Color Theory: Warm Hues

By Wednesday, October 29, 2014 16 No tags Permalink 0

color theory for warm hues

Over the summer, we chatted about neutrals and how the poor things tend to get neglected when people talk about color theory. It turns out that they have some really interesting meanings, too, just like their bolder and brighter friends. (Remember when we learned that white is “the color of perfection?” Good times.) Since we’ve already taken care of the neutral department, I thought I’d make my way around the rest of the color wheel. I went on a hike at the arboretum yesterday and got an eye full of fall beauty, so this seemed like a good time to hit the warm half of the circle.

red room2


Let’s start with red, or as it always registers in my brain: DANGER ZONE. Ha. I’m partially kidding. Even before I started researching this post I knew red was aggressive, thanks to how stressed out I’d feel in my parents’ guest room. (They’ve started the red-removal process, don’t worry.) Red is a very stimulating color known for raising heart rates and blood pressure, and can make some people irritable. On the happier side of the coin, we all know it’s a symbol of love but it’s also an indicator of pioneering spirit. Fun! Red makes a great accent color in rooms that get a lot of natural light.

orange room


Orange, Hubsey’s favorite color, adds energy and warmth to a room and can stimulate creativity. More muted shades, like peach or salmon, are good in bathrooms because they flatter a lot of skin tones–which totally makes sense because we have to counteract the blue tinge from our walls with warm lightbulbs, lest we look like zombies in there. Fun fact: younger people respond more positively to orange than older folks.

yellow room


Of the three we’re talking about today, yellow is my fave. Happy. Uplifting. Energizing. If you’re stuck about what color to pick for your entryway, yellow is a good call because it makes people feel welcome. Interestingly, it can also increase your focus and information recall–magic!–so keep it in mind the next time you paint your office or study spot for the kiddos.

Which of these warm colors is your favorite? (Team Yellow.) Do you think these common associations are accurate? Would you add anything else? Who else gets freaked out by too much red?

New Craft Show Displays!

By Monday, October 27, 2014 10 No tags Permalink 0

One bummer thing about switching from one product (jewelry) to another (home decor) is totally re-doing my craft show display. As in, I kept almost nothing. The tables I’ll have to drag around are the same, as are my cash box and credit card reader, but that’s it. Everything else had to be changed. I was actually pretty excited about it because while I liked how my jewelry display LOOKED, it was such a pain to deal with all of the individual pieces and fragile everything. Vintage plates made a fun background in theory, but UGH did I get tired of delicately hauling them around.

Anyway, this time around I knew I wanted a setup that would be more convenient to carry and 100% less breakable. No glass.

In fact, I stumbled upon a few things in my office that would work. I was up there one day when I noticed the baskets I use to hold wrapping paper and gift bags:

blue baskets

Perfect for the throw pillows and napkin sets! Boom! The brown wasn’t too exciting, so I jazzed them up with some pretty oops paint I found at Lowes about a year ago. (Tragically, there wasn’t a color code on it so I have no idea what it is.)

Also in the office: I had a crate hangin’ around that held my vinyl records. They’ll will be okay leaning against something else for a day, so I decided to take the crate, plus a matching buddy I got at JoAnn, for some table height. They got the same blue treatment as the baskets.

blue crates

Since I was on a roll, I wandered through some other rooms. Remember this tray I use to wrangle our remotes?

tray table

It’s a good size for the glitter clothespins:

white tray

I ended up buying some other stuff–like smaller brown baskets, a fresh white table cloth, and a chalkboard plaque–but I’m stoked that I found a handful of things in the house. The blue paint also goes with that one bit of decorating I’ve done in the office, so it’s a win-win.


packed crates

Like Russian nesting dolls, except with more carrying space! This obviously isn’t everything, but wouldn’t that be awesome? “Hello, I’m coming to a craft show with these two small boxes,” said no one ever.

My first show of the season is Saturday (aaaah!), so I’ll be sure to come back with a look at the whole setup. If you’re a seller, have you been fiddling with your display for holiday shows? Do you ever use stuff you have around the house? Who else loves finding cute oops paint?

A Bug in a Rug

By Thursday, October 23, 2014 8 No tags Permalink 0

It’s been a while since I’ve gotten to wax lyrical about a rug. Probably since we bought the one for the kitchen? Right? Yes. I bring this up because I recently did some poking around on Chairish, a site for buying and selling cool vintage wares, and found A RUG. It even fits with the pink streak I’ve been on lately, which is funny. Since this is clearly where my brain is going now, I thought I’d go ahead and build a room around it–mainly to practice for the inevitable moment when the hue creeps into our decor. (We have literally zero pink things right now.) Let’s take a gander!

retro breakfast nook

table  //  chairs  //  pendant  //  rug  //  credenza  //  planters  //  curtains  //  paint

>> Now THAT is a floor covering. Since it’s so bold, I knew I wanted to do a couple of things right off the bat: keep the furniture sleek and minimal, and focus on a simple color scheme. I also imagined it going into a little space, not just because the actual rug is only 42″, but because I think something like this works better on a smaller scale.

