Pantone Color of the Year and Color Trends 2023

Pantone COTY-2023 Viva Magenta color trends 2023

Pantone announced their Color Trends 2023 color of the year this week. Much to the applause of many – it’s a bright, beautiful color called Viva Magenta. Per their announcement video, they said: We’re living in “unconventional times” with all the changes that Covid brought. People are no longer satisfied with the “status quo” of … Read more

Raspberry Blush from Benjamin Moore – Neither raspberry nor blushing

Benjamin Moore Raspberry Blush COTY Colot of the Year Raspberry Blush

But Raspberry Blush IS Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year / COTY for 2023. And I am here for it! I guess I prefer a more declarative color of the year. “Never a backdrop, Raspberry Blush is the definition of charismatic color. This unapologetic shade of red orange had us thinking: bold, bolder, boldest. This … Read more

Fall Decor ideas on The Saturday List

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I’m pleased to share that I was interviewed for two stories in the newest issue of Coastal Home Life Magazine! One on kitchen design trends for 2023 and the other on fall decor ideas. The first article is on kitchen trends for 2023. (Click here to read)   And the second is a timely piece … Read more

Reeded and Tambour Finishes on Furniture and More

Linda Merrill casual coastal design cabinet reeded and tambour finishes

Reeded and tambour finishes are not new, but they sure are trending!  They really are a classic to be found on bedposts and table legs, inspired by Greek and Roman fluted columns (though unlike concave flutes, reeds are convex). This is an excellent example from The Surface Studio in the UK. What is tambour then? … Read more

Bentwood and Bistro Chairs For Cozy Dining

Bentwood and bistro chairs are always a classic. From sidewalk cafes and Paris to small apartments anywhere else – they certainly add a bohemian flare to most any interior or exterior. Perhaps I’ve got the travel bug, but Paris is calling! What is a bentwood chair? Per the Encyclopedia Britannica: Bentwood furniture is made by … Read more

Quirky and Funny Planter Heads

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I’ve been in a gardening state of mind since going on all the house and garden tours recently. I have a yard, but I don’t have the knack (or interest) for gardening.  I don’t have a green thumb for indoor plants either. But, I do love an interesting planter and more specifically planter heads which … Read more