The day after Labor Day brings a yearly fashion dilemma: Should I pack up my white jeans and dresses for the winter, or wear them year-round? (Mental Floss has a great explanation about the origins of this wardrobe rule.)
Whether you’re a traditionalist or a rebel, there’s one place you definitely shouldn’t skip white in the winter: your living room. As days get shorter and the sun gets weaker, white interiors keep your home light and bright. That’s why white-on-white interiors are a staple of Scandinavian design. But even if you live in a slightly warmer climate, the white-on-white trend is still worth a second look.
Living Room | Fall Outfit
If you get cold chills just thinking about an all-white room (not to mention the clean-up factor), this room by Julia Buckingham Edelman creates a beautiful compromise. Warm oranges, yellows and browns stand out next to antiqued gold and bright white.
And the white clothing? I’m rocking my favorite pieces as part of my early fall ensembles. How could something this cute be wrong?
Fall may officially be a few weeks away, but I’m sensing signs of the new season all around: cooler nights, bins of apples at the farmers’ market and yes, even the first fall leaves.
It was fall’s favorite fruit that inspired Kayla to pitch Apple Green for September’s Color of the Month. In her own words: “It’s time to sharpen those pencils, because school is back in session. Forget classic red apples — we’re all about modern green.”
Now that Labor Day’s end-of-summer parties are behind us, this crisp, collegiate color just felt right. Take a look at some of our favorite ways to use this hue, and tell us: Is this color the apple of your eye?
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If her irreverent personality and great fashion sense weren’t enough to make you love Nicole Richie, just look at her backyard:
When she’s not acting or designing pieces for her House of Harlow collection, she loves to entertain outdoors at the Laurel Canyon, Calif. home she shares with husband and Good Charlotte frontman Joel Madden, daughter Harlow, 5, and son Sparrow, 3.
She can’t stand the b-word (bohemian, that is), so she designed the outdoor space with a “relaxed and eclectic vibe” in mind. Richie unveiled the newly-revamped space to Domaine Home at a recent dinner party. It’s a stunning mix of classic outdoor elements (like natural stone) paired with modern touches like mismatched, industrial metal chairs. See the entire space here >>
On her backyard color palette: “It was important to me to keep the color palette strong but not too overpowering. We’re all about having everything be really eclectic and relaxed.” She settled on turquoise, yellow and black as a unifying colorway for her.
On dinner party seating charts: “I’m against assigned seating. I like people to come to my house and feel like they can do whatever they want.”
On her design aesthetic: “My house has that summery look and feel all year round…luckily for me I live in LA and can get away with it.”
On her home: “Our house is the one people come to, to hang.”
Nicole, feel free to invite me over anytime! Photos by Justin Coit for Domaine Home
Last fall, Lili pitched denim blue for our Color of the Month. Sure, I like a good denim shirt, but I wasn’t so sure about this hue in decor. (Grant was another denim doubter.) Fast forward to this year, and well, things have changed. I still don’t want a denim sofa, but I love this true-blue hue mixed with deeper blues and warm grays. It looks especially chic in this living room when paired with a blingy copper chandelier.
Blue and Denim Living Room | Denim-on-Denim Outfit
The best thing about this combination? Just like this cobalt-on-denim outfit, your pieces don’t have to match. In fact, your room will look all the more sophisticated if you layer slightly different shades of blue.
What do you think? Are you a fan of denim decor?
What’s on your weekend to-do list? My plans include creating my own wall stencil and pulling up some outdated carpet. More on that soon! But this is about you. Please, someone: Spend your weekend making this amazing door:
If this door looks familiar, you may have spotted it over on Apartment Therapy or Our Style Stories. It’s just one of the amazing features in Meredith Carmichael’s ultra-stylish ’60s ranch-style home. (Seriously, you have to see the rest of the house!) Meredith is the client services manager at Spruce, a vintage-inspired upholstery shop in Austin, Texas, where this door was created.
Photo by Hilary Rose Walker
“Isn’t upholstery difficult?,” you ask? Not when you have the experts here to help. We asked Spruce founder and upholstery genius Amanda Brown to show us (and you!) how to make this stunning door at home. “I found this diamond in the rough at my local Habitat for Humanity store for $9, which was good as new with a light sanding and fresh coat of paint,” Amanda says.
