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Pantone 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

Did you guys hear the big news?  Yesterday morning, Pantone announced the color of the year for 2014, and let me tell you, it’s a good one.  Everybody, feast your eyes on this beauty: Radiant Orchid.


I’m going to be completely honest: when I first saw the color, I was kind of “meh” about it.  Purple? Come on.

But then I started looking at interiors that featured this color.  And the more I saw it, the more I liked it.  The color has such depth to it – it isn’t all dark and moody like your basic violet.  No, this vivid hue is bright and fresh and I can already see it being huge in fashion come spring.

As far as translating it into home decor is concerned, I’m all for the less is more approach.  This color works well with simple color palettes, bringing a fun, fresh, pop of color into the mix.  Just look at how a tiny burst of it brings these simple spaces to life.




I really love the way it pairs with a deep navy too.


And it even works well with the 2013 color of the year.


All images via Sally Wheat Interiors

For those of you that don’t fully understand the concept of a “color of the year,” or want to know how they decided on Radiant Orchid (cough cough, Noel), here’s a great little video snippet for you to check out.

So, what do you all think about Radiant Orchid?  Do you think you’ll be brave and incorporate it in your home decor?  In your wardrobe?  I’m not sure how it will weasel its way into my life quite yet, all I know is that despite my initial reaction, I can definitely say I’m a fan.  Leave some love below and let me know what you think!

our second home!!

You guys!! We have a home!! We’re so excited, and Roxy can’t wait to chase all the squirrels (if you can’t tell by her face and tail that’s blurred from wagging).

After selling our townhouse nearly a month ago, it feels so good to finally have a home we can call our own.  For those of you that remember, we went through quite the process to get this home, and we actually didn’t think there was any chance we’d be in it as soon as we are.  On Friday, I was talking to our loan officer just to get an update, and from the way she was talking, it sounded like we’d be able to close in a week and a half or two.  Well, she’s awesome and made calls to the right people because late Friday night, we got a call asking how we’d feel about closing Monday.  How would we feel?  Um, we would be ecstatic!

 So now to the fun part…the house pictures!!

The picture above was from the MLS listing (all the pictures I have somehow managed to get Noel blocking half of the house).  As you can probably guess, we have much bigger things in store for this currently ugly colored packer home.  Noel is trying to make me wait until next spring to paint it.  I’m not sold on that idea. :)  As for what we want to do to it, I would love love loooove to have the outside look something like this (don’t mind my super janky photoshop job – I did it in the car):

But as much as I love that stunning craftsman door, stone, and cedar shingles, we can’t justify the extra couple thousand dollars it would cost (the door alone is $1000!) as it isn’t worth the investment, so we’ll probably end up with something like this..which in reality, is just fine by me.  Swoon.

Now if I could only figure out a way to get the house to paint itself…. :)

my life in ecards // modern nurseries

Did you guys know that Target uses directed marketing?  Meaning based upon what you search on their website and buy in the store, they tailor your advertisements to send you more of what you’re likely to buy.  I learned all about this in my marketing class last fall, and thought it was funny because often times, Target knows when you’re pregnant before anyone else does because you start buying pregnancy tests, prenatal vitamins, etc.

Now I’m going to stop you before your mind wanders any farther — no, this is not a story about me being pregnant…your mind should be several YEARS away from wandering there. 

Anyways, when I learned that Target knew you were pregnant before anyone, I thought it was hilarious, so naturally I told Noel all about this directed marketing strategy.  Well, I was doing some work for a client that involved a room for a little kid, so for about a week, I was shopping around the nursery furniture/decor section of Target online.  Wouldn’t you know it, about a week later, we started getting bombarded with baby advertisements from Target, which resulted in a pale-faced “uh, Kirsten, is there something I need to know?” look from Noel.  It was quite funny.

So, what is spurring all of this baby talk?  It just so happens Noel’s aunt & uncle are expecting a little boy this August, and their shower is this weekend, so I was spending a little quality time online with Target’s nursery decor this week (which is super adorable, by the way).  There’s also the fact that because I never know what design projects may come my way, I like to stay up on all the nursery trends.  So if you see me pinning away baby rooms, there’s no need to jump to any conclusions.

Last year, I did a post on non-traditional nurseries, and since I haven’t posted much in the baby inspiration realm as of lately, I thought it was time for another glimpse into some of my favorite baby spaces.

This adorable nursery was designed by Sissy + Marley Interiors.  I love the fact that it’s girly, without being too over the top.


If bold is more your style, try adding a large pattern, such as a stripe to the wall.  If you do go bold, make sure you use a simple color scheme so the room can still feel cohesive. (I’m not sure of the original source of this image, but I found it here).

This mid-century modern nursery was designed for baby Dash by the Animal Print Shop.  I love how the design is so minimal yet so fun and playful. 

This last nursery, which is featured on The Handmade Home is my absolute favorite because it’s so unique.  They took a risk by putting the pattern on the ceiling, and in this instance, it definitely worked, as it created a whimsical vibe.  I like it so much, I had to share two views of it.

Have you seen any nurseries lately that have caught your eye? 
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