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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.

Sizzling Summer Giveaway!


I’m so excited to announce a colorful summer giveaway, and it’s pretty hot!

For this giveaway, I’ve teamed-up with Blissliving Home, the super-stylish lifestyle brand that’s all about ‘modern design with a global influence.’  Established in 2007 by Creator & CEO Mei Xu, Blissliving Home has become a trendsetter in the home lifestyle industry, and they are leading the way in the red-hot global design trend.  I love how their products emphasize bold patterns and vivid colors, especially the pillows…and one lucky winner will get two pretty pillows in this giveaway!

The 12″ x 12″ turquoise Mallory pillow has a classic flower embroidery and feather down insert.

The 12″ x 20″ pink and green Garden pillow is trimmed in both linen and satin, and also has a feather down insert.  This pillow reverses to a solid berry pink.

The winner will receive both pillows!

Here’s how to enter: Go to Blissliving and take a look at their products {you’ll find gorgeous bedding, bath and home decor items; the Fall 2010 catalog is amazing!}.  Then, come back here and leave a comment on this post about any item you liked.

Additional Entry – Join Color Sizzle with Google Friend Connect {see the left sidebar}.  Then, leave a second comment stating that you have done this.  If you already joined previous to this giveaway, your second comment should state that you’ve already joined the ‘Colorful People.’

Each entry needs its own comment! Please note there may be a time-delay in seeing your posted comments.

Hurry! Contest ends Friday, July 23 at 12:00 noon, EST. The winner will be chosen using Winner will be announced July 24 in a post on this blog.  The winner will have 72 hours to respond, but if fails to do so, a new winner will be selected.

Important:  You must be at least 18 years-old to be eligible for this prize.  This contest is open to addresses in the USA.

{Some of my favorite things from Blissliving Home}:

Colorful Catalogs

Today is my birthday and the mailman brought me a bunch of catalogs.


After I got over the fact that I didn’t get that million dollar check in the mail, I figured I might as well flip through the catalogs to compare hot new items and look for color themes.  Here are my picks:

Williams Sonoma Home:


I love the delicate patterns of these colorful throw pillows.  After a long, cold winter {like the one we’re having on the East Coast}, these pillows will be just the thing to usher in the spring.



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This year, CB2 is featuring items in fun, bright colors such as this lemongrass sofa {above}.  In line with the current trend, the catalog showcases contemporary hues along with gray, black and white.

gion bedding

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Love this chest!  That gorgeous blue is somewhere in between turquoise and peacock blue.  I’m actually thinking about painting my front door this color.  Below is a chair and pillows in the prettiest of patterns.

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West Elm:


I love West Elm for their budget-friendly, casual seating.  These ‘scoop-back’ chairs {above} are no exception, and why choose just one?  2010 will be all about mixing and matching, so select one of each and place them around your dining table.

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Here is another great chair that can double-duty as a dining chair and accent chair.  CB2 calls this color persimmon — which is really a variation of coral — which you’ll also see described as mango this year.  I’m really loving this color right now.

If these featured items are any indication of what’s to come, this will be a year of bountiful color {and way more catalogs}!

Color That Sticks

I’m just back from a trip to Iowa — a state I never thought I’d have a reason to visit…


That is, until my sons qualified for the AAU Junior Olympics which were held in Des Moines this summer.   So off we went, driving almost half-way across the country in the Suburban.


During our stay, while enjoying some free time, I stumbled upon one the most colorfully amazing stores I’d ever seen — Sticks. Maybe you’ve heard of it.  The company was started in 1992 by Iowa artist Sarah Grant.


Sticks now employs over 100 people, including 30 painters who work in the company’s Des Moines studio creating the distinctive whimsical, colorful furniture pieces and accessories that the company is now known for.


At the Sticks store, color and art literally greet you right at the front doors:




Several of the company’s painters contributed to the store’s exterior art.  Amazing!


Aside from carrying their own pieces, the Sticks store also sells items from outside artists.



Luckily, you don’t have to travel to Iowa to purchase items made by Sticks.  They sell their wares in furniture stores and boutiques across the country, and soon you’ll be able to purchase their items via the company’s website.


It was so refreshing to have spent a little time in a beautiful store that embraces bold color combinations and a mix-n-match style.  That’s definitely the Color Sizzle way!

A big thanks to Sarah and Dee at the store!
All photos were taken at the Sticks store, located at 5525 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA.  Visit the Sticks website to find a store/vendor nearest you.