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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.

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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.

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

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

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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!

3 tips for decorating with plants

Once upon a time, I had this cute little plant that I kept in my basement bedroom of my college house.  Normally, I am absolutely terrible when it comes to plants, and this was the first one I didn’t kill within a week.  In fact, I think I actually kept it going strong for 6+ months (which is quite an accomplishment for me).  Well, that year I went to Greece for three weeks, and since I was so proud of my plant that I had somehow managed to keep alive, I gave it to Noel for safe keeping while I was away.

And guess what….he killed it.  He loved it, cared for it, watered it, killed it.

Unbeknownst to both of us at the time, I managed to buy a plant that needed minimal watering (which was great because I remembered to water it maybe once a week if I was lucky), and was not supposed to be placed in direct sunlight.  So, my basement bedroom living conditions were perfect for it to thrive.  Well, hand it over to Noel who actually remembers to water it daily, and my poor plant drowned.  It was quite amusing in a tragic sort of way.

By now you’re probably wondering where this story is going.  You see, I felt the need to establish that I in no way, shape, or form have even the slightest bit of a green thumb, so when it comes to decorating with greenery, I steer clear for the poor plants’ sakes.  However, if you are a plant whisperer, A) I envy you, and B) this post is for you, because today we’re going to talk about how to decorate your home with plants.  So without further ado…here are my three bits of advice when it comes to decorating with greenery:

#1) SCALE SCALE SCALE.  I cannot stress this enough.  It is so important that the plant you use is the correct size and proportion for you space.  If the plant is too small, the room will simply drown it out.  If the plant is too large, you room will start to feel like an overgrown forest.  Rather Obvious Tip: large plants are good for large spaces.  For smaller vignettes (like on a bookshelf, coffee table, or something of the like) opt for a smaller plant.  Think this:

Not this:
See how the plant on the left completely takes over the picture?  The plant on the right is scaled correctly, the but plant on the left would be better for a larger space.
2) KEEP COLOR IN MIND.  There are two parts to this tip.  My first suggestion is when you are incorporating plants in your decor, keep the color palette simple, and use neutral and natural colors. Do you see how the plants in the below pictures pop, thanks to their clean and crisp color palette?

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That’s not to say you can’t use plants in a room with color, just make sure you don’t pair them with a color palette that competes with your plants (also take note of the fact that they are appropriately scaled).  This, on the other hand, would be a no no:
Part two of this tip is to use the color of the plant itself as an accent color in your space.  In the living room below, Bryn used the plant to carry the emerald green of the sofa throughout the space.
3) CONTAIN YOUR PLANTS.  For smaller plants in smaller spaces, free them from their pots and try displaying them in creative ways.  Below are some of my favorite plant holders.
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How do you decorate with plants in your home?  Do you have a green thumb, or are you like me, and every plant that enters your house is living out a death sentence?

our home: sneak peek

Yesterday, the oh-so talented Katie of Katie Mueller Photography was over photographing our house.  It’s amazing the amount of work that goes into getting your home photo-ready.  Generally, I like to think of myself as a pretty clean person (although our house has been a serious mess with all the construction going on recently), but even when it’s “clean,” you’d be amazing at how much stashing of stuff goes on before pictures.

All those appliances that you use daily that are on your countertops?  Stashed those in the pantry.  Trash cans, toilet bowl cleaners, and toilet extra toilet paper?  Stashed that in our stairway to the garage.  Jackets, dog leashes, the list goes on.  While you wouldn’t think these things would make that much of a difference, it’s amazing how distracting they can actually be in a photo.

After the shoot, I was crazy anxious to see how the pictures turned out, and lucky for me, Katie is a photo-whiz and already sent me them today, not even 24 hours later.  So, even though I’m not going to unveil our whole home tour until the new site is up and running, I thought I’d give you a little peek.

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