Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Pops of Red

Last week I did a guest post over at My (Newly)Wed Life for Ana.  I shared tips on how to decorate your first home; whether it be a rental home, small home, or any combo of those!  I also did an inspiration board for her living room, as her and her hubby are in the process of redoing it.  So exciting to help!  Here's what she told me about their style:


They love neutrals, geometric patterns, a combination of modern/contemporary with a touch of traditional, pops of red, simplicity and no clutter.  She gave me the picture of the red chair and said she'd love to incorporate it.  Ana also let me know they wanted a smaller couch and two side chairs and/or recliners.  Here's what I've come up with:



I gave them a neutral sofa and side chair from West Elm, the red chair they asked for, a simple, clean-lined leather ottoman, a tall thick-framed stand up mirror {also West Elm}, vertical floating shelving, a contemporary tripod floor lamp, a funky shag rug, and some modern subway art.

Some fun modern touches seen in the art work, rug, mirrors and vertical shelving will really encompass their style without feeling too minimalist.  It's still a comfy cozy room with style! I popped the neutrals with the red they loved and a small accent of turquoise. I'm loving that duo...what about you?  To deal with the clutter, a simple storage solution would be a bookcase with baskets or boxes to tuck everything away in.
Feeling crafty and want to make your own subway art? It's easy! My girl Courtney did one of her own over here.



Here are some other awesome rooms I've found that incorporate pops of red into a neutral room:




House Beautiful 
theLennoxx 
House Beautiful

Notice the turquoise:
Southern Living 
via
Yay or Nay?


Looking for help decorating rooms in your home? I'll be beginning to take clients in June! Email me if you're interested in getting at the top of my list. I already have a few I'm stoked about (: 

Love,
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PS. I'm also over at Carmel's adorable blog, Our Fifth House, dishing on my favorite 3 things I've learned from blogging!

32 comments:

  1. Love the post. As someone who doesn't particularly like red, you have really shown how it can be used very nicely!

    -Also, since ive been MIA lately, I just noticed your blog design. Love it :)

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  2. I love the pop of red! Love what you've put together as well, so easy to work around. Simply, but not too stark.

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  3. yes yes yes. i love pops of color..and red is so fun and vibrant..and sexy..

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  4. Agreed! I love pops of color! The red is very hot!

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  5. LOVE! pops of red are my absolute fave! have it in almost every room of my house! :)
    xo:: Lauren @ tickled.

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  6. This is my go to decoration trend. I always like to add little pops of red in special places! These photos are beautiful! The bathroom is my favorite!

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  7. Love this! When I buy my first home, I'll be coming to you for advice. Especially since you're only a 3 hour drive away! Portland - Seattle.

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  8. i am not a red person at all, but i always love white rooms with touches of red.... they look so beachy and happy!

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  9. Love touches of red in rooms, our guest room def has some! :-)

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  10. loving that second inspiration picture! great work, girl :)

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  11. I heart red....always have!! It just makes me happy!! Wishing you a wonderful day, my friend!

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  12. Yay! Love the little touches of red- they add such great life to a room.

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  13. Very pretty - I love the pops of red, especially since it isn't too overwhelming in any of the pics.

    I'm also loving the coral pops :)

    xoxo
    Jenna

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  14. I love the pops of red...we have a lot of that in our living room! So classic!

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  15. Love it! My condo is a mix of neutrals and reds. Love it! And can you design a room from thousands of miles away? :)

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  16. You have excellent taste! I'm struggling with gathering ideas to decorate our new place, but one thing I've settled on is having neutral walls & big pieces with bold accents...it's such a classic look and easy to switch up.

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  17. This is such a great post, Michaela! I love how more vibrant a room can get with pops of color!

    You have such good taste! I wish I could hire you full-time to decorate my house!

    xoxo, Ana

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  18. I don't want to do an E-design with you. I want you to come here for approx 1 month and live in my house and design it. Thanks, bye.

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  19. I love the idea of adding pops of red to nuetrals. Love the design you created, that rug looks so comfy!

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  20. i love that lenox room thing!!

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  21. Girl you are all over the place these days :) I love seeing your fabulous self on all these different blogs. And that room with the fireplace and the red wall fixtures with the mirror in between is amazing. One day I'll have a room like that. One day! xo

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  22. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Moving later this summer and we have (HAVE) to paint the living room/dining room. Wood floors and trim (but kind of dull). We're just renting so we won't be restaining/redoing the wood but will definitely paint. My furniture is all beige and the couch my boyfriend has is a light brown. We have some brown/black stands/tables and black picture frames (a ton)
    I was leaning towards a bright color for the walls since everything is so neutral, but ivory/cream/beige might be a good clean start. We can always add color with certain art pieces, pillows or rugs. We'll see, definitely work in progress.

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  23. I LOVE the pops of red. How is that you are so young, gorgeous AND talented? Some people just have all the luck... :)

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  24. Great uses of red!! Fun yet not too aggressive!

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  25. I don't mind red, but there can be too muc of it. I like when accessories are red and not furniture. It's one of those colors that isn't my favorite, so it would need to be done right.

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  26. I am still sitting here thinking and loving that gorgeous bathroom with the red striped rug. These rooms have just the right amount of the crimson beauty (c:

    P.S. Loved your guest post, my dear!

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  27. Loving those bold pillows and that floor lamp! Nice color palette too!

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  28. I love adding in pops of any color.. just found your blog...

    xxx
    CEO

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  29. Okay Michaela I absolutely LOVE this post. I have always been obsessed with the color Red. I have a red car, red pants, red shoes, a red couch, red appliances in my kitchen...anyway you get the point. But lately I have been thinking that I would enjoy the red so MUCH MORE if it stood out a little more. So I think slowly but surely I will get rid of the BIG RED items in my house and use them to add a POP of color! oh how exciting!

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  30. You are amazing! I love all the pops of color. I need to hurry up and send you pics of the apartment so you can jazz it up :)

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