Monday, January 28, 2013

Monday Mornings: Judging Book Covers

Who says you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover? I always thought that was an odd hard and fast mantra. The time and effort put into the cover design usually reflects a novel that was written with much care and concern and one that a publisher wants to promote with good art on the cover! I must admit that I'm quite the sucker for a good looking book. We drove to Oxford, MS this weekend for a quick little getaway jaunt. While there, we ducked in a little bookstore on the square and I was drawn to so many well designed books that I had to share my top favorites. I haven't read any of these, but I might be digging in to one soon just because they looked so good...

New York Times Book Review, Top 10 Books of the Year
Left image- box that holds all of the quirky pieces of the graphic novel. 

-Hillary Butler Fine Art-

Friday, January 25, 2013

Friday Inspiration

 This quote by Ira Glass rests on my fridge and it calms me down while I'm in the middle of a panic. There's a lot going on this season of life and I really need to hear the normal side of things- it's normal for things to take time to materialize and to process and the results only come by patiently trudging through. At the end of a long week, I salute you for working hard and pushing through and I'll see you next week after a well deserved restful weekend:).

Hillary Butler {Fine Art}

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Orchids in January

With winter weather at its height, my backyard looks disgusting and I need something growing around me to add that air of airiness that live plants give a home. I picked up a few orchids last week and have loved having them on my dining room table. Yep. Mood lifted. Not feeling like I live in a winter wasteland. Thank you, lovelies for sprucing up my table and my day.

- Hillary Butler {Fine Art}

Friday, January 18, 2013

How to Incorporate Emerald into Existing Colors

 Pantone landed on emerald for this year because it is "Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony." What a gorgeous color for any space, but how does one go about incorporating a new color of the year into an already planned color scheme? If you're someone who likes change and likes to stay on trend, don't be discouraged when a new color emerges that you'd like to see in your space- there's always wiggle room to make it compliment your current color palette and decorating persona.

For the neutral home: Neutrals are all the rage these days, allowing for playful pops of color to be added here and there to dramatically change the look of the room without disrupting the entire color scheme. I love the deep emerald curtains against the dark grey walls and white furniture in the top right picture. It's clean and chic and spot on color trend. Emerald on white is quite stunning- green is such a clean color- white is such a natural color combination for a color trend pairing. Play around with different hues of the same color with a neutral color palette to keep it clean and allow your bold colors to stand out.

For the bold decorator: Another option would be to pair a trending color with a complimentary color (one opposite it on a color wheel). The jewel tones of the magenta against the dark emerald green give the room an elegance and hint of playfulness without feeling like a rainbow exploded in there. If you're thinking about using other colors to pair with your complimentary colors, it's god to stay in the neutral range, like the navy blue throw on the bed above. It adds variety without distracting from the main color combo.

For the traditionalist: If you aren't feeling up to pairing bold colors together, another color strategy would be to keep the colors in a similar family such as pairing emeralds and yellows/gold, especially if your palette is more traditional. This keeps your colors soft and warm and on trend without having to step too far out on a limb. 

For more ideas and inspiration on adding emerald to your current space, check out my Emerald board on Facebook.

How are you incorporating emerald into your home this year? I'd love to see pictures !

Monday, January 14, 2013

Monday Morning Fireplaces

The one sadness I have about my house (except the fact that it is not parked on Cape Cod...) is that we don't have a fire place. I really pine for one in January. It's been exceptionally cold and rainy this month and all I want to do is curl up with a good book and be cozy next to a roaring fire. Until one magically appears in my living room, I'll just have to settle for my snuggie and hot tea. Here are the top four fire places I've been crushing on this week- a mix of contemporary and vintage modern. So yum. I'll take two of each, please.

( left to right clockwise) Slate Framed Fireplace | Uber Modern Heater/ Fireplace | Vintage Modern Victorian Overhaul | Crisp Contemporary Fireplace   

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Perfect Spot for a Painting...

   I absolutely love this perfect little vignette that Emilee created for her new painting! She and her husband purchased this from the "Near and Far" show collection for their Christmas gift to each other. I am so honored to be a part of the Garrett living room decor! 

There are still some paintings for sale from the show- check them out here to see all available Hillary Butler paintings.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Goodies from the African Continent

My sister moved to Africa this fall and got to come home this Christmas- laden with some amazing gifts for us! I may have fought off family members for that orange necklace in the family gift exchange.... Her life there is so different from our comfy daily American rituals, but it's far from lacking in beauty and cultural richness. I have so loved learning through her about her new corner of the world and to incorporate a little bit of African culture in my wardrobe!

Monday, January 7, 2013

New Memories for a New Year

 I'm back in full swing after a long over-due Christmas break. I took off the two weeks that coincided with David's break and the days were so full of memories made with family and friends who both drove across town and came across the sea to celebrate with us. Christmas decorations finally came down this weekend and this was the first year that I've been chomping at the bit to clear the festive fluff and start afresh with a clean house and a clutter free space. The fridge got a once over too as I took down most of the invitations and pictures from 2012 that were cluttering it. It was fun to go through all the pieces that represent all of the  memories that have filled it: birth announcements, party invitations, race bibs, and movie tickets. I reflect on another beautiful year that we have shared together with so many lovely people. I clear this pile of goodies and add it to my memory box. Now the fridge awaits what's new in 2013...