find products and fabrics it could be paired with.  In this case, I gravitated toward a more neutral fall color palette, using this stunning shade of blue as an accent color like the photo above.  Below are some fun pieces to bring in a little bit of the Blueprint feel for fall.

Animal print pillow | Khaki pillows with orange trim | Herringbone throw   | Rug | Lamp |

Photo of bookshelf: Helen Green Design

I hope this inspires you to try new colors at home…or at least help to get you in the mood for a little fall decorating.  I have been procrastinating on this front, but with a long weekend ahead there are beacoup projects planned, including bringing the bins labeled “FOR FALL” down from storage. I may be most excited that they are labeled, sorted and can actually be found this year thanks to my ongoing operation organization (read: days spent in the hot attic this summer….sorting, sorting and sorting). Onward and upward friends! Bring on the Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

Best,

Kelly

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Favorite Home Decor Trends and Finds for Fall- Most under $100!

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Happy Sunday All! I hope you had a lovely weekend packed with summer memories and projects galore.  At our house,  the notices and schedules for upcoming back to school events have been flooding in, and while I love the fall season, I am not quite ready to let summer go.  I have been reluctant to embrace the quicker pace that comes with school activities, sports schedules, and completing client projects before the snow flies. So…. in a coordinated effort to save myself a lot of angst, I have spent an inordinate (though apparently necessary) amount of time “organizing” myself.  I am a sucker for school supplies so I picked up some fun printed file folders, notepads and various other organizational items to get myself ready for the onslaught of fourth quarter projects #letsdothis!

In planning ahead, and as part of  “Operation Cleanout” that began earlier this year, I went through all my seasonal decor big and small and only kept the things I loved.  In addition I labeled them so gasp, I should will be able to find what I want to use to decorate for the upcoming seasons. Stay tuned.  Nevertheless, to get me in the fall spirit, I rounded up my favorite home decor finds in each trend category below.

The Natural Textures Trend: One of the big trends for fall is bringing in warm tones with natural textures, wood and metallics. Think baskets, wooden bowls and warm metallic lanterns. I love this room as inspiration for the natural textures trend because although it is predominately white, the textured sofa, wooden stools and woven chairs create a warm and inviting ambiance.

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Design and photo credit: Brian Paquette Interiors

To try this look at home:

1) This beautiful bowl hits the trend trifecta with its gorgeous warm neutral color, and  copper with wood fabrication.  I can totally picture it filled with small white pumpkins paired some magnolia leaves or olive branches for a beautiful fall centerpiece. Note to self… add to cart soon!

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2) This decorative woven accent would look beautiful leaning on a fireplace mantel paired with a natural arrangement, or as the focal point of a tablescape mixing brass lanterns with pumpkins and gourds. With so many uses, at $24.99 it is the perfect on trend choice.

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3) To bring in nature on a budget, this small cutting board can be layered with others of varying shapes and sizes to bring warmth into the kitchen.  It is 5 1/2 x 10 1/4 and a whopping $5.99. I am hoping to use these as individual serving plates for a tapas party…bring on holiday entertaining!

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All Things Navy: While navy has never been out (especially for those of us that gravitate toward preppy) it is continuing its hot streak as a color du jour.  For fall, navy is being paired with both metallics and jewel tones alike and I am loving this look.

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Design and Photo credit: Lillian August via The Evans Edit

Here are some beautiful pieces to bring navy and gold into your own home:

1) This desk is slightly over $100, but would make a gorgeous statement in a foyer or office.

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2) These lamps are also slightly over $100, but if you consider that you are getting the pair WITH shades it is a great way to implement the look on a budget.

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3) With its gold hardware and lacquered finish, this tray is not only on trend but also under $100.

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Animal Print Fashion Crossover: Animal print, and in particular leopard print, is everywhere in fashion again this fall and has transcended into home decor as that quintessential neutral..and this girl is thrilled! Now, we have definitely all witnessed this trend go very wrong, a little goes a long way, but when done correctly it is oh.so.right! I am so inspired by this front entry in which the layering of pattern makes it feel warm and welcoming.

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Design and photo credit: House of Harper

My favs to bring this trend into your own home:

1) Pick up this pillow (or better yet a pair) and add it to your sofa or bed for a pop of warmth and print.

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2) Another way to sneak in a little animal print is with these adorable leopard accent plates. I am considering mixing them with some Tartan plates for the Christmas holiday, but until then they would be perfect for fall entertaining with orange or red accents.

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3) And while this coir mat is an interpretation of leopard print, it is the perfect accent for your fall front porch decorating.  Fall is the season in which we entertain the most at our house and this mat will be both practical and stylish to welcome friends and family.

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Velvet Delight: The addition of velvet is not a new trend per se, but it is showing up in a big way on pillows and furniture alike. After all, velvet = soft and warm= all the feels of fall! This living room has stuck with me since I first saw it over a year ago. That green velvet sofa is amazing against the detailed moody wall behind. Just.So.Inviting.

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Design and Photo Credit: Studio McGee

Here are a few options to introduce velvet (on a budget) into your home:

1) These washed velvet pillow covers are 20″ square and come in a large variety of warm colors making it hard to choose just one!

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2) This inexpensive bench with tufted velvet cushion adds both style and practicality to an entryway or as seating for a vanity. (Note the extra credit styling with the metallic x base).

