Independence Day provides us with a yearly reminder of where we came from, ample backyard barbecues, cruises on the lake, and above all, a powerful color scheme. Red, white and blue are not only a symbol of our pride, they also bring a subtle touch of patriotism to an interior. I’ve rounded up some stylish shots of modern Americana in the home. Enjoy!!
January! The best month of the year. Besides the arctic chill that seems to have befallen most of the country, this month is about new beginnings, setting goals, accomplishing things and above all, decorating. Right?! This year, I’m starting a project from the ground up — literally. I’m living in the most fantastic house (it used to belong to my mother) and it’s got the greatest sea grass flooring. I love everything about it — the texture, the tone, its dog hair-masking qualities. But I’m in the mood for change. I see so many fabulous floors and I’d like to experiment a little bit. Here, my favorite floors of the moment.
When contemplating this month’s post, I couldn’t help but think of the current Family Homes issue ofÂ At Home. There are so many things to think about when designing a home for a family: a great kitchen, plenty of storage, kid-friendly fabrics, a trampoline in the backyard (or in the playroom, depending on how adventurous you’re feeling). As one of four children, my bedroom was my sanctuary growing up, my only place for privacy and obviously my favorite spot in the house. I still love my girly furniture, ruffled bedding and floral curtains. The little ones grow up fast (at least that’s what I’m told) so my vote is, let girls be girls! Let them have pink walls and stuffed animals as decor. There will be time for clean lines and modern furnishings when she’s older. Of course, there is a fine line between girly girl-chic and over the top. So, I’ve gathered my favorite pretty in pink girl’s rooms for a little inspiration.
So we all know that Pantone’s color of the year is “Radiant Orchid”. I love the color — it’s vibrant and fun. I think I’ll like it even more come Spring. Before it was declared the official pigment of 2014, however, I was in love with real orchids. Both of the radiant variety and in classic white. Super sophisticated, they add an elegant touch to any space. Now, if only I could master the art of keeping them alive…
For a little inspiration I’ve gathered some of my favorite orchids used in various interiors.
|Mark D. Sikes|
|Kelly Wearstler in House & Garden|
Do you love orchids as much as I do? How do you use them in your home?
Cece Fourchy Quinn is a native Californian who fell in love with the South during school at Ole Miss. She created her blog, Mississippi Maven, to share inspirations on interiors, fashion and all things stylish. After college she relocated to Little Rock where she worked in design and further honed her aesthetic. Now back in her hometown on the West Coast, she spends her time scouring flea markets for unique finds, hoarding shelter magazines and dreaming of the South.