Saturday, February 18, 2017

Pantone's "Greenery" How To Use It and How To Love It!

Every paint company declares their choice for the "Color of the Year"! Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Fuller O'Brien and the rest have announced their choices at the end of 2016! But the Pantone Co. is the leading color company (not paint) that sets the standard from which all Color is measured and used in paint, print, fabric and plastics. And if you don't already is their choice for 2017 and how to use it in your home! Drum roll please....
Marie Antoinette Interiors
Image Via Kero I Am
Pantone Color Greenery in rich!

Pantone announced the 2017 Color of the Year: "Greenery", which they described as, “A refreshing and revitalizing shade, symbolic of new beginnings. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront - it is an omnipresent hue around the world.” Well said don't you think?
While it took a minute to absorb the sheer power of this color – this is not a subtle hue – it started to grow on me, especially as I explored how such a bold shade could be used in the decorating world.
Photo Via Pinterest  Greenery on the Ceilings
One of the first things I discovered was that Greenery plays surprisingly well with other greens - these are nature's neutrals after all. Pair this shade with blue, emerald and celadon and you'll get a really refreshing color palette that feels very new and very “now”.

Photograph Via Simple Cottage Style
Mid-century modern décor elements are the perfect way to sneak some fresh “greenery” into your home. Offset this strong shade with lots of white to keep your space fresh and uncomplicated

Photograph by Pieter Estersohn Via Pinterest Sophisticated Bed Trappings

Finally, Greenery  has the potential to pair up with some unusual friends, for truly original and intriguing color combos: try marrying Greenery with yellow gold, salmon pink, and a touch of coral – simply sublime. Ultimately, think of these color predictions not so much as a stern order but as an invitation to approach and explore color in your own environment with new eyes, to play and experiment, and discover your own personal palette. Thank you Pantone!
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

What Is Your "Decorating Budget"?

You’ve decided! This year, you are going to do “something” with the living room! But….you’ve no idea where to start, after all, the last time you did “something” with the living room was 1997. And now you are going to do what you couldn’t do back then, you hire an interior designer to help breathe new life into that old room and you feel great because this is, after all, doing “something”! 

And one of the first questions she/he politely asks you is “what is the budget for this room”? Like a deer caught in the headlights, you freeze, swallow and answer, “I haven’t a clue”! 

Does the above scenario sound familiar? If so, or if maybe — here is how to determine what the budget should be for your living room or any other room or space.

Via Pinterest
How much would you guess the BUDGET was for this charming living room?
1.    Make a WISH LIST! Write down on paper what you’d like to see in this space and what you wish were not there! Be specific about what you have always really wanted here. 

2.    Set a dollar amount!  Be brutally honest here: Take a look at your monthly financials, as well as any funds you've set aside for rainy-day projects, and see how much you realistically have to spend. Even if money isn't an issue, at the end of the day, your budget should be the amount you're happy to spend on your space without feeling guilty.

3.    Get familiar with price tags!  Get out there and take a look at what home furnishings cost. If it’s been a few years since you’ve furnished anything in your home, you may be surprised. You may get a bit of sticker shock. This step will help you set the amount for each individual item on your Wish List.

4.    Draft the PLAN! Develop a plan with either the designer or on your own. Go back to the Wish List and itemize it with a dollar amount. Don’t forget the cost of labor, shipping and deliveries.  

5.    Prioritize your purchases! Plan to spend the big money on the big “wow” items like the flooring or window treatments or other permanent features that will hold value over time and add value to your home. Once you’ve earmarked the bulk of your budget for the big items, divvy up what’s left for the smaller items like lighting, area rugs and accessories. 

 Below is an example of a Living Room Furnishings Expense Budget. It’s simple and straight forward and dictates what, where and when we purchase anything. 

You can see how quickly the investment $ add up!
The budget or investment is set at $10,000. But we actually only spent $9,337.00 — giving us a $663.00 or 6.6 % surplus!  You can see that many items cost less than anticipated and only the area rug cost more. The investment of $700.00 for the designer kept this client on target, on time and on budget.

 Unless your budget is unlimited, you may not be able to do everything on the Wish List right away. And that’s OK — you can spread out the expenses by making a long-range plan and implementing your design in phases. Just don’t wait another 20 years. If you do the five steps above, your interior designer will love you. And you will feel victorious having stayed within the budget you set. Think of it as an “accountability” tool. Congratulations! You are now doing “something”! 

*Need help drafting a budget? Let’s do “something” together!  Call us at 925-862-9064 for a Budget Consultation.