Fall Favorites

It’s the first day of Fall! This is my favorite time of the year and today I’m rounding up some of my favorite Fall items for the home. All the images are linked to their source, just click and shop!

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This scent is heavenly! I currently have the hand soap in my kitchen, but the candle would be nice to have too.

 

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I think this cakelet pan is so adorable! I want it for Thanksgiving.

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I just love this platter. I have one and I want seven more! It’s really versatile and can be used for decorating or serving food. I think they would be so pretty as chargers.

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This throw is on my wishlist. It looks SO soft and anything with pom poms has my heart.

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These pumpkin cloches are so pretty. And I love the fairy lights in them. They also look gorgeous with candles.

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I just love the cozy look of buffalo check. So comfy and inviting!

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Like I said… I have a thing for pom poms. And his pillow is on sale!

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This antler doormat is so cute!

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Pretty dish towels are always a good idea. I love the gold writing on these.

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I’m loving these felt ball garlands lately. This is a great way to add a touch of fall color.

What are some of your favorite Fall finds?

When Your Style’s Not Like Everyone Else’s

One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made in designing my own home, was not being true to my personal style. When my husband and I first moved in together, I had an idea in my mind of what the perfect home should look like. This was back in ’06, before the days of Pinterest, so the “perfect” style looked like the current design bloggers and model homes of that time. You may remember- there was A LOT of brown. I tried to imitate that “perfect look” and stressed when I couldn’t. But gradually I realized that my surroundings need to reflect ME and my family, not what someone else’s idea of perfect is. I started being more intentional about my decor after that.

Fast forward ten years later, and my home has become a more genuine reflection of who I am and what I like. (My husband has some say, too;). My style is not necessarily what’s popular or trendy right now, but it’s my style. It can sometimes be a challenge to feel confident in what my style is, especially when Instagram and Pinterest are saturated with images of farmhouse style and Fixer Upper inspired homes. I have an appreciation for those styles, and there are elements of them I love, but they’re not mine. Those styles do not reflect my likes and my personality. And although they’re beautiful and work well for lots of other people, it’s not an accurate representation of who I am.

My confidence in my style comes when I realize that I have something different to offer the world. A fresh, original perspective that is carefully considered in every detail. I do not have anything in my home that I don’t love.

If you need some direction in how to discover what your own, unique style is, here are some suggestions I can offer from personal experience:

  1. Utilize Pinterest and Houzz. Save images of homes and decor that speak to you. Then go through all of them and try to pinpoint what recurring themes/elements show up.
  2. Start paying attention to the way you react to colors and patterns. What resonates with you?
  3. Think about your personality and what aspects of it can be translated into your decor. Are you quirky? Minimalistic? Maybe a little dramatic?
  4. Incorporate any items that you attach positive memories or thoughts to. Don’t just display things for the sake of displaying them.
  5. Really think about the way you choose to represent yourself. Don’t just copy or imitate others, be yourself and be proud of it!

If you need some extra help, that’s what a designer is for! In addition to e-design and local design services, I’m excited to now be offering my Quick Consultation service. This option is great if you just need a little design advice. I can help you with space planning, color selection, furniture selection and much more! This service costs just $20 per question and can all be done through email. Contact me at sidney@kandgrayinteriors.com to get started.

How NOT to mix Neutrals: Transitioning from Brown to Gray

Gray has been a trend in interiors for a while now, but I still have helped several clients make the transition from a brown color palette to a gray one just this year. The process can be daunting, and most of us don’t have the ability to make big changes to our cabinetry, countertops, and flooring every time we want to change color schemes. The good news is, neutral colors can be mixed. BUT, it must be done properly in order for it to look cohesive and harmonious.

I’m a big believer in training your eye when it comes to design, so to start off, let’s look at some poor design selections. These pictures are from a hotel room I’m currently staying in. The hotel is in the process of remodeling and updating their decor (from brown to gray) so I can’t be too upset with them for the hideous colors. We’ll cut them some slack.

PicMonkey Collage

 

What’s wrong with these pictures?? The problem here is Undertones, which is the secret to making your mixed neutral color scheme work. All colors on the color wheel are either a cool color or a warm color.

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Reds, oranges and yellows are warm colors while greens, blues and some purples are cool. Have you ever picked out a paint color at the Home Depot, brought it home and rolled it on your wall, only to have it look more yellow than you wanted? Or more blue, green, etc.? This is because all colors have undertones. These undertones are usually not very obvious and require some work to uncover, but neglecting to recognize them can totally ruin your color scheme. So how can you recognize them? The best way is to compare your swatch or sample to something from the same color family. This will help you determine if your chosen color leans more toward the warm side of the color wheel or the cool side. Is your gray paint looking more blue? This means it’s a cool gray. Is your white paint looking a little pink? This means it’s a warm white.

So what does all this have to do with changing your home from browns to grays?  The trick to a successful blend of neutrals in design is to stick to either a warm color palette or a cool one. DO NOT mix the two! This is what was wrong with the above pictures from my hotel room. This does not mean that going with a warm color palette means you can’t use any blue. It means that you will look for a warmer blue, maybe one with some red undertones.

Let’s look at some successful examples to demonstrate my point. Remember, training your eye is key here!

Warm Neutral Color Scheme

This is a perfect example of using warm neutrals cohesively. Notice the undertones!

 

This is a great example of using cool undertones. Can you see the blue? The use of black also makes the overall feel a little cooler.

This is a great example of using cool undertones. Can you see the blue? The use of black also makes the overall feel a little cooler.

 

Here's another example of using warm neutrals. Are you starting to see how this works?!

Here’s another example of using warm neutrals. Are you starting to see how this works?!

So when transitioning from browns to grays, try to stick to either a warm or a cool palette. If you don’t have the luxury of replacing large items, opt for accessories and easy changes like paint that work with the items you can’t change. (Use a warm gray on your walls if you have a warm cabinet color, or warm gray pillows on a tan couch). I hope this helps! You can contact me {sidney@kandgrayinteriors.com} with questions or any help you may need.

How to Get Designer Pillows for Less

I love throw pillows. I have tubs of them in my basement and I love switching them out ALL. THE. TIME. Especially for holidays. It’s hard for me to justify spending a lot of money on them because 1. I switch them out so often, and 2. I don’t believe in spending a ton on accessories. Accessories are one of the easiest, most inexpensive ways to change the look of a space, and since I do that so often, I choose not to invest a lot of money in them.

So today I want to share a little trick with you. This is how I get designer pillows for less:

I love Schumacher’s Imperial Trellis fabric. It’s classic and timeless and comes in a variety of colors. I’m a sucker for all things trellis, so it’s no surprise how much I love this fabric. This particular fabric costs over $100 a yard, sometimes closer to $200 a yard depending on where you find it. Obviously I needed a more cost effective option, so my secret is…….. One sided pillows!!

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The backs of my pillows are just a solid color fabric that matches the Imperial Trellis exactly. And it’s not even noticeable when they’re sitting on my couch! This way, I was able to get two pillows for the cost of one in my favorite fabric. Not bad, right?!

If you’re looking for a great place to buy designer pillows that isn’t to-the-trade, I suggest Etsy. You can find pretty much any size pillow in any fabric you want there. A lot of sellers give you the option of making the pillows one-sided or making the entire pillow in your fabric choice. OR, fabric.com and decoratorsbest.com are great places to find fabric if you want to make your own pillows. Trust me, making pillow covers is not as hard as it looks!