My favorite part of spring is the pop of color the first flowers bring to the world as they grow up out of the ground. Around here it’s tulips that come up first, then the daffodils, and so on. Tulips have always reminded me of spring and the bright colors of their petals always cheer me up.
To keep this spring kick going, today’s color inspiration are tulips!
These Pure Home paint colors are:
ICS 4-8: Bold and modern, this deep pink has both red and blue undertones for a complex look.
ICS 4-4: This energizing grass green has undertones of yellow for a playful and fun feel.
ICS 4-1: Cheerful and soft, this yellow reminds of a sunny day.
NW 15: This crisp white has a casual elegance to it that lets the other colors take center stage.
ICS 17-2: Rich and golden marigold yellow has a bright and festive feel to it, perfect for an outdoor party.
Personally I’d love to see these colors in a dining room or living room of a South Beach, Eclectic, or Contemporary style home. These bright, bold colors are definitely going to stimulate conversation! Check out the Look I created using these colors:
What do you think of the Look I created? I used the matching products that were suggested to me to create this dining room. My favorite part is that wild green zebra rug! You can create your own color palettes and Looks by trying out the Color Finder. It’s a lot of fun!
I have a large space underneath the window in my living room I’ve been staring at for quite some time now trying to decide what to do with it. I played around with the idea of putting a low apothecary coffee table underneath it, but I never really loved the idea. Then it occurred to me that a chaise lounge would fit perfectly below the window and give me a nice place to sit. One of my bookshelves is just to the left of the window, so I thought it would make a cute little reading nook. I have a transitional style in my condo, but it leans to the modern side more than anything else, so I wanted to find a chaise lounge that would be contemporary and chic, without any girly frills. Here are my top five choices:
Stressless E200 Chaise from Dania
Davis Right Arm Sectional Chaise from Crate and Barrel
Bliss Chaise from West Elm
Holden Left Arm Chaise from Room and Board
Karlstad Chaise from Ikea
I think I’m leaning towards the Bliss Chaise from West Elm. I love the soft gray and slightly curved legs, although I really do like something about all of these. Which one do you think I should get?
*Update*This post was written to be funny, not to be taken seriously. Ikea is a great company that offers a lot of good organization options and modern style furniture. The intent with this post was not to offend, just amuse.
These days it’s hard to find a modern home without at least one Ikea product inside. In fact many homes these days look like a page right out of the Ikea catalog! So is this Swedish company taking over the world? They certainly like to think so:
Okay. So you look around your home and suddenly realize that pretty much everything you own came from Ikea. The worst part is, the loudest voice in your head is screaming, “But we don’t have that one modular storage shelf that matches the other modular storage shelf we bought!”
Don’t freak out. There are things that can be done. Welcome to my 5 Step Program to Quitting Ikea. Take a deep breath, this might hurt a little. Step 1: Admit you have a problem. Take a notepad and pen and walk around your home writing down everything, big or small, that came from Ikea. If your list has more than three large items (dresser, bed, couch) and more than five small items (mirrors, wall art, curtains) you have a problem. Admission: I currently own this couch, this bed, this dresser, this coffee table, and this bookshelf. Obviously, I have a serious problem.
Step 2: Don’t go back to Ikea. You don’t need another helping of Swedish meatballs and you certainly don’t need a sheepskin rug or a pillow shaped like a heart with arms.
It doesn't really love you
Step 3: If and when your current Ikea items break (let’s face it, they will probably break) don’t replace them with other cheap items. Spend a little extra to buy furniture and accessories that will hold up over time. In the long run it’ll be worth it. Step 4: Okay, so you know you have a problem and have made an oath not to return to Ikea. But what are you going to do about all the stuff you already own? First, you might want to check out Ikea Hackers. It’s a site dedicated to finding ways to hack, personalize, and re-purpose Ikea products so your home doesn’t look like an Ikea showroom. By making a few adjustments to Ikea items you don’t have to replace anything and your home will look more personal and unique. Step 5: Cover up your Ikea stuff with other stuff. Spend some time looking for a few decorative accents you really love and cleverly place them around your home in ways that draws attention away from your Ikea furniture. That Ikea coffee table may be functional, but it’s not that pretty. Try placing some coffee table books, small sculptures, jewelry trays, or other pretty trinkets on top of it. Still not sure if you have an Ikea addiction? Here are a few tell-tale signs:
You have a cup filled with tiny, tiny pencils on your desk.
You go out to dinner and are appalled that the meal costs more than $1.99.