I’ve Got a Serious Case of the Blues

Cobalt Blue and Turquoise

Not that I’m complaining! Cobalt is a rich and deep shade of blue, and one of my absolute favorites in fashion and design. I know, I know, I have a huge thing for blue, but once you see some of my favorite uses of it you’ll be joining the club!

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Coral and Blue: Out of the Ocean and Into Your Home!

Coral and Blue X

Coral and blue is a classic combination, and has a super fresh spring feel to it. Here are some of my favorite uses of this dynamic duo that I have come across recently!

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Navy? Well now, that’s my middle name!

Nancy's Dining Room

The (still in progress!) dining room in my home… is it obvious that I love it?

I am starting to think there may be a reason why “navy” and “Nancy” are so close in spelling… I am just wild about navy blue! Though there was certainly more navy seen at the High Point in the fall, I was happy to see accents of it throughout the spring market.

There’s nothing better than successful cross-seasonal colors, and navy blue is a classic color and always trending both in interior design and in fashion. Quite frankly, there’s nothing wrong with that in my eyes!

Here are a few reasons why this color might need to start becoming a part of your everyday life…

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Bringing Spring Indoors

Stanley Showroom Brights

Stanley Furniture

Bright colors were so refreshing to see at High Point. It felt so alive with the colors of spring! I am a firm believer that bright colors in a home are both daring (look at those hot pink chairs from Stanley above, on paper it sounds a bit off-beat but look how gorgeous they are, especially next to the teal sofa) and fun! Pops of bright colors are a perfect way to think outside the box when decorating your home.

Here are some of my favorite bright pieces!

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The Flow of Colors

Gold, Black, Red LR

would you do an ice blue dining room when the color palette of your home is this?

The things that I’ve witnessed the past few days have really inspired what I’m about to write here.

I was with a client in their home and was asked why I recommended against doing an ice blue color in the dining room. When I disagreed with this color suggestion, I was met with complaints and misunderstanding. In my logic (and correct me if I’m wrong here, fellow designers), when you hire me to design your home, you are trusting me to interpret your tastes in a way that makes your home beautiful. If a home owner has a specific suggestion such as this ice blue color scheme, it is part of my responsibility to make sure that suggestion makes “sense” with the rest of the home. Of course, there are no rules to design (bring it on!), but I function on a “what-I-do-is-what-I-feel” basis, and how I feel is that there should always be flow throughout your home so that it feels cohesive.

It has never been my practice to put a different color in every room. Sure, there should be pops of color, but with accessories and details. My design work will never include an all-red room, blue room, green room, and so on, because I find myself asking where is the connection that brings it all together into one home?

In my story, this client’s house was primarily black, gold, and purple. Some rooms in the house has pops of green or red, but there is always that sense of the matching color flow throughout the house. The suggestion of having an entirely ice blue dining room more or less throws a wrench into my design plan, and I cannot help but let my apprehension show.

But what if I am wrong in this and the more important thing is to give the client what they want and say, “To hell with my cohesion”? Do you agree or disagree? I want to hear your thoughts!

My Team Colors

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If you had to choose your team colors, what would they be? Mine: black and gold. I go crazy for this combination. Not only is it extremely popular right now, but it makes any room exude elegance!

Between interior design, fashion, and beauty, my team’s colors are seen everywhere, always giving the air of ultimate luxury. Take some inspiration in these examples of black and gold done beautifully.

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Crazy For Green

Green Fever

As I’m browsing all my usual sources of inspiration, I can’t help but notice that green is trending this week. I absolutely love green, and it’s the perfect time of year to throw some into your everyday life, whether it’s what you wore today or the color you decide to paint your kitchen.

Check out some great examples of the use of one of my favorite colors below! Hopefully you’ll find a source of inspiration for yourself!

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