Ocean Interiors, Currents and Trends in Coastal Decorating

Ocean Interiors, Currents and Trends in Coastal Decorating.

Ocean Interiors – Currents and Trends
If You’re Lucky Enough To Live By The Sea, You’re Lucky Enough!

Everywhere we see OCEAN, SPA, NAUTICAL or BEACH as themes – it’s that Coastal “Lifestyle” which has become the guideline for many even if they don’t live near the sea.

This is a photo of Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia

Eclectic is STILL the Most Popular
Take Your Inspiration From Nature
  Slipcover Style: the new trend is to more fitted

How to make Solar Jar Lights – Cottage Life
by Liann Bobechko


What you’ll need:

Flip-top sealer jars with clear lids
Solar-powered garden lights
Clear packing tape
Translucent decorative tissue or rice paper

1. Disassemble each garden light by carefully cutting the panel and light sensor away from the plastic lantern casing, being sure not to cut any wires. You may be able to score the plastic with a utility knife and snap clean edges; otherwise use snips. Discard the lantern body, keeping the electronic workings and light-diffusing collar.

2. Line each jar with a cylinder of tissue or rice paper, cutting vertical slits at the corners, or where the jar tapers, for a better fit, if needed.

After a few years of baking in the sun and being exposed to winter’s cold, the plastic bodies of solar-powered garden lights tend to fade and crack. Salvage the guts by putting them into flip-top, wide-mouthed sealer jars with clear lids, and adding your own touch of personality.

You can place these easy-to-build lights outside or even indoors, in an unwired bunkie or outhouse, say. Use them when the power’s out or when you simply want to lend mood and character to the evening.

3. Affix the light sensor and solar panel (with the bulb and light-diffusing collar attached underneath) in the mouth of the jar with packing tape so both will be exposed to the sun.

4. Charge in daylight and, come nightfall, bask in the glow of lamplight.

This article was originally published on January 25, 2011


yummy room view beach sign

ECLECTIC has become the most popular “in” decorating style. The word is defined as a “mixture of” or a “combination using a variety of styles and decorating items”. The construction/buildings have a mixture of doors, windows, columns, textures, hardware and styles, in general! Its popularity can be attributed to the interior and exterior use of deep, rich colors, bold and subdued tones.mixed and with all textures.no longer used in just one or two styles but in all! For example, this year the rich textures of bamboo, rattan, and leather “pair up” with deep yellows, rich reds, soothing greens and earth tones! Dominating all homes of any style, the accessories often dictate the style rather than the colors and lines. Frills aside, natural wood grains never seem to go out of style and the crisp, tailored look of (many) homes today have been inspired by a masculine simplicity. What will inspire us next? We just don’t have a clue , do we?

Take your inspiration from nature to create a home that offers natural style — and peace of mind. Our latest collections are designed to celebrate the unadorned beauty of the outside world. Mix rattan and seagrass with timeless textures like linen and jute, or simply bring a bit of the outdoors inside with botanically inspired prints or a handwoven rug. The natural world has immense power to both calm and inspire. Use it to create a home you love. www.potterybarn.com


Natural Accents – Seashells and coral – even rocks – bring natural appeal to a room. Classic wallpaper makes a resurgence. (I know, I made a face too)
For a nautical look, tailored canvas slipcovers, grommeted curtains, and striped pillows. Keep patterns from looking too precious by layering large prints with smaller tossed florals.

15 fantastic modern staircases – you’ll be inspired!


Benjamin Moore forecasts a 2010 colour palette of “new beginnings”

Benjamin Moore Sees a Purple Reign in 2011 Color Forecast

(MONTVALE, NJ – SEPTEMBER, 2010) – From deep smoky wine to wildly pumped up fuchsia, purple promises to be a predominant color in home décor in 2011. So say the color experts at Benjamin Moore, who annually pronounce their predictions for the coming year in a booklet that’s free and available through the paint company’s extensive network of North American retailers. Envision Color 2011 is due in stores mid-October, and it is loaded with inspiring decorating ideas, photo illustrations, plus the forecasted palette of 18 hues.