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3) I looooove these velvet pumpkins for fall! They are available in a ton of colors and several sizes and will work well in any of your fall vignettes. P.S. The photos in this Etsy store make shopping easy and fun, so I had to use more than one pic because I could not choose!

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So whatever Fall trend (or trends) you choose to implement in your home this season, I hope these budget friendly picks will help inspire you to try something new.

Best,

Kelly

 

 

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Five Fab Fall Finds under $50- Decor Edition

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Hi All! Happy hump day! So with warmer than normal temps here I have been slooooow to move into Fall mode.  Last week I wrote a bit about Fall tablescapes and outdoor ideas, but sometimes a little retail therapy goes a long way to get ya jump started…at least this is what I have heard.  Enter “Five Fab Fall Finds under $50” (say that 5 times fast!)  Here are some fun items to update your Fall decor, without busting the budget:

#1. This gold tone candle holder from H&M is $24.99! I am ordering it for my Thanksgiving table decor to pair with green and gold magnolia leaves:

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#2. Fur+ velvet= soft and luxe! This 20″ pillow cover from Pottery Barn ($49.99) combines two classic Fall trends and will cozy up your space well into the New Year. Also comes in Ebony and Mocha (Cherry shown):

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#3. Threshold Feather Wreath at Target, $24.99. I purchased this last week and hung it over a mirror in the living room.

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#4. White and Gold Ceramic Vase from Save on Crafts, $11.99. This vase comes in a myriad of shapes and sizes, and while it definitely does not read exclusively Fall decor, you could add branches to the taller version, or top it with a moss ball for a more modern twist.

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#5.  Thankful Trivot from Crate and Barrel, $19.95. It is in-store only (whyyyyyyy!), but for those of you fortunate enough to have a Crate and Barrel in your neighborhood, I thought this would look adorable propped up against a kitchen backsplash, or as a backdrop for some cute pumpkins.

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And BONUS! because I could not decide, here is the coordinating Thankful platter also from Crate and Barrel, $34.99. P.S. These two beauties paired together would also make a nice gift for the upcoming Holidays!

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Hope these ideas help to get your Fall creativity flowing!

Best,

Kelly

 

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Happy Fall Y’All- Decor Edition

Good Morning All! Happy Monday, Happy October and Happy Fall! As the temperature falls and we head further into October, I am looking forward to an amazing birthday month full of adventures and exciting challenging projects that will require me to learn more DIY tricks o’ the trade.

As the leaves begin to change, I have been searching for Fall decor inspiration…. Here are some pics of amazing tablescapes from around the web I thought you might enjoy:

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and some front porches and entries all dressed up for Fall:

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And because it is Monday:

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Have a great week all!

Best,

Kelly

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Gold Stars

Morning All! Isn’t it funny how you can tell a lot about what you have going on in your life by reviewing your Google searches? Last night I stayed up way too late because I had mom-brain. You know, when you cannot turn off the to do list from constantly cycling through your head.  I notice that this vortex of stuff keeps coming back when Fall arrives and we hit the ground running with back-to-school routines. So, while awake, Google was my co-conspirator.

Let’s see, there was “how to get sticker residue off clothing after it has gone through the dryer” (yep, missed one while trying to clean the new back-to-school clothes); “does a pet feel loss” (we lost our beloved 14 year old cocker spaniel a few weeks ago and our other poor spaniel has major anxiety and follows me everywhere); “best healthy treats for dogs” (for the aforementioned lonely spaniel); “ear buds that don’t fall apart in two days” (tackling more items needed for school); “what to make for dinner with rice, salsa, and eggs”; (didn’t get far with that one and definitely need to get to the grocery store); “how to build a DIY farmhouse chic counter” (for a project I am working on)…. And on and on it went.

This Monday will now require an extra caffeinated boost but I am up for the challenge.  I have been spending all the free minutes I can squirrel together working on a small office break room refresh. The floors were recently updated and cabinetry is being reallocated to allow for bar/cafe style seating and the addition of a computer workspace. The layout and location of things will require minimal changes, but this project is mostly about paint…lots of coats of paint. Two weekends ago I primed and painted all the wall paneling which included three coats of color on top of the primer. This weekend was the ceiling (three coats!!!) and the trim which, had I originally picked the color I ended up with, could have been two coats rather than three. Sigh.

I chose Benjamin Moore’s London Fog for the wall color because I wanted a soothing neutral, it worked well with the existing floors, and I had an extra gallon of it:

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I had to google how to get sticky strips off the wall because we had hung an antibacterial lotion dispenser on aging wall paneling years ago, which was not the best combination. I found the answer by implementing my new Dyson hairdryer (notably not its intended purpose), and it worked like a charm to loosen up all the sticky residue which I then scraped off without hurting the underlying fragile paneling:

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This room will be predominately used for lunch breaks, so I purchased these bright stools from Target for a pop o’ color:

and I am inspired to create a custom counter height eating area like these:

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Of course this project needs to be completed next week and I have been chipping away at it each weekend between Soccer games and the last vestiges of Summer- last swims before the pool closes, last rides on the boat, hustling to complete outdoor projects etc.  Hence, the gold stars and to do lists. Sometimes it is important to recognize that we are doing something to move projects/plans/dreams forward, even if we are not at the stage we thought we would be. #juststart  I am giving myself a sheet of gold stars for getting everyone back into the routine that Fall brings and all its extra googl-ing craziness.

Best,

Kelly

 

 

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