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Colorful Curb Appeal

Colorful Curb Appeal


Its isn't very often that you see color like this in neighborhoods, but those that have the opportunity to create something like this are pretty darn lucky. Sure, we can paint our doors fun colors, but often times people don't go far as to paint the exterior bold colors like as pink or red.

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Aside from the fact that this is some inspiring curb appeal, these color palettes are also just as inspiring.


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I love this public staircase, if only more cities did things like this. There are a variety of ways you can paint front doors, but I'm partial to this bold mustard yellow color.


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What great branding this business has with such a great colorful exterior.


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Shutters of every color? Now this is some fabulous curb appeal right here. How totally fabulous, right?


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A little curb appeal is always nice and definitely inspires both indoor and outdoor looks to any home. And when your home inspires, you can do a whole lot more.

 

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Color Your FLOR: Carpet Tile Design Contest

Color Your FLOR: Carpet Tile Design Contest


We are excited to team up with FLOR for such a fun & creative contest. "I've been a fan of FLOR for a long time now, and when I was remodeling my home office I figured it was about time to put some color under my feet. All day when I'm working, my chair sits on this color inspiration... Now I need to cover the rest of the floors in the house. ~COLOURlover"

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If you haven't heard of FLOR yet, it is about time you did. This unconventional carpet company gives you flexibility and creative freedom when it comes to designing the perfect rug for your home. Additionally, FLOR tiles allow you to customize the size of your rug so it fits in the space you need. As you can see through experiencing FLOR online, you will easily get lost in the patterns, colors and textures they provide. The design possibilities are endless for creative people like us.

In their eyes, the world of design is inspiring and ever-changing but must be practical based on your needs. FLOR makes it possible for you to find that perfect solution for room in your home.

The Contest Details

Submissions will close on March 15, but voting will be open until March 20th (11:59pm PST) to get as much love as you can on your design.
On March 20 we will announce the winner with the most love votes on their design.

The winner will receive a $500 gift certificate to spend on any FLOR styles, including your own design. This will give you the chance to pick out your fully customizable rug, then set it up however and wherever you choose.

Design Your FLOR: How to Enter the Contest

So how do you win such an awesome prize like this? Head over to the COLOURlovers FLOR builder for a 4x5 blank template of squares. Using the FLOR tiles, create your best “wow!” rug with FLOR’s color palette.

Once you feel you have fashioned something you love, submit the final creations to our gallery and spread the word about your awesome FLOR design... and remember, the one with the most "love" votes will be the winner of the $500 prize.

Check out the entries page and make sure to "love" your favorites.

 

As a side note, check back next Monday, March 12, for a FLOR Scavenger Hunt and small prize. You definitely don't want to miss a chance to get your hands on a few FLOR tiles, now do you? Want to know more about FLOR? Check out their About page and watch the video.

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Pattern Spotting: Honeycomb

Pattern Spotting: Honeycomb


We have seen geometric patterns inundate our homes, our decor and our style. It is not to say that Moroccan prints or chevron is out, but it is time to make a little space for a new pattern coming up on the horizon. Honeycomb. And if you are still skeptical of letting another pattern into your life, here are some awesome ways to add subtle touches.

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Chicken wire is made in a honeycomb shape, which happens to be both stylish and practical. (Who would even thought the day would come where we would be saying chicken wire is stylish?) In the above DIY, you can make any frame a place for hanging vases and fresh flowers belong.

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COLOURlovers Interview with Melanie of You Are My Fave

COLOURlovers Interview with Melanie of You Are My Fave


Melanie created You Are My Fave as her creative outlet just 4 years ago. You Are My Fave combines the love she has for decor, crafting and weddings to create some fabulous inspiration for all. The pages of her blog keep you going because you just can't wait to see what else is in store (it also wears out that "Pin It" button with all those awesome photos). Catch up with her on Twitter @youaremyfave.

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Let's find out what inspires her, what keeps her going and what got her to this point.

First up, why don't you tell the community a bit about who you are, what you do, how long you have been doing it, and your background. 

My name is Melanie. I've been blogging daily at You Are My Fave for the last four years but I do a handful of other things too like throw parties and assist Design Mom. I'm also a pro at watching an entire TV series over the course of one weekend.

I graduated from college in the slacker major of Communications with an emphasis in advertising. After a series of unfortunate jobs, I started my blog and haven't looked back since. Of course the things I learned in my major have helped me with all this social media biz.

What past experiences do you think have contributed the most to where you are now?  

First, I think my parent's emphasis on work ethic has helped me tremendously. I had a paper route when I was only eight. Anyone who works for themselves knows it's not easy and if you don't work hard, you won't get anywhere.

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COLOURlovers Interview with Michelle of Studio M

COLOURlovers Interview with Michelle of Studio M


Michelle Jennings Wiebe is the owner and principle designer at Studio M, an interior design firm. Follow  her design musings on her firm’s interior design blog. And if you need a little inspiration or need some design advice, follow the studio on Twitter or Facebook.

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Now let's go ahead and check in with her on her favorite colors to decorate with and where she thinks home decor style is headed in 2012.

First up, why don't you tell the community a bit about who you are, what you do, how long you have been doing it, and your background.  

I am Michelle Jennings Wiebe, the President/Principal Designer of Studio M Inc., a national interior design firm based in Tampa, FL.  I began the firm 20 years ago, pretty much right out of college. I have always wanted to be an interior designer; even since I was a young girl, drawing floor plans and decorating glorious Barbie houses.  I went on to graduate from Florida State University, with my degree in Interior Design.  (Go Seminoles!)  I am also a chocolate connoisseur, a travel buff, and love a great pair of shoes!

