Take Your Fall Decorating Cue From Nature

 
     Have you ever considered choosing your color scheme from items you find all around you in nature?  Because I love color so much, I’m always aware of the shades of color, the hues, the tones, and how they interact with each other.
 
 
 
 
 
      This week my husband surprised me with a beautiful bouquet of flowers.  He said I seemed stressed…I was.  And as I gratefully admired it, I was reminded of Fall and how much I love those colors.  And soon my mind was churning with ways to use them at home.  I started thinking about the natural colors all around us.  If you’re a little shy about creating your own color palettes, the colors in spices, fruits, and vegetables are a good place to start.
 
     Let’s look at some beautiful rooms that I found on the Better Homes and Gardens website.  They’re wonderful examples of how the colors around us can influence our color palettes.
 
 
 
     The way the designer pulled shades of orange from the bouquet of flowers sets the tone for the room.  What I love about it is the texture on the bed mixed with the pattern on the throw .  It adds a warmth and coziness that makes you want to curl up.
 
 
 
I always seem to be drawn to this color palette, and keep using it in my own home.  The way orange has been added as an accent color brings pizazz to the room.  Blue and orange are opposites on the color wheel, and always work well together.
 
 
 
This room seems very serene to me.  The from the texture of the grass cloth on the wall, to the soothing blue in the painting, everything about it says “sit down and relax”. 
 
 
 
Colors from nature are can often be found in the art we hang on our walls.  Once you find a piece that you fall in love with, it will be easy to move forward with the other colors for furniture, pillow, window treatments, and accessories.  Notice how the red flowers and green vase in this painting can be found in the top picture of spices.
 
 
 
More pumpkin, butternut squash and chocolate colors used to create a warm, cozy living room.
 

 
I love the pop of orange on the walls…colors straight from a pumpkin!  Notice the whimsy of the leaf frame on the mirror (more nature).  Adding an antique chair guides us back to a sense of calm.
 

     So remember to take a walk outside the next time you’re stuck on what colors to use for your next project.  I know you’ll be excited about what you find! Keep posts like this coming to your inbox! Signup for my report, to the right, and receive my email updates!

Designing Chi In The Kitchen

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How Feng Shui Corresponds With Kitchen Design Principles

It’s not difficult to understand why you find a lot of similarities between the practice of Feng Shui and the principles used by a certified kitchen designer. Believers in Feng Shui say that how you design and decorate the kitchen can influence your prosperity and health. Believers in good design say that how you design and decorate the kitchen can influence how you cook, how you eat, how you entertain and ultimately your satisfaction and happiness in your home!

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A guiding Feng Shui kitchen principle involves the cook being in a “commanding position” when at the stove. Feng Shui says he cook should be able to clearly see the doorway without turning away from the stove. This is no easy feat when in most homes the stovetop or range is flush with a kitchen wall! A quick solution to this is to hang a mirror or reflective surface behind the cooking surface. Another solution from the kitchen design perspective is to re-do your backsplash with shiny or reflective tiles. Glass and metallic tiles are a growing trend in backsplashes, who knew they also supported a respected ancient tradition?

If you do have the opportunity to remodel your kitchen, consider implementing another trend in kitchen design: install a cooking island. Placing the cooking surface in a central island allows the cook to see the entire room, including the doorway. Beyond the Feng Shui benefits, a cooking island is practical. With the wide view you’ll be able to comfortably talk with dinner guests or keep an eye on the kids as you cook.

Like any good kitchen designer, Feng Shui insists upon an organized storage and cooking space. From the Feng Shui point of view, the food you eat gives you energy; for this energy to be of high and healing quality the food needs to be prepared in a harmonious and well-organized kitchen with a balanced flow of Chi (Feng Shui energy.) A professional designer can really help by customizing your kitchen storage for the way you shop and cook. New cabinetry has endless options for keeping your drawers un-cluttered and all of your spaces tailor-made for your belongings!

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Beautiful Kitchens – Difficult Spaces

Beautiful Kitchens – Difficult Spaces

Being an interior designer has given me many opportunities over the years to work on some interesting spaces.  And I find that they have become my favorites.  I love the challenge of working with my client’s wishes and dreams, and then fitting it all into the space that we have to work with.
Today, let’s take a look at on of my favorite kitchen challenges – an Atlanta, GA residence.   This split level home was in need of a new, updated look.  The homeowners’ lifestyle had evolved over the years, and the living room was no longer needed.
This professional couple love to cook and entertain, and even take every meal in the dining room.  So it was really fun, and challenging, to relocate the dining area to the front of the house, and use the existing dining room for the kitchen expansion.

View into the kitchen from the dining room.A peninsula that was no longer working.A wall to be removed.

A peninsula that was no longer working.