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Decorating With Color--Color Rule

How confident are you when it comes to decoration with color?  Like many people, this might be one area of decorating that you find challenging but don’t worry because there’s a simple design formula that can decorating with color easier.

The 60-30-10 decorating rule is a tried and true method to help pull together the color theme for a room.  The rule relates to how colors should be proportioned within room to achieve a balanced and harmonious feel within the space.

The 60-30-10 color rule is really simple for anyone to apply, even the novice decorator.  Here’s how it works…


The main color you selected for a space should represent 60% of the color within the room. In a family room the 60% would be represented by the wall color, large decorative pieces like a rug and in some cases the larger furniture pieces like a sofa. The 60% color should serve as the dominant impact in the room and anchor the space.


The 30% should be represented by the secondary color within the room and have half the impact and presence as the main color.  In a family room secondary color can come from the drapes, accent furniture or even artwork.  In a bedroom, the secondary colors can represented through the bed linens or smaller accent rugs.  The goal is to have the secondary color (30%) be an accent and enhance the main color (60%) within the room while adding to the overall personality of the space.


10% of your color within a room should be represented by accent colors.  In a family room setting your accessories will provide your accent–decorative pillows, tabletop decor and smaller pieces of artwork and lighting.  In a bedroom the accent colors will come from the pillows, lamps and nightstand accessories.  The accent colors that represent 10% of the overall color palette should be pulled from your drapes, area rug and larger upholstered pieces so that the overall color theme ties together.

Here are a couple of examples showing the 60-30-10 color rule in use…

Decorating With Color--Color Rule


Using the 60-30-10 color rule can make choosing color simple, and help you achieve balance in decorating.

Decorating With Color--Color Rule


Finding the right color balance within a room can be challenging but if you follow the general principles of the 60-30-10 color rule you’ll be able to create a color theme for any room in your home with confidence.  And if an abundance of color is what you love, follow your gut and decorate fearlessly like actress Mindy Kaling did in her home office below.

Colorful Office

design by Nathan Turner


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image source:  Country Living, DIY Network

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Cloth Dinner Napkins.002

When we purchased our first home in Seattle years ago we didn’t have a lot of money to spend on decorating it.  One day when walking through a department store I picked up a pack of cloth dinner napkins that were on clearance.  The pattern was what caught my attention at first but as I opened the napkins up, I remember thinking that they would make great pillow covers.  Fast forward to today and cloth napkin pillow covers are still one of my ‘design on a dime’ decorating tips.

If you’ve never thought about using cloth napkins to make pillow covers, let me tell you why it’s a good idea:

♦  Most cloth napkins are sized perfectly for pillows–18″ x 18″ or 20″ x 20″ which means standard pillow inserts will fit.

♦  Cloth napkins are already hemmed so there is no cutting on your part.

♦  Cloth napkins are inexpensive so you can make seasonal pillow changes without breaking the bank.

♦  Many big box stores (Pottery Barn, World Market, Target) sell napkins in the same prints that they sell in their pillow collection so you can have the same look for a fraction of the price.

♦  Napkin pillow covers are simple to sew or you can use fabric glue to make the pillow covers if you don’t have a sewing machine or don’t know how to sew.

♦  You can add decorative trim to your napkin pillow covers to UpStyle the look even more.

Now let’s get to the inspiration part of the post and check out some pillow covers made using cloth napkin…

Cloth Napkin Pillow Cover

View From The Fridge

Cloth Napkin Pillow Cover--Centsational Girl

Censational Girl

Cloth Napkin Pillow Cover--Southern Lady

Southern Lady

Pretty cool idea don’t you think?

 I did a little shopping for you and rounded up a few of my favorite napkin designs that I think would make beautiful pillows.  Let’s go shopping…


Cloth Napkins

top--WORLD MARKET:   Anita Napkin // Succulent Napkin // Pink Pip Floral Napkin // Foil Geometric Sheila Napkins
middle--Anthropologies:  Caicos Napkin  //  Fellina Napkin–orange  //  Fellina Napkin–blue
bottom--TARGET:  Dot Napkin // Geometric Decorative Napkin // Indigo Print Napkins

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The long weekend ahead is the perfect time to whip up a few napkin pillow covers.  Happy crafting!

