Interior design and fashion trends go hand in hand, and looking at  the Spring 2012 runway trends, it’s clear to see that neon is here to stay. Including neon elements in your decor can seem daunting for those unaccustomed to bold colors. But the best way to incorporate neon into your home is the same way you should incorporate it into your wardrobe — by pairing bright pinks and yellows with neutral tones and keeping shapes clean and simple. Here are a few of my picks for adding a fluorescent pop of color to your home:

Clockwise from top left: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

After my spark of inspiration yesterday I got to shopping and sourcing some new ways to bring a brighter color palette into the living room. I still want to work around the bigger items in the room, like my upholstered chair in a graphic mustard print, and the gray walls and Cb2 pouf I recently bought. So I decided to mix in some pinks and reds and a litttle bit of blue — fabrics have been ordered and I’m ready for a mini-makeover!

Sources: print, ikat, geometric, chevron, houndstooth

Do you ever have that moment when you suddenly decide you’re “over” a space in your home? I had that moment earlier this week when I decided that the living room is in need of an update. My long-lived obsession with citron and grey came to a grinding halt and I’m dying for some new colors in the space. I combed through my inspiration folder and plucked out an image from Eddie Ross that featured a bright and rich Quadrille Ikat print — and now my wheels are turning for how I can incorporate it in the room.  I’ll be sure to share my inspiration board once it’s all pulled together!

Image via Eddie Ross

Earlier in the week I posted about the crisp bright vermilion hued-trend in Fall fashion displays this year, and it made me think about all of the ways I’ve seen the color used in design. Much like pairing the color with classics like blue jeans and camel coats, I think the same practice applies in interiors — it looks best paired with crisp white details and simple design.


Images via 1. 2. 3. 4.

Deborah Lloyd’s wardrobe was featured on The Coveteur last week, and sure I was excited about the shoes — but really I was honing in on the interior design behind the shoes.  I of course adored the gallery wall in her home too, especially the paper ephemera tacked on top of the frames with neon pink washi tape. And you know you’re fabulous when you have a giant stuffed white peacock in your living room — I want to move in!

Images via The Coveteur

I’m over on Houzz today posting about 20 ways to get the coastal look without the kitsch; click over and check out a few of my ideas for creating a beach house style of your own!

Sometimes I forget that back when I started this blog, it was all about interiors. Now I’m posting about parties and fashion and food and beauty… it’s easy to forget your roots. Until of course, something inspiring comes along and I’m right back to where I began, writing about gorgeous interior design. Two rooms in the past week have made that inspiration light bulb flicker on. One by Nick Olsen for House Beautiful, the other by Tori of Sitting In A Tree Events —  both are very different, yet both polished and feminine. Which is your favorite?

Images 1, 2 via House Beautiful, 3, 4 via Glitter Guide

I’m in a Craigslist conundrum. The cabinet I use to store my cocktail ingredients is overflowing, which can be a good problem to have — but my multi-month search for a more permanent home to the beverage station has turned up dry.

Bar carts seem to be few and far between, so I’m starting to expand my horizons for an alternative solution. These two pictures have adorable bar areas set up on top of bookshelves and dressers and are serving as my inspiration. Aren’t they chic?

Images via Design*Sponge and Time Out Chicago and Decor8

I recently started using  Houzz, a community and inspiration tool for home design enthusiasts; my first post on the site is a round-up of outdoor furnishings and accessories for stylish entertaining alfresco.

Bright colors and durable fabrics combine to make a whimsical landscape for sharing a summer night outside with friends. A few of my favorite pieces are here like the painted wrought iron chairs from Anthropologie and the colorful patterned outdoor rugs from Terrain. Click over and see all of the items I’ve included in my round-up.

 

Images via 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7