Great News! You Can Bring New Life to an Old Chair

Have any old chairs that need some repair?  No need to go to the stores that charge you fee on top of fee.  You can do it yourself!  With a little direction, my interns recovered some old dining room chairs, and now they look good as new.  It’s simple, easy, and a great way to bring new life to an old piece or a room.  With that in mind, we took a trip to the Barn in Bridgeport, CT, where we found a rooster print, that matched my existing decor perfectly.  The fabric was affordable, as was the entire process because we used the existing cushions, and fortunately I didn’t have to pay my interns for their labor.  This is a great alternative instead of getting new chair.  You can also purchase an inexpensive chair and easily revitalize it with a new print that you absolutely love. This is all about not settling for what you are presented with. You can always personalize anything you buy to fit your home and your life. Stay tuned for more ideas, and feel free to share your magical makeovers!




Is Yellow the New Red?

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I recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal that suggested yellow might be gaining popularity as an accent color. In fact you might want to consider a splash of yellow in every room. Ancient cultures who practiced color therapy believed yellow stimulated the nerves and purified the body.  Current color psychology suggests yellow is cheery and warm, but can also create feelings of anger, frustration, increase metabolism and be fatiguing on the eyes. Well that’s a lot for one color!

Regardless of what the experts say, color is personal and if you love yellow, then by all means use it in your decor. My only advice would be to use it cautiously. Yellow can be a difficult color to choose and the wrong yellow can really be awful. Some things to think about before choosing your perfect yellow…

  • Use the 60-30-10 rule: If yellow is the dominant color paint the walls and balance it out by choosing two other colors to make up the 30 and 10 percent remaining.
  • If the room is formal consider using complementary colors with the yellow, if it’s informal try analogous colors with the yellow.
  • Consider what the room will be used for, relaxation calls for a more subtle yellow, entertaining might call for bright and lively.
  • If your room gets northern light your color choice will appear darker, and lighter if it has a southern exposure.
  • In terms of hue, take your cues from nature, dark on the floor, medium on the walls and light on the ceiling.
  • Another trick, try adding something black in the room to enhance your colors. A picture frame, table or a small chest, it works.
  • And finally embrace your color and create flow in your home by restating yellow in varying degrees all around your house.

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Still a little shy about choosing the right yellow? Try bringing home some paint samples. Place them all around the room and see how the color changes, day, night, sunny, cloudy, all it takes is a little research and patience. You’ll find your color and be happy when you do.

Have you had any experience with color, what worked for you…I’d really love to hear about it.