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      Color Collective: Links to Colorful Living, Vol. 14

      Color Collective: Links to Colorful Living, Vol. 14

      You may have noticed that I've been M.I.A. from the blog for over a month. Life has an unpredictable flow - sometimes it moves at a snail's pace then suddenly lifts you out of your comfort zone and tosses you into unfamiliar spaces with no instruction manual. That kind of explains the last few weeks of my life.

      I've moved my personal and professional lives to a brand new city with brand new energy. It's been exciting and unsettling. Anyone who has moved into a new home knows that it takes a village but we only had a tiny hamlet. The adventure continues....

      What is beyond me is that while most everything has been unpacked and put in its proper place, there are still some items from my kitchen that either lost their way, decided they weren't willing to make the move with us or have just vanished into thin air. I thought hosting a small dinner party last week for a few friends was a good idea but in the process, I had to repurchase many things I thought I already had. 

      One thing that was on my side was that I was able to catch a few fabulous sales on dinnerware, drinkware and cookware. Here are a few things I bought or want to buy for cooking and entertaining that may still be available at great prices:

       

      1.  These knives are so durable and stay sharp.

       



      2.  I bought these large bowls in all of my favorite colors.
      FIESTA Large Bistro Bowls





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      3.  This cookware set is the very best, IMO.

      TRAMONTINA Cookware Set
      4.  I'm a master Mocktail Mixologist so it's mandatory that I have interesting glassware.

      GODINGER - Sheer Colored Glassware

      5. Never underestimate the power of a good set of coasters to be an excellent conversation starter.
      JONATHAN ADLER Versailles Coasters




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      6. Seasonings have never tasted so good in these pretty salt & pepper shakers.
      JONATHAN ADLER Newport Salt & Pepper Set7.  I think this glass water pitcher is divine!

      JOYJOLT Infiniti Glass Water Pitcher

      8.  What better way to serve salad than with these.
      THE MET STORE Hosta Leaf Salad Servers9.  A little fussy? Yes. But I'm all in on these adorable napkin rings.
      THE MET STORE Gingko Napkin Ring Set
      10.  I'm a HUGE fan of these dessert plates and the company that makes them.
      CERTIFIED INTERNATIONAL Valencia Dessert PlatesThat's all for now. Until next time, may your life be filled with joyous COLOR!
      Love, Juliet






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      Colorful Quarters: The Art Of Decorating With Wall Mirrors

      Colorful Quarters: The Art Of Decorating With Wall Mirrors

      Juliet reflected in wall mirror from Target. (sold out but here's a similar one)

      Mirrors aren't just designed for reflecting. They're also the perfect solution for making a space feel larger and brighter. Decorating walls with mirrors really gives you an edge when it comes to adding a new dimension to the rooms in your home!

      I hope you love the products I recommend! This blog post contains affiliate links and I participate in the Amazon Associate program, which means that if you click on one and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. This helps support the blog and allows me to continue to bring you color commentary like this. You can find more about our site, privacy, and disclosure policies here. Thank you for your continued support!

       

      Jacuko Decorative Wall Mirror - Amazon

      Jacuko Decorative Wall Mirror

       

      The possibilities of decorating with mirrors go beyond seeing what we look like as we head out the door. The latest home decor trends show that decorating walls with mirrors is not just practical, it's also a very effective way to interject your style economically but a necessity. Mirrors are often an inexpensive fix for the need for an energy shift. The strategic placement of mirrors in one place or another can have a dramatic effect on how large a room seems or even how open and light-filled a room can be.

      Everything depends on the size, style, color, shape, natural light of the room. And also the function that the mirror really has to play in that space. Sometimes they are simply there to make the place bigger and others to multiply the sensation of light. Yet, others are only mirrors to look at, but full of style and in harmony with us and our home.

       

      New Arrivals

       

       

      ironsmithn Wall Mirror - Amazon

      ironsmithn Wall Mirror

       

      Using a mirror decoratively is actually treating it like a piece of art. When selecting a position for it, select an area that really shows it off to best attributes. Unlike a picture, though, a mirror's reflection needs to be carefully considered – that reflection will, in effect become a piece of art in itself. So, if you can position your mirror to reflect a beautiful view, fabulous architecture or a wonderful light fixture, you have mastered the art of decorating with wall mirrors.

