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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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Colors Today – Vermilion

Happy Friday everyone! Today is another edition of our Colors Today series. This time I want to highlight vermillion! Other names for this color include “fire-engine Red” “cherry red” or “blood red” and it fell out of popularity a few years ago and is most definitely coming back but (as usual) with a twist. Instead of being used in oriental design, with lots of intricate, patterned things, it is as a bright solid brining contrast wherever needed.

It can be used as a pungent accent to very minimalistic or Scandinavian design…

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…Or in juxtaposition to highly ornate and traditional styles:

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Both of these ways of using red are highly contrasting and make the red jump out at you in a pleasing way.

The red family has traditionally been paired with saturated blues and mint. They are opposite each other on the color wheel, which means they are complimentary. However, as tonal design is coming into popularity, vermillion is being paired with colors in its own family in addition to the cooler colors. Like so:

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This way of using vermillion is also highly contrasting but in a much more subtle way. The difference in saturation of the warm colors used in these photos is what prevents it feeling too warm. To put it another way: the pink appears so soft against the bright vermillion that it creates a stark contrast between the two colors. Even thought they both read as warm, they still contrast each other, which is what creates the interest and eclectic atmosphere.

Okay, enough with all of the trend talk. Heres some good ‘ol fashioned pretty pictures!

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What Does “Bright” Design Mean?

Happy Friday, everyone! Today I want to talk about what it means when people say “bright” in reference to the feel of a room. A few weeks ago I did a post about moody design, so I figured I would now go the other way and delve into what the opposite – bright, means. Similar to moody design, brightness is a ‘mood’ as opposed to a style in and of itself. This means that it can be applied to any style.

Unlike moody design, bright design is completely oversaturated (get it??) in the design scene these days, so I’m going to try to break it down into just a few key elements:

#1 Natural Light

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Obviously when talking about “brightness” the element of light will be the most important. Duh. This is one that in my opinion, you can’t have too much of, and I know you’ve heard that from every designer ever. Maybe one day there will be a deviant trend where dank dark basements become a covetable architectural feature, but I doubt that will happen and if it does, I quit.

#2 White

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Second most important is lots of white! One of the most common things I hear is “Not white! Its too sterile.” or sometimes “Really? Just boring white?” The truth is that white is the best equalizer that I know of. Period. Painting your walls white allows you to add 10X more color and texture than you otherwise would’ve been able to. To make a sweeping generalization (because who doesn’t love those), unless you are going for a ultra minimalistic, dramatic, or editorial look, white is always best for a functional home. Here I include some examples of homes with tons of warmth and color that are not boring at all, and also use white on at least the walls.

#3 Saturated Colors

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I debated adding this one at all because a bright and neutral colored home is entirely possible and absolutely lovely. The addition of saturated colors are not 100% necessary in order to a home to be “bright”, however the combination of natural light + white + saturated colors = something so utterly “bright” that I couldn’t NOT include it!

#4 Openness?

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This one is a little harder to describe. It could be an open floor plan, a sky light, large windows, or even just high ceilings (a combination of these would be total design porn)

Even though all styles can be bright I think that the styles that lend themselves to this “brightness” are Modern, Mid-century Modern, and Scandinavian styles.

So what is your take on bright design? What elements do you love about bright design?

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Can’t Miss Instagram Stories

When I am scrolling through instagram, there are a few stories from influencers that I just CAN NOT MISS. This includes graphic designers, photographers, public figures, business owners, and interior designers who are inspiring and real. Today’s post is highlighting the who, and the why!

But first here are some of the criteria that I think are important for having compelling, and brand-building instagram stories:

#1 They often (at least once a day) put their face on stories, talking to their followers. This is something I think is very important for an influencer who wants to create a personal connection. The whole point being that I trust this person enough to “influence” me, right? So face-to-face contact is completely necessary for building that trust.

#2 Something that most of these people have in common is their personal engagement with their followers. I often reply to their stories and get a positive, appreciative, and conversational response back.

#3 They show spontaneous parts of their every day life. Getting coffee, playing with kids, getting stuck in traffic, food, hanging out with friends and family. They all have real and important careers outside of instagram but that is relatively small part of what they share, as opposed to personal moments. This also helps build trust between them and me.

#4 They add to their stories every day. They almost never have less than 5-6 stories up at all times!

