Tag Archives: 2013 : interior design

Honed Vitality

Another color trend for 2013 is one that Sherwin-Williams calls “Honed Vitality”.  We’ve already looked at two other trend palettes this year, “Midnight Mystery” and “High Voltage“, and this one is a complete opposite.  Think beach, weathered wood, soft hues, matte finishes, restful, organic, and homemade.  We love all of the forecasted color trends for this […]

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Hardware with a Purpose

We think of cabinet hardware as the “jewelry” of the kitchen or bath.  I just ran across this relatively new line from Notting Hill; it’s beautiful and it serves more of a purpose than opening doors and drawers. From Notting Hill:HOPE BLOSSOM knobs and pulls are elegantly designed and hand-cast of solid fine pewter and […]

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Rug Rules OR, Rugs Rule!

Rugs are like art. They are personal, unique, and their patterns can have fascinating history. I have a brother-in-law from Egypt, and each time he and my sister visit his family there, they bring me back a small rug. Each one is different from the other, and I treasure them as I do my other […]

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The Color Wheel

Isaac Newton invented the color wheel in 1666.  I have had the same color wheel for almost 20 years.  Why get a new one, the information doesn’t change.  I keep it by my desk and read the definitions and study it every so often. Following is a primer on color definitions: Primary Colors:  Red, yellow, […]

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The Woman Cave

We’ve been hearing about the “Man Cave” for years, but not so much about the “Woman Cave”.  I have heard some men say something like “women have the whole house, we only get one room.”  I guess the thought is that women get the kitchen, bathroom, kid’s rooms, and laundry.  Really?  This sign is at a […]

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Jewel Tones

Look through any current home catalog or magazine and you are sure to be almost blinded by the fabulous jewel tones and bright colors.  Optimism is in the air!  Liven up a room with a new rug or accessories, or paint an entire wall in an eye-popping shade.  Here are a few of our favorites for […]

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Dark Shadows

  One of my favorite 2013 palettes from Sherwin Williams is called “Midnight Mystery”, and completely reminds me of Dark Shadows, even though I haven’t seen the movie.  The Sherwin Williams description of the palette reads: “…The colors are moody, the vibe is masculine and the aesthetic is both Victorian and futuristic. Visible mechanicals intrigue us, while […]

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A Gallery for Every Home!

Get some of your favorite photos off your computer and out where they can be seen by turning a wall in your home into an art gallery!  Using a range of sizes, shapes, and frame finishes makes a wonderfully creative statement, and you’ll get lots of practice using a hammer and nails.  Following are some […]

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Designing with Texture

I’m looking through the latest Pottery Barn catalog, and am positively giddy with excitement over all the fabulous textures!  Seagrass, jute rugs, wool rugs, crocheted trims on pillowcases, silk drapes, linen drapes, lovely ruched pillowcases and embroidered pillows, tweed and burlap, fluted glass and iron.  Of course, they need all of these textures because the color schemes are so […]

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