{modern interior design: using black and orange all year round}

We can appreciate the colors black and orange as they relate to Halloween – these colors have been a long-standing Halloween tradition. But what we can also appreciate are ideas and inspiration for how to use these colors in contemporary interior design, year round!

Black is coming back. In fact, black accents are the best way to update any hue.
Michelle Lamb, her takeaway from the Maison & Objet show in Paris, France

Rusty orange paired with everything
– Top trend from Michelle Lamb, her takeaway from High Point Market

These photos were posted in our Friday Finds: Black and Orange post last year, but I am still obsessed with them. This house is located in upstate New York. Maybe it’s the rustic, barren environment paired with the weathered look of the black and orange house that just makes it look so right to me. It’s possible that if the photos were taken in the spring or summer I would feel different about it, but for now I’m still in love.

Peter Pennoyer / cococozy.com

Peter Pennoyer / cococozy.com

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{friday finds: schumacher wallcovering}

House of Turquoise recently did a post featuring the Chiang Mai Dragon wallpaper pattern in blue. The aquamarine and lacquer colorways of this pattern are so stunning, I never paid much attention to the blue colorway. After seeing this bath redo I’m a believer in the blue. Having the millwork painted white makes the wallpaper all the more striking.

F. Schumacher & Co. ran a contest this past spring asking designers to submit projects showcasing Schumacher wallpaper. An honorable mention was bestowed on Renee LeJeune Hallberg, RLH Studio, Minneapolis. Gorgeous room, isn’t it?

My personal favorites:

  • wallcovering (of course)
  • wallcovering application at the ceiling
  • palest of pale blue/gray paint on the makeup vanity
  • vanity stool

Click here to view the work of the other talented designers selected by Schumacher.

Hirshfield’s Design Resource carries all the Schumacher books as well as some of retail locations. Call first if you’re making a special trip.

{friday finds: bits & pieces}

There are times when I just have to share one little item because it is so good-looking, creative, unusual, or it strikes a chord with me. All these amazing items will fall under “bits & pieces.” With that said, I have been saving some of my favorites.

House of Turquoise posted this bathroom last week with the Imperial Trellis wallpaper. I still love this pattern. Here’s a post from last summer showcasing more Imperial Trellis rooms.

This Dolce Vita pattern has the same look as Imperial Trellis, is available in five colorways and  is less expensive than Imperial Trellis. If you like Pantone’s color of the year honeysuckle, you’ll love this colorway.

The International Home and Housewares Show took place in Chicago this past week and here are some wares to look for in the very near future. Color is everywhere.

The Hirshfield’s store in Roseville is seeing more customers using the color combination of blue and green as accents in their homes, and customers are asking to see blue and green wallcovering patterns.  Iffer’s Little Nest shared their collection of blue and green.

Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma knitting with broomstick size needles. The link will bring you to the finished product. A previous project of hers was tracking all products made from one pig.

Ned Marshall’s foyer with Benjamin Moore’s Bittersweet Chocolate on the walls and that lovely pink sofa.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What grabs your attention? With the barrage of information and visuals that come at us from all directions, what makes you sit up and take notice?

{friday finds: imperial trellis by Schumacher}

House and Garden

First introduced in 2005, by designer Kelly Wearstler, Imperial Trellis has to be the overall best selling Schumacher pattern. A classic pattern, offered in a great array of colors, makes it well suited for any room in your home.

I thought I would have tired of the pattern by now, but it is as fresh looking to me now, as the first time I saw it. What are your thoughts? Still loving it?

Anna Spiro's office - Absolutely Beautiful Things

Gwyneth Paltrow - House and Garden


Unknown origin

Absolutely Beautiful Things

Wearstler stationery

Apartment Therapy also loves the trellis, and they are sharing the love in an “Ode to Imperial Trellis.” I don’t usually care for the yellow and grey combo but their “House Tour” images are the best looking of the group.

Hirshfield’s carries the Schumacher books, but just not at every location…call first…and as always, we appreciate your business.

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