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Feeling like you need to update some of your old accessories lately?  Pillow are a great (and affordable) place to start!  Check out these delicious grey pillows for some inspiration.

Source: Belle Epoque “Flower Wave”

Source: Belle Epoque “Mongolian Fur”

Source: Design Accents “Blossom”

Source: Design Accents “Circles”

Source: Nourison “Diagonal”

Source: Nourison “Embellished”

Source: Nourison “Luminescense”

Source: Nourison “Luminescense”

Source: Nourison “Luminescense”

Which one is your favorite?

Need help finding your perfect accessory?  Contact me!

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Source: Real Simple

Ahh I love fall time!  There is just something about the crisp morning air and the warm colors on the trees that just gets me, and I know I’m not alone here.  The leaves changing start to bring about the feeling of coziness that has been missing all summer.

Fall inspired color schemes are really starting to pop up everywhere!  Some colors with that “fall vibe” are coppery reds, pumpkins, burnt yellows, forest greens, and chocolaty browns.  If selecting a paint or accent color from these, be aware of the feeling you are trying to create…

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Design Seeds

Red can be a strong color that evokes energy, but with such a wide range of tones (from cherry, to crimson, to wine) there are lots of options to incorporate the color into any space.   There are tones that you can even be comfortable with year-round.

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A burnt Orange can be warming but a more vibrant shade can be super modern and lively.

Source: BHG

Forest Green is a great way to create an outdoorsy feeling and if accented with other warm fall color will create a “homey” feel as well.

Design by Lauren Racowsky

If a more neutral color is desired for a main color, warm or rich brown will evoke a natural feel of wood or stone.

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A strong note I will make is, do not feel obligated to use all these wonderful fall colors in only one space; Doing this will actually feel very chaotic.  There is a 3 color max rule for interior design and yes, this includes your neutral!

Source: Country Living

A way to incorporate these colors is to use them throughout the whole house or floor , and to add hints of the color in accents to create a smooth transition between rooms.  Adding pillows on the sofa and candles on the fireplace mantle, and then artwork on the dining room wall, and a rug in another room is how to create flow in color.

Source: BHG

I hope this guide helps you to create the feeling of whichever aspect of fall you are trying to evoke in your home, whether it be the falling leaves, a forest stroll, or a harvest celebration.

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So what is your favorite time of year?  Does it inspire your color palette?

If you need help defining the color scheme in your own home, contact me!

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If I worked out, I would buy these!

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Designed by Jamie Laubhan-Oliver

In all honestly, being such a huge animal lover I find taxidermy a little freaky and slightly disturbing.  Sure, hanging trophies on walls is seen as decorative and definitely can create the much loved “lodge” look, but I just cannot condone it.  Here are some fun and funky alternatives to the real thing that you can actually feel good (and stylish) about!

Source: West Elm and Anthropologie

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Source: Charles Luck Stone Center

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Designed by Becky Harris

How cute are these?  They come in different animals and colors!

Source: Biofires

So are you a fan of taxidermy?

If you need help finding your own unique piece, contact me!

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Black is a color that just never seems to go out of style.  Just like that “little black dress” that has been in your closet forever and can be worn for any occasion, black in interiors can feel timeless, classic, or a little bit daring.

Source: Horchow

Source: HGTV

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Whether you add black as a dramatic paint color or infuse it in accents, you are sure to have an elegant and timeless product!

Source: Benjamin Moore

Source: Martha Stewart

What do you think?  Timeless or not?

Need help using black in your space?  Contact me!

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When it comes time for you to select a countertop and eventually a backsplash for your kitchen, there are several things you need to consider before committing!

Source: BHG

Most people love the look of a granite countertop and real estate agents will argue that they increase the resale value of one’s home (take it from me, Taylor my boyfriend is a broker AND a contractor!).  However, granite can also be a somewhat personal thing for some people because there is so much color and texture variation and it is such a permanent fixture and focal point in the home.

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Some alternatives (but definitely not all) to a granite countertop is quartz, or dare I say it, Formica.  Quartz and Formica countertops come in several solid finishes which eliminates the textural preference  (or not) of granite.  These also leave open the option to use a patterned backsplash if desired.  Please take it from me, a patterned backsplash never works with a granite counter top!  More in this later…

Source:thekitchendesigner.org

Source: Silestone

So, when selecting a countertop it is important to ask yourself one question, “how timeless will this be?”  It is easy to change paint and artwork, but very costly to change the countertop if in, say, 10 years you think it looks “dated”.

Source: BHG

Here is a great short quiz I found on Better Homes and Gardens to help you figure out what the best material is for your use! http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/countertop-material-finder/

Source: granite-kitchen-countertop.com

In the end, if you are not sure what to do, keep it simple and neutral!  Or contact me and I will help you create the kitchen or bath that works.

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Such cute art!  Who doesn’t love NYC?

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