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May 11

/ Get Your Green On!

At my last client meeting we both found ourselves naturally gravitating towards the color green. Maybe because summer is around the corner and green feels so fresh and invigorating, or maybe because it’s not a color that readily jumps to mind? But green is such a versatile color and it brings the outdoors in, which is so essential to California living. So in your next decorating endeavor, consider adding a refreshing splash of green… you won’t be disappointed.

Here are a few ways to capture green in all its glory….

1. Upholstery

Upholstering a piece of furniture or a set of chairs in a bold green adds an unexpected modern punch to any room.

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2. Accessories and Artwork

If you feel cautious in your use of green try adding it in small doses. Artwork and accessories are great places to experiment with green without fully committing.

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3. Outdoors

For obvious reasons green feels perfectly at home in outdoor spaces. Even a plant is a great way to start playing with green.

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This standard Hermes throw looks amazingly refreshed in green….

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Design Tip:
If you are looking for a crisp new look this summer try playing with different shades of green, from chartreuse to aqua….you will be amazed how easy it is to go green!

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April 11

/ Malibu Madness

As winter begins to fade and summer is upon us, my mind turns toward the coast. Being a native east coaster I still can’t quite wrap my brain around the beach life. This casual yet chic coastal living you see in California still blows me away (and desperately makes me want a beach house)!
So when I saw Patrick Dempsey’s spread in Architectural Digest my heart skipped a beat. It is simply stunning. It represents everything about the west coast that I love, from the chicken coup to the airstream this is California living at its best…
Here are a couple concepts to create this easy breezy way of life.

1. Outdoors, Outdoors, Outdoors

You may not have this kind of space, but southern California is all about outdoor living. So focus on your outdoor space, however small, and create a comfortable spot to enjoy the weather.

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An herb garden is very easy to cultivate, plus you have fresh herbs for cooking!

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You may not have an airstream on hand, but creating a hideaway in your home is an essential part of relaxing

2. Mix and Match

Notice how the interiors are composed of many different textures and unique pieces. Lots of natural materials are used and there is a casual but sophisticated feel. A house is meant to be lived in, so pick unique pieces that interest you, and don’t focus on creating a “perfect” space.

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These living spaces are chalk full of interesting pieces… yet they are natural and flow with the house

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Even the dog is peaceful!

Design Tip:
Anyone can create this coastal chic vibe in any space. Try to focus on the outdoors (bring the green inside too), and use plenty of texture and intriguing objects. And then relax and enjoy yourself!

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March 11

/ Mantel Mania

If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace you know that it makes an excellent focal point in a room. But people often forget about the mantel. A mantel creates the perfect opportunity for display. From books to photos and mirrors, the sky is the limit when it comes to mantel decoration.
No mantel? Don’t worry… you can create a mantel easily with a slab of wood, stone or tile. What this simple shelf can add is incredible, and gives you the occasion to add charming details to your home.
Here are three simple steps to spice up your mantel….

1. Layer Pieces

Having an eclectic mix of objects that are layered is an eye grabber. Incorporating books, small statues, pottery, plants and artwork are great ways to create that element of intrigue

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2. Mirror, mirror on the wall

If you can avoid putting that flat screen over your mantel, a mirror is a wonderful way to reflect the room. Use an unusually shaped one for even more impact.

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3. One dramatic piece

The mantel is an excellent place to display that one piece you love. Going simple with one piece is just as meaningful as layering.

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Design Tip:
Don’t leave those mantels bare!   Instead use your mantel space, or create one, to make a design statement.

 

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February 11

/ Cozy Up

After FINALLY getting around to putting all the holiday decorations away, I find myself longing to hang onto that cozy feeling surrounding that time of year. Is it possible to nest all year long? Absolutely! Having a cozy environment does not mean sacrificing style. In fact the rooms we feel most comfortable in, are usually the ones that have a relaxed, intimate feel.
Here are six easy tips to keeping some cozy in your life year round…

1. Wood, Wood, Wood!

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What could be more natural and warm than wood? But wood does not have to mean a rustic camping lodge. Instead contrast your wood with a bright color to freshen it up.

 

 2. Texture

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Try  not to have too many sleek surfaces in a room without adding some texture. The textural window shades in this kitchen prevent it from being too white and cold.

 

3. Stacked Books

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There is nothing more interesting and informal than having stacks of books in your home. And people will be intrigued to see what you are reading!

 

4. Velvet

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Velvet is one of those amazing fabrics you have to be careful with. When used incorrectly it can seem stuffy and old fashioned. But paired with fresh and modern colors it creates a comfortable, chic space.

 

5. Animal Print

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I use this tip with caution because I think animal print is often overdone. But paired with the right furniture and limited prints there is an exotic hunting lodge feel that cannot be denied.

 

6. The Homemade

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Always find a way to have a homemade touch in the room. These vases filled with peonies add a personal touch to what could be otherwise a cold room.

 

 

Design Tip:

Always find a way to keep a little cozy in your rooms year round. It nurtures the spirit and makes a happy house.

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