It has this subtle watercolor feel to it, and I think it needs to come live with me. The colors in my living room are aqua, cream, chartreuse, a deep grey/blue, and a pop of yellow. It is coming together, but with the construction we have going on at our house, and my surgery, projects have slowed down a bit. Check out these rooms for some aqua and chartreuse inspiration – just what I needed, and I hope you enjoy it, too.
the well dressed home
the glam lamb
What do you think of this color story? Does it have a place in your home?
My head is pretty much a continuous current of design. Ideas are bouncing around everywhere, and I get inspired by everything from a local art exhibit to the paint trim pattern on the mini train you can ride around my city. (You would have seen those photos if you follow me on Instagram @astoriedstyle)
But there are rooms and elements of rooms and color schemes and patterns I fall in love with instantly, and I remember them forever, fondly thinking about them from time to time like old friends.
Today I am sharing one of my old friends with you, a room designed for the 2011 DC Design House by Lauren Liess of Pure Style Home. I j’adore her fabric line, and her style in many ways is my happy place. Natural elements layered with lots of texture, a little industrial, and a touch of moodiness, all brought together with some color.
Lauren Liess of Pure Style Home
What adds a more organic textural feel than grasscloth wallpaper? I love how it’s on the ceiling, too!
My husband and I attended his annual Christmas work party, we had a good visit with family, and my birthday was yesterday which included my husband cooking a delicious breakfast, and going out for a delectable sushi dinner.
It’s fun, of course, to dress for an occasion, so before my hubby and I were off, I wanted to get some pictures. Assuredly, that meant everyone had to be in the pictures.
Don’t you love blurry kid pictures? I have about ten million. However, I am getting a big dog camera soon (yup, I’m movin’ up and going for it!), so hopefully, that will help.
We did manage to get a picture of just us. Although not really because the kids are still curled up around our legs. Which I absolutely love.
The beautiful silver lace and orangey coral top is from Anthro (happy birthday to me!), and though they say it is red, it is not. I love the tangerine-pink hue to it, and paired it with my favorite jeans, moss-colored suede wedges, and my beloved antique pair of malachite earrings. (clip-on! because I don’t have pierced ears, finding non-Dynasty-esque clip-on earrings is tough!)
The color combo of this orangey-pink and emerald green – after all, it is the color of the year! – was so pretty together I began imagining it into rooms (which I often do when I see fashion combos I like). Therefore, it just seemed natural to put together a little inspiration gallery for you. So if my outfit was a room, it would look like…
For the Home
Caitlin Wilson Design
Porter House Designs
Shorely Chic Interiors
Beautiful, yes? Do you have any coral and green in your home?
Also, it just doesn’t seem right not to mention the tragedy in Connecticut. I received the news just as I was posting Friday, and frankly, my post seemed not important at that moment. As a mother with four small children, one in kindergarten next year, I am heartbroken for those families, as we all are. May God give them comfort and mercy this Christmas and in the difficult days/years ahead. Our heartfelt, deepest prayers are with them. Though my children are too young to know or even comprehend what is happening, we will all be wearing white and green today in honor of Sandy Hook. There really are no words…
These moss letters have a natural feel and evoke Christmas festivity with the addition of your favorite Christmas ribbon. Best of all, they are easy to do and not overly time consuming.
What You Need:
1. Cardboard letters – I found mine at Joann’s, though I’m sure you can find them at your local craft store. They come in various sizes and fonts (mine are about two fee tall). Note: I think if you purchased the small letters and followed this DIY, these would make darling holiday teacher gifts!
2. Hot glue gun
3. A large bag of hot glue sticks – you will need them!
4. Moss Mats – also available at your local craft store in the floral department. (I can get two letters out of one package.)
6. Pretty Ribbon (I chose a beautiful 5 inch wide red satin ribbon – also from Joann’s.)
Step 1: Choose your letters.
Of course, you can choose different Christmas words – Merry, Joy, Noel, Ho-Ho-Ho, etc. You could also just do the initial of your last name, and hang it on your front door.
Step 2: Open and roll out your moss mat.
Make sure you have the moss to the floor, and the backside of the moss mat facing you.
Step 3: Trace your letter.
Using a Sharpie or other thick tip marker, trace your letter. Note: It doesn’t matter for all letters, but to be on the safe side, trace all of your letters backwards.
This is what it will look like after you have traced your letter.
Step 4: Cut out your letter.
Cut out your letter making sure you are cutting right at the outside edge of your line. You want a little bit of room for seams. Make sure you keep your scraps, you will cut them into strips and use them for the edges of your letters.
Step 5: Glue the moss to the face of the letter.
Take your hot glue gun and slowly paste the moss to your letter one section at a time. Following the outline of your letter, apply hot glue and press to ensure adhesion.
Then you will have this!
Step 6: Cut strips to do the outside edge of the letters – you want it to be pretty from all angles! Note: If I were giving this as a gift, I would put pretty paper on the back, too.
Use the width of the letter as a guide to cut your strips.
Step 7: Glue the strips to the edge of your letter.
The great thing about working with moss is the seams disappear because of its texture. It is very simple to make these letters look like a smooth sheet of moss covering them by using this tactic.
Place a generous amount of hot glue right at the edge of the seam.
Using your fingers, press the edges of both moss pieces together.
See! No seam here!
Note: If you have a little extra moss hanging off the back of your letter, it is easy to trim with a pair of scissors.
Step 8: Admire your pretty letter.
Repeat with remaining letters as desired, and you have a beautiful project!
As I stated before, I chose wide red satin ribbon to hang my letters. Since only the “O” and the “E” could have ribbon looped around the top, I had to come up with other ideas for the “N” and the “L”. For the “N”, I hot glued the ribbon to the back at a slight angle, so the ribbon would not be pulled funny when I hung it. (i.e. don’t glue the ribbon completely vertical)
For the “L”, I simply glued a drapery weight to the bottom left corner to keep it from being tilted. Worked like a charm! (sorry, no picture – drapery weights are readily available at your local craft store or Walmart)
These letters are lovely inside or outside, but I placed mine on an expanse of brick wall between two windows on my front porch. More to come on my Christmas porch decorations. I may or may not still have pumpkins on my porch. (wink, wink), but it’s beginning to look like Christmas around here!
What do you think? How can you use this idea in your home? I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas – sound off in the comments!