      Below, I've listed nine wall mirrors that can transform your home with a simple placement. You want your home to be special and each corner to have its own personality? Shop my product board!

      Wall Mirror Collage

       

       

       

      1.  Harlequin Capsule Mirror - Jonathan Adler

      2.  Sumatran Crescents Round Mirror - The MET Store

      3.  Zorigs Wall Mirror - Amazon

      4.  Ophelia Blue Coral Round Mirror - Belle & June

      5.  Elise Mirror - Bloomingdales

      6.  Empire Art Direct Rectangular Beveled Mirror - Macy’s

      7.  DecorShore Bohemian Rainbow Rhapsody Wall Mirror - Amazon

      8.  Surfa Chateaux Mirror - Bloomingdales

      9.  Safavieh Round Cup Mirror - Macy’s

       

      Have a colorful day!

      Love, Juliet

       

       

       

       

       

       

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      Color Collective: Links To Colorful Living, Vol. 13

      Color Collective: Links To Colorful Living, Vol. 13

      Thinking of redecorating for the New Year or just love home decor? You'll enjoy this list dedicated to colorful living at home!

      • These water-based interior paints are formulated without the toxic carbon-based solvents. The company was founded by an interior designer that has a unique try-before-you-buy process plus color palettes that are dreamy. (CLARE)
      • You may not immediately think of your kitchen as one of the first rooms in your home that needs an uplift but some of these kitchen ideas may have you rethinking color as vibe changer. (Real Homes)
      • Get ready for Spring lunches and brunches with these tableware accessories that will make your place settings warm, light and airy. (The MET Store)
      • Sconces have never been a home decor/design element that I felt particularly moved by until I saw these bejeweled beauties. (Jonathan Adler)
      BONUS: The remarkable story of how the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. monument came to be. (Architectural Digest)


       

       

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      Colorful Quarters: Lighting Fixture Makeover Secrets To Revitalize Any Room

      Colorful Quarters: Lighting Fixture Makeover Secrets To Revitalize Any Room

      image: Regina Andrew Design Bubbles Chandelier

       

      My Colorful Quarters series is always about the cost effective ways you can add color to your home without having to completely renovate the spaces that need a refreshed look. This edition is all about one of the simplest, often forgotten way to make your style and functionality upgrades without breaking the bank.

      A lighting fixture update can have a huge impact on your home’s interior design, so get inspired by some of the ways you can update your home’s lighting!

      COLOR YOUR WORLD

      Whether you're going for a simple, streamlined contemporary vibe, a flavorful, eclectic bohemian look or just matching your own decor vibe, adding a bit of color with your lighting fixtures is an easy way to inject a new dynamic in any room you want. 

      Choose colors that suit your personality or the mood you are trying to create. Looking for peace and calm in your bedroom? Try adding pale greens or soothing blues to the shades of your nightstand lamps. Want to turn up the heat in in an otherwise cool, sedate living room? Be daring and hang an ornate orange chandelier or place a brilliant red floor lamp beside a comfy reading chair. The options are endless!

      Avram Rusu Studio via HGTV.com

      image: Avram Rusu Studio/HGTV.com

      I hope you love the products I recommend! This blog post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. This helps support the blog and allows me to continue to bring you color commentary like this. You can find more about our site, privacy, and disclosure policies here. Thank you for your continued support!

       

      FIXTURE MIXTURE

      There are many types of fixtures for you to choose from: 

      Chandeliers make the most eye-catching impact. Because they are often looked at as large fixtures, dripping in opulence in a foyer or over a formal dining room table, they are often not a consideration, but they are actually quite versatile and now come in many different shapes , sizes and of course, colors. If you want to create an exciting focal point in any room, they are a fantastic option. 

       

      Colorful Dining Room via HGTV.com

       image: HGTV.com

       

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      Sconces are the fix for any area you want to bring to life. Whether you use them to spotlight artwork hanging from a wall, feature a beautiful door or to frame a bathroom mirror, they can be an inexpensive option to add color and pop anywhere you desire!