#5 Most of them story about cooking their meals. I like food =)

First up:

Jamie Beck –  @annestreetstudio

Jamie is a NYC photographer living in Provence who is an authority on all things french country living. Her stories are full of breathtaking landscapes, mouthwatering fresh produce, and elegant dining experiences. Her specialty is creating classic style still lifes. The thing I love about her stories is how she shows every detail of her creative process, from arranging, to styling, to editing. The best thing is she keeps all of her still life stories saved in her highlights! You really need to check them out…

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Bri Emery – @designlovefest

I follow Bri Emery for a few different reasons. #1 she is the graphic designer and creative director for her company Design Love Fest. She works with some of the most fashionable brands in the world to create beautiful, editorial, images and in her stories she shows us her creative process, as well as how fun it can be. #2 she has an amazing fashion sense, and #3 One of her hobbies is trying new recipes and sharing with friends, and who doesn’t love a fancy taco pic, or a boomerang of cheese bubbling??

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Sarah Akwisombe – @sarahakwisombe

Sarah is a London based influencer, interior stylist, and the brain behind The No Bull Business School. She, her husband Jason (@lifeofthedad), and their daughter Marley are HILARIOUS. Her stories are equal parts goofy and inspirational, and they provide a much-appreciated behind the scenes of running a business and working with brands. She makes me feel like I can do it.

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Catherine McCord – @weelicious

Okay, the truth is that I just now learned her real name. Thanks Instagram. Up till now, If I had seen her on the street I would’ve said “Hey! its Weelicious!” and that might’ve offended her. So sorry, Catherine McCord! Anyway, she is a mom of 3 as well as a Food Network judge on Guy’s Grocery Games and a general food guru. She shows on her stories her unrealistically healthy smoothies and her sweet relationships with her kids. Gemma in particular is one of my favorite insta-famous children! I have never seen a 3 yr old eat as well as Gemma does. She pops pickled ginger like its french fries! There is a lot of laughter and positive vibes in her stories.

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Jeff Mindell – @jeffmindell

Jeff and his wife Kelly (of @studiodiy) adopted their son Arlo a little over a year ago. He is a photographer, influencer, and all around nice guy! Jeff somehow creates a personal relationship with his audience and you get a real-life look at being a new dad. At least 80% of his content is of little Arlo who is painfully adorable. The other 20% consists of LA living, working with brands to create beautiful photos, and lots and lots of Dunkin Doughnuts coffee…

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Sabrina Smelko – @sabrinasmelko

First of all: SHES CANADIAN! Its shocking how little us Americans know about Canadian culture, here I get little snippets. Secondly, she is a really hip graphic designer and interior stylist. She likes to cook on her stories (these are my favorite) and it always turns out flawless… She has an insta-famous dog Piper who is completely adorable and I follow her for her sense of humor and fashion sense.

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In the last year since I got Instagram I have enjoyed studying influencers and how social media works. These are some of the people I try to emulate when I am building my online presence and personal brand. They value real-life, personal relationships, and most importantly they LOVE making beautiful things! Please, please, please check them out!!

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The Terrazzo Invasion

Happy Tuesday ya’ll! I am coming at you with another trend alert today. Terrazzo – its not just for government buildings and banks anymore. It is EVERYWHERE are I am loving it!

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Terrazzo refers to an ancient method of floor making that involves crushed bits of marble, quartz, granite, glass or other leftovers suspended in either concrete or epoxy resin and polished. The result is a speckled and textured finish.

For a long time this type of flooring (I didn’t know what it was called when I was a child) reminded me of boring, heartless, and cold government buildings. But If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that trends will always come back in one form or another, and always with a new twist. Remember caning? Twisted into new shapes, paired with different colors, and tied to modern trends in design…

This is the old version of terrazzo that I remember as a child:

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These are things that do not excite.

These are things that do excite:

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Terrazzo is not just for floors anymore. It is being used as countertops, as well as furniture, and even lighting!
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The grain of terrazzo has the potential to be really large scale and bold (like in the first few photos) or smaller scale and speckled. However, both scales are rather busy and detailed, and whenever you have something that creates a busy energy in a room you have to pair it with the opposite: minimal, calm, modern, Scandinavian.  You’ll notice none of the photos I’ve shared have a ‘traditional’ vibe. They are all in styles that are more streamlined: modern, Scandinavian, mid-century, and art deco.

Terrazzo has been updated, not just in shape and style but also in color. Most terrazzo used to be a monochromatic beige, but the new iteration of terrazzo is introducing pastels, jewel tones, and moody colors:

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I absolutely love this pattern because of the way it combines the natural texture of stone, and the polished concrete, not to mention the bright, minimal designs it is being paired with! I am so excited to see where this trend is going…

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