Seasons and Pillows!

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Spring. Summer. Winter. Fall. Seasons come and go so do color schemes. Decorations for the spring and summer (light, bright colors) are not the same color schemes as for the fall and winter (dark, dense colors). In the winter, we want to feel cozy with warm colors and soft, fluffy fabrics, while in the summer, we want to feel cool and airy. Keep season changes in mind when you are purchasing bigger pieces like sofas or chairs. You may want to stick with neutral pieces so they do go with every season.

Think about a throw pillow.

Inexpensive. Fun. Decorative. Throw pillows can easily change the entire look of a living room or a bedroom. The awesomely simple part of it all is that once you have the pillow forms, all you have to do to update a room and keep it fresh is change the pillow covers occasionally or with the seasons. Below are some pictures of the same couch updated for different seasons:

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Standard pillow forms can be purchased at your local fabric stores; the standard sizes for a couch are 16×16” or 12×12,” but there are also larger forms, rectangular forms, circular forms and cylindrical forms.
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You can easily buy standard size pillow covers in stores, online, or from handmade, vintage and supplies retailers. Here is another way to inexpensively cover pillows.  By using only covers rather than changing out the entire pillow, you’ll save a good deal of money throughout the seasons as well as saving on storage space.
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If your couch already has a decorative pattern, play off the colors with various solid colors or accent-patterned pillows.

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(Shout out to my friend Lisa’s Etsy store and some of her awesome pillows!)

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Changing with the seasons gives you an opportunity to get out some long-lost pieces and make them the center of attention for a little while. Here are a few other ideas to change with the seasons:

Spring and Summer:
1. Use soft cotton or silk throws 
2. Bring out a light cotton matelassé bed cover or a simple cotton blanket
3. Use light, colorful floral arrangements
4. Buy clear glass or crystal vases.
5. Put fresh, floral print or plaid  pillows out
6. Use your grandma’s pretty floral china 
7. Place garden magazines and flower books out on the coffee table

Fall and Winter:
1. Bring out your cozy, fluffy throws to place on your furniture for snuggling
2. Get out your toasty down-filled duvet for your bed
3. Use floral arrangements of pine and holiday colors
4. Pull out dark brass or pottery accessories
5. Put dark-patterned decorative pillows out
6. Put classic holiday designed plates out on display
7. Put out holiday reading materials on the coffee table

Color Dubbing

My dad saves me all the articles from his Wall Street Journals that have to do with design. Last week he gave me one that had to do with paint colors and I found it too fascinating to not share with you all. It has to do with catchy paint names and the process of choosing them.

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“To dub a new color, Ms. Jordan, director of color marketing, draws inspiration from pretty much everything, including books, song lyrics, foods and places. She then creates a list, sorting her ideas by color family in her ‘color bible.’ Once her and her team figure out what’s lacking in Sherwin Williams’s existing palette, they submit basic parameters-for example, five new blue colors ranging from sky blue to blue-green- to the lab. Once she sees the colors and approves them, she assigns a name to each one. She goes through her list until she finds a name that fits that particular color. The names then go to a fact-checker, who makes sure the color name hasn’t been used before. Some names are straightforward, like Blue Sky and Cherry Tomato, while others, like Cut the Mustard and Indulgent (lavender), are more obscure. Names can’t be too trendy since most colors have a life span of about 10 to 12 years and names stick with their respective hues forever. On the more practical side, names also have to fit on a paint card. The longest one uses the maximum 28 characters: Colonial Revival Green Stone. Colors absolutely make a difference. When we have good paint colors, we stand a better change of selling a home and selling it for a higher price.”

Paint retailer Sherwin-Williams currently offers about 1,500 colors, each with a unique name and color swatch. Here’s a breakdown of color names and sales:

Paint names with one word: 35.4%
Paint names with two words: 61.3%
Paint names with three of more words: 3.3%

37% of blue colors have a water reference in the name.
28% of pink/red colors have a flower reference in the name.
25% of green colors have a food reference in the name.
13% of brown colors have a chocolate reference in the name.

