Blue Dreams- Interiors Inspired by the Color Indigo

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Not just for denim anymore….the color Indigo is popping up all over the place these days. I like to think of Indigo as Blue’s “moody brother.” Its deep rich hue can feel both classic and modern depending on how it’s used. And although dark, this shade can give off warm and inviting vibes.

So what does Indigo and its color family of Blue do to our senses? Why is it so popular?

Leatrice Eisman, American color specialist and Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute gives us the scoop from her blog post “Retreat into a Place of Quiet Blue Calm #TBT”

“The color blue is strongly associated with sky and water, blue is perceived as a constant in our lives. In the presence of a blue environment, we feel calm. Humans are soothed and replenished when they view blue and there is some evidence that when blue enters our line of vision, the brain sends out chemical signals that work as a tranquilizer. Blue is an excellent choice for areas demanding mental concentration or for products and environments that invite concentration or relaxing, meditative moods.”

[Leatrice Eisman- https://eisemancolorblog.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/retreat-into-a-place-of-quiet]

Let’s take a look at some beautiful examples of how Indigo was used in a number of different applications.

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Dont wanna commit to painting a wall or buying a sofa? Try incorporating indigo accessories or textiles into your home!

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Beaming with Joy!

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The architecture of an interior is just as important as the “pretty decor” inside it. In my humble opinion, one of the most impactful architectural elements, is the use of beams! Not only do beams provide structural integrity to your home, but they also add a lot of interest and in some cases, a touch of grandeur! Beams can accompany all sorts of decorating styles like exposed rustic beams in a mediterranean, farmhouse or industrial-styled home while crisply painted white beams work beautifully inside a coastal home.

Beams are becoming more popular in home remodeling. Faux wood beams are a great option if you want a cost efficient and easy installation solution. For an even more environmentally friendly option, you can use reclaimed wood beams that not only qualify as LEED points, but have strength and natural beauty that will stand the test of time.

Lets take a look at some of my favorite examples incorporating architectural beams!

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Favorite Interiors from Romantic Comedies

Iconic movies are not always remembered for their plots and actors, but also by their set design. If you’re anything like me, the set design captures your attention just as much as the charismatic stars featured in them.

Let’s take a look at some of my favorite Romantic Comedies and the sets that make them so memorable!

It’s Complicated (2009)  – Jane Adler’s Home in Santa Barbara

The Story: When attending their son’s college graduation, a couple reignite the spark in their relationship…but the complicated fact is they’re divorced and he’s remarried.

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The Style: Southern California Mediterranean.

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You’ve Got Mail (1998) – Kathleen’s NY Brownstone

The Story: Two business rivals Kathleen Kelley (Meg Ryan) and Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) hate each other at the office but fall in love over the internet.

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The Style: Feminine shabby chic.

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Personalized Heat Pillow $39.95

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Something’s Gotta Give (2003) – Erica’s House in the Hamptons

The Story: Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson) ,a swinger on the cusp of being a senior citizen with a taste for young women falls in love with the accomplished-closer to his age Erica Barry (Diane Keaton).

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The Style: Traditional Coastal

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Sex and the City (2008) – Carrie’s NY Apartment

The Story: Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), a New York writer on sex and love is finally getting married to her Mr. Big. But her three best girlfriends must console her after one of them inadvertently leads Mr. Big to jilt her.

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The Style: Eclectic Modern Glam

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Sleepless in Seattle (1993) – Sam’s Seattle Boathouse

The Story: Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks), a recent widow finds out his son called a radio talk-show in an attempt to find his father a partner. Alas, he finds his secret admirer Annie Reed (Meg Ryan) atop the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day- a-la An Affair to Remember!

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The Style: Pacific Northwest / shaker

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The Proposal (2009) – Andrew’s Parents Alaskan Lake House

The Story: Margaret Tate, a pushy boss (Sandra Bullock) forces her young assistant Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds)  to marry her in order to keep her Visa status in the U.S. and avoid deportation to Canada.

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The Style: Rustic Lake house with Southwestern influences.

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Foster Floor Lamp $119 httpswww.jossandmain.comAt-the-Ranch-Foster-Floor-Lamp~AMST3628~E18473.html

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April Showers

“April showers bring May flowers” – Look at some beautiful bathroom showers as well as a few current bathroom trends!

Bathroom Trends:

1. Clever water control. Touchscreen operated and thermostatic mixers allow the user to control the flow of multiple water sources. Great for two-person showers, they can even be programmed to your personal preferences.

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2. Larger showers. More and more people are doing away with the bathtubs all together and creating oversized showers. With easy access entries and large glass partitions, these larger showers actually create a more open feeling within the space.

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3. Grey tones. Grey tones provide a great palette for any bathroom style from traditional to contemporary. Grey looks clean and fresh and provides a neutral background for accent colors.

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4. Natural beauty. We’ve seen natural elements (think the reclaimed wood movement) become popular in other spaces of the home, but they are now popping up in bathrooms with greater frequency. These types of natural elements lend a calm, spa-like effect to any bathroom.

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5. Stand alone tub. Stand-alone tubs are popular for obvious reasons. If you’re lucky to have a large enough space for one, a stand-alone tub can become an artistic focal point of the room.

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Style Guide- Series 3: Colorful Cottage

In the spirit of Spring, I thought it would be fun to explore colorful cottages inside and out.

So what exactly is a cottage and what defines cottage style?

The word “cottage” derives from England and typically referred to a small, one-story with living space on the ground floor with bedrooms in the roofspace. In the US, cottages are smaller homes that are often seen as country or coastal vacation resort dwellings.

I would use “charming” to best describe the cottage style in a single word. Style elements usually include casual and comfy furniture, brightly colored exterior doors and shutters, white picket fences, lots of florals, as well as eclectic and personal accents. The space should evoke coziness and warmth.

Cottage Exteriors

Notice their similar “cottagie” details….painted shutters and doors, small roof space rooms and dormers, shingle or wood siding, picket fences, lush gardens amd quaint porches.

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Design: Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders

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Colorful Doors

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These spaces incorporate the vibrant colors of blooming flowers!

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 Colorful Cottage Accents

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