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      Color Collective: 10 Links to News & Hues, Vol. 10

      Harrison Chair in Bubble Gum - Apt2B

      This week's links are dedicated to sitting down in colorful style and comfort. Chairs, couches, stools....or maybe not even sitting so much. Take a seat and enjoy!

       

      • This is the motivating app that I use to counteract the effects of sitting too much during the course of a work day. (Apple)
      • After a tremendously long and arduous search, I found my dream sofa(s) here. (Jonathan Adler)
      • If you can afford to use a chair as a work of art, these intriguing pieces will get your collector juices flowing. (Architectural Digest)
      • I'm not sure I can fit in another DIY project right now, but one of these barstool ideas is definitely going on the to-do-later list. (DIY Joy)
      • This list of famous chairs from movies and pop culture made me realize just how important this "prop" could be to the telling of a visual story. (Homecrux)

       

      Until next time, may your life be filled with COLOR!

       

      Love, Juliet

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      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!

       

       

       

       

       

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      Color Collective: 10 Links to News & Hues, Vol. 7

      Color Collective: 10 Links to News & Hues, Vol. 7

      Your weekly links are here! Thinking of redecorating 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.
      • 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)
      • Just in time for Spring lunches and brunches, these tableware accessories will make your place settings warm, light and airy. (The MET Store)
      • This stylish couch comes in more than 30 colors which makes it almost impossible to not find a shade you love for any room in your home. (Apt2B)
      • Sconces have never been a home decor/design element that I felt particularly moved by until I saw these bejeweled beauties.

       

      Until next time, may your life be filled with love and color!

       

      Love, Juliet

       

       

       

      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!

       

       

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      Colorful Quarters: 16 Radiant Rugs That Will Energize Any Room

      Colorful Quarters: 16 Radiant Rugs That Will Energize Any Room

      It's refresh season! Each new year always spurns the urge to cleanse our lives of all the yuckiness that pervaded our daily existence from the previous year. And I don't know about you but I'd like to wipe away as much of the 'ugh' of 2020 as I possibly can.

      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!

      Besides burning sage to start the year with positive vibes, I'm looking to give a few rooms in my home some small, impactful shots of energy and life-affirming vibrations.


      RUG RULES

      Since your floors are a literal foundation and below your natural eye level when you enter any room, they aren't often considered as significant when it comes to decorating. But I believe a stunning, strategically placed floor covering can change the dynamic of a room faster than any other design element. Flat or fluffy pile? Synthetic or natural fibers? It depends on how your rug will be used. For high traffic areas like a foyer or family room, you might want to consider a low pile wool rug. Low traffic areas such as bedrooms do well with silk blends and mohair.

       

      Bridgeport Home Adah Ada1 Multi Area Rug - Macy’s

      {image credit} Macy's 


      DECISIONS, DECISIONS

      The key to using a statement rug is making some key decisions before making a purchase. Do you want your floor covering to be the focal point of the room or do you prefer that it play a complimentary accessory role? Your decision will impact how bold or subtle you may want your rug to be. No matter what you decide, for a true energy shift, make it all about as much dynamic color as you can!

       

      Apt2B - Furniture Built to Last

       

      SIZE MATTERS

      Larger rugs help to create a balanced room and placing the all of the furniture at least partially on the rug unifies all of your decor elements. But smaller rugs can be used to divide a larger room into distinct sections. For instance, a round rug can highlight a corner near bookcases and comfortable club chair to create a library/sitting area while a coordinating slim runner can be used in front of a couch to help define a family room section.

       

      Bridgeport Home Crisanta Crs4 Green 2' 7" x 10' Runner Area Rug - Macy’s

      {image credit} Macy's 

       

      COLOR PLAY

      If you're just not sure about how much color your room can accomodate, a no-commitment way to explore is by playing the totally addicting game Design Home: House Renovation (available on iOS and Android) that allows you to express your inner interior decorator using real, high-end furniture and decor. You can design a room and experiment with color before you make an investment plus get exclusive savings on many of the home furnishings available!

      Or you can contact me for more information on my Interior Color Styling services. I would be delighted to provide you with a virtual consultation on your home refresh project.

       

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      SHOPPING MADE EASY

      So as it is my constant quest to find economical ways to make the biggest impact in your home, I visited (virtually) a few of my favorite home decor stores and brands for a look at what was new and exciting. Admittedly, most of the  rugs I curated in the collection below reflect a bolder aesthetic, but I believe that the power of a room refresh is only as good as our willingness to experiment. 

      If you're into vibrant colors that pop or intensity in design, you can begin your quest for floor covering dominance with my Radiant Rugs board below:

      1. Nourison Le Reve LER05 Area Rug | 2. Surya Forum FM-7203 Area Rug | 3. Bridgeport Home Aldrose Ald4 Light Green Area Rug | 4. Dalyn Rug Company Rubio RU1 Area Rug | 5. Rosedale Area Rug | 6. Mia Vibrance Area Rug (SOLD OUT) | 7. Yesenia Area Rug | 8. Bridgeport Home Pari Par1 Black Area Rug | 9. Bridgeport Home Lorem Lor1 Gold Area Rug | 10. Bridgeport Home Crisanta Crs4 Green Runner Area Rug | 11. Bridgeport Home Linport Lin6 Lilac Area Rug | 12. Rhoads Area Rug | 13. Safavieh x Martha Stewart Lily Pad Area Rug | 14. Global Rug Designs Jano JAN02 Ivory Round Area Rug | 15. Bridgeport Home Adah Ada1 Multi Area Rug | 16. Global Rug Designs Yorba YOR05 Black Area Rug

       

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

      Love, Juliet

       

        

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      Color Craze: Passion for Pillows

      Color Craze: Passion for Pillows - JulRe Designs LLC

      image: abc carpet & home, New York, NY

      Over the years, I have found that decorating with pillows is one of the easiest ways to refresh your home and incorporate new patterns, textures, and colors into your decor. And as a PwPP (Person with a Pillow Passion), I exercise my right buy colorful cushy cushions whenever I can. One such shopping excursion took me to one of my fave pillow emporiums in New York City, abc carpet & home, where I found a plethora of pigment-rich pillows in incredible fabrics.

