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Sunday, August 17, 2014

How I Decorate For FALL Without Any Orange

GEORGICA POND: A Country Wedding
Every year when Fall comes around I find it hard to get motivated to change out my Summer décor to Fall décor. 

I love Fall weather, crisp air, beautiful colors in nature, but inside my home I have a hard time accepting Fall.

Fall decorating can be hard for a Springtime gal like myself. Especially when I don’t decorate with the typical Autumnal colors, ( NO orange in my life!)

To help me get motivated I had to write down the elements, and colors that I DO enjoy.

I thought about what represents Fall to me and made a list.

Wooden bowls
antique bread bowls as decor.


Wooden turned candlesticks
Chunky wood candlesticks

Wooden cutting boards
17th century French stone counters

 This is in my very own kitchen.

Pomegranate de-seeded in under 5 minutes. Slice half lengthwise, make several 20-degree slits around the cut-side. Place the pomegranate half, seed side-down, in your palm, over a bowl. Using a large spoon, whack the fruit. The seeds will tumble out!
Such a beautiful pinky/red color.

Soft Green Eucalyptus Leaves

Eucalyptus wreath

Cream or basil colored candles

Green candles
Crisp red and green apples

.Fall colors I can live with

Brass candlesticks that glow

Brass candlesticks barley twist brass candle by cristinasroom, on etsy.

Pale Green/Gray Pumpkins

Beautiful pumpkin

Golden Pears
.beautiful color and texture

Fall Plantings from Halfmoon Bay
I love to use purples, white, and yellows for Fall. These are my Fall plantings.

Ornamental Kale
Tone on Tone  ornamental Kale and white pumpkins♥♥♥
Loi from Tone on Tone’s Fall Kitchen

one of my all time favorite looks with two of my favorite elements, baskets and cutting boards= Perfection
Adding texture with baskets adds warmth to any space.

Bakelite or Horn handled silverware

vintage bakelite silverware set
Bring in the warmth of Bakelite silverware. 

Bakelite knives 002 (800x600)
I placed mine in a vintage spooner.

adore this idea of all the "lantern" candles together and all lit at once. so pretty.

Nuts and acorns
follow nature's cue and use natural decor in the home to accent each season.

Fall Branches in a vase
FALL*SPIRATION - White Mini Pumpkins in Bowl and on Table,  Dried Leaf Branches in Clear Vase.
By having this list on hand it makes it easier for me to change my décor to a more Fall-like look.

You will notice that in my list there are no russets, or oranges! 

So you see it is possible to decorate for Fall without using any of the colors in the orange family!! 

Do you like to use traditional autumnal colors, or are you like me?

For more ideas that I like for Fall go to my Pinterest board.......

(just click on the word Fallish!)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Next Step In Decorating The Guest Room


When I left you last we had already made a decision on the bedding (this is where I usually start in a bedroom.) The base colors of navy and white were dictated by the bedding…..

Next I needed a jumping off point for a color scheme.

This came from the art piece I found…….


From this the color scheme had developed into……

Ribbet collage guest room colors
I knew that the yellow in the room had to be used judiciously. Yellow can make a very loud statement if not used carefully.

I already had it in my artwork so I had to decide where else to sprinkle it around the room.

A good rule of thumb when using an accent color is to use it in at least three pieces in the room.

With this in mind I decided to use it in another piece of art for the walls. This particular piece is a personal touch from me to my guest……

California map
The room will have a nightstand between the two twin beds so I needed some elements to place on the night stand…..

This is where I am using my third touch of yellow:


So this brings me to my next
design decision!

What color will the walls be?

At first I thought I would leave them the Martha Stewart Lemon grass that they are now….

As you can see they would work very well with the other choices I have made.

But, what design enthusiast would keep the same color on the walls when her hubby offered to paint the walls any color she would like? (This was a first!)

I seriously debated, but once I chose the artwork and realized that the room would have a fun beach vibe I then decided to paint the room a different color.

A very soft turquoise blue is my color choice. I actually might us the same color of blue that is in my master bedroom. 

It is a color that I made up the formula, after a day of working with a great tinter at the paint store. It has very little pigment in it, but the pigments tint up quickly so very little is needed.

Ribbet collage MASTER BEDROOM
I have found this color to be so soothing and restful.

I want my guest to be wrapped in a color that makes them feel peaceful.

We have not tried any colors out on the wall due to a recent health issue, but that does not stop us from planning for the future.

I have enough elements chosen that I can make a design board just to see how the elements will work together.

