What a fun month it's been with about a dozen or so bloggers and professionals sharing their own 2011 forecasts or, rather, favorites for decorating, lifestyle, shopping, home building and more. It began as "What's Out and What's In," but it all became quickly evident that something really isn't out if you love it. A unanimous sentiment, really -- based on the comments received. So, subsequent posts focused more on what people love and hope to see more of during this coming year. You can read them all if you just scroll down, down and down . . . . Thanks to all who participated and who have stopped in to read!
Meg Lonergan at LeSueur Interiors lights up when she sees a large and impressive -- an essentially, unforgettable -- chandelier. And she thinks we'll see more of them this year! Actually, make that all light fixtures and sconces in various styles and shapes . . .
From my file collection. In a home built by Thompson Custom Homes.
From my files . . . a home designed by Trish Dodson.
A little shimmery sparkle found in Veranda magazine (Feb. 2011)
Meg, as did some of the others who provided 2011 What's-Hot-Now picks this month, says we'll continue to see ethnic textiles, too:
As seen in Elle Decor, March 2009
Meg recently shared these 5 tips on how to make your home more comfortable and exciting. And if you'd like to read more about her, she writes the blog, Lagniappe.
As for additional expectations for the year, she says to look for:
- concrete and honed marble or granite kitchen counter tops (no more shiny surfaces)
- soothing, neutral, pale paint palettes
- layered rugs
- simple, clean drapery treatments (no more over-trimmed and decorated styles)
A couple of favorites working in the shelter biz have created a new company called Dunes and Duchess.
"Dunes" is talented photographer Michael Partenio. You've seen his beautiful images in almost every magazine on the racks today (as well as yesteryear). Stacy Kuntsel, stylist extraordinaire and editor, nicely assumes the role of "duchess." Together, they've designed this wildly romantic chandelier, now available at Hudson's in Boston, Naperies in Dallas and Gump's in San Francisco, to mention a few:
A large hurricane lamp helps to create a cozy candlelit setting.
Table setting designed by Kenneth/Davis International at the
Shippan Showhouse in Connecticut.
This year, Stacy offers a few predictions:
For starters, she expects we'll see more bold color and pattern mixes:
Better Homes and Garden. Photo by Michael Partenio.
A pause for announcements before continuing more 2011 predictions ...
First, Tracy Morris Designs supplied the suggested color swatches in the previous post. If you'd like to read more of what inspires her from a color perspective, visit her blog, huemuse, here.
And secondly, since we're on the topic of paint colors . . . .
Valspar announced today The Power in Color Giveaway: 100,000 Valspar paint samples are being offered -- for free -- via Valspar’s Facebook page.
VisitFacebook.com/ValsparPaint to take advantage of this great offer. Consumers must simply click “like” for Valspar Paint to receive the free paint sample and kit. Valspar plans to give away daily 1,000 free, postage-paid starter kits -- until all 100,000 paint samples are gone.
"Paint Project Starter Kits" include a roller, a paint pan and coordinating paint chips—everything needed to make choosing the right colors easy — as well as a coupon
for $5 off a gallon of Valspar at Lowe’s stores nationwide.
It's all about color this year -- so say Interior Designers Kelley Proxmire and Tracy Morris. Kelley's yummy orange and white room -- below -- really wins me over and gets me salivating for more exciting use of color! And, today, Tracy gives us a head start on what to consider with 5 very cool "what's hot now" paint shades.
It's lite, crisp, elegant and hip, all rolled up into one. This room was designed
by Kelley Proxmire, who was featured on this blog once before.
Award-winning architect Tom Wilson designs a range of magnificent homes, from large to small, and in both traditional or contemporary styles. While Wilson's firm is located in Houston, he takes his expertise to wherever his client wants to live. You can see more of his work by going here. My favorite all-time stone house is one that he and Interior Designer Ginger Barber collaborated on here in Houston. This link will take you to the photos and the story about it. Tom also joins this week-long progression of What's In and What's Out for 2011. His predictions below:
Last week kicked off a series of predictions collected from professionals, bloggers and designers. Some said a lot; some offered their top two or three. Their words dictate, more or less, the type of post each day.
This lampshade (4 1/2' x 8 1/2' x 8" height) is decorated with leaves made of brass wire.
It is lined with a natural-colored, nubby, linen-like fabric. INFO.
WHAT'S OUT?She says: "I'd say anything that gets talked about in 'blogosphere' for more than a month and a half, even -- no, ESPECIALLY -- if it's one of those items on the "what's in" list. ;)
"For this reason, I say do what you love, forget the trends. It seems as soon as we all get really into something, we're being told it's "out." Being original and true to yourself seems to be the only thing that's always really 'in'."
Two favorite bloggers -- Vicky at Room Service -- Decorating 101, and Christie at Christie Chase -- share their predictions of What's In and What's Out for 2011. Theirs is a continuation of a week-long series begun a couple of days ago.
Vicky uses this living room below, designed by Charles Spada,
to convey her thoughts of What's In:
OUT: "I think we will see a departure of the all "White and Grey" rooms.
