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Easy Holiday Centerpiece

With the holidays right around the corner, I wanted to share an easy centerpiece idea.

holiday centerpiece_porter

All you need is a bunch of tulips and holly sprigs, both of which you can get from your local grocery store this time of year.  For my centerpiece, I clipped the holly from shrubs in my yard.  But you can use any greenery that has a rich shade of emerald.

holiday tulips centerpiece

Typically, yellow is not a color one would associate with the holidays, so that’s what really makes this centerpiece unique.  The bright hue also contrasts against the dark green leaves, creating an eye-catching arrangement.

holiday yellow tulips

Considering the days are getting shorter, we could all use a little more sunny yellow in our lives this season.  Flowers do the trick (easily)!

Design Plan: Yellow and Gray

computer rendering by kporter

I recently created a DIY Design Plan for a young couple in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC.  If you live in the metro area, you know that this and other areas of the city are experiencing a real estate boom.  Developers are renovating and rebuilding old row houses, and new restaurants and shops are popping up everywhere.  It’s a great time to be a resident here — and it’s very exciting when I can help my DC clients add color and personality to their new homes.



In this post, I’m featuring part of a Design Plan that I designed for my Columbia Heights clients.  Their home is a rebuilt, two-story loft style condo.  My clients wanted modern furniture, contemporary gray tones and pops of vibrant colors.  Here are a couple of the design boards that I created:

yellow and gray design board


design board2

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I hope to post “After” photos sometime soon!  A few notable items in this plan are:

Pocket White Extension Table from cb2.com {perfect for a small space, but it extends to accomodate extra guests}

Gerber Storage Ottoman from target.com

Clark sofa from roomandboard.com

Carpet Tiles from flor.com

If you need design help and would like to learn more about my DIY Design Plans, email 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


C’mon Get Happy {With Yellow}

yellow headboard

It never fails.  This time of year, I start dreaming of yellow.  Don’t get me wrong.  I actually like winter {minus the short days}.  I love snow and I enjoy snuggling up by the fire, but I also look forward to the first signs of spring which always come in the form of yellow — early spring flowers and more sunlight.  So, whether it’s a room with yellow paint, fabric, or accessories just seeing a touch of this cheerful color can help bring spring a little closer…and add some happy to your home.  Photo from susanisaacsre.com.

yellow bathroom


yellow stylesdecor


yellow shelves


yellow dresser


yellow room stylesdecor2


yellow sofa




Online Design: Working With Yellow Walls

yellow walls design board by kelly porter

If you’ve ever bought a new home or remodeled one, then you may have had this dilemma:

  • You have no furniture for the room, so you decide to paint first.
  • You select a great color and have the room painted.
  • You love the color, but now you’re stuck…
  • You don’t know what furniture pieces to get, and you don’t want to make a mistake.

Sound familiar?  This is exactly what happened with one of my recent clients Vendell, who lives in Detroit.  When she contacted me, she had just painted her living room/dining room with Melted Butter by Behr, a warm, welcoming and vibrant shade of yellow.  Vendell’s home is older and has tons of character, but she wanted a more contemporary look that would fit her young family.  This post features the DIY Design Plan that I created for her.

color scheme by kelly porter


Aside from glam gray, black and white, this design also introduces green, which is a color that Vendell likes when it’s paired with yellow.  The Chester Sofa is from westelm.com, the Bailey Chairs are from zgallerie.com, and the Aggie Beaded Lamps are from homedecorators.com.


Vendell also wanted ideas for accessories.  Among the ideas shown above, I suggested that she purchase dinner and salad plates from the Labyrinth dinnerware collection to hang as a group in the dining room.

living rm

{this is now a room with a plan!}

Vendell was so excited about her DIY Design Plan but she was even more relieved to finally have a starting point and strategy.  If your room needs fresh colors or a new look for the new year, email me at kelly@porterhousedesigns.com to find out how I can help!