As promised, I am revealing what I bought last week on my little shopping “spree”…I’m sure my avid follower knows exactly what I’m talking about. For everyone else you can read all about the shopping spree HERE
“Drum roll, please…” BLAM!
That’s right.The pillow! I know it’s small but, man, has it made a big difference. I love it so much I can’t stop fluffing it. #notaeuphomism
Before moving into this current house, I tended towards warmer color palettes but a couple of years ago I, like the rest of the design world, started gravitating towards cooler colors. Below are two living rooms I fell in love with recently.
mydomaine/designer: Ann Lowengart
I’ve been crushing on navy for a while now but finding the right colors to pair it was giving me a run for my money. I want my living room to feel light and bright but grounded; and I definitey don’t want it to feel theme-y (aka thematic). To keep blue feeling light and airy you often see it paired with white and a third color. That third color is where things can go terribly wrong.
Let’s say you head down the blue and white path. One natural choice for the third color is red. Red, white and blue look really good together. Just ask Betsy Ross. But once you’ve done that trio of colors, it’s really hard not to go all Americana on the room. Americana is not my thing.
Another combo for keeping blues airy is blue, white and teal. The problem here is picking the right teal. If you add the wrong teal, you’re taking a cruise ship to the land of nautical, beach themed rooms. Nothing wrong with that but it’s not my jam.
Pair navy with too much gray or another dark color and you’re headed towards a very masculine look.
This pillow provides the perfect color combo for me. The teal is perfect — not too light or dark and not too blue or green. Plus there’s enough lightness between the pattern to keep it feeling light which is a nice balance to the velvet. If the pillow were all velvet it would be too heavy for the look and feel I’m going for.
Let’s go all the way back to where we started. Remember, this is the living room we moved into — pink walls and all (sans the furniture, which was the previous owner’s):
A little bit of paint, a little art and this is how the living room has looked for a little over a year. I strategically took this picture to cut out my rug. I love that thing but the color clashes so badly with the walls I had to spare you. I did however manage to capture the lower half of one of my dogs, Luke. He refused to move.
And now this is what the back side of my living room looks like with my new lovely West Elm pillow and her new friends…
While at CB2 I also bought these pillows to keep my lovely West Elm lady company.
As an aside, I have no idea why the frames in the gallery wall look crooked in the second after picture. In person they look straight. It is a challenge to keep those pictures looking straight and in line. No one ever talks about that when gushing about gallery walls. #uglysideofgallerywalls If you’re curious, all of the art in the gallery wall is courtesy of my children — except for the big one in the middle and the “A”.