IN: Changes will come slow and things will start to look more like this great room from Charles Spada."
An interpretation might be marrying interesting classics,
keeping a clean Traditional look, and adding soft splashes of color without overpowering effects.
From Christie Chase:
Fun, styled, quirky family photos blown up HUGE likethis one from Lori Andrews:
Bland blue backgrounds on family photos with forced studio smiles.
Vintage resale chairs upholstered in unexpected modern fabrics -- likethe one she did
below as a Do-It-Yourself projects. (She is the queen of DIY; check her out here!!!)
Ugly, worn-out recliners sitting in the middle of an otherwise pretty room.
The fun continues, as more predictions and thoughts come this way....See you tomorrow!
I haven't met a recipe that I didn't want to change -- even a little bit. This one is no exception. My aim is to make it healthier, using less sugar, for example . . . . So, to begin, let me tell you how I altered the recipe below with good results.
First off, I used fat-free organic milk. I also opted to go a bit lighter by using 4 egg whites and 1 whole egg -- not the 4 whole eggs, as dictated in the recipe below. Additionally, I used 1/2 cup real organic maple syrup rather than 3/4. I didn't have the crystallized ginger, so I chopped up some pecans and added a small dollop of yogurt. I love this dessert.
1 1/2 cups 1% milk
4 large eggs
3/4 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup canned unseasoned pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons whipped cream
1/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger
1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Put a kettle of water on to heat for the water bath. Line a roasting pan with a folded kitchen towel.
2. Heat milk over low heat in a small saucepan until barely steaming but not boiling.
3. Whisk eggs and syrup in a large bowl until smooth. Gently whisk in the warm milk (a little bit at a time so the eggs don't cook). Add pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt; whisk until blended.
4. Divide the mixture among six 6-ounce (3/4-cup) custard cups. Skim foam from the surface. Place custard cups in the prepared roasting pan. Pour enough boiling water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the custard cups. Place the pan in the oven and bake, uncovered, until custards are just set but still quiver in the center when shaken, 45 to 50 minutes. Transfer custards to a wire rack and let cool for 45 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or until chilled.
5. To serve, top each custard with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of crystallized ginger. (Again, since I didn't have the cystallized ginger, I topped it with chopped pecans -- that I did have. Plus a little yogurt.)
HERE'S ANOTHER RECIPE -- WITH MY HEALTHIER TIP! It's a Scarlet Quinoa Salad. YUM!
This quinoa (keen-wah) salad is a favorite! Everytime I prepare it, someone asks for the recipe. If you're interested in reading about the nutritional benefits of this grain-like crop, go here.
I plan to share all the ingredients of this recipe, which I found on a bag of Eden Red Quinoa. However, *instead of the plum vinegar, I use apple-cider vinegar. Why? Well, the plum vinegar has a whopping 1,050 grams of sodium per teaspoon!! (yikes.) The apple-cider vinegar contains zero (0)!
Ingredients: 1 medium beet, peeled and diced (2 small)** 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 tbsp. plum vinegar (*I use apple-cider vinegar) 2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice 6 red radishes (optional) 2 tbsp. finely minced red onion 1/4 cup chopped scallions or chives (optional) 1/4 cup dried cranberries (or cranraisins) 1 cup red quinoa
Preparation: Rinse quinoa in cold water. Add 1 cup quinoa to 1 1/4 cup boiling water. Add chopped beet(s).Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes and fluff. When cool, toss with remaining ingredients and serve. Or place in fridge, as it works as a cold salad. Serves 4.
**Cut off the beet leaves, rinse to add to a green salad or in cut up into small pieces for a pasta salad.
The Scarlet Quinoa Salad, is a pretty red dish, as you might imagine. Think holidays? or anytime, like I do . . . .
Water ensures skin health and weight management/loss.
So, drink up. Consider adding to your daily diet the veggies above and the following foods that contain at least 75 percent water by weight: apples, limes, lemons, cantaloupes, watermelons, strawberries, plums, pears, kiwis and grapes.
Foods that Keep Your Skin Healthy and Young.
Click the bowl of tomatoes for the article and recommendations.
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It seems important that I first thank the many photographers and editors I've met while working with such publications as Traditional Home, Better Homes and Garden, Remodel, Renovation Style, Decor, Tuscan Style, French County, Beautiful Homes and others. Each project that I worked on helped hone my own design eye. And in each home that I scouted -- and then shared with editors -- I also met some very welcoming homeowners and talented professionals. Again, through those experiences, I remodeled and decorated my own homes with a greater level of confidence. As a result, I do indeed love where I live. And I wish the same for all those who visit this blog. By sharing ideas, techniques and inspirational photos, I hope you will always find happiness at home. And your own individual style. Recently, it occurred to me that Love Where You Live embodies so much more than interior design. That's when I established sections that share recipes, favorite gifts, travel ideas and more. I hope you enjoy your visit here. I love hearing from you. And do hope you'll return again and again. My very best, -susan