Need Some Rehab Therapy? Dive Into This Delightful Pool House

working pool boy ring button next to dressing room door in pool house

‘Oh, pool boy!’

You’re gonna drool over this incredible pool house (that just so happens to feature our ever-popular Designer Series Woven Wood Shades) designed by our friends Ashley and Jamin at The Handmade Home.  The softly colored, complementary combo of textiles, finishes and interior design elements (including that perfectly fabulous pool boy button that really rings!) make quite the splash.

We’re totally gaga over this special gift her client had built for his amazing mom. Dive into Ashley’s blog post here for the full story, more stunning pics (the sneak peek below courtesy of The Handmade Home), and all the deets on this sur-really serene and special space.

large windows around therapy pool covered with Designer Woven Wood shades by Select Blinds

Along with skylights, to keep things “light and airy,” Ashley chose our Designer Series Woven Wood Shades in Nassau for the large expanse of windows.

colorful corner seating area featuring Select Blinds Designer Series Woven Wood Shades in color Nassau

This cozy corner gathering spot is full of tranquil textures and splashed with fun color. The double-duty ottoman/coffee table also serves as extra hidden storage space.

6 Rooms of Inspiration: 3 More Shades

one room challenge fall 2018 featured designer logos

Meet the 20 Featured Designers of the 2018 Fall One Room Challenge

Welcome back to Part II of the Fall 2018 One Room Challenge (ORC) reveals! (Catch up with Part I here) So excited to share the inspired transformations by these three incredible Featured Designers. Read their blogs to get all the details on how they did it from scratch to finish. So without further ado, prepare to be blown away!

Erin Kestenbaum: Master Bedroom

empty bedroom Before: A classic 1940’s Colonial
Cloudy Blue Wallpaper in Stylish Master Bedroom After: Fresh colonial blues and grays and multiple textures are layered
together to maintain the timelessness of this new masterful master.
Obsessed is not the word for the window seat (or the color) in the closet,
topped by our Premier Modern Natural Woven Wood Shades in Half Moon Bay.
Erin also added them above the custom radiator cover her husband built (left).

Kelly GoLightly: Kaylee’s Tween Dream Bedroom

Girls room with pink drapery, walls and white furniture Before Kaylee’s closet looked like mine (I have a step-stool, too), but watch Mom Kelly work her
magic in a soft, sophisticated palette of grown-up hues with sleek surfaces and fun finishes.
Audrey Hepburn girls bedroom decor | Photo Credit Fred Moser And after. Audrey would be proud
Leaf Wallpaper in Girls Organized Closet | Photo Credit Fred Moser Serious closet envy. More than a tween’s dream, wallpaper and gold disco ball I’d die for.
Pink Roman Shades in girls room | Photo Credit Fred Moser Pink Window Blinds Protect this Girls Room from Cold / Heat and
Offer Privacy Indoors (Kelly’s Photos were taken by  Fred Moser)

Style Me Pretty (Erin Lepperd): East Coast Classic Meets West Coast Cool Dining Room

White decor in old dining room with yellow walls | Photo Credit Madison Rae Photography Before: Bye-bye, pale yellow walls!

Long wooden dining room table between light brown woven wood blinds | Photo Credit Madison Rae Photography After: Hello, New England coastal cottage!

close up of designer series woven wood shades in figi bleached white | Photo Credit Madison Rae Photography Erin paired our Designer Series Woven Wood Shades in Fiji Bleached White
with Faded French Stripe curtain panels for a casual, coastal vibe.
side chairs with sheepskin covers at wooden dining room table | Photo Credit Madison Rae Photography 19th Century English schoolhouse side chairs are topped with
sheepskin chair pads for a cozy twist on these antique classics.
(Erin’s photos were taken by Madison Rae Photography)

We were thrilled to work with six of the ORC designers featured this fall, as well as two Guest Participants, Emily and Ola. Can’t wait to see what they do next spring!

