Spring has Sprung

And summer is practically here.  Just check out the local forecast – it’s going to be close to 90 degrees on Monday!

So what do the rising temperatures mean?  That it’s time to switch out the wintry accessories in my living room for a more summery look.  I wasn’t expecting to do this in February, but it’s been over 80 degrees for a couple of weeks now and as you can see the faux fur throws and pillows just don’t make sense anymore (although the dog is a permanent fixture).

To de-winterize the room I removed three faux fur throws, four fuzzy pillows, and the star from the mantle.  I added the green throw from the guest room bed and a rattan lamp from the guest room bedside table (who really sees the guest room anyway?), plus a few jars of seashells and a blue candle to add to the nautical look.

Next I hit up my stash of throw pillows and incorporated three navy blue and two khaki striped ones.

The beautiful glass bottles were a gift from my best friend and they work perfectly in the space – thanks Tara!

The lime green accents really help brighten up the room.

I was even able to incorporate the pillow from my Martha Stewart dye project.

The coastal painting by Marshall’s mom was the inspiration for the whole room!

If the winter blues have got you down, get to Florida quick before the hurricanes come to town!

A Neutral Palette

I have always been drawn to the stillness of a neutral palette.  The subtle softness of varying shades of creamy white and sandy beige create a relaxing flow in almost any space. I love the pale gray floor against the barely blue walls in this open concept living room/dining room.

The pure white walls against the rich, caramel toned sofas create an easy sophistication in this relaxed living room, and the black and white graphic pillows add a touch of drama to an otherwise tranquil space.

A living area with this much white risks the chance of feeling cold and uninviting, but the natural fiber rug and warm accents like the sailboat and wooden tree trunk side table help soften up the room.

Images Coastal Living, My Home Ideas, and Country Living

You can see how much I appreciate a neutral space by how I’ve designed my own living room.

This summer I’ll remove the dense fabrics and add more linen pillows in blues and greens to add an airy feeling to the room for the warm summer months.

A Simple Chair

 

A few years ago I was packing for an extended trip abroad.  A good friend gave me some advice I’ll never forget.  She told me to “pack every single thing you think you’ll need, then take out half and you’ll be good to go.”  That is the advice I use when I approach design.  I take all the elements I think I’ll need to define the space, then I take away half of those elements to create a relaxed, peaceful vibe that isn’t cluttered or over-designed.

This photo is a perfect expression of my design perspective.  An IKEA chair for less than $250, a beat up, old $40 table on casters, a cozy pillow and throw and simple accessories including an old root beer bottle and a single Gerber Daisy. Design doesn’t have to be expensive to be beautiful!