>> Okay, that furniture. I love all of it. The tulip table above is IKEA, but similar ones are easy to find in other sizes (if needed) if you google around. I like the look of white and wood together, so I nodded to all of the warm colors in the rug with the chairs and credenza. If you’re using something dramatic like I am, go ahead and use said thing as the launching pad for all of your other colors. It will make your life easier.

>> The rug is the star here, but I wanted one more pattern in the space for balance. The West Elm curtains relate to the blue chairs and the darker neutrals in the rug, which makes them blend a little more instead of being like, “HEY GUYS I’M THE CURTAINS.” It’s okay to have them call your name a little, but you don’t want them screaming in your face.

>> The snazzy light fixture and brass plant holders repeat the circular theme we get from the table and rug (which I know is an octagon, but it’s round enough). If you have eclectic taste like I do, a trick to make things feel cohesive is to repeat the same shape several times. Repeating colors works the same way, hence the blue and wood tones popping up a lot here.

If I’ve said it once I’ve said it 100 times: I hope midcentury modern is a trend that never dies. I know it will, and I’ll cry bitter tears on that dark day, but if I could be in charge of design in the universe MCM would never be uncool. Tapered legs 4eva. So how do you feel about working some pink into your house? Or tossing a bold rug onto the floor? Have you ever been caught off guard by something unexpectedly appealing to you? (Of course you have. Was it also pink?)

This post was done in cooperation with Chairish.

Party All the Time

By Wednesday, October 22, 2014 6 No tags Permalink 0

We might not be hosting a Halloween get-together this year (we actually have to choose between two costume parties on the same night because they’re an hour away from each other–I guess we’ll draw straws?) but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been looking at decor and food ideas, anyway. Some of these would be pretty dope even if you’re not having a bunch of people over. Who doesn’t like to be festive?

Halloween Party Ideas

drink labels  //  wall art  //  bloody martinis  //  spider eggs  //  haunted village  //  place card

How awesome are those martinis with the drippy red cake gel? And let’s give a shout out to the oysters in the background; that’s actually a pretty clever way to add some slime/guts to your shindig without being gross. While we’re talking about food, those “spider eggs” are donut holes and plastic rings. (And speaking as a person who occasionally encounters the real thing in the basement, those are creepily accurate.) As for the decor, I’m loving the haunted village idea. This example is just a bunch of bird houses painted black and that is BRILLIANT. The ominous looking embroidery hoop art is also pretty easy to make, since those are pictures from the Graphics Fairy printed onto fabric instead of paper. (Here’s a tutorial for that if you’ve never tried.)

All I’ve done to get into the Halloween spirit is paint a few little pumpkins and now I want to up my game. The more I look at the haunted village, the more I want to make one for the top of the piano. Are you throwing a Halloween party this year? What spooky decor do you have around the house? Do you plan to make any creepy food?

Shop Update: Craft Show Edition

By Monday, October 20, 2014 20 No tags Permalink 0

A couple of months ago I chatted about getting more inventory into the Etsy shop. I had a pile of fabric, including some holiday colors, and things were lookin’ good. I even made a bunch of stuff, but if you’ve poked around the shop lately you know there’s not anything new. So what’s my deal?

I got accepted to three craft shows! And since these are the first events I’ve done since I hung up the ol’ jewelry-making tools, I had to start building THAT inventory from scratch. I only had four weeks to prep for the first one (which is November 1st!) so this has pretty much taken over my life. I’m not complaining, though; it’s been fun to spend a chunk of most workdays making new products. I’ve shared a couple of things on Instagram already, but today I have a better preview of what’s to come. SO EXCITED.

Reversible Cloth Napkins

Aside from the pillows, I’ve been busting out reversible cloth napkins. I have a lot of patterns, including some pretty red and green for Christmas, but the rather dramatic one-of-a-kind set above is my FAVORITE. It wouldn’t be so limited if I had my way, but it looks like the chevrons are out of stock in that color and I don’t know when they’ll be back. Womp, womp.

I’m also introducing some non-fabric goodies that I whipped up for stocking stuffers. Ever since I made those epic napkins I’ve been in a pink zone, so I busted out some coordinating paint and dipped the ends of wooden spoons. So far they’re available in five other colors, too, including gold:

Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons

Also in the stocking stuffer category are glittery clothespins for hanging pictures or holiday cards (a bit o’ pink here, too):

Glitter Clothespins

And some non-sparkly options for those among us who don’t feel like blingin’ it up:

Patterned Clothespins

I will be getting everything online in the next week-ish (for real this time!) but if you’re local you can eyeball everything in person at one of the shows:

Vendor and Craft Fall Bazaar
Saturday, November 1st
Joliet Catholic Academy

TJ Vendor and Craft Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, November 15th
Thomas Jefferson Elementary School (Plainfield)

Holiday Arts Extravaganza
Saturday, December 6th
Streamwood High School

Have you been making holiday inventory yet? Do you have any shows coming up? Even if you’re not a maker, do you know of any awesome shows in your area? Who else can’t believe it’s time for this already?