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My first post is about how color makes a kitchen inviting. These are before and after photos of a recent project where we refinished the white cabinets.


AFTER (Copyright 2011 Susan Currie Design, LLC)

Check out the glorious green paired with the granite from Marmi Natural Stone and creamy tumbled stone backsplash with color glass mosaic tile from Traditions In Tile.

Copyright 2011 Susan Currie Design, LLC

And how about that flirty frosted red pendant light from C Lighting!  My clients loved the outcome, and I hope you do too.

Tell me about how you’d like to use color to make your kitchen dazzle.

Enjoy a Mid-Century Modern Christmas

If you want to have a retro Christmas this year, why not go all out with silver trees and lots of color? Oh, the memories…

My brother-in-law Bill remembers having a silver tree in his third grade classroom with Mrs. Barrios at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. “It was the most amazing thing I’d ever seen because no one I knew had a silver tree. That was just crazy!” he recalls.

I remember my grandma Floy had a silver tree, too, and it stood gloriously in her living room. She added Christmas color and cheer with a revolving color wheel!

I’m sure she sold her silver tree with the color wheel in a garage sale, and someone who adores mid-century modern decorating was thrilled with their purchase! For those of you wishing to recreate memories like ours, here are a few ideas for your own mid-century modern Christmas decor:

I love this colorful space where retro style is evident, and the tree matches the rest of the room’s bright palette.

This space features the quintessential mid-century modern silver tree.

With stockings on the fireplace and a glowing Rudolph, this retro space goes all out with holiday accessories.

Happily, this picture captures the ’60s silver tree and color wheel! (I even found a color wheel available for purchase if you want to add one to your holiday decorations this year.)

Here’s to a merry mid-century modern Christmas!

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Get Inspired! Colorful Holiday Decorating

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, we’re starting to bring out our holiday decorations. Keep in mind that all colors work well for the holidays, not just red and green. Here are some beautiful—colorful—Christmas trees that should get your creative wheels turning for your own holiday palette!

Eileen Kathryn Boyd decorated this tree with unusual colors: pink and purple, which look fabulous with the turquoise window treatments and presents wrapped in peridot paper.

This silver tree with fuscia ornaments offers a fun take on holiday colors.

Peacock blue and lime look bright and cheerful with this white tree.

Blue and white makes for a perfect wintry Christmas tree color scheme.

Hopefully these pictures have inspired you to look beyond red and green for your holiday decorating this year! What colors will you include on your Christmas tree?

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Infuse Your Thanksgiving Table With Color

If you’re hosting a Thanksgiving feast this year, you may be looking for ways to decorate the table. Our suggestion: Don’t discount color! We’ve come across a few gorgeous Thanksgiving table ideas infused with color, and we absolutely love them.

Traditional fall colors like orange and red look beautiful with the warm, wood tabletop showing through in this tablescape featured in Country Living.

But we’re all for thinking out of the box, too. Blue and gold look brilliant together on this unique Thanksgiving table from Martha Stewart.

Plum is another fabulous option that works perfectly with pears and fall gourds, two items that often make their way onto a Thanksgiving table. This example was featured on

In another Country Living picture, a luscious bouquet adds color galore, and we love the green glasses!

How will you bring color into your Thanksgiving table?  I can’t believe that we’ll all be around the Thanksgiving table tomorrow!

Photos: 1 and 4 via Country Living; 2 via; 3 via 

What’s New With Color? Vibrant Jewel Tones!

Are you wondering what new colors you’ll be seeing in home decor? At the recent High Point Market, vibrant, jewel-toned colors like citron, aquamarine, fuchsia and lime were all the rage.

I think Eileen Kathryn Boyd‘s new collection of fabrics for Duralee offers a great example of embracing color. Take a look at these gorgeous rooms:

This striking space features a mix of two colors: aquamarine and creamy white. I love the bold upholstered stripe on the Duralee settee paired with the organic patterned wallpaper. So simple, but what a statement!

Grey is a great neutral to mix with bold colors—it’s considered the new beige. This combination of fuchsia, lavender, grey, and cream pops against the bold wall color.

Here’s another great example of vibrant colors mixed with soothing neutrals. This room features a combination that’s both restful and invigorating.

Are you interested in bright, jewel-toned colors in your decor? Leave a comment to share your thoughts!

Susan Currie

Images: Eileen Kathryn Boyd and Duralee