Color Feature: Millenial Pink

Part rose quartz, part bubblegum, “millennial pink” is having a major moment right now in the design world.  It’s soft, subtle, warm, and feminine.  We are loving it paired with crisp whites and clean lines, and find it the perfect complement to mid-century modern styles.

It may be a step outside of the box for some, but we are so on board with this color trend!  Are you?

 

Langdon Ltd

 

 

 

Safavieh

 

 

Curated Kravet

 

 

Surya

 

 

Lulu & Georgia

 

 

Anthropologie

 

 

Pine Cone Hill

 

 

Dash & Albert

 

 

Loloi

 

 

Benjamin Moore

 

 

Le Creuset

 

 

World Market

 

 

 

Kate Spade collection via Williams Sonoma

 

 

Divine Designs via Horchow

 

 

What do you think about millennial pink?  Loving this trend or leaving it?  Let us know in the comments!

Color Feature: SHADOW

As one of the first brands to name a color of the year for 2017, Benjamin Moore has recently chosen “Shadow”.  This deep, rich, purple hue is the ultimate shade of luxury.  If you’re looking to experiment with adding a little bit of a boldness to your home without going too “bright”, then Shadow may be the perfect color to test out!

I love that it adds such glamour, yet still has a subtlety that keeps the color practical.  What do you think of Shadow?  Is there a room in your home that would look great with this updated, bold look?  Here are a few ideas to get you started!

 

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore

 

 

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore

 

 

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore

 

 

York Wallcoverings

York Wallcoverings

 

 

Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan

 

 

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

 

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

 

 

Classic Home

Classic Home

 

 

Sferra

Sferra

 

 

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

 

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

 

 

2016 Color of the Year, Part 2: SERENITY

Pantone’s 2016 Color of the Year Part 2: Serenity.  A little bluish purple, a little smoky blue…  Depends on the day and the piece!  Here’s a few of our favorites to inspire you!

Marie Claire Maison

Marie Claire Maison

 

 

Serenity is so luxurious on a velvet sofa…

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

 

Or on a crisp, striped pouf..

Surya

Surya

 

 

I love Annie Sloan paint in every color, especially this one!

Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan

 

 

Serenity and chevron to light things up…

Curated Kravet

Curated Kravet

 

 

Doesn’t it seem so calming on bedding like this one?

Matouk

Matouk

 

 

It’s smart on the walls….

Chasing Paper

Chasing Paper

 

 

Bright on the table….

Chilewich

Chilewich

 

 

Matouk

Matouk

 

 

Le Creuset via Culin-art

Le Creuset via Culin-art

 

And my favorite picture yet…the teddy bear is cute, too! Isn’t my “grand puppy” Rocco just the cutest??  He’s showing off his Serenity-inspired toy for us!

Rocco

 

What do you think about Pantone’s color, Serenity?  Doesn’t it just go perfectly with its counterpart, Rose Quartz?

Color Feature: TANGERINE

I started working with a new client this week, and our design inspiration is a painting she has with a very southwestern feel, in color and style.  She wants to use the picture, but not get stuck in the traditional southwest color palette and design feel.  Here are some fresh takes on a more traditional orange palette!

These rooms feel warm and glowy without being jarring.  A perfect color for a north facing room that doesn’t get a lot of natural light.

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore

 

Behr

Behr

 

Traditionally a fall choice, I think this could work year round by substituting the leaves and pumpkins for some black-eyed susan’s.  You’ve got yourself a summer picnic!

Isabelle de Borchgrave

Isabelle de Borchgrave

 

Elegant… and not a hint of southwest!

Better Homes & Garden

Better Homes & Gardens

 

Not ready to go “all-out-orange”?  Try just using it in a small way in bedding and accessories for a bright change.  Works great with navy, red, yellow and white.

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

Chilewich

Chilewich

 

Global Views

Global Views

 

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

Orange has an entirely different feel paired with a neutral.

Matouk

Matouk

 

Better Homes & Garden

Better Homes & Gardens

 

Lulu & Georgia

Lulu & Georgia

 

Behr

Behr

 

How have you used orange in your home?  This can be a difficult color- send in your pictures and you could be featured on our brand new “Room Rescue” edition of the blog!