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Geometric Home Design Elements of Simon Page

Geometric Home Design Elements of Simon Page


The designs of Simon Page take us back to basics, to the literal building blocks of good design: geometric shapes. Page, a London-based graphic designer, is all about creating a visual experience that stimulates the emotions. His philosophy is “Good Design Excites.” And you’ll be surprised how exciting circles and squares can get after Page is done with them!

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Though all of his designs jump-off from basic geometric shapes, his work gets more sophisticated as he layers on his color palette, cuts and rearranges the shapes in the frame, and develops unexpected patterns and textures. In the words of one commenter, he creates work that “you can get lost in - they are busy, but somehow calming at the same time.

Geometric Cushion Designs

At first glance, the design covering this pillow seemed to have sequins on it, but on second glance, this is illusion created by bold color choices and the juxtapositions.

The same type of visual tricks follow in his other four pillow designs, which would make a striking focal point in any living room.

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COLOURlovers Interview with Gabrielle of Design Mom, Kirsty & Altitude Summit

COLOURlovers Interview with Gabrielle of Design Mom, Kirsty & Altitude Summit


We are touching base with one very busy girl today! Not only has she built up a successful blog, a new company and one of the coolest new design conferences out there, she has done so while having a family of 6 kids! Truly an inspiration.

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One of her newest endeavors, Altitude Summit, has become of those must-attend conferences for bloggers, designers and artists of all sorts. If you haven't heard of Altitude Design Summit yet, you will soon. The panel of speakers are of the top talent out there, including the co-founder of Pinterest, Ben Silbermann, Editor-In-Chief of Martha Stewart Living, Pilar Guzmán, and a lifestyle and art editor at Chronicle Books, Kate Woodrow.

Let's get to chatting with Gabrielle Blair  and see if we can find out how she balances everything, how she gains inspiration and more.

Q: First up, why don't you tell the community a bit about who you are, what you do, how long you have been doing it, and your background. 

A: I’m a former art director kept inspired by a blog called Design Mom, an ever-evolving site named Kirtsy, and a founder of Altitude Design Summit, which has turned into the annual place-to-be for some of the most talented bloggers, designers, and artists I’ve ever met. In my spare time, I’m a wife to Ben Blair and mom to six of my favorite children in the world -- Ralph, Maude, Olive, Oscar, Betty & June!


Source: DM family photo a: Photo by Blue Lily Photography

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Contemporary Wallpaper Pattern Trends & Inspiration

Contemporary Wallpaper Pattern Trends & Inspiration


Wallpaper of today is definitely not what it used to be with the installation process and the choice of patterns or images available. Ghastly florals and patterns of the past are replaced by reinvented, contemporary florals, patterns and palettes of the present.

This article is presented by InkShuffle.com offering you beautiful Easy Off Wallpaper – perfect for renters. Millions of designs in categories like vintagecityscapes, and room openers.

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We recently published a post about wall stenciling, also a booming trend and a more budget-worthy route than wallpapering, but could also be more work, depending on what you chose to paint. Wallpapering can also almost ensure a very clean, accurate and even more elaborate finished wall as well. At the end of the day, both have their pros and cons like anything else, it's just a matter of budget and preference.

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I'm falling fast in love with Kreme wallpaper patterns. Very Moroccan-inspired design work with fabulous palettes. The example above is one of their more minimalist designs called, Painted Gate.

"Painted finishes, although great in some spaces, don't equate to the luxury and opulence a few rolls of wallpaper can provide." - Cadee Wilder of Kreme

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Contemporary wallpapers are sometimes so graphically reinforced with such dramatic design work. This type of pattern design is so intricate that paint just couldn't replicate (or could, but with a lot of effort).

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Home Decor Trends: Moroccan Pattern Stencil Wall Tutorial

Home Decor Trends: Moroccan Pattern Stencil Wall Tutorial


Stenciled walls are becoming quite the trend right now. And for good reason, it adds an awesome pop to the  room.  I have been dying to stencil a wall for a while now, the problem is, the process looks very daunting and frankly, a little tedious. Finally, I decided to go for it and stencil the main wall in my living room to give the rather drab room, a big pop.

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After looking through tons of color palettes and patterns, I set out to find the perfect gray and decided on a Moroccan pattern similar to the bedroom below. I bought the "Wall Stencil Marrakech Trellis" from CuttingEdgeStencils for about $50.

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Interior Paint Palettes We Love

Interior Paint Palettes We Love


Recently, we spent some time reflecting over some beautiful home decor images in order to curate these ten beautiful palettes from the Martha Stewart paint line in a collaborative project titled, "Paint Palettes We Love."

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Peruse these lovely combinations and fancy what your space might become, reinvented with fantastically bold or mellow combinations that might pull your imagination strings. One thing I adore about Martha's paint line is that her and Kevin Sharkey dig in to their memories and whims when building a collection of color around them. You can literally see these things in the names of the paints themselves.

Inspiration: A Sunny & Sweet Flower Arrangement


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This sunny flower arrangement was procured from the sweet tooth of Kevin Sharkey. A few of his favorite sweets happen to be lemon drops and raspberry rock candy.

"Consider things that never fail to make you happy -- a box of pastel crayons, macaroons from Paris, a beloved artist's paintings -- and make note of their colors. Then bring the palette to life by plucking it from nature: Arrange flowers, leaves, branches, fruits, or vegetables in the shades of your passions." - how kevin creates

We took this arrangement and furthered its use by adding a wonderful palette drawing from the strongest points, which could be a great base for an entire room.

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