Interested in all things colorful? Check out our Color issue (now online with a rainbow of tips), and then hop on over to some of our favorite sites.
Check out Colour Lovers, a “resource that monitors and influences color trends, giving people who use color–whether for ad campaigns, product design, etc.–a place to see what’s going on in the world of color.” Have a gander and get lost in a sea of palettes and patterns.
Providing an in-depth look at color in the home, fashion, beauty and more, Sensational Color even delves into the messages and meanings of certain hues.
Decor by Color is the place to go if you want to play out your obsession with with a certain color or mix of colors. Click on any of the number of colors on the main page (pink+brown, turquoise, green), and you’ll be directed to a variety of home products available for purchase in that shade.
Repainting? Remodeling? Revamping your bedroom? That will likely involve slathering on new paint, and My Perfect Color is here to help you find the perfect hue with more than 100,00 color matches from more than 100 paint brands.
It’s Week 1, Day 2 of our Spring Guest Blogger Series, and none other than local blogging sensation Jerusalem Greer, of Jolly Goode Gal, is here to set the scene for a delightfully beautiful Mother’s Day Brunch! Jerusalem, whose own blog is a mountain of colorful vintage and craft-inspired ideas, is also the proud winner of the Before & After category of our Arkansas’ Best Contest! Check it out soon in our July issue, and keep reading here for a snippet of Jerusalem’s sensational style. You’ll be charmed through and through.
At Home is smitten with the table you set for us, Jerusalem. Thank you!
Spring is the time of year that is filled with celebrations of the heart â weddings, births, graduations. And sort of in the middle, squeezed in between the goodbyes of graduations and hellos of weddings, there is Motherâs Day. A day that should be filled with all things lovely for all the hard working motherâs, but a day instead that is often filled with (well intentioned of course) hastily purchased gifts and predicable lunches.
Well this year, why not instead take the reins, and throw a Vintage Garden Inspired Motherâs Day Brunch for all the wonderful mothers in your life? Why leave loveliness up to chance?
Here are a few key ingredients when planning your dÃ©cor for a Vintage Inspired event such as this:
By showing each guest that you are their biggest fan, and by having the forethought to plan a lovely brunch, lunch or tea experience for the mothers in your life, you will be showing just how much you care with style!
What an absolute and utter treat it is to have Tracy Porter guesting on our blog today! For those of you who don’t know her, Tracy has written nine books on entertaining, home and inspiration for daily living; authors a blog (www.tracyporter.com/blog) with thousands of daily readers; has graced the pages of numerous publications including O, People, Family Circle, Elle, Better Homes & Gardens and Victoria; and has appeared on Oprah, E! and HGTV. Oh, and we mustn’t forget her fashion and home decor lines or her fanciful dinnerware collection, available at Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s!
But to top all of it off, Tracy is a kind and wonderful person and our new friend. Read on as she shares with you, At Home’s readers, how to take time and be true to yourself–friendly lessons from Tracy to apply in every aspect of your life.
I am a firm believer that we create much of the world around us in the choices we makeâ¦we find ways to be true to our selves â¦..or not. Itâs a matter of how we inspire ourselves, or choose to decorate our homes, how we dress, Â what we eatâ¦beauty is everywhere, and itâs is a glorious choice to look her in the eye everyday and embrace her, explore herâ¦.and along the pathâ¦find your way to âyouâ and how you want to be true to yourself! I have more than a few thoughts on this topicâ¦.but Iâll put a clamp on my verbose nature and just share a handfulâ¦â¦
I find color to be one of the most inspiring temptations. I found it, and more of me â¦â¦once I truly explored the layer it would add to our home! Be brave and embrace itâ¦.soon it will be a mad love affair. Start smallâ¦a bathroom , a foyer â¦..or as you see in my own homeâ¦a hallway and doors. This little spot leading to our second floors thrills me to no end. It is dripping in gorgeousnessâ¦.. I adore how the intense color of the high gloss red doors along with the peacockian blues make me feel. Once you find your way to colorâ¦.each room in your home will hold a gasp-inducing feeling that you will swoon overâ¦trust me!
p.s. a bonus thought on colorâ¦.itâs a good âhiderââ¦.we have four young boys and let me tell you, between PBJ fingers and skateboards scuff marksâ¦I am a believer!
I adore dressing in a way that makes me smile. I need to feel comfortable, get dressed quickly and feel spot on in whatever I throw on!!!
I love the thought that layers in my wardrobe help me do all of this a carefree smashing way! I suppose itâs why I love designing fashionâ¦..so that women of all ages could have the Â freedom to walk into their closets and know that pretty much anything they put on would feel and look gorgeous and soulfully them! I know that my inner bohemian ( please tell me you have one?) loves this tooâ¦.after all ,pattern on pattern, layering and some highs and lows are easy to do if you just let yourself be free to exploreâ¦.!
I love food from everywhere in the world and consider myself a true food adventurer. I also happen to believe that the way in which we present our deliciousness matters as well! Truly, wouldnât you rather have your French fries in funky rolled down paper bags, and dips in a pretty little mix of hand painted bowls? Why not plunk a gorgeous exotic pillow on each chair! Consider the way you eat as much as the food you eatâ¦..your entire experience can and will changeâ¦.So, light those candles, play a game while munching, laughâ¦live and declare your passion and pleasure!
