Color Trends – Gentle Medley

The second color trend of 2011 recognized by Sherwin-Williams is entitled Gentle Medley which is inspired by hard times = soft colors.  Characteristics include innocence, youthfulness, honesty, fresh, airy.  Warmth and security come from memories of the simple life; nostalgia with memories of a less than demanding lifestyle and are shown using vintage cookbooks and aprons, confectionary cravings (cupcakes with colors of frosting mimicking softer, sweeter times). 

Fresh, Airy, Innocent

Elements of this design include:  vintage florals, dragonfly, butterfly and leaf motifs, mismatched flea-market finds, hand-tinted photos, maps. 

Embroidered pillow

Continental Fanfare

Confectionary delight

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Color Trends 2011

I love color and I had a blast  listening to the CEU Webinar from Sherwin-Williams forecasting Color Trends for 2011.  An inexpensive and bold way to start the New Year is to paint a room in your home or office.   According to Sherwin-Williams, trendy is passe’.  I love the freedom in design right now.  Your home should represent you, your family, your heritage, your hobbies, your hope and desires.  Don’t be afraid to let your home mirror who you are in a powerful way.  There are four color palettes that were discussed in the Webinar and I will cover all four separately. The first and my absolute favorite color palette is called Restless Nomad.  These colors are sultry, exotic and primal. According to Jackie Jordan, this trend is popular because “everyone has a passport to wander the world, soaking up its flavors, images and colors, and stirring them into an eclectic global design stew, pairing Morocco and Turkey as well as Persian paisleys, exotic animal skins and Indonesian batiks.  Colors are all over the place, with dusky darks to hot vibrant pinks and reds, to earthy food-influenced hues that evoke eggplants and cabbages.”  Enjoy the images that beautifully represent the many layers of the Restless Nomad.

Into the Wild

A Modern Classic

Look at how beautifully all the colors and textures work together.

Living up to a Legend

The wood, tile, fabrics and colors are warm and inviting

Richard Shapiro ad

This is a great example of so many dramatic and vibrant textures

High Country

Layered in a rich mix of luxurious, cozy textures; fur throw is from Prada

Parisian Panache

What a fabulous wall covered in an 18th century shade of yellow silk

Grand Gestures

A folk art painting of a horse, once part of a barn, mounted on a track

Ebb & Flow/Rob Morrow's house

Gorgeous cozy yet industrial fireplace

Jennifer Anniston at Home

One of my favorite homes! Love the purples, oranges and reds

Jennifer Anniston at Home

Doesn't this look serene: water, lighting, warmth

Jennifer Anniston at Home

Bedroom uses soft colors with exotic reds and golds, as well as a wool and silk shag rug that is scrumptuous

Gerard Butler's kitchen

The kitchen backsplash and cabinetry were fashioned from leftover flooring materials; exotic yet elegant

Gerard Butler

Bedroom is a peaceful retreat surrounded with layers of stunning fabrics

Gerard Butler

The ceiling mural was painted on movie-poster paper covered in plexi-glass; the patina on the walls combine layers of tinted and textured plaster

I hope these pictures inspire you to add a little ethnic spice to your home!

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Tablescapes 2

In decorating for

Flower arrangement w/layers of nuts, coffee beans & cranberries

a client for a party, here are a few pictures of the second table.  The first table is the reindeer post shown first.  On the second table, the centerpiece has a beautiful vase of flowers in individual vases inserted into a large, round vase full of nuts, coffee beans and cranberries.  Ornaments, berries and gold pinecones  surround the base of the flower arrangement. Coffee beans float inside the cylinders and add a punch of fun.

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Holiday Tablescapes

Reindeer table

Christmas Tablescapes

Beautiful reindeer used for this tablescape, filling the cylinder with cranberries and white flowers. Smaller reindeer are used within the larger reindeer. Ribbon runs along the table, as well as gold pinecones and fresh berries brought in from outside. The smaller reindeer have coffee beans and votives that will smell divine once they are lit. 

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Up and Going

I am so excited to have my website up and I’m ready to entertain you with my mishaps in the interior design world, my attempt to be hospitable and teach others the importance of hospitality, design fabulous and very gaudy tablescapes when allowed, and even cook a bit if it ties into design, hospitality, entertaining, friends and family! I absolutely love making any space beautiful, unique and absolutely, without a doubt, resemble the homeowner to the tee! Your house is about you and everything you do in that private and personal space should represent you and what is important to you. Sometimes My role is to help a client discover who they are and what they want to “reveal” in their home. I look forward to also introducing you to my favorite local artists here in Nashville. My family loves art, whether making it or viewing, or eating it! Art can be so many things, whatever you desire to create! And speaking of eating, I love food and will often share fabulous foods and incredible ways to present them, since after all, it is all about making EVERYTHING beautiful, even food! Life is too short to be boring, so make all things beautiful and others will feel special because of the extra touch and time you take to make it so. I look forward to sharing my ideas for design, experiences, family and faith with all who care to listen! Let’s start this beautiful, creative journey! Ready, set, go!

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