This month, we scouted local shops around the state to find the latest products inspired by an array of painting techniques. This painting by artist Mallory Page along with other beautiful products, seen at Bear-Hill Interiors in Little Rock, inspired it all. Its cool color palette from pinks to magentas with also a hit of pale orange is beautifully mixed. This piece would definitely steal the show in any space. And, there are more inspiring products to boot! Click here to see this and other colorful painting-inspired finds in our Style feature or find a copy of the July issue on newsstands.
At Home in Arkansas: What are your 3 must have items for this year? Tracy Rivers: Concrete texture, Crazy bright over-sized art-think Julian Schnabel, and gold gilt!
AHIA: What is your favorite paint color at the moment? TR: SW6480 Lagoon is beautifu! Its a great color for accents, accessories and painting furniture
AHIA: What is the last thing you purchased for a client? TR: Bruno Mars Tickets. But, as it relates to business, a beautiful limoge display table that we covered in gold gilt
AHIA: Is there a design trend or product you are dying to try or purchase for a client? TR: I have this photo I keep in my back pocket of a powder bath thats just perfection
AHIA: What is one design secret you can share with our readers? TR: One of the easiest ways to add character to your house is to add hand applied texture to your walls and ceilings. It can soften and add an element without adding alot of busy movement. Neutrals go great on texture.
Learn more about Tracy and her work on the web at Angelfish Studios
And for more of her work that has been featured in the magazine, check out these articles: European Union and Sparkling Sanctuary. And definitely keep an eye out for her latest work in our August issue, available on newsstands July 29th!
(gallery image above from BrantFoundation.org; coffee table image from 1stdibs.com)
Welcome Mary Lawlor, color stylist at Kelly-Moore Paint! Mary knows how important paint is to making a house a home, and that choosing that perfect color can sometimes be a daunting task. But have no fear! Here, Mary shares her expert tips on finding the hue that’s just right for you.
Thanks to Kelly-Moore’s Mary Lawlor for stopping by!
A successful color scheme is a scheme that is pleasant to live with and reflects the moods and personalities of the people living in it. A few tips can help you find a right palette for your exteriors:
1. When selecting exterior paint colors, take the fixed colors into account (like the roof, brick, stonework or any stained wood), and make sure all the colors look good together.
2. Be kind to neighboring properties. Chose colors that wonât clash with the immediate vicinity.
3. A large, boxy house can be broken up by using a trim color that contrasts the body color. A small house will appear larger if the trim is painted the same color as the body of the house.
4. Light colors will help keep a home cooler in warmer climates, because they absorb less heat. Dark colors will help keep a home warmer in cooler climates, because they absorb more heat.
5. While color preferences have gone darker in the past few years, light to medium value colors continue to be popular.
6. Remember that colors intensify and look brighter in daylight on the outside of a building than they do on the color chip. For best results, purchase a quart of paint in the color(s) you are considering and brush on a sample.
7. Things that are utilitarian should be painted the same color as that area around them i.e. downspouts should be painted the same color as the surface on which they sit. Feature elements can be highlighted as a whole, i.e. louvered vent.
8. Kelly-Moore Paints offer digital color assistance on its websites. It might be as simple as viewing available colors on predetermined sample images or as detailed as software that will allow you to load and recolor your own house image. These are handy tools to help you to visualize color for your home. Just know that as all monitors display color differently. Your final color decision should be made by looking at a sample of the actual paint color.
9. If you know you have any form of color blindness or cataracts, have someone without these conditions assist you with your color decision, preferably a professional color consultant. Your neighbors will thank you!
10. Some communities have restrictions on what colors can be used on house exteriors, so check this out before you make your choice.
Kathy Condrey spies a beautiful kitchen with vintage details. (“Adding character with vintage details” from Parkinson Building Group’s blog)
Katie Rawlings’ fabric frenzy continues! “Such style in these fabrics, paint colors, accessories. I am love with the green printed couch and all of its surroundings!” (“Updating a breakfast nook” from Good Bones, Great Pieces)
Laura LaRue likes style and function. “I have been dying to paint chalkboard paint on something in my house for a while now! Such a great idea for a home office or a kitchen. All these photos show great ideas!” (“Re-De-Sign” from Hello Metro)
Paulette Pearson wouldn’t mind spending part (or all) of her weekend perched here. (The Old Fish House from The Essence of the Good Life)
When we featured her blog, My Sweet Savannah, in our April Cottage issue, Melaine Thompson was as thrilled as can be. And as we’ve gotten to know her a little bit more, we’ve decided that she might be one of the sweetest and most enthusiastic bloggers out there! As a wife and mom, Melaine also manages to maintain a thriving blog that’s as lighthearted as she is. Hop on over to My Sweet Savannah and you’ll see right away why Miss Melaine has thousands of online followers.
