Color Theory: Incorporating Pantone’s Color Of The Year Into Your Current Decor

December 12, 2017 by Melissa | 0 Comments

Pantone Color Of 2018 Ultraviolet | New York Times

Image courtesy of The New York Times

We were not surprised to see Pantone choose Ultra Violet as its Color of the Year for 2018.  We saw purple making a comeback back in September (see post here).  There is no denying, however, that Ultra Violet makes a bold statement.  Luckily, if you aren’t quite ready to commit to a full Ultra Violet make over, there are lots of ways to incorporate the hue in small doses.  And if you are ready to take the plunge, there are some beautiful choices out there.  From candles and throws, to sofas and wallpaper (and pieces in-between), here are some of our favorite easily-accessible choices.

CB2 Black Currant and Pine Candle

Black Currant and Pine Candle

If you really are not sure about adopting the purple trend, a candle holder or vase is a good way to go.  You can start small with the candle above.  If the candle has burned out you have not gotten on board with purple, you can move on.

Lima Alpaca Purple Throw | Crate & Barrel

Lima Alpaca Throw

Though a bigger commitment than a candle, a throw is another relatively low-commitment way to add a little purple to your home.  If you aren’t sold on the color when the weather turns warm you can put it away guilt-free.

Velvet Tasseled Pillow | Anthropologie

Tasseled Velvet Pillow

Bunglo Nador Pillow | Anthropologie

Bunglo Nador Pillow

Pillows are another great way to incorporate a new hue into your color scheme.  The two pillows above incorporate purple and would really pop against a neutral background.  For more choices, don’t forget to take a look back at our Color Theory post about pairing purple and orange (here).

Lyre Chesterfield Sofa in Eggplant | Anthropologie

Lyre Chesterfield Sofa in Eggplant

Aja Wallpaper | Hygge & West

Aja Wallpaper

For those of you who say “go big or go home,” why not invest in something a bit more permanent?  Wallpaper and sofas are elements that generally are not replaced on a whim, so adding one of these items is not for the feint at heart.  But, if you are a risk-taker who loves to make a splash the choices above would be absolutely beautiful.

Semi-Custom Stockings

December 11, 2017 by Ariana | 0 Comments

This year, I wanted to make a second set of stockings to alternate with our monogrammed red and green velvet ones.  Despite searching all the usual suspects, including etsy and other customized options, I still couldn’t find what I was looking for.  I briefly considered sewing my own, until I found these quilted, velvet stockings from WS Home — the perfect clean slate.

While elegantly understated on their own, they needed just a little something extra.  So I headed over to The Ribboniere on Sacramento Street in SF (yes, a whole store dedicated to ribbon!), which is filled with beautiful options.  I selected two complementary ribbons (shown above) with metallic embroidery to dress up the ivory stockings.  This semi-customization was simple, but I also wanted to do it right.  It is worth taking the time to pin the ribbons so they lay right and to use an invisible stitch so as not to distract from the vintage ribbon:  (I sewed these at night so the lighting was not optimal.)

The addition of the ribbon really make the stockings, IMO.  The kids requested additional personalization so I’m ordering these letter charms to subtly designate the recipients.  In the meantime …


Transitioning To Dark Metal Light Fixtures

December 8, 2017 by Melissa | 0 Comments

Dark metal kitchen lantern

Image courtesy of House and Home

Over the past several years we have seen matte brass make a serious comeback.  It started with small accent pieces and it ballooned into light fixtures, knobs and pulls, and even faucets.  While I still love the look of matte brass, I have started to notice more dark iron light fixtures.  I am pretty excited about this trend; black and brass is one of our favorite color combinations (see post here) and you cannot go wrong with the classic look of black and white (read post here).

The key to using darker metals is to use them sparingly and in fixtures that are open.  Lanterns are great in dark colors as are more modern minimalist chandeliers.  Here are some of my favorite looks right now.

Dark Metal Lanterns over blue kitchen cabinets

Image courtesy of ourboathouse.com

Another way to keep darker metal from feeling heavy is by pairing it with other lighter elements.  White cabinets or walls do the trick nicely.  Also, since lanterns do not always have adequate wattage on their own, I recommend pairing them recessed lighting.

Poshhome.com dark metal kitchen lanterns

Image courtesy of poshhome.com

If you are going to use dark metal light fixtures, pairing the metal with darker window and door frames helps a space feel more cohesive.

Dark kitchen pendants paired with black cabinets

Image courtesy of Architectural Digest

In the image above, the light fixtures paired with the black cabinetry creates a dramatic effect. The white marble countertops, white backsplash, and white walls help keep the scheme from feeling oppressive.

Modern black chandelier

Image courtesy of Park and Oak Design 

The images above and below blend classic and modern styles seamlessly. Above, the combination of the farmhouse table, vintage runner and traditional moldings with the ghost barstools and modern chandelier create a perfect transitional space. The similar combination below is also striking.

Modern black chandelier

Image courtesy of CocoAlpineDesign.com

Black and brass is a great look and I think we are going to see more and more designers combining the two in 2018.


Break It Down: Jenna Lyons’ SoHo Living Room

December 6, 2017 by Melissa | 0 Comments

There is no doubt that Jenna Lyons is a style icon.  From mixing sequins with plaid during her days at J.Crew, to the design of her beautiful Brooklyn Brownstone, everything she touches is emulated by fans far and wide.  Her new SoHo apartment was featured in T Magazine last weekend and I think it will once again inspire the decor of thousands of devotees.

Ms. Lyons is quoted as saying “the real goal [in decorating the apartment] was having it look like something you’ve never seen before.”   While the space is beautiful, it doesn’t seem like much of a departure from her Brooklyn space.   The new space is lighter and brighter, think bleached wood floors and lighter hues, but many of the elements are the same (or very similar) to those she had in her previous home.  But, you know what they say . . . if it ain’t broke. . . .

If you follow our blog, you know that we love to take amazing, but expensive, spaces and break them down with budget-friendly pieces.  If you love Jenna Lyons’ style, here is a starter kit that won’t break the bank.

Jenna Lyons apartment budget friendly piecesSources (clockwise from top left):

Madeleine Mirror

Kasbah Wool Rug

Charlotte Room Screen

Sommerard Triple Arm Floor Lamp

New York Sheepskin Rug

Soma Delancy Wingback Chair

Nicholas Marble Square Coffee Table

Marsden Leather Chair (many colors available)

Canaan Accent Table

Knox Black and Gold Side Table

Edlyn Sectional in Rosewood Slub Velvet

Lind Cowhide Round Ottoman


Looks We Love: Faux Wood Tiles

December 4, 2017 by Ariana | 0 Comments

When we were remodeling our kitchen a few years ago, we decided against hardwood floors and opted for more durable porcelain tiles.  Though warmer, hardwood didn’t seem to make sense for the most trafficked room in the house where floors take the biggest beating and the most spills.  If you’re faced with the same dilemma, these faux wood tiles may be just the solution for you.  The quality and look of these options have improved over the years, making it a chic choice for areas where durability is key.  Think bathrooms, kitchens and foyers.  Looking at these rooms, you’d never know it wasn’t real wood.  Although the shower would make me nervous if it was!

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