Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Signs of Spring

I walked around my yard today and there were signs of spring everywhere. Nature does a wonderful job of decorating our surroundings.

The moss between the flagstones in my patio is even growing. I don't know why, but, I love moss, especially growing in cracks and crevices. A couple of seasons ago I dug up some moss on the side of the house and mixed it up in a blender with some water. (I found the directions online). I then proceeded to "paint" the open areas between the flagstones with the concoction. With all the wet weather we've had my moss is thriving!

Buds on the Viburnum bush

The first bloom on the Viburnum bush

Buds on the Thundercloud Pear Tree

Bud on the Magnolia

This pot sat out all winter. I don't know how the bulbs survived the snow. Hopefully, I'll have some tulips in a few weeks.

The Clematis vine is starting to grow.

Outdoor Fabrics to Transform Your Porch or Patio

Spring is officially here according to the calendar and the weather is slowly catching up. Soon we'll be entertaining outside so I wanted to show you some of the new fabric patterns that are available for use outdoors. Decorating isn't just for the interior anymore. Beautiful decorative fabrics, in an endless array of colors and patterns, made to withstand the elements turn ordinary porches and patios into wonderful outdoor living spaces.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Art Museum

Recently The Business Women's Networking group of Newark, DE spent a few hours at the Delaware Art Museum. It's been a while since I've visited a museum so it was very enjoyable, especially the fondue lunch that the Museum provided at the end of our tour.

Thanks to Sue Engler of Engler's Photography for taking the pictures. The Museum didn't allow any flashes so I think Sue did a great job considering the lighting was less than adequate for photography.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Color Predictions for 2010

According to Pantone, turquoise is the Color of the Year for 2010. Of coarse, not everyone will want to use turquoise so here are some other colors to look for that will give your home a fresh new look........

Yellow has been popular for a very long time and will continue to be, but, it will be a little brighter.

As many of my clients know, a true blue has been hard to find over the last few years. That will be changing and blue will be seen more over the next year..

Red, another popular color, will have more purple and blue tones.
Lavenders and purples including eggplant are becoming more popular. In the past they were used as accents and in bathrooms. Now they are being used for bedrooms and are moving into the living areas of the home.
Greens will be more of a leaf green.

In the pattern category geometric patterns have been used a lot in the last few years and will still be seen. Instead of the hard edges usually associated with geometrics the new ones will have softer edges. And, one of my favorites, paisleys are back! Many younger homeowners like traditional looks, but, don't want their home to look old fashioned. This problem is being solved by introducing traditional designs and classic patterns in larger scale. This will make them less formal and give them an updated look.

It takes about twelve months before the full results of a color prediction can be analyzed. Some years the public embraces the new colors and styles and other years the predictions fall short. As a designer I get excited every time a new color or pattern is introduced. Homeowners will have the choice of deciding what colors and patterns they like. The fun part is the anticipation and experimenting with the new.

Don't take color too seriously. Have fun with it, experiment and live with what you love!