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It’s been quite a while since I’ve visited the Scott Antique Market and even longer since I’ve done a post about the market.

Last Thursday I woke up and decided to make the trek down to Scott’s to check out the show and see if I cold snag any great pieces.  The Scott Antique Market is definitely one of my favorite antique shows and every time I go I’m wowed by all the vintage, antique and sometimes new pieces that the dealers have.  This market I spotted lots of great pieces…

There were a lot of really great oversized mirrors.  I can envision this beauty in a foyer or positioned at the top of a stair landing.


One of the great things about the Scott Antique Market is the number of custom furniture dealers that attend.  If you have a challenging area or simply desire a custom piece, you can find many options at this market.

I loved this upholstered banquet which if just made for a breakfast or dining area.


The turned wood arm-chair with grey linen fabric.  Perfect for a beach house.


My friend Julie whose an upholsterer and owns The Upholstery Fashionista is known for her faux animal skin upholstered pieces.  She sells pieces in this fabric every month and these chairs were her newest pieces. She’s also known for the details she puts in every piece like the burlap back and sides of these chairs.



Cut stools in a fun fabric.


I spotted a lot of great farm tables this show.


A pretty bench cushion sofa with great lines and a tufted back.


I adored this bench and the fabric it was in.



The table would make a great kitchen island.


Lots of classic vintage furniture with beautiful hardware and details.



Check out the carved wood detail on this piece.



A beautiful buffet with gorgeous carved doors.



There is always lots of blue and white chinoiserie pottery.  This bowl was oversized and I loved the octagon shape.


These foo dogs were super-size.


Lots of blue and white ginger jars and vases.


This dealer has the most gorgeous preserved flowers and arrangements and his booth is always packed.


I’m on the hunt for vintage Japanese calligraphy brushes but these were incredibly expensive so I passed.


One of my favorite dealers always have unique bottles and jars.  Most of these were $35 or less.


If you love industrial pieces you’ll find lots to choose from at Scott.


May of the outdoor dealers sell vintage olive buckets which can be used for plants, magazines or just about anything.n


There is always an abundance of wood crates..some old and some reproduction.


One of the permanent outdoor dealers always have a good collection of brass door hardware.


I’d love to create a wall display with a grouping of these brass numbers.


I’ve mentioned before that the market is made up of two buildings so there are hundreds of dealers to shop from and you never know what you’ll find.  There are a couple of dealers that I always shop with and here are a few of the pieces I scored this market.

I wasn’t really looking for anything for me this show but was focused on finding a few items for my Etsy shop.  But I did find a few things I’m going to keep.

I sell a lot of these silver-plated toast rack so I buy them whenever I come across a great deal.  I also bought this brass shell dish which need some major polishing and this pewter pineapple dish.  All of these items will be going in my shop.


Vintage globes are hard to come across at a good price so I was happy to find this one for less than $10.


I bought this pair of brass candle holders for $6.00. Score!


And lucked upon this brass book stand.  I’ve sold 3 or 4 of the in my shop before.


I scored this beautiful oversized blue and white vase for $10–another great find.


And I’m always on the hunt for Christmas items for the shop.  These napkins were just .50 cents each.


And my favorite finds of the show were these acrylic drawer pulls for just $2.00 each!  These babies and big and chunky and I’m keeping these.


And these Staffordshire Dogs which I scored for $20.


I must say, I had a pretty good haul this show.


If you’ve never been to Scott Antique Market before but are planning a visit, here are few shopping tips:

Tips for Scott Antique Market:

* The market opens at 10:30 on the second Thursday of each month (but get there about 20 minutes early as they tend to let cars in early)

* There is a shuttle bus (Fri, Sat, Sun) that will shuttle you between the two buildings (runs about every 15 minutes)

* There are food vendors on site and some of them look really good.

