Monday, August 14, 2017

My Fall Great Room Plans Keep Changing!!


Remember when I started working on my Fall decor for this year and mentioned that I knew it was too soon, but I had to get my plans settled because it would take time to find the right combinations and to place orders if need be?

I have been working and finding some things that I thought would work. I knew it looked good and would work but it did not quite feel like me, so I continued waiting for the samples of fabric for pillows to come in.

For some reason this particular combination of pillows looked contrived to me and after living with a few days I tired of it. 

Sometimes when something feels too obvious, or contrived it becomes less interesting as time passes.

We all have our own needs and desires when it comes to decor so there really are no set rules here. I am just telling you how I was  feeling about this particular mix.

I needed something that felt a bit off but still oh so right, something that added a bit of interest and the texture I was wanting.

 So I ordered a velvet and a faux bois fabric.......

You will notice that the two pillows have more of citron gold color to them which actually looks better with the Dark Indigo Chinoiserie fabric.

This combination looks richer and a bit more sophisticated and elegant. You know me!! This gal loves an understated elegant look.

One thing I had to make sure of is how these two fabrics would read at night time. Sometimes a muddy color like these can absorb light and become dead looking in the night light. I knew the velvet would look darker with less light reflecting on it so I needed the colors to stay warm in the night time light.

Day time.....


Night time with ambient lighting.......

You can see in this picture that both fabrics got a bit darker and richer looking.  This is the look I am going for.

I have one more patterned fabric coming in to compare, but to be honest I am very sure about this combination so I will be ordering the pillows soon. 

I will also be taking back the pillows I purchased from homegoods and a couple of accessories that did not make the cut. So far I am loving two accessories I have purchased...

The wooden bowl and the silver hammered bowl with black horn handles are keepers so far. Notice I said so far? It is not over until all the puzzle pieces are here and in place. I also have some feathers coming that will reside in the wooden bowl....



As always..............


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Shopping With Me At Homegoods For Fall Accessories


The next step in planning my Fall look for my home are the accessories so I did a little Homegoods shopping to see what they had. I decided to take some pictures of items that caught my eye that anyone could use in their homes.

I was looking for texture and warmth since it is for the Fall. Homegoods seemed to have a LOT of stuff and they are getting more STUFF in. Sometimes it is hard to look beyond the clutter and so much stuff, but it is fun and kind of like a treasure hunt.

Here are some of the items that I think would make nice additions to Fall decor in a room....

 This was a nice tall cylinder vase. I liked the gold and the texture of the gold, it felt warm and inviting to me.

Tortoise shell is always a classic for Fall and this vase would be a nice addition to a room.

I thought these bottle vases were pretty colors, but there were so many of them it made them less unique, but maybe just one on a table would be nice.

The shape and warmth of this olive wood basket is so pretty. We have lots of olive trees surrounding our community so this would be very appropriate for anyone that lives in my neighborhood.

This basket was gorgeous with it's leather handles and texture. It was actually in the bathroom section to be used for a hamper, but I can see it as an accent piece to hold blankets for the cooler months coming up, plus it has a lid with a leather handle, now that's a plus in my book!

I absolutely loved this basket and there was a smaller one inside. It is probably a bit too ethnic for my home but it sure made me take pause. It was quite large too!

This was another piece that made me stop and think twice about. It would make a great little side table.

It was the size of a garden bench and the texture and warmth of the wood were really pretty. I kind of wanted it, but decided it was not quite right for my home. Can you tell I am still thinking about it?

If your home is in neutrals I thought these two table cloths would be great for a fall table setting.

I love feathers and actually plan on using some for this Fall. These both caught my eye for a touch of shine on a table. Remember it is important to vary your textures in a room.

Another nice neutral element. These boxes were so pretty and could hold that annoying TV remote.

This is the one I left behind and I am going to go back and get it. I loved it but I got so preoccupied with pictures and designing rooms in my mind I left it. I hope it is still there.

