September 14, 2011

Bring on Fall

by Shelly

Now that Labor Day has come and gone I am completely ready for the cooler weather of Fall to begin.  But here in Southern California we really don’t feel the change from Summer to Fall until mid to late October.  August and September can be quite hot!

In any case, I’ve noticed myself trying to force the weather to change.  Last weekend we had some wonderful friends over for an inpromptu dinner party and I served the most RICH, cooler weather meal ever.  The sauteed mushrooms on the side are a MUST by the way! TO DIE FOR!  The next day I got my nails painted in a rich plummy brown.  And I’ve noticed myself pinning more and more Fall inspired rooms.  Are you following me on Pinterest?

There’s nothing like a room painted in rich tones to make your guests swoon when they walk into the room.  Walls painted in peacock colors and tones of autumn look romantic when filled with candles at night.  Even if all you can muster is a powder room painted in a rich eggplant.  It’s a look that is bold and classic at the same time.  And it’s definitely worth a try….it’s only paint after all!

{via apartment therapy}

Many of us have a spare bedroom or den where we could try out this palette. Gorgeous peacock teal blue grasscloth and paint covers the walls and extends onto the bookcases.  The look is enveloping and cozy, especially when accented with brass lighting!  The soft orange pillows add just the right amount of contrast.

{eileen kathryn boyd via lonny}

Yes….this is quite a look.  But you know that brown boring sofa you have in your family room? Come on, you KNOW you have one in your home.  I’m betting on it!  I know, they’re safe and you can’t see stains.  But they are BORING and brown…so so BROWN.  So try this.  Paint your walls a rich deep eggplant, add accents of lacquered black and crisp white, then throw in pops of a contrasting color…here it’s burnt orange on the pillows.  The look is so rich, so inviting.  And that brown sofa now won’t look so blah.

{via simply seleta}

Want to give your guy a classic, timeless man cave?  Start with a dark, moody green.  No… darker…like the color of wet moss in a forest.  Then add tobacco leather.  A sofa, maybe a chair, or a tufted ottoman.  Add guy prints…you know…horses, old nautical prints of ships, vintage black and white photographs.  And then throw in pops of rich navy.  It will make the green sing!  Oh, and don’t forget a little animal print or (what my husband would REALLY like) a stuffed antelope head or the like from his day of hunting with his dad.  Yes, that IS what my husband would love. He’s from Fresno people!

{windsor smith}

Maybe it’s time for a dining room overhaul?  Let me guess, you have a dining set with a table and matching chairs….and maybe a sideboard or china that matches too?  Ok, I get it.  You can’t just run out and buy new stuff.  Alright, so let’s work with it.  Is the sideboard a hand me down or in “not so great” condition?  Paint it, throw on some new knobs…done.  Add a fun new chandelier by shopping estate sales or your local thrift stores.  Go for a great shape and if it’s not quite right, paint it with metallic paint, change the shades, and it’s as good as new!  Paint your walls a deep, mysterious eggplant with some mocha mixed into it.  Add a natural seagrass rug.  And then ask your Grandma for that old settee she has. You know the one with the needlepoint fabric on it with the flowers.  Yeah, that one.  Have a slipcover made or reupholster it.  Take out some of the chairs on one side of the table and throw in the settee. Cozy. Unique.  Not so matchy!

{via lonny}

And one of the easiest rooms to create a big change in is the bathroom.  Where I live many of the homes have quite tiny baths.  Most people do the norm…paint the walls white, beige or something similar and add powder blue or aqua accents.  Typical.  But what about painting the walls a dark high gloss black with a bit of navy in it? Stunning.  The white of the sink, toilet, and tub will just pop!  And then you can just run to Ikea and pick up some cheap white frames and add family photos or maybe vintage postcards and throw them on the walls.  It’s a cheap room to redecorate and get the most bang for your buck!

Now do you need some paint colors to achieve this look?  My favorites are always in the Ben Moore Historical colors.  Try some of these:

{HC-157 Narragansett Green…a deep blue, teal}

{HC 134 Tarrytown Green ….a beautiful, English racing green}

{2072-20 Black Raspberry…deep and mysterious}

{1630 Ocean Floor}

So do you have any Fall inspired walls in your home?  If not, are you contemplating a new look in one of your rooms?

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