      Bathroom Sconces - Coates Design Inc. via HGTV.com

      image: Laura Swimmer/Coates Design Inc. via HGTV.com 

       

      LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE

      Lighting fixtures styles don't just end with Chandeliers and Sconces. Take an existing floor or table lamp, switch out the traditional white shade and add a colorful and/or patterned one for a vibrant room transformation. Use red to add high energy and intensity. Add bronze or gold metallics to create elegant warmth. A strategically placed textured purple shade can provide a regal sophistication. Or opt in to joy and happiness with a cheery yellow. 

      I was inspired by the fun I had searching for lighting fixtures for a client's room refresh project that I decided to share a few of my finds for you to shop from the product board below: 

       

      Lighting Fixture Product Board

       

      1.  Regina Andrew Design Malibu Chandelier - style is no longer available but here's an interesting alternative.

      2.  Anxwa Firefly Agate Chandelier

      3.  Monaco Table Lamp

      4.  Louis Poulsen AJ Sconce

      5.  Safavieh Quatrefoil Table Lamp

      6.  Versailles Floor Lamp

      7.  Decor Therapy Framboise Fringe Shade Floor Lamp - size no longer available but here's a smaller version.

      8.  Ripple Pendant

      9.  Avedon Mini Table Lamp

      10.  Livex Ardmore Pendant

       

      Until next time, live life in COLOR!

      Love, Juliet

       

       

       

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      Color Craze: 9 Must-Read Books for Every Color Lover

      Color Craze: 9 Must-Read Books for Every Color Lover

      When it comes to color, I haven't written the book but I sure have READ the books. One thing I know for sure, color is so much more than what can be gleaned by the naked eye. Color influences our perceptions, touches our deepest emotions, and moves our decisions.

      We have always existed in a color-filled world but we are rarely aware of the impact color has in our daily lives. Through books we can take a deep dive into the ways in which color has influenced our understanding of our global community, our differences and our commonalities.

       

      The MET

      From the sun-drenched beaches of the Mediterranean to the works of Impressionist artists, these books are both tools for expanded knowledge and simply yummy reads.

       

      I hope you love the products I recommend! This blog post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. This helps support the blog and allows me to continue to bring you color commentary like this. You can find more about our site, privacy, and disclosure policies here. Thank you for your continued support!

      Curl up with these books for a little trip down colorful highways and byways or display them on a coffee table to entice your guests. Here are 9 favorites from my personal library:

      Colorful Craze: 9 Must-Read Books for Every Color Lover

       

      1. Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay - The author is a genius at expanding our knowledge of color through the ages.
      2. Pantone: The 20th Century in Color by Leatrice Eiseman - The quintessential book on how color has expanded our horizons from the "house that color built".
      3. The Rainbow Atlas: A Guide to the World’s 500 Most Colorful Places by Taylor Fuller - Travel takes on a renewed importance when you take in the beautiful bucket list places profiled.
      4. Black Is A Rainbow Color by Angela Joy - Not necessarily a book on traditional colors, per se, but one of the best children's books on skin color, race and culture written from a child's perspective.  
      5. Interaction of Color by Josef Alber - The literal bible of color theory, this book has helped shape my color career and continues to be a guide for my jewelry designs.
      6. The Colorful Kitchen by Ilene Godofsky Moreno - Plant-based foods never looked (or tasted) so good! A vibrant book of vegan recipes from a fellow New Jersey native (and somewhat of a neighbor).
      7. The Color Scheme Bible by Anna Starmer - A must-have book for a map to bringing new life to any room through color and other home decor inspiration.
      8. Bisa Butler: Portraits by Erica Warren - Artists who use color in a manner that evoke strong emotional responses are my jam! Bisa's work not only speaks, it shouts loudly and with passion.
      9. Flower Color Theory by Darroch Putnam - Ever wonder how floral artists create such seamlessly elegant flower arrangements? This book will have you heading to the nearest farmer's market or flower stand to grab a few bouquets to play with.

         

        Until next time, may your life be filled with rich, beautiful color!

        Love, Juliet

         

         

        The MET