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From assistant art director/special projects editor Laura LaRue: “Love the style of these chairs, but especially these bold colors. I am putting those orange and red ones on my wish list for 2012!” (“2012’s big decorating trends” from Paul Michael Company)
From editor in chief Diane Carroll: “Love Kateâs dress, and always love the look of lace thoughtfully (not too fussy) added into a home. But what really caught my eye? Prince William and that umbrellaâ¦I swear I had the same one in the 1970s and felt very hip carrying it to school!” (“Happy birthday, Duchess” from Beth Davis Interiors)
From art director Mandy Keener: “Adding this to my project list. Smart idea that takes care of the three problems I have when styling my own home: 1. How to display art. 2. Hide clutter. 3. Maximize the space on my bookshelves! (“DIY: Artwork and secret storage box” from Design*Sponge)
From associate editor/online editor Paulette Pearson: “Itâs no secret I have a slight obsession with bar cartsâ¦ and Iâm not even much of a drinker! Iâd love to have one in my home, if not for serving drinks then for holding or organizing accessories or books.” (“Friday favorites: Bars” from Bear-Hill Interiors)
From marketing coordinator Rhonda Davis: “Such a beautiful kitchen. The layout and colors are just beautiful.” (“Mellow yellow” from Habitually Chic)
Our resident style guru, Laura LaRue, who coordinates all of the product related stories in At Home in Arkansas, whipped up accessories to match three looks in our Spring Fashion Stylebook. Goes to show that fashion can inspire interior design. Just head to your closet, find your favorite frock, and get to work searching for furnishings and accessories to carry through the theme–and make it all your own.
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Tobi Fairley is back with the first 2012 installment of Color Confidential! Today, she takes a cue from a Bentonville reader, and fills you in on decorating with the girliest of colors: pink! Read on to see how to incorporate it into your home, without going over the top.
With Valentineâs Day just around the corner, it seems that everywhere I look I see pink â and I love it! Do you have any suggestions for using pink in my home without going too over the top? Thanks!
Thanks for writing in to Color Confidential! I, too, love pink and try to incorporate it in my projects whenever possible. A girlâs room, whether sheâs a newborn or a teen, is one of my favorite places to bring in this color. By using it sparingly in patterns and on solid accessories, you can create a fun feel thatâs anything but over the top.
Hereâs a project that was recently featured in At Home in Arkansas, where we grounded the different shades of pink with a range of neutrals including white, cream, and chocolate. Solid traditional wood floors, as well as neutrals for both the furniture and bedding, gave us plenty of room to add touches of pink in other places, including the wallpaper, drapery panels, rug and lamps.
If you want to use a bold color on a larger piece, such as this built-in seating area, consider a neutral framework or wall color. The wood base and cream-colored storage bins used here help to keep the bright pink cushions from becoming overpowering.
Girlsâ rooms arenât the only place you can use pops of pink.
The white walls and sofa are the perfect backdrop to bring in this bold shade.
If you already have a lot of patterns and textures in a space, consider adding one single piece, like this low sofa, to create a bright focal point.
If softer pinks are more your style, gray can be a great pairing. The drapery panels here really lighten this space and give it an elegant feel.
Finally, if youâve experimented and youâre ready to go all in, paint your walls in your favorite shade of pink and accessorize with black and white and maybe a pop of something sassy like chartreuse!
Here are a few of my favorite pinks and some great neutral pairings for any space.
Mix it up with a navy and creamy white.
Go for a lighter, more airy feel with a softer shade of pink and gray.
Go all out and mix two shades of pink with a light neutral.
Follow my âIn the Pinkâ board on Pinterest to see more of my favorite ways to incorporate pink in to your home.
I hope you find the perfect pink for you!
As art director, I love spending days in the homes we feature. While they’re usually filled with the hustle and bustle of all things “photo shoot/styling,” I always find inspiration somewhere. Take this rad entry (designed by Garry Mertins and featured in our May issue), for example. Wouldn’t you love to sit and stay awhile? Grab one of your favorite design books or magazines and just relax…
Here are few pieces I think would totally help do the trick. Hope this gets some color and creativity flowing… Enjoy!
From editor in chief Diane Carroll: “Absolutely gorgeous! I’d be at home in any room in this house. Especially love that black and white breakfast room–so striking” (Dream home: Because it’s awesome” from La Dolce Vita)
From associate editor/online editor Paulette Pearson: “Little nesting tables are so pretty and functional… I’m partial to the glam gilded ones.” (“Nesting tables” from Bear-Hill Interiors)
From assistant art director/special projects editor Laura LaRue: “This picture makes me want to leave work right this second and tear up my kitchen and start renovating! It’s such a beautiful space!” (“Dear backsplash…” from Haven & Home)
From art director Mandy Keener: “WOW! Not sure if i like the furniture or the father/son collaboration more.” (“Lucas Maassen & Sons” from Miss Moss)
Introducing Cece Fourchy! The 20-something design aficionado/blogger is now also a columnist on the At Home in Arkansas blog! Cece’s quintessentially Southern style will be showcased in her monthly blog posts, including her favorite decorating tips and trends. We’re so happy to have her on the team, and we think you’ll love her flair for accessible style.
The May issue of At Home in Arkansas is all about renovation. It’s so inspiring to see the dramatic transformations of these gorgeous homes, and I couldn’t help but think about what I could do to revamp my little house. While I would love to gut my kitchen and replace my 1980s stove with a Viking range, as a 20-something just starting out that’s not exactly an option. So, it struck me: instead of transforming the structure of a space, why not transform the function?
While I have the occasional guest come to stay, my guest room doesn’t serve a great purpose. So why not go old school and turn it into a library/study?? And yes, half of my interest is to be able to say “I shall retire to the study now” in an English accent.
I browsed my photo files and uncovered some great shots for inspiration on my project.
This workspace from Lonny looks both cozy and productive. A good desk is essential.
I love the fireplace and the little sofas. A perfect place to curl up with a good book. (from Habitually Chic)
Oscar de la Renta’s beachside library comes complete with a ladder and plenty of volumes to browse. (from Vogue)
Feeling comfortable enough to wear metallic pink spandex? Comfortable enough to be my kind of study! (from The Selby)
An antique day bed, fresh flowers and good lighting: the perfect reading nook.
This photo from Elle Decor is sophisticated but still inviting. Perfect combo! Do you think my eight-foot ceilings could handle that chandelier?
Rachel Ashwell would be proud of this little set-up, feminine and serene. I can definitely see myself spending plenty of time in here.
Our resident style expert, Laura LaRue, pounds the pavement each month in search of home accessories. Check out a few of her finds in our style section, and visit our blog each month as she shares fun products to keep your home fabulously accessorized.