Emily Dahl (la casa, la selva): Brothers’ Hyggeligt Bedroom

Boy reads book under new Fern roman shades from Select Blinds After Emily added a little brotherly love
(and our Signature Blackout Roman Shades in Fern) to the space.
finished brothers bedroom with mint green walls behind dark wood crib Brother and Baby Sleep in These Serene Green Hygge Bedroom for Boys

Ola Swarn (Jadore Le Decor): The “This Is Us” Keeping Room

Living Room with Exotic Decor Living Area Before

Dining Room With Vertical Blinds Before Transformation Dining Area Before

Zebra Roller Shades over Sliding Glass Patio Door Behind Wood Cabinet with Record Player Click here to read Ola’s review of our Zebra Shades, styled with this tropical
decor before the finishing touches were added to her One Room Challenge entry.
Modern Living Room with Grey Walls and White Rug After: The combined 300 sf “Keeping Room” blends Ola’s love of art, music and family.
Keeping our zebra-style Premium Flat Roller Shades (in Ivory)
on the sliding doors in the dining area was a bold choice that worked out beautifully.
Bright dining room with pink chairs and wood floor Ola’s finished dining area is totally rejuvenated after her One Room Challenge makeover!
Wall art and Home Decor Scattered Among White Walls of Recently Remodeled Room Family photos, treasures and memories are prominently displayed.

Are you ready to take the challenge? Watch the One Room Challenge website for details on how to become a Guest Participant next Spring, and shop with us to help make your own interior design transformations possible any time of the year.

See more on the Fall 2018 ORC from official media sponsor Better Homes & Gardens.

6 Rooms of Inspiration

Fall 2018 One Room Challenge Featured Designers | Photo credit: ORC

We are so “wowed” with the results of this year’s Fall One Room Challenge (ORC) and the AH-mazing designers we had the opportunity to work with that we’re breaking up this blog into two parts to give everyone the attention they deserve!

This was our first year as an official sponsor of the annual online design lollapalooza that has taken IG by storm. Now in its fourteenth season, this twice-yearly unique celebration of creativity, inspiration and original ideas follows 20 talented designers through a 6-week transformation of a single space, from design boards to demolition to their gorgeously executed reveals.

Select Blinds was honored to have six of this season’s featured designers (and two guest designers) include our products in their rooms.  We loved the diversity in design and style they represent, from eclectic modern mashups to a charming this-old-house Victorian vogue  ( that monkey wallpaper in the bathroom!!!). Here are some of the gorgeous images they shared with us. We invite you to read their blogs for all the down and dirty details  of their 6-week  transformational journey during the Fall 2018 ORC.  Enjoy!

Old Brand New (Dabito): 300SF Guesthouse

Unfinished White Laundry Room Before Makeover Before, Dabito’s 300sf artist’s studio/laundry room

New Guest House Full of Colorful Decor and Roman Shades from Select Blinds Transformed after into 4 amazing living spaces, including living room, bedroom, kitchen, bath …

Office window with classic light filtering roman shades from select blinds … and a functional office nook framed with our Classic Light Filtering Roman Shades

Bre Purposed (Breanna Bertolini): Open Concept Casual Living/Dining Room

Cluttered living room with white decor before renovation Bre’s Living/Dining Area’s get prepped for the ORC makeover
New modern living space brown furniture with white walls and grey / black wall art Stylish Modern Casual Living Area After
New modern dining space with premier woven wood shades in quince from Select Blinds Bre used our Premier Woven Wood Shades in her
dining area to accent the wood floors and table

Old Home Love (Candice Meredith): Kit’s “Big Girl” Room

Does the name sound familiar here? That’s because Candis and hubby Andy hosted a TV show on the DIY Network called “Old Home Love”! Watch old episodes online, on the DIY Network’s website, or check out their Instagram for inspiration that will satisfy any “Old Homies!”

White walls and decor in girls room before remodel The bare white walls in Kit’s Room and Bathroom prepare for a makeover.
Bright pink and blue hues highlight the brown roller shades from select blinds Kit’s New Girls Bedroom is a Pink Princess Palace
Oriental decor and furniture in renovated girls room with pink drapesCandis added modern, child-safe convenience to Kit’s windows
with motorized remote control Designer Elements Blackout Shades in Ironbark.

