Friday, May 25, 2012

Pets and Decor

Pets are family in so many homes across the country and although at times things can get a little hairy, a home with a pet can bring much love, joy and companionship. Between beds, dishes, and everything in between decorating with pets can bring its own set of challenges. Here are some ideas for sharing your space with Fido.

Pet beds. Recycling and re - purposing items not only is friendlier to the environment but it also helps bring character and interest into a space.

This cat bed was made from a pallet and is oh so adorable. It would fit very nicely in rustic or country decor.

This is a great idea and can fit in any decor scheme based on the color of the case, and the legs. You could add chrome legs here and it would work in a modern setting.

If a DIY project isn't in your future, you can opt for something covered in a really great fabric that fits your decor .

Pet dishes. There are lots of options on the market that really up the style quotient. Some owners even opt to build in their pets dishes.

As all of us that have pets know, corralling their toys and treats can be an issue. I say bring on the baskets! They are so versatile, relatively inexpensive and depending upon your decor you can go with a natural textured basket or if your digs are more contemporary a metal finish will fit right in.

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Citrus Dominates

This spring, I am seeing lots of vibrant shades of citrus green, yellow and orange everywhere I look - in home decor as well as fashion. And considering Pantone, which is the authority on color has named tangerine tango color of the year its no wonder!

Citrus colors are happy colors that tend to energize and promote happier states of mood. Citrus can be introduced through paint on the walls or furniture, through fabric such as drapes or if you want your citrus in a smaller dose you can incorporate it through home accents such as a vase or a floor mat.


In the above photo, an accent wall was used to showcase a vibrant orange hue that was used in another application in the room by incorporating it on the sofa. This space works so well because the color was used not only on the accent wall but also as part of the pillow story so the use of color looks intentional and connected.

As the above picture shows you can add the trend colors and shades in your decor to help keep your home current but you don't have to commit to any color in large applications. One can easily change the throw and cushions without a lot of time or money.

I love when an opportunity presents itself for us to step out of our comfort zones and incorporate color in hues that most of us tend to shy away from, lets embrace all that is citrus!

Have you introduced citrus into your home decor this season? If so - in what ways? If not - what is holding you back?