Last week I introduced the paint palette for my dad’s porch makeover, and today I’m excited to share the design plan for the porch decor. As you saw in the before photos the house is bright blue, and my dad’s neighborhood is full of colorful bungalows with eclectic front porches. I let the historic neighborhood’s style lead the design and pulled together a collected look with the help of lots of color and pattern from DecoratorsBest pillows and rug and sleek new outdoor fixtures from LampsPlus. For budget-friendly outdoor furniture, I mixed IKEA wicker and wooden furniture and made sure to pick up one of their lush palms for a touch of green. With this new furniture arrangement, the porch will feel like an entirely new room for the house that will come together just in time for cooler fall evenings. See the porch design plan below!
Reveal day is here, and I couldn’t be happier with how my guest room design turned out! I was a little nervous that it wouldn’t come together just how I imagined, but the details worked themselves out and the final result is something I’m super proud of. As you might remember from the original design board, I was really going for a soothing blue and green look that would inspire rest and relaxation for anyone lounging or sleeping in the space. I wanted to take full use of the daybed and make it a convertible piece that could easily transition between sofa and bed, and the lack of accent furniture in the before pictures below will also show how the room needed some help being a living room as well. Since the room was originally a movie room, the orientation of the room worked for watching movies, but wasn’t necessarily the most efficient or well-designed use of space. By placing the daybed by the stairs (my mom’s brilliant idea), it gave me much more room to expand the seating area. All improvements aside, the biggest impact of this project might be simply bringing a cohesive color palette to the room through a mix of blue and green hues and patterns. I couldn’t have done it without my mom for receiving all of the large packages and picking up pieces while I was studying away in Ithaca, and the amazing sponsors for this project. At Home for accent furniture, Dash & Albert for the area rug, DecoratorsBest for wallpaper and fabric, Home Depot for blinds, plants, and planters, Minted for art and pillows, Shelby Dillon Studio for pillows, and World Market for the daybed cover and… more pillows! Click through to see how the space came out.
(via Irwin Weiner, design by Albert Pinto)
Throughout the past couple of years my style has grown and evolved, and as I have become more confident I have started veering away from minimal spaces and started leaning into a richer, more layered look that involves much more color and pattern. Although it’s easy to go easy, breezy all-white, pulling together a complex color palette and mixing patterns takes much more gusto – and the result is often so satisfying! Even if a room has a neutral palette, like the dining room above, bringing a bold fabric to the dining chairs takes some guts, don’t you think? I discovered how fun it was to have access to thousands of designer fabrics and wallpapers when I worked with DecoratorsBest for my father’s bedroom, and I was so thrilled with the Robert Allen fabric I picked for the curtains. Although they offer fabric, wallpaper, pillows, and poufs, I thought I would focus on their fabric selection today with some of my favorite choices in the neutral, green, blue, and warm color palettes. Check out my picks below after the jump.