 

One blog was not enough for this One Room Challenge,  read Part II to tour with the next talented trio of featured designers. In the meantime, if you’re up to the challenge, click here for details on how to become a Guest Participant in the 2019 Spring ORC, and let us know how we can help!

See more on the Fall 2018 ORC from official media sponsor Better Homes & Gardens.

The Feels of Fall

antique wooden bowls
#fallisintheair and wood is the new pumpkin! This collection of old wooden bowls shared by Sarah @graceinmyspace serves up one of the hottest trends in fall decor this year. Get on the Fall Follow Train on IG for more like this. 

Ah, September! Cooler temps, vibrant fall colors and warm, woodsy feels. Sweater and boots weather is finally here, ushering in the season of fab fall decor. Time to break out those fuzzy, furry throws along with some other easy ideas on how to change up your interiors with the change of seasons.

Bring in fall and warm up a room with rich looking wood blinds paired with voluminous and dramatic panel drapes in a deep color like burgundy or brown.

We love the look of darker drapery with our lighter colored real wood window blinds!

Here’s a switch. Go darker with drapes over light wood blinds, like our 2″ American Hardwood Blinds.

Reclaimed wood is a good arbiter for fall. Bring in reclaimed accents in a bench, chair, mantel, or wall art. Spruce things up by pairing pieces with seasonal greenery gathered during a walk in the woods or a stop at the local florist for some fall florals.

(BTW, you can also get the reclaimed wood look on your windows with our 2″ Artisan American Distressed Wood Blinds, shown here in fall-look Endinburg. 

Window Treatments from SelectBlinds.com

One of my go-to inspo sites any time of the year is Housebeautiful.com, and they certainly don’t fall short on ideas. One super-simple suggestion I found there is to put firewood on display. Practical and pretty, just grab a large basket by the handles to easily lug your logs to the fireplace.

Photo credit: Don Freeman - Found on House Beautiful

Get the fall feels with fringe and pom-poms to add some whimsy and unique texture to a plain throw, pillows, even shower curtains.

Add a warm, patterned rug to your bathroom to fall in love all over!

I already had pom-poms on my shower curtain, but saw this cray-cray idea on HB for cozying up the bathroom with a throw over the tub. Had to do it! Just realized it even has fringe. Bonus two-fer! Like how it turned out? (And adding a warm, patterned rug they say will make you fall in love with your bathroom all over.)

Leap for leopard-print accents this fall! Choose softer tones for a more subtle, almost neutral look, then layer on some wood accents for a totally earthy, grounded feel.

Any other favorites you’re falling for this season? Leave a comment and let us know!

One Room Challenge Spring 2018 Reveal

ORC Spring 2018 One Room Challenge

Twenty featured designers. Twenty rooms. Six weeks. One big reveal. Oh, and millions of inspirational impressions.

With such impressive stats, chances are some of your favorite influencers with an online home design and decorating presence participated in the 2018 Spring One Room Challenge™. We’re very excited that two of ours — Ashley Goldman from The Gold Hive and Kelly Ballard of City Girl Meets Farm Boy — were selected to showcase their talents in this season’s event, along with some of their favorite products from SelectBlinds.com.

Now in its fourteenth season, the bi-annual ORC online interior design event has been a source of inspiration, motivation and information for DIY designers facing the challenge of designing and finishing a single room. With the support of official media partner House Beautiful and others, it’s popularity has expanded to include a concurrent Guest Participant component which this year attracted 241 participants, including Kelly. Ashley was selected as a Featured Designer this season, after participating as a guest in both 2017 spring and fall events. We’re delighted to share their success and incredible room transformations with you. See their reveals here, and let us know what you think!


Video by Home Love Network. Featured Product: Signature Blackout Roman Shades in Stone Textured over Signature Sheer Weave 3% Solar Shades in White.
Check out how great the SelectBlinds.com Roman Shade looks over Ashley's bed!
Designer Ashley Goldman from the Gold Hive
The Gold Hive's Master Bedroom makeover with SelectBlinds.com Roman Window Treatments“I did my favorite shade trick again! I layered blackout roman shades over light-diffusing solar shades both from SelectBlinds. The double layered shades is my favorite way to adjust different lighting needs throughout the day.”
 