Balloon Art

Who here has seen The Princess Diaries? Remember Anne Hathaway’s role where she portrays an ultra-nerd 15-year-old, Mia, only to discover that she is a princess as the granddaughter of the queen. (Played wonderfully by Julie Andrews, I might add). Great movie. Regardless, since watching this film, I’ve always wanted to duplicate something they did at the beginning of the movie- painting with balloons and darts. If you will remember with me how, Mia and her mom pinned paint filled balloons to a huge canvas and then commence to throw darts to pop the balloons to create a masterpiece. Well, my bucket list has one less item on it…

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Granted, our canvas was a BIT smaller and we stopped filling up balloons with my lips starting tingling from too much acrylic paint exposure. (When I say “exposure” I mean “swallowing.”)

Therefore, in case you’re interested in wondering how you too can create a balloon art masterpiece, read on friends, read on:

Here are the materials I gathered:

-A canvas
-Various acrylic paints (To save money, I bought red, blue, and yellow and just mixed-up my own green, purple, and orange. I had to add some white to my purple too keep it from being too dark.)
Water balloons
-Darts (I could only find soft tip darts, so we had to improvise. See photo below…)
-Push pins
-LOTS of newspaper
-Painter’s tape
-Tape
-Ziploc baggies
-And of course, you’ll need your camera

Before we begin, be sure you’re doing all of this in a place where it’s okay to get paint everywhere as their explosions maybe far-reaching. Also, I’d recommend you wear clothing that you’re okay with ruining.

Okay, enough with the semantics, on to the process…We put tape on our board to protect certain parts of the board therefore creating a more-personal piece, but you don’t have to do this step.

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Next, I placed my pre-mixed paints into Ziploc baggies and cut a TINY section of the corner of to create a piping bag of sorts.

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Then we filled up balloons with paint and air. (Caveat: This is the hardest part because filling up a balloon with paint and air is actually quite difficult) However, after many paint-filled mouthfuls, I have some advice for you all:

1)    Prep the water balloons by filling them with air one time before you put paint in them and then let the air out. This helps to stretch them out making them easier to blow up when paint IS in them.

2)    Next, pipe your paint straight into the balloon’s opening with enough force to get paint down into the base of the balloon. (If you want a “runny” look, as opposed to splatter, fill your balloons with more paint and very little air.)

3)    Now comes the hard part: blow up the balloon being very careful not to suck in.

4)    Once filled and inflated, tie and pin to your board!

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Now comes the fun part… Let the darts fly!

These are our “improvised” darts. Some call it ghetto, I call it creative genius. (A.K.A. Walmart soft-tip darts with taped-on push pins.)

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Here is our finished artwork…pre-tape-removal. The best part is there is no artistic talent needed! (Just a high-tolerance for paint ingestion.)IMG_2097

We added our hand prints to make it a bit more personal too…

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Enjoy!

Best,

kl

Color

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Red arouses the senses, stimulates the appetite, attracts attention, stimulates to action, and conveys emotion (danger, love, war, peace, passion, anger).

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Orange is related with the earth and with autumn; it is an organic, energetic color that is packed with personality.

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Yellow gives off a feeling of warmth, cheerfulness, and sunshine.

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Green is a calm color that brings feelings of life, hope, rest and balance.

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Blue tends to be a very conservative, soothing, truthful color that represents honor, repose, coolness, peace; blue, in darker hues can be depressing.

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Purple is a very royal color that is associated with drama, mystery, pride, wisdom, and in lighter tones with girlish childhood.

Coloring Pages for Grown-Ups…

Coloring Pages for Grown-Ups...

Coloring, in my humble opinion, is excellent therapy and a wonderful way to get creative and inspired. I even got a box of new crayons for Valentine’s Day; what can I say, he knows me well… Ergo, here is a link to some “grown-up coloring pages.” Enjoy!

Best,

kl