Happy Bastille Day everyone! I must admit, I’m feeling pretty nostalgic. I was lucky enough to watch the fireworks erupt behind the Eiffel Tower on Bastille Day last year (take me baaack), so I’m having a serious case of wanderlust today. Even if we can’t all go to Paris to join in traditions like watching the fireworks or attending the Military Parade on the Champs-Élysées, we can certainly celebrate this historic day in our own way here in America. Here’s a few HGTV takes on La Fête Nationale traditions:
All Things Blue, White, and Red
Remember all those cute Fourth of July decorations you put so much thought into two weeks ago? Good news: Bastille Day gives you a reason to re-use your festive red, white and blue pieces. Just remove anything involving stars and stripes and voilà — your home is ready for French festivities.
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If you’ve been following along on my antiquing adventures then you know 2 things about me:
1) That I spend a fair amount of time at estate sales.
2) That I’m all about a serious bargain.
Enter this perfectly distressed, cane-backed French Provincial headboard that I recently found in an Oak Ridge, TN garage for… wait for it… just 10 bucks! I couldn’t believe the estate sellers had priced it SO low — especially considering how hot French antiques are right now. I vaulted over a pile of old lumber, pulled off the price tag and hot-footed it straight to the check-out table to pay before anyone else could lay claim.
Once I placed it in my guest room, I remembered one small detail about older headboards — they’re short. Often much, much shorter than modern headboards. So short, in fact, that the pillows dwarf my new French beauty: Learn my designer trick for making this headboard much taller
This month we’re celebrating indigo as our Color of the Month, but it’s not the only blue hue our staff has a color-crush on. Ever since Made + Remade editor-in-chief Kelly Smith Trimble pitched classic cornflower blue in our monthly color meeting, I’ve been noticing it everywhere from decor to recipes to fashion.
Both bright and cool at the same time, this hue lends itself especially well to outdoor spring weddings. I love the combination of striking blue bridesmaid dresses paired with cheerful yellow and pink flowers as featured on Elizabeth Ann Designs. And don’t limit this color to your decor — you can use real cornflowers or bright-blue violets to create wedding-worthy cocktails and desserts, like these found on Adventures in Cooking. So, what do you think — will you try this bright blue hue this spring?
Get more color palette inspiration from our previous Tuesday Huesday posts.
It’s no secret that I love turquoise. (See exhibits A, B and C.) Another blue-green fan? Gorgeous actress Lupita Nyong’o, who recently topped People’s 50 most beautiful list.
She said the soft blue of the Prada gown she wore to the Oscars reminded her of her home in Kenya, leading the Internet to call the beautiful hue “Nairobi blue.” Her Gucci gown choice for the SAG awards launched another nationwide color crush: This time the electric turquoise gown shade has been dubbed “Lupita blue.”
Midcentury Living Room : Electric Turquoise Clock : Aging Paint
HGTV Home Studio intern Samantha inspired me to bring this red carpet stunner into the living room with her Color of the Month pitch of the same vibrant hue. We went with another option (see our pick later this week!), but I love the way this cool-yet-vibrant hue adds punch to spring decor. It’s a great, poppy alternative if you’re not a pastel fan.
Get more color palette inspiration from our previous Tuesday Huesday posts.
Jamie Herzlinger | HGTV’s Renovation Raiders | Stools From Fab.com | Betty Lou Phillips
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?”
HGTV’s Design on a Dime
Bright Bazaar Blog
HGTV’s Renovation Raiders
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?
You guessed correctly if you chose option C. The Carrera backsplash is carried through to the countertops for a seamless look that brings a modern twist to this mostly traditional kitchen.
We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Tory D. is the winner of this month’s HGTV magazine, a notebook and an HGTV black sun visor. Congrats!
Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.
There’s nothing quite like farmer’s market blueberries. I get a carton every Saturday and probably eat half the container before I make my first lap around the vendors. The hue is just as delectable as the taste, too. I know it’s still summer, but we can start thinking about fall a little bit. This is the perfect intro-to-fall color. It can be nice and rich, like the dress on the second row, or it can be mixed with lighter colors for a cooler feel, like the summery plaid dress on the bottom row. What’s your favorite way to incorporate this purple hue into your fashion or decor?
