{pantone 2017 color of the year: greenery}

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As we turn the corner of a new year with biting cold and heavy snowfalls here in the Upper Midwest, one way to warm up a bit is to discuss Greenery, the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year.

Pantone’s official announcement even mentioned spring as the inspiration: “Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.”

It’s no surprise that Pantone picked a green tone. The Color Marketing Group picked Thrive as the North American Key Color 2017+, and we featured a green, Mother Nature 0746, as the Hirshfield’s Color of the Month for October.

The allure of green is the tie to nature and its feeling of rebirth and renewal. Pantone describes Greenery as “nature’s neutral, a versatile trans-seasonal shade that lends itself to many color combinations.” Read the rest of this entry »

{homemade Christmas ornaments}

‘Tis the season for skiing, sledding, and holiday decorating. The snow came a bit later than usual this year, but Christmas is on the same schedule. So, whether you delayed decorating your home until it really felt like the season — or would like to add some fun decorations to a job you’ve already done — here are some of our favorite DIY Christmas ornaments.

Stamped Burlap Ornaments

Credit: Bliss Bloom Blog

Credit: Bliss Bloom Blog

Have a burlap bag? Know how to use an ink stamp kit? You’re well on your way to creating some natural, organic looking ornaments. As an added bonus, the burlap is wrapped around foam balls. No glass, so this DIY project from the Bliss Bloom Blog is ideal for small kids.

Plain Glass Ornaments Brought to Life

Credit: The Sweetest Occasion

Credit: The Sweetest Occasion

DIY doesn’t have to be dull. Plain glass ornaments can become ornate pieces of art with The Sweetest Occasion’s project. The keys are a colorful coat of paint swirled around the inside of the glass and a dramatic touch of gold leaf applied to the outside. Read the rest of this entry »

{color of the month: spacebox 0493}

Hirshfield's Spacebox 0493

Hirshfield’s Color of the Month for December is Spacebox 0493, a green-blue-gray, depending on the light. Think of eucalyptus, the little berries on spruce tops, and the blue-green rosemaling color of years past.

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My Scandinavian Home shows Spacebox 0493 as an accent color warming up an all white  interior.

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{trendwatch: how to create a hygge home}

Have you heard of Hygge? It’s a Danish word that doesn’t have a direct translation — although coziness and hominess are close — and it’s certainly becoming a big thing in the states.

Huffington Post says, “Hygge is about feeling calm, feeling connected to your own sense of wellbeing, and above all feeling cozy.” There are even two new books devoted to the Hygge lifestyle: The Book of Hygge by Louisa Thomson Brits and The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking.

Feet in wool socks warming by cozy fire

What is Hygge?

It’s pronounced “hoo-ga” or “hue-ga,” and it’s the style and lifestyle that helps the Danes get through their long, cold winters (yeah, we can relate).

According to the Observer, Hygge is best described as “a living room where the fireplace is roaring, candles line the room, no one is looking at their phone and you’re all under blankets eating home-baked cookies and drinking mulled cider.” Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: bachman’s holiday ideas house 2016}

Bachman's Holiday Ideas House 2016

Guest Bedroom – I’d love to see this at night with the overhead light turned off and the headboard lights on.

Visiting the Bachman’s Holiday Ideas House is a perfect zen way to ease into the holiday season. A mixture of old, new, and repurposed, the Bachman’s design team brilliantly transforms the family home with the change of seasons. The Ideas House offers all kinds of inspiration from gift ideas, table settings, and decorating ideas for inside and outside of your home. An added bonus for me was a room painted in my new favorite color – pink.

The Holiday Ideas House 2016 theme  is “Winter’s Frost  & Glow” with the following key trends:

  • Glowing Lights – Illuminate the season with a magical glow of string lights, candles, and lanterns.
  • Birch – Embrace the beauty of nature with birch details found throughout the house.
  • Mixed Metals – A mix of galvanized metals, gold, and silver find a perfect match to add elevated sophistication.
  • Plaid Patterns – Cozy layers of buffalo plaid pillows and accents transform the home into a welcoming space.
Bachman's Holiday Ideas House 2016

Ceramic deer off to the left add a bit of whimsy to the table.

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{hirshfield’s color of the month: 0913 angel food cake}

Hirshfield's Angel Food Cake 0913

Cozy up any interior with November’s Color of the Month: Angel Food Cake 0913. With a nod to fall, the staff at Hirshfield’s Design Studio chose Angel Food Cake for its versatility as a neutral. It goes with so many colors:  blues, browns, grays, and reds.

Pantone Fall Colors 2016

The Pantone Fall 2016 palette shows their gold (Spicy Mustard) with a red and orange color combination that we’re use to seeing as the leaves turn colors. That’s comfort food for Midwesterners. Read the rest of this entry »

{benjamin moore 2017 color of the year: shadow 2117-30}

Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2017 Shadow 2117-30

Shadow 2117-30 | Benjamin Moore

The reaction to Benjamin Moore’s 2017 Color of the Year has been a bit of surprise and delight. Shadow 2117-30 is a deep, dark, subtle mixture of charcoal and purple.

House Beautiful called it “anything but neutral,” and Architectural Digest discussed the versatility of the “moody, amethyst hue.”

“I love it. It’s sophisticated, warm, and fresh. I can see it in a library or a small office. It would make a room feel cozy,” says designer Ally Banks of Ally Banks Interiors in the District, who is using the color on chairs, accent pillows and stools in a current project. – Washington Post

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