Give Me Just a Little Color, and I’ll Let You Have Your Beige

Posted 9 July 2016 at 9:45 PM | Comments (0)

I know.

I know you’re trapped in your beige living room. Beige carpet, beige sofa, beige armchair. Or maybe it’s a cross between beige and gray (greige). Whatever you call it, it’s a lot of neutral and zero personality.

A friend in Dallas e-mailed me a picture of her very beige living room and asked for armchair suggestions. But you can’t send me a picture like that and expect one measly little armchair! She needed more than an armchair. She needed color.

So I made it super easy. The terracotta armchair below is so muted that it’s practically a neutral. To keep it sunny and joyful, I added some muted yellow accents, and to bring in glamour and shine, I added gold.

Classy and Neutral Terracotta and Corn Yellow Home Decor Inspiration Board

Now wasn’t that easy? Terracotta, corn yellow, and gold don’t go very far out of a beige comfort zone. This color combination is super palatable, and it looks great in Texas. So, y’all ready to embrace color?

Monochromatic White and Beige Minimalist Bedroom

Posted 4 July 2016 at 10:45 PM | Comments (0)

Ahhh. Sleep. Precious sleep.

This tranquil, minimalist bedroom first reminds me of everything I loved about the ‘90s, and then, second, it hypnotizes me so that I am running for my own bed. Not much can convince me to go to bed (I am of the “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” philosophy), but this room is doing a pretty good job.

Monochromatic White and Beige Minimalist Contemporary Bedroom

Though I am a huge fan of color, I admit I’m looking forward to the reemergence of monochromatic minimalism in home décor. It’s coming, people. Maximalism is not going to last forever…

Glamorous Teal and Beige Living Room

Posted 3 July 2016 at 10:21 PM | Comments (0)

What is it about this color combination? It gets me every time.

Glamorous Teal and Beige Living Room

Notice all the shine in the room. Sometimes, in a room of matte or rough textures, I find that something with a bit of shine—a silver picture frame, a gilded mirror—elevates the design.

This room, on the other hand, is all shine. So here, something as simple as that wooden tray can be grounding.

Heather Meadows Color Palette

Posted 7 September 2015 at 10:07 PM | Comments (0)

We spent Labor Day hiking at Heather Meadows. It was only slightly chilly, and absolutely beautiful.

Heather Meadows Labor Day Hike

Coming upon this unusual pink rock, I couldn’t help but notice the unexpected beauty of nature’s color palette. Check out this bizarre but stunning combination of muted pinks and pale grays next to vibrant rust and lime. Just goes to show that nature is way more creative than I am.

Heather Meadows Labor Day Color Palette Inspiration

Lake Austin Spa Resort

Posted 4 July 2014 at 6:45 PM | Comments (0)

These images from the June 2014 issue of Lonny really blow me away. They have a kind of rustic-outdoors thing going, but with elegance. And the combination of cognac-colored furnishings with azure accents is pretty magnificent.

The Lake Room at Lake Austin Spa Resort, Lonny Magazine June 2014

The Blue Room at Lake Austin Spa Resort, Lonny Magazine June 2014

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From Lonny: “In keeping with the restful mood, interiors feel residential rather than commercial, with period antiques, designer fabrics, and artwork curated in collaboration with Dallas designer Julio Quiñones. ‘Someone once told me that it felt like visiting an old aunt’s lake house—and that’s exactly what we were going for,’ says McAdams.”

Matt Carollo’s One-Bedroom Chicago Apartment

Posted 1 June 2014 at 8:59 PM | Comments (0)

I can’t stop staring at Matt Carollo’s one-bedroom rental in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood. I finally figured out why it’s so arresting, apart from the layers upon layers of beautiful antiques: it’s the warm golds set against a backdrop of cool, charcoal gray—what a color combination! It’s like intermittent rays of sunlight emanating through thick, dark clouds, where you truly need one to appreciate the other.

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Living Room

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Living Room Sofa and Gallery Wall

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Living Room Console Vignette

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Living Room Houndstooth Armchair

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Living Room Gold Skull and Brass Trophies

The kitchen is painted in the same charcoal gray, Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe, to match the living room. I really like how Carollo painted the interior back wall of the weathered cabinet to create a seamless transition with the room’s décor.

