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What is there not to love about the new Kate Spade New York Fabric Collection For Kravet?  This Picnic Green, Turquoise, Black, & Hot Coral color palette is scrumptious.  Definitely designed to make a statement, you can mix-and-match endless combinations of these fabrics and wallpapers to create you own personal design style. Continue reading →




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Retro color combination of red and aqua livingwithcolordesigns.comSometimes you will be surprised by what you find when you really aren’t  looking.  I found this cute combination of inspirational things the other day when I was out-and-about scouting out some of my back door resources (that’s what I call them, they are open to the public, but unless you know, you drive right by them).  I could just envision this little combination of things making a great big, creative, statement for a little starter apartment, taking a color plunge.

Aqua sectional with retro metal legs livingwithcolordesigns.com

Small barrel back chair in aqua

This cute sofa/chaise sectional came with a coordinating chair.  The aqua sectional has silver finished retro style metal legs and the matching barrel back club chair has wooden legs in a black finish.

Modern red leather chair

Right around the corner I spotted this modern red leather chair with legs similar to those on the sofa.

Red leather twin bed livingwithcolordesigns.com

Continuing our aqua and red color palette, this red leather twin bed would be great focal point and pop of color for a child’s room or the spare bedroom.  Love the pull out storage underneath.

Modern fabrics with retro style. Aqua and red combination.  livingwithcolordesigns.com

Choose from the fabrics above and others to create draperies, pillows, bedding, or table linens to carry your color palette through out the spaces.

Tip: Using the same colors throughout unifies spaces and can make small spaces seem larger.  I would also break up the furniture pieces.  Use the red chair in the same room with the sectional and put the small aqua barrel chair in the bedroom with the red leather headboard.  Spaces feel more relaxed and welcoming to me when furnishings and other items appear “collected” instead of “matchy-matchy”.  So don’t be afraid to split things up.

Retro Vignette at Sub-Zero Wolf Showroom Atlanta

I just love this picture I took at the Sub-Zero Wolf Showroom in Atlanta.  This vignette welcomes you as you wind up the stairwell to enter the main floor of the showroom.  There is just something so charming and retro about aqua and red.  It immediately invites you to take a step back in time.   –  Marianne

 

 


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Cloches on white pedestalsShabby, rusty,chippy cottage charm is exactly what you will find at Spade and Broom.  This delightful shop occupies most of the bottom floor of a charming cottage home surrounded by garden, yard, and pond.  Just walking among the furnishing and curiosities on the property invites you to take pause, slow your pace, breath deeply and enjoy the browse.

Repurposed desk painted white

The space is light and bright, and jam packed with vintage furniture brought to new life in a shabby chic style.  Abundantly white, carefully distressed, and lovingly refinished.  I met the shop owner Kristen who was so gracious and very willing to share about the process she uses to create her shabby,rusty, chippy cottage charm.  Sprinkled here and there are a few color options other than white, like the little yellow side table above.

Shabby Chic

Among the furnishings are table linens, vintage clothing, mirrors, and accessories to complement this style. Stock is constantly changing.  A preview is posted to the Spade & Broom Facebook page on Wednesday,  those new things will show up in the store on Thursday.  A bonus is that the prices will not disappoint.

Cobalt Blue Salt and Pepper Shakers

Bird cage and desk

vintage linens

We arrived on a Friday as the owner was bringing in some salvaged windows to fill in where items had been sold, apologizing that she felt the store always looked a little empty by Friday.  I thought it looked pretty stocked, but if you are wanting first dibs of what you see on Wednesday, in the preview, you may want to hurry on over.  It always makes me curious about what I may have missed.

Spade and Broom Logo

Spade & Broom is located in Trinity NC.  If you make your way there be sure let them know you saw them on the Living With Color Designs blog.  When I walk among these charming repurposed pieces I can’t help but wonder about the previous owners, the life this piece has already had.  Then I smile for the new possibilities for all this shabby, rustic, chippy cottage charm.   –  Marianne