Blueberry Tarts | Picking Blueberries | Door | Dress | Sign | Gelato | Ice Cream | Yarn | Bracelet | Mini Pies
Come back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss a day? See all the posts here.
Craving blueberries now? Grab a carton (or two) of fresh blueberries and try out some of these recipes from our sister site, HGTVGardens.com.
Everywhere I look, I’m seeing beautiful, watery blues. Last week, I revealed our agua-inspired Color of the Month, Paradise Blue. Yesterday, I spotted this cerulean blue moodboard over on Camille Styles. Isn’t it like a beach vacation for your eyeballs? Then today, I spied this crazy-beautiful dining room at housetohome:
Mediterranean Sea From Monaco | Monaco Blue Dining Room
This room would fit right into my Monaco Blue Pinterest board: The deep blue pendant light and modern plastic chairs have the same reflective quality that’s so appealing in the deep blue sea. A striped rug brings even more blue hues into this cool dining nook.
What do you think: Is there too much blue in this monochromatic space, or are you ready to grab a paintbrush?
Red has always been the color associated with sexy lips — but this week on Yahoo!, searches for “luscious blue lipstick” are spiking 106%! What has caused this sudden interest in navy kissers? Got me?! All I know about blue lips is that they are oftentimes a result of being too cold.
MORE: BLUE FLOWERS FOR YOUR GARDEN >>
But, what I do know about is blue rooms. And, to bring the two together, my fellow blogger (thanks, Kayla) helped me find a blue pucker that is the exact color as this stunning tonal blue (almost dip-dyed) dining room.
Don’t you love how we took something that’s trending and very popular right now (but not really HGTVish) and slanted it towards home design? It’s a talent, people.
**Yahoo! stats from Web Trend Expert Carolyn Clark**
Last week, a few of the HGTV.com editors had the privilege of visiting High Point Furniture Market. We saw a lot of fabulous designs, from innovative furniture to one-of-a-kind lighting. I was on the lookout for the hottest colors in interior design. Here are my top four color picks:
Many designers have transitioned from the bold blues you’re used to seeing to a fresher, ice blue. I still enjoyed seeing unexpected pops of the bright blues in China cabinets and drawers.
Media Cabinet by Design Legacy; China Cabinet by Steven Shell; Denim Map by Splurge/Robert Nicholas; Tufted Chair by HGTV HOME
Designer Shane Inman’s Decorating Tip: Use soft blues for your walls and darker shades of blue in your upholstery. For something unexpected and daring, use a smokey-slate blue on base moldings and window casings.
I never thought I could decorate with orange, but seeing this color in accessories, upholstery and seating immediately changed my mind. It completely changes the mood of a room.
Chevron Wall Art by Vanguard Furniture; Dining Chairs by Design Legacy; Teal/Orange Pillows by TOURMALINE home; End Table by Trade Winds Furniture
Designer Erica Islas’ Decorating Tip: If you’re worried about a color overpowering a space, use it as an accent color mixed with neutrals. For example, pair a striped orange-and-white ottoman with a neutral sofa.
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Got a case of the Monday blues? I’m right there with you. But you know what? I’m going to employ a move from the lemon playbook and take the blues I’ve been handed and make — pie! That’s right, blueberry pie.
A bit of a stretch? Oh, perhaps. But blueberry season is just around the corner — and that, my friends, is lifting my spirits on this cloudy Monday afternoon.
More blueberry recipes:
Appleberry Pie Cocktails
Also, tips for: How to Grow Blueberries
In March and April, we put the final vote on our Color of the Month to you, our readers. But for May, the debate narrowed down so quickly to a tie that I decided to ask Leanne Potts, our VP of Editorial, to cast the deciding vote. Here’s how she described her pick: This color makes me think of desert skies, Caribbean water and delphinium blossoms. The shade suggests serenity in an age of tumult.