Ceilings Are Your 5th Wall

If you’re a follower of our blog, you know that both my children are getting married soon.  My daughter, Jillian wants a beautiful vintage affair.  In our search for a venue we found a location with an enchanting ballroom.  The room is unique, in part, because of its amazing fifth wall: the ceiling.

So often, when I work with a client and suggest a different ceiling treatment, they look surprised.  Shouldn’t ceilings be white??  Here’s proof that ceilings can be dark, light, tin, beamed, coffered, glazed, and treated with as much variation as your imagination allows!

Get some inspiration; Take a walk around your house, and see how you can transform your fifth wall!!  Then, show us what you did!!!

Alden Castle

Alden Castle

 

 

Photo: Costas Picadas/GAP Interiors, via This Old House

Photo: Costas Picadas/GAP Interiors, via This Old House

 

Photo: Costas Picadas/GAP Interiors, via This Old House

Photo: Costas Picadas/GAP Interiors, via This Old House

 

Photo: Jeff Green/Corner House Stock, via This Old House

Photo: Jeff Green/Corner House Stock, via This Old House

 

The Huffington Post

The Huffington Post

 

The Huffington Post

The Huffington Post

 

Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy

 

Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy

 

 

 

Chalk It Up to the Paint

I have recently received a beautiful old desk with graceful lines.  It’s painted black, and desperately in need of a new paint job.

 

SUSANHAYWARDINTERIORS

 

I’ve seen so many beautiful pieces that have been refinished using chalk paint and just love the result!  Here are a few chalk paint projects that I found while researching, as well as some DIY tips to complete your own project.  As soon as my project is finished, I’ll share some before and after pics!!  Please send me any of yours as well, I would love to share them!

Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan

 

Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Inspired Room

Mustard Seed Interiors via The Inspired Room

 

Spark Interiors via Houzz

Spark Interiors via Houzz

 

Perfectly Imperfect Blog

Perfectly Imperfect Blog

 

Perfectly Imperfect Blog

Perfectly Imperfect Blog

My 5 Favorite White Paints!

As an interior designer, people are ALWAYS asking me what are the best white paint colors to use.  It may seem like a no-brainer, but there are SO many different undertones that can truly make or break the “white”.  So, here are my 5 favorite paint colors, and what I like to use each of them for!

 

1. “Pointing” – Farrow and Ball

Named after the lime pointing in traditional bricking, this hue is a soft, creamy white, almost like ivory when put next to a bright white.  “Pointing” actually has hints of yellow undertones and is GREAT for trim and moldings as it casts a beautiful shadow effect on moldings!

"Poingting" No.2003-Farrow & Ball

“Poingting” No.2003-Farrow & Ball

 

2. “White Dove” – Benjamin Moore 

This is my “go to” white!!   This white is nice and creamy, and looks amazing on painted furniture and white kitchen cabinets.  I’ve used it on most of my trims and doors in my OWN home!  “White Dove” is not too stark, has slight gray and yellow undertones, and goes beautifully with grays and colors that have been “grayed down”.

I had an old bedroom set of my grandmothers that I just loved but it was a very dark mahogany.  I wanted to lighten it up for my Chatham beach house, and “White Dove” did the trick!

"White Dove" trim- Benjamin Moore

“White Dove” trim- Benjamin Moore

"White Dove" ceiling- Benjamin Moore

“White Dove” ceiling- Benjamin Moore

 

3. “Marble White” by Benjamin Moore

“Marble White” is a creamy white with yellow undertones that are SO evident it could be used as a soft yellow wall color!   This is a great choice for trims and moldings if you’re looking for something a little “less white”!

"Marble White" by Benjamin Moore

“Marble White” – Benjamin Moore

 

4. “Decorators White” by Benjamin Moore

A beautiful, crisp, TRUE white, with an ever so slight hint of gray.  I use this color a lot on trim for beach houses or contemporary settings when a crisp, but not too stark, white is needed!

"Decorator White"- Benjamin Moore

“Decorator White”- Benjamin Moore

 

5. “Simply White”  by Benjamin Moore 

It’s all in the name!  “Simply White” is a true white that is perfect for ceilings and trims that is not too harsh but has minimal undertones.

