5 Best Ideas for Using Pantone's Color of the Year in Your Home

It’s always exciting when Pantone announces its Color of the Year! If you look in design magazines and in retail settings, you see the color trend popping up everywhere. So let’s take a look at the Color of the Year for 2017

I, for one, am excited about the color choice. Interestingly, I’ve also learned that this color appeared at times of major cultural shifts, including the suffrage movement and flapper era of the 1920s and the war and racial justice protest movements and psychedelia of the '60s and '70s. According to an AP article, Greenery is in contrast to the 2016 soft, serenity-inducing dual choices of Rose Quartz and Serenity. Here are 5 ways to use this “fresh and zesty” color — aptly named Greenery.

Bathe your walls in it, and hang colorful, energetic artwork against it. 

Choose small but impactful amounts, like a side table or an accessory. 

Pair it with black for an unstoppably gorgeous duo. 

Experiment with a variety of shades — and bring it even more to life by including actual greenery!

Freshen up a small bathroom and make it feel airy and bright.

"It's been there during times of bold change, when people are exploring," says Laurie Pressman, Pantone’s vice president.

So where and how will you incorporate Greenery in YOUR home?



Top 5 Tips for Sleep-Inducing Beds

We’ve got a little ways to go before we’ll be welcoming the exciting onset of spring. So this is a great time to snuggle up in bed and perfect the art of slumber. Days are still short, the nights are still long — and for most of us, it’s cold out there! Let’s take a moment to celebrate sleep with some tips for setting the stage for a good winter’s rest. 

1. Start by selecting the right pillows sizes and fills. Whether you want twin or king, fluffy or firm is a personal preference, but there is no substitute for quality. And of course avoid anything that might trigger allergies!

2. Once you find your soulmate in a pillow, go for the best linens you can afford. Don’t settle for disposable sheets that need replacing within a year or two. Linen companies, like Leontine and Matouk, are a great place to begin. They are industry leaders in the linen world, and there is nothing like cozying up to their products.

3. When it comes blankets, duvets, quilts and coverlets, make sure you have a variety on hand to fit your hot or cold nature. Plus, when you host your guests, you’ll want to make sure you have what you need to ensure they are comfortable and feeling pampered. 

4. In addition to heavier blankets, you’ll want to have a few light cotton blankets for summer slumber. 

5. And, finally, for the all-important mattress. It’s so important to do your research and purchase the best mattress for you body type. And you must test them! Never buy a mattress you haven’t tried out. Years ago, I made the switch to an amazing mattress, and it made all the difference in my sleep, mood, and energy.

Wishing you many nights of wonderful winter rest — and all of the quality accessories that help you feel cozy and peaceful.



Step It Up

Most homes built today have more than one story.  I also believe that stairs help tell a story within the home. So let’s look at a few ways that you can “step up” your game with gorgeous takes on the staircase while setting the stage for the story YOU want to tell in your home. 

For starters, think about how you can make a statement with the banister. Go for something original and thought-provoking to tell a story of ingenuity. 

Runners look gorgeous while protecting your stairs and also weave a tale of sophistication and attention to detail.

Fronts of steps are an empty canvas — getting creative with them shares a story about artistry and vision.

Using that empty space underneath the stairs for something fantastic (like clever storage) tells a tale of efficiency and organization.

And you thought stairs were a just a means of access! Imagine all of the options before you as you re-think the space that connects one floor to the next, and be sure to see my Step Up Pinterest board for more clever ideas!



Fashion Report

If you know my work well, you know that I love to find inspiration in the fashion world. There is so much to pull from whether it’s color, texture, material, trend or motif. Today let’s look at a selection of gorgeous dresses, which will have you contemplating a fancy night out AND some gorgeous ways to class up your home. 

The colors I see coming online in a big way in 2017 are teals and purples — worn beautifully here in this Alberta Ferretti dress. Beauty for the body and the home!

Texture in fashion translates perfectly to the home. The 3D effect you see here will be seen in the home on pillows, lampshades, and upholstery. 

In 2017, I believe we’ll see more structure to fashion (perhaps even with a subtle harkening back to the ‘80s). We'll see this in shape and form for the home, too, with broader backs to sofas and chairs, for examples.

In the materials category, look for more faux fur to come home again. It’s about feeling and looking opulent without breaking the bank.

How about your own wardrobe? How might you find inspiration for the home in your own personal apparel style? You can also check out my Haute Couture board on Pinterest for more fashion-forward ideas!




4 Ways to Hit the Green Scene

It’s no surprise that Greenery was named Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2017. Green is America's second-favorite color, and the color of hope and nature, perfect for this time of year. We’ll take a look specifically at Greenery next month, but this month I want to look at that entire family of cool and calm colors.

Green can be the perfect color to inject into your interiors or exteriors. Here are some examples from my Instagram to give you a few inspiring design directions when incorporating green into your home.

