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The Colors of Love

While Valentine’s Day is all about love, flowers and candy (although maybe not necessarily in that order), the promotion that surrounds this day can be a great source of color inspiration.

via magnoliastyles blog

via magnoliastyles blog

Look beyond the usual red and you can find romantic, alluring and feminine color schemes that could be just what you’re looking for.

Think pink, blush, ivory, coral and orange.  All of these hues work well together and can bring a splash of glamour to your bedroom, living room or home office.

The ‘ombre’ cherries shown above were featured in a brochure that I just got in the mail from Shari’s Berries.  My immediate thought was how delicious they look.  Then I thought about how fattening they probably are…but then I thought how cool these colors would look in a room.  I’m talking horizontal stripes painted with yummy shades of calorie-free pink!  I just know some of you would love to do this, so I’ve listed my paint picks at the end of this post.

pink artwork

Other lovely ideas:  Add pinks, corals and reds in a statement art piece, an area rug or a great sofa.

For a playful look, combine contrasting candy-colors such as pink and black.  This. is. bold. But it’s a fun design with tons of energy.  This space really reminds me of an old school box of Good and Plenty…but I love that it has so much personality.

via houzz.com - jamie hernandez, designer

via houzz.com – jamie hernandez, designer

And if an entire room of pink and black is too much for you, just add in a few chic desktop accessories instead.

You can also find storage boxes in a variety of pretty colors {I love these}:

…And I heart this idea:

So, for my adventurous readers who want to try the pink ombre stripes, here are my suggested paint colors from Sherwin-Williams:  Heartfelt, Cheery, Loveable, Alyssum, and a great shade of ivory–Alabaster.

pink paint colors


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Pink and Gray Craft Room

Today’s post tells the story behind one of my recent projects.

craft room design by www.porterhousedesigns.com

Not long ago I had the pleasure of working with Jayme, who lives in the Baltimore area.  She contacted me because she needed help designing a craft room for her two, adorable little girls — Skylar and Hayden.

When I visited Jayme’s home, she showed me a large space that was already dedicated to the girls’ playthings and craft supplies.  But the girls were beginning to outgrow many of their toys, and the space needed storage, organization and a fresh new look.




Jayme wanted the new craft room to have a fun, finished look that the girls could grow with — something that was “more sophisticated than cute.”   She also wanted a space that would allow the girls to do their homework, in addition to crafting and playing. Taking all of that into consideration, I created a DIY Design Plan that included this Design Board and Rendering:

craft room design ideas

craft room rendering by kelly porter

After receiving her plan, Jayme wasted no time with implementing the design.  The result is a craft room that is sophisticated, streamlined and stunning — if I do say so myself.

craft room furniture


pink and gray craft room by kelly porter

The room is very long {over 20 feet} but it is also narrow, so using a vibrant wall color would have overwhelmed the space, especially with the bright overhead lighting.  The solution was to use a subtle color on the walls {Evening Shadow by Sherwin-Williams} and a more savory hue {In the Pink by SW} on the expansive ceiling.  This also brought a fun ‘wow factor’ to the room.  Jayme did a great job of clearing out the space by giving away many of the toys and books.  This made room for two new desks {from IKEA} where the girls can work on projects and do homework.  For the girls’ names above each desk, we used custom vinyl lettering from trendywalldesigns.com.

desk with pink chair

The plan also included dress-up stations.

craft room organization

Design Tip:  Hanging costumes on wall hooks allows for easy access and also adds colorful ‘wall art’ to the space.

dress up area_craft table

The ebony stained desk was the only piece of furniture that stayed in the new craft room.  Jayme bought it from IKEA a while back, and it has held up well.  It’s also long enough so both girls can pull up a chair and work on craft projects together.  And did you notice the paper towel dispenser on the wall?  Jayme’s husband thought of that, and I must admit it was a great idea!

craft room work desk

Storage and organization were also a big part of this design.  The room already had built-in shelves, so it was just a matter of finding containers that would work the best and fit on the shelves.  Jayme decided on the Smart Store totes from containerstore.com.




storage by the container store

We also brought in another great piece from IKEA that provides additional storage for items of different sizes.




IKEA storage

{TROFAST storage from IKEA}

craft room storage

Jayme says that the girls love the new craft room and they are spending a lot of time in their new space…which makes mom and dad very happy.  Now, that’s music to my ears!

craft room by kelly porter

If you have any questions about this design, or if your room needs a new look and you’d like to become a client {eDesign services are available}, contact me at kelly@porterhousedesigns.com.

Yellow and Pink Rooms

yellow and pink office

When it comes yellow and pink rooms, many people limit this color scheme to a baby’s nursery or a girl’s bedroom.  These colors do work very well in those spaces, but yellow and pink is also very grown up, too.  I love the office pictured above {by artisticdesignsforliving.com}.  It’s total adult elegance — as well as being exotic and very chic.

yellow and pink room

{via pinterest.com}

Above is another sophisticated yellow and pink office.  This photo made quite a splash on my facebook page.  The vintage, painted-pink desk has so much character, and the trellis wall pattern adds beaucoup glamour.  Below, lemons and flowers are all the yellow that’s needed to add a spark to this pink and white room.

pink room

{source unknown}

And for an eye-catching twist, pair acid yellow with a deeper berry pink:

pink sofa


Here are a few more savory ideas for ‘grown-up’ yellow and pink spaces:

yellow and pink


pink and yellow color scheme


pink and yellow


pink chairs and yellow


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 wallums.com.}


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:


{source unknown}

{Pinkish-mauve is very chic!  Photo by styleathome.com}

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.

Choosing A Color: Fuchsia

If you love vibrant pink but you’re afraid to use it in your home, this post is for you!

{cre8tivedesign via houzz}

It’s time for you to throw caution to the wind and paint a room fuchsia.  But first, you may need to change your mindset…

{home interior tips}

{niba home}

…Also known as hot pink and magenta, fuchsia is not just for baby girls, little girls or girly girls.  Fuchsia is a glam, sultry and sassy color that is very grown up.

{solid frog}

When decorating with fuchsia, pay close attention to the color’s undertones.  If you want a look that is sugary-sweet and feminine, use a fuchsia that has violet undertones {as in the room shown above}.  For a room that feels chic and sexy, choose a warmer pink with red undertones:


{elle decor}

{elle decor}

And if you want your decor to be bohemian or globally-inspired, choose a fuchsia and orange color scheme.


In countries such as India, Morocco and Mexico, you often see bright pink paired with orange.  It’s a bold color combination but it’s also festive and fun.  Remember, color is a tool.  So, use it to fix that dark, deary room and make it feel more alive.

Click Here to see more globally-inspired color ideas using fuchsia.