Video by Kelly Ballard. Featured Product: Premier 2″ Faux Wood Blinds in Snow
Kelley Ballard's window makeover
Another view of Kelley Ballard's window with SelectBlinds.com Faux Woods
Don't the faux woods from SelectBlinds.com complete this room?“I love SelectBlinds and have used them for 15 years. They are super EASY to order, EASY to install, and EASY on the pocketbook.”

P.S. Shout out, too, to ORC Guest Participant Nicole Cole of vestigehome , who used our Signature Vinyl Blackout Roller Shades in White in this adorable nursery (that mobile!!!).

Private residence in Philadelphia, PA. Image for Vestige Home and Nicole Cole. Copyright 2018 Rebecca McAlpin. All Rights Reserved.

Private residence in Philadelphia, PA. Image for Vestige Home and Nicole Cole. Copyright 2018 Rebecca McAlpin. All Rights Reserved.

2018 Trend Tips

Calgon, take me away! Spa bathrooms are in the top 25 of the Pinterest 100 home trends this year. (Source: via Pinterest/Architecture Art Designs.)

If you’re like me and rely heavily on social media for divine design inspiration (where would we be without Pinterest? Check out their predictions for this year’s top home trends), you’ve been inundated lately with lists of what’s in/what’s out, what’s hot/what’s not, and what was so 2017 we can’t even conceive of keeping it in 2018.

Trends can be tricky — and expensive. So to help you sort through the hype over the coolest colors and curating just the right look to complement your own personal style, here’s a summary of the good, the bad and the ugly ideas we’ve seen for styling your home in 2018.

The Good

Color me pretty. Don’t be afraid to let your true colors come shining through this year. Whether lavender shades of the Pantone Color of the Year, Ultra Violet; sage advice for soothing bedrooms; a return to earthy, neutral tones; big, bold reds, or rich, moody darks, color is this year’s common design denominator. Even — and I can’t believe I’m writing this — avocado green and gold (which I feel should be banished forever to the ’70s from whence they came). While our love of millennial pink and soft grays won’t completely fade away, color is king, so go for high contrasts on walls, ceilings, floors, tiles and in accents everywhere.

The color purple will be a dominant decorator choice this year, from delicate shades of lavender to daring ultra violet. Photo by Jason Kisner on HGTV.com

A nod to book worms. From book-themed wallpaper (bold patterned wallpapers, BTW, being another hot go-to this year. Look for agate and geo-inspired coverings at mainstream retailers.) to unique creations literally culled from the pages of your own personal library, books — especially vintage, as in old, cracked bindings and yellowing pages — are big in 2018. No longer relegated to a shelf, display them in stylish stacks (look for colors on bindings that complement each other and the rest of your decor), or in an old wooden box or tray for an attractive accent on coffee tables, credenzas and nightstands.

The writing’s on the wall. Still popular wall galleries are one of the simplest DIY design hacks to personalize any space. Showcase a collection of family photographs and drawings, memorabilia, or favorite store-bought prints in a cultivated and clean or more cluttered looking arrangement to suit your space. Throw in some typography, hand-lettered word boards, or prints with your favorite quote or philosophy to live by to keep your style on trend this year. You can also display decorative signs on an easel, mantel, cupboard, or in any nook and cranny craving that personal touch.

Our own Lisa Haroldsen is totally on trend with this beautiful wall gallery created from her recent wedding album. Her bold blue couch and colorful, textured pillows are right on target for 2018, too.

Follow your passion for fashion. Take a cue from your closet this year. Get inspired by how you dress to become a fashionista and design diva. Check out how designer Jennifer Glickman does it in this House Beautiful article. (But seriously, men’s skinny jeans and rompers have GOT to go!)

Black velvet if you please. Or in any color, velvet will be back with a vengeance. This classically upscale fabric is a bold choice for focal-point furnishings like couches, chairs, chaise lounges and headboards. For use on a smaller scale, toss in a velvet pillow, throw, or duvet.