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Kitchen Refrigerator

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Kitchen Cabinet

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Neutral China

Carollo, an assistant buyer, is only twenty-five years old but his aesthetic is incredibly mature. Look at how the only white-walled area of his apartment (remember—a rental) blends so well with the other rooms. Clearly, he knows what he likes! I’m older than him yet nowhere near as confident in my choices.

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Dining Room

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Spray-Painted Lamps

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Oil Painting and Bar Cart

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Sharpie Zebra Drawing

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Black Painted Doors

Lastly, there’s the bedroom, painted in Benjamin Moore’s Chalkboard Paint (not coincidentally, the same color Jenna Lyons used in her Brooklyn brownstone). Carollo is very, very good at combining the sleek and the aged. Lonny magazine described his sensibility as “dignitary meets magpie,” and I can see it in every inch.

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Bed

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Nightstand

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Chartreuse Tufted Side Chair

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Antique Butcher's Hooks

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Antique Phone on French Salon Chair

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Ikat Bed Pillow

*All images from the June 2014 issue of Lonny magazine.

Monochromatic Gray House in Naples, Florida

Posted 5 November 2013 at 9:19 PM | Comments (0)

The gray trend won’t last forever, but it is still going strong.

And gray is the operative word in this Naples, Florida house designed by Marshall Watson. The house is so glamorously tasteful that it makes my brain hurt in a “How did he do that?” sort of way. It’s also brilliant—the soft gray tones will cool down any hot Florida day.

Monochromatic Gray Home in Naples, Florida: Family Room

Monochromatic Gray Home in Naples, Florida: Living Room

Monochromatic Gray Home in Naples, Florida: Dining Room

Monochromatic Gray Home in Naples, Florida: Dining Room

Monochromatic Gray Home in Naples, Florida: Kitchen

Monochromatic Gray Home in Naples, Florida: Breakfast Room

Monochromatic Gray Home in Naples, Florida: Master Bedroom

Monochromatic Gray Home in Naples, Florida: Master Bedroom

Monochromatic Gray Home in Naples, Florida: Master Bathroom

Monochromatic Gray Home in Naples, Florida: Poolside Chairs

*Images from House Beautiful.

Passage to India Color Palette

Posted 1 November 2013 at 12:26 AM | Comments (0)

Half a year has passed since my last post. I didn’t even know if I’d make it back here, but thanks to some sudden and unexpected inspiration this morning, I’ve decided to come back to this blog I used to love.

So my first post in six months is about my favorite subject: color palettes! Taken from the September 2012 issue, Better Homes and Gardens asked Sibella Court to share her favorite paint colors for an India-inspired home.

And it’s a terrific color palette.

Passage to India Paint Color Palette from Better Homes and Gardens

Here’s a simpler way to view:

Passage to India Paint Color Palette from Sibella Court

Cross your fingers that I continue coming back to this space! I sure missed it.

Squeeze and Squirt

Posted 11 February 2013 at 11:31 PM | Comments (0)

A friend of mine just sent me this fantastic quote from Bruce Shostak in a recent issue of House Beautiful.

“A small entryway is a great opportunity to use a dark color, like this terra-cotta. It feels like a big, warm, earthy hug, and you get a sense of compression that propels you into the living room—what architects call ‘squeeze and squirt.’ And if the living room is a lighter color, like this pale gray, the room will feel even larger and more airy, as if you’ve been hit by a gust of wind.”

Benjamin Moore Terracotta (Brownberry) and Pale Gray (Seersucker Suit)

A Handmade Home in Northern California

Posted 10 February 2013 at 10:51 PM | Comments (0)

This quiet color palette works so well in Hanni Liliedahl and Jesse Silacci’s Monterey, California home because of the wondrous variety of shapes and textures. There are so many beautiful things to gawk at that I don’t miss color at all.

Vintage Treasures Over a Black Fireplace in Monterey, CA

No Area Rug in a Soft Neutral Living Room in Monterey, CA

Soft, Neutral and Modern Home with Tall Cactus in Monterey, CA

Vintage Pieces in a Neutral Dining Room in Monterey, CA

Vintage Pieces in a Neutral Home Office in Monterey, CA

Beautifully Mismatched Neutral Bedroom in Monterey, CA

Wire Armchair in a Soft Gray Room in Monterey, CA

*Images from the February/March 2013 issue of Rue Magazine.