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5 Tips to Create a Color-Happy Home

Infusing color into your home can be daunting — there’s a fine line between a color-happy home and one that looks like a rainbow exploded inside it. But, today is your lucky day, because we’re teaming up with Kid & Coe and Oh Joy! for the Joyful Family Homes Giveaway! One lucky reader will prizes from favorites like Kid & Coe, Oh Joy! For Target, Hygge & West, Maryanne Moodie, Aelfie, and Gray Malin. The giveaway ends October 5th, so click here before you miss out!

Create a Color Story

Look at your entire home as a ‘color story’ vs. each room on its own individually, choosing one to three main colors that will create a cohesive look throughout.

Start with a Favorite Design Piece

Inspiration can come in the smallest forms! Dying over that coral patterned throw pillow at your favorite boutique? Let that hue and/or pattern inspire your entire look. Layer in varying shades or complimentary colors for a truly beautiful home design.

Don’t Breakup with Neutrals

So you want a colorful home? Appreciate the beauty in contrast. A pink velvet couch would look amazing in your sitting room, but that doesn’t mean it will look amazing with loads of equally pink pillows on it. Balance out your brights with neutrals where it makes sense to. This is especially important when considering larger furniture pieces!

Give Your Front Door a Happy Hue

There is just something about a sweet little cottage with a sunny yellow entrance or a stately brownstone with a high gloss black door. It’s such an easy way to let your personality shine through from the very moment people lay eyes on your home sweet home.

Create Balance

Just as you want to appreciate contrast when it comes to colors and neutrals, practice the same concept when incorporating textures and patterns into your color-happy home design. You can have too much of a good thing when it comes to texture, pattern and color!

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How to Add a Personalized Touch to Your Dream Nursery

From a London print that gives a nod to his British roots to adventure wallpaper inspired by his parents travels and all the special moments in between, Hudson’s nursery is the perfect example of beautifully designed and totally personalized. Plus it mixes neutrals and really cool prints like a boss. Tour the full space crafted by mom and designer, Jennifer Swadling of Amy + Jen, along with sweet photographs by AMBphoto.

We had dreamed for so long of becoming parents that when it became a reality I already had an idea of the look and feel of the room I wanted for our babe. Our little one’s gender was always going to be a surprise which made the design process that much more fun!

Our home is a fixer upper and not the lovely kind with gorgeous doorways and exposed brick, we are talking putrid green tones and essentially a lot of work. In saying all this I am a self described procrastinator and with two months to go I told my husband we had loads of time to get everything together.

 My pregnancy however took a downturn and I was hospitalized with severe preeclampsia at 32 weeks. Bed rest, amazing chats (and cries) with my fellow warrior soon to be mommy’s was super helpful in pushing me to press purchase on all my outstanding’s (crib included). Creating a room from a hospital bed makes you realize how very wonderful the people you work with are.

In the end we lowered windows, added wainscoting, wallpapered, and gave the room a lovely and fresh coat of Benjamin Moore’s Dove White & Simply White Paint.

My incredible vendors were wonderful in keeping up to speed with facetime chats, texts & emails and even without me physically there they took the time to understand what I wanted and made it happen.

 There are so many things I love about Hudson’s room and each and every piece is intentional. The London Rifle Paper Co Print is a salute to his British Heritage, the Safari Wallpaper speaks to adventure and is an ode to how my husband and I met in Australia on our very own adventures.

We have lots of stuffed animals in the hopes that his love for them will match mine. His rocking chair is Canadian made just like him. His room is bright and beautiful and it is most definitely our favorite in the house. It makes me smile each and every time I walk in. (well maybe not during the night feeds)

10 Sweet Storage Solutions for Baby's Nursery
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Photography: AMBphoto | Design and Styling: Amy & Jen | Florals: Vintage from Presh Floral | Makeup: One Fine Beauty | Hair: Showpony Hair | Calligraphy: A Fabulous Fete | Blanket: Baby Mori UK | Crib, Dresser, Bookcase, Wooly Rocking & Elephant Toy: Restoration Hardware | Hudson's Outfit: Le Carrousel Paris | Jen's overalls: Anthropologie | Jen's white dress: Aritzia | Pennant: This Paper Book | Print: Rifle Paper Co. | Rocking Chair: Fab Baby Gear | Rug: Urban Outfitters | Toy Stacker: Sarah and Bendrix

Six Questions to ask an Interior Designer Before Signing the Contract

Thinking of taking the plunge with a mastermind of interiors? Before you get all good and cozy with your favorite designer, be sure you’ve navigated these six questions from James Wheeler of J. Wheeler Designs that will ensure you’ve found just the right match. Covering everything from the design process to glowing references, here are your need-to-know items to tackle before signing the contract.

Finding the perfect interior designer to bring your vision to life might seem simple while scrolling through their eye-catching Instagram feeds and curated portfolios. But when it comes down to the nitty gritty details of project management, timelines and budgets, there’s so much more to the vetting process. That’s why Atlanta based interior designer James Wheeler of J. Wheeler Designs is sharing six questions to ask during the exploration process to help ensure an ideal fit, smooth execution and dream result.

What is your process for designing a space?

This question is critical to ask of a designer at the beginning of the vetting process to ensure expectations are set before the project begins. You might already have an idea of how the design process works, but can easily find yourself frustrated after the work begins simply because your expectations are not aligned with those of the designer. Posing this question at the start of the project will not only help to determine if the designer has a work style that will meld with yours, but it will also ensure that there is a transparent process and communication strategy that will yield a smooth process throughout.

Do you infuse any of your personal style into your designs and how do you work around this if it differs from your clients wants or needs?

Designers are known for their unique, individual styles, which are conveyed throughout each of their projects. It may be something as simple as the art they choose or as encompassing as the overall aesthetic. Ask the designer about the process they would use to get a feel for your style and how they will apply that knowledge to create a design that works for you. It’s important that you have an open and honest dialogue with constant feedback throughout the process. But be open to suggestions. This helps to produce an end result that is meaningful to you; one that reflects your own personal style with a touch of the unexpected that a designer can provide.

Who is your ideal client and why?

Whether or not they want to admit it, every designer has an ideal client. Asking this question will help you gauge if you will be a good fit for the designer. Many designers say their favorite client is one with an unlimited budget that will give them carte blanche to do whatever they want to do! And while this may be the perfect answer for you, others might not be willing to hand over the reigns. Learn who they prefer to work with and why. Then after you have your answer, really ask yourself if you could be a good fit.

How will the timeline be determined and carried out?

This is important as it sets a level of expectation on the front end. When going over the timeline, keep in mind designers have multiple clients and each project takes time to execute properly. Understand the timeline, but stay flexible. Not only does it take time for a designer to pull everything together, but other parties are often involved – manufacturers, electricians, plumbers, etc. – each with their own timeframes. As with everything in the design process, having an open line of communication and setting clear expectations ahead of time are critical to ensuring a smooth process.

Do you have a specific contract that details the terms of your payment for services rendered and each phase of my project?

All projects need to have a formal contract to govern the work and expectations of both parties during their time working together. Ask for a sample contract and payment schedule and protect yourself from the get-go. The designer will be spending your money for a project, so it is important to have this outlined in a legal contract. Additionally, the designer needs to ensure that they will be paid for time and work, too.

Do you have references I can contact?

References are a great way to learn about a designer while understanding their process and what they can deliver for your project. The best way to do this is to talk to a current or former client who has already gone through the process, so ask for a list of clients that are willing to be contacted. Most designers are happy to share references for their clients.

Photography: Rustic White Photography | Interior Design: James Wheeler / J. Wheeler Designs