Category Archives: Fall Decorating

Photography and Fall Colors

Today I’m featuring pictures that were taken by my terrific twin teenagers.

our street, USA (Nicholson)

My sons, Nicholson (Nick) and Tyson, have become very talented iPhone photographers. So, of course I want to encourage their artistic side.  I thought, what better way to showcase the colors and beauty of fall than to use their photos.  And you can find my Autumn Paint Picks at the end of this post .

leaves and stone (Tyson)

sky fall (Tyson)

the statue at my school (Nicholson)

flame (hmm…not sure who took this one)

Nicholson and Tyson have a birthday in November.  They are my fall babies, so maybe that explains their fascination with this time of year.  They’re great, smart kids and I’m very proud of them!

Tyson and Nick – schoolin’

Nick and Tyson – coolin’

And here are my Awesome Autumn Paint Picks for 2013.  Enjoy!

In Season: Orange and Brown

both photos from museinteriors.net

Are you enjoying this fall weather as much as I am?  If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then you know I love, love, love fall, and this time of year I usually dedicate a post to orange and brown (a la pumpkin and pinecone).

houzz

Orange and brown together are so inviting, and they can make any room feel cozy — even with the addition of cooler colors, such as blue.

Orange and brown feel especially right during the fall months, but these colors look and feel comfortable all year long.

linda woodrum

decorpad

decorpad

How will you use orange and brown this fall?

Online Design: Fall Colors

Many people ask me how my Online Color service works…and if it even works at all.  Well, I’m always happy to explain the process and say, “Yep, it really works!”

To see how it all comes together, take a look at this color design that I created for Angela, who lives in Pittsburgh (250 miles from me).  This project is also very timely, because it includes a fabulous fall color scheme.

Angela contacted me because she was having difficulty choosing paint colors for the main floor of her home.  She had already worked with a local designer, who helped her select fabrics, but Angela wasn’t too happy with the color advice she was getting.  The designer was suggesting pale, neutral paint colors but Angela wanted hues that were a bit more adventurous.

Angela sent me a photo of her fabric selections

Angela sent me photos of her home and fabrics, and she completed an online design questionnaire. We also had a phone consultation — a very important step in the process because listening to my clients is huge for me.  I want to hear my clients explain what they envision for their space.  If I can’t physically be in the room, then careful listening is a must. I pick up so much just by hearing someone’s tone and the words they use.  Most people give me a short story, which can be very informative.  In turn, I want them to know that they are working with real person.

BEFORE: a very pretty sunroom but the walls were missing something…

BEFORE: a kitchen in need of warmth

BEFORE: In the foyer, Angela sampled colors that turned out too dark.

In Angela’s home,  the sunroom, kitchen and family room are all open to each other, but using just one color for the entire area would have been not-so-adventurous.  So, I pulled two colors from the fabric; making sure the hues were somewhat muted so the space wouldn’t feel overwhelming.  Here’s the original plan:

plan for open area (colors by Sherwin-Williams)

Using paint colors along with ‘lively’ fabrics can be challenging.  The trick is to paint the walls with colors that are not too dull or too overpowering.

For the foyer I selected a warm gray, and I chose chocolate brown for an optional accent wall:

colors for the foyer, hall and stairway

Angela was happy with the color scheme, but she was also a little hesitant — which is normal, especially with people who are going from white walls to multiple colors.  After testing paint samples and trading a few more emails with me,  Angela decided to go for it. But she made one change:  she used Anjou Pear in the family room instead of the sunroom. Here are some AFTER photos:

a more inviting kitchen

family room and sunroom

just the right shade of gray in the foyer

Angela was patient with the process and as a result, she and her family are loving their ‘warm and inviting’ fall colors.  That’s how Online Design works.  If you’d like to know how it can work for you, send me an email at kelly@porterhousedesigns.com.

Fall Color Scheme: Orange and Brown

Fall is my favorite season and I’m always inspired by the beautiful, warm colors that emerge this time of year.  I especially love the color combo of orange and brown.

{the lennoxx}

Yesterday, I took this photo of my front yard:

This is ‘peak week’ in my area — a time when the fall colors are at their best.  But today, the DC – Baltimore area is also awaiting the landfall of Hurricane Sandy.  This storm is expected to blow through, cause wide-spread damage, and take the fall colors with it when it leaves.  I’m praying it won’t be as bad as some are saying, but we are preparing, nonetheless.  If you’re in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast corridor, be safe!

I hope the rest of you will have the chance to get out and enjoy the fall colors in your area this week.  And, no matter where you live, if you love warm colors and want to try an orange and brown color scheme at home, here are some very pretty ideas:

 

{the lennoxx}

{enchanted home}

{bedroom shown above from hisugarplum.com}

{juxtapost}

{kathrynbechenick}

{hi sugarplum}

{pinterest}

{cool interiors}

Add Silver To Your Fall Decor

Today I’m sharing a very quick and easy way to add a little glitz and glam to your fall decor.

 I love decorating with warm autumn hues but I also enjoy adding a pop of unexpected color.  Metallics are very hot right now, so I used this canister {from HomeGoods} as inspiration for silver centerpiece ideas:

With just a little silver spray paint, you can turn ordinary fall items into something special.

Here’s a snapshot of my work in progress:

The best spray paint for the job is Krylon’s Premium Chrome.  This paint also comes in 18kt. gold and it really does look like metal when it dries.

Metallic spray paint is a very simple way to shimmer-up your fall decor.  So, what will you turn to silver?