Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Prettiest Room Dressed For Summer

Oh, now here is a room dressed for the season! Happy, cheerful colors mixed with lots of white and seagrass flooring create a most inviting sunroom from a space that was once a porch.


{the before}

For years Lindsey Ellis Beatty, Decorating Editor at Southern Living, welcome people into her home from an unfinished space. But once she got around to tackling the room she wished to create a room with a "wow" factor when opening the door for guests.


Fabrics play a big role, with an approach of mixing rather than matching fabric patterns in pink, turquoise and chartreuse.


She hung paintings of artist Michelle Armas (a favorite artist of ours at House of Fifty, featuring her work and blog in a recent issue). And it's always a fun look when adding a sculptural item alongside works of art. 


To make it all work Lindsey keep the walls, flooring and bigger furniture pieces free of pattern.


Classic figurine lamps paired with modern vases, all in white they work together well.


Make pattern mixes work by varying scale, carrying a similar color or two throughout and throwing in a solid.


Complete with a "butler's table" tucked away in the corner, this room is ready to welcome guests!

Lindsey's Tips on Adding the Wow Factor via Southern Living

1. Don't be afraid to be daring: "I kept a picture of my curtain fabric pinned in my office for a year, wondering if I had the guts to use it in such abundance. Now I have no regrets."

2. Give pink a chance: "I wanted a room that was bold but pretty. Pink is more universal than you might think. Its various shades complement a wide range of other colors."

3. Mix in white: "I always go back to white. It helps separate and highlight fabrics so a room feels cleaner and fresher. I love how color and pattern pop against a blank slate."

4. Blend fabrics fearlessly: "Combine fabrics that have the same color intensity. These brights work well together because they also share a similar funky and fun attitude."

27 comments :

  1. Hello Color. This proves that neutral pieces can be jazzed up with some color. I'm sold. I am now def recovering my rattan sofa cushions in neutral color so I can change out pillows and blankets with the seasons. What a fun room.

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  2. I have seen this room floating around and have been smitten with it! It is very nice! Love her tips for using fabrics and the color pink!


    Hey are you trying to avoid all of the blogfest updates like me?!?! We should have went again this year!

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  3. Such a bright and happy space. I thoroughly enjoy this room.

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  4. I really, really love this room. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Wow..I love everything in this room...so pretty and chic. Great color combinations!

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  6. Thanks for passing on Lindsey's words of wisdom. No doubt she knows what she's doing...gorgeous room!

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  7. this is so pretty, fresh and summery love it!

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  8. I love every square inch. The fabrics are wonderful and the cowhide rug is perfect over the seagrass!!

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  9. My subscription to SL ran out and I haven't renewed yet, but I couldn't resist buying this issue off of the news stand after seeing the beautiful cover! Just purchased it last night and can't wait to dive in.

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  10. Every time I see that gorgeous room it stops me in my tracks! I love analyzing every piece, thanks for more insight!

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  11. This is such a fun, cheery and colorful room! All the patterns are so inspiring! I love the textures, too.
    xo Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  12. What a great before and after. The chairs look so much better with the new fabric - fresh and modern.
    I love when people use pink, I think it is more of a neutral than most think.
    I am not good with blending fabrics, I try - and fail every time.

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  13. Any ideas where I could get a hold of the drapes/fabric or the name of it?

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  14. Love this room and especially how she mixes her fabrics. Great trend. Thanks for sharing, liz

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  15. I am inspired by the mix of colors and textures! Just a very welcoming room, for sure!

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  16. I am so loving all the colors in there, the first image is just so beautiful.

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  17. I died when I saw those curtains in SL a few weeks ago, DIED! It's called 'Bamboozle' by Jim Thompson and I am making a DIY version for my office, love, love, LOVE!!!!

    Great feature Janell!
    xo
    Kate

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  18. I love this room. The before picture really gives me hope that any room can be transformed into something fantastic. And I definitely need to "grow a pair" when it comes to including bold color choices.

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  19. I really love what you've done with the colors, textures, and patterns here. It all works for me!

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  20. That took guts to use that fabric for curtains and it totally paid off! Beautiful happy room!

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  21. So beautiful, gorgeous bright uplifting room. Have a lovely week.

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  22. One of my favorite rooms!! I absolutely love the colors she used and the mix of patterns! Such a bright and happy space!

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  23. Beautiful room...she certainly achieved that Wow! factor! I love the mix of patterns and the colors she chose. Great tips and advice!

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  24. Great minds...I did a post on this very project!!! That room really wowed me!

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  25. nice idea.. thanks for sharing.

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