Create An Art-Inspired Room

I love, love the piece of abstract art in the Room of the Week.  Besides just being beautiful, it ties the color palette together and helps bridge the rustic and refined details in the room.

If you’re struggling to put together a color palette you love, try finding a piece of artwork you gravitate to and go from there.  Artists, by nature, are experts at pairing colors…let them do it for you!  Here are three pretty abstracts with gorgeous color palettes to inspire…and some tips to put together an art-inspired room.

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ONE: Artwork by  Minted for West Elm | Sofa | Blue Lumbar Throw Pillow | Lamp | Throw Blanket
TWO: Artwork by Julia Marcum  | Sofa | Blue Chevron Throw Pillow | Blue X’s Throw Pillow | Gold Medallion Throw Pillow | Brass Floor Lamp | Copper Throw Blanket
THREE: Artwork by Oliver Gal Artist Co.  | Sofa | Solid Blue Throw Pillow | Tan with Black Stripe Throw PillowSolid Red Throw Pillow | Bubble Pattern Throw Pillow | Lamp

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Color Palette: Blue & Brown, Cool & Warm

I love the color palette in the Room of the Week.  It’s warm and inviting, with hints of cool blue that make it feel fresh and modern.

Untitled-2Here are some pretty examples of the same versatile blue and brown color palette in four different styles!

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What do you think of this color palette?  In all the rooms and styles, the colors work so effortlessly together.  It’s truly one of the easier color palettes to put together.  Here are some of my current favorite blue and brown accessories…if you’re on the hunt for something similar in your own home.

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What do you think of this color palette?

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A Southwest-Patterned Rug in Every Color

The Southwestern-patterned rug in the Room of the Week really sets the tone for the style of the room. and its muted color palette keeps it from taking over.  For the last decade Moroccan, Turkish, and Indian patterns have been trending, but lately I’ve noticed a lot of Aztec and Navajo patterns popping up.  And, if those earthly southwestern colors aren’t your thing, there are options in every color imaginable.  Here are 15 of my favorite finds…including budget options from Ikea ( #7 & #8) and Target (#11), and even indoor/outdoor options (#13).


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The Anatomy of a Rustic Ranch House

I can’t believe October is almost over!  I’m excited to finish off the month with one last mid-century ranch style house, this time decorated with a mixture of refined and rustic elements.  Interior designer, Janette Mallory, designed this beautiful space, and it has me dreaming of white walls mixed with warm browns and cool blues…keep reading for 5 more of my favorite details.

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Here are the other ranch houses I featured this month, in case you missed them: Eclectic Ranch House | Renovated Ranch | Italian Farmhouse Style Midcentury Ranch

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How To: Create A Welcoming Entry

I’ve been thinking about the entry way to my house…the approaching winter, with its crazy predictions of heavy snowfall, has me looking for ways to make my entryway a more inviting and functional space in my home.  Last year I spent lots of time fighting the snow and mud my kids kept tracking in and I’m hoping to make some changes this year so it works better for my family, and looks better too!

Entryways are hardworking rooms and are your home’s first impression…that’s a big job!  I’ve partnered with Dutchcrafters to show you how to put together a beautiful entryway whatever the size or style of your home.  Dutchcrafters specializes in Amish-made furniture that is not only hardworking and functional, but beautifully designed to work with a variety of design styles.

Here are a few of my favorite pieces styled together with other fun finds from Target, World Market and Birch Lane.

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Your First Apartment: Dutchcrafters Shaker Collapsible Coatrack | Dutchcrafters Amish Hardwood Plant Stand  | Dutchcrafters Amish Eco-friendly Basket | CB2 Removeable WallpaperTarget Shadowbox Mirror | Target Black Vase | Target Chevron Rug
Your First Home: Dutchcrafters Amish Pine Hanging Shelf | Dutchcrafters Amish Shaker Hall Table | World Market Sebastian Crates | World Market Seagrass Basket | World Market Indoor-Outdoor Rug | World Market Clock | World Market Cement Lamp | World Market Paisley Lampshade | World Market Floral Dish
Your Forever Home: Dutchcrafters Amish Round Mirror | Dutchcrafters Amish Gateway Bench | Birch Lane Jasmine Rug | Birch Lane Schoolhouse Basket | Birch Lane Sommerton Wall Sconce


Do you do anything special to your entryway as the cold weather approaches?  Any tips to share?

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