Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Decorate With Soft Blush Tones

Blush is a beautiful sophisticated pale peachy pink. Interior designers have known for years that blush is an excellent color to decorate with. It's a "barely there" color that just like blushing cheeks on a wide range of skin colors, can come in many different shades.

Everywhere you look — from celebrity wedding dresses to designer runway shows — blush colors are stealing the spotlight. Watch an awards show and you will see many of the actresses dressed in "nude" 

Blush is a seldom thought of neutral that can be used for carpet, on a wall, or on a big piece of solid upholstery. Blush is more versatile than most would give it credit for. At first glance, it’s too feminine or too pink. In reality a great blush piece of furniture can add elegance to almost any color palette or design. 

Pairing it with black and cream creates instant classicism . Pair it with white and the look becomes more modern. Blush walls can not only brighten up a space but also add to the ethereal effects of a room. The palest shade is not quite pink, not quite ivory...just a perfect blend of the two. Add saturation and you still have lovely colors to work with. I hope you will see this wonderful color's merit by the end of this post.

This Chinoiserie inspired dining room is so pretty in shades of blush. Blush is NOT peach so don't be afraid of it. Seems people just don't care for peach on the walls.

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English style blush sitting room is so warm and inviting.

Fabulous blush colored wallpaper and furniture give a monochromatic look to this classical interior.

More modern bedrooms also look great decked out in pale blush tones. White is a good companion color.

Of course you can saturate the entire room in  blush.

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The Chinoiserie wallpaper is center stage in this beautiful blush dining room in Atlanta's Swan House.

This blush is more in the apricot family.

Love the blush matting on all the pictures on this gallery wall.

These faux painted blush walls are wonderful!

Leopard looks fabulous in a blush colored room as you can see here and below.

I used leopard and black accents when designing this blush bedroom.

There are many different shades of blush to choose from from the softest pink to just a hint of apricot.

Blush is always pretty when paired with green.

Why not have a blush toned kitchen?


Blush at its best.

Black and deep rose red are good colors to use with blush.

The color blush creates such a soft look for a room.

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Beautiful bath with blush walls.....so elegant.


A lovely old world blush colored bedroom.


Sometimes just a hint of blush is all you need!

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Decorate With The Chesterfield Sofa For Elegance AND Comfort

The Chesterfield sofa has been around for hundreds of years and has always been known for quality and comfort. It is commonly believed that the first tufted leather comfortable couch was originally commissioned in the 18th century by the Fourth Earl of Chesterfield, namely Philip Dormer Stanhope. Others are convinced it is just another name for a sofa or couch. Whatever its origins, the Chesterfield is a classic item that symbolizes a certain style and is known for being beautifully hand-crafted by masters in England. 

 History reveals that these types of couches have been commonly used in the confines of old institutions, government buildings and luxurious homes for generations. A chesterfield couch anywhere is known as top of the line.These sofas, however, are no longer the couch for the elite, but the furniture of people with great taste.

Apparently the Earl requested a local craftsman to construct a piece of furniture that would allow a gentleman to sit upright in the utmost of comfort allowing sitting without wrinkling the garment. This was the original purpose of the Chesterfield sofa with its characteristic deep buttoned upholstery, rolled arms, equal back and arm height and nail head trim.

Most distinctively these sofas have thickly padded arms, seats and back. Typically of varying natural colors of a high quality grain of leather with backs being deeply tufted with large buttons.

The Chesterfield was a mark of class and stature back in the old days and was furniture previously reserved for the upscale market.

Throughout the years, Chesterfield sofas have graced the palaces of royalty, prominent business offices, hotels, restaurants, gentleman's clubs and luxurious private homes.

Successfully exported trough the colonies of the British Empire by the officials of the Royal Army it soon became a worldwide peerless emblem of British style.

A Chesterfield is about buttons, leather and quilting.

What was once a status symbol of the elite is now a much sought-after addition to the modern home or business.

The elegance brought by these leather Chesterfields cannot be underestimated. Modern designers use Chesterfield sofas as inspiration while designing interiors for today’s homes and buildings.

This fabulous patchwork Chesterfield is the perfect example of how a classic can be modern and trendy.

The sofas’ tufted back and all-leather base are still serving its purpose of comfort and style.

Customization of these leather armchair and sofas are very much possible, given the numerous sellers and manufacturers. Fabric choices, colors and designs are more varied and up-to-date.

Still popular in gentlemen 's clubs, there has also been a return to the original form with velvet Chesterfields increasing in popularity.


Modern Vintage Chesterfield leather chairs and settees are expertly crafted to replicate the antique look with incredibly realistic distressing in the areas that would have received most natural wear over the years. The leather will need periodically feeding with leather care wax or creams to the soft, luxurious condition.

While the Chesterfield is usually thought of as manly .......

it does have its softer side.

This sofa is known for its rather large built and upright armrests that are upholstered. It can be associated to a gently giant since with its big frame and intimidating looks, it can be the softest and most COMFORTABLE sofa you can sit on.


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