A fitting reference for a show about modern day fairy-tale characters, we couldn't take our eyes off of the enchanted forest wallpaper spotted in Once Upon a Time. The print's smokey hues pair perfectly with the pops of chartreuse paint, caramel-colored banquettes, and checkered floors on set.As the episode title references, it's all about the thrill of the hunt, and we were delighted to discover the source of this enchanting woodland print. Hailing from Graham & Brown, the Mirage wallpaper design comes in five shades ranging from plum to mustard. Usually, I'd skip the neutrals in lieu of more colorful options, but after seeing the fun color combinations on the Once Upon a Time set, I think I'm sold on the charcoal!
My nominee for Elle Decor's Bloggers' Choice feature, Amber Lewis, is the founder of Amber Interiors, a design firm that mixes gorgeous textiles with one-of-a-kind pieces that reflect Amber's design philosophy that "chic should be comfortable and functional."
Amber started her career when she turned her love of mixing bold textures and patterns into a small textile and pillow company. After spending time at fashion school for textile design, Amber attended UCLA's Interior Design program and created her first interior design firm shortly thereafter.
LA born and bred, Amber adores her home city. She notes, "I grew up in LA, at the beach to be precise, so I have a love/love relationship with this city. I have traveled all over and I always love coming home. There is something about the weather in LA that is like nowhere I have ever been. It is 74 degrees pretty much every day, 365 days a year. We live outside of LA so it feels a bit removed from the hustle and bustle, but I know I am a 30-minute drive from the city or the beach. It's really a special place."
Amber's currently crazy-busy with multiple projects, and she's launching an online shop soon that will sell pillows, rugs, and extraordinary finds. Make sure to keep checking her blog for the launch date!
Amber recently took us along on a house tour of her gorgeous 1960s California ranch-style home, which she and her husband bought from the original owner. Amber admits, "the decor and layout was awful but now it's open and airy and just what we wanted." See how she adapted the house to meet her aesthetic (and to look fashionable even while living with pets and a toddler) when you keep clicking!
This room is so dreamy, thanks in large part to that delicious blue wall color. But the effect is also aided by the lovely lighter blue on the ceiling.To be perfectly honest, when I've repainted my living and dining room this past time, I've skipped the ceilings — they were in fine shape, and it seemed like a major hassle, especially when I was doing all of the work myself in between wrangling a toddler. However, the cozy, cocoon-like effect that these contrasting blues has created is tempting me to rethink my lazy ceiling painting.
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I have to admit that red isn't a color I usually gravitate toward when it comes to decorating, unless I'm using it in small doses. Yet after sifting through pages of crimson-colored interiors, I'm realizing how surprisingly versatile the color can be. Depending on the shade of red, the colors it is layered with, and the style of the room, the color can shift from classic and regal to subdued and almost calming. So while we celebrate the day of love, take a tour to see if your perception of this passionate color changes with each room it touches.
Advice columnists are used to answering questions — though usually not about themselves. Today, love advice columnist Wendy Atterberry of Dear Wendy is revealing her crushes and love for all things home-related. Wendy lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband, Drew, their baby boy, Jackson, and their two cats, Simone and Miles (who make a cameo in the photos here). Keep reading to see what Wendy has to say about why she's majorly crushing on her home.What she most loves about her home:
- It's a tie for my favorite spot in my home between my bedroom (and specifically, my bed), and my "china cabinet" wall. My husband, Drew, and I painted all the walls in our place, inspired by the colors of the beach, so I love the shades of green in both spots. We have a king-size bed, which feels like a luxury, and I love Sunday mornings when all five of us — Drew, our new baby Jackson, our two cats, Miles and Simone, and I — all pile in the bed and read books, nap, and talk. Drew and I love to travel, so above our bed we framed postcards of all the places we've traveled together in the nearly six years we've known one another. The china cabinet in my other favorite spot of the apartment belonged to my great-great-grandparents and I just love it. It's filled with lots of glassware for entertaining, which is something we enjoy doing. Everything else in that spot is a second-hand buy, found at garage sales or thrift stores, with the exception of the gray wool blanket on the bench, which I found somewhere online.
- Probably our "bar," which is usually pretty well-stocked thanks to generous friends who bring bottles of stuff whenever we have get-togethers. People also comment that our place is "cozy," which could also be a euphemism for "small," but here in New York where most places are tiny, I like to think it's a genuine compliment.
What she'd love to add to her home:
- Luckily, we already have most everything I'd want in a home — a walk-in closet, a big bathtub, a dishwasher, central air, and a washer and dryer. We even have a large balcony, which is pretty awesome in the warmer seasons. But if I could wave a magic wand and make this truly my dream home, I'd add one more bedroom (and maybe an elevator!); our second bedroom — now our baby's room — is awfully small and one day we'll outgrow this place, which will be sad. More realistically, I'd love to change the light fixture in the dining area, which is pretty ugly. We're renters, so it doesn't make sense to put any more money into the place, but if we owned, that would be the first — and maybe only thing — I'd change. Oh, and more original artwork. Oh, and a hammock! If only money were no object . . .
Inspired by Pucci's geometric patterns and Chanel's florals, interior designer Wesley Cadle returns for a second time to create another memorable lounge for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Custom details include hand-paint fabrics commissioned by artists from Porter Teleo Studio that cover the upholstery, walls, and ceiling. The result is a watercolor wonderland that mimics the beauty of a delicate silk scarf. Click through the gallery for tips on how to incorporate modern art techniques with hints of feminine romance to re-create the feel of Cadle's fashionable Spring enclave.
There's nothing subtle about hot pink — it's a bold, brash, beautiful color. I know that adding this shade to your home may take a little convincing, so I've rounded up some great examples of how you can add it in large and small doses to your home. Be it the bedroom, bathroom, living room, or kitchen, there's room for hot pink in any room in your home.
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Turns out there's a slight difference when it comes to how women and men approach home improvements and decorating at home. According to a recent study by retailer TK Maxx — not to be confused with TJ Maxx — a poll of 2,000 women reported that men don't notice the decorating changes they make to the household more than 50 percent of the time. Worse yet, two-thirds of the women also said that they had to literally let their partners know what the actual changes in the home were.While it may be said that this depends on the scale of decorating change that has been made, it appears that this is besides the point. The same group of women claim to have done projects as big as "painted a room and got no reaction from their husband at all" to switching out "curtains to wallpaper and even moved furniture without their partner noticing." On the contrary, mother-in-laws and friends are quick to pick up on home additions such as new cushions and color palettes.
We can definitely understand the argument posed by this study. But while it's often suggested that men are less likely to turn their attention to small details in the home as women do, is it really an indication that they don't care about their domestic environment? We're curious to know what you think. Let us know in comments below.
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