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November 7, 2016 at 1:06 pm Leave a comment

Color Trends 2017: Gray and Neutrals-Classic!

Gray is a classic neutral and has been a “go to”favorite for neutral interiors for several years now. Gray is moving into 2017 more popular that ever !

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One of my all time favorites is the combination of gray and camel with accent colors of different shades of green, from blue-greens to leaf and citrus greens. In the living room shown above that I designed a couple of years ago, I used this classic combo with gray stone on the fireplace, textured camel fabric on the sofa and brown and gray shades in the rug and leopard print (of course!) chair. The contemporary art canvas, and the plants, bring in the complimentary shades of green to spice up the neutral palette.

This cozy and comfortable room is executed with a mix of contemporary and traditional pieces with a European vibe! Remember , when working with a neutral palette , you need to use contrasting textures and shapes to add more depth to the space, as I did with the stone texture on the fireplace, the wonderful organic shapes of the  three urns,  the sculptural shapes of the leaves on the plants and the soft chenille texture of the sofa.

There are many other color trends coming into 2017 and I won’t go into them all now but will be blogging  more about that later. Whatever the current trends, your home should be a reflection of who you, and your family ,are and you should surround yourself with colors that give you pleasure, furnishings you love  and art that speaks to you ! It’s just good Feng Shui!!

Happy decorating and please check back for more on 2017 color trends and other inspirations for decorating your home!   Clay

 

 

 

 

 

August 23, 2016 at 8:24 pm Leave a comment

AAHHHH………..DINING ALFRESCO!

AAhhh………..dining alfresco! One of summer’s great pleasures and a great way to enjoy the soothing sights and sounds of nature. Communing with nature always gives my spirits a lift and what better way than dining in an outdoor setting; on a boat dock, under a large tree, in a secluded garden, on the loggia or a poolside deck.

For dinner at dusk, my friend Suzanne used to set a formal table under a large oak in her Alabama backyard complete with a beautiful tablecloth, fine china and silverware, crystal goblets and silver candlesticks. She would hang an old candle chandelier  from a tree branch to complete the setting. It was a very special and unforgettable experience!

Food just seems to taste better alfresco and I always have so much fun coming up with creative and unique table settings. Mix and match china, flatware and unexpected object d’ art to create exotic, whimsical, formal or country casual themes. Fresh flowers are a must and of course candles for those special evening dinners.

So give your imagination some free rein and create your own enchanted space for dining alfresco!

Dennis and I hope you and yours have a fabulous summer!

Clay

May 31, 2016 at 5:15 pm 2 comments

Baked Eggs in Mushrooms With Parmesan

Sounds yummy! Can’t wait to try!

Cooking Up The Pantry

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These make a lovely alternative for breakfast, lunch or a light supper.  Add a salad to make them go a little further.

When choosing mushrooms for this you need a very large mushroom that is thick and it’s sides are intact, any cracks and your egg will disappear through them!

I cooked these mushrooms in the oven but they will happily cook on a BBQ flat plate at a medium heat so you don’t burn the base.

Serves 2-4.

Ingredients

4 large portobello mushrooms

4 eggs

4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, finely grated

4 tablespoons fresh gluten free breadcrumbs

1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley

Salt and pepper

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Centigrade.

Take a mushroom, remove the stalk and scoop out a little of the flesh, making enough space for the cracked egg.

Repeat with the remaining mushrooms and place on a baking sheet.

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June 19, 2015 at 8:15 pm Leave a comment

Easy Summer Living; Enjoying the Outdoors!

Outdoor chaiseIt’s time for easy summer living, enjoying the outdoors and the soothing sights and sounds of nature! Garden Living spaces are a great place to celebrate the season with family and friends.

An enchanted outdoor room becomes a peaceful retreat with shimmering water features, the music of wind chimes, the allure of the fire pit and the magic of fireflies. We placed these fabulous lights, http://www.fireflymagic.com, in our shrubbery in the back yard and felt like kids again chasing fireflies with a mason jar!

