Introducing the 2016 Color of the Year

Happy New Year!  Every January,  I look forward to writing my newsletter and unveiling to you  the NEW color of the year.  Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute has been designating a color of the year to  express in color what is taking place in the global trends. This year, in an unprecedented event, Pantone has announced two colors for 2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity.

These colors are to act as an antidote to modern day stresses by being welcoming shades that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security.

Separately, each color brings in something different. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times. And when joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity promote an inherent balance between the warmer embracing rose tone and the more tranquil cool blue, giving us order and peace.


There are many beautiful fabrics and trims to choose from.  Get a window treatment for your bathroom or toss a few new pillows on to your sofa or bed.

If you choose to embrace the Rose Quartz side of the spectrum, try a nice splash of Rose Quartz with accents and accessories in neutrals, like decoration in the Melbourne restaurant Entrecôte pictured below:

Or consider leaning towards the baby blue of Serenity for more of a neutral approach while still maintaining the desired aesthetic. Check out the example below:


Here are some great decorating ideas to incorporate the colors into your household.

Want to see more fun ideas? Check out our Pinterest board for other exciting ways to decorate and accessorize with the new 2016 colors. Happy New Year!

Welcoming in the Holidays

With all the warm, mild weather we’re having, it’s easy to forget it’s already December. But with Hanukkah just ending and Christmas around the corner, it’s clear that the winter holidays are here.

Winter decorations are some of my favorite, and I have many beloved pieces to showcase this holiday season. I’m sure you have your favorites as well. However, sometimes it’s exciting to add a new decoration or two. One of the best ways to get really creative with holiday decorations are door wreaths. They welcome guests into the home, act as a bright ornament during the drab winter months, and always add a splash of personality to the neighborhood.

Below are some great DIY ideas for holiday wreaths this season. Take a look. Which one do you want hanging on your door?

This Christmas wreath of mixed pine and red berries is a classic, and easy to dress up with plaid bow or some jingle bells.

Pine cones are another winter classic with their ability to weather the coldest storm. A few berries and a bow are all that’s needed to make this the perfect addition to your front door.

Have any kids visiting this season? Make their day with this adorable snowman wreath. Cute and unique, this will certainly charm every passerby.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using festive balls or branches, monochrome wreaths delight but do not distract, adding a certain air of elegance to a space.

 

This funky and creative idea requires only some festive ornaments, ribbon, and a frame. Add them all together, and you’ll have the most unique wreath on the block.

Want to see more fun ideas? Check out our Pinterest board for other exciting holiday wreaths. Have a happy and safe Christmas and Holiday Season!

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and there is no better holiday to gather all your loved ones and share in memories new and old. It’s one of my favorite times of the year. The combination of good food, beautiful fall decorations, and family members make it a day to be cherished.

And why not make your decorations as loved as the company? Below are some cute and unique ideas to add a special splash to your Thanksgiving table. Try some out and, if you like the result, send me the photo! I would love to see what you create.

Here are some fantastic ideas to spice up your candles during Thanksgiving. The first suggestion is apples candles. Hollow out the top of several apples and place a tea candle inside, creating a cute centerpiece for any table.

But fruits aren’t the only way decorate a candle. Below is another example, this time using vegetables to add a little flavor.

Finally, take Thanksgiving back to its roots in this candle decoration. Pour split peas, dried beans, and corn kernels into a clear glass jar or vase and place a candle on top.

How simple is this? And yet it would look so beautiful on your table.
Pumpkins and gourds are another great centerpiece that never go out of style! Paint one white and adorn it with bittersweet berries like above or stack a group of pumpkins and gourds in glass vases like below, and you have a simple but beautiful decoration.
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This amazing decoration pictured above was made with dollar store glasses and alphabet stickers, and then filled with cinnamon sticks, acorns, and pinecones! Together, all the materials make a super cute centerpiece for a mantel or even a table.

Want to see more fun ideas? Check out our Pinterest board for Thanksgiving table settings. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!