Choosing Accessories

One of my favorite places to play, is over at POLYVORE.  Those ideas I have in my head, can be created right on the screen.  I can get an idea of what it might look like.
You’re not buying anything, you’re just scrolling through literally thousands of cool items, then selecting them and making your own little design board, right on your computer, like this one below.
People often ask me “what to use or how to pull a room together”.  So tonight, I had a little fun over at POLYVORE and made a set to help demonstrate what might be done.  I used the new colors in my master bedroom and went from there.
CLICK the UNDERLINED LINK beneath this set to read my advice and hints.  And check out the entire site while you’re there.  You’ll have fun.
Choosing Accessories

 

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In Awe of Autumn

In Awe of Autmn

Dreamy Schemes

Dreamy Schemes

Dreamy Schemes by artzzle-com

Playing with Polyvore today.  These are three schemes I thought would work for our master bedroom project . . . still very much in limbo!

What are your thoughts?  The spread isn’t my exact one but color is close.

We’ll talk again soon!

Later – Cheryl

P.S.  I chose these items strictly as examples, because of their colors, textures and designs.  Prices are of extreme range on Polyvore so expensive pieces would naturally be replaced by similar items within your budget.  Think of this as an illustrated lesson, not a catalog 😀

AFRAID of GRAYS . . . Part 2

JUST A QUICK POST TODAY . . .
Perhaps to change some minds about GRAY!

AFRAID of GRAYS . . . # 2

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WHY DOESN’T THIS GRAY BELOW FEEL COLD? The picture below is from one of my HOUZZ IDEABOOKS. It’s a favorite for many reasons, but note the gray walls and patterned wallpaper. It’s nice and warm because of the furniture pieces.

The shelves pick up the warm oranges, browns and gold with the accessories and the gray wallpaper backing works, because of the added neutral pattern. This paper use also adds texture and a fun interest to the room’s decor.

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HERE’S ANOTHER PAPER BACKED SHELF EXAMPLE.. Erin over at How to NEST FOR LESS used it in her pantry.

NESTforLESSproject

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LOOK AT THIS WILD GRAY! It certainly heats up this bedroom! (get it, hot … bedroom … maybe I’ll just stick to decorating!) 😦 Anyhoo … another of my HOUZZ pictures.

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AS PROMISED, CLOSING NOW TO KEEP THIS SHORT. Have fun with all the links . . . and some of you gray grievers, let me know if things are warming up for ya!

YOU KNOW THE LAST LINE. Don’t stress out, just start something.

Later – Cheryl

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ARE YOU AFRAID . . . of Grays ?!

Canopy Contest

CRAZY … CRAZY… CRAZY !   That’s our place lately. So I multi-tasked today and combined Polyvore work with this post.  Above, the task was to create a bedroom for myself, decorated personally and including a canopy bed.  Grays have been batting my brain cells around, so I used a gray-blue color range and a few specific, spunky pieces.  Go ahead and link up for all the details.   Canopy Contest by artzzle-com

APOLOGIES FOR . . .  so few posts of late, but honest . . . I really have been working on them. What’s  happening though, is so many great ideas are flying around that, I have trouble finishing any because I need to write down another one before I forget it!

COLORS AND PAINTING . . .  are topics that have been right up front in my thoughts most often. Both because Hubs and I are working on main projects in our own home, and I’ve been researching for an upcoming series of posts.

READERS, YOU PROBABLY AREN’T SURPRISED . . .   when I say that our preferences always lean WARM. Lots of beige, browns, coppers, and like that! Well you may be shocked to hear that we’re (mostly I’m) craving a change.  We just bought new furniture pieces . . . two recliners and a cute little love seat.   Don’t get too excited yet . . . they’re brown. A beautiful soft, chocolate tone. 

NOW, THAT SAID . . .  we are changing accents and a few wall colors.  They’re running to GREEN (warm of course), and I’m bringing back a favorite, AQUA.  Not the bright, neon shades.  I’m muting them, with warm gray tones.  And speaking of gray, I’m pulling in several versions of it, and a couple of wonderful gray-blues.

ARE YOU MAKING A SOUR FACE YET . . .  at all the gray?  The nose turned up . . . the lips scrunched and grimacing?  “Grays . . . seriously?”  Well . . . YES, and let’s do get serious.  All you TREND FOLLOWERS will be on top of things with grays.  They are VERY POPULAR presently in decor.  Not only have color combos with grays as primaries, been favorite decor schemes for decades, they continue to be as useful as the beige family, for neutrals OR accents, as well.

TAKE A QUICK LOOK . . .   at the Polyvore set below.  Some of these ideas are on the mood board Hubs and I are working on.

Great Grays

IN A SERIES OF UPCOMING POSTS . . .  I’ll feature more info, ideas and examples of just why grays are so wonderful to work with.

LEAVE A COMMENT AND TELL ME  . . .  how you feel about GRAYS. Then we’ll see what you think at the end of the series. Who knows 🙂

MEANTIME . . . you know the line. Don’t stress too much, just start something.

