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(As usual) the Pantone Color of the Year produced a mixed bag of passionate reviews ranging from:
I think it's perfect for this upcoming year!! Time to break away from the harsh blacks and enjoy the fresh new colors! Our world needs some serenity!!”
“I woke up, and it's 1983. Where's the ducks and bunnies??”
Whether you loathe the subtle nod to 1983 or believe the hues are a perfect way to soothe the world, there is something to be said for Pantone’s idea of gender fluidity and harmony. In their own words: “In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This...approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity...which includes a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged...that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.”

Do the Pantone Colors of the Year 2016 Have Potential?

At first I was a disappointed. But the closer I looked, I saw the potential for two new subtle neutrals that provide balance and a hint of (dare I say) whimsy to a space. But, this isn’t whimsy on a fairy princess scale. This is more about a subtle breath of fresh air injected into Old World traditionalism, or a gentle pop of color in an otherwise neutral interior; it helps break up the white, cream and beige without going overboard on brights.

I love Christmas. But, traditional decorations are not in my wheelhouse. Of course a little red and green and lights and tinsel are fabulous, but thinking outside the box is so much more fun. This year I challenge you to devise some alternative Christmas decorations. Go with bold, unexpected colors (oranges, blues, pinks and bright greens). Think of your interiors and use something that complements your palette or style. Gold and silver are beautiful, but try copper and bronze. Replace the typical evergreen tree. No space for a tree, no problem. Decorate a wall with mementos or string up lights in the shape of a tree. If you are shy about completely bucking tradition, start with a small change. Switch out some ornaments, change your color scheme. Do something unexpected in your kitchen or on your fireplace mantle.
Would love to see your photos of how you celebrate Christmas. Send them to me on Facebook or tag me on Instagram @lifestooshortforbeige. We'll share our favorites!
Alternative Christmas Decorations | Life's Too Short For Beige

When the temperatures drop I want to escape the cold by hibernating under a fluffy down duvet. When we talk about bedrooms the most commonly used words are “serene, comfortable, restful, etc.” Serenity is a good thing, but when it borders on boring, it’s time to hit the refresh button. The place you wake up everyday shouldn’t put you back to sleep. Give it some personality. After the holidays (yes, I’m already looking forward to January 1), when family has departed and I finally have a chance to get back to life, it’s the perfect time to up the ante in my bedroom beyond just the basics of a few new throw pillows and a blanket. Every year I try to change out one major item, and upgrade some smaller things like bedding, blankets and throws. Here are a few of my favorite ways to switch it up. Some won’t cost you a dime.

Tomorrow, while you are stuck between Aunt Sally who drank too much wine and Cousin Gareth who is talking with his mouth full, close your eyes and dream of sitting in one of these stunning dining rooms. With plush textures, beautiful lighting, rich colors and unexpected details, these are rooms where you wish the meal and conversation would never end.

By now it should be no surprise that I love lighting. It’s transformative, beautiful and one of the most important parts of any space. When it comes to lighting designers, Lindsey Adelman is one of my go-tos for special, sensational pieces. Her fixtures tread that fine line between whimsical and modern. Whether I’m looking for stand-out chandeliers or the perfect pendant lights, Adelman delivers.

Saturday morning we woke up and our world had changed again. The tragedy in Paris is unspeakable. There are no words to describe the outrage and overwhelming sadness the world feels for everyone affected by the attacks in Paris. I debated all weekend about whether or not to write a post. It seems a bit trite to chime in from halfway around the world, but a friend of mine pointed out that what the terrorists want is to instill fear into the world. They want to disrupt our lives and collectively change who we are as a society. So, the best thing we can do to honor everyone whose lives were affected by Friday night’s cowardly attacks, is to move forward and show that they will NEVER bring us down. So, I decided to move forward and post this guide to soothing colors. It’s frighteningly poignant with the mood of the world today.

When Sherwin-Williams came out with their ColorMix 2016 forecast, their top palette was Pura Vida, a beautiful set of colors that “remind us to live well, be well, and stay well…[and create] spaces to unplug.” The colors are tranquil neutrals with warm greys, blushed neutrals, pink undertone beige and bronze, copper and warm metallics. This got me thinking about the idea of “calming color palettes,” and how we most associate the idea of comfort and calm with pale, ghostly shades...mostly whites, beige and grey. However, I think there is a new way to approach peaceful, quiet spaces to include bold shades, darker hues and even black and white. Read on for a few palettes that I love to work with when looking to achieve quiet, hushed spaces that allow you to relax, kick back and unplug.

Let the madness begin! The decorating, the gifting, the entertaining, the whirlwind of presents, family, friends, and general chaos is a beast that can’t be tamed. Instead of taming, let's fuel the fun with the 2015 Holiday Gift Guide you've been dreaming of... This year, my husband and I decided to do things a little differently and gift experiences rather than things. Concert tickets, a private chef for an evening, ski lessons, reservations at a coveted restaurant—the memories will last a lifetime. Experiences are the Holy Grail (or maybe in this case the Christmas Star) of this holiday gift guide, but there is always room for some out-of-the-box presents. There are a few of those ideas—some totally over the top and some very budget friendly—with a handful of practical gifts that will light up anyone on the list.