Pretty pink, please

I started my day off with a delightful client meeting. She embraced her own style and wasn’t afraid of color! Her home had loads of character and she had a great eye for one of a kind vintage finds! That’s always a bonus in my world. We got to talking about colors for her home, prints, schemes and all that design “stuff”, which got me thinking about the idea of introducing one colorful upholstered piece into a room. I think pops of color look best balanced with neutrals, and moments of peace, not everything in your design should shout for equal attention.
Come March, I crave the shades of pretty blooms and fresh grass. I definitely think I see a pink upholstered “something” in my near future and hopefully home! I’ve been saving an array of inspirational images this winter….

I helped choose this punchy pink shade with white piping for my friend Sarah, from Lil Hoot blog. (Sarah has fabulous taste! How cute is this photo of her french bulldogs?)

These metal chair’s look fab in pink. Hmm, not sure if that’s an actual shutter but it feels out of place to me!
India Hick’s home
Love the design of Lee’s sofa. Custom, custom indeed.. I also love the idea of an over sized coffee table.

Shades of green

I’ve been running around like cray cray today with a three year old in tow trying to pull some last minute details together for a photo shoot tomorrow. You probably look at the styled glossy magazines and the pretty pinterest shots almost as much as I do. I can tell you first hand it takes a LOT of work to get those perfect pics!
One of the perks of my job is to scan and analyze images almost daily and I’ve been thinking about and dog earring green chairs for years now. I think I’d have to go with Emerald, do you have a favorite? I may be silent tomorrow.. but promise to return Thursday with this week’s favorites post..

Second Image Left: By grantkgibson.com

LBD

or Little Black Desk! Well in this case, not all the desks are “little”, I decided to go with the title anyways. I’m currently eyeing black desks. You can’t really go wrong with a high gloss black finish in almost any piece of furniture or cabinetry. These desks would all steal the show in any room. You can’t drop a ton of money? Look out for vintage desks at flea markets and on the side of the road. A few cans of high gloss paint, work wonders for tired furniture!

I’ve had my eye on this little Regency, bamboo number ever since spying it in Lonny in 2010 (Christina Murphy Designs – image two). Find it here, by Hickory Furniture’s Mark Hampton collection.

Giving Back – After

A couple of weeks ago I posted about an event I took part in to raise money and awareness of the furniture bank for the Mass Coalition for the homeless. Well I’m happy to say it was a great success, we raised $6,000 for the cause and had a great time doing so. My good friend and fellow blogger Danika Herrick of Gorgeous Shiny Things set up an entire room. I chose a vintage piece of furniture from their furniture bank and revamped it for the auction. Here are the before and after shots. A big thank you to Ace Hardware for donating the paint for this project.

BEFORE: A tired Lane Furniture table.

AFTER: I needed to choose a gender neutral shade, so I chose a color from Ace’s: Colors for Your Life paint deck – Shady Lane – A36-6 (semi-gloss finish) but I had them mix it in Ace Hardware’s Clark+Kensington, paint+primer in one line.  I used gold leaf paint on the inside of the handle and leg caps.

“copyright Ace Hardware Corporation 2012”
“copyright Ace Hardware Corporation 2012”
” copyright Ace Hardware Corporation 2012″

The rug is from the Nate Berkus collection for HSN.
The photographs are by Ann-Marie Rollo, see her amazing work here.
Here’s a picture of my friend Danika Herrick from Gorgeous Shiny Things and o’verlays (far left), another designer, Susan Wornick who is a local news anchor and myself (far right) at the event. Dana’s room came out amazing, see it on her blog here. Girlfriend is crazy with a paint brush, I’m not sure where she finds the time to do it all.