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Contemporary Interior Design – CB2 Shines

CB2 Has Elevated Contemporary Interior Design

CB2 has elevated contemporary interior design. CB2 is transforming the perception of home design for today’s modern consumer by offering high quality, sophisticated design at an approachable price.

Glamour and Luxury

CB2 offers richness, glamour, and luxury in their design offerings — always stylish, ever intriguing!  The room settings showcased in their October 2018 lookbook expertly balance the currently popular gold and silver tones with soft hues.  Their interior settings adeptly apply texture and pattern, balance warm and cool, and make an artful, breathtaking use of black.  Their wood tones, upholstered furniture and area rugs create a warmth and coziness to balance contemporary lines.

CB2 has embraced the emerald green that is so hot at present, but it never looks out of place in any of their settings.  For accent walls consider SW6289 Delightful (soft mauve), SW 6747 Argyle (deep green), or SW 6496 Oceanside (deep blue) when incorporating your select CB2 offerings.

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There is a delicate nature to CB2’s bling — survey their mirrors, crystal drops, light fixtures and glass trees.  Their accessories are refreshingly innovative and interesting.

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Edgy, Eclectic, Inspirational

The brand is definitely today’s destination for timeless yet edgy home collections, creating furniture and decor to inspire creativity and celebrate individuality with an eclectic mix of products and decorating ideas. Their furniture and accessories are many and varied, so much so that you will find it easy to make CB2 your own.  Your space will truly look and feel like a home – contemporary, eclectic, unique, and very livable.

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CB2 is Growing Rapidly

In addition to being a leader in online retail, the brand is rapidly expanding their physical footprint and currently has 18 locations across the U.S and Canada. CB2 is part of Crate and Barrel Holdings, which is owned by The Otto Group, a global retail and services group based in Hamburg, Germany.

For More CB2

For more information, visit www.cb2.com, or follow them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

 

 

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Lovely Autumn

Autumn has always been my favorite time of year.  I adore the glorious colors of fall foilage and the cooler temeratures bringing on increased energy.  Perhaps it is the association of the new school year that I associate fall with a fresh start.  Or it might be that kick of temperature change along with seeing nature let go of summer with such a graceful transition that autumn inspires taking on new adventures in our lives.

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“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.”                 –Stanley Horowitz

 

There are so many ways to celebrate the season.  The cooler weather encourages us to clean out our homes, taken on challenging chores, visit orchards, perhaps even start something new that is good for us like a hobby or carving out some time for ourselves.  Give yourself plenty of time to plan for and enjoy Halloween.

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A thousand flowers baked by the sun

Their scent dampened by dew now that night has begun

A distant church bell’s toll is eerie tonight

Young children notice all take takes flight

Close friends and neighbors we don’t recognize

Until small friendly voices dispel their disguise

A pumpkin, a candle, a sheet becomes ghost

Our path is so marked by our spooky host

With mild trepidation we approach the next door

Each house has become a free candy store

The night fills with quick footsteps, the shouts that we utter

A spring in our step, inside us a flutter

The beauty of autumn, the mystery of lore

A witch on the wing, a bat hangs from a door

Countless enchantments to be heard, felt and seen

On its once a year visit, once again — Halloween

Poem by Adrian Jennings

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Autumn is such a fun time for crafts or and adding fall decor.  You can let your personality shine, such as with this adorable porcupine set in a nest of warm color –shown above.

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Head to your local craft store and grab a grapevine wreath, some colorful leaf stems, berry stems (anything to add interest and texture), your favorite ribbon (with wire) and a bow maker (it’s easy after a few practices), wreath hangers and make yourself a dazzling wreath.  I love to have one for the outside of the front door and one for the inside of the front door.

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Crate and Barrel’s Suki Collection offers a modern and fresh take on autumn and Thanksgiving table decor.  The Suki Collection hosts runners, tablecloths, and napkins in a fresh, stylized floral in two colorways.

 

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If you like the idea of adding acorns to your decor, be sure to pop them in an oven for a few minutes to remove any organic material or purchase faux acorns from any variety of retailers.

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Enjoy the season.   Enjoy your blessings.

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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.Image by Tempura via Istock

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.

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The rustic charm of this kitchen is apparent.  It is inviting and unassuming.

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A 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) Continue reading “French Country or Country French?”

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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.

ben moore tandoori

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.

ben moore green hydrangea

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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