Vacation Condo: how to make a coastal inspired palette work

Recently, a friend asked for a little guidance on decorating her new condo in Florida. Right now, it's an escape and a vacation investment, but some day, it will be her full-time digs. She felt the urge to keep things light and bright and reference it's coastal locale without getting too themey. She was concerned about using blues and tans together. The best way to achieve harmony when pairing any colors is to make sure that they share similar undertones.

While paint was already in progress, and her taste really great, I offered to put a concept board together to reassure her and show her how well the pairing could work. Sometimes having a visual is all you need to give you confidence in your design decisisons and preferences and can serve as a road map to set you on your way.

Here is the board I put together for inspiration:

I selected some pieces based upon her preferences and the style that I gleaned from her Pinterest boards. Some are pieces from retailers in the area where the condo is located, others from on-line retailers like Joss & Main. (For sources, please click on the caption above. All can be found on Olioboard.)

Tips to make this pairing work:

1. Choose a jumping off point to set your palette. In this case it was the striped rug.

2. Repetition. Repeat the dominant colors from the palette throughout the space for fluidity. Here, 
    most of the upholstery is white and accents are blue.

3. Layer other shades of your accent color. To take this soothing palette to the next level, you  
    could add pillows and accents in lighter, darker and brighter shades of blue. It adds interest and  
    depth but keeps things harmonious.

4. Add texture.  Here texture is layered by using baskets, accessories and finishes that resemble and       complement the palette. Adding texture keeps a space from looking too contrived and flat. It also       lends interest and warmth to the cool palette.

Since sending out the board, my friend shared that she CLEANED up at a local consignment store scoring fabulous pieces for bargain prices. I can't wait to see how her place evolves and captures the vision she has. If you'd like to get a peek at the Pinterest board I created for her, click here.

Do you need help bringing your ideas to life? If you'd like your own custom Design Concept board and Pinterest board for a space in your home, please contact me. I'd love to help.


Fresh Greens: bringing spring's palette indoors


One of my favorite color pairings has always been blue and green. If you look in my closet, especially this time of year, you'll see it's what I gravitate towards first. It's fresh, crisp, classic and a little bit preppy. Sitting beside each other on the color wheel, these hues inherently work well together. Just look outside on a clear, sunny spring day and you'll see how they harmonize. Mother nature hardly gets it wrong.

I've been feeling the pull to bring fresh spring greens into my home these days: think Kelly and Emerald, mixed with the colors of sky, sea and sunsets. Below, I've shared some of what's inspiring me around the web these days.

Image of Green & Glass China Cabinet with Fretwork 
I found this piece at Suite Pieces here on Long Island via Chairish a couple of weeks ago and I can't get it out of my head. I've been looking for an armoire or china cabinet to function as office/art supply storage in the corner of my living room where I work. It's probably not ideal since there's no closed storage at all to hide things like printers and routers, but man is this right up my alley. 

Moraine- Original Oil Painting 16x20 - Seascape, Abstract Painting
Moraine, by artist Donna Walker would be a great jumping off point to establish this palette in a room. I found Donna's work on Esty a while ago. I'm always drawn to the abstract form and the beautiful sense of light in her oil paintings. Her work can also be found at Serena & Lily. Check out Donna's website if you'd like to learn more.

Band of Blue- Original Oil Painting, 8x10, Landscape Painting, on canvas   1805 Antique Dog Print Terrier Greyhound Print Copperplate Antique Engraving
Abstract Sketch 1 - Large Dark Grey  \Emerald Green Original Watercolor Painting - Original Abstract - Malachite -  Wall Art - 12x12     
A gallery of works by artists I found on Etsy would reinforce the palette. Click on the picture for links.




Another gorgeous green china cabinet. This one is by Jennifer from Dimples & Tangles

LOVE! Emily Henderson: "Kelly green and this color of navy, with white and gold accents is pretty much my color palette. I own it. It's patented, reserved for me."
a vintage chair revived in Kelly Green against SW Loyal Blue, by Emily Henderson

Lauren Liess Interiors
Designer Lauren Liess, adds blue and green to a neutral palette, perfectly.

Love the ecclectic vibe and colors in this living room!


Bring the look home yourself by layering these accessories into a neutral scheme. Click on the pictures for links to sources.
Colorblock Stripe Pillow Set - Emerald & Navy Blue Striped Pillow and Color Block Pillow Set by JillianReneDecor (Set of 3)
a preppy collection of striped pillows you can purchase from Etsy seller Jillian Rene Decor

Schumacher Betwixt in Peacock Decorative Pillow Cover, Toss Pillow, Accent Pillow, Throw Pillow  Plaid Tartan Decorative Designer Pillow 12 x 16" lumbar Green Navy Blue Accent Cushion Cover Rustic Modern Robert Allen Design farmhouse

Cotton Velvet Pillow Cover - Midnight Navy - Navy - 18 inch - BOTH SIDES - Navy Pillow - Velvet Pillow - Navy Blue Pillow - Decorative Pillo  10x20 to 12x24 Hunter Green Decorative Bolster Pillow Cover-15 COLOR CHOICES -Medium Weight Cotton Velvet - Knife Or Pipping Edge
this mix of patterns and textures can work well in the fall and winter


Nadia Vase
Add some blooms from your yard to a vintage ginger jar, or a retail knock-off a for an easy pairing. The one above is from Joss & Main and is only $24.95.



What colors make you happiest this time of year?