Brass is back. Along with other metallics, you can use shiny, brushed and antique brass finishes throughout your home. Look for it in light fixtures, kitchen and bathroom faucets, other hardware, and in assorted accent pieces that fit your unique style.

3-D Decor. If your style is falling a little flat, try adding an extra dimension with some of the daring 3-D art and wall decor available, or create your own.

Cement your look. Industrious DIYers and designers are still digging the form and function of cement texture. A popular material for creating waterfall edge countertops, concrete is spilling over into sinks and onto floors — even walls — to cement a cool, industrial vibe.

Get hygge with it. From Denmark with love, the hygge (rhymes with ‘jiggy’) design trend continues, tapping into our natural desire for simple, cozy and comforting surroundings. Bury yourself in thick, oversized knit throws and cushy, woven rugs. Leave a perfectly placed hand-crafted ceramic mug on an end or accent table to fill with a calming cup of tea while you flip through one of the vintage books you have artfully displayed on the coffee table.

 

Floral flourish. Not the delicate, chintzy floral prints from grandma’s house, today’s designs call for large, lush oversized blooms and botanicals on wallpaper and windows, in art prints and pillows, linens and live arrangements, to make any space pop with high-contrast colors such as black and white or teal and gold.

Big, beautiful botanical patterns are everywhere this year, including on our Veronica Valenica Light Filtering Rollers.

The Bad (and the Ugly)

Besides the aforementioned men’s skinny jeans and rompers, we’re taking a cue from this list of what designers at House Beautiful and Lonny Magazine think are the soon-to-be-forgotten trends to avoid (no matter how tempting the clearance prices).

— This sounds a little fishy, but oh-so-popular subway tile is being replaced this year with colorful fish scale tiles for floors and backsplashes.

— Rattan will be a risk, including wicker and woven baskets. (Now where are we going to put our hygge throws?)

— Memphis blues. Elvis has left the building and taken this colorful ’80s look with him.

— Antique carpets. Hang up the rattan rug beaters.

— Looking forward to a softening of homes, it’s time to shut the door on open shelving and its companion, industrial details like plumbers pipe.

— Faux shiplap. While the real thing is still in vogue, fake shiplap wallpaper is a waste, they say.

— Worst colors for the coming year? Flesh tones, pastel everything, rose gold and chevron patterns.

So what do you think? What trends will you be following and favoring this year on Pinterest and elsewhere? Leave us a comment and let us know!

 

 

 

 

It’s a Design Free-fall into the Change of Seasons

For those of us still suffering daily temps in the 90s and with no changes in the color of surrounding cacti as a clue, it’s kind of hard to fall into step with everyone who actually lives in an area where you have a change of seasons (other than hot, hotter and hottest). Fortunately, we have connections with some incredible interior decorators and designers around the country. So we reached out to see what they were seeing and doing design-wise to make the transition to fall. Here’s what we learned.

One common thread was a trend away from the use of more traditional colors associated with fall, such as oranges, reds, browns and black, to neutrals like Kirsten Yanasak of the brightyellowdoor in Washington state uses.

“I just love the changing seasons, and fall is absolutely, without a doubt my most favorite season of all. I love the changing of the leaves, the excitement of the crisp mornings. I love seeing all the Halloween costumes show up in the stores, and I have to admit, I absolutely adore pumpkin spice lattes! What I don’t love, though, is chaos. And I don’t love messes and feeling boxed in. What bright oranges and lots of yellows and too many black and white checkers patterns do to me in decorating is make me feel stressed, boxed in and itching to pack up my fall decor weeks too early. That’s why my solution has been to decorate with calming, soothing, simple neutrals. I find when I do not decorate with overly bright colors I am happy with my fall decor right up until Christmas time. And I find I can add a lot of it, like A LOT of it!”

Another trend is pumpkins. Lots of pumpkins. Besides buying pumpkin spice creamer for her coffee, Andrea Francavilla of Pineandprospecthome in Michigan shared her super simple way to get ready for fall.