I love to mix vintage and new in my home, which you can see in just about every room! Here are some of my favorites, along with images and tips to help At Home’s readers freshen up your homes this spring.
In my kitchen I used old wood numbers I found at a flea market to add a little whimsy above my kitchen window. These numbers are our address, but you could do a anniversary date, birth date, or any other memorable date for you!
In the guest bath I have hung fluffy white towels from a piece of vintage molding and wood turned into a coat rack.
Garage sale chairs get a coat of clean white paint. I made a simple slip for the seats out of old cotton feed and grain sacks acquired over time at garage sales, flea markets, and thrift stores.
Again, repurposing feed sacks into pillows.
I made these chunky wood frames out of vintage wood. The bottom 2 frames here I made out of new wood, painted and distressed to look old.
I love to decorate shelves with old books. Look for interesting colors with a great patina in a color that will go with the scheme in your home.
Craigslist is a great place to find vintage items for not much money. I picked up this hutch recently and it has the most perfectly imperfect chippy paint. I used old glass bottles to hold blooms out of our garden, and topped it off with another frame made out of vintage wood. Mix old and new dishes for an eclectic farmhouse look!
(All the photos were taken by me with the exception of the first 2. Those are by Kimberly Taylor of Mimi Charmante.)
What an absolute and utter treat it is to have Tracy Porter guesting on our blog today! For those of you who don’t know her, Tracy has written nine books on entertaining, home and inspiration for daily living; authors a blog (www.tracyporter.com/blog) with thousands of daily readers; has graced the pages of numerous publications including O, People, Family Circle, Elle, Better Homes & Gardens and Victoria; and has appeared on Oprah, E! and HGTV. Oh, and we mustn’t forget her fashion and home decor lines or her fanciful dinnerware collection, available at Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s!
But to top all of it off, Tracy is a kind and wonderful person and our new friend. Read on as she shares with you, At Home’s readers, how to take time and be true to yourself–friendly lessons from Tracy to apply in every aspect of your life.
I am a firm believer that we create much of the world around us in the choices we makeâ¦we find ways to be true to our selves â¦..or not. Itâs a matter of how we inspire ourselves, or choose to decorate our homes, how we dress, Â what we eatâ¦beauty is everywhere, and itâs is a glorious choice to look her in the eye everyday and embrace her, explore herâ¦.and along the pathâ¦find your way to âyouâ and how you want to be true to yourself! I have more than a few thoughts on this topicâ¦.but Iâll put a clamp on my verbose nature and just share a handfulâ¦â¦
I find color to be one of the most inspiring temptations. I found it, and more of me â¦â¦once I truly explored the layer it would add to our home! Be brave and embrace itâ¦.soon it will be a mad love affair. Start smallâ¦a bathroom , a foyer â¦..or as you see in my own homeâ¦a hallway and doors. This little spot leading to our second floors thrills me to no end. It is dripping in gorgeousnessâ¦.. I adore how the intense color of the high gloss red doors along with the peacockian blues make me feel. Once you find your way to colorâ¦.each room in your home will hold a gasp-inducing feeling that you will swoon overâ¦trust me!
p.s. a bonus thought on colorâ¦.itâs a good âhiderââ¦.we have four young boys and let me tell you, between PBJ fingers and skateboards scuff marksâ¦I am a believer!
Explore Your Inner Bohemian
I adore dressing in a way that makes me smile. I need to feel comfortable, get dressed quickly and feel spot on in whatever I throw on!!!
I love the thought that layers in my wardrobe help me do all of this a carefree smashing way! I suppose itâs why I love designing fashionâ¦..so that women of all ages could have the Â freedom to walk into their closets and know that pretty much anything they put on would feel and look gorgeous and soulfully them! I know that my inner bohemian ( please tell me you have one?) loves this tooâ¦.after all ,pattern on pattern, layering and some highs and lows are easy to do if you just let yourself be free to exploreâ¦.!
Explore the World as a Picnic
I love food from everywhere in the world and consider myself a true food adventurer. I also happen to believe that the way in which we present our deliciousness matters as well! Truly, wouldnât you rather have your French fries in funky rolled down paper bags, and dips in a pretty little mix of hand painted bowls? Why not plunk a gorgeous exotic pillow on each chair! Consider the way you eat as much as the food you eatâ¦..your entire experience can and will changeâ¦.So, light those candles, play a game while munching, laughâ¦live and declare your passion and pleasure!
Explore Doing Less and Getting More!