At first I did some in green, and then I used turquoise as a backdrop.

Ribbet Edit guestplayroom 2
You will see some elements in the collages that I may or may not be using. I like to add possible elements to see how they work with the elements that I know I am using. By doing this you can see what goes well with the overall design.

Ribbet Edit guestplayroom 6
In this particular collage you will see the addition of a yellow trimmed pillow sham. 

I actually ordered this from Pottery Barn, and as perfect as I thought it looked with all the elements in the collage, once I received it the yellow was not bright enough, and to be honest it felt like one step too far for my personal design aesthetic.

Sometimes elements will work in a room, but they just won’t feel right to YOU. 

When this happens, eliminate them, and try something else. If it does not feel right to you it will create an obstacle for you to move forward in the room. 

You will spend endless hours trying to make it work. Sometimes we have to just rely on our own personal feelings, and move onto something else that will work.

Remember when choosing elements for a room not to make every element speak loudly. There has to be supporting pieces in the room. Everything can’t be the newest kid on the block, or the star.

I have found many homeowners who try to put every new decorating element they have found in one room, and it just creates a room that has no flow. Each piece is shouting look at me, look at me!! Not a good way to design any room.

lighter turquoise
In this collage you can see I put a turquoise lantern instead of the yellow. That is because my room actually has a very large turquoise lantern in it so I needed to see what that would do with all of the other elements.  

You will also notice the wall color has changed from the lemon grass to a turquoise.

Notice one more thing has been added to the night stand!

This brings us to the next decision!!
You all can help me out here. I am going to use a globe that is actually a nightlight.

It not only represents traveling, vacation, but it will give a nice glow in the room.

I have three choices to choose from:

light off

#1 a white bisque finish
7in. diameter

5in. diameter 7in. tall

A traditional style globe but much smaller in scale.

5in. in diameter

This actually is a dark navy, and it shows the constellation of stars.

I have a favorite, but I thought it would be fun to get some feedback from my very talented readers.

So what do you say, #1, #2, or #3?

Next on the agenda is to find the right pillow sham to back the striped shams. The yellow did not work, so next is a simple framed navy sham. I have ordered it so when it arrives we shall see how it works…..

More to do, more to see
so stay tuned!!!

Other post about the guestroom can be found:


Monday, August 4, 2014

Color Combination For Fall/Winter Wardrobes


Both of these colors are classics, and when paired together they become a very sophisticated look.

What color combination am I talking about?

Draycott Bag in black and navy is a huge WANT!!! for this Fall


This is by no means a new combination, but it is one that you don’t see that often.

I love to use black and white with cobalt/navy in my home……..

Summer pillows 001 (768x1024)
I started thinking why not use it in my wardrobe as well. I have both colors in my wardrobe so I think it is time to combine the two together.

Let me show you some fun pieces that combine these two sophisticated colors together.

Classic dressing at it's best
Rachel McAdams has nailed it with this stunning combination! LOVE!!

Casual black and navy always chic

How can such a casual outfit have such an elegant yet simple feel to it. Easy!! use black and navy together!
Black and navy sneaker
Speaking of casual, how about some navy and black trainers!?

love this look with stripes & multiple neutrals: brown boots & bag, black pants, navy coat, gray scarf & hat
I know I would not look as cute as this girl does in this outfit, but I sure would like to try!!!

the midnight tote in black and navy by fluxproductions on Etsy, $370.00
This would be a forever purse!

Factory contrast-trim blouse
Jcrew knows a good thing when it see’s it!! Navy with black trimmed classic blouse, timeless!

British Tweed Shift navy and black
I have had my eye on this dress for awhile. It is found at a new favorite online shop that I have ordered several pieces from, Boden! I enjoy their feminine silhouettes.

Black and navy major WANT!
These shoes are at the top of my WANT list. I am not sure how much longer I can resist them.

Like the layers & sparkles
There are so many ways to combine these two colors.

Don’t forget the classic combination of the Black Watch plaid……
LAUREN RALPH LAUREN Petite Tartan Plaid Wool Jacket ($149) found on Polyvore
Classic navy, black and an addition of hunter green as shown in this Ralph Lauren ensemble. Plus plaid is a big trend again this year!!

What I Wore | Glam Plaid, Jessica Quirk, How to wear a plaid shirt,
By adding a black blazer, and black patent pumps this casual outfit can take you out for a date!!

I told you!! 
Are you becoming a fan of 
Navy and Black?

For more Fall/Winter outfit inspiration go to my pinboard…