“One purple to watch for in 2011 is Benjamin Moore’s Vintage Wine 2116-20,” said Sonu Mathew, ASID, the company’s senior interior designer, who also blogs about color and design at livingincolorwithsonu.typepad.com. It is an anchoring and rich hue with a deep brown base and a hint of smoky violet. Vintage Wine is the perfect foil for the latest wood finishes, leathers, linens and other textiles.”

But, for anyone who wants purple with a little more punch, Mathew says, Royal Flush 2076-20 is a sure bet for 2011. This berry-kissed Benjamin Moore color can be grounded when combined with neutrals or fashionable grays, yet swings to the exotic when teamed with other brights.

Mathew also noted there’s a range of pale yet power-statement colors headed our way in 2011. A standout among this group is Benjamin Moore’s Smoke 2122-40. “It is a subtle blue gray that is best described as an update of spa blue with an injection of sophisticated and seasoned gray.”

According to Mathew, a quest for balance is what’s driving our choices in life, and, thus, is the overarching trend that is influencing the 2011 palette.

Cues and Clues for 2011 Colors
In arriving at its 2011 color palette forecast, the Benjamin Moore color team first tracked recent cultural, social, and even political conditions and how they are impacting fashion and design trends. Emerging from this analysis were the central Balance theme plus three distinct offshoot style movements—Soulful, Spirited and Dreamy. These were then defined by the following Benjamin Moore colors.

A global balance is being achieved as communications technology shrinks the oceans and miles between us, and as what once was foreign blurs into familiar. On the style front, this is visible in “ethnic glam” designs, pattern-on-pattern, map motifs and hand-worked decoration such as beading and embroidery. Colors being called out to interpret this not only include Benjamin Moore’s Vintage Wine, but also Wasabi AF-430, Amulet AF-365, Casco Bay 2051-30, Hush AF-95, and Etruscan AF-355.

The antidote to stress is anything that makes you feel happy, joyful, playful. Striking that emotional balance can be a challenge. In fashion and furnishings it’s reflected in spirited designs featuring geometrics, stripes and cubes, dots and curlicues, studded or stitched outlines of shapes and silhouettes. Riotous colors are juxtaposed with lots of gray, black and white. Colors comprising this palette are the aforementioned Royal Flush, as well as Grape Green 2027-40, Wrought Iron 2124-10, Paper Mache AF-25, Storm AF-700, and Lucerne AF-530.

Reality can be harsh and is best countered by a dreamy odyssey where wishes are nurtured. Translated into a design perspective, that means transparent and sheer materials, blurred decorative details and softened textures. As for the color palette, imagine Benjamin Moore hues that are pale, frosted and opalescent, such as Gray Mirage 2142-50, Genesis White 2134-70, Porcelain 2113-60, Etiquette AF-50, Kendall Charcoal HC-166 and the previously cited Smoke.


BEMZ slipcovers


by Jennifer Chappell

Forget slouchy slipcovers of yore. The new trend in furniture fashions points to more fitted silhouettes.

Slipcovers have become more tailored. Excess fabric tucks into crevices between cushions, and bare wooden legs show rather than hide behind gathered, full skirts. “Now, [the look] has developed a very clean edge,” says Gina, who offers this advice on [current] trends:
* Though slipcover makers have turned to untraditional fabric choices, such as houndstooth and broadcloth, a beach house still looks best in lighter, solid fabrics or airy prints such as toiles.

* Don’t overwhelm a room with busy prints. Save complicated patterns for smaller pieces instead of the sofa.

* Follow the “one for all” rule: For continuity, cover everything in a furniture group with the same fabric.

* Get a cushy look. The best way to make a regular sofa look overstuffed and comfortable is to make the slipcover so that the skirt falls from just below the seat cushions. But if you’re hoping to get the look of big, overstuffed furniture by simply making a slipcover, think twice. A slipcover on a scrawny sofa, says Gina, “just won’t do it.”

Gina Ellis switches out slipcovers seasonally –white linen with tan piping for spring and summer, and cozy chenille print for fall and winter (Photo: Shelley Metcalf)

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