She then chose three shades of vinyl to create the eye-catching geometric design: Robert Allen Splash in Sapphire for the door’s base and Robert Allen Splash in Carolina and Marine for the two accent hues. After attaching the vinyl base, she draws on a square guide with chalk, then attaches triangles of the two accent shades. She finished the door with 3/8″ French natural decorative nails and a Schlage Siena Doorknob in Antique Brass.
Ready to make your own? Get the step-by-step upholstery instructions on HGTV.com.
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Though it’s only mid-August, the unseasonably cool weather here in East Tennessee has me plotting for fall decorating projects. I’m a huge fan of the honeycomb pattern trend, and I kind of want to create my own version of the Almost-40-Year-Old Intern’s shimmering wall. The wall is hand-painted. Impressive, no?
Hexagon Wall Treatment | Lavender Field
Yellow and purple flowers pop up together each spring (remember this Tuesday Huesday?), and this golden grass and blooming lavender is nature’s early fall version. This bedroom evokes early fall’s best features, with bright golds, cozy neutrals and a touch of purple.
What decorating projects do you have planned for fall?
Almost everyone has that color they love, but can never, ever wear. Mine is neon yellow. It’s bright, it’s cheerful, it’s uplifting…and it looks terrible on me. Since it’s a no-go for my wardrobe, I make up for that by obsessing over bright yellow interior accents. I especially like the color when paired with classic black and white. (I mean, what other color combo has a whole blog devoted to it?) The bright yellow just draws your eye in, whether it’s on a tabletop or peeking out of bathroom vanity drawers.
Drinks | Vanity
A little goes a long way with this vibrant color, though — I don’t think I’m ready to sport an all-yellow room anytime soon, but I would happily rock a bright yellow barn door.
Get more color palette inspiration from our previous Tuesday Huesday posts.
It’s almost move-in day for college freshmen across the country! Sure, some dorms are nicer than others (my freshman-year room featured a dormer that left me constantly hitting my head on the 4-foot ceiling) but they all have the same basic elements: white walls, a dresser, a bed, a desk. The fun part? Making it your own. The challenge? It all has to be temporary.
Since the white walls are there to stay, add color with super-saturated brights, like this easy-to-create artwork from Design*Sponge or a confetti-hued geometric pillow. Or fill a colorful terrarium with succulents that will survive even if you forget to water them until midterms. (Just kidding, water them once every week or two.)
Artwork | Terrarium | Pillow
Get tons more dorm room decorating ideas from our brand new Back to College feature.
Congratulations to this month’s winner, Jenna, who says her favorite summer tradition is traveling to her hometown to celebrate 4th of July with her friends and family. Check back on September 6 for another great giveaway!
One of summer’s sweetest rites of passage is the family beach trip. My family was lucky enough to travel to the North Carolina coast almost every summer when I was growing up, and I loved the traditions we established there. We spent our days catching waves, flying kites and searching for the perfect shark’s tooth; the nights were all about listening to the waves and enjoying the freshest local seafood.
Even if your summer is shaping up to be a land-locked one, you can still create a by-the-shore experience at home. The clambake is a beach-side favorite for its sheer simplicity: Just steam just-caught seafood alongside corn on the cob and baby potatoes. (Get our recipe here.)
Of course, you’ll need to set the table for your clambake, so we’ve teamed up with our friends at personalized gift shop Pretty Smitten and online lifestyle shop Waiting On Martha to give one lucky Design Happens reader this set of coordinated table decor perfect for an end-of-summer soiree.
Read on to see the whole prize list and enter for a chance to win the entire set.
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Remember a few weeks ago when a good part of the D-Happ staff was obsessed with all things watermelon? Kayla made the juicy fruit the topic of her Mood Board Monday. Allie showed us five ways to craft with watermelon. And I even pitched in with a watermelon-inspired Tuesday Huesday. So when Nina, HGTV.com’s entertainment manager, introduced a watermelon-themed Pinterest board to the Color Team, it wasn’t exactly a hard sell. That’s right: Bright, juicy watermelon is our newest Color of the Month!
August is the height of watermelon season: Think big-as-your head slices of fruit pulled straight from the icebox, dribbling down your chin. Or, if cocktails are more your speed, try this melon-filled margarita recipe.
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