Friday Favorites in Five

September 12, 2014

Happy Friday everyone! 

Since I didn't post yesterday, I feel that it's important to note that it was 9/11. We watched 9/11 last night - it was the first time I've watched this documentary. It was intended to be about a firefighter trainee at one of the firehouses in NYC, and the brothers filming happened to be present on 9/11 capturing scenes of the firefighters as they responded. It was unimaginable, and emotional. It was also pretty amazing to hear their take on that day, and how it changed their lives. It's a saying you see each year, but it's so true, we will never forget.

On a lighter note, this week was good overall...it seemed busy but it was good. I got my hair cut and colored Wednesday, which it felt like it had been forever, and now I feel so refreshed. A weight has been lifted, literally. After the pampering I did a little shopping, and saw CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS! What?!?!? It's not even Halloween. It's not even October for cryin' out loud. I was shocked. I expected pumpkins. 

I love me some Christmas, but I also really enjoy fall. Don't take fall away from me. I won't allow it. Let me enjoy my fall leaves, my pumpkins, and my hot dog roasting over the open fire before we start singing Christmas carols and jingling bells. Summer is barely over. When I say barely I mean it's still reaching high 80's almost 90's. Stop it!

Alright, now I'm done.

Last week I shared some of my favorite bright and colorful rooms. Today I'm going to do the opposite and share my favorite neutral rooms...which I love. The best part about going neutral is that it can so easily be changed with a few colorful accents. It's the perfect option for someone that changes their mind a lot (like me) and wants new fresh designs periodically.

 1. This bedroom is a perfect example of layering neutrals. There are creams, whites, tans, and a little color in the rug, but still very subtle. 

2. Yes, I know, this dining room has a little color in the walls and the rug, but I picked this image because it is still mostly neutral with the white. Just a great example that you can still add some color on the walls without it being overpowering. 

3. The reason I picked this image is because it proves that "neutral" doesn't have to mean light colors. Grey is a beautiful neutral color, and what's fun in this space is that there is a lot of contrast. That in itself is a little more bold...even though it's still neutral colors.

4. When you think neutral, this is probably the most common visual. Very light colors, natural fiber rug, medium toned flooring. Classic neutral space. It just feels happy because it's bright, and the natural elements make it lived-in, warm and comfortable.

5. This room is amazing. The ceiling, light fixture, floor color, the doors opening to the outside (looks to be screened in) dining area...I'll take it! The walls and trim are almost the same color, which makes it seem even larger because there isn't a visual separation. It's more formal than I would typically go for, but very pretty!

Which room is your favorite? Do you go neutral or do you have to have color?