"Simply White" ceiling, trim, fireplace- Benjamin Moore

“Simply White” ceiling, trim, fireplace- Benjamin Moore

 

So, there you have it!  My top 5 white paint colors!  There are so many more beautiful whites out there – do you have a favorite?  Send us your choices!

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Color Feature: Yellow

SHI_Yellow Room

Photo by Hayward Photography, Design by Susan Hayward Interiors

Weston Flax, Benjamin Moore

Weston Flax, Benjamin Moore

 

Weston Flax, Benjamin Moore

Weston Flax, Benjamin Moore

 

Nothing says “happy” quite like a gorgeous, vibrant yellow in your home!  We’ve chosen Benjamin Moore’s hue, Weston Flax HC 5, to inspire our color feature this week because we LOVE yellows, and realize that it can sometimes be a difficult color to weave into your living space.  So, say goodbye to the tired yellows you’ve seen before, and take a peek at our favorite YELLOW collection!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Dining

Lyon Square Back Side Chair  (Yellow Medallion), Palecek

Lyon Square Back Side Chair (Yellow Medallion), Palecek

Turkish Tile Salad Plates, Williams Sonoma

Turkish Tile Salad Plates, Williams Sonoma

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lyon Square Back Side Chair by Palecek is such a unique and lovely design.  I love the way they’ve paired different textures with such a gorgeous bold yellow color!  Try it with a grayed out wood table for a coastal look.  And of course, who wouldn’t LOVE sitting down to the table in that chair to a meal on these beautiful Turkish Tile plates?!

 

Yellow Scallop Bowl, Cyan Design

Yellow Scallop Bowl, Cyan Design

 

I love the way Cyan Design has used such a vibrant shade of yellow on a such a delicately sculpted bowl. This bowl will add the perfect pop of color on your dining table table.  Fill it with flowers, fruit, or use it as a serving bowl, or better yet, add nothing at all!  It’s beautiful on its own!

 

 

 

For the Living Room

 

Wallcovering W3089.416, Kravet

Wallcovering W3089.416, Kravet

 

If ever there was a PERFECT room of yellow, this would be it!  The wallcovering here has just the right touch of yellow to truly bring out the boldness of the pillows and the simplicity of the solid white sofa.  If you have neutral, solid colored furniture, this wallcovering would be great for you!  And Echo by Kravet has a coordinating fabric to bring the look directly to your upholstered pieces and draperies.

 

Crackled Coasters, West Elm

Crackled Coasters, West Elm

Firenzi Stool, Minton-Spidell (Avavilable at M-Geough)

Firenzi Stool, Minton-Spidell (Avavilable at M-Geough)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I stumbled upon these coasters at West Elm and HAD to share them with you.  Although they are simple, they are such a fun and EASY way to bring a bit of yellow into your living room this year!  And to go from the classically simple to the gilded ornate,  just look at this stunning Firenzi stool at M-Geough.  Truly a one-of-a-kind piece, this stool is just the perfect accent piece to add drama to your living space.

 

Mosaic Mirror, Opus Mosaics (Available on Houzz)

Mosaic Mirror, Opus Mosaics (Available on Houzz)

 

Mirrors are always a clever way to make a small room look larger, so try this handmade mosaic mirror in an entryway to expand your space!

 

 

 

For the Bedroom

 

Savannah Bedding & Duvet (Lemon), Pier 1 Imports

Savannah Bedding & Duvet (Lemon), Pier 1 Imports

 

Yes, we are in love with this style as you’ve seen from past blogs, but isn’t it just gorgeous in yellow!?  This duvet might be one of my favorites yet!  I not only LOVE its beautiful texture and design, but the soft pastel yellow is such a warm and cozy way to wake up to!

 

Lily Silver Silk Pillow Cover, Kouboo

Lily Silver Silk Pillow Cover, Kouboo

Matine Toile Drape, Pottery Barn

Matine Toile Drape, Pottery Barn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This pillow cover by our friends at Kouboo is a great choice for a throw pillow on your bed, sofa, or chair.  I love how the yellow accents instantly brighten the design!  And these Matine Toile Drapes will make your room seem sunny even when it’s raining!

 

 

How do YOU use yellow in your home or workspace?  Do you like the bolder hues, or more subtle pastels?

