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Bright as Sunshine

There is no happier color than yellow, don’t even try to convince me of it. Sunshine, flowers, butter. So have you ever thought of – or have you ever – had it hang out in your home?

I love the idea of having one statement making piece of furniture in a bold color. It would be the ideal fix for a piece that is in desperate need of a little update or one you picked up at a garage sale and aren’t quite sure what do with to make it yours.
 Farrow & Ball

Or maybe you have a more permanent feature in your space that could use a little kick. The goldenrod yellow radiator above almost takes on the feel of a piece of art in its new hue, especially against that beautiful navy wall.

Armelle Habib

I can’t help but smile when looking at these yellow chairs! Actually everything about this entire setup is a dream, but I digress. There are plenty of yellow dining chairs readily available, or you could just as easily paint a set of your own. Wouldn’t a mismatched set look fantastic? The yellow would unite them in such a fun way.

Frenchy Fancy

A slightly more involved project would be something like these show-stopping kitchen cabinets. Don’t you love the way they pop against al of that stainless steel and grey? Because I do. This would be a fun update for older cabinets, in fact I’m thinking of something similar for my own.

sam gilbert

I’m planning on ripping the carpet off of my stairs in the near future and this photo has been major inspiration. A coat of paint on a stairway can be a fairly easy job, provided there’s no hidden repair work lying underneath. And this yellow just calls for feet running up and down them!

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For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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Fashion Translation: Pretty-n-Pink Florals

If there are two things that will ALWAYS have a place in my heart, it’s florals and pink. Put them together and you have tons of sweet, springtime inspiration for home and wardrobe. When it comes to fashion, you should totally take this trend literally — go for it with pale pink, bubblegum, and magenta. Look for feminine silhouettes and sumptuous, silky, satiny fabrics. But for the home… change it up a bit.

Photo Credit: Mohito via Fashion Gone Rogue

When it comes to adding pink into the home, I suggest really putting some thought into it, lest your living room look like a nursery! It’s quite the fine line. Selecting a gorgeous ornate bohemian-style rug is a great option. I suggest looking for rugs with lots of pattern, but in a color palette that grounds the pink. Whether it’s skinny lines of black (hello, Surya Wilmington rug) or soft tones of ivory, white, and other neutrals, be sure to really pay attention to the color. If you DO want to go floral, look for rugs in unexpected color combos.

Shopping Guide:

Surya Wilmington rug

Colonial Mills Westminster Blush Pink rug

Surya Hillcrest pink, burgundy, beige rug

Nourison Impressionist pastel rug

Capel Genevieve Gorder Elsinore Mandala rug

Loloi Rugs Lola Shag

Jaipur Rugs Winslow Sebree rug

Surya Transcendent rug

For more inspiration from Joanna, follow along with her at Jojotastic!

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Mood Board to Room: Paris in the Spring

Strolling along the Seine, searching for the perfect antique treasures in the brocantes, eating croissants in a little cafe, admiring the abundant bouquets at the flower stalls … who wouldn’t love Paris in the springtime? Travel can provide some of the best decorating inspiration around, and Paris is simply a natural when it comes to style of all kinds. In this post, I will walk you through the process of creating a Paris mood board, and translating that to concrete ideas you can use in your own home. Ready? Let’s go to Paris!


Photos: The Paris Print Shop

In the inspiration board shown above, I have pulled together some of the most charming elements you might find while walking around the city streets of Paris: a smattering of pastel colored cafe tables, towering stacks of vintage books, bouquets of pink ranunculus, wrought iron balconies, plush antiques, and of course, the striking figure of la Tour Eiffel in the background. Le sigh.

So, how to begin pulling this inspiration together into something that you can actually use in your own home, even though you are likely thousands of miles away from grand Paris? Start by identifying some of the features that are easy to replicate at home: fresh bouquets of flowers, bistro-style chairs, and a print or map of Paris would be easy enough to track down, and will add lots of charm on a dime.


Photo: decor8

To take your inspiration a bit further, it helps to take a peek inside an actual Paris apartment, like the gorgeous one shown above. The first thing you might notice is that the French are not afraid to mix things up – a stately tufted velvet sofa and classical flowing drapes stand happily alongside a modernist coffee table and unique artwork. But look a little closer, and you will notice there is something of a formula at work here: the classical “bones” of the apartment, including crisp white walls, subtle carpeting, and a few big classic pieces of furniture set the stage for the more eclectic accents.

Tips for decorating, Parisian style:

- Start with a clean, crisp white paint on the walls (tip: try Oxford White or Decorator’s White by Benjamin Moore)

- Roll out a subtle + super-soft rug in pale blue or white

- Embrace luxurious textures like velvet and taffeta

- Have fun hunting for antiques at the flea market to add character

- Mix things up with a few very modern pieces

- Integrate small flashes of bold color (like pink) in accessories + artwork


Photo: French By Design

To pull it all together, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite pieces that would work very well together in a chic, eclectic Paris-style living room. Begin with a few coats of crisp white paint on the walls, add in an antique gold-framed mirror above the mantle, a tufted velvet sofa, and a modern chair. Add a soft, Moroccan-style rug on the floor, toss a few hot pink pillows on the couch, and hang a vintage-reproduction map of Paris on your wall. Then all you need to do is buy yourself a baguette, and cue up the Edith Piaf on the gramophone!

Shopping Guide: Surya Morrocan Ogree pillow in Magenta; Safavieh Barcelona Shag in White and Silver; 1890 Guilmin Map of Paris.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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Fashion Translation: Bohemian Stripes

Stripes. Often preppy and nautical, stripes are like your favorite button down shirt — always there for you, always the answer when you don’t know what to wear… and something that is an eternal classic. While my style feels more boho than preppy, I still embrace stripes. There’s so much to be said for them: their bold, graphic quality, their casual, un-fussy simplicity, and the many, many, MANY color combos. Today though, I’m taking my stripes to a more bohemian place thanks to one key color: crimson.


Photo Credit: Ace & Jig Spring/Summer 2016 collection

Neutrals are always a key element when it comes to picking a rug, but they are especially crucial when selecting a stripe. It’s allllll about balance, a good mix of positive and negative space. Then color: shades of crimson and burgundy feel really boho and fresh to me. While they aren’t traditional spring colors, I’ve been incorporating these hues into my wardrobe and home. For this round up, I also added in a few fun rugs that go with the rest… because mixing and matching striped rugs is SO much fun. See that lower left guy? He’s definitely the star in my mind. Which striped rug are you loving?

Shopping Guide:

Safavieh Montauk black and white stripe rug

Momeni Veranda rug

Jaipur Rugs Coastal Shores Cape Cod rug

Oriental Weavers Meridian red and blue rug

Kaleen Escape red and ivory rug

Artistic Weavers Holden rug

Artistic Weavers City Park silver and ivory stripe

Surya Colton rug

For more inspiration from Joanna, follow along with her at Jojotastic!

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