8/11/14

Design Trends



Hi all.... 
This is Nancy from Powell Brower Interiors.  I am happy to fill in for Julie while she is taking some much needed 'down' time after her family's loss this summer.  She is an amazing presence in our design community and we hope she gets the rest and battery recharging that she needs. Bless you and your family Julie. She asked me to talk about design, so let's talk about trends...

With fall approaching people look for the next trend and opportunity to transform their homes with the 'latest' in decor.  My recent post "Are you on Board?" brought us to thinking about those marketing ploys and "colors of the year" and how some people jump on them, and other's not.


Whether it is a paint brands 'color of the year", Pantone's, or any other brand's color pick for the year, what that really is is a marketing tool that retailers jump on spawning the influx of that color into the marketplace at every level.  Take it or leave it, but what I find interesting is that it brings that color to' light' where you may not have noticed it that much before.  You are more aware of it since it hit the headlines and products in that color are easier to find.

I think it's fun, but I don't necessarily subscribe to trends as much as using the following guidelines:


  • DO WHAT YOU LOVE, AND BE COMMITTED TO IT
  • IF YOURE LOOKING TO UPDATE, CHECK OUT MAGAZINES AND PINTEREST FOR INSPIRATION, AS A JUMPING OFF POINT- NOT LITERAL.
  • ADD YOUR OWN PERSONAL STORY TO THE ROOM, MAKE IT "YOU", NOT SOMEONE ELSE'S ROOM
  • DON'T PUT EVERYTHING NEW AND TRENDY ALL IN ONE ROOM
  • IF YOU LOVE A COLOR USE IT, NO MATTER IF IT'S 'ON TREND' OR NOT.
  • ADD FAMILY HEIRLOOMS AND 'FOUND' ELEMENTS TO YOUR DESIGN.
  • REMEMBER OUR "BRAGG" CONCEPT, TIPS WE FOLLOW WITH EVERY JOB.





Are you seeing alot of all white rooms, or all black rooms, or all white kitchens? These certainly are hot right now, but wait, there's another look just on the horizon! We are seeing beige in every variety coming back.


We are moving back to neutral environments with color added, as opposed to each room being a different bold color. Remember the days when the carpet colors changed from room to room?  At least we seemed to learn from that one, and opted for different wall colors from room to room, but a neutral floor that tied it altogether.  Now we are 'cleansing our decor palettes' in our homes and resetting our compasses with whites, beiges and many pale shades of colors all claiming to be the new neutrals.

For the last 10 years everyone painted all their wood furniture. It seems like original integrity of wood and using natural tones are coming back, with "earthtones' sneaking their way back in slightly different hues; Mustard, Ochre, Brown-colors in nature. I wonder what the color predictors will label this trend? Natural with a kick?


Are you bringing back earth tones in some way or another yet? I'm all for cleansing our palettes from time to time.

Enjoy your last month of summer and come visit our blog, Powell Brower !
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8/3/14

The Circle of Life....



As I see my husbands eyes and my moms smile in my children and grandchildren...

I think of the generations that were here before me and what was passed down from one to another....
We pass on our traditions, our stories...and our love to the next generation...


Meet our newest little bundle...

 Rose Holland, 5 pounds 9 oz...






This is our other little queen bee...

Scarlet






Rose was born on a Wednesday and my Dad died on Thursday...


If you've been reading my blog... 

you know that my dad had been sick for a couple of years....
He had Cancer and Alzheimer. 

It's one of the most devastating illness I've seen..
To watch my dad  deteriorate from this illness was very hard.....

He was a bright man.....
he had a degree in computer science....

He could figure out how to do almost anything and near the end he couldn't flip on a light switch..
so sad!






Good by Daddy...

I love you and will miss you.

Ocean
 (Where Feet May Fail)"



You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep my faith will stand


I will call upon Your Name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine


Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed and You won't start now


Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me

Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Saviour


I will call upon Your Name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine.


Share on www.amazonI will be taking a break from blogging...

I'm going to take sometime off to be with family and hold that little Rose as much as I can! 
Thank you for your patience..
I will try to have some guest posts while I'm gone.. 
Thanks,
Julie


7/24/14

Rooms and Gardens in Santa Barbara

Hello there!
It's been a long time since I've written a post. Thank you to all my blog friends who helped keep TG alive during my time off.
I appreciate all of you so much!
As far as an update goes.. my dad is on Hospice and is very ill.
Its been very difficult..