* If you want a great deal, shop the outdoor vendors. Many of them shut-down when the weather is not but those that stay open are willing to negotiate.

* Bring cash–a lot of vendors take checks but you’ll get a better deal if you’re negotiating with cash–{cash machines on site}

* Saturday night of the market there is an auction that takes place where great deals can be had. More details here.

* Bring your own tote bags or rolling bags. Most vendors have hand-me-down plastic grocery bags for you to put your treasures in.

* Plan on spending a full day at the show to see both buildings and the outdoor spaces.

Hope you enjoyed this overview of Scott Antique Market and hope to see you at the show next month.

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Adding Color To Your Decor.001

As someone who loves color and loves to decorate with it, I sometimes find it hard to relate to someone who expresses a color phobia to me.  I was recently working with a client where color in their book equated to having different shades of brown within a room.  Yes, different shades of brown is a color combination and bright  colors aren’t for everyone but I do believe that color can work magic within a room if approached correctly.


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Apothecary Jar



Apothecary Jars got their claim to fame back in the day on the shelves of doctor’s offices and in drugstores where they held medicines and health products.  They were looked as a purely a fictional item that held precious contents that people needed to live and survive.

Vintage Apothecary Jars


Fast forward to today where Apothecary Jars have become a popular decorative accessory and can be found as a decorative statement in just about every room in the home.  Not only has the use of Apothecary Jars changed over the years, so has the look and style.

Decorative jars today are bigger and more decorative and are designed so they you can easily get items in and out of them and that make they great for decorating in different ways.


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Favorites Of The Week

I’m back with another round of my favorites from the week.  Enjoy!



Every detail in this home is just stunning.  I don’t know what I like better, the cane back chairs or the mirror over the fireplace.


Maggie Holmes Design


Have you ever used Airbnb when vacationing?  If all the properties are as charming as this cottage, I just might try it for our next vacation.





I loved the tips and branding advice in this post.

Welcome Packet

Aren’t these flowers just beautiful in this vintage trophy urn?  I’ve got trophy urns on my Round Top shopping lis

Vintage Trophy Cup
Romancing The Home Ltd.



I’m kind of in love with this blue and white washi tape.  Ok, not kind of…a lot in love.


Are you looking for a great gift under $20?  This metal vase is really pretty!

Metal Vase

Have you seen the new blue and white knobs at Hobby Lobby.  So great.  I’m using this one on a project I’ll share soon.

Blue and White Knob

Design Style

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Small Bathroom.001


Have you ever heard the saying that bathrooms and kitchens sell a house?  Well, its true and even small bathrooms count when it comes to design whether you’re selling your house now or will be sometime down the road.

Whenever I’m talking to design clients about re-designing a bathroom my focus is always to add as much style as possible into that space.  With larger bathrooms that’s pretty easy to do but with a smaller bathroom space it can be more challenging.

Even with limited space, there are lots of things you can do with structurally and decoratively to add major impact to your bathroom.


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Boho jewelry


Two thumbs up for the weekend!

Now that we’ve sprung forward and the first official day of spring is just days away, I feel like its time to make the switch in my closet from my winter wardrobe to my spring wardrobe.  It’s also time to take stock of what I own and head out to buy a few new fashion pieces.  On my shopping list this spring are boho inspired looks.  Boho style is a lot like my design style–eclectic, whimsical and full of personality so it’s no wonder I like this look.

 Here are a few pieces I’ve spotted while shopping the web.

Boho Style.001

top / bags /kimonojewelry 


Since we’re on the topic of fashion, I’ve rounded up a few fashion related links I think you’ll enjoy.


OMG, more women need to watch this video!  #coveryourtush #findyourfashion

If you’re looking for a great tote bag, this one is fabulous.  Warning, you might want to get more than one color.  And this one is a cutie too.

The 50 Best Fashion Tips of All Times

Tips for Creating a Signature Style

Building a Classic Earring Wardrobe

I must say, I’m excited about all 8 of these 2016 spring  fashion trends.

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