Known to represent kindness and remind us of those sweet flamingos, the color pink comes in many shades. Although I love them all, lately I’ve most drawn to the hue’s pale, pink side that is often featured in a baby girl’s nursery like the one by Caitlin Creer above. The fresh and cool shade of pink is also popping up in other areas of the home as a primary or accent color. Pale pink takes on a modern, sophistication when paired with a darker hues like black, navy and green.
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2015. It’s almost history and boy was it a year of change (at least for me). The biggest of course was my family moving from the bustle of the San Francisco Peninsula to the slower paced Sierra Nevada high dessert. I’ll be honest, it took me a few months to adjust (missing our California friends the most), but I love our new lifestyle. I’m also enjoying renovating our 1940s home (no small task – so lets see how I feel about it next year!). I’ve already tackled the foyer, thanks to a nudge from the One Room Challenge and will be sure to share other projects we are undertaking in the upcoming months.
Wishing you a very happy, healthy 2016!
Here’s a look at some of my favorite posts of 2015:
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image via sarah sherman samuel
My head has been down as I’ve been focusing on the One Room Challenge, so I’m a little behind the eight ball in terms of holiday planning! I can’t believe that in just a few days the holiday season will be in full swing and so will the family dinners and holiday parties. When attending one of these holiday soirees it’s always a good thing to bring a little something for the hostess. When considering hostess gifts, it’s best to give a gift that you would like to receive yourself. If you love it, they will too! Here’s a few of my favorite hostess gift ideas for the 2015 holidays – and I know you’ll find one your hostess will love!
1 black & white vase // 2 mini carmel apples // 3 backgammon set // 4 hand-painted water bottle// 5 marble & wood serving board // 6 pendleton blanket // 7 wire ornaments // 8 peony & blush suede candle// 9 copper ice bucket // 10 faux fur wine bag
Last week I had light fixtures installed and today I’ll be sharing the process selection with you. Several fixtures needed to be replaced and sourced – one hanging fixture for the outside entry, one hanging fixture for the inside foyer and a pair of table lamps for the console.
The entry’s old outside light fixture had a nice traditional feel, but got lost because it was flush mount. And although you can’t see from this image above, the fixture was damaged, was housing yellow-jackets and had to go. To keep with the traditional architecture of the house, I sourced dark pendant fixtures and that had three or more lights. Here’s are a few that made the final list:
Doesn’t it look amazing!? I just love the result.
The Foyer had a vintage brass and crystal chandelier (above) that was beautiful and just the right scale, but was too busy for the new wallpaper (It’s also now for sale on Chairish!). I must have reviewed hundreds of chandeliers and pendants before narrowing it down to the following:
These fixtures are all incredibly beautiful, aren’t they? I eliminated the lantern style fixtures first because I thought they might compete with the outside lantern. I almost pulled the trigger on buying #5 when I found the Sweeney Aged Brass Pendant via Bellacor another fabulous ORC sponsor and online retailer featuring 500,000+ designer lighting and furnishings for home! It’s simplicity, yet over-sized modern flair won me over. I also loved how the scalloped canopy and shade mirror the floral wallpaper pattern. When unpacking it, I got a little nervous at it’s large scale and thought it was going to be a miss. I had it hung anyway and can say I’m thrilled with the result! Check out how the light radiates on the glossy ceiling!
The gorgeous console from oomph was begging for a pair of table lamps. I went round and round on what to do here. Brass? Stone? Lucite? Color? There were endless options and here are a few that made the final list:
If you read last week’s ORC, you will know which lamp I selected I choose number one – the Asian style Brohman Table Lamp in classic navy and white available though ORC sponsor, Bassett Mirrror. I really liked the chinoiserie feel and small floral pattern (not competing with the large floral on the wall). The lucite base and finial gave it a little modern twist which I loved too. It looks amazing with the oomph console table!
Isn’t she a beauty?
I hope you’ll drop by next week to see the process for selecting art and accessories! And don’t forget to check out what the other ORC participants are up to – they are killer!
* Big thank you to Lowes, Bassett Mirror and Bellacor for their support and sponsorship of this challenge!