DESIGN | Green + White Living

2017 may be coming to a close in two months, but I'm holding on to Pantone's Color of the Year Greenery and all its different shades. Freshly married with a re-signed lease,  I'm looking for a few small ways to re-energize our Hell's Kitchen apartment and it's no wonder I'm gravitating towards shades of green. Green is a positive color and very inspiring in the way it represents growth, good health and balance in the home. The same things we also want in a marriage right?!  

Okay now let's talk about these (freakin' amazing) rooms. This look and color palette happens to work in my favor since the granite counter tops in our rental apartment kitchen (which extend into the living area) are greenish, something I've mostly been ignoring instead of embracing into the color scheme of the room.

I could just DIE over the natural wooden floors and table against the white wood detailing and cabinets in this kitchen above. 

We also happen to own a vintage rattan armchair and some woven storage baskets which would tie in perfectly with this look and I'm thinking about switching out some of my patterned pillow covers on the sofa for more natural colored or white ones.  

Another thing all of these rooms have in common is the use of nature.  I love how plants are quite literally the accent color in some of these rooms and you can feel the outdoors shining through in the form of natural sunlight, natural textures and textiles. So peaceful, so tranquil. 

I don't know about you, but all of these spaces are leaving me green with envy.

DESIGN | White + Jute

Do you ever get the urge to sell or toss everything in your home and just start over completely fresh?  Well, these bright, light and airy rooms are giving me that urge.  Stark white walls mixed with natural materials and textures such as jute and seagrass, give off that easy-breezy coastal vibe I love so much.

Bedrooms, bathrooms, living and dining rooms, this look and feel can be achieved in every room in the house - even if you don't live anywhere near a beach. Let's take a look. 

Jute accents become an earthy anchor to a clean white palette. The natural pieces in the bathroom below bring in warmth and texture to an otherwise bare room while not feeling either too bold or too plain.

And I love the incorporation of cool blues, sea glass greens and bold artwork to these rooms. To me it's the definition of what I would call California cool - by mixing elements and colors inspired by Earth and the sea. (did you know that seagrass grows under water and is dried before it is used to make decorative objects? Yeah, neither did I.)

Just a pop of some fresh greenery, a pastel pendant or a beachy photograph can infuse a room with earthy tones. 

And while we mostly think of area rugs and runners when we hear the words jute or seagrass, don't let the texture stop at the floor. Designers are now using these materials in lighting, furniture and home decor accents - like place mats and window treatments. I'm obsessed with those pendants below. 

TIP: When purchasing a jute or seagrass rug, seagrass will work best in high-traffic areas such as the entryway, hallways, kitchens and family rooms - due to its durability & toughness. Choose jute rugs for bedrooms, dining rooms or bathrooms as they are significantly softer than seagrass.

And the best part about this look is that you actually don't have to toss everything in your home and start over fresh.  There are simple ways you can incorporate these natural beauties into your current rooms in simple ways like setting your kitchen table with jute placemats and bright white plates, or tossing a fresh white throw blanket into a jute basket in your living room.  It's as simple as that. 

Maybe it's my love of nature and the beach and how calm and happy I feel when I'm there that attracts me so much to this look.  I'm definitely hoping that by bringing more natural & earthy elements into my home, even in the simplest forms, I can emulate that feeling - even when I'm smack dab in the middle of a big city.

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