Yellow is quite the powerful color. It’s inspired many songs in various music genres, is a color guaranteed to grab your attention, and is symbolic of wisdom and optimism.
My inspiration for this current post of Get Your Color On! is the abundance of sunshine and warmth we’ve had here in northwest Ohio. With summer on its way, it’s the perfect time to celebrate yellow by decorating with it.
Because yellow is a very stimulating hue, it can be tricky to decorate with. It comes in a spectrum of shades that can spark a variety of moods in our homes. Creamy, pale hues like buttercup evoke a sense of happy calmness, while saturated yellows like lemon or schoolbus yellow inject energy and cheer into a space.
Continue reading for my tips on using this color in your home, decor projects & tutorials from other bloggers, and my personal selections of yellow decor items.
I have continued a legacy that my dad started: garbage-picking. Well, not garbage-picking per se; rather, a delight in secondhand items.
My dad would take pleasure in shamelessly sifting through curbside items, dressed in the blue jumpsuit he wore when doing dirty work and car repairs. Most times, he took home electronic items like computers and radios, as he was a ham radio operator. My fondest memory of his garbage-picking skills is the Easy Bake Oven he procured for me as a young girl. Knowing it would be a great “just-because” gift, he brought it home, cleaned it up, and repaired it before giving it to me.
I don’t think most of us kept using those Easy Bake Ovens once we learned how loooong it took to bake such a tiny treat. But the love behind my dad’s action remains and always will, as I’ve been given a deep appreciation for thriftiness and my dad’s giving nature.
Over the years, I’ve developed even more of a liking of thrift store/secondhand items, especially in my decor. Thrifted items are great for cost-conscious shoppers, but provide more benefits than just saving money.
Read along to learn these benefits & to check out my secondhand finds and reincarnations. Continue reading →
You look forward to yoga class every week because of the serenity it gives your mind and body. You come home feeling like you’re walking on air and nothing else matters… but that feeling goes away the next day as you take on the world again.
Each Sunday, you and your significant other enjoy the affirmation and renewal you receive at church. You leave feeling stronger and better equipped to handle life’s challenges. But somehow, that energy leaves your mind and spirit during the rest of your week.
You have one of the toughest jobs in the world: being a parent. It’s a very rewarding position, but you look forward to every chance you get to have peace and quiet. Those are your moments to unwind and give yourself some much needed attention…if you could find a place amidst all the toys and games scattered about.
Taking time out for our spirit is as necessary as eating well and keeping a peaceful mind. We have areas of our home designated for specific purposes: cooking, eating, sleeping, beautifying, creating… but how many of us make sure to include a sacred space for regular practice?
Read on for my tips on creating a sacred space or reviving the space you already have in your home.
Welcome to another post of Get Your Color On! This edition is inspired by the arrival of spring, the Easter goodies and ideas currently out there in blogland, & my recent vacation in Florida.
These colors are commonly associated with Easter, children’s rooms, vintage or mid-century modern decor, and sweet treats. Because pastels tend to be used in a bright manner, they can be challenging to decorate with. However, these colors can be used in a multitude of ways and a variety of shades. Read along for my tips on decorating with pastels by using a scale of color dosage.
EDIT: my bedroom has been selected in Apartment Therapy’s Bedroom Retreat contest! Vote for me hereby selecting me as a favorite.
Imagine a place you can relax in, unwinding from the day’s stresses and challenges. This place envelopes you in crisp, clean white yet possesses an earthy, natural energy that calms your senses and mind. In this place, you can only do a few things—dress, sleep and some light reading—but this is perfect. You don’t want this space to encompass a lot of activities, because it’s where you detach from the world. This is your sanctuary, your haven to rest and renew yourself for the new day ahead.
This space is what I created with my bedroom makeover. Come check out how I transformed a blah bedroom into a beachy Zen haven:
Here in NW Ohio, we’ve had a pretty mild winter. And yet, I’m starting to get antsy for spring. The days are growing longer & the sun is shining more, making it even harder to accept it’s still winter for at least another month. Spring officially starts March 20th, but it’s not unusual to experience the last snow in April here in the Great Lakes.
So I’ve decided I’m going to start ushering in spring now— indoors. The first thing I think of when I hear the word “spring” is green: plants sprouting through the earth, new blankets of grass, trees starting their cycle of growth with tiny buds. There’s just no spring without green.
Green is a color of renewal, fertility, freshness, and health. Green symbolizes tranquility, yet it provides a burst of much-needed color after the whites and grays of winter. Read along for my hand-picked items and my tips on decorating with green to infuse the upcoming season into your space.
When I was a child, I loved memorizing all the Crayola crayon colors & was envious when they created new names years ago. To this day, I still reference some of these colors by their names, like Carnation Pink or Macaroni & Cheese.
As a young adolescent, I receive the nickname “Rainbow Brite” because of my penchant for wearing saturated colors and neon.
Today, the clothes hanging in my closet are arranged by color. When I create spreadsheets at work, I color code the text and columns. I considered recovering all my books in one matching shade, but vetoed that idea because I can find the book I need faster by recalling its color.
Simply put, color (and love) rules my world. I believe colors have their own unique energy and purpose. I draw inspiration from color and go through “color of the month” phases.
Are you as color-oriented as I am? Do you love color but are hesitant to use it? Do you want to try out a new color scheme but are unsure how to create it? Do you just like to look at pretty things?
That’s why I’m creating a blog series centered around color, “Get Your Color On!” This series will highlight decor and tips for decorating with the featured color, color schemes, and other bloggers’ projects using this color. I will also discuss the color’s symbolism and how to create a certain energy with said color.
First in the series and coming soon: the greens of Spring.
Confession: I’ve been a fake flower/plant snob. Years ago, I used to decorate with them but stopped when I felt using real plants was much better. To me, they were better because they have their own scent, help clean the air, and definitely look better than the fake ones. No judgement on anyone using the artificial versions; I just felt having something as natural as possible was the best.
But today, I’m declaring that there is nothing wrong with using artificial flowers & greenery!
Read ahead for tips on decorating with these and check out how I’ve incorporated them into my decor. Continue reading →
I love IKEA, perhaps a little more than I should. There’s so much I enjoy about that place: their prices, the modern aesthetics of their products, their showrooms… IKEA is my version of Disneyland.
Are they a great place to purchase inexpensive, mid-quality items like chairs, dishes & bookshelves? Absolutely.
Are they a great place to purchase interchangeable lamps?
Because I didn’t know about this issue with IKEA’s lamps, I’m using my blog to spread the word to any other unsuspecting consumers. All other lamp bases & lamp shades I’ve purchased elsewhere can be mixed and matched. This past weekend, I discovered this is not the case with IKEA’s lamps. Read more after the jump. Continue reading →