The Inspiration: Elle Decor’s Animal Print Rug

The dream rug inspiration:

Image courtesy of “A Manhattan Living Room” by Olivia Rassow, from the website http://www.elledecor.com/most-popular-elle-decor-rooms-pinterest/manhattan-living-room?src=spr_FBPAGE&spr_id=1452_40223365. 2014 Hearst Communications, Incorporated.

The Realistic Budget:

Check out www.o.co, www.zulily.com, and www.domesticmodern.com  for beautiful, expansive and inexpensive animal print rugs. I’ve purchased two rugs from o.co two years ago for under $300.00, and they still feel and look good.

Image courtesy of http://www.domesticmodern.com/lightblueanimalprintrug.aspx. Various sizes and prices from $109 – $429

Image courtesy of o.co nuLOOM Hand-tufted Animal Shape Zebra Wool Rug (5′ x 8′) $208

Image courtesy of o.co, Rawhide Beige Rug (6’2 x 8′), $180

Image courtesy of o.co Rawhide Brown Animal-print Rug (6’2 x 8′), $176

Image courtesy of o.co, Hand-hooked Bliss Indoor/Outdoor Animal Print Rug (8′ Round), $191

Image courtesy of o.co, Skin Animal Printed UV Stabilized Outdoor Rug (5′ x 7’6), $187

Image courtesy of o.co, Hand-tufted Pale Blue Leopard Whimsy Animal Print Wool Rug (8′ x 11′), $387

~Your Curator of all things Beautiful, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Battle of the Styles: Whimsical versus Bohemian

I have two home décor styles loves – bohemian and whimsical.  I love the combination of both styles, but there are beautiful elements to both, and one may be the clear winner over the other – you decide. Images courtesy of my curation visit to Pinterest.com.

This week’s battle takes place in the bedroom:

Whimsical:

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This look really embodies a modern take on the whimsical look.

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The chartreus birds on the pillow is definitely whimsical. The colors is what gives this room a true whimsy vibe.

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Pink acts as the neutral in this whimsical room. I love the mix of styles – mid-century modern nightstand with a pink, ornate bed is a beautiful contrast of styles and what makes a room whimsy.

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Love the headboard and the cow hide rug.

Bohemian:

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The dark navy walls envelops a person and an unmade bed invites long naps and cuddling.

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Moody purples, various shapes and textures and a tuft velvet headboard updates the boho look.

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I love the Eastern touches and the beautiful contrast of red and green. The dark lacquered four poster bed really anchors the colors in a modern way.

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Real deal bohemian…what my dream Santa Cruz beach cabin would look like. The layers of rugs and textiles is what makes this look truly bohemian. And the Native American headdress and dream catchers is also a nice touch.

Modern Boho Whimsy

The below pictures, curated on Pinterest.com are lush and playful. More examples of the use of celosia orange in home decor. Bless the designers and decorators of each of these magical rooms:

Gorgeous! Love the rug!

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Spring 2014 Ushers in Celosia Orange

Pantone, the leader in assessing upcoming colors for the season, offers celosia orange as a color to incorporate into your wardrobe and décor, and I couldn’t agree more. I’ve always loved a pop of orange, because truly this color lifts up the spirits and looks great on all skin tones as well as home accessories. We travel to Etsy.com for very economical inspiration:

1. A cute pillow the includes other Spring 2014 colors:

2. A modern print to hang over your couch or in your foyer:

3. White, cream or aquamarine colored curtains will pop with these orange pullbacks:

4. Updating mason jars is as easy as purchasing this reasonably priced one from etsy.com or painting them yourself for a new/old vase or a container to hold your kitchen utensils:

5. Even the smallest of details can deliver the biggest impact in a room, such as these light switch covers:

6. I am in love with this typewriter. What a classic piece, albeit a little impractical in today’s high tech world:

7. Beautiful and bright wall vases that are beautiful with or without flowers:

8. My hunch is this strong orange will be all over the runways all the way through late fall:

Do you agree with Pantone’s color pick? Share your thoughts and favorite color predictions.