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Colors Today – Sage Green

Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone had a lovely Labor Day weekend. Life has definitely gotten crazy for me over the past month or so and I have felt out of touch with the design world as of late. But now I am diving back in and I am seeing A LOT of sage green!

In spite of the huge surge of warm, earthy colors exploding all over the internet, (see: Vermillion, Mustard and Millennial, Terracotta, and Wine) this color has remained highly popular. It used to be called mint and was usually paired with peachy salmon colors, sea shells, and some hydrangeas, but these days it has grown dusty and much more grown up…

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Unlike a lot of color crazes these days, sage green is being seen mostly on walls and other large surfaces! It is breaking up the barrage of white walled pictures on the internet (nothing against white walls of course!) But to see this color being used so boldly is refreshing. This is due in part to sage green being such a soft and delicate color. It wont overpower the other colors, or darken the room. It is also style ambiguous! It is not only paired with scandi design, but also with french provincial, and traditional styles.

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Sage green loves to be paired with warm wood tones (opposite to it on the color wheel) as seen above. It also does very well being paired with a dark forrest green:

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Which fits with the trend of mixing colors in the same hue but with different tones as a way of creating contrast.

Here are some of my favorite ways that I see sage green being used in design these days:

In Interiors:

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In Fashion:

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In Vingette:

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Sofa / Chair / Rug / Coffee Table / Art / Art / Planter / Sconce / Candle / Pillow / Books

Want to incorporate sage green in to your home? As always I suggest starting small, to make sure you like it before you commit to a whole wall, sofa, or other piece of large furniture. Check out some of this stuff:

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1 Room 3 Ways, Design Board, E-Design, Inspiration, Shopping, Tips

1 Bathroom 3 Ways

Happy Friday! Today is another installment of 1 room 3 ways, this time – a bathroom! A bathroom is a great place to do this because even though there are a lot of permanent fixtures, there are endless fun little accessories you can style with. Which means that picking just 3 combos was very very hard!

First we look at the bare bones of this bathroom:

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The Vanity: This simple midcentury modern vanity is from Rejuvenation, which has some really fabulous vanities that go with most styles! With everything included, they are customizable and a great backdrop.

The Mirror: This mirror is from Pottery Barn and is an interesting shape with the fun chain detail, but is still simple enough to go with anything.

The Pendant: This pendant is a gem from Lulu And Georgia! It is the perfect blend of unique and simple. You’re not likely to find this ziggurat style anywhere else.

I also chose a white penny tile for the floor and shower. Penny tile is probably the most versatile (ha! get it!?) tile there is.

The styling variables:

  • Sconces
  • Art
  • Rug
  • Chair
  • Basket
  • Towels

The goal is to take these variables and change them around to demonstrate how different a room can look just by changing out the cosmetics.

Global Version:

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Sconces / Art / RugChairBasket / Towels / Vase

For the global version of this bathroom a vintage kilm rug was the jumping off point. Global style is characterized by ethnic patterns, wood, and warm tones. It is a very layered style that is great for mixing in to other styles.

Wallpaper Version:

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Sconces / ArtRug / Chair / BasketVaseWallpaper

We take a hard left turn with this wallpaper, turning the bathroom whimsical, colorful, and almost childlike. There is something very colonial about this iteration but I can’t pin down a specific style. It hints at a lot of different things.

Modern Scandinavian:

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Sconce / ArtRug / ChairLadder / Towels

The Modern Scandinavian bathroom is really minimalist and simple with clean lines and warm tones. This style is similar to global in that it can be mixed with any other style effortlessly. Unlike global style it is characterized by color blocking (no pattern), simple lines, and minimalist, open spaces.

1 Bathroom 3 Ways

Styling is magic! It can completely transform a room into different versions of itself. In this series I demonstrate how to restyle the same room 3 different ways and completely transform it!

Don’t miss the other posts in this series!

1 Bedroom 3 Ways, 1 Living Room 3 Ways, 1 Nursery 3 Ways

Design Board, Design Plan, E-Design

What is E-Design?

