#Chairish Color In Your Home

The soothing white and gray neutral color schemes have been a constant in the last few years in the world of interior design. Many of my clients are still asking for this look and it is still widely popular. However, there has been a new resurgence of color in interior design, and lots of it!

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As much as I like the monochromatic look, I am a girl who loves color! Growing up in the Caribbean, I was always surrounded by beautiful and vibrant colors; so color is definitely a part of me. Imagine how excited I was when I was asked by Chairish to create a colorful inspiration board around one of their beautiful, colorful vintage rugs.

If you are a fan of vintage and one of a kind items for your home, you may already be familiar with Chairish. Incase you are not, you are in for a treat today! Chairish is an exclusive, curator approved, online marketplace for vintage and used furniture, décor, jewelry and accessories. Chairish makes it fun and easy for design lovers to buy and sell these vintage items. With thousands of products available, it is a treasure trove for Designers and design enthusiasts looking for beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces.

I fell in love immediately with this  paisley Kashmiri rug. Paisley is a favorite pattern of mine, and this colorful rug did not disappoint. I decided to create my inspiration board around this gorgeousness! But as you will see later, I fell equally in love with a Persian Sarouk rug. I couldn’t decide which I loved more, so I created a second inspiration board. Double the fun! :-)

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Here is my first inspiration board created in Olioboard.

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You will see that the pieces chosen are for a colorful and eclectic living room. I imagine that the owner of this room (a virtual client) is quite possibly a globe-trotter with a real appreciation for vintage and classic pieces that tell a story. Pieces that are unique and feel like they were collected over time. Nothing matches, yet they all work together for a cohesive design.

You can see that there is nothing conventional, or even expected about this inspiration board. From the gorgeous yellow chesterfield sofa, to the sable ottomans to the vintage Italian blown glass chandelier, also from Chairish. The pops of color in the rug and seating are balanced with the white and brass that is sprinkled throughout. The pink Cameroon Juju Headdress is also from Chairish, and adds a beautiful soft texture to the arrangement. A little bit of black in the sconces and abstract art also helps to ground the room. Benjamin Moore White Dove would make a great back-drop to this colorful room

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Ready for the next inspiration board? :-)

This beautiful blue Persian Sarouk was another favorite of mine.

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And here is the inspiration board I created in Olioboard

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This room is also a collection of vintage pieces with a bit of contemporary and mid-century vibe. I just had to include my new favorite color Kelly green. The beautiful navy in the rug is a big color trend at the moment, and works great with the green. How yummy are the kelly green ottomans? The amazing red floral vintage Kantha egg chairs are also from Chairish and they add a bit of a feminine touch.

This room would also benefit from a white paint color as the backdrop.

Do you love color but shy away from using it in your home? Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • You can use the 60-30-10 rule: 60% of a dominant color (which is usually neutral, but you can go with any color you can live with in large doses). 30% secondary color, and 10% accent color
  • Follow nature’s lead. Look outside and you will see color everywhere in nature. Observing a field of flowers is a great way to see a combination of hues and values that work well together
  • Add a bit of black. A touch of black in a colorful room always helps to ground the room
  • Think balance. Always be sure to distribute color properly throughout the room.
  • Think color value and contrast. It is often more pleasing to the eye to use the same value of different colors. Example: Notice how a box of neon colored highlighters work well together? Just don’t decorate with all neons :-)
  • Consider how color affects your mood
  • Live with color before you buy. Ask for samples and take them home and live with them for a while. Look at them at different times of the day to get a good feel of how different lighting conditions affect the color. This could be paint swatches and fabric samples
  • Go for it and have fun! A colorful home is usually a happy home. Your home is the place to express who you are and what colors speak to your personality.

Now that you have seen the color possibilities inspired by these amazing pieces from Chairish, why don’t you hop on over to their website and check out more from their amazing collections. You can also follow Chairish on Facebook and Instagram

Note: This is not a paid or sponsored post. The opinions expressed are all my own

Wishing You Beauty and Inspiration!

Katy Interior Designer

Veronica Solomon
Owner/ lead Designer
Casa Vilora Interiors

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiring Celebrity Encounter: Alexa Hampton

***** This is a repost from April 2014 in honor of the Design Bloggers Conference 2015 going on now in Atlanta. Alexa Hampton is the speaker for today. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to see her again, so I thought I’d share our last encounter. Enjoy!


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Alexa Hampton and Veronica Solomon at Houston Design Center

Have you ever had the preconceived notion about someone without good reason? You expect them to be a certain way and when you meet them they are actually the total opposite? Well that was the case this week when I met Alexa Hampton. I guess because of her major accomplishments and contribution to Interior Design, I expected her to be intimidating, and somewhat a diva. But instead, she was very funny, energetic, charming, self-confident, and really down-to-earth!

Alexa Hampton, whose award-winning firm is based in New York has completed a wide range of design projects in the United States and China, including large residences, apartments, private airplanes and yachts. She is A Perennial member of Architectural Digest’s AD100, and House Beautiful’s Top Designer list, as well as a member of Elle Décor’s A-list. Her well sought after design style in Traditional, Classic and Eclectic has graced the pages of many of these publications, among others.

Alexa has many more accomplishments under her belt including a furniture line with Hickory Chair and a fabric and upholstery line with Kravet. You can view the pieces here in PDF format

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Her second book “Decorating In Detail” is a beautifully illustrated book where she shares the development process for eight elegant homes in locations from New York City to New Orléans. Walking readers through each room, she describes how she and the homeowners chose all the elements, from textures to fabrics to furniture.

