Design Cookbook

The Necessary Neutral

Comment(s) December 16, 2013

I love color, all color, but the truth is nothing beats a good neutral. Done right it can be sophisticated, calming, mysterious, beautiful, intense, and the list goes on and on. Neutral doesn’t just consist of the “boring beige” that everyone knows. There are shades of blue, gray, white and brown that I am very fond of and that act as great neutrals. A dark neutral can add depth to a room just by its intensity.

Recently, I had an opportunity to put my love of neutrals into full effect. In my last blog post on Colorfully, Behr I mentioned I was working on a client’s new place (a bachelor pad) and he expressed his love of grays. I was ecstatic! I love working with every shade of gray.

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We started with Twilight Gray to go with the black, white, marble and wood finishes throughout his house. It was the perfect neutral that brought all the rooms together.

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The key to adding depth in a room with neutrals is to add texture. I kept the existing texture in the living room by showcasing the existing brick fireplace. Painting it Cordite gave it more of a presence. The dark color is rich, sophisticated and doesn’t appear too blue or gray. It was the perfect shade.

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Old Hollywood photography was used in the bedroom as well to give the room a classic feel against the backdrop of Sonic Silver paint. Velvet curtains and crisp white bedding made the room feel masculine, but comfortable.

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Lastly, elements of glass and shiny metals made the space feel more modern. Glass replaced the traditional spindles on the stairwell, doors with glass inserts were added, tables made of mirror were placed throughout and interesting accessories turned the bachelor pad into his perfect “man cave”.

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HALLOWEEN is here!

Comment(s) October 18, 2013

Halloween is here!!!!!!  One of my favorite holidays.  It’s the only one where a grown adult can run around the streets dressed as a superhero in a cape and tights and no one thinks about calling the cops on him/her.   It’s magical.  You can be anyone or anything you want! In honor of this eccentric holiday, here are a few of my favorite Halloween home decor items.  I’ve also posted them in my Keep account where you can purchase them along with a million other items.   A side note… the skull picture below is a photograph taken in Cambodia by an amazing photographer.   I’d buy it!

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1.  Skulls Photo www.lahiere.com 2.  Crow Candle Holders 3. Crystal Skull Bottle 4. Skull Napkins 5. Spider pitcher 6. Hanging Lights 7. Black Taper Candles 8. Bat Garland 9. Halloween Serving Plates

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Me + La-Z-Boy = Family

Comment(s) June 30, 2013

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I’m so happy to announce that I’ve joined the La-Z-Boy family as their design expert!!!  I’m certainly blessed to be  part of such an amazing company.  I grew up with a La-Z-Boy recliner as a staple in my living room so I feel like we have been family forever.  Now,  it’s just official!  An American Dream for sure!  Tweet me a pic of your La-Z-Boy furniture at @kellyedwardsinc  !  I’d love to see how La-Z-Boy looks in your home.

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Glamping in California

Comment(s) June 22, 2013

 

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I went glamping!  Yes, glamorous camping!  If you’re not a “camper” per se, but love the idea of camping then this is definitely for you.  No pitching tents, no sleeping on the ground, no fire to build…perfect!

Our little adventure took place in Pescadero at a place called Costanoa which is about 6 hours away from LA.  Unsure of what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised to find our cute little cabin equipped with everything we would need. A roof over our heads, a fireplace, and a bed.  Not too shabby.  The had a great restaurant on site and a few great hikes to do. I will say that the wind is AWFUL on the coast, but if you ignore the fact that you may blow away and wear something warm for June you’ll be just fine.  All you need for this trip is to pack warm, bring a good book and soak in the great outdoors!  Just like camping, but a little more chic. The only thing I missed were the S’mores.  I’m still sad about it!

 

 

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Launch Party for The Design Cookbook in Chicago w/ E Drop-Off and Glossed and Found

Comment(s) June 12, 2013

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I had the most amazing time in Chicago last week celebrating The Design Cookbook.  My favorite part…the party!!! Corri McFadden, owner of e Drop-Off and Graham Kostic of Glossed and Found hosted an amazing event for the book in Corri’s beautiful showroom on Halsted.  I chose Emerald Green as the color for the party (Pantone’s color of the year) and they had everything decked out in green from the Behr paint samples that were the perfect shade of Emerald to the Sprinkles cupcakes and the Peroni beer they were serving.  This was a “Recipe for Fun” for sure!!!  If you haven’t already…check out my book HERE!

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I’LL BE AT BARNES & NOBLE IN OAK BROOK, IL ON JUNE 4TH

Comment(s) May 23, 2013

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PLEASE JOIN ME JUNE 4TH AT THE BARNES & NOBLE IN OAK BROOK, IL AT 6:30 FOR MY BOOK SIGNING!!!

I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL THERE!

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