Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Need a home-decor mood lift? Opt for boho happy colors

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What better time of the year for a boho home décor pick-me-up than January, which I’m certain is a lot drearier in Indiana (where I am) than California (where my heart is). But if I can’t BE a literal California girl, then I’ll settle for a home like this Palo Alto one, full of bright, happy colors to shine some light on my Midwest midwinter moodliness.


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The owner of this 3,600-square-foot home admits that after 15 years, she’d fallen out of love with it. But it wasn’t the structure itself; it was how she'd furnished it so many years before. So she enlisted the help of interior designers Tiffany Mansfield and Lisa O’Neil to banish the heavy, bulky furniture and the deep greens, reds and golds that filled it from head-to-toe.


The energy boost the home got from the redo is, to me, like a vitamin C infusion.


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Picture this living room the way it used to be—deep red walls, sofas in olive and brown—and check it out now. I’m love with the bright pops of citrusy colors paired with soothing aquas and teals. The lines of those two chairs make me happy, too, and I love how the seat cushions are upholstered in a differently textured fabric in a close color match. I also love the flatweave rug layered over the jute one, as well as the chinoiserie teapot print on those two orange sofa pillows.

Wow! Pow! When can I move in?


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The dining room continues the living room’s color scheme, banishing the dark olive walls,a  clunky dark-wood table, and oh-so-traditional chairs (high-back, velvet, and brass-studded) with something lighter, happier and more laid-back, a la midcentury modern. 

Like the living room draperies, these are edged in tassels—another fun touch! And I’m in awe of the relaxed tablescape of lanterns and vases in varying sizes.


It’s all gorgeous, but this is the room that got the happy-color ball rolling.


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A kitchen redo was first on the homeowner’s list, and she fell in love with some tiny pink iridescent tiles she saw in a magazine while on vacation in Spain. The designers found a close match at a local showroom, but on installation day the homeowner nearly backed out of the choice. 

“It was so pink, I panicked,” she said. But all turned out more than a little bit all right once the white oak cabinets and white quartz countertops were installed, which toned down the pink tiles a bit (but not too much). 

The backsplash seems to flash orange as well as pink, accentuated by orange accessories used in the vase, mixer and lining of the light fixtures, which works EXTRA well for me. Orange and pink is one of my favorite boho décor combos. It relates back to a dress I made for myself—my first—back in the late 1960s. Funny how things like that color your world forever.


Sleep bright!


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The fixes in the master bedroom were basic: paint, a new headboard and a swap-out of textiles. I love the pops of coral against aqua on the bed, as well as how some windows have Roman shades while another has full-length draperies, but all in the same fabric—that divine celery green print.


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Upstairs the rooms are full of interesting roof clips, so paint was used to accentuate the angles rather than downplay them. In one daughter’s room, the bed sits in an alcove done in as an accent wall in Benjamin Moore’s Springtime Bloom. With the rest of the walls and ceiling done in white, your eye naturally follows the bubblegum pink wall up to its tippy-top.


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The other daughter chose Benjamin Moore Marmalade for her vaulted ceiling, which casts a warm glow on all the pink accessories. I love the aqua and turquoise used in BOTH girls’ bedrooms to cool off those warmer shades just a bit.


If you want more…

  • Take the full tour on the HGTV Magazine website. 
  • For sources and the lowdown on the renovation and redesign of this home, pick up a copy of the January/February 2017 HGTV Magazine and check out “Happy Colors Only,” beginning on page 77. 
  • Flip to Page 88 to see how to get the “happy colors” look yourself. 
  • See more work by Mansfield + O’Neil Interior Design
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