Category Archives: Accessories

I Heart Pink

Today I’m cheating on my favorite color — purple — to love on pink.  I’m attracted to pink because it kind of has a split personality… just like many of us creative types.  It is both innocent and sexy; childish and sophisticated.  {The photo above features a decal from}


Soft pinks make a room feel romantic and formal while vibrant pinks work perfectly in girls’ bedrooms — especially when used with green and/or blue.


Pink and white together look classic and elegant, and it’s another great color duo for a girl’s room because your daughter can grow with it:

{little maison}

Adding pink to your color scheme will always add an interesting spark to your space, especially when it’s used outside of the bedroom which is very unexpected:


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{Pinkish-mauve is very chic!  Photo by}

Other cool combos to try are Pink and Orange for a global glam look…


  …and Pink and Brown for a retro feel.


I believe that pink is meant to be used in creative ways, so whether you paint a room pink or only use pink accessories, be bold and make it fun.

It’s Time To Change Accent Colors

There are just some things you can’t change about your home, but color is not one of them.

I change my home’s colors all the time — to the dismay of my husband.  He says that as soon as he gets used to the latest colors, I change them again.  So, what’s new at my house?  Teal, turquoise and a refreshing mix of warm greens.

Painting is a very easy way to transform the look of a room, but adding or changing a room’s accent colors is even easier.  Let’s face it.  Once you take the time to paint a room {especially a large room or open space}, you may not want to paint it again.  It’s much more efficient to change your accessories, which is what I’ve done in my family room.

{a corner view of my family room}

It’s a two-story room that opens to the upstairs and the foyer.  We painted the space about ten years ago and I still love the amber wall color.  I was just tired of the rusty-red accents.  So, for the room’s mini-transformation, I started with fabric.  I found an amazing, velvet and silk retro pattern that I used for color inspiration.  The fabric vibes perfectly with the style of my home, which is a marriage of Spanish traditional and modern.

{my inspiration fabric}

I used the fabric to re-cover four throw pillows.  I also used those gorgeous warm blues and greens to customize my existing wall clock:

I mixed acrylic paints to get four different shades of green and a rich teal.  Then I painted the clock’s numerals and hands.

I also had fun rounding up accessories that fit into my new color scheme.

{I purchased these glass vases at Marshall’s.}

{This glass bowl is from HomeGoods.  I love how it sparkles in the sunlight!}

Below are my thrift store finds from the Salvation Army.  This is one of two lamps that I bought about a year ago but they needed new shades, so they sat in storage for a while.  I finally found a perfect pair of silk shades at, and I added turquoise finials that I got from Pier 1.

{The ceramic vase, also from SA, was a real bargain.  I think it cost about $4.00.}

{I found these turquoise tassels at a local fabric store.}

I’m still working on some finishing touches in my family room, so when they’re done I’ll post more pictures.  In the meantime, I hope you’ve been inspired to change your colors.  Doing so will bring a fresh look and new energy to your home.

I took all of these photos with my iPhone via Instagram — my favorite app these days.

Inspired By Olympic Gold {and Gabby Douglas}

As the 2012 Summer Olympics begin to wind down, I have been truly inspired by all of the amazing athletes from around the world.

Being a proud American, I am especially thrilled for Team USA!  They have won over 40 Gold medals and 90+ overall!  So, being the design/color blogger that I am, I couldn’t resist featuring a few golden ideas for your home —  and I have a special shout-out to gymnast Gabby Douglas after the pictures:


{architectural digest}

Gold accessories and accent furniture pieces work well with any color scheme.



Now to my shout-out:

I’m proud join a group of fellow bloggers who are posting, tweeting and pinning our love for Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas.  In this year’s games, Gabby has won two gold medals in both the team and individual all-around competitions.  She is the first American gymnast to do this at the same Olympics.  Gabby is also the first African-American gymnast to become the individual all-around champion.  That inspires me.

I wish I had embodied Gabby’s courage and perseverance when I was a young, aspiring gymnast many moons ago.  I was actually pretty good…but I wasn’t confident enough to believe that I could be great.  Gabby knew she could be great even when she looked around and rarely saw other gymnasts who looked like her.

So, congratulations to Gabby Douglas – America’s Golden Girl and a true inspiration!

Something Blue

It’s been a hot summer, so what better way to cool down than with a heavy mix of blue!

In my last post, I shared the Master The Mix sale at One Kings Lane.  This amazing sale offers a variety of colorful accessories and furniture pieces at marked down prices.  If you haven’t checked it out yet there’s still time — but hurry because the sale ends in less than 24 hours!  And if you’re craving something blue, the items shown above are still available as of today.  Each of these pieces can mix-in well with any decorating style and add a refreshing pop of color to your home:

  1. Colburt Wood Lounge Chair
  2. Henri Matisse, Blue Nude Print
  3. Egg Shell Side Table and Pool Vase {sold separately}
  4. Pinwheel Embroidered Pillow
  5. 4×6 Pierced Frame
  6. Low 4-door Sideboard
  7. Moroccan Pouf

I don’t know about you, but shopping a flash sale gives me goose bumps!  The hardest part is making a decision because I always find so many things that I love…I’m sure you will, too!

Thank you, One Kings Lane for sponsoring this post!

Mix It Up At One Kings Lane

We’re living in an on-line design world, thanks to the internet and social media which have completely changed how we look for inspiration and shop for our homes.

I always turn to my go-to websites when sourcing items for clients — especially when I’m working on eDesign projects.  One of my favorite flash-sales sites is One Kings Lane, so I was excited when they asked me to share the details of their latest sale, Master The Mix.  Here are some of the items I’m craving from the decorative accessories group:

I have to say that I’m a big fan of those covered, printed jars — so much that I bought a couple for myself:

I have a tiered shelf just to the right of my front door, and I’m always switching out the accessories.  My new 12-inch printed, red and pink jars look perfect mixed in with the ceramic horses {and they were only $25 each!}.  Accessorizing is all about mixing colors, styles and sizes, and bringing in new items to keep things looking fresh.

The printed jars are also available in two other sizes and you can get them during the Master The Mix sale going on now at One Kings Lane — but hurry!  This sale only lasts for a couple more days!  If you’re not already a member, it’s very easy to join and you’ll be happy you did.  There’s so much to choose from and the prices are always marked down.  Have fun shopping!

Thanks to One Kings Lane for sponsoring this post.