So I have this cool app on my iPhone called, appropriately, Palettes, that lets you take a photo and turn it into a color palette. Because you know how you read a magazine and (I’ve been guilty of this, I’m sure) it’s like, “get your inspiration from nature,” and you’re like, um… so my apartment should look like a blade of grass? The reason this app is so awesome is that it sees all those colors that you don’t even notice—so when I took this snap of the Statue of Liberty on a boat ride over the weekend, it caught all those greys and peaches and dusty blues that I might have overlooked. Neat, huh? (-Moe)
Mirror, Warhol Vanity Mirror, $219, Ballard Designs. Couch, English Roll Arm Upholstered Loveseat, $2,345, Restoration Hardware. Pillow, Wildflower Embroidered Double Boudoir Pillow, $75, Pine Cone Hill. Ottoman, Wooden Dhurrie Upholstered Ottoman, $549, Wisteria. Rug, American Home Rug Company Beach Collection Boardwalk Stripes Black Rug, $129.60 for 2’6″x8, RugsUSA. Floor, Loft Walnut Laminate Flooring, Pergo. Lamp, Bruno Double-Arm Adjustable Floor Lamp, $242, Rejuvenation.
Love this cheerful little doormat—a nice warm welcome home. (-Moe)
Bicycle Coir Mat, $25, Ballard Designs.
If you’re anything like me and makeover your home on a yearly basis (ok, bi-yearly…at least) it’s best to purchase neutral furnishings that can take on a whole new look via easy accents and a new coat of wall paint. But sometimes I just can’t help myself when I spot a punchy patterned item like this arm chair. But don’t let pieces like this scare you off–this beauty can work in a variety of settings. When you’re ready for a living room makeover, move the chair into your dining room at the head of the table, or in your bedroom to create a reading nook and give those rooms a whole new look. Neutral need not be boring–or stagnant! (-Allie)
Castered Tufted Storage Ottoman, starting at $399 from Ballard Designs.
Augusta Opal Table Lamp by Arteriors Home, $330 at Clayton Gray Home.
Surya Ashton Collection rug, 5×8, $595 at Rugs USA.
Rebecca Chair, $1,049.60 at High Fashion Home.
Dalton Sofa, $2,999 from Z Gallerie.
Bianca Pillow in Paprika and Aubergine, $49.95 from Z Gallerie.
This week’s Swatchbook was inspired by this pretty fabric from Thibaut that I’ve had sitting in my apartment waiting for me to make pillows out of it. I love that yellow-green can be a great his-and-her color – it’s pretty, but not feminine, and not too trendy or weird to turn off style-averse dudes. I like the idea of layering it with creamy neutrals and wood for a nice, soothing room. (-Moe)
Cycloid wallpaper in Artichoke, at Walnut Wallpaper. Seguro Mirror, $799, at Crate & Barrel. Brooks sofa in Cameo, $799, at Room & Board. Graphic Crewel Pillow Covers, $49 each, at Pottery Barn. Garden Seat in Lime, $139 each, at Ballard Designs. Hampen Rug in Green, $50 for 4’4”x6’5”, at Ikea.
In honor of the Fourth of July, I couldn’t resist making this week’s Swatchbook a patriotic red, white & blue. And what’s not to love for your home? Blue and white are an easy, crisp combo, and that punch of red livens everything up. (-Moe)
Red Statement (3-16), Blueberry (26-16) and Designer White (33-1); all Pratt & Lambert Paints. Planked America Panel, $249 (on sale) at Pottery Barn. Charlotte Chair, from $1,125, at Maine Cottage. American Glory Throw, $69.99, from At Home America. Benedetta Side Table in Rubbed Cream, $159, at Ballard Designs. Navy Striated Ceramic Vases, $2.24-3.24 (on sale), at Cost Plus World Market. Blue Awning Stripe Cotton Woven Rug, $194 for 6×9-foot, at Dash & Albert.
My favorite color combo right now: Aqua and orange. There’s something so refreshing about that cool shade of blue pumped up with a citrus-y accent. ICI Paints included several different combinations in their palettes for 2009/2010. You can get many looks with the pairing: sea mist plus coral is sweet; robin’s egg and coral are a little bolder; and teal and russet take on a retro-ethnic feel. (-Moe)
Clockwise from top: Ana Aqua Ticking Cotton Woven Rug, $344 for 8’x10′, Dash & Albert. Celebration Plate, $3.95, and Bowl, $3.95, Crate & Barrel. Tea Box Lamp in Persimmon Orange, about $400, Jardins en Fleur for stores. Galisteo Chest, $699, Room Service Home. Diamond Candle Lanterns, $14 each, West Elm. Springwood Floral Aqua Fabric, $24 per yard, Ballard Designs. Butterflies pillow in Cream/Foam/Seabreeze, about $175, Judy Ross for stores.