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Periwinkle Rocks!

wash post_house calls makeover by kelly porter

Today, The Washington Post published my 4th ‘House Calls’ makeover!  My re-design was for a couple who wanted a comfortable space for reading and entertaining.  And of course, I included a great wall color – a deep, vibrant shade of periwinkle – Gentian by Sherwin-Williams.  This color creates a cozy space without looking dreary and drab.  The white furnishings also help to give the room a light and airy feel.  Here is the ‘before’ photo:

house calls_before photo

What a big difference!

above illustration by Julius Goyanko; photo from thewashingtonpost.com

Amethyst and Gold

purple and gold room


I’m feeling a bit regal today, so I wanted to share a color combo that includes my favorite hue {pale purple} and the most royal of colors — gold.

gold powder room

{a lilac bathroom with gold fixtures via kendallwilkinson.com}

Whether you call it amethyst, lavender or lilac, pale purple captured my heart when I was very young and I haven’t outgrown it.  It is a feminine, magical color that just speaks to me.  So, if you’ve always thought that pale purple was just for little girls, I’d like to change your mind.  This delicate purple actually looks very grown up when paired with neutrals like brown, gray, silver and of course, gold.

bhg lavender beds

{pretty lavender twin beds via bhg.com}

gold tub

{a gold bathtub fit for a queen via caribbeanlivingblog}

living room_tumblr

{a living room with amethyst accents and gilded picture frames via tumblr}

lavender wallpaper in bathroom

{lavender patterned wallpaper with a great gold mirror via decoist.com}

amethyst bedroom

{an amazing amethyst bedroom via designsponge.com}

Each of these rooms has some sort of fantasy element to it.  Don’t you agree?  I think that’s because amethyst is such a day-dreamy color and gold is so ritzy.  When you put the two together, these colors create a look that is filled with endless imagination fit for ‘girls’ of all ages.

Glam Up Your Guest Room

painted stripes |guest room by kelly porter


The holidays are upon us and that means their could be overnight guests in your future.  If you need tips to glam up your guest room, here are five fab ideas:

1.  Add Color.  Give your guest room a fresh coat of paint.  Use a fun color or interesting pattern {stripes, chevron, etc.}.  Your guests will appreciate the time and thought that went into creating a special room for them.

2.  Get An Upholstered Headboard.  If you’re getting a new bed, look for an upholstered headboard.  Not only are they glam but if you’re short on space, this type of headboard can do double duty as a comfy chair.  Upholstered headboards make for terrific reading in bed.

3.  Ornate Organization.  Just in case your guest forgets {or runs out of} bath and beauty items, leave a small collection of toiletries in your guest room.  To keep it glam, put lotion and body wash in glass bottles, place cotton balls in glass dishes, and put travel-size toiletries in stylish boxes.

4.  Don’t Forget Fresh Towels.  Keep a few towels stocked in your guest room.  White towels are classic and very hotel-chic.

5.  Layer The Bed With A Blanket.  Provide your guest with an extra blanket, in case it gets a little chilly at night.

bloomingdales faux fur throw

I’m really loving these faux fur throws which are very hot right now.  They’re super glam, very soft and will add a luxe feel to your guest room.  The blankets shown above are available at bloomingdales.com.

faux fur throw

{a touch of luxe}

Adding those special touches to your guest room is a great way to show your family and friends that they are welcome!

Pretty Purple Centerpiece

I was in the grocery store the other day, as I am quite often — having three teenage boys and all — when a bunch of pretty purple carnations caught my eye.

I rarely see purple carnations in different color tones bunched together like that {unless I’m at the flower wholesaler}, so I grabbed them up and created a simple centerpiece using a $5.00 vase that I found at Marshall’s.

Pale lavender, lilac, aubergine and magenta make a very pretty palette for parties, weddings and showers.  Or, if you love purple, you may just want to buy a bunch of these carnations for yourself.  Note: Flowers are not just for special occasions.

If you can’t find purple carnations, you should be able to special order them at your local grocery store or florist.  You can also purchase them on-line from fiftyflowers.com.

photos by Porter House Designs

Purple Spaces To Swoon Over

I can never let too much time go by before I write a post about purple!

{house of anais}

As many of you know, my favorite colors are lavender, plum and every tint and shade in between.  I’m always looking for a reason to love on purple.

So, to celebrate the design of my new blog header I’m sharing a fun collection of purple spaces.  Purple people, enjoy!





{I’m obsessed with this tile!  Photo by decorativehomeinterior.}