“I’ve always loved the look of fabric pumpkins, and last year I actually attempted to make some, but I didn’t like the way they turned out,” admits Andrea. “When it was time to throw out all of the mini (real) pumpkins I purchased last fall, I decided to save all of the stems for another attempt at cloth pumpkins this year. I don’t know if the real stems made all the difference for me, but I just love the way that these pumpkins turned out this year! Plus they were so easy and fun to make!”

Our neighbor down in Tucson, Natalie Kolter at myvintageporch, shares our pain about it still being “blazing hot” here in Arizona, but she also shared how she was using one of the coolest trends in home decor, hand-made wooden signs, to bring a feeling of fall inside. “I’m not much of one for measuring, so I eyeball where the lettering should be,” she said [a woman after my own heart :-)]. “Sometimes I use my finger for measuring or my pencil to measure the area. I know, I’m real professional.”

 

pumpkin-sign

 

Maybe not, Nat, but the result sure looks professional. Here’s how she did it.

 

Cooler fall temperatures in Texas inspired Southern Farmhouse DesignsAshley Moore to create a simple yet classic fall table. Her secret to creating this stunning masterpiece?

 

fall-table

 

“Don’t over think it. There is no need for fancy, or extravagant spending. Keep it simple and classic, but most important, don’t stress,” she advises. “Less is more in my opinion, and the less time it takes to put together the better. The most important thing with any dinner table is to enjoy time with the people around it. Putting forth a little effort to make it look nice is just one way to make your guests feel welcome and loved.”

 

Of course, the best thing about the change of seasons is ushering in the holiday season. To kick things off, citygirlmeetsfarmboy Kelly Ballard, showed us some of her creepily creative Halloween decor.

 

“Ribbon – I love it! You can do so much with fall decor by adding small strips of ribbon to your pieces. Try tying them in little knots for a rougher look, or bows for a more dressed up feel. I love to shop my local dollar store to find some simple steals that aren’t very expensive. Adding a few plastic rats or creeping cloth can totally add a new element to your Halloween and fall decor.”

 

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas as much as I have. (Makes me miss fall even more now.) Many thanks to our Inspiring Decorators for sharing. How have you decorated for fall? Leave us a comment with some of your tips!

Why Wood Still Wows in Interior Design

 

Since the Stone Age, wood has been the go-to construction material for builders and designers. Compared to steel and concrete, writes Clay Risen of Popular Science, it’s “cheaper, easier to assemble, and more fire resistant, thanks to the way wood chars [who knew??]. It’s also more sustainable. Wood is renewable like any crop, and it’s a carbon sink, sequestering the carbon dioxide it absorbed during growth even after it’s been turned into lumber.”

More simply put, because wood used to be a living organism, it contains a spiritual energy that affects us in a positive way and helps create a relaxing environment. (Don’t believe me? Search “forest bathing” to learn about the benefits of walking through a forest of trees.)

Wood’s Zen-like presence can be found everywhere in interior design. Its natural organic properties make it one of the most versatile elements evident in all good design, and a simple way to bring nature to every room of your home.

The root of great design

In addition to its soothing effects on your senses, wood is one of the only materials that can be finished to look like shiny marble, or in almost any way you can imagine. There are lots of techniques for texturizing, smoothing, painting and staining wood to give it the look you want. Or left in its natural state, wood can be crafted into truly gorgeous, one-of-a-kind designs that showcase its unique imperfections, knots and grains.

Photo via Stanley Furniture on Wayfair

Wood can be used virtually everywhere – inside and out – as a design element to complement any style. In addition to the durable, classic beauty of fine wood furniture, envision it on your floors, walls, ceilings, patios and in accessories throughout your home.

‘Woodn’t’ this look spectacular hanging in your home? You can see why Pinterest users have pinned this gorgeous wooden pendant light to so many lists.

Nail any décor from country to contemporary, traditional to transitional by mixing and matching wood finishes. Sustain your look for years with reclaimed and refinished wood used in doors, windows, flooring, ceiling beams, and as a decorative accent almost anywhere.

Can’t afford to re-floor with wood? Reach for it on your windows with natural woven wood coverings (like our new Veronica Valencia Island Woven Wood in luscious Lomaloma), or real-wood blinds like our 2” Select American Hardwoods (shown here in Old Mahogany).