In the week that followed Leanne’s tie-breaking vote, tumultuous events rapidly unfolded, including the outbreak of tornadoes in the South. I think you’ll agree – we all could use an infusion of serenity.
Here’s a small dose in the form of our May Color of the Month:
I want to live the life that the family in this Blue and White with Sabrina Soto ad lives. It’s so casual, so effortlessly cool and so well-designed.
Rarely am I such an easy “get” for an ad campaign, but this time they got me. When I went to search for the blue lamp in the ad, sadly, I found that I’m not the only one who’s fallen for Sabrina’s taste. Almost all her blue picks are sold out. Oh well. I’ll be keeping an eye on their stock. In the meantime, I’m soaking up the rest of Sabrina’s totally available advice on Real Estate Intervention.
Global traditional designs are making a big push this spring. Anna just sent around links to Anthropologie and West Elm’s new product releases which both feature rich, ethnic patterns.
Architect Elizabeth Roberts’ bathroom chair (featured in a home tour on Remodelista), is right on trend with its resist dye mud cloth upholstery. Resist dye is a traditional African dying technique similar to its more popular cousin, tie dye. The deep blue color that results is a lovely stand-out in this otherwise subdued palette.
Just a quick hi from October market in High Point, NC. I’m here with two of our decorating editors, Chelsey and Camille, and we had a great first day — crisp weather, friendly people and some of the most beautiful fabrics and furnishings I’ve seen this season. Before I turn in after 12 straight hours on the showroom floor, I wanted to share a little of what we saw.
Favorite new store: Carolina George. They’re a NY-based company specializing in furniture for small spaces. We loved their pendulum console table, lacquered in hot pink or preppy green.
Favorite old friend: DB Sources. We featured them on our site at spring market 2009 and were as charmed this year by their vibrant accessories as we were then. New this year: The romantic rose pendant light.
First take on trends: Maps, Ikat, animal prints. For colors: greige, pale blue, taupe…then plum, hot red and the return of true navy. For woods: weathered gray, taupe, caramel.
Tomorrow is the juried section at Market Square, BoBo Intriguing Objects and more gorgeous showrooms. Let me know if there’s something you want me to be on the lookout for, trend- or color-wise. I’m looking forward to reporting back…after a nap.
Color is deeply personal. We all have our favorites (mine is fuchsia) and those we despise (green just isn’t my hue).
Photo Credit: Domino Magazine
For some it’s all about beige, and then there are those of us who go wild and paint a whole room blue.
(Yes I am referring to that episode of HGTV Design Star).
Bring Color Home, Your Way
When I was a kid, we visited relatives in Kentucky. I remember the horses. But it was my recent travels to the Bluegrass State that introduced me to three delights appreciated in that commonwealth: hot browns, Kentucky lemonade (with Maker’s Mark) and M.A. Hadley clayware. In fact, I can think of no better way to enjoy hot browns and spiked lemonade than served on a Hadley plate and in a Hadley julep cup.
Fortunately, I can order a set directly from the Hadley Pottery Company. (Until now, this delightful stoneware was only available through a limited number of retailers.)
More On Hadley Blue
In September, we gave Color of the Month status to the bright, beautiful persimmon. It seemed to perfectly epitomize the point between summer and fall and, oh, the delicious accessorizing possibilities! That choice took two meetings and lots of wrangling. Though by the end, it was obvious what the color should be.
For October, the choice was much easier. It was a color our team loved for September, which met all our rules except being available in stores. (Remember, our criteria for picking colors are: (a) it has to be seasonal (b) up-and-coming (c) and easy to find.)
October’s Hue, Unveiled
We enjoyed spending time with Emily Henderson, host of the show Secrets From a Stylist, at our design bloggers luncheon in Manhattan last week. (You can read about the 40 bloggers, including Design Happens contributors like Emily, who joined us at our New York offices here.) Before winning HGTV Design Star, Emily enjoyed a busy career as a photo-shoot stylist for top lifestyle and design publications. Now she’s even busier.
Read on to learn more about which designer has influenced Emily the most and what she finds impossible to pass up at flea markets.