Category: Color Crush

Color Crush: Marsala

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As everyone knows, “marsala” is the Pantone color of the year for 2015.  I have to admit, I had a little trouble embracing this one at first.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the color.  I love it for nail polish, a beautiful sweater, and a lipstick.  I love it for flowers.  At first, though, I wasn’t sure if I loved it for home decor.  The more I have seen it, the more it has grown on me.  The round up below is particularly inspiring.
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If you are willing to make a big commitment, you cannot go wrong with these pieces.
myoldcountryhouse sofa
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At the end of the day, I probably would not make a large commitment to marsala.  I prefer it as more of an accent color than the main focus.  It is used nicely here by designer Sarah Richardson.
Sarah Richardson
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If you like the “less is more” approach too, here are a few low-commitment pieces that won’t break the bank.
cb bottle vases
Crate & Barrel Bottle Vases
Wayfair throw pillow
Wayfair Throw Pillow
Lamps Plus
32″ Brezza Mirror
Etsy, Kravet
Kravet Pillow, 20″ Square (Etsy)
Dot & Bo
Dot & Bo Wall Clock 

Color Crush: Yellow

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With Spring upon us in San Francisco (uh, Winter, did you get lost?), I can’t help wanting to freshen things up a bit and what better way to do it than with a dash of yellow?  It brings an instant dose of sunshine indoors and always makes me smile.
Yellow, pottery barn, spring, kitchen
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To us, it makes perfect sense to add pops of yellow into the kitchen.  Depending on how much of a commitment you would like to make, there are many ways to do it.
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1.  Reese plates
2.  Storage bowls with yellow lids
3.  Ikat bowls
4.  Smeg refrigerator
But, why stop there?  Consider adding pops of yellow to other rooms of your home with these versatile pieces.
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5.  Moroccan pouf
6.  Dip dyed stools
7.  Gourd vases
8.  Forsythia branch
And, for the real risk takers out there, try adding the hue to your front door, a strategic window, or even a staircase.
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Yellow window, apartment therapy
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These last few images require a big commitment, but you know what they say, “big risk, big reward.”  If nothing else, you’ll be smiling every day.