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Decorating with Color: 2018 in Review

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

Since we are nearing the end of 2018, we are looking back at the blog posts we published this year. Last week, we reviewed our Get the Look posts from 2018, and this week it’s Decorating with Color’s turn. Decorating with Color is a series for which we choose a color scheme and curate photos of rooms and home decor featuring that color. We also offer up tips on how to incorporate that color into your own home, both seasonally and year round.

In October, we zeroed in on the gems that serve as birthstones for that month and featured pink rooms and pink furnishings. Our goal was to show how pink doesn’t have to be an intimidating color, especially in rustic homes, and we think we pulled it off.

Photo by Todd Remington ArchitectSearch living room design ideas

August was all about yellow, and this post was fun, yet challenging to put together because of how great rustic and golden yellows look in homes – AKA, there are so many beautifully styled yellow rooms out there! We featured different rooms and furniture pieces to show that it is truly a color that can be used anywhere.

Photo by ML Designs, Inc.Discover living room design inspiration

At the end of June we went patriotic, and focused on bringing together red, white and blue looks that could last past the Fourth of July. Americana lovers, this post is for you.

Photo by Brewster Home FashionsDiscover kitchen design ideas

To celebrate spring we focused on cheerful greens in May, and like our yellow post, this one shows a variety of ways green can be used in a home.

Photo by handmade – Möbelbau in PotsdamDiscover kitchen design ideas

Pastels took over in April, and we pulled images that either used multiple pastels or just one. Using a pastel in a big way can satisfy a need for subtlety, while still bringing plenty of color to a room.

Photo by Clarke & ClarkeSearch living room pictures

We must have needed a brightening refresher in the snowy days of February, because during that month we featured red exteriors. From doors to porches, siding and barns, we think a splash of red can do any surface a lot of good.

Photo by Martha O’Hara InteriorsDiscover entryway design inspiration

Our first Decorating with Color post of 2018 was all about Pantone’s Color of the Year: Ultra Violet. This color is a bit trickier to use in a home, especially if you prefer muted tones or rustic hues. So we featured the color as an accent – on a wall, in a few throw pillows, a chair, and even a kitchen appliance (for our dream home, of course), and found that we really love purple accents outside.

Photo by Clinton & Associates, PC Landscape ArchitectsBrowse patio photos

Did you enjoy our 2018 Decorating with Color blog series? Tell us your favorite, and if you used any of our tips and/or decor to enhance your living spaces, we would love to know!

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Decorating With Color: Yellow

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

We’re back with another Decorating with Color blog post, and this time around we’re talking about using yellow in your home. This color is great for farmhouses, rustic cottages, country kitchens, family living spaces, and makes a great accent color. With so many hues ranging from almost-white to dark and golden, the spectrum of yellow allows for a number of decorating possibilities. Here are a few examples.

Painting doors, window frames, even staircase spindles offers a rustic pop of color
that is cohesive but not intrusive. If you like this look but don’t think it would work
for your entire house, apply it to one room, like an entryway, mudroom or shed.

Photo by DeGraw & DeHaan ArchitectsSearch entryway pictures
This living room is grand in more ways than one, but the yellow walls enhance its sunny character.
Plus, you know we couldn’t resist sharing those matching yellow check chairs and ottomans!
Photo by ML Designs, Inc.Browse living room ideas
Golden or mustard yellow is a classic color for a country kitchen, and it displays
beautifully in the one below. If you don’t want to take the committed plunge with
all yellow cabinets,  incorporate a yellow rug, table, hutch or other furnishing. With a
more rustic tone, the yellow offers a more natural and cozy look that ages beautifully.
Photo by Fein Construction LLCSearch kitchen design ideas

Jelly Cupboard & Hutch Set | Rustic Country Collection | USA | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

We will always enjoy picking out fun and/or elegant wallpaper, especially when
suggesting you try a new color in your home. The pattern on the below wallpaper
chops up the solid yellow and tones it down, creating a less intense look that still
has plenty of charm. A small bathroom is a great place to experiment with this, because
added wall hangings like mirrors or storage solutions also help break up a bold color.
Photo by Bezooyen Contracting IncBrowse bathroom ideas
Have you used yellow in your home? your ideas or advice for incorporating this color below.

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Throwback Thursday: Home Decor and Project Guides

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

For this Throwback Thursday, we’ve rounded up three blog posts that are related to the upkeep of our homes, both indoors and out. Spring and early summer are great times to take stock of things that need repairing, replacing or revitalizing, and we hope these guides will help you check things off that list or give you ideas for future projects.

Thursday’s Theme: Renovations

A list of six things to keep in mind while preparing for a home renovation project, working on a renovation project, and ways to make sure any unwanted furnishings don’t go to waste.

Thursday’s Theme: Decor Guides

A roundup of – you guessed it – guides for painting, measure curtains and rugs, and one from the trusted team at This Old House.

Photo by Timberlake Custom Homes, LLCDiscover deck design ideas

Thursday’s Theme: Deck Safety

Spending time on the deck or a porch (especially with family and friends) is a highlight of spring and summer. First, though, you should make sure your deck or porch is still as safe as it was when it was first built. This blog post offers some suggestions for what to inspect and what to replace, if necessary.

Do you have any handy tips or guides you use every year when the weather starts warming up? Share with us in the comments, and we wish you well with all the projects you take on this year!

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