Tag: neutral decor

Decorating with Seaside Elements

July 31

August arrives tomorrow…and even though the lazy days of summer are inching towards fall, it’s not too late to enjoy the sights of the current season in our homes!  I always use August as my cue for adding touches of sea & sand to my rooms.  July is full of patriotic color schemes and bright sunny palettes but when the month comes to an end I’m ready for peaceful hues and glimpses of the beach before it’s time to break out the pumpkins and mums!  I’d like to share some really simple ways to bring those natural elements into your spaces…whether you use shells, driftwood, or textural sisal in your accents, this is the perfect season to create a seaside oasis right within your very own walls!

enjoy a seaside stay-cation…

Good Night in White!

July 27

I’ve been doing quite a bit of painting lately…for my Giggle creations, in my home, and as I posted on Monday…just about anything I can get my hands on!   My color of choice these days–white!  Each spring I love to purge my home of unnecessary clutter, a popular time of year to clean & organize.  But this year I also wanted to lighten and refresh my indoor spaces and there’s no better color than white to make things seem clean and bright!  I’ve learned over the years that for me, neutral colors work best for my walls and upholstery pieces…even though I am a sucker for color and pattern!  It takes great restraint on occasion when shopping for furniture or choosing paint colors since I usually gravitate toward choices far from neutral!  But I can keep my passion for patterns and ever changing color loves alive in my home when I purchase pillows, artwork, rugs, and accessories.  These things can often be inexpensive so I can swap them out when I feel the need for change!  So the latest room in need of something fresh happened to be our bedroom.  I sometimes feel like the bedroom is one of the last rooms I spend time on.  I suppose that’s because nobody really sees it but us!  And like many families, our bedroom is an accumulation of hand-me-down furniture and mismatched pieces that we love…but don’t really go together!  I had already painted some of our bedroom furniture to help remedy that situation but I wasn’t completely satisfied with the room as a whole.  I was ready for an update and the easiest way to do it was to paint the walls…and sticking to my personal lessons learned, I chose white!  See the simple ways I updated our space just by painting, a little organizing, and keeping things I love near!

bright mornings = good mornings!