Monthly Archives: April 2009

Pretty Paper Lanterns

As April ushers in May, bridal showers, weddings, graduation parties and Mother’s Day celebrations are all on the horizon.



If you’re planning a spring event, paper lanterns offer a beautifully basic way to add a burst of color to your occasion.





Paper lanterns are an affordable and elegant way to add a festive touch to your decor, and they’re available in a wide variety of colors and patterns.  Select your paper lantern first and use that for your design inspiration.











If your event will feature colored lighting or if your space is painted with a great color, white paper lanterns will make a grand statement.





These days, the options for paper lanterns are endless.  I love this red, white and blue trio (below).  July 4th will be here before you know it!



A Colorful Entrance

Thanks to the folks at House Beautiful’s Color Index for mentioning this post on their site!

If you’re looking for a way to spruce up your home this spring, consider painting your doors.



This is a great trick that adds a splash of color to your space — minus all the prep you would need to paint your entire room.



Use a high-gloss paint and an unexpected color.  Adding accessories in the same hue will bring harmony to the room.  Or, if you have a great looking door, let it stand out by not using the same color anywhere else in the space.













Also, since the weather is getting warmer in many places, now is the time to assess your home’s main entrance.  It’s amazing how quickly the sun can fade our home’s exterior paint.  Check and see if your front door {and shutters} needs to be touched up.







If you’re a renter, ask the landlord’s permission to paint your entry door.  Remember, the first impression of your home is made from the outside!

Earth-Friendly Boys Room

In honor of Earth Day, today I’m featuring  a colorful eco-friendly boys room that was designed using natural materials.


This green design includes natural wood furniture and flooring, which was manufactured and installed without harsh glue.  Cork surfaces, breathable fabrics and low-VOC paint are also incorporated in this space.


Eco-friendly certainly doesn’t have to lack style, as this delightful room suggests.  There are many green options that you can easily bring into your home.


Recycled materials, energy-efficient light bulbs and storage baskets made from natural fibers are all small additions that can make a big impact. Click Here for more information and photos of this space.

Purple By Any Other Name

The color purple has long been associated with royalty and spirituality.  In ancient times, purple dye was so difficult to obtain, only the wealthy and powerful wore purple garments.  However, today purple has taken on many other meanings.


The deep plum wall color {} in this room almost appears gray.  With this type of muted purple, you can add gray and shiny silver furnishings, creating a modern feel with an overall sense of harmony.


Lavender, just like the plant of the same name, offers a sense of well-being.  It’s a fun color that is as youthful as it is elegant.  In this space {}, lavender is paired with neutrals to create a bedroom that fits a young or adult guest.


I love the vivid violet wall color in this bedroom {}.  This cooler hue contains more blue than red, just like the deeper tones in the area rug and bed cover.  I think these colors are very majestic.


This living room demonstrates how aubergine fabrics and accessories can add a regal feel to a neutral space {}.  This is always a safe and easy way to add color to your home.  Then, when you’ve got your color confidence, you can paint those walls!