Outdoor furnishings are available to create your own special rooms for living, dining, entertaining and even sleeping. No longer the old boring outdoor fabric fare of the past; we now have a banquet of new fabrics in colors and patterns that define traditional, exotic, Zen, modern and just about any style your imagination can invent!

I remember my grandmother’s sleeping porch when I was growing up in South Georgia. What a special treat to spend the night and be lulled to sleep with the soft music of the night and the fragrance of Night Blooming Jasmine wafting on the warm summer breeze!

Dress out your favorite outdoor rooms with fabrics, furnishings and accessories that reflect the colors of summer. Chartreuse, mint, shades of blue and coral are right in style these days and you are limited only by your imagination and daring! Let nature inspire you……………………………..

Have a fabulous summer and remember to “live life with joy, wonder and style!” 

Clay and Dennis

Outdoor Dining Group

Outdoor Dining Group

June 3, 2015 at 8:59 pm Leave a comment

2015 Home Interior Design Trends

Following is our 2015 Home Interior Design Trends report:

Pantone’s color of the year is Marsala, a red with brown undertones. This earthy and sophisticated tone combines well with most colors including aqua, olive, shades of blue, black, plum and gray.

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Marsala, Pantone’s color of the year 2015

Animal prints continue to be HOT on the fashion runway and in home interiors.

Get Ready! 1960’s retro is trendy for now! Olive green shades ( we called it Avocado in the sixties). Bold  contrasting colors such as orange and blue and glamorous black and white interiors speak to the sixties retro vibe.

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Gold metallic finish on table lamp

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Sink with animal print design

Acrylic furniture interpreted in traditional shapes for accent tables and used for chair and sofa legs; I love acrylic used in a traditional interior to add an artistic touch of the unexpected!

Stone, organic and timeless, is showing up on lamps , accent tables and  accessories; quartz, alabaster, petrified wood and agate, to name a few.

Metallic finishes will be very popular with brass leading the way followed by copper, silver and gold. These finishes will be seen on accent tables, lamps and lighting fixtures and accessories.

Acrylic accent table with traditional shape

Acrylic accent table

Thank you for reading our blog! I hope you have enjoyed our report on 2015 Home Interior Design Trends!

Stay tuned for more and remember to always Live Life with Joy, Wonder and Style!

Clay

 

 

December 19, 2014 at 5:05 pm Leave a comment

The Home as Sanctuary

World events being what they are today, your home should be a haven that nurtures your soul and restores your spirit! Restful and serene interiors that reflect nature and incorporate the beauty of organic materials are the hallmark of a restorative home. Lucious silk, fine cotton, textural linen, the warmth of wood and the earthiness of stone are a few tactile choices that awaken the sense of touch and sight, creating the home as sanctuary.

Please click on photo to veiw larger image of this restfull and nurturing  master bedroom; deep, rich colors with silk drapery and bedding. Sumptious!

Enjoy beautifully scented candles, fresh, fragrant flowers and perhaps create a “memories” potpourri filled with shells collected on seaside vacations; flowers, recieved as gifts that you have dried; saved champagne and wine corks from life’s celebrations or other special objects that evoke fond memories! Caress the sense of smell!

Comforting sounds such as recordings of wind chimes or bird song and soft music playing in the background along with the laughter of family and friends imbue a feeling of peace and contentment.

Hand crafted bowls filled with sumptious fruits or vegetables give you a renewed appreciation of nature’s bounty!

Family heirlooms, collected treasures and old books are wonderful for those contemplative moments.

Choose soft color palettes to impart a calming ambiance or darker, richer colors to embrace and cocoon. Color is very personal, you should choose those that make you feel peaceful and happy, then wrap yourself in them!

This step is crucial! Clear out clutter and do some “spring” cleaning. Remove anything that has a negative vibe. It’s great, cheap therapy and will create a positive, happy energy in your home!

Finally, immerse yourself in the beauty and serenity of art and objects that speak to you in a special way; wheather a fabulous flea market find or priceless antique, these are the elements that create the home as sanctuary!  Till next time, remember to “Live Life with Joy, Wonder and Style”! Clay

 

December 14, 2014 at 1:49 pm Leave a comment

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