Color Feature: PEWTER

Revere Pewter HC-172 by Benjamin Moore

Revere Pewter HC-172 by Benjamin Moore

You may not always think of grey as the perfect accent color for your home, but we LOVE Benjamin Moore’s take on grey called “Revere Pewter”. Not only is this a fabulous color for your walls, but you can use this color as inspiration for SO MANY different pieces around your house! Just take a look at what this gorgeous grey can do for YOUR living space!

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For the Bedroom

Rosette Quilt in Light Grey, Anthropologie

Rosette Quilt in Light Grey, Anthropologie

 

Haven's Harbor Night Stand, Stanley Furniture Coastal Collection

Haven’s Harbor Night Stand, Stanley Furniture Coastal Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using different shades of grey for your bedding and furniture can transform your bedroom into a soothing space to relax!

Kabibe Seashell & Beads Decorated Pillow Cover, Kouboo

Kabibe Seashell & Beads Decorated Pillow Cover, Kouboo

Summer Coastal Decorative Pillows, Pottery Barn

Summer Coastal Decorative Pillows, Pottery Barn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Living Room

Sullivan Mirror, Serena & Lily

Sullivan Mirror, Serena & Lily

Marcel Cabinet, Global Views

Marcel Cabinet, Global Views

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incorporate pewter into your living spaces by adding small accents like this simple mirror from Serena & Lily, or warm up the tones in your room with the Marcel cabinet by Global Views!  I LOVE the gold trim on this cabinet!!

Spinnaker Chair, Studio A

Spinnaker Chair, Studio A

These Spinnaker Chairs are FABULOUS!  Between the gorgeous color and unique design, these chairs would instantly update your beach house living room!  And don’t they look SO comfortable?!

Kravet

Kravet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Kitchen

Saarinen Dining Table, Knoll

Saarinen Dining Table, Knoll

Eclectique Dinnerware Place Setting, Williams Sonoma

Eclectique Dinnerware Place Setting, Williams Sonoma

Philadelphia Side Chair, Pastel Furniture

Philadelphia Side Chair, Pastel Furniture (Available at Wayfair)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aren’t you bored with that standard white dinnerware you find on every table?  Have a little fun with your kitchen table by adding different shades of grey on, around, and above YOUR table!  Gray is a great neutral that allows you to add other colors for a pop – try it with accents of yellow, turquoise or fuschia!

Large Rectangle Hanging Capiz Chandelier, West Elm

Large Rectangle Hanging Capiz Chandelier, West Elm

 

 

How do YOU use pewter in YOUR space?!  Share some of your ideas!

Color Feature: TURQUOISE

Perfect for the many sunny days ahead, TURQUOISE is a color that we are absolutely loving for spring and summer design.  Not only is turquoise one of my PERSONAL favorites, it is such a refreshing color to incorporate into any home!

Waterfall by Benjamin Moore

Waterfall by Benjamin Moore

For example, Waterfall by Benjamin Moore is a beautiful paint that you can use to instantly brighten any room of the house.  Without being too bright or bold, “Waterfall” is a perfectly subtle shade that will bring your living space back to life!
This gorgeous “Beach Style Chandelier” by  Orange County Artists & Artisans KOUBOO is our pick for that “beachy” look you’ll want this season!  The turquoise colored shells mixed with a bit of white trim makes this chandelier simple, yet fun!
If you want to add a back splash to your wall, consider this tile by Lakewood Tile, Stone & Countertops Glass Tile Oasis.  The many different shades of turquoise stones in this gorgeous back splash would look amazing in your kitchen or bathroom… Especially over this sink by Valley Center Furniture & Accessories BuilderDepot, Inc.

Polaris turquoise Square Glass Vessel Sink

If you’re just looking for quick, easy ways to brighten up a room, maybe one of these vibrant turquoise pieces is just what you need!
Moroccan Leather Pouf by Serena & Lily

Moroccan Leather Pouf by Serena & Lily

Blenko Handblown Turquoise Carafe Table Lamp by Rejuvination

Blenko Handblown Turquoise Carafe Table Lamp by Rejuvination

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Peacock Cylinder Table Lamp by Rejuvination

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I want to hear about YOUR turquoise obsessions.  Send me your finds and we’ll feature them in future blogs!