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Make Summer Last With A Pop Of Yellow

If summer is your favorite season you’ve got a little more time to soak up the warmth of the sun’s yellow rays…

…And if yellow if your favorite color, now is the time to add it to your home so that you can enjoy a bit of warm sunshine during those chilly fall and winter days {photo above from olivebranchinteriors}.


Back in January, I wrote a post about Yellow being the color to watch this year.  Yellow was very popular this year — especially as an accent color.  Many people were using yellow for a pop of color rather than to paint an entire room with it, but I love to use it either way.  Yellow makes a home feel casual and comfortable, and it makes us feel cheerful.  What more could you ask for in a color?

{kitchen photo from drastic-plastic}

{I love yellow and navy — a classic color scheme that is always on trend.  Photo by eclecticlivinghome.}

{Stencil your stairs with a vibrant shade of canary yellow!  I love how different patterns were used here.  Photo by houseandhome.}

{Totally glam..and painting a mirror frame is very easy!  Photo from houseandhome}

Color To Watch In 2012: Yellow

If last year’s color sightings are any indication, 2012 could be a huge year for yellow.


This radiant color has already graced the cover of  House Beautiful’s February 2012 issue.  That’s a prime example of how home design often follows fashion:

{the fashion spot}

Yellow was spotted all over the runway during New York Fashion Week back in September, and this sun-drenched hue quickly moved into celebrity wardrobes…


…Including the closet of Malia Obama, who is becoming quite the tastemaker herself.  She wore this gorgeous yellow, satin dress to the Christmas In Washington event.

Yellow has the amazing ability to add sunshine where there is none…


{michelle hinkley via houzz}

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…And it makes a sunny space feel even warmer and more inviting.

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Yellow also represents the first flowers of spring.

{My spring daffodil centerpiece}

And yellow shines on swank accessories of all kinds.


{lamps plus}

{decor universe}

{style intel}

Are you warming up to yellow?  If so, you can learn more about how to pick the right yellow in my featured Ideabook over at Houzz.com.  Enjoy!

Online Design: California Dreamin’

I recently finished an Online Design project for Annette, who lives in southern California.  I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to design four rooms in her home, which was a blast because Annette is definitely not afraid of color and she already had great furniture pieces.  For your inspiration, I’m sharing two of the projects in this post.

In the family room, we did a ‘Palm Springs Chic’ design with cheery yellow and gorgeous green wall colors {June Day and Picnic, both by Sherwin Williams}.  The look also included fun, retro accessories — some of them from Jonathan Adler.

For her master bedroom, Annette wanted a glam look that included turquoise with a splash of jewel tones.  The design included a turquoise ceiling {Belize by SW}, gray walls {Functional Gray by SW} and pops of red.  Below is my computer rendering of the space:

When I last heard from Annette she was in the process of painting her home, although the bedroom is already done.  She says that she and her husband are really enjoying the turquoise ceiling!  I hope to have photos to share with you soon.

Design Boards and Rendering by Kelly Porter of Porter House Designs
View more Design Boards HERE.

Spring Centerpiece: Jellybean Tower

If you’re looking for a candy centerpiece idea, this Jellybean Tower will add a little vintage sparkle and warm colors to your table.

The photo below shows you all of the parts to this centerpiece:  three vintage, glass candy dishes {one of my new favorite accessories} and three glass votive holders.

You can find vintage candy dishes at just about any thrift store or antique store.  I bought these at a thrift store for only $2.00 each.  The glass votive holders are available just about anywhere — the grocery store, craft store or Wal-Mart.  As you can see, I filled two of them with jellybeans and used one as a vase for the ranunculus.  These flowers are brilliantly colored and have tons of petals that actually look like paper.  Very pretty!

The final step is to stack each part on top of the other beginning with a candy dish and ending with the flowers.  Add extra jellybeans in the top dish {optional}, and you’re done!  Needless to say you can use any color of jellybeans you wish.  I wanted warm hues, hence the yellow and orange.

The great thing about using clear glass items is that they become whatever color you want them to be just by what you put in them.  So don’t ignore a pretty glass container even if you want something colorful.

One other point — this tower is best suited for adult gatherings.  Unless you glue all of the parts together, the display can topple over so use your discretion when children are around.  I’m pleased with how this centerpiece turned out and I’m sure it will make for a fun dinner conversation.

Design and photos by Kelly Porter of Porter House Designs

Color Scheme: Yellow And Brown

This photo recently appeared on the cover of The Washington Post.

This amazing 300 acre sunflower field is located just north of Baltimore on Clear Meadow Farm. It’s quite an image, and it inspired this post on Yellow and Brown spaces.


A Yellow and Brown color scheme has a definite, casual, retro vibe {think harvest-yellow appliances and dark brown paneling of the ’60’s and ’70’s}.  However, this color scheme can also be very elegant.

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