Category Archives: colour trends

happy valentine’s day


Share the love! If you’re like me and have small children than you probably spent the past week writing Valentine’s day cards and making treats for tomorrow’s class. My sweet four year old refused to put his name on any of the cards I handmade so the effort was all mine. I hope his classmate’s like them! For treats, I decided to go a little sweet and a little wholesome – chocolate dipped strawberries. Actually I have to give all the credit to my husband who bought all the ingredients late last night and hand dipped each one himself. That’s true love.

valentine moodboard-1


(I shot this Valentine’s Day moodboard for HGTV. Head over there to read the post!)

Filed under baby makes four, cheers, colour trends, design work, moodboards

moodboard – flea market finds


After a couple of months hiatus I am back over at HGTV creating moodboards for them on a monthly basis. First up is my take on what do with all those flea market finds.

For the full post and all the details head over to HGTV.

Filed under colour trends, design work, moodboards

color story – caramel & turquoise


I have to say that I am loving this color combination right now – call it caramel and turquoise or cognac and peacock – the pairing of them together is so intoxicating especially when a bit of leather is involved. Sadly, I don’t think there is any room for it in the current configuration of my house but I’ll happily use it elsewhere. What do you think of this combo? Are you itching to paint some blue walls in your space?

Isn’t that sofa a thing of beauty?

The photo that started me thinking about this combination. That chair and painting work so well together.

I posted Jenn Hannotte’s bedroom a few weeks back. Here deep, deep blue walls pair perfectly with a caramel canvas butterfly chair.

The natural wood and brick in actress Julianne Moore’s former Greenwich home lend that caramel colour contrasted with peacock blue leather upholstery and cabinetry.

Beautifully textured walls at the Marrakech Hotel Riad El Fenn.

And if you can’t commit to it in your house than you can always wear it! ( I also love the classic combination of florals with stripes.)

Photo credits:
1 – Damian Williamson – William Sofa
2 – Elle Decor Espana – Designer Birgitte Rabens – Photography Raul Candales via LoveNordic
3- Jenn Hannotte – Russet and Empire DesignKristin Sjaarda Photography
4- MADE design  - Thibault Jeanson photography
5 – Lonny Magazine via sfgirlbybayPatrick Cline photography
6 –  Atlantic – Pacific
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a bedroom to escape to


Don’t get me wrong I love my bedroom…but when I saw these photos of Jenn’s third floor escape I had a momentary twinge of extreme jealously. Is this not the most relaxing, moody bedroom you have laid eyes on in awhile?

You might remember just over a year ago that I profiled Jenn Hannotte’s home in a Hello! Neighbor post. At the time, her third floor bedroom wasn’t finished so we didn’t shoot up there. Then a few weeks ago, she sent me some photos of her completed room and asked if I wanted to come by and get some photographs of it. Obviously, I said yes! Kristin Sjaarda, popped by and took these incredible shots for you all to see.

Of course, what we all want to know is what colour are those walls. The wall colour is Benjamin Moore Dark Harbor and the floors and trim are Benjamin Moore Soot.

Jenn told me that she didn’t really have a need for anything in the room except for a bed (since, lucky girl, has a large closet elsewhere) so she took the opportunity to play with objects and allowed the room to be an exercise in form over function. Her favorite thing is waking up in the morning and seeing all those books.

Jenn writes for the Covet Garden blog and is a weekly contributor to the Houzz website. In addition, she is the principal designer at Russet and Empire Interiors and is always looking for clients who are willing to work outside the boundaries.

All photos Kristin Sjaarda.



Filed under beautiful objects, colour trends, hello! neighbor