As of December 1st, we are well into the Christmas season. Time to decorate!
Lets start with the mantel:
Before you bust out the glitter and Popsicle sticks, lets take a moment to consider some alternative ways of creating a festive atmosphere that is both cheerful and classy. While DIY decorations are a fun and personal way to vamp up your home, there are some tricks to stretching what you already have (you know, that massive box of ornaments and burnt-out string lights in the attic) by adding a few key pieces from your yard…or your neighbor’s yard.
If you’re lucky enough to have a collection of festive antiques–figurines, canisters, pitchers, etc.–then bring them out and pair them with pine cones, sprigs of holly or evergreen branches, bunches of cranberries (or any faux berry), feathers, and one of my personal favorites–magnolia leaves. Bringing natural elements indoors is one of the easiest ways to create a classic Christmas look.
Gold and brown can be just as Christmasy as red and green if you use the right shades and accents. We paired magnolia leaves and pine cones with a wintery evergreen garland for the mantel. Some brown striped pheasant feathers really help set this mantle apart and make the look our own. By working with the existing pieces on the mantel–a dusty-rose colored lamp and golden-brown framed mirror–we were able to create a look that enhances what we already have, rather than fighting against it. This is the most important part of creating a look that is elegant and festive: work with what you have, then embellish. The backdrop for this display is AS09SP— a soft springtime yellow.
Next time we’ll show you what we did to transform the rest of the house and a creative use for pomegranates. Hint: it’s not juice.
Have some milk glass lying around? Throw that in as well.
Your life is like the perfect summer day: sunny, fresh, open to possibilities. That direct approach shines through in this clear, crisp palette accented with ripe greens and coral. To balance the bright tones, add off-whites with paint trim and fabrics.
This palette worked beautifully in a newer home remodel we affectionately named “Mango and Spice“. Tons of natural light allow our colors to really shine and create the perfect room for some rich, dark furniture to add some drama. Sage green cushions, and a chocolate brown sofa work in harmony with these sunny colors and help the room feel grounded. To check out the rest of the house, head over to our Photo Gallery. Or click the photo below.
A warm, rich brown sets the tone for this Summer Palette. Try the AS07S for your walls or ceiling, and the AS05S as your trim or door color.
You’re comfortable in your own skin, expressing your personal style no matter what the trends say. The true-to-nature shades in this bold palette play up your strengths. When choosing fabrics, try mixing in a touch of teal to make it all pop!
Our home remodel project in North Bend utilized a chocolate brown and sandy gold from this palette. For the bathroom, we went all-in with spa style. Pebble tile, a walk-in shower, a rustic chandelier, and tons of natural light from new doors and windows.
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We continued this palette into the adjacent master bedroom, adding a bold pop of red in the form of throw pillows.
The greens of spring satisfy those natural instincts. Mix in a drop of yellow/gold and deeper greens to add interest without going overboard. Look for a fun stripe that pulls the palette together in your fabrics.
A recent project in Lake Oswego is a great example of how to soften this palette even more by pairing Spring Subtle AS02SP with crisp white and chocolate brown. This home is warm and inviting, classic yet fresh. For more photos of this home, head here. Or Click the photos below.
In addition to being green in color, this palette–like all of our palettes–is green in philosophy too. All Allison Smith Color Seasons Paint is water based using low VOC and low odor technology to protect your indoor environment and your health.
This is such a fun palette to work with and it really shows in the photos below. We added some fun to this mudroom by displaying the homeowner’s vibrant collection of baskets from her travels. A crisp, white background really makes our palette pop.
In the kitchen we decided to stay true to the original style by choosing lighting and accents in a farmhouse style. A muted-tone subway tile gives this bright kitchen some sophistication.