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It’s not only a hot TV show, but orange is also becoming a new neutral in the design world. Orange is everywhere – even outside!  With the leaves finally starting to change after our warm start to fall, I’m feeling inspired by the gorgeous shades we’re seeing outside.

Check out these unexpected and bold pops of orange that work for any room in the house.  We’ll start with some simple accessorizing, and slide up the scale to really daring color.

1. Intrigued by orange, but not sure you want to commit?  Try adding some orange accessories. I love the various shades of orange in the curtains,  pillows, and throw.  This is a great way to incorporate orange, without fully committing.

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2. This kitchen feel fresh and bright with orange accents in the lighting and artwork.


3. Be bold in your kids’ space – This orange wall is loud and playful – probably like your kids.  A kids’ space is always a great place to take a risk with color.

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4.  How about an orange front door?   This pumpkin color looks lovely with the gray house and white trim.  This is a bit more of a commitment, but if you like orange, go for it!

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5. Orange you impressed with this bold powder room?  The wallpaper is stunning, and what an impact in such a small space.

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So, how daring do you feel?  Which room in your house could a hint (or more!) of orange?


I recently visited a client’s home to help them re-claim their living room.  With two children under 4, the room was serving many purposes, but it lacked a functional layout and storage to meet the family’s needs.

In addition, like many young families, they wanted to invest in new furniture pieces over time. So we developed a phased approach to refresh the room without breaking the bank.

Visit #1: Re-arrange furniture to achieve better flow.

The couch was in front of the window.  The white chair was off to the left, and the leather chair was on the opposite wall. The room didn’t flow well.

To open up the room and define the space, we angled the couch, and added a console table behind it.  We brought the two chairs together to create a cozy seating area. A newly vacant wall became the entry way focal point.

My homework for the homeowners was to purchase a few new furniture pieces and accessories. I gave them recommendations, and left them to it!

(And if only I’d remembered my camera, I could have shown you this step.  But keep reading to see images of the next phase.)

Visit #2: Pull room together with new furniture and accessories.

The homeowners purchased some great new items for the room, and honed in on blues and oranges for pops of color. We had fun setting everything up!

Sitting Area Before & After:

The new rug from West Elm has a simple herringbone pattern that freshens up the room.  The new lamp, also from West Elm, adds needed lighting to the corner. Colorful throw pillows brighten up the space and tie everything together with color.

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Storage & Accessories Before & After:

We replaced an oversized bookcase (aka clutter magnet) in the entry with my favorite shoe cabinets from Ikea, which better suit the family’s storage needs.  We dressed them up with a stylish mirror from my collection, and other accessories to personalize the space. 

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Entry Way Before & After:

The homeowners splurged on a gorgeous new console table from Crate & Barrel.  Once it was in place, we styled it with some of the homeowners’ favorite accessories. Even the baskets beneath the table disguise the heating vent. Now this is a welcoming space to come home to.

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Voila!  The new space feels fresh and organized. 

And when the homeowners are ready, we’ll schedule Visit #3, and find the perfect new couch and chairs to work in the space. 


Easy. Breezy. Fun. Functional.

For most of my clients, the kitchen is the heart of their home. That means it gets a lot of attention and is also subject to wear and tear.

While a complete kitchen makeover can be time-consuming and costly, there are so many simple and inexpensive ways to update this space.  Here are some of my favorites.

1. Dress up counter space.  From cute canisters to classic or funky trays, it’s amazing how far a little accessorizing will go. It’s easy and affordable to infuse color, personality, and even a bit of playfulness into your space while adding functionality, too. And for you trendsetters and commitment-phobes, accessories allow you to try out new colors or themes and switch them out as your tastes change.


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2. Give cabinets a face lift.  Simply swapping out cabinet hardware delivers big impact with minimal cost and effort. Whether you want to go classic, retro, or modern, there’s a knob or pull to match. Once you identify the look you want, shopping online may deliver more cost-savings than you will find in a store.hardware resize

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3. See the writing on the wall.  With a simple decal or a couple coats of chalkboard paint, you can alter a wall or corner of your kitchen in many fun and functional ways. Little ones have a place to doodle while you prep and cook. Siblings or friends can pick up a game of tic tac toe or hangman. And you get a convenient spot to draw up a menu plan or grocery list. (Tip: Snap a photo of the list with your phone before you head out to the store.)

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4. Create a feature wall.  Paint, wallpaper, or artful presentation of everyday staples are all fair game for adding interest or drama to the kitchen. Always loved chartreuse but feared the obnoxious factor when it comes to interior design? Here’s your chance. Do it. Go.

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If wallpaper feels like too much of a long-term commitment, consider one of many great self-adhesive options.

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5. Brighten up cabinet interiors.  I just love the effect of this easy update, especially with glass or door-less cabinets. Don’t be shy with color or pattern! If your cabinets aren’t exposed for all to see, you can be even more daring or creative, and be sure to get a little lift every time you reach inside for a bowl.

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6. Transform the kitchen table.  Seriously, how fun is a turquoise kitchen table? With a little elbow grease and a can of paint, you can transform almost any ordinary kitchen table into a focal point. Make dinnertime extra special.

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7. Don’t forget the floor!  Whether it’s a well-positioned rug, a coat of paint, or something in between, sprucing up floor space is a subtle yet powerful way to add warmth, color, and style. Check out FLOR carpet tiles for great styles with size and shape flexibility. As a bonus, they don’t slip and are super easy to clean!

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I use a lot of these updates regularly with my clients and even I am feeling inspired! So what are you waiting for? Try one (or two) of these ideas and come on back to brag about the results.

The post above is a copy of the article I wrote for the online publication of Seattle’s Child, where I publish bi-weekly articles on home organization. To see a complete list of all past articles, please visit the Reclaim Your Home section on Seattle’s Child. See this article on the Seattle’s Child website here


Have you been to my online store yet?  There you’ll find a curated collection of furniture, lighting and accent pieces hand-selected by me.  Below are a few of my favorite pieces available now: 092314 Top Shop v4   1. Mirabella Traditional Mirror, 2. Pardo Hendricks Transitional Foyer Light, 3. Aurelius Pillow, 4. Whisper Traditional Table Lamp, 5. Premak Infused Teak Wood Side Table, 6. Mira Contemporary Chalk Stripe Hand Tufted Wool Rug