Your House is Missing a Pink Panther

So maybe not exactly a real pink panther, and not the cartoon either, but a beautiful velvet pink accent to your home! Stay on trend with this look by plugging in the best color right now for homes. Pink & velvet.
That may seem super adventurous and a struggle to convince your partner at home that pink is the wave right now that home owners need to ride, but trust me, this color and velvet trend is such a beautiful happy trend!
How can you implement this look into your home:
•Subtle and sweet accent pillows!
 Grab a velvet pink pillow with other colors too if you want to bring a low vibration room to life! The texture and fun pattern of this pillow can boost your home.
•Pink sofas.
Liven up your abode with this look if you dare! A pink velvet sofa makes a statement and is a sexy edgy way to add the velvet and pink look to a room.
•Upholstered chairs.
Make your dinning room or bedroom chairs lush and beautiful with a dusty rose velvet. You can always find a pink velvet fabric and reupholster your chairs to make it the perfect pink!
Are you in love yet with this look? Need this beautiful look into your home asap?! I already found you some ways to accent pink velvet. Grab some right now!
Pink Velvet Pillows (pack of 2):
Pink Lounge Chair:
Elegant Sofa Sleeper:
Pink Plush Fabric by the yard:
I hope I could inspire you and give you an idea to step outside the box and make you consider pink!
Do you dare to go pink? Can you see where you can add a splash of this to your interior?
-Kari Caldwell

7 Easy Ways to Incorporate the Color Black in Your Home

Don’t shy away from black! No it’s not too dark for your space and actually your place might look better if you pop it in here and there. Black is actually a neutral tone that is a natural color.  Just like in fashion it flatters! The contrast adds dimension and makes a room feel more grounded. Black looks really good with all colors, whites, and grays. My favorite look is the matte black look. It doesn’t look to dark because it’s so soft and it instantly turns anything super chic.

If you have a home on the more masculine or modern side, it may be easy to put a pop of black, but for those who want to incorporate black and don’t know how here are five tips:

  1. a chalk board!

A chalk board wall or even a framed chalk board will give you that calming black that can really be the think you need in a space. This technique doesn’t really work with colored chalk boards. This is also multi functional. You can draw a cool design or write reminders on the board.

2) Paint a large furniture piece black

Yes, paint a large furniture piece black. This can help remove those bulky built ins wardrobes from sticking out so much by camouflaging them into your space. I would also consider painting your Island black as well because that often is the largest piece in a home sometimes.

3) Paint a door black.

Paint the doors inside your home black or repaint the front door black. This isn’t that spooky or weird for doors to be black. It won’t look odd and will really make your hallways more calming.

4) Pop in a patterned rug with black in it

Sometimes something as simple as a patterned rug is all you need to bring in the color black. Rugs with black designs are perfect to create interest yet not overwhelm a space.

 

5) Lampshades and lamps

If anything, this is a really easy simple tip to put black in your home easily. Just a pop of this in your lighting area will bring in the color you need!

6) Chair legs!

Repaint chair legs to a black. This is also very simple and could be what you needed to get the uniformed and polished look into the room.

7) Your Sink Faucet!

A friend of mine recently installed a black faucet and I love that idea. A clean kitchen can handle a black faucet. That is such a simple and great way to utilize black in your space.

Where else have you put the color black into your space? Are you inspired to try black now?

Thank you for reading!

-Kari

*******All photos came from Pinterest.com/ they didn’t have sourcing, if these are yours let me know*********

The point where you need to pull out the design guns

Starting out fresh is a great feeling. Moving into a new home is one of those feelings. but what happens when you’re stuck with a home still left with a previous owners design? What are your options? Where do you turn to?

My client Debbie reached out to me for a paint consultation. The homes color scheme was very yellow. Yellow walls, warm colored tile, and orange cabinets. Super outdated,  and I could see that she was super lost. This was not her style but she didn’t really know where to go. I picked out a color for her walls to update her home, but I could tell she wasn’t going to be as happy if she didn’t give her new home the best design. Painting walls and picking floors is a great start for great design, but sometimes you need to bring out the design guns when you can. I called out a designer I work and came up with a color pallet. I then used that color pallet to repaint large furniture pieces in her home that were focal points in her home. I stained a table, plastered a beautiful fireplace, and repainted a console.

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The transformation started with taking this table and turning it way darker. Dark stains can add a certain richness that some vacant spaces may need.

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Next, I wanted to tackle her fireplace. This is an architectural piece that needed to not be so plain and basic. We took the plaster all the way up to the wall making the room feel a lot taller and spacious.

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I repainted her sideboard/ buffet in her dining room to match the dinning room table I stained. I also painted it to go with her new color pallet and fabrics a lot easier.

You can watch how the transformation and see how I painted this in my quick little YouTube video below:

After everything was refinished, painted, fabrics put into place, and her new decor all set in, the home was looking incredible!

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If you are feeling a little overwhelmed in a new home or space please don’t hesitate to get the best design! A new home is  the perfect place to start because there is so much room  to grow into.

Stay happy and creative friends,

-Kari

I’m not a player, I just crush a lot…

Do you have authentic wood pieces covered in an ugly heavy varnish? It’s gross, dude.
One way to solve this is to paint it. But I used a  totally awesome new technique. I strip it down by using a Soda Blaster! If you are a DIY-er that doesn’t like heavy duty projects, this may not be for you. It’s very messy and time consuming.
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One of my designers dropped off an antique console from France. It was a dark cherry varnish finish that wasn’t so pretty. So I had my employee Robbie strip it using a Soda Blaster. It made such a huge difference that I honestly fell in love with this technique! Once it’s stripped down and raw it still wasn’t as pretty and light as I wanted it to be so I bleached it about ten times to get the light raw look I wanted. It got even better and pushed it exactly to where I wanted the piece to go once I finished it off with some wax. In the end, I was so crushing on my designers piece! I think it’s such a big difference and to whomever gets to have this in their home, they’re very lucky.
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If this interests you and you want to dramatically change up your heavy varnished furniture, I have some awesome news for you! This is a brand new service I am offering at my Studio. If you have any furniture that you want to strip down to a raw wood finish just email me and drop it off into my studio, or deliver it to me and I will get that varnish off and make it a totally beautiful piece!
​Have a creative day,
-Kari