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Color Crush: Marsala

color of the year
Image courtesy of Estilo-Tendances.com
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.
Image courtesy of twozeroone.ca  
If you are willing to make a big commitment, you cannot go wrong with these pieces.
myoldcountryhouse sofa
Image courtesy of myoldcountryhouse.com
Image courtesy of thisoldhouse.com
Image courtesy of decor8blog.com 
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
Image courtesy of SarahRichardsondesign.com
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 

Office Decor Do-Over

My home office is pathetic.  It is located in a former porch that was enclosed by a previous owner.  It appears that it was a weekend DIY project because there is no insulation and the electrical work is makeshift, at best.  It is always 10 degrees warmer in my office than it is in the rest of our house.  So, while I am very happy to have a space of my own, it is in need of a major do-over and will be addressed during our renovation.
The good news is that in addition to a structural update, I will also be able to update the decor.  There are only two existing pieces that I plan to keep:  the Sarah Lamp from Stray Dog Designs (available here), which is one of my favorite pieces ever, and a West Elm white parsons desk (available here).
Clearly, I need many things.  I want to keep the big pieces neutral and add a few accent pieces to make it a little more interesting.  I love white, but it can start to feel too stark without a natural element.  I think the pieces below would do a nice job of combatting the stark feeling that I am trying to avoid.
serena & lily, west elm, room and board
Now for the accents.  If you have ever read one of my posts, you know I love orange.  So, I can’t resist bringing a little in.  What else?  A gray patterned drape and a gold-toned side table (to add a little bling and tie into the chandelier tone).
schumacher, serena & lily, kelly wearstler
We have a long way to go with the construction, but I can hardly wait until it is time to start decorating.
Shopping List

1.  Spindrift Paint
2.  Grace Chair
3.  Golden Mini Sputnik Chandelier
4.  Reclaimed Wood and Lacquer Buffet
5.  Natural Hide Rug
6.  Schumacher Hot House Flowers Pillow (available on Etsy )
7.  Serena & Lily St. Germain Side Table
8.  Kelly Wearstler Custom Curtains (available on Etsy)

Color Crush: Yellow

LoveImage courtesy of Etsy.com
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
Image courtesy of potterybarn.com
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.
smeg, west elm, pottery barn
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.
west elm, crate and barrel, serena and lily
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.
yellow, front doorImage courtesy of beautifulmatters.com
Yellow window, apartment therapy
Image courtesy of apartmenttherapy.com
Image courtesy of apartmentherapy.com
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.