When Pantone first unveiled Radiant Orchid, its 2014 Color of the Year, the hue got mixed reviews from the Design Happens staff. But now that spring is on the horizon, we have purple on the brain — our top two color pitches this month were Orchid and Lavender! But which purple to choose?
We turned to guest editor Nancy Fire to cast our tie-breaking vote. Fresh from international design shows like Paris’s Maison & Objet and Cologne, Germany’s IMM, she looked to the marketplace to help her decide. The answer came quickly: Orchid. “The world is orchid crazy right now, with Radiant Orchid showcased on products all over the universe, from fabrics, lamp shades, hand-painted chairs as well as other decorative accessories,” Nancy says. “So, my pick is orchid for obvious home decor reasons. ”
Even if you’re on the fence about orchid, it’s time to give this color a second look. We love how just a tiny bit of orchid adds necessary early spring vibrancy to a room. See how orchid accessories, like the amazing string art, chandelier and chair, reinvigorate this modern kids’ room?
Unless you’re purple-crazy, small doses are the way to go: Try pairing it with soft greens, like hemlock or mint, or soft grays for a more muted look. For a modern take, try bright white and citron paired with pops of orchid. This tween room’s inviting bedding and fun striped ceiling makes me kind of want to move in.
And as days (finally) start to warm up, don’t rule out orchid for your outdoors spaces. We love how (purple-obsessed) designer Brian Patrick Flynn incorporated the hue into this eclectic outdoor living room.
What do you think of orchid? Will you use the hue in your home this spring? Tell me in the comments below.
You guessed correctly if you chose option B. Designer Deborah Wecselman paired multi-colored honeycomb-patterned wallpaper with pillows featuring inspiration words to create a funky teen bedroom.
We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Rosie is the winner of this month’s issue of HGTV Magazine, a gray HGTV zip-up sweatshirt (size L) and an HGTV mug. Congrats!
Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.
If there ever was a product that screamed: “Please, just leave me to my function and forget my form. I’ve got a job to do!” it’s the lowly doormat. And who could blame it? Its sole purpose is to be stepped on with dirty shoes. When Briana suggested we look for some mats that were not-too-kitschy yet not too plain I knew I’d have some hunting to do. I think I’ve found some good options in a range of styles that meet the aesthetic requests and don’t shirk their function altogether:
1. Anchor West Elm; 2. Tvis round mat IKEA; 3. Wink Orange Rug; 4. Oceanstar Bamboo; 5. Branch Door mat; 6. Magical Thinking Southwest Geo Rug; 7. Turkish Doormat
I have to admit, at my own apartment, I go for pure function in my entryway. I’ve got a recycled-tire doormat that you can stand on with dripping, snowy boots and just wipe down later. However, these are all so pretty that I might reconsider my choice of pure utility leaving me, as usual, with a case of the wants.
Making its debut as early as the 1930’s but not truly popularized until the 1960’s, this former military application isn’t so much an emerging trend as it is a look that seems to be habitually hip. Perhaps with an occasional ebb and flow in mainstream popularity, Lucite remains on the design radar and readily available in decor and accessories, even despite some of its less than stellar uses in the past. This barely there material never ceases to bring that sense of coolness to a space, and designers are always finding new and clever ways to add this stealthy staple to the mix.
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From commercial signage applications in a residential space to fully stocked bar carts that are light on their feet, this industrial strength ‘upstager’ is constantly turning heads. Once a game changer always a game changer I suppose, since the general design of Lucite pieces doesn’t seem to have changed much over the years. In fact, aside from the more extreme examples from a particular era, it would be quite difficult for the average person to guess which pieces were made in the 60’s and 70’s and which might have been made today.
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So what is it about Lucite that remains forever young and timelessly chic? It might be the modern vibe it brings to a space, or its weightless and futuristic nature, maybe it’s that extra bit of unexpected something special that ties it all together — I really couldn’t say, but I know I enjoy seeing it happen — as often as possible, for now. So how about you? Do you have a love of Lucite or could you leave it at the door?
Can you guess which wallpaper belongs in this bedroom?
Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win this month’s issue of HGTV Magazine, a gray HGTV zip-up sweatshirt (size L) and an HGTV mug. You don’t have to guess correctly for a chance to win.
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Lupita Nyong’o's style is always amazing, but the Prada gown she wore to the Oscars was a jaw-dropper. The color of the dress has been dubbed ‘Nairobi blue’ since Lupita said it reminds her of her home in Kenya. The 31-year-old looked stunning as she picked up an Oscar for best supporting actress for her role as Patsey in “12 Years A Slave.” Seeing her epic acceptance speech got me thinking, “How can I use that beautiful shade Nairobi blue?”
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You guys, it’s the best month of the year (in my world): National Craft Month! And I give you my word, I’ve got some great craft projects for you to tackle this month. To kick things off I brought in reinforcements: Jess Abbott from The Sewing Rabbit, sewing expert and all-around fun gal. She’s here to show us that even if you’re scared of your sewing machine (um, guilty), you can make adorable hand-sewn felt bowls with just a couple of simple stitches. Watch the video to see us in action:
These simple bowls could not be easier to make, and they are handy for everything from organizing your craft supplies to packaging up a gift. What would you use these bowls for?
Brought to you by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, where ideas and inspiration come together.
Spring is here! No really—pastels, Easter eggs, cleaning tips, and gardening how-tos are abundant inside the latest April issue of HGTV Magazine. Wander through our pages before it hits newsstands on March 11, and we’re confident you’ll get a little spring in your step.
First we showed you the many uses for a console table, and now we bring you the versatile and on-trend ladder shelf. Check out the 5 ways we used this cool piece.
The architecture of this Florida home is super cool, but it’s the standout items in each room that make it memorable.
Did you know the average kitchen remodel can cost you $50,000?! [Gulp.] This one though…a cool $3,100. See how the family did it.
Bonus: Want even more HGTV Magazine? Head to hgtv.com/chalkboard-calendar and hgtv.com/curtain-tips for an exclusive step-by-step DIY project and window-treatment advice you can only find online.
St. Patty’s Place Settings from HGTV’s Property Brothers
Spring officially begins this month (March 20!), and we at HGTV are beyond ready. It’s time to break out of your post-winter slump and start fresh with some Spring cleaning and new decor. Not feeling like you want to take on any major projects yet? Start small with your dining room or patio table. These place settings from HGTV’s Property Brothers are so fun and vibrant, you might just catch Spring Fever. So set your table for Spring and be sure to catch the new season of Property Brothers premiering March 12 at 9pm/8c.
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I love yarn. I’m what you would consider to be a yarn addict. I love its texture and versatility. As I browse through the aisles of my craft store I always pause and flirt with all the bright colored yarn. If that yarn is on sale you can bet a few rolls sneak their way into my cart. And I’m a huge sucker for yarn crafts. Can we talk about the craft potential yarn has? It has so much more to offer than knitting. And with an obnoxiously large bundle of sale yarn, I came up with a lovely craft I feel does yarn justice: a yarn chandelier.