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Looking for a unique and awesome gift this holiday season? Look no more because SERreal Designs has you covered!

Picky friend or relative? Person that already has everything? Just at a loss of what to give? We’ve all been there. Everyone can use decorating help – men, women, your grandma…just imagine how surprised and excited they would be to get decorating help from a pro.

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Give the gift of design, and your loved one will have a gift that gives back to them all year long.

Visit my studio at:

SERreal Designs – The Studio

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A Rich Blue (Hues of Blue)

Blue is always a favorite color for decorating.

Blue is always a favorite color for decorating.

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Sky blue, light blue, royal blue, turquoise, cornflower…there are an endless number of names for the various shades of blue.

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Each one trying to capture the essence of the color, to evoke a particular feeling, and in the hopes that someone will fall in love with it.

Royal Blue

It happened to me with this shade of blue – Maritime Blue.  It’s darkness, the all-encompassing saturation of this shade of blue really does it for me.

Words I use to describe this color of blue (see if you agree with me):

  1. Dark
  2. Deep
  3. Lush
  4. Mysterious
  5. Boundless
  6. Enveloping
  7. Rich
  8. Cave-like
  9. Stable
  10. Authoritarian
  11. Moody
  12. Royal

Maritime Blue – post from SERreal Designs on Facebook (Original article by Philippa May for Country and Townhouse  – https://www.countryandtownhouse.co.uk/interiors/interiors-colour-trends-blue/)

Turquoise pattern

There are various ways to combine different blues when creating a palette of colors.

Here’s a way that I’ve used in the past:

  1. First you need to start with a hue family, which in this case would be the blue hue family.
  2. The second step is to pick a shade of blue that appeals to you.
  3. Next you will want to play around with various shades of the blue you chose – meaning you’ll look at blues that are either darker or lighter than your chosen color.
  4. Pick blues that are close together on the color wheel for a cohesive and pleasing look.

Tip:  Use a color wheel to help you figure out what other blues are in the same hue family.

Here’s a great example of several shades of blue used in a color palette, along with some accent colors to round out the whole color scheme.

You can obtain some really striking effects even within the same hue family by using a very light shade of the color you’ve chosen as an accent color.

Color Inspiration 73 @DunnEdwards Paint

Photo credit:  Lori Sawaya at swatchright.com

Colorgraphicals, Swatch right, and The Land of Color

The above graphic comes from Lori Sawaya who blogs at The Land of Color.

The graphic is called a “Colorgraphical” and you can find it on her website at Swatch Right.  Lori developed the Swatch Right system to enable easier paint sample testing.

Lori’s a well-known and respected color strategist who uses colorimetry (see Wikipedia definition) to specify architectural color for the built environment.

She’s also the brains and expert behind “Camp Chroma“.  Camp Chroma is a color course for those who use color in their profession or business, and it’s also for anyone who wants to learn about how color works, and the science and history behind it.

Okay back to Maritime Blue.  The name is seaworthy, don’t you think?  I think the name is, because of the word “maritime”.  However, this blue doesn’t remind me necessarily of the sea or an ocean because it’s too dark, (personal opinion here).

It does remind me of a lake.  A smooth, tranquil lake up in the mountains surrounded by pine trees.  Barely noticeable ripples on the surface from the fish swimming below, or the dragonflies dipping in for a swift drink of the cool water.  Ahhh yes, that’s it.  But I’m drifting off to dream here.  I think you can see my vision.

No matter what you picture when you gaze upon this color, remember that you can play with it in your space, whether it be your bedroom, a den, or even your workspace.

Go bold and paint the whole room, or be demure and use subtle hints of this blue in your accent decor.

Have fun with it!

Florida Rooms

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Florida Room by SERrealDesigns

The Florida Room is a common sight in homes where the weather is warm most of the year.

Also known as a sun room, solarium, garden room, sun parlor, sun porch, patio room, garden conservatory, or winter garden, these rooms are usually attached the to main structure of a home and enclosed to keep the occupants protected from the weather.

They’re almost a “must have” in luxury homes such as those offered by Douglas Elliman of Florida – Douglas Elliman of Florida.