I am a passionate girl, top to bottom..I dive in fingers to toes! Sometimes I dive and realize that I have taken on more than I care forâ¦..such is the humbling nature of life. My gardens became just that. I planted, and plantedâ¦then had children and realized I couldnât do it all. So, I plunked in some raised bedsâ¦â¦ created ( with the help of my dear husband and kids) a potager, a wee escapeâ¦a place to wander and grab a lovely fresh homegrown dinner and then some! Now in the evenings I can watch the boys ride bikes and skateboardâ¦.and I can take my gathering basket and glass of wine and with very low maintenance enjoy my gardens and my darlings! Consider all that you do in being true to yourselfâ¦sometimes you really can do less and get moreâ¦..of the good life that is!
Cheers and Delicious Explorations!
As writers, a huge part of our job is interviewing design professionals. And while we’re able to include most of what they say during the interview, there’s always some information we have to remove for space purposes.
Well, for today’s Room of the Week–a modern nursery (available online)–we decided to share a few quotes and bits of information from interior designer Eric Ford that we weren’t able to include in the magazine, including the name of the fabulous gray paint he used on those walls!
At Home in Arkansas:
Tell us about the lime green storage bins.
Designer Eric Ford: The homeowner (Jamie Shipley) found these fun bins at Target. We bought the tags from The Container Store and tied them on to create a label. Itâs really just a detail sheâll see, since they’re stored away, but itâs fun. They weren’t expensive but added functionality and an element of design. Those little details that make people happy at every turn make the difference between a good room and a great room. You could have a really beautiful room, but it’s nice if it’s functional and has an element of surprise too.
We love that paint color. What is it?
EF: Greystone by Benjamin Moore. I took the wallpaper to Benjamin Moore and told them what color I liked, and we matched it. Benjamin Moore has a large spectrum, about 2,000 colors, which enables us to get really close to the color we want. This gray has more of a reflective quality as well, so it feels light and fresh.
What’s your favorite part about the room?
EF: That wallpaper is awesome. I love that wallpaper. We used it on one wall to create a naturalistic element.
From associate editor Paulette Pearson: “I’ve enjoyed following my new friend Crystal Gentilello on her quest for the perfect shade of gray paint for her new home in San Francisco. Considering her many samples, it’s clear this editor of Rue mag has a true love of the interior design process!” (“Project SF Home: Week 1” via Plush Palate)
From account executive Kathy Condrey: “I love a good before and after, and this one takes the cake!” (“Before and after: Dining room cabinet” via Southern Exposure)
From advertising coordinator Laura LaRue: “After just finishing our April issue and sending it off to the printer, this inviting daybed with ocean view is exactly where I want to spend my entire weekend!” (“Eclectic, peaceful, original and 100% comfortable” via Zesty Nest)
From art director Mandy Keener: “What a colorful happy surprise! Succulents are the only plants I can keep alive…so, i think i need a couple of these little guys!” (“Love these” via Oh Joy!)
From editor in chief Diane Carroll: “What I love most about this kitchen is the warm color palette.” (“Earth tone Provencal kitchen just in time for spring” via French Quarters Blog)
From marketing coordinator Lauren Strother: “It is definitely wedding season! All these fabulous outfits are just thing to get me inspired to reinvent my closet. LOVE!” (“What to wear now: Wedding season” via Luella & June)
From editor in chief Diane Carroll: “This room has all my favorites–books, lots and lots of books, a dose of pink, sculptural Saarinen chairs, and even peonies. I’m ready to be invited to dinner.” (“Style idol: Minnie Mortimer” from Elements of Style)
From assistant art director Laura LaRue: “If this doesn’t brighten your Friday, I don’t know what will! My gray door, which I love, is a bit jealous. 🙂 Might have to bring a little sunshine to my porch too!” (“Old yeller” from Young House Love)
From associate editor/online editor Paulette Pearson: “Pretty sure this space would alleviate my dread of getting ready (drying hair, makeup, etc.) in the morning. Been dreaming of creating a bathroom and dressing room I can enjoy. This one is beautiful.” (“Gray and glamorous” from Shelter)
From account executive Stevi Jackson: “I love a good bold wallpaper â great examples of how to incorporate a graphic element into any room!” (“Add depth and interest with a feature wall” from Shayla Copas Interiors)
From marketing coordinator Megan Lindsey: “I was browsing Pinterest for some fun weekend DIY projects and stumbled upon this one. Vintage monogrammed frames. Super simple, and a great way to jazz up a wall in your bedroom or office! Get creative this weekend! Happy Friday, everyone!” (“Custom made vintage frames with letters” from Etsy)
This master bedroom in our current issue cover story is just as it should be: soft and serene, with a nook carved out for the Mrs. to lounge, read and relax. Designer Jim Howard of James Michael Howard, Inc. chose Benjamin Moore’s Cargo Pants for the walls and a chaise lounge from Patina. From Chanel’s Pre-Fall 2012 collection, an understated color palette of ivory silk evokes the same sort of casual meets couture feel.
Photography by Nancy Nolan / Style.com