Pops of color…

I love a clean, crisp all white interior, but pops of color is certainly a strong trend this summer season. It’s all about mixing bright colors…think green and blue and orange and yellow. It’s a statement that will transform any space…on the walls, in bedding, in decor, on rugs…and it’s all about reflecting your personal style. See how the textures layer this colorful look but the walls add an element of grounding?

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If this is too much color (and I know it screams “too busy” for some), you can still stay on trend with some more subtle pops of color…

Still gorgeous, fun and on trend!

Yours in design,

Melanie

Blue island inspiration…

I love it when my client’s inpire me and ignite my creativity! And this time (again!) it’s with the beautiful color blue. Whether it is applied to the walls or sporadically deposited throughout the decor or in a chunky piece of furniture…it’s truely love. I love this primary color so much that once upon a time I even had cool blue countertops and tiled flooring in my kitchen! I. Am. Not. Joking. (Wish I had a picture!) And this remarkable color is also trending for kitchen islands…think midnight blue and slate blue and connecticute blue and bayberry blue…so many blues! And with grays everywhere, it’s a fun option to add interest and character…

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You can dress it up with brass pendants or anchor your space with serene chrome…add natural tones in your styling and you’ve got yourself a pretty and interesting and warm and inviting space.

Yours in design,

Melanie

Wild about wicker…

There are lots of trends out there in the design world and the lovely wicker is one of the great ones. This light yet sturdy material is suitiable for outdoors…and predominantly used for outdoors…but is also wonderfully funcational and beautiful indoors as well. Did you know that wicker is made from a variety of plants? Hence bringing that natural element to any space…think reeds and grasses (bamboo) and creepers (rattan) and thin tree branches (willow). Of course, there is also resin wicker made to look like natural wicker and is typically called “all weather wicker”….a synthetic material created by using the method of weaving. I plan on having lots of wicker in my lake house…think natural toned bamboo side tables and white rattan chairs…

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And this wonderful wicker comes in many shapes and sizes! Tables and chandeliers and chairs and benches and vases and fans…so versatile and super stylish!

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So wild about wicker…

Yours in design,

Melanie

Create your space…

Now that the warmer weather is finally here, it’s time to style your outdoor spaces!  Whether your space is covered or completely open to the elements, it should always be comfortable…think snug sofas and restful ottomans and cozy pillows and soft throws. Plants and flowers bring in some warm and natural tones, lighting adds ambience and decor adds character. No need for an actual dining table if your space doesn’t allow it…side tables and coffee tables will do the trick instead. Check out these swoon worthy spaces…

They’re just so comfy and colorful and monotone. And I absolutely love the use of rugs in the covered spaces. Don’t have a hardscape? No problem…take a look at these lovelies…

You can create a pretty space anywhere…just think outside of the box! Don’t you agree?

Yours in design,

Melanie

It’s beginning to look a lot like spring…

Finally! And these warmer days have me dreaming of water and palm trees and breezy outdoor spaces. And blue and white ikats and florals and natural rattan. Entertaining outside…grilled fish and cold cocktails and burning candles. (Or really…flameless candles…to make my hubby happy!) And if we’re lucky enough to be near water, nothing says relax like the vision of a sailboat…I just love the sight of sailboats! Not to mention, sand and shells and umbrellas…OK…I know…jumping ahead to summer! Anywho…you get the drift (no pun intended!) Just look at these breezy images…

 

Go ahead…dream on!

Yours in design,

Melanie

Porch appeal…

I have always been in love with front porches. I love the relaxed charming feel of these added extensions…they’re just so southern and dreamy. So welcoming and cottage-y. And boy do they make a first impression! Front porches became a popular design feature in the 1840’s and 1850’s as a place to socialize. Before radio and television and modern technology, the porch was a place to conjure family and friends in the warmer months as it was typically a few degrees cooler than inside the house. The word porch derives from the Latin word “porticus” meaning “covered gallery” or “covered walkway between columns.”  OK, enough history…don’t you love them?

There’s just so many adorable ways to style a porch…be it comfy seating with plush pillows and throws, assorted tables for libations and snacks, soft rugs for bare feet, potted plants and cool fans and lighting…whatever your individual style, it’s bound to brim with curb appeal. And of course, if a front porch is not built onto your home, back porches and covered decks are just as fun!

Now go relax!

Yours in design,

Melanie

Let’s talk…

First of all, I have missed y’all! Life took over the past few days and my fingers didn’t hit the keyboard…but I’m back…happily. And I want to talk…farmhouse! This trendy style has no boundaries and embraces all things eclectic. The mix of aesthetics and periods lends itself to a plethora of design ambitions. Think rustic farmhouse with aged bronze and chipped paint, or modern farmhouse embodied by black rod iron and clean lines, or cottage farmhouse with buckled baskets and white palettes. There’s just so much that farmhouse style has to offer…and I’m in love with it! You can dress it up with lots of fabrics and wall art or down with the minimalist approach of clear jugs and natural accents. Think milk jars, deer antlers, wood cutting boards, slip covered sofas, aged patinas, varied metals, ruffles and layered decor…all things simple, creative, vintage and contemporary…

This style is just so romantically refreshing and feminine and warm and masculine and authentic. Did I say I’m in love? LOL…

Yours in design,

Melanie