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Bedroom Redesign Inspired by Art

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

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Isn’t this artwork beautiful? A perfect way to start a color scheme in a room. Here is the other piece of the set:

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I am helping an online client with her bedroom and I thought these prints would be a gorgeous inspiration. We talked about paint colors also and since I have been obsessing over this bedroom photo:

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I suggested she leave her white walls as is and just paint the ceiling in this Ben Moore Porcelain Glaze CSP-550:

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Paint Color- Benjamin Moore Porcelain Glaze CSP-550

That would look beautiful don’t you think? I recommended all white bedding with these blue shams and a duvet folded on the end of bed (in water):

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And here is our design board:

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Just lovely! What do you think of painting the ceiling of the bedroom instead of the walls in the blue?

My client does not mind that I share these pictures with you, but asked that I not give out all of our resources. Thanks for understanding!

If you would like a custom online design plan recommended for your home, contact me today!

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Kitchen Vignettes

Monday, March 4th, 2013


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Shelley Morris Interiors

Plain, simple, uncomplicated. You all know how much I love a pretty vignette!  How about in the kitchen?

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Kitchen countertops should be rather simple to decorate. We already own tons of accessories in our kitchen to use. Plus, the only simple rule to remember is to not over-accessorize. Keep it clean and simple:

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Here are a few ideas I hope might give you some design inspiration:

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Simple and so beautiful:

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Isn’t that gorgeous above?! A corner of the kitchen.  I love when I find such beautiful pictures to share with you!

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Notice how the kitchens are not at all boring using just a few simple items:

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I tried to use only photos of kitchens that actually looked lived in (coffeepot on counter, etc.), and not styled for a magazine (although they probably were!). I just want you to notice that the beautiful rooms we love are decorated very simply.

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Plain, simple, uncomplicated. My favorite. How about you? I hope some of these pictures have given you some good ideas to use in your home!

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For The Love Of Color

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Using Artwork For Color Inspiration

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

I have been working with a young couple who just moved into their first apartment. They already have an amazing collection of artwork for a couple so young:

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They took this photo above while they were on vacation in Greece. They loved it so much, they had it blown up and then separated into three separate pieces of art to hang over the sofa.

They asked for help choosing a wall color that would work well with their artwork and other furnishings. Another key player in selecting a color for the living room was this vibrant colorful rug:

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Which is bright and colorful (and happy!) and so we must work it with when selecting a color. Notice their sofa is neutral so it did not play much in the initial color selection process.

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So where did I begin to search for a color for the walls? I started with the artwork that will be up against the wall.

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What color comes to mind when you look at the photo? Blue water, right? But you do not want to pick a blue match for the walls because you do not want the picture to get lost and blend in with the walls. You want a color to be a background to the beautiful artwork which is the star of the room.

What color did I zero in on? The color that I suggested was a soft, blue gray. Gray is modern, clean and a great neutral. And it looks fabulous with all of her black picture frames:

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And then every gray I found that would work with the artwork, I would make sure it was also working with the rug:

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I love the colors in this rug, don’t you? Many of the colors are too bold for the wall (and to work with the art), but great for choosing an accent color in the room!

These are the Benjamin Moore shades of gray, listed in no particular order, that I think will work well in their room:

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Gentle Gray 1626:

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Stonington Gray HC-170:

Neutral colors to stage your home

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I love all of these shades of gray! They are all beautiful grays that will work in the room, they just have to choose which shade they love best. They are going to live with the samples a few days in their space until they make a decision. I will keep you updated!

Which would be your favorite color to use on the walls with their artwork?

If you need help selecting colors for your home, contact me today.

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Easy Bedroom Update

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

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One of the easiest, least expensive and quickest way to update your bedroom is so simple, you will wonder why you did not think of it yourself!

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If you are still living with a matching dresser and mirror set that you purchased over ten years ago, it is time to get rid of that matchy-match look and bring some personality into your bedroom!

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I know they came as a set, but imagine how original you can be with a different mirror! The sizes and shapes of mirrors today are endless in variety and you can find a great mirror at a very reasonable price.

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Here are a couple I love from Lamps Plus:

Mirrored Frame 35 1/2" Wide Moonlight Wall Mirror

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Sunrays 32" Wide Antique Silver Wall Mirror

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You can also find some great-looking inexpensive mirrors at big box stores such as Target:

- Brown/Natural Wall Mirror

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Lowes:

Global Direct 42" x 32" Dorigrass Rectangle Framled Mirror

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And Home Depot:

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Another easy, inexpensive way to update your existing mirror is to paint it like I did in my room here:

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Another original idea with mirrors:

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If you like the idea of your mirror and dresser matching, that is fine! But if you are looking for ideas to bring some personality and originality to an old dresser set, I hope I have given you a few new ideas!

Does your dresser and mirror match together as a set? Or have you made changes to the mirror or dresser?

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

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