Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Impulse Accessorizing III

Most of the time there isn't enough money in the budget for a complete overhaul of a home or room and most of the time people would like a little something new to keep their spaces fresh and evolving.  A few new accessories on a console, mantle or side table can breath new life into a room without being cost prohibitive.

From time to time I come across a piece that I would categorize as an "impulse accessory."  It has to be under $100 dollars (so it doesn't require any major savings or a family discussion) but also it needs just enough style to make an impact.

Third Installment: Retro Tray

This would be great for a funky kitchen on a display shelf or in the family room on an ottoman/coffee table.  These are available in a few different colors and shapes, but I think the sunshiny yellow is happy and lends to the retro feel. Gretel Home has these priced $43.00 plus tax... at that price you could get more than one!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fab Five on 5: Grey Paint

Everyone has favorites.  The "go to" places or things that are always the right fit for their sensibilities.  Designers are no different!  If asked, they have a list of favorites for any category in design, whether it's their favorite show stopping sofas or their most coveted accessories. 

Below is another installment of my monthly "Fab 5 on Five", a compilation of my favorite things on the fifth of each month.   Painting rooms with grey is really current, but if you get the wrong shade you can end up with a color that appears anywhere from baby blue to baby poo.

Grey Paints: Solved.

1) Silver tone that you can actually see: SW 0055 Light French Grey

2)Warm grey that doesn't go pink: Sherwin Williams SW6017 Popular Grey

3) Cool grey that doesn't go blue: SW 7649 Silver Plate

4) Light grey that is inviting and barely there: SW 7671 On The Rocks

5) Darker grey that is great for accenting: SW 7650 Ellie Gray