18 Nov

The Colors of the Year

As the announcement of Pantone’s Color of the Year draws closer, design insiders recognizing the marketing power of color and the iconization of the color of the year are jumping on the bandwagon to announce their own color choices for 2016.

First up was Ben Moore’s Simply White ( and we all know how that went!) Ben Moore asks us to surrender to the complexity of white . Suggesting that  the interplaay of layered whites and diffused light creates nuances and subtle beauty.

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Today, following suit, Sherwin Williams’ also announced Alabaster (SW 7008), a hue symbolic of new beginnings, as the 2016 Color of the Year.

“Alabaster represents a straightforward and necessary shift to mindfulness, well-being and an atmosphere that is pure,” said Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing, Sherwin-Williams. “It provides an oasis of calmness, spirituality and ‘less is more’ visual relief. Alabaster is neither stark nor overly warm, but rather an understated and alluring hue of white.”

Hotly debated as to whether it is a color at all, white has a strong connection with pureness and light across many cultures. At a time when homeowners are faced with excess and clutter, and may be overwhelmed by the commotion of technology, Alabaster encourages a time to relax and re-examine, according to Sherwin Williams.

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Valspar recently announced their coloring trends complete with a coloring book.

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Now Robert Allen introduces the Interior Designer Color of the Year – Batik Blue. Robert Allen’s process is a bit different. Batik Blue, Beet, and Mussel Shell, were selected by the Color Experts at Robert Allen as three colors that will have strong relevance in interior design throughout 2016. To determine the initial three options, Robert Allen examined colors in style throughout history, as well as current color patterns on runways, in interiors, and even trending online.  From there, over 2,000 interior designers and design lovers voted online, selecting Batik Blue as the winner with over 40% of the vote. Once again validating that blue is universally the favorite color of consumers.

 “Batik Blue is a particularly versatile shade. Think of your favorite pair of jeans and how you pair them with everything in your closet, regardless of color, pattern, or texture. We see Batik Blue the same way, as a backdrop to all colors, whether calm and neutral or bright and funky.”

 

Here’s the scoop on the three colors:

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Batik Blue: Like a tried-and-true pair of jeans, Batik Blue’s inky dark indigo is infinitely versatile whether layered with similar unbuttoned blues for a classic, tone-on-tone look, or offset with arresting colors such as fuchsia and lime.

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Beet: Flaunting one of the most brilliant colors found in the natural world, beet’s saturated red-cast purple connotes high fashion and pairs well with everything from creamy white to bright green—like that found in its leafy tops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mussel Shell: Inspired by a bivalve’s opalescent, purple-tinged blue, Mussel Shell is an intriguing, grownup version of periwinkle that balances masculine and feminine undertones.

 

 

 

 

Which color of the year is your favorite?

03 Nov

Thanksgiving Table Settings

With only a couple of weeks until the big day we thought you could use some quick & easy Thanksgiving table setting ideas.  Exercise your creativity and use the resources you have on hand to put some of these lovely ideas into action to create a beautiful table for your family. ( In the interest of transparency- this post originally appeared 11/2014. )

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First up is the star of the event your table centerpiece.

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We love these bare tree branches because they are dramatic yet you can still see the person on the other side of the table and they don’t interfere with the conversation.

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Your produce drawer is full of beautiful colors and texture that you can arrange into a lovely centerpiece.  Throw in some paper leaves or other decorations and you are ready to go.

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These colors are so rich and they are a nice break from the traditional color motifs of the season.  Who says it has to be orange and brown?

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When all else fails go with gold!

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This simple idea is a new twist on the classic orange studded with cloves.  Just think of the creative designs you can quickly carve into your citrus and there is the added plus of that great smell.

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Raw wood rules supreme this year with these simple log cuts arranged in a tiered display topped with mason jar candles.

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Place Cards set the mood for a more formal affair and give your guests a sense of belonging.  There are many easy ideas that you can throw together to make them all feel at home.

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Small log cuts with a groove sawn into the top make cute place card holders.

 

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Larger log cuts can serve as dramatic chargers.

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The lowly walnut can serve as a quick name holder in a pinch.  Spray them with metallic paint or glitter to dress them up.

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Put those Fall leaves to good use as place setters.

 

Candles light the room and add warmth and a sense of calm to your table as well.  Avoid scented candles that will clash with the wonderful aromas of your dinner.

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Jute string secures these mini pilgrim corn cobs around a simple glass votive.  Add a strip of sticky tape around the jar to be sure everything stays in place,

 

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Burlap ribbon has a million and one uses at  this time of year.

 

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More pilgrim corn around a large candle

 

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Fresh vegetables are a nice addition to any table.

 

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Fruit illuminated in water is both beautiful and aromatic.

 

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Hollow out small pumpkins and gourds for votives at each place setting or as a grouping in the center of the table.

 

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Use those leftover apples that Grandma didn’t put into the pie to hold some tapers.  If you don’t have fancy candle spikes just bore a hole in the center of each apple for the candle.

 

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Small twigs can be hot glues to the side of small votives for a rustic charm.

 

Table Runners are an easy way to dress your table .  Here are a few fun ideas for DIY projects.

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Fall leaves are great if you’ve got them.

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If you are like me and live in an area where the leaves don’t turn then improvise with stencils or stamps.

 

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Burlap by the yard makes a great runner.  I love the way they tied the end here.

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Upholstery strapping can be woven into runners or individual place mats.

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Put that left over trim or ribbon to use to embellish your runners, place mats, or napkins.

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The bottom line is that we are all very busy and sometimes the holidays can sneak up on us but with a little imagination you can put together a lovely table for your family.  Just don’t take it too seriously and have fun with it.  At the end of the day it’s really about giving thanks and enjoying  our family and friends and no one will remember if your table was set perfectly.

Wishing you and yours a fantastic Thanksgiving!