An unexpected but brilliant alternative to flowers, these embroidery hoop centerpieces are colorful, artistic and impactful. Gather your bridesmaids for a night of crafting, and knock out a chunk of your wedding worries. You’ll just need embroidery hoops, embroidery floss, floral wire and yarn in your wedding colors.
The bathroom’s new water closet offers privacy, with colorful art on the walls inside for a decorative touch. Moving the location of the blue-gray guest bedroom closet allowed room for a more spacious bathroom on this level of the home.
Bedding in the home’s signature black and white color palette juxtaposes stripes and polka-dots for a very modern mix of patterns. Pops of orange throughout the room liven up the space while giving it a warm yet youthful feel. Even more color finds it way in through the metallic side table and lamp, while leopard-patterned pillows on both beds tie the colors and patterns together.
The ceiling of the front porch was painted aqua, to provide contrast for the home's deep charcoal gray exterior and give a preview of the strong use of color inside the home. A coordinating aqua knit throw on one end of the sectional sofa keeps guests warm and cozy on chilly nights.
Completing the home office is a colorful display, combing mid-century furnishings with bright red lamps, wallpaper, and of course, books. Even in the quietest of its spaces, this home revels in the bright colors and lively patterns that describe so much of who this family is.
Color is meant to enhance at-home entertaining. You can quickly add in color and save money by using what you already have in your house. The linens should be your centerpiece: the simpler, the better so you can layer items. Once you have your linens, choose a color palette, and then treat your home like a store and pick out some of your favorite things to create a tablescape that reflects your personality.
Beyond the neutral Persian rug and gray sofas, elements have been brought in to add a wash of color to the space. To highlight the home's high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling drapery in aubergine adds an unexpected infusion of color. Pastel shades of pink and blue are brought home with a gallery wall of fashion illustrations by artist Leigh Viner. Pillows from the couple's collection bring in a does of color and pattern.
The artwork nestled in the tiny wall niche next to the bed was chosen not just for its coordinating colors and geometric patterns, but also for its perfect size and shape. Local Truckee, Calif. painter Carole Sesko, who also did the artwork in the adjacent guest bathroom, created this piece using acrylic paint and mixed media.
Modern cotton has been bred to be all white for convenience, but gardeners who love novelty, and home weavers who appreciate natural colors, can grow heirloom varieties that are brown, green, and even pale lavender. Saving seed from year to year preserves their unique colors. Cotton needs warm soil and a long, hot season to mature its pods before fall.