      Juliet's Home and the JulRe Designs Studio

      image: (top left, clockwise) Master Bedroom, Living Room, JulRe Designs Studio, Master Bathroom

      There aren't many rooms in my home that haven't been touched by a pillow treatment or two, but that's not because I have an obsession. I mean, I do but that's not really relevant, is it? And though the standard square pillow will always be my go-to classic, other shapes such as bolsters and lumbars are the perfect way to add even more appealing optics to your pillow pastime.

      I hope you love the products I recommend! While this blog post was not sponsored, it may contain 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!

       

      Here are some tips on how to decorate with pillows of many shapes and sizes:

      It's Hip to be a Square Pillow 

      Missoni Home Pasadena Pillow - Bloomingdales

      image: Missoni Home Pasadena Pillow

      PILLOW TALK: While a good square pillow can hold its own, placed solo on a chair or stacked in multiples on a sofa, the shape coexists well with others. Use them as a foundation for a pillow arrangement: Place two squares with an striking lumbar or bolster pillow for a stylish, cohesive look.

       

      Long and Lean: Lumbar Pillows

      Yves Delorme Tonga Decorative Pillowiconimage: Yves Delorme Tonga Decorative Pillow - Bloomingdale's

      Lumbar pillows are those chic rectangular shaped cushions you're not quite sure what to do with. Their name is derived from the support they offer to the lower back but they offer a unique design element to any room. You can find them in many sizes, from standard (around 14″ x 22″) to oversize (typically 60″ in length.)

      PILLOW TALK: Lumbar pillows are typically used as a focal point—the pièce de résistance in the position of prominence of a pillow grouping. But this versatile style can do it all solo. Try using a pair as armrests at the ends of a couch for a contemporary look.

       

      Raise the Chic Quotient: Bolster Pillows

      Harbor House Crystal Beach Quilted Bolster Pillow - Macys

      iconimage: Harbor House Crystal Beach Quilted Bolster Pillow - Macys

      Long, cylindrical bolsters are similar to the lumbar pillow in that they come in a wide variety of sizes and can be used for both back support and decorative purposes. They are a bit more traditional due to their shape.

      PILLOW TALK: As member of the lumbar family, the bolster is often seen as the on-the-bed rockstar, but I also love it alone on a quirky chair or at the ends of a dramatic daybed.

       

      The Unorthodox: Uncommon Shapes

      image: Cyprinus Carpio Creative Knot Throw Pillow - Amazon

      From updated classics like cube and box pillows to quirkier designs such as spheres, stars, and animals, an offbeat pillow may be just the touch of whimsy your room needs.

      PILLOW TALK: Use them anywhere you'd place a standard throw pillow! Mix and match with other comfy, loungy cushions for super coziness.

      Want to try a new pillow or two? I've got 20 goodies so shop my 20 cushy cushion picks below:

      Pillow Product Board - The Color Lab Blog

      16. JONATHAN ADLER Milano Concentric Loops Pillow (No longer available in this version but here is a similar one)
      19. JONATHAN ADLER Amoeba Orb Pillow (OUT OF STOCK. Here it is in another color combo)


      Until next time, live a color-filled life!
      Love, Juliet

       

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      Olive Oil and Sangria

      Olive Oil and Sangria - JulRe Designs LLC

      Olive Oil and Sangria

      a savory, sumptuous color duo that's decadent, rich and full of flavor. 

      Color Craze: Olive Oil and Sangria - Painting by Unknown ArtistBenjamin Moore Paints show you just how grand this color combo can be when used in a small space. the left side of the image below looks like a one piece sitting/wall unit but it is actually a clever use of their paint color, Vintage Wine and strategically placed shelving and antiqued clothing hooks highlighted by Olive Tree walls.

      the right side of the image creatively illustrates an eclectic use of furniture and accessories in the complementary colors to form a sophisticated reading space.

      Olive Oil and Sangria Living Spaces - Apartment Therapy and HGTV

      images (above left): Apartment Therapy (above right): HGTV

      food is not only nourishment for our bodies and taste buds but when created artfully, it can be appealing to the eye as well. i felt like I'd been tapped by a magic wand when I came across the food styling and photographic artistry in colors much like our duo of Aimee Twigger of Twigg Studios in the UK. her recipe for the Earl Grey Ice Cream captured below is equally divine too! the Twigg Studios Instagram page smolders!

      Earl Grey Ice Cream - Aimee Twigger

      dangle gemstones from your ears that I personally handcrafted in the Olive Oil and Sangria palette with these one-of-a-kind Briana Earrings in Garnet and Prehnite (below). available here on January 21, 2019. 

       

      Briana Earrings - JulRe Designs

      until next time, wishing you a color-filled life!

      Juliet, CEO/Creative Director, JulRe Designs

       

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