Design Inspiration

color story: peach + emerald

Bold emerald green matched with soft peach is both flirty and fierce!   I’m loving these 2 colors together.

(It’s past my bedtime, and I’m sleepy.  So instead of attempting to come up with witty captions, I’ll show you pretty pictures and your imagination can take it from there 🙂 )

green and peach inspiration

Peach wall green door

Peach & Emerald Event Wedding Design  emerald and peach bedroom

emerald clutch

melon-peach-green-chic-bedroom-aquarelle-wallpaper

Do you think these 2 colors work well together?   Would you use them in an outfit or your home?

peach and emerald inspiration board.

  1. Enchantment Necklace in Green
  2. Sweet Melody Dress
  3. Guess Neodan Pumps
  4. Swept Away Clutch in Peach
  5. Sofa
  6. Pearl Bracelets Peach Fabric
  7. Rico Jungle Green Fabric
  8. Chinese Emerald Pots (set of 3)
  9. Chair

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50’s inspired hillside home

Tomorrow is the day that I’ve been looking forward to for quite some time now.  We get to hop a plane and escape to Philadelphia for Nate’s bro’s wedding! I can’t believe Memorial Day weekend is already here.  (Time just flies when you are remodeling and unpacking.)

In honor of our getaway to the East Coast, I’ll leave you with this dreamy hillside home tucked in Pennsylvania’s Blue Mountains .  Featured in AD, this home was designed by Peter Bohlin of the Pennsylvania-based architectural firm, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. (I’ll have you know that Peter was a graduate of Michigan’s Cranbrook School of Art. REPRESENT!!)

exterior of hillside 50's revival home

50s style home

rustic modern living area

In the article, Peter described the client’s desire for a timeless space.  I think I fall in love with the idea of something being “timeless”…that time can pass and it remains just as true, believable, and fabulous as day one.  It’s such a hard concept to achieve with all of the trends in the design world.  It really makes you think hard about what will withstand the test of time vs. what is a fad.

rustic modern fireplace and dining

For me, what makes this home so special is the use of materials and furniture pieces that aren’t fussy or easily dated.  This must be why mid-century furniture holds a special place in my heart :).

modern living room

bedroom

exterior of home

rustic home with modern doors

 

Bon Voyage! I gotta go get ready for this trip!  You will hear more from me when I return. 🙂 Happy Memorial Day weekend!

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color story: chartreuse + plum

Chartreuse and Plum: A dynamic duo.  Fresh and spunky, yet deep and powerful.  They are not your usual couple, but hey I’ve heard opposites attract.  Even as bold as each color is, these two can share the spotlight together if done correctly.

.plum and chartruese living room

Both colors a  little muted here and they compliment each other beautifully.

plum and green color scheme

Love it with the lilac or raspberry too!plum and green paint colors

.better homes and gardens purple and green room

The key is to blend the greens and purples with other neutrals, browns, blacks, or whites. Mixing in rich brown tones and/or black (as shown above) gives off a luxurious feel.  Or use white in the color scheme (shown below) to achieve a more serene & sophisticated environment.

plum and green home office

purple and green

Using gold with these 2 colors looks great too!

  Cool-living-room-design

Bold colors = modern feel

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Just a few favorite items put together just for you! 🙂

plum and chartreuse inspiration board

a:  robert allen alpenglow fabric / b: suburban home ringo fabric   / c: centenniel sofa (available to the trade only!)  / d: cb2 rex chartreuse chair / e: z gallerie new hope plum art / f: rug (available to the trade only!) / g: crate + barrel link pillow / h: etsy decorative handmade floral pillow cover /  i: jonathan adler capri lamp /  j: jonathan adler lime lacquer cube

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(all photos link back to their original source, if known. inspiration board brought to you by yours truly.)

color story: navy + yellow

Navy and yellow.  A perfect pairing for the lover of the crisp and classic blue mixed with a cheery, modern ray of sunlight.  I’m starting to see the pair together more… and I’m liking what I see!

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Amazing color scheme!

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Lace pencil skirt please come into my closet.  I will make a home for you.

Navy & white exterior already won me over, but that front door is cash money!

Navy stripe nautical + yellow mini skirt.

Love this room by Tobi Fairley! Such a design inspiration!

a)Shabby Mustard & Navy  Flower Skinny Headband,  Lillian Ray via Etsy.com

b) Michael Kors Men’s Navy Blue & Golden Stainless Everest Watch

c) Chevron pillow, Etsy.com

d) Allegra Hicks Drop Links Crewel Pillow Cover, West Elm

e) Michael Kors Jet Set Phyton Embossed Tote

f) Lace Ballet Dress in Mustard, Deja Vu

g) Everett Upholstered Chair, West Elm

h) Color Block Pillow, Jillian Rene Decor via Etsy.com

i) St. Jude Ceramic Owls, West Elm

j) Navy Blue & Gold Link Bracelet, Daily Dose via Etsy.com

bee-utiful fall baby shower

Last week, I was doing my daily Facebook scan for critical news (you know the drill) when I saw these amazing baby shower photos posted by 2 of my college friends, Kendra Steinhaus & Kerra Heffron. (Who, by the way, are THE most adorable/hilarious/talented twins you will meet!)

The picture-perfect location for a fall shower:  nestled between two orchards, at the top of the tiny hill.

This bee-themed event was inspired by this special location.  “The setting and the atmosphere are the driving factors in deciding our event theme and location, so our guests feel like they are part of the unique and personalized experience”, says Kendra.

Embracing nature and the art of DIY, the shower decor was the perfect combination of old and new.   “We like to take unique and common things and re-purpose them,” Kerra explains.  “Some examples are burned-out light bulbs covered in glitter, books covered with paper, and straw bales as chairs from our farm. The yellow wild dill just fell into our laps as we were driving down our old country roads.”

Noteworthy DIY crafts and re-purposed items: tissue flowers, painted bottles, and glitter covered used light bulbs (and yes those are bales of hay for guests to sit on! )

Complete with a fleece blanket for each attendee for this crisp fall Michigan day.

Let’s talk about this food for a minute.  This is making my mouth water as we speak.  And the cute honeycomb-shaped labels give Martha a run for her money.

Growing up on a farm, the twins had access to many unique and rustic accents, including a restored 1937 truck bed which they transformed into the party’s serving station.

All of the charming details that went into making this day extra special!

“The shower was for one of our best, near and dear friends who also appreciates tasteful design, vintage goods, and being crafty”, says Kendra.  “It makes event planning just that much more fun!..We just love her!”

This was my favorite part:  the twinners actually made this chevron baby blanket for their friend & mom-to-be.  The blanket holds significant meaning, since it is crafted from the shower recipient’s mom’s clothes, who has passed away.

All I could think when I first saw this was “Ummm are you kidding me?? This is freaking amazing!”  But knowing these girls, it’s really no surprise – they have always accomplished big things.   Their latest is the launch of their new event planning and design business: Kerra & Kendra Design.

The talented sister design duo (thats Kerra on the left, Kendra on the right, and the lucky mom to be in the middle!).

K & K are not only identical twins, but also went to the same university (MSU – there is no other school 🙂 )  and majored in the same field (interior design).  They are also best friends, and amazing people who I’m blessed to know.  Their great style, attention to detail, creative backbone, and phenomenal work ethic make them the perfect designers & event planners.  Congrats you two!

(All photos are used with permission by Kerra and Kendra.  Please visit their website for even more great photos & info!)