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Her visit to the Houston Design Center this week was very inspiring for me. The first part of the day’s events was a panel discussion about how to get published, which also featured Jay Jeffers (A published Interior Designer based in San Francisco) and Michael Imber (A published Architect)

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Panel Discussion at Houston Design Center: Michael Imber, Alexa, Jay Jeffers

 

alexa hamptonThe second part of her visit was a more intimate, informal sit down conversation with a handful of Houston Designers including myself, where we had the opportunity to pick her brain about anything and everything interior design. This is where her charming personality came shining through. It was as if I had known her for years. I was very comfortable talking to her and asking questions. She offered ideas and inspiration and even some insider information about the business side of her Interior Design practice – how she charges for her services and dealing with difficult clients.

She spoke a lot about her family and her home, and even the apps she uses and what social media channel she enjoys the most. She gave us all some great advice about seeing ourselves as a brand and encouraged us to work on packaging our brand and heading in the direction of getting published. She had some specific advice for me when she discovered that I write a daily blog. She encouraged me to seek opportunities to write a decorating or lifestyle column for local publications. Now why didn’t I think of that? :-) She is clearly as savvy a business woman as she is creative!

Despite being Interior Design royalty, as the daughter of the late Mark Hampton, who founded the firm back in 1976, I really got to see that she is a regular wife and mom, who has worked really hard for all she has accomplished. It gives a young Designer like me hope and inspiration, that my dreams too are achievable.

You can read more about Alexa Hampton by clicking to her website here

Here are a few of her designs that I just adore

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Source: Alexa Hampton

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Source: Alexa Hampton

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Source: Alexa Hampton

 

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Source: Alexa Hampton

 

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Source: Alexa Hampton

I just love these classically beautiful rooms, especially the last one pictured with the beautiful Gracie chinoiserie wallpaper. Just beautiful!

I just love her work and it was a pleasure meeting her.

This quote by her famous father really resonates with me. Sometimes the profession of Interior Design is seen in a negative light. But those of us who work in this capacity know very well that there is nothing frivolous about Interior Decoration. Each project  takes a lot of hard work, passion and dedication.

“We all know that interior decoration is seen by many as a frivolous career full of ruffles and flourishes and preposterous fashion statements. Yet to transform the bleak and the barren into welcoming places where one can live seems to me an important and worthwhile goal in life. Sometimes this transformation can stun the eye, sometimes simply gladden it, but these are not frivolous pursuits.” Mark Hampton

 

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Source: Alexa Hampton

Now it’s your turn:

Is there someone who you look to for career inspiration? Have you ever had the chance to meet that person? Were they what you expected? Please leave me a comment below.

Thanks for taking the time to read about my most recent Celebrity Encounter!

You can read more about past Celebrity Encounters here!

Have a fantastic Friday and do something fun this weekend!! :-) :-)

Be Inspired!

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Veronica Solomon, Casa Vilora Interiors
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Wallpaper Crush

I love wallpaper! And recently I discovered  two companies – Juju Papers and Makelike who have totally inspired me, and I am totally crushing on them in a big way! I would love to use their papers everywhere in my home! Of course, that would get pretty expensive, but one can dream….right?

I will share just a couple of my favorites in today’s short post.

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Via JujuPapers.com

The “Sisters Of The Sun” pattern from Juju Papers based in Portland Oregon is right up my alley. I love the gold dots on black background. I am seeing this in my powder room :-)

This pattern is available in other colorways

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Via JujuPapers,com

I also love the “Family Reunion” pattern by Juju Papers. This one has a more playful and whimsical touch

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Via Makelike.com

I am so in love with this beautiful pattern from Makelike called Lush, I could also see this in a powder room or bedroom. It is available in other colorways

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Via Makelike.com

I also love the Perennial pattern from Makelike. How fun is this?

And one last one from Makelike before I close for today……..

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Via Makelike

The Zig Zag pattern. I just love this shade of blue

I encourage you to check out both of these wallpaper companies for more beautiful patterns and colorways.

Wishing You Beauty and Inspiration!

Katy Interior Designer

Veronica Solomon
Owner/ lead Designer
Casa Vilora Interiors

 

The Classic Touch Of Greek Key

Greek Key, Greek Fret or Meander “a decorative border constructed from a continuous line, shaped into a repeated motif”

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The Greek Key motif is a common decorative element in Greek and Roman Art. In ancient Greece this motif would appear in many architectural friezes, and pottery. The design is common today in classicizing architecture, and of course home décor and fashion.

I put together an OlioBoard showcasing some of my favorite pieces using the Greek Key motif. I tried to include a variety of products to really showcase how versatile this pattern truly is. You can see that it works wonderfully in everything from wallpaper to silverware.

It always lends itself to a classic touch in a room. Slightly masculine and tailored. My eye is always drawn to this design in a room, especially when done in a really graphic mix like black and white.

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Greek Key Bedding Contemporary boys room Pamplemousse Design – NY

This amazing boy’s bedroom was done by Pamplemousse Design Inc based in NY. You can see how well the Greek Key motif was used in this room – subtle and well appointed. This room is clean and modern, yet classic. I just love it!

How have you used the Greek Key motif in your own home?

Wishing You Beauty and Inspiration!

Katy Interior Designer

Veronica Solomon
Owner/ lead Designer
Casa Vilora Interiors

 

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