The Fiery Tulip

As I was walking into work one morning, I spotted a few tulips that had somehow been planted with the daffodils pictured in my previous post. As I got closer, I noticed that the fiery red flowers had streaks of yellow on each petal and the mix of colors at its center. Despite the contrast, all of the colors went together beautifully. A similar color scheme can easily be added to your space in a myriad of different ways. You could easily add a colorful vase or picture frame to a table or shelf, update a lampshade, put a bright slipcover over your furniture, or even paint an accent wall. No matter what colors you choose, you can never go wrong with inspiration from nature.

Abstract Art at Home

Abstract art_universityThe photo on the right is an abstract piece of art at my local university. It’s affixed to a pair of gates leading to the campus’ church. While I’m not sure what this piece is supposed to represent (I believe it was an interpretation of a bird), it’s still nice to see the whimsy in such pieces of art. While most of us can’t afford a custom piece of art, you can certainly use a photo of one in your own space. Feeling creative? Try making your own abstract art at home! You can use any medium: clay, paper, paint, wood, or glass. No matter how you go about it, you can easily bring abstract art into your space!

Geometric Floors that Pop

Geometric marble floorWhen you think of flooring, several things usually come to mind. While most people immediately think of the type of material used, what about patterns? Pictured above is a marble floor featuring a classic geometric pattern. Geometric patterns are a classic design that can complement any space. While most of us can’t afford marble floors, there is a way to bring this classic look into your space. Similar looks can be created by using rugs that feature a similar pattern or, if you’re feeling creative, you can buy a plain rug and use cut-outs to paint out the pattern of your choice. The second option is the best way to really let your inner creativity shine. No matter how you decide to go about it, you can easily bring the geometric look into your space in a way that’s uniquely you!

The Sunburst Torch

Sunburst torchOne of the cool things about where I work are the Roman-like torches that are featured in one of the buildings. They are large, gold in color, and feature several columns supporting a cauldron. As I walked up to the upper level of the building, I looked down from the walkway and was amazed at the pattern on the cauldron. It was a beautiful sunburst pattern that complemented the space and created a pop of color among the grey marble stone. A similar photo would be a great addition to a space that was predominately made up of neutral colors. The dark background and yellow of the sunburst creates a beautiful contrast that will create a focal point in any space. Don’t have any torches to photograph? Go to your local craft store and create a similar look with paper, paint, or a combination of mediums. With a bit of searching and crafting, you can have a beautiful sunburst to brighten your space!

Twin Barns

Twin BarnsI was checking out my local wildlife refuge when I noticed a structure off in the distance. As I got closer I realized it was a pair of historic, old barns. So cool! I love old buildings, and these had been lovingly preserved (looking through the windows it was obvious they were now used for storage). The distressed white paint on the building creates a shabby chic look. Does your space have a shabby chic or county look? Photos of old barns are the perfect accessory! They add interest to any space and are a great conversation piece. Not only will your guests marvel at your ability to tie a look together, but you’ll also have an awesome memory from a day spent finding old buildings!