Color Spotlight: Black Attack

Color Spotlight: Black Attack


If you've ever picked up a shelter magazine, then you know that painting a room is the first step in any interior makeover. The Color Spotlight series will provide inspirational images, paint swatches, and palates to help anyone in a color conundrum select the perfect new hue for their space.

Black is the third color in the series and while you might argue that black is not actually a color, rather the lack of color, why don't you just humor me and go with it, m'kay? Thaaaanks. This go 'round, we'll let a true master walk us through the spectrum of black hues... Ralph Lauren has cornered the market on rich, classic tones and his paint lines offer more shades of black than you ever knew existed.


(Living Etc, Ralph Lauren Paint)
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Decorating With: Vintage Maps

Decorating With: Vintage Maps


Not many of us have the luxury of jetting around the world, but hey...a girl can dream, right? And what better way to fuel the fantasy of international travel than by displaying a vintage map in your home! Old maps come in a multitude of varieties (world maps, state maps, maps of countries, topographic maps, climate maps, economic resource maps, political maps, treasure maps!) and they can be found in a wide range of styles and conditions.


(Desire To Inspire, etsy, eBay, eBay)
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Color Spotlight: Think Pink

Color Spotlight: Think Pink


If you've ever picked up a shelter magazine, then you know that painting a room is the first step in any interior makeover. The Color Spotlight series will provide inspirational images, paint swatches, and palates to help anyone in a color conundrum select the perfect new hue for their space.

Next up in the series...pink! Most of you either love it or hate it, but you can't deny that pink interiors can be very eye-catching. Pink is bright, it's light, it's fun, and it works surprisingly well in every room of the house. The last Color Spotlight was accompanied by Mythic paint swatches, but I knew exactly where to look for shades of this bubblegum hue: Disney Paints! Now, without further ado, let's check out some seriously fab spaces that are thinking pink...


(Domino, Disney Paints)
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Decorating With: Rattan

Decorating With: Rattan


Wicker, bamboo, rattan, oh my! With summer in full swing, rattan furniture is a great way to bring a warm-weather vibe indoors...

First things first: Rattan is the name for nearly 600 species of palms that are native to tropical regions of Africa and Asia. Rattans are also superficially similar to bamboo, though unlike bamboo, rattan stems are solid. The inner core of rattan can be separated and worked into wicker, which is a generic term used to describe any product that is made by weaving together stems or vines. The word "wicker" has Scandinavian origins, but the use of woven vines to make furniture dates back as far as the days of Egyptian pharaohs. Got it? Good.

While wildly popular in the 70's, wicker furniture first became all the rage in England and America during the 17th and 18th centuries, and it's coming back with a vintage vengeance!


(Domino, eBay, 1st Dibs, Mecox Gardens)
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Rattan or bamboo bar carts are one of my very favorite things. Ever. To tell the truth, I try to incorporate some sort of bar into practically every room I decorate (including bedrooms and bathrooms) and this variety is incredibly versatile. Obviously they work in a hallway, but a vintage rattan cart would also look stunning on a screened-in sunporch during a Derby party-- top it with an ice bucket, a few bottles of bourbon, and some julep cups...instant Southern charm. Or perhaps you'd prefer to park one in your bathroom and fill the shelves with freshly laundered towels and soaps wrapped in Chinese paper. Or you could use a rattan bar as your bedside table and accent it with a small brass jewelry box and a fab lamp.

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Color Spotlight: I've Got The Blues

Color Spotlight: I've Got The Blues


If you've ever picked up a shelter magazine, then you know that painting a room is the first step in any interior makeover. The Color Spotlight series will provide inspirational images, paint swatches, and palates to help anyone in a color conundrum select the perfect new hue for their space.

First up in the series: light blue. I'm willing to bet that nearly half of you spent the first years of your life in a baby blue bedroom. Not only is it a color that we associate with newborn boys, it's also very calming, evokes the ocean and the sky, and pairs nicely with nearly any accent color.


(House Beautiful, paint swatches via Mythic)
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Inspiration Source: Product Packaging

Inspiration Source: Product Packaging


Like any kind of art, interior design can draw inspiration from anything and everything–fashion, film, music, your environment, even...a can of beans? Yep, you can absolutely design an entire room based on a can of beans.

Millions of dollars and hours are spent on packaging design and with good reason! I'm quite sure I'm not alone when I admit that I often buy products at the market simply because I want to look at them each time I open my cupboard. The Heinz can is a perfect example...I love the bold teal background, simple black and white logo, and gold detail. To me, that description sounds like the perfect recipe for a chic kitchen! So just for fun, let's pair it with the iconic orange of Hermes and see what happens, shall we?


(Heinz, Hermes, Elle Decor)

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Spring Has Sprung!

Spring Has Sprung!


In my opinion, there is no better way to welcome spring into your home than with bright pops of green leaves. Plants work with most any existing palate, are an affordable accessory, and make your space feel fresh and alive...


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I love the way this airy room is kept simple by using a clean white sofa and natural wood furniture. The fiddleleaf fig tree, lime-filled ceramic bowl, and pitcher of elephant ears are all colorful reminders that warmer days (and open windows!) are in our very near future...

Here are a few other examples of simple spaces that have added natural green accents...Are plants a part of your palate at home?

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