Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Easy Ways to Update

Happy September!

With the hint of fall in the air and the holidays just around the corner, I'm devoting a few posts to some easy ways to update your home. I posted about some "Design in a Day" ideas here a while back and here are some more fresh ideas:

*PAINT! Such an easy and inexpensive way to update...even just the foyer, as in this photo above. Painting a space in a warm, rich hue welcomes guests and enlivens a room. It's also fun to paint a powder room in a rich color, ceiling too, to make it feel like a jewel box. But color can be daunting, so ask a designer or friend for help if you're unsure.

*ACCESSORIES! We all know by now that changing out lamps (or at least lamp shades) and pillows on a sofa or chair can update instantly but try changing out some other accessories, too.

Try a warm-colored cashmere throw like these from WS Home, on sale right now, love the color Autumn Glaze. Or a stack of lacquered boxes, like these from Lille, great for storing things like stamps, stationary and photos. A new collection of picture frames and coffee table books are an easy update and flea markets and antique stores are a great place to look for silver frames and accessories.

*Foyer image above via House Beautiful, design by Lee Bierly and Christopher Drake
*Trellis print pillow by Peter Dunham and bowl of nectarines by