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In 4 days, I am going to Phoenix, AZ to see my family!  I will see my Dad’s whole side of the family and let me tell you, its been a while.  I think this will be the first time in…easily 10 years that “the Triplets” will all be together in AZ and we cannot wait to surprise my 101 year old Grandma!  (She has NO idea we are coming.)

So anyway, to get even more excited for my trip, here are some totally cool Southwestern inspired interiors.

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What I really love about this decor is that it reflects the natural environment and heritage of the area.  “Flat roofs, open floor plans and extensive courtyards and gardens are hallmarks of a Southwestern home” (San Francisco Chronicle).

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I can’t wait to share pictures of my trip when I get back next week, so stay tuned!

If you need help designing your own space, contact me!

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Ahh once again, I just love fall… so I had to post about some very creative ways to decorate and carve pumpkins this year.

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Which is your favorite?  I can’t wait to make mine soon but I have no idea what I am going to do yet!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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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!

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

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So are you a fan of taxidermy?

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

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One of the things I have been looking forward to all year are my summer evenings where I can just lounge outside with friends, family, and my dogs, sip a glass of wine, and enjoy the warm breeze.  Here are a couple great tips to creating that perfect outdoor retreat where everyone can gather and just… relax.

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1. Creating a focal point (fire helps)

Build your conversation area around something interesting by creating a focal point.  By placing seating around a fire pit or coffee table, a cozy conversation area is created and face-to-face conversation is easy.

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2. Comfort is Important

Pillows and cushions are so important to ensure your summer evening gatherings will last through the night.  This is also a great way to start introducing more color into the outdoor space.  Remember that not all fabrics are suitable for outdoors, Sunbrella makes gorgeous fabrics that can be left outside all year round and still look amazing.  They are mold, mildew, and fade resistant, and are being introduced in some stunning prints and colors.

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3. Layer Color

When it comes to bring color into your space, consider the palette of the flowers and greenery that is already around you and pull from those.  No need to reinvent the wheel, if there is already some naturally-brought-in-color, use it!

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4. Don’t Forget Lighting!

Keeping your outdoor space illuminated once dusk has hit is a sure way to keep your space feeling warm and inviting.  By using strung globe lights, a fire pit, or even the good ‘ol tiki torch, candle light always enhances the outdoors.

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How would you make your outdoor space unique?

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