Color Destination: Miami

Summer is unofficially coming to an end with Labor Day less than a week away. For most Americans, Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to get away. The end of the summer four day holiday weekend, Labor Day is the last opportunity to experience summer at its finest. This Labor Day we want to take you down south to Miami.

There are few cities in the Unites States that conjure up color quite like Miami. The pastels of the Art Deco buildings, the turquoise of the ocean, the white sands of the beach, these colors and more can be found in this international city.

The Art Deco District in Miami is known for its decorative style and beautiful architecture. We love the pastels that are home to this historic part of Miami.

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Miami’s beautiful beaches are filled with colorful lifeguard stations like the one below.

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Neon lights light up the night sky in Miami.

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Want to see more color destinations? Check out our review of Charleston.

Architectural Detail: Trim Work

Living and working in New Orleans I’ve come to appreciate the attention to detail that can be found in some of the homes here. The elaborate architectural detail can be seen in the homes along St. Charles Avenue.

One important aspect of architectural detail is trim work. It’s a great way to add interest to a space. It can completely transform your home and create depth and symmetry to an otherwise lackluster room.

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Trim work can also be used to around doorways to frame a particular space or in this case a particular piece of art.

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Want to highlight the trim? Try paint. It’s a great way to emphasize the trim work, bringing it to the forefront.

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Architectural trim isn’t just for doorways, windows and walls. It can really enhance the ceiling. Helping to draw the eye up.

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As you can see, it’s all in the details, architectural details. Trim work will give your home a finished look and bring texture and richness to a space. So next time don’t forget the trim.

Back To School Inspiration: Kid’s Rooms

As we continue with our Back To School theme, we wanted to focus on a place that will become your child’s refuge during the school year. A place where they not only sleep, but do their homework, play with their friends, go for some much needed downtime. Take a look at some of these great designs for children’s rooms below.

We love the color combination in this room. One thing to consider when designing a space for a child is the ability for the child to grow in the space. Make it youthful, while still maintaining the design aesthetic for the rest of the house.

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Storage is the key to organization. If you don’t want toys and clothes forever littering the floors of your child’s room, then find creative storage solutions for the space. We love the layout of this room, drawers and shelves under the bed.

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Your child will need to access the storage, so keep it close to the ground.

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Bunk beds are a great space saver. Great for sleepovers, bunk beds allow you to accommodate more kids in smaller spaces. Have an avid reader on your hands? These reading lights will come in handy, and solve the problem of reading with limited light.

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If you are going to carry out a theme, such as sports, in a child’s room, keep it tasteful. We love how they shaped the baseball cards like a diamond, very clever.

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Homework is an important part of your child’s daily routine, create a space that is comfortable with plenty of task lighting.

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If you are living in New Orleans and are looking for some help configuring your child’s room give Susan Currie Design a call at 888-624-1272.

 

Back To School Inspiration: Chalkboard Paint

Back to school, three simple words that when spoken can easily incite apprehension into most school-age children.  As local New Orleans schools head into week two of school, we thought we celebrate Back To School in style. The chalkboard, a classroom staple, has inspired our latest post.

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Take a look at how chalkboard paint has become just as popular in the home as it is in the school.

Use it in the kitchen as a great place to store your favorite recipes.

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Or the number of your favorite take out restaurant.

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We love how this kitchen counter was turned into an inspiration board.

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Great for playrooms and children’s rooms, chalkboard paint allows your young ones to express themselves the best way they know how, through art.

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As you can see just about any surface wall in the home can be painted with chalkboard paint.

Want to create your own chalkboard paint in custom colors? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. Well not that easy, but here are the simple steps to achieving this look in your home.

1. Add 2 tablespoons of non-sanded tile grout, for each cup of paint, into a flat-finish latex paint in the color of  your choice.

2. Stir the mixture well to break up any clumps.

3. It is recommended that you apply the chalkboard paint with a roller or sponge paintbrush.

4. Once dry you’ll need to smooth out with 150-grit sandpaper.

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Let us know how it turns out!

The Future is Brightly Neon

Who knew neon would resurface decades later and become one of the hottest trends in both the fashion and interior design world. Certainly not I, who looking back on some of my more colorful neon outfits cringe still to this day.

The neon of now is a lot more vibrant and less flashy.

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Maybe because it is often paired with white or even black, helping to tone down its bold effect.

Take a look and see how well neon colors work in the home.

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One thing is for certain, the future is definitely bright, so wear your shades.

 

All Hail The Union Jack

As the coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London continues, we are once again reminded of how much we love the flag of the host nation, Great Britain. Although the Union Jack has not been flown as high during the medal ceremonies at the Olympics as our flag or the flag of China, it still can be seen from the grandstands by the many British spectators. One being the very popular, Duchess of Cambridge. Someone should tell her the flag is upside down though.

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Here are some of our favorite uses of the Union Jack in home decor.

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Love the twist on colors – pink, orange and white!

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Groovy, right?

 

Summer Trend: White Linen

In anticipation of the Whitney White Linen event tomorrow, we decided to feature some of our favorite white linen furnishings featured in interior spaces.
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White linen is a great summertime tradition and you can translate this stylish look into your home decor by using white linen fabrics on your sofas and armchairs.

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This summer go lightweight and incorporate some white linen fabrics into your design scheme.

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White Linen Night on August 4th

New Orleans knows how to throw a party and the Whitney White Linen Night, held the first Saturday in August, is one summer event you won’t want to miss. The Warehouse Arts District, the “SoHo of the South”, will play host to the three-hour block party on Saturday, August 4th from 6 to 9 pm.  Julia Street will be closed-off at the 300 to 700 blocks to make way for the live music, food vendors and more.

The event is free so come on out and tour the art galleries and boutiques along Julia Street. Later that night the Contemporary Arts Center will host the annual White Linen Night Party, there will be an admission charge for this event.

Don’t forget to partake in New Orleans tradition and wear your summer whites.  I’ll be out in my white linen so look for photos on my Facebook and Twitter accounts.