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Which White?

Have you noticed that there are warm and cool tones when you look at the spectrum of whites? Warm whites have a creamy or beige tone because they have some red and yellow in them. Cool whites are grey in tone and work well with blues and greens.
If you want a more stimulating room, pick a warm white, perfect for rooms where you entertain.
Want calm, cool is the route to go.  Soft grey tones may help focus your thoughts or calm your emotions. Perfect for a bedroom.
To find the right shade of white for interiors think about the style of your home. The warmer tones mix well with a more traditional setting. As for a contemporary space? Think cool. Sherwin Williams recently released a great paint deck, Whites Warm & Cool, that shows off their array of whites.
Want to know which white to select to complement the colors in your room? Give me a call at 888-624-1272.

Benefits of Using Color in Interior Design

The name of my blog is “64 in the Box,” so it may not come as a surprise that I enjoy bringing color into interior design. In fact, I’ve found there are a number of benefits of using color in design, including:

  • Color helps set a mood. Color theory shows that we react to colors. For example, yellow invokes joy, and blue is said to be soothing. Plus, including your favorite color is a good way to make you smile.
  • Color adds visual interest. Have you ever read in a magazine or a blog that splashes of color pop in a space? Different hues can demand attention.
  • Color can tie spaces together. One big trend in home design lately is that people want more open spaces. A great palette helps tie different areas of an open space together, making it harmonious and beautiful.

Why do you like using color in interior design?

Image: aopsan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Chic Home Organization Ideas

This month is a big one for home organization since many people made it their New Year’s resolution to get organized. I’ve seen a lot of features in my favorite design blogs and magazines that show home organizational ideas that are chic as they are functional. Here are a few of my favorite:

Clutter can be contained throughout the home in nice containers. Trays work wonders on coffee tables for keeping items together, and newspapers and magazines can be stashed in stylish baskets.

Sometimes more storage space will do the trick. Shelving like this featured in House & Home is a great solution.

Go all out and bring order to your drawers; Martha Stewart shows that teacups make gorgeous drawer organizers.

Hopefully these photos inspired you to find beautiful organizational solutions for your home. Here’s to accomplishing those New Year’s resolutions and getting everything in order!

Photos: 1 via Traditional Home; 2 via House & Home; 3 via MarthaStewart.com

Holiday Gift Guide: Susan Currie’s Top Etsy Picks

You may have your holiday shopping underway, but are you still trying to think of the perfect gift for stylish friends? Etsy is one of my favorite places for finding unique holiday gifts. Here are a few I love!

Aren’t these little cow bells fun for the holidays? But don’t put them away after the holidays. They’ll add interest to your home year round. I love vintage pieces like this!

Vintage Christmas Ornament, Cow Bells from EstherandHarper

Why not give someone you love some new decorative pillows to change the look of a room and add color? One year my sister gave me a fabulous pillow that I still adore.

Designer Decorative Pillow – Cherry Blossoms from Willa SkyeHome

I make potholders for my friends like we did when we were in elementary school. They’re easy to make while watching TV, or just order one from Etsy. I love this red and white pinwheel design.

Red and White Pinwheel Woven Cotton Loop Loom Potholder from taramade

Where’s your go-to spot for unique gifts? We’d love for you to share!

Cashiers Designers Showhouse Pops With Fall Colors

Today begins the first full day of Fall, and many of us are ready for cooler weather and the beauty of the changing foliage.  When I visited the Cashiers Designer Showhouse earlier this month, I adored this lounging porch designed by Francie Hargrove.

The designer’s use of brown and orange reminded me of the fall season.  Fall weather is perfect for outdoor living so consider creating an outdoor space for you, your family and friends to enjoy the changing season. This room has a handsome outdoor fireplace.  No fireplace, easy solution — consider adding a fire pit. You also can add brown and orange accessories to your seating area to create an outdoor space to reflect and enjoy the changing leaves.

I love the brown and cream large-scale gingham along with the contrast of colors – the orange pops off the earthy brown upholstery on the lounging porch. Notice the mixture of textures and pattern as well.

Even though the Showhouse has closed, Cashiers, North Carolina is a wonderful place to visit — especially for those with an eye for design.  If you’re in the area, make sure you visit places such as Vivianne Metzger AntiquesRustics, D. Estes Antiques, Etc., Dovetail Antiques, Ryan and Company Antiques, Tess at Chestnut Square, and Bound’s Cave.  They offer wonderful furniture and accessories with character and history.  Sophisticated and distinctive, their pieces are sure to be the perfect complement to your homes.

On a side note, take a look at this Cashiers Designer Showhouse ad that I helped style with Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles’ Brad Hanner.  We had so much fun gathering antiques and other accessories from local antique dealers in Cashiers.