Later – Cheryl

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Design Inspirations from Kelly Wearstler

Mix Master Contest Enty
I’m Linking Up at the party over at AKA Design and Life today

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Hi All.

One of the
WILDEST
and
WIDELY KNOWN DESIGNERS

around today is
KELLY WEARSTLER.
She’s literally everywhere.

IN PRINT . . . here are just two of tons.

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST featured her, saying “To hire Los Angeles designer Kelly Wearstler is to buy into her singularly bedazzling, high-chroma style.”

VOGUE MAGAZINE, writer Hamish Bowles discovers “Kelly Wearstler brings fearless graphic flair to everything from hotels to scarves—and now, to her own Hollywood manse.”

ONLINE

I couldn’t possibly begin to list every online avenue for Kelly. So I’d suggest a simple GOOGLE to choose which sources look most  interesting to you.  HOUZZ, of course, is on my fav’s web source list. It’s a stockpile (14,800+ images) of pictures of Wearstler’s designs  Regular Readers know and follow me there.

In wallpaper

In upholstery and decor fabrics.

And with a wonderful line of accessories, both decor and fashion.

 Be sure to look up her publications, including this one.

A basic summary on Kelly can be found on WIKIPEDIA

CHERYL SAYS: Ms. Wearstler is fearless in her pursuit of design, in any area she chooses to explore.  And need I mention . . . successful in all of those pursuits.

As often mentioned on Artzzle, I like a few things about many, many designers and styles. I very much enjoy her bold use of black and white (DYNAMIC DUO), and I admire her decor AND fashion accessories pieces. While product line pricing is prohibitive to many shoppers’ budgets, you CAN find some of the smaller items affordable if you research online.  And you “KNOCK OFF” DIYers, could have some fun with her wonderful works.

Thanks so much for visiting.
As always, don’t stress too much, just start something!

Later – Cheryl

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Funky Fifties Fun

Funky Fifties Fun

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Hi All.

Today I’ve entered a contest on Polyvore.

It’s called VINTAGE KITCHEN
and my entry is pictured above.
Red and Turquoise, combined with white,
was one of the popular color schemes of the 1950’s.
If you like that combination, it could be again.
In the next post, I’ll show you some possibilities.

For any of my followers and friends
who are also established on Polyvore,
if you’ve created three sets . . . or more,
you can enter and/or vote
on any entries you like.

If you haven’t yet visited,
Go and explore POLYVORE

Set up an account just for you,
So you can create your own sets too!
Fashion and Home
Art and More
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BUY
Just have fun and explore!

Talk to you again soon!

Later – Cheryl

HIGH vs. LOW

HIGH vs. LOW
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Readers . . . just click on the products pictures to get pricing information!
Hi All 🙂

Literally, with the world at our fingertips today,
we can instantly become
VERY STYLISH INDIVIDUALS
and simultaneously be
VERY BUDGET-WISE SHOPPERS

There are so many shopping sites out there
where you can find any item you want
and be able to pull up similar items
and even request varied price ranges.

So HIGH vs. LOW Shopping is a snap!

Today, I played with the tools on one of my favorites, Polyvore.
You can also have fun with it through the links pictured above.

Let me know what your favorite Online Shopping Sites are.
It’s would be fun to compare notes!

Thanks for visiting and as always,
don’t stress too much about it, just start that project!

Wishes to all for a safe, fun and happy Memorial Day Weekend.

Later – Cheryl

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The Blues

The Blues
Hi All.
So many of us are welcoming Spring with new looks in a room or two.
We’ve often talked of monochromatic color schemes,
HERE . . . and  HERE.
You’re working with just one main color,
using tints and shades of it.
It makes choosing colors much easier,
and you know that they will work together,
because they are in the same family.
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Studies show that blue is one of the most popular decor colors.
Trending currently are blues in the aqua hues,
so I’ve put together an inspiration board,
with fun colors, textures and patterns.
I hope these get some ideas flowing.
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Remember, the three important basics of good design . . .
Color, Texture and Pattern
Combining these compatibly, always creates interesting spaces.
Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great weekend and as always,
don’t stress, just start!
Later – Cheryl

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Eclectic LOVE

Eclectic LOVE

 

Using a similar couch and flooring,
and working with their personal color palette,
here is an inspiration board I did for prospective clients.
Working with the client, I design three boards;
a preliminary after our first meeting or discussion,
a second for further ideas and development,
and a final board as close to their wishes as possible.

With a program like Polyvore,
I’m able to search for items by style, color, price or piece.

I usually pull items within a specific budget range.
But sometimes on the first boards,
it’s fun to just grab anything interesting,
to show examples of texture, shape and help get ideas flowing.

The title line (seen above, between the board and the products list)
is the link to my Polyvore site.
Check it out for more FUN!

And I’m still floating on air, having been
FEATURED on THE GRAPHICS FAIRY,
so take a look!

Have a great Mother’s Day.
Whether with you in life, or alive in your memories,
it’s a wonderful time for reflection!
Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Later – Cheryl