Even if you don’t have a luxury home, your screened in sun room or porch will do.  Just make sure that you incorporate elements of décor that make you comfortable, and stay true to your style and taste.

Here are some tips on making your “Florida Room” comfortable and cozy during the  winter season:

  1. use comfortable furniture that will look good during the warm months as well as during the cooler months
  2. make sure there’s plenty of seating for the whole family and guests that may drop by
  3. tables and stools are a must-have to sit your décor on, as well as drinks, magazines and board games
  4. make sure you have plenty of lighting – even though in these types of rooms there’ll usually be plenty of light from the windows, you may want to entertain or cozy up when it’s raining at night time
  5. use various textiles and fabrics in your décor; throws, pillows, rugs, and even wall hangings can liven up the room with color, texture and pattern.  This will keep your room from feeling like a mausoleum
  6. Bring in a lot of flowers and plants to give you the feeling that you’re still connected to nature even though you’re inside on a gloomy day
  7. Don’t forget your pets – go ahead and bring in their beds and toys to keep them occupied and so they have a soft place to curl up.  This way they can still be included in family time
  8. Artwork and other décor items can personalize your Florida Room and make it feel like an extension of your main house.  Don’t be afraid to bring in that crazy, colorful piece to hang on the wall as a focal point
  9. Wallpaper is another way to add dimension and interest to the room, too
  10. If you have a smaller room, use mirrors and mirrored furniture to bounce the light around and give the feeling of a larger space

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Beautiful, light-filled Florida room looking out to the ocean – Photo credit:  Douglas Elliman of Florida
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Peaceful, zen-inspired room – Photo credit: kirana kirana (via Soto Kopyok)

The Paper’s Here – Featuring HGTV!

 HAPPY OCTOBER!  I’m excited for this beautiful season and all it brings.  From the gorgeous colors of the leaves turning, to the holiday decorations…how could you not love fall!

In today’s paper I’ve featured an article by HGTV and you can see a little tidbit below.  To read the full article, click on the link below:

HGTV – Cozy Home in Santa Barbara, CA

Tour This Warm, Woodsy, Welcoming Home

Surrounded by trees and filled with color, HGTV Magazine found a home that’s the definition of cozy.

Lisa Romerein (Styled by Liz Strong)

Article and photo credit: HGTV http://www.hgtv.com

Get inspired today!  Read the full paper by clicking this link SERreal Designs Newsletter

He Visits Her

He Visits Her

He Visits Her by serrealdesigns featuring a landscape picture



Brass crystal chandelier

$895 – neimanmarcus.com

Liora Manné indoor outdoor runner

macys.com

Rug

chairish.com

Bed pillow

chairish.com

J Queen New York bed pillow

belk.com

Chanel paris bathroom accessory

chairish.com

National Tree Company outdoor pot

belk.com

Kensie window curtain panel

lordandtaylor.com

NOVICA cross home decor

novica.com

Brown curtain panel

chairish.com

Wooden wall art

belleescape.com

NOVICA oil pastel painting

novica.com

Landscape picture

amazon.com

Nearly Natural rose bouquet

cymax.com

Fall candle holder

kirklands.com

Modena caster chair

$1,295 – multiyork.co.uk

Antique white table

$905 – serendipityhomeinteriors.com

Reclaimed barn wood furniture

zinhome.com

B Ella antique white chair

overstock.com

Elemis body treatment

nordstrom.com

Autumn Sitting Room

Autumn Sitting Room

Eccentric Royalty – Private Great Room

Eccentric Royalty - Private Great Room

Ceiling mounted light
$9,205 – neimanmarcus.com

Window curtain
chairish.com

Brass candelabra
chairish.com

Visionnaire flower wallpaper
$1,095 – luisaviaroma.com

Antique home decor
chairish.com

Yellow home decor
chairish.com

Home wall decor
allposters.com

Butterfly wall art
$20 – very.co.uk

Sarreid red couch
onekingslane.com

Gold coffee table
onekingslane.com

Tropical Flair Bedroom

Tropical Flair Bedroom

Tropical wall art
$8.15 – etsy.com

Printable wall art
$8.15 – etsy.com

Sanderson Paint – Beach Beige
$5.82 – fabricsandpapers.com

Berries & Black Home Office

Berries & Black Home Office