Sunday, March 16, 2014

Home Decor Palette: Neutrals plus One

 Create a beautiful and welcoming room by combining neutrals plus one. 
 One color, that is.
This oversized family room was furnished with neutral furnishings and wall color
and was in need of some finishing touches.
My client, Anna, asked me to help make her home a little more inviting. 
 She was enjoying her neutral palette, but felt something was missing. 
Accessorizing was needed to make the space feel cozy and 
 a soft repetitive dose of aqua would be the cure.
I am a HomeGoods designer for their Pinterest board, Happy by Design,
as well as the shopkeeper for my own decor shop, Maison Decor.
Anna's house would be treated to a nice makeover after a shopping trip
to both! Here are my carriages filled to the brim with goodies for Anna.
I recommend buying more than you think you need, so you have enough
to play with when you start styling your space.  
You can always return what you don't end up using.
This room was big and larger spaces need more stuff!
 Ana had a pair of tufted taupe linen wing backs set in front of a window.
There was a teeny tiny table with nothing else between the chairs.
An antiqued gold bamboo style metal and glass occasional table was 
the right scale and height for the chairs.  A tall modern aqua glass lamp
with linen shade united the pair into a cozy conversation spot.
 Chic silk beaded pillows added a little glam to the linen chairs.
It's a great improvement to that pair of beautiful chairs.
 Other touches of aqua were added in the form of
 candles inside lanterns and candle holders.  
A gorgeous aqua and taupe embroidered designer pillow
 from HomeGoods was irresistible in both price and style!
 The neutral palette was also punched up with metallics.  Lots of sparkle~glass and fabric,
 from the crocodile ottoman tray, mercury glass, and extra pillows on the sectional,
all found at my local HomeGoods.
Did I mention pillows??
I call this Pillow Magic! 
Pillows are the quickest way to create a change in a room.
 Little shots of aqua were placed around the room,
 on the table tops, inside the bookcase and on the sofa.
Washed willow storage baskets from Maison Decor were
placed up on the bookcase next to a pair of silver lanterns from HomeGoods.
Large rooms need larger scaled accessories.  
This enormous peacock oil painting in shimmering champagne
 with a touch of white and aqua was the perfect addition
 to the wall behind the sofa,
keeping the mood modern and dramatic.
 Anna found the fabulous floor lamp
 at West Elm after we spotted a similar style lamp while 
scoping out Pinterest for inspiration.
 A reminder of the before....
(oh and yes we are getting rid of the brown rug that 
doesn't work and installing a wool carpet in pale sea glass aqua!)
The after shot shows how pillows and a few well chosen items like lamps,
 smaller tables and sparkling accessories has brought this room to life!
 Not to mention, the addition of color.
 One color. 

(Stay tuned for both carpet and draperies from 
Maison Decor in the not so distant future!)
P.S. The family room isn't the only space we are working on~
the foyer, the living room and the dining room are in need of
some accessorizing, and I have some great ideas.
So follow along as I style other rooms for Anna
this month with finds from HomeGoods and Maison Decor.

Note: This post is sponsored by HomeGoods Happy by Design Pinterest program.  
All designs and opinions expressed on my blog are my own.


  1. Amy- You did a wonderful job warming up Ana's home. I usually think of aqua as a "cool" color but in this case it really makes the place feel more warm and welcoming. It looks great. That lamp is phenomenal! I LOVE IT. I bet she is just over the moon! xo Diana

  2. I love what you did with this looks amazing! Love the aqua color you is my favorite. I love HomeGoods!

  3. Wow! What a transformation. Can't wait to see it with the new rug and drapes. I love that its all neutral but with the addition of just one color. I could never do this in my own house...though...I like too many colors. But I do admire it. It's very elegant. Her furniture seemed drab and nothing special but with your additions the room sings and the furniture is now so attractive. Great job! I love those big baskets from your shop.

  4. Amazing Amy strikes again:) Love the pale aqua touches to offset the gray...just gorgeous!! You have so many talents!

  5. A very beautiful and inviting look. Great job!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

  6. You did such a good job making that room cozy and pretty at the same time. Love the soft blues and taupes used together.

  7. Amy! This is GORGEOUS! What a fabulous transformation. She must be thrilled!

  8. Hi Amy, à wonderful pallet to work with, as for the plus one it really stages her home with the rightness it took on.
    You did an amazing job with letting the room have a voice, letting each design piece stand on its own without competing for attention.
    Love grey of course, and the turquoise blue wows the space. What a beautiful home layout and interest that flows.

    Keep inspiring your beauty,
    A beautiful week to follow.


  9. What a beautiful room. I love how you accessorized it. The light touches of aqua are the perfect accent.

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  11. Hi Amy, beautiful room. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  12. These are my living room colors, Amy!
    Soft mid-tone neutrals with a touch of aqua! So soothing! Your touch gave the room just the right amount of sophistication! Beautiful work, Amy!

  13. Wow, I love it! Loving the color palette, so pretty, love the blue


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