 

Need some more inspiration? Here’s a link to 18 incredible DIY ideas (like this sweet little side table) to create your own unique wooden designs. Let us know how they turn out. Post your projects in the Comments section here on The Blinds Spot blog.

Coastal Creations

Think “coastal” and what springs to mind? The beach, right? And who doesn’t love the look and feel of the beach? Coastal is a style all its own and one you can easily own whether you live by the coast or not.

Coastal design is a sensory experience. Creating your own seaside oasis – even in a Manhattan walk-up – takes just a few touches to evoke the feel of an ocean breeze, the sound of crashing waves and that sand-between-your-toes sensation. Coastal elements can complement any style, from Cape Cod cottage, to shabby chic beach bungalow, to minimalist, modern glam interiors. Combine coastal colors, textures and natural accents to create a zen-like summer sanctuary or casual year-round family vacay vibe anywhere.

Color – Get inspired by the changing ocean tides in creating a coastal color palette that works with your style. Paint a backdrop of soothing sage or sea foam green, cloud-white, aqua blue, soft gray. Pull in one or two contrasting or coordinating shades and pops of color with furniture and favorite accent pieces.

Texture – Borrow texture from the rugged shoreline or soft, sandy beach. Mix natural textiles like coral and driftwood with smooth ceramics and glass. Blend nubby, fuzzy fabrics with teak, rattan, bamboo, woven jute and grasses, or classic white wicker.

A smooth white dresser contrasts cleanly with a shaggy, soft silk rug and varying hues of silvery blue and gray in this master bedroom. The textured wallpaper and two-toned drapes effortlessly draw you through the room to the oceanfront view outside. Photo courtesy of Kim Van Hook

 

Coastal exteriors aren’t limited to Adirondack chairs and hammocks anymore. This modern beachfront patio features sleek teak, burled wood and woven rope textures atop a blue/gray-toned patterned rug. Remember to choose weather and fade resistant fabrics for outdoor spaces to keep your coastal theme looking like new longer. Photo courtesy of Kim Van Hook

 

Clapboard walls and siding are a coastal classic. Love how Melissa Michaels topped it with wallpaper and tied in more texture with bamboo shades. And those litte anchor hangers are too cute! Photo credit Melissa Michaels, The Inspired Room

 

Accents – There’s more to coastal accents than pictures of fish and seashells. Look for unique nautical and marine-inspired items to complement a favorite piece of art. Pick up a piece of coral from the beach, roll up comfy throws and towels in brightly woven baskets. Treat your windows to the look with white or weathered shutters. Complete the sensory experience with fresh beach-scented candles.

 

A stunning industrial-style chandelier anchors the modern coastal look in this condo. Large scale art, accent pillows, patterned wood credenza and real coral bring the space’s neutral base into focus without distracting from the beachfront view outside. Photo courtesy of Kim Van Hook

2017 Pantone Color of the Year & the Home Decor You Need

It’s finally here! Pantone announced their 2017 color of the year. Say hello to:

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Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute shared some of their motivation for choosing this yellow-green color.

“…Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

Not sure how to incorporate this new color into your home decor? We’ll make it a little easier for you. Here are some home decor items that you just have to see.

Window Coverings

Take a look at these window coverings. On the right of each picture, you can see a color option that’s close to Greenery. Whether you like the exact 2017 Pantone color of the year or you’d prefer something closely related, but not an exact match, we have you covered.

rsz_shade_1Premier Double Cell Light Filtering Shades

 

rsz_shade_2Designer Sleep Shades

 

rsz_shade_3@Home Collection 3/8″ Double Cell Light Filtering

rsz_shade_4Carriann Kids Light Filtering Roller Shades

Decorative Pillows

pillow-1Taste of Trellis Decorative Pillow

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Surya Green Solid Decorative Pillow

Bedding

bedding-1Stripe Navy and Lime Bedding Set by Sweet Jojo Designs

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Hudson Luxury 12-Pc Bedding

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Luxury Checkered Quilted Wrinkle Free Multi-Piece Coverlets Set

What do you think of the 2017 Pantone color of the year? How will you use it in your home?