Hello Labor Day (well almost)!

Summer Fall Landscape Holiday

The one thing I absolutely LOVE about living in New Jersey is that I get to appreciate all four seasons! By this time of year, I am excited for the last round at the beach and the pool. There is … Continue reading

1970’s Design and Fashion, Yes or No?

grasscloth, vintage, 1970, decor

I am attending an event soon (hamptonsheartball.ahaevents.org) with my boyfriend and the theme is “Chic Cocktail – 70’s Inspired-Glitter & Sparkle”.  While desperately researching what we should wear and not look silly, I couldn’t help myself but look at the … Continue reading

Dining Amongst Caramels and Greens

Inspiration for Client DR

A client of mine asked me to take on the task of designing her dining room, and I happily took on the project. I love doing dining rooms! Their primary purpose is to bring together family and loved ones to eat and celebrate being together. We live in a world that is in a constant state of come-and-go, so having a dining space for the people you love to stop and come together is (at least in my opinion!) very important.

For the color scheme, we decided on a caramel and green combination with a hint of gold for an air of elegance. The photo above shows what we are working with (sorry for the cell phone quality photo). Here are some more of my favorite uses of caramel and green together…

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Just Peachy!

Peach is one of those colors where, upon walking into a home and seeing it on the walls, the first thought often is that has to go! It tends to feel dated and bland, but you should never be quick to judge a color based on its past use in design.

Here are some of my favorite uses of peach in interior design and fashion today. Hopefully your mind will open up to the possibility of using a typically misused color in your next project!

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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!