Happy Monday! Today is very very exciting for The Fig Design as I launch the second half of this business. E-Design is something that really gets me excited, because It is a way of meeting people and creating art that can be done from anywhere in the world!

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So what exactly is e-design? The short version: E-Design is an all-online way to form a cohesive design plan for your home. In the past, the client’s role in the design of their home was fairly detached. I think of the stereotype in sitcoms of a flowing entrance by a self-important and overly “artistic” designer (usually wearing a scarf) who dramatically declares “everything must go!” and “I love it!” or “This disgusts me, take it away!” and the client’s naive impulse to do anything the designer says because “well…they’re the expert…” (Later in the episode the client realizes that they like their home just the way it is and they brusquely toss the haughty designer out, against some french-accented and highly pompous objections. The characters drink hot chocolate and feel warm and fuzzy. The end.)

Thankfully, In the last few years the format for “design” has largely shifted to become far more collaborative and hands on! Aided by blogs, HGTV, and internet videos, more and more people are gaining the confidence and desire to do it themselves. In an effort to aid and encourage this mindset, e-design helps give a solid direction and cohesive plan to a DIY approach.

One of the pitfalls of DIY design is that sometimes a lot of time and money can be wasted by not having a solid and cohesive design plan for your space. Thats where e-design comes in! It takes a lot of the expensive guesswork out of designing your home and is a streamlined way to represent YOUR style as accurately as possible for a lot less moolah then an in-person designer.

To find out more about the process for e-design, head over to the E-Design Services page! There you will find what is included in an e-design, guidelines for how to determine a budget, an e-design demo, pricing, and more!

Colors Today, Design Board, Inspiration, Shopping, Trends

California Cool Living Room

Happy Friday! Patterns and I haven’t been getting along lately. For some reason I am being drawn to solid colors and interesting textures. Here is a result of that: The California Cool Living Room. The only pattern in this room is the jute rug from Serena and Lily . My favorite part is that quirky art from Artfully Walls.

I like to design with a particular person in mind, and here I give a short description of who I think that person is and what their lifestyle is like. This makes designing more fun and meaningful, since design is about describing someone visually in order to help you get to know them. In these posts I reverse the process!

“Ada is a graduate of UCLA with a BA in economics and agriculture. Her style is bright with lots of colors and rose gold accents. You can usually find her in the hiking trails surrounding Los Angeles, munching granola. She has dark blond hair, bright blue eyes, and lots of freckles. A smile jumps to her face at the drop of her hat and she always strives to be encouraging to others above all else. Her favorite food is tomatoes, her favorite band is Greta Van Fleet, and her least favorite thing is crowded amusement parks.”

You might notice that the description of the person in these posts has almost nothing to do with the design itself, which is very intentional. People are rarely so predictable and parts of their personalities often contradict other parts.

I am sure I’ll be back into patterns at some point soon but for now this is what I am jiving with!

Sofa, Chairs, Coffee Table, Rug, Light, Art, Art, Candlesticks, Pillow, Plant

Budget, Design Board, Design Challenge, Design Plan, Inspiration

Budget E-Design – Living Room

Happy Friday! Today we have another Budget E-Design, this time for the living room! This room is a continuation of this bedroom which was done with only $2,500. Since there are more furnishings in a living room I increased the budget for today’s post to $3,000. This living room is in the same small apartment as the bedroom, so the style and feel will continue to be cozy, bright, and feminine, to keep the home feeling cohesive.

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This living room’s style has a lot of Scandinavian influence, and soft, pastel colors. The big splurges here were the ceiling lights from CB2, and that fabulous rug from France and Son is such a great price!

One consistent element of my designs seems to be quirky art. It is the perfect way to bring in some character and color.

Texture Inspiration:

Design Challenge- Living Room- Texture Inspo

 

Here are some 3D images that I used to get the dimensions of everything right. Please note: this is only an approximation of the full design for the purpose of spacial design.

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Stay tuned for the rest of this little home in the next few weeks!
In other news: head over to my Instagram Stories to get in on the ground floor for a new Build a Room series!