In spite of this difficult time, there has been much to rejoice about.
 My daughter is due with her first child in 2 weeks, and my son is expecting their second daughter!


I recently went up to Santa Barbara to celebrate a girlfriends birthday, and of course, we had to stop by my favorite store, Rooms and Gardens. It has a beach-ie California feel that I love

We walked in and my girlfriend said, "Julie! It's like we walked into your home!"
 Of course I took this as a major compliment!
 I could buy everything in this store.

I want to put these chairs in my family room. Aren't the nail heads a great detail?








I would love to know who manufactured this table!









Loved all the blue and white pottery!





In the midst of all the blues and whites, this floral linen chair stood out...it was adorable!

I would like to thank you all again for your patience in my absence.
Under the circumstances I will be having some more guests posts.

Hope you all have a wonderful upcoming weekend and thank you again!


7/16/14

Blue and White Decor


Hi there! 

I am so happy to have been asked to guest post at one my regular go to's, TG Interiors, such a wonderful and always beautiful blog! 

 I tossed and turned about what to write about and wanted to do something relevant for what is big now. 

And my aha moment hit me when I stared at one of my many blue and white vases...blue and white of course!!

 Blue and white has never and I do mean never been bigger. 

You cannot open up a magazine without seeing it. 
It is taking over, woo hoo!

As anyone who knows me or follows my blog knows, I am a true aficionado of blue and white. 

I love it anywhere, everywhere and as my own house will attest, you can never have too many blue and white pieces!

I also love its versatility. 
It literally as I will illustrate goes with every color in the rainbow and still manages to look incredible. 
It also works beautifully in traditional and modern rooms alike.

So......today a look at the impact of blue and white and how much it can add to literally any space it is used. 
Ready to feast your eyes on the blue and white beauty?

 Let's go.........
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augustblue2Beautiful outdoor space by Kim Courtney Interiors









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Blue and white flowers sure do make a beautiful table, The French Bouquet










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Wilson Fuqua architects clearly has mastered the use of blue and white!









 
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Love the way pink blue and white go together, Blue Bell Gray











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Love the crisp appeal of blue, white and green! So very pretty










ec3This is so charming! Kirsten Kelly









NC1Hey on a yacht, navy and white is practically a given, Kirsten Kelly








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Love a dash of orange against blue and white...stunning! 
(Nells Hills)









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Andrew Skurman created this breathtaking space









465ce920db215ece5967b4d7a421ff13 Stunning table by Aerin Lauder









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Such a beautiful elegant space, Wilson Fuqua








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Love the power of a dark blue wall with the drama of blue and white, Ballard












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Another example of how beautiful blue, white and green works together House Beautiful












Union Street Inn 
Blue and white is always so fresh and inviting in a bedroom, Union Street Inn










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Adore these beautiful blue and white prints! Ballard










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Think this is so pretty, with a touch of orange, this room exudes personality and chic elegance.











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And a blue and white party? 
I am so there! 
(Evantide Designs)

Wow I never get tired to being wowed by blue and white in all it's many forms. Just stunning, isn't it? It is specifically fresh and crisp during the summer and I love it as much outside as I do indoors. Are you too a fan of blue and white? How do you like to use it? Thank you so much for stopping in and to Taylor, for inviting me over, it was my pleasure! Enjoy your day.
Tina
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7/10/14

Lucite...Simple Details...

Hi everyone, 
I'm Pam from Simple Details
I share DIY and design projects and
have a love for combining my thrifting and Craigslist finds in my decor.

I'm am happy to be here for Julie while she's with her parents. She's such a
sweetheart and my heart aches for her and all the challenges she's been facing with
her aging parents, they're so fortunate to have her.

I found myself analyzing all of these rooms, and finally noticed the subtle common
denominator that I love!

It's a statement, but in an unexpected quiet way.
I love the modern edge in traditional rooms, contrast with antique pieces,
simplicity, visually weightless and stylish function!

Lucite ghost chair against an antique column...






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Simple lucite table amid busy surroundings...





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Lucite coffee table between lovely layers of 

texture...






(laurenliess.com)

 Lucite chair enhances the serene design... 







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Functional lucite nightstand in front of built in...







(stacystyle.wordpress.com)

Pair of lucite tables in a room of symmetry...





(traditionalhome.com)

Lucite chairs add edge to a traditional room...






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What do you think, need one or not so much?



I'd love you to stop by and visit me at Simple Details when you have a chance.

Thank you for having me Julie, you and your family are in my prayers.









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