My hubby and I both have a thing for globes, for some reason they fascinate us both. There were quite a few there to choose from.

They were small in scale so they could be placed on a table easily with other elements.

For some reason these book ends fascinated me and the more I look at them the more I like them.

Notice the two vases behind the book ends. Who doesn't think of warm and cozy when thinking of a cable knit sweater......

This is just the right size of element to place on top of a stack of books or to use on a bookshelf or coffee table.

A pretty marble paper weight.

Love the colors in the marble book end.

So there you have it another rendition of shopping with Kathysue at Homegoods!!! 

Happy shopping!!

Friday, August 4, 2017

My Step by Step Planning For A Fall Room Using Blue


Every year when Fall comes around I find it hard to get motivated to change out my Summer decor to Fall decor.

I love Fall weather, crisp air, beautiful colors in nature, but inside my home I have a hard time accepting Fall.

I am not trying to rush time along at all because I am loving summer in our new home and have so enjoyed spending time at the pool this year. 

However since it takes time to plan and find the right elements for my home I need to start planning so if there are any orders that have to be made then I will have them for when Fall actually arrives.

Fall decorating can be hard for a Springtime gal like myself. Especially when I don't decorate with the typical Autumnal colors, (NO orange in my life!)

 My plans have to be well thought out and pretty strategic so of course that involves research and planning.

Most of the time my plans will start with a color palette. Since my Fall color choices are more limited than most I usually make a list of colors and elements that I like that remind me of Fall for my home. Always keeping in mind by base colors of blue and white and black and white.

This years color palette has evolved into dark to medium blues and touches of golden yellow.

The first thing I do is start looking for images of Fall scenes or vignettes that I am attracted to, either in their color palette or the elements that are used. This year was no different. I knew I wanted blue for the obvious reasons, my whole house is based on blue and white with black and white. 

Then I thought of what Fallish colors could I add to my already established base to make my home look more like Fall. Of course the color of wheat and sky kept cropping up in my head....

Wheat will make a nice element in my color scheme, so I will keep that in mind as I make my plans.

As you look for inspirational images and collect them a puzzle will start to form and the image will become more clear as you save your images. Look at them dissect colors, textures and elements that you love from each image.

This image is from a couple of season ago from Pottery Barn, it is pretty near perfect for my home.

With gathering all of these images I am pretty solid in the color scheme I want for my room. Now the looking begins for the elements I will be changing out.

The first elements I will be looking for are what I call the combiner piece. It will be a piece that will have almost all the colors I am working with. It can be anything really, fabric for pillows, a throw, art work, a particular vase or decorative item, a book the list could go on and on. 

I will usually start with my fabrics for pillows but this year I actually started with a throw. I had it pinned from the past and so I looked it up and found three that I like that could work with the right combination of fabrics.

Here are three throws that I am considering. I will only make my final choice after I have ordered my fabric samples. I never order a pillow without sampling the fabric in my room first. Yes, I know it takes more time but in the end I will be sure about my purchase and happy that I got it.

I love all three of these throws for different reasons and what will make the final choices is the fabrication for the pillows.

The first fabric I choose is an overall pattern that will introduce my color scheme and also it needs to go with my sofa fabric which is blue and white ticking stripe. That is a neutral for my home.

I also have an existing pillow with a Greek key trim that is a very heavy neutral on the light side of linen. I also already have a navy velvet that will work with any of the above pillows.

The next thing I do is make a collage of the fabrication that will possibly be in the room.

The ticking is my sofa and the black stripe is my rug under the sofa.

As you can see the combinations could go on and on. By doing the collages I can tell better which direction feels more like my home to me. I already have what I think is my favorite, but I will not pass judgement until I receive the fabric samples.

Once I make the decisions on all the fabrics then I will choose different decor items to go in the room. I have specific areas in mind where I will make changes. 

I will introduce texture and the colors I am using in different areas always being careful to not go over board or become too thematic. More on that later. Now I need to go and order some fabric samples!

Always remembering to keep an open mind because none of this might look as good on site!!