1. Images of nature:

It’s hard to go wrong when you go green. For more fabulous ideas, see my Pinterest board Emerald City! And stay tuned for a blog post next month on Pantone’s Greenery!



Top 5 Front Door Colors

Your front door offers a great opportunity for eye-catching curb appeal — plus, it’s how you welcome guests into your home. The color you give your door says a lot about your home and its personality. By making a bold statement, your front door can completely transform your facade, simply and stunningly.

Today I want to share my top five door colors. Take a look and see if any of my top five are on your list as well.

1. Confident, ravishing red.  

Are you contemplating a new look for your home entrance? I hope these ideas fulfill your front door fancy! Find even more fabulous front doors on my Knock Knock Pinterest board here!



Winter Whites

January is the traditional month for "white sales" and for good reason. With winter all around us and images of pristine snow on our minds, this is a great time of year to embrace the clean beauty and easy workability of winter whites. 

One of the easiest places to work with white is in the bedroom. What says luxury and a great night’s sleep more than plush, winter-white bedding? I designed this bedroom to offer a great contrast between dark and light, curve and corner, and it creates a dreamy space for my clients.

Often, it’s tempting to bathe walls in deep, rich colors, but sometimes the perfect shade of white is all you need to let the features of a special space sing, like in this hallway in one of my projects. The white is bordered nicely with dark wood and stone.

My last portfolio image features more of the fantastic architectural details that make my job much more play than work. Sprawling windows let in a beautiful flood of light — the perfect reason to let the space be awash in white. I made one exception: a few accents in a jewel-tone blue so that both colors would be more vibrant in combination. When working with white, one easy pop of color brings a lot of life and energy to the room.

I hope this post gives you some inspiration to dress your room in a wonderful, winter white!




New Year, New Outlook

It's time to review the past year and look forward to the excitement and mystery of a new year ahead. I am a firm believer that outlook is everything. When life throws us unexpected turns — whether they are challenges or opportunities — how we choose to handle it greatly affects our ability to overcome hurdles and take full advantage of positive new directions that have come our way.

January 1 is not just the first day of the new year. It’s the first day of the rest of your life, just as this photo reminds us. Take some time to think about what you want in 2017 and what steps you can take to surround yourself with the people, resources and support to make your dreams come true.

As we move through each day, managing our work, our families and our many responsibilities, it’s easy for the days to feel long. But a string of long days leads to years that can feel all too short and too fast. Don’t think the old saying is just a cliche; it truly is so important to live in the moment each day as much as we can. That is my New Year’s wish for each and every one of you.




The Gift of Rest

It is so important to get a lot of rest, especially around the holidays. We know it’s true, but most of us aren’t so good at taking heed. Let the season inspire you to catch up on some zzzz’s. It’s a great time of year to hibernate, so here are a few bedroom designs to inspire much need rest and relaxation!

First, a sophisticated retreat like the one I designed above will beckon you to snuggle up with luxurious linens and cozy down comforters — while surrounded by restful grays, golds, and browns.

Next, go for layered luxury. This bedroom I designed is colorful yet cozy, bright yet bedtime-friendly. 


Don’t forget how important it is to give your guests a fun and inviting place to rest as well. These guest quarters from Century have a touch of Americana — and goodness knows we Americans need to focus on getting more sleep each week!

Finally, who can resist a quiet respite complete with calming colors, just the right amount of light and a lovely area rug to warm things up? I designed this restful retreat for my clients to give them an oasis from their hectic world!

Wishing you the happiest of holidays and the most restorative of rests this season!




4 Smart Tips for Using Art

Art is such a fun accessory to work with. So many different styles, so many ways to express your personal taste. When you come home with a great art find, the next big question is “Where and how should I display this new, cool piece?” Today I want to give you a few options to consider — whether you’re planning on doing some art shopping or simply want to reorganize the pieces you currently have on display.

1. Layer it. Don't be afraid to place one piece of art in front of another, as shown above, especially if they complement each other.

2. Create a coordinated gallery. Art looks fabulous hung in a group, especially if each item is designed to work together. This is a great way to use smaller pieces to fill a larger space.

3. Use art as inspiration. If you’re in love with a specific piece, let it determine the palette for the entire room.

4. Create harmony. Use one large anchor piece and supporting smaller items to create a harmonious look around an entire room. This style works great with a collection of artwork that is created by the same artist or feels like it belongs in the same “family.”

The art we choose to live with each day says a lot about who we are and our individual style. Take time to make your selection — and to consider how to best display your most prized designs.




4 Ways to Live Lodge


This is the perfect year for ski vacations and mountain excursions. There’s nothing quite like the warmth and comfort of a gorgeous cabin beckoning you inside after an exhilarating day in the snow.

Who doesn’t love the look and feel of a lodge? Here are four ways to get the lodge look in your home this winter — with a few pictures of my project in Telluride!

1. Go natural. Use a balance of stone and wood to bring the outdoors in — a combination that works anytime, anywhere.