Michael's Simply Cozy Collection, Residential Design

Simply Cozy Collection at Michael’s

You have likely noticed the oh-so-soft mauves appearing in apparel and design.  Check out Michael’s Simply Cozy Collection.  It’s a mixture of whisper whites, dreamy blushes, and greys that make you want to snuggle up with a book.

This collection would be perfect for a guest bedroom (you can strive for gender neutral by leaning toward the creams and greys or for a ladies’ getaway corner — feel free to lay on the florals — you have no one to answer to!

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Here are a few Sherwin Williams colors tha twould make great accents to coordinate with these soft mauves.

sw 6288 rosebud   (are you blushing yet?)orchid SW 0071

Consider SW 0071 Orchid for an accent if you want to emphasize the masculine components of this collection.  Opt for a grey rather than an offwhite or cream  as the main wall color to further enhance the masculine feel.

Check out the creative accessories in this line:

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64045-ibis-white-sw-7000.4b8bc8dcdd210c534c0bffb77d7e7fedSherwin Williams Ibis White SW 7000 is a dreamy, creamy white that would make a great primary wall color.  It’s the perfect backdrop for these subtle, scruptious tones.

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Sw misty 6232

Sherwin Williams’ Misty straddles both the soft and deep greys in this collection.

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Here is a link to Michael’s snuggly collection — offering rest and comfort for both ladies and lads:

http://www.michaels.com/fall-decor-collections/simply-cozy-collection/1016539365#pmpt=qualifying&sz=24&start=0

They’re offering 40% off at the moment!   Go see for yourself.

Residential Design

French Country or Country French?

French Country and Country French are terms that get tossed around with abandon these days.  Have you ever wondered what the difference is?

Rococo

Rococo, a style that was popular from 1730-60,  has had a tremendous impact on interiors.  This period produced intricately carved wood panels, ormolu mounts, extravagant marquetry inlays, and the trumeau (wood framed mirror).  It was fanciful, lavish, based on nature, and all about curves.

Rococo in the Country: French Country/French Provincial

What has become French Provincial style is basically a simplified version of French Rococo.  In the countryside, simplification was a result of smaller budgets as well as fewer skilled craftsmen to produce furniture pieces and wood paneling.  It developed when the woodworkers attempted to imitate the style of decoration that originated in the provinces of France in the 18th century.  The imitations were less ornate than the styles that were the rage in Paris.  Furniture was more simply carved as were decorative moldings.   Printed cottons called toile de Jouy were very popular then as they are today.  Iron was used in 18th century decorative interiors and still finds a place in today’s French interiors, especially for light fixtures.

French Country or French provincial offers a French manor type of look.  Decorative moldings create the perfect backdrop.  You will often see antiques with a French flair, even gilded furniture, lush traperies, rich textiles.  In short, this look is elegant and even opulent, but never glitzy.   French country incorporates details but they are never overdone.  Colors are subdued.  Soft creams are abundant, and soft green, soft gold and soft persimmon pair beautifully with the creamy base.  Accessories are simple but there is a place for gilded touches, a few ruffles, or anything that offers a touch of romance. You can mix French country with transitional and even contemporary pieces.  In particular, the soft curves of Rococo  and light, delicate Neoclassic furniture pieces sit perfectly in this setting.

Luxury and elegant french living room.Always romantic, ever elegant, but never glitzy — as seen in this room above.

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You can have it all — a reminder of the past and contemporary furniture styling.  Modern furniture in subdued neutrals against a backdrop of soft green decorative wall moldings.  The creamy parquet floor offers visual movement.  Windows are unadorned by fussy blinds and framed by elegant draperies.

Country French

Country French is easy to remember because the emphasis is on the first word — country.  It is more of a feel rather than a specific stye and incorporates a mix of pieces from various periods of French history.  This is more of a farmhouse look, a rustic safe haven.   However, this style is enormously popular for good reason — it’s incredily homey and welcoming.  Oversized furniture invites people to sit and relax.  Rich, warm colors such as sunflower yellow and soft reds soothe while violets, soft greens and blues balance the palette.  Accessories are more rustic — hanging pot racks, earthenware, and hand crafted pottery give a personal touch.  Open shelving invites objects of personal affection to be displayed. Copper fits in nicely.

Kitchen with various breads on the counterThe rustic charm of this kitchen is apparent.  It is inviting and unassuming.

Rustic HomeA generous use of white is one way to ramp up the charm and comfort level of a Country French interior and keeps the interior from feeling too confining.

Definitions aside, if you are interested in having an interior designer create either a French country or country French look for your home, use a wide variety of images to convey your sytle preference as these two styles are often used interchangeably in practice.

Further reading:

Unistakably French, Betty Lou Phillips

French by Design, Betty Lou Phillips

The French Inspired Home, Carolyn Westbrook (this book contains images for those who love to use white in their interiors, as well as a chapter on French Modern)

Residential Design

Benjamin Moore Color Stories Paint Colors

When I am looking for color that offers a special richness, I grab my Benjamin Moore Color Stories fan deck first.

This special paint formulation blends about five to seven pigments in each color.  Each color in the series has no black or grey.

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Paper Lantern CSP-1150 is a true, clear red.  It contrasts beautifully with black, white or cream as an accent wall for a dramatic bit of pop.

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Tandoori CSP-1005 evokes an Eastern flair, and works beatifully along with teals and greys.

 

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Mystic Lake CSP-745 is a hue that has enough teal to make it interesting yet is grounded with a softness that evokes calm and tranquility.

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Green Hydrangea  CSP-850 is a fresh, clean green.  If you want a range of monochromatics, combine Green Hydrangea with  Lime Sherbert CSP-845 and Lillana CSP -855 .  These greens pair well with white, off-white, or cream.

 

My favorite Color Stories soft neutrals are below.

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Cappucino Froth CSP-1055 (a warm cream)

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Crumb Cake CSP-1010 (offers lovely golden undertones)

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Crisp Linen CSP-305 (as the name indicates)

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Cake Batter CSP-215 (a hint of grey —  soft, lovely)

 

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Pressed Violet CSP-520 (falls somewhere between violet and grey)

 

For popping art in gold or silver frames, consider a burnt umber for a backdrop such as:

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Kentucky Birch CSP-265 or

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Dark Chocolate CSP-270

For trim, doors, or a dramatic accent wall consider :

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Espresso Bean CSP-30 (hovers between black and deep brown and never disappoints).

These are just some of the exquisite colors in the wheel of 240 colors.  Order your Benjamin Moore Color Stories fan deck from Amazon or other retailers.  You will be delighted.

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