I am a passionate girl, top to bottom..I dive in fingers to toes! Sometimes I dive and realize that I have taken on more than I care forâ¦..such is the humbling nature of life. My gardens became just that. I planted, and plantedâ¦then had children and realized I couldnât do it all. So, I plunked in some raised bedsâ¦â¦ created ( with the help of my dear husband and kids) a potager, a wee escapeâ¦a place to wander and grab a lovely fresh homegrown dinner and then some! Now in the evenings I can watch the boys ride bikes and skateboardâ¦.and I can take my gathering basket and glass of wine and with very low maintenance enjoy my gardens and my darlings! Consider all that you do in being true to yourselfâ¦sometimes you really can do less and get moreâ¦..of the good life that is!
Cheers and Delicious Explorations!
What a fun morning! Eddie Ross was in town for a presentation organized by The Fine Arts Club of Arkansas. And At Home in Arkansas had a front-row seat as the lifestyle expert and former Martha Stewart Living editor discussed, “The Art of Entertaining.”
The Arkansas Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock was a lovely setting, with its beautiful gardens, which were designed by P. Allen Smith, visible through the windows.
After being introduced, Eddie talked about his fabulous work with House Beautiful and Martha Stewart Living. (That’s Martha’s stable kitchen.)
And his project ideas had everyone ready to run home and plan a party. These pine cone cakes are made using sheet cake and slivered almonds, and those pine needles are chocolate. How creative is that?
Eddie also demonstrated a few projects for us in person. DIY wreaths, fancy floral arrangements, gorgeous gift wrapping… it was hard to believe how simple and budget friendly they are.
Our editor, Diane Carroll, caught up with Eddie, as well as his co-presenter Jaithan Kochar, in the gardens outside the mansion. All in all, a great way to spend the morning and get inspired for the holidays.
PS- If you haven’t, be sure to check out Eddie and Jaithan’s blog! And stay tuned for At Home’s Holiday Guest Blogger Series, when we show you how to create each of the projects Eddie discussed at today’s event!
From account executive Katie Rawlings: “So many great color combinations!” (“Sneak Peak: Katie Schintzius” from Design Sponge)
From advertising coordinator Laura LaRue: “Serve up your holiday meals in style. I love the colors used in Laurie Pollpeter Eskenazi’s hand-made pottery and am happy to report you can find it at The Full Moon in Little Rock!” (Laurie Pollpeter Eskenazi Ceramic Pottery)
From editor Diane Carroll: “Halloween is huge in my neighborhood; we have over 500 trick or treaters each year! So we always invite friends over and have a pot luck party, and watch the parade of costumes going by. I’m eyeing a few of these ideas for dressing up our house this year as well. ” (“From Fantasy to Fete: Pumpkin Party” from Coco+Kelley)
From associate editor Paulette Pearson: “Someday I’ll have my own dressing room with writing desk and chaise chair for reading. In the meantime, I’ll simply imagine myself in these spaces. Love all the elegant details.” (“Home Tour: Nickey Kehoe” from Full House)
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After sitting empty all summer—what with picnics at the park and dinners on the patio—it’s that time of year when the dining room gets readied for a season’s worth of entertaining. To toast Thanksgiving and beyond, here’s a roundup of some of our favorite dining spaces.
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We had the pleasure of meeting designer extraordinaire Eddie Ross during his visit to Little Rock’s Fine Arts Club, where he showed the group a myriad of project ideas for holiday decor. These ideas are so fun, we had to share.
Hi all, Eddie here. The holidays are upon us, so to help you deck the halls more beautifully, here are three of my favorite projects I shared with the Fine Arts Club of Arkansas. Have a joyous holiday season, everyone!
1) Assortment of ball ornaments
2) Wire hanger
4) Glue Gun
Take a wire hangerÂ and bend it into the form of a circle. Then, grab your glue gun and as many round ornaments in varying sizes as you can find. You’ll need about 80 in all. Whenever I do my tree, I like the more unusual shapes, so it’s always the round ones I have left over. Even if you don’t, though, you can always find them for reasonable prices at a discount retailer, especially after the holidays.
To secure the metal cap to the ball, dab a little hot glue and press. That way, the cap will remain attached as the ornaments are strung.
Next, untwist the end of the hanger, then string one ornament at a time, making sure to alternate the placement and colors as desired. Use smaller sizes to fill in the gaps!
Check out the final result! To secure it to the door (make sure it’s on the interior!), I used the hook end of the hanger, together with a little wire. Then I covered it up with bubblegum pink satin ribbon and a bow. How simple and beautiful is that?
Here’s a project idea for a centerpiece using a holiday favorite, candy canes.
1) Candy canes
2) Hot glue gun
3) Miniature silver balls for embellishing
4) Round pillar candle
1) Hot glue two candy canes together, and repeat until you have eight sets.
2) Hot glue four sets together (see image above) and repeat, so you have two sets.
3) Hot glue one set on top of the other.
4) Embellish with miniature silver balls.
And lastly, a fun and easy project for creating a holiday beverage station where everyone can help themselves.
2) Shredded coconut
4) Cups for hanging
5) Spray paint
6) Glitter (preferably Martha Stewart’s)
7) Florist’s foam
1) Spray paint bamboo and apply glitter.
2) Arrange in florist’s foam in vase.
3) Top florist’s foam with shredded coconut.
4) Hang ornaments and cups for guests to use for serving themselves beverages.
Cheers to a festive and happy holiday season!
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