Interior Design

Trends from the Nest: 2019 Spring/Summer Color Trends

Every season, the team at the Pantone Color Institute develops Fashion Color Trend Report. The report is a color overview focusing on the colors fashion designers will be featuring in their collections for the upcoming season. While focused on fashion, these trends serve as a key indicator of the color stories we can expect to see showing up across all areas of design.  The season theme is Love: Cherishing the Life Force of Color in Design. According the Pantone Color Institute, “There is no longer a uniform design aesthetic and while our color stories for Spring Summer 2019 reflect this new reality, we also explore a return to arranged, harmonious, stable, familial colors. Just like love, color stories for Spring/Summer 2019 are displayed in complex arrangements, are ever changing and are not always predictable.”

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  1. PANTONE 17-1564, Fiesta: A festive orange red, Fiesta radiates energy, passion and excitement.
  2. PANTONE 19-1862, Jester Red: Adding depth and intensity, Jester Red combines rich elegance with urbanity.
  3. PANTONE 15-1264, Turmeric: Turmeric is an enlivening orange that infuses a hint of pungency into the palette.
  4. PANTONE 16-1546, Living Coral: Living Coral is an affable and animating shade whose golden undertone gives it a softer edge.
  5. PANTONE 18-2045, Pink Peacock: The tantalizingly theatrical Pink Peacock fans out to a feast for the eyes.
  6. PANTONE 17-0542, Pepper Stem: Zesty yellow-green Pepper Stem encourages our desire for nature’s healthy bounty.
  7. PANTONE 13-0850, Aspen Gold: Brightening our day, sunny Aspen Gold stimulates feelings of joy and good cheer.
  8. PANTONE 19-4150, Princess Blue: Princess Blue, a majestic royal blue hue, glistens and gleams.
  9. PANTONE 18-1031, Toffee, Deliciously irresistible, tasteful Toffee whets the appetite.
  10. PANTONE 15-0960, Mango Mojito: The golden yellow Mango Mojito feeds our craving for pleasant comforts.
  11. PANTONE 18-0416, Terrarium Moss: Terrarium Moss conjures up thoughts of flourishing foliage and the physical beauty in the natural world.
  12. PANTONE 14-2808, Sweet Lilac: An endearing pink infused lavender, Sweet Lilac’s easy and gentle manner quietly charms.

And while most folks do not change out their furniture as often as their wardrobes, here are some interesting ways to add the seasons trend to your existing décor:


  1. Coral and White Chinoiseries Large Dragon Vase,
  2. Ulla Accent Armchair,
  3. S/5 Designer Books,
  4. Coral Navy Gray Floral Wall Art, Sweet Blooms Décor,
  5. Geometric Screenprint 1,
  6. Limosa Wallpaper,
Interior Design

Spark of Color: Vintage Wonderland

Color stories for your interior design can be influenced by many things such as nature, artwork, and sometimes, just things from your everyday life.  I took this picture in front of an antique store in Lambertville, N.J. called America Antiques and Design.  Among many things, they specialize in large clocks.  I used this image for today’s color inspiration.

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Vintage Wonderland photographed by Susan Haney


  1. Ombre Pop Indoor/Outdoor Rug, Multi,
  2. Butte 24″ Cone Aged Brass Pendant,
  3. Meyer Lemon & Sage Prints,
  4. Safavieh Boris Red Coffee Table,
  5. Nantucket Roll Arm Sofa,
  6. Elise & James Home Dalis Decorative Pillow,
  7. Lemon Sorbet Paint,
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A Dog’s Life


Are you fighting the battle of accidents, muddy paw prints and the unfortunate result of scooting?  Well, I am.  I have paid the high price of rug cleaning for a myriad of mishaps caused by my fur babies.  And because I love them, I accept this as my lot in life.  All that said, I just discovered a company called Ruggable.  Ruggable makes removable carpet covers that are machine washable, stain resistant and water resistant.  Not only are they extremely practical, but they are also very cute and affordable.  Each cover comes with a non-slip rug pad.  I love it when a problem is solved in a such a stylish way. For more information go to

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Arts & Crafts

Flower Power

Do you love fresh flowers in your home but maybe not the expense?  Margie Keats, the owner of The Lovely Ave has created paper flowers that are so realistic, you will have to look twice.  Margie began making flowers for her own wedding in 2013. After two years of side projects and spending every available moment perfecting the craft, The Lovely Ave opened its online doors.  For more information go to




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My Latest Spark

Gallery Wall

A gallery wall is a perfect way to add visual interest to a room that is very personal and curated.  There are a variety of techniques that can be used but the one thing that is a constant is that the gallery should have the feel of collection.

Some tricks of the trade for creating a gallery wall are as follows:

  1. Consider the right balance between your wall space and the frames that you want to display.
  2. Place your frames at eye level (typically five feet from the floor) unless you have very high ceilings.
  3. Be sure that your frame arrangement is centered horizontally on your wall space to create balance.
  4. Plan the layout before hanging either by arranging them on the floor or hanging craft paper on the wall.
  5. Unless you are creating a very structured linear arrangement, vary the shapes and sizes of the frames and hang both horizontal and vertical orientations to make it more interesting.
  6. If you are looking for consistency for family photos, turn your color images into black and white.

Linear and Grid

A linear and grid arrangement works best with the same frames of the same size and can be displayed either horizontally or vertically depending on the given area.  If you are looking for a clean and balanced look then linear is a good option.

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A salon style gallery, also known as a clustered configuration, is slightly more freestyle and can be a mix of framed art and objects.  This lends itself to more creativity since artworks are arranged within a loosely defined, more organic space.

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A ledge style gallery is created by staggering the height and overlapping a group of frames.  This is a great way to showcase family photographs mixing them with etchings or other works of art.

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Hang frames in the same upward angle of your staircase.  Anchor the display with large frames and accent the anchors with smaller frame sizes.

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Interior Design

Design 101

Balancing Act

Bringing balance to room creates a sense of ease and equilibrium. In interior design balance requires distributing visual weight appropriately.  It is both the avoidance of overemphasis or disregard for a given space within a room.  Either of these create an interior that appears lopsided. There are three types of balance: symmetrical, asymmetrical and radial.

Symmetrical Balance

Symmetrical balance requires a centerline creating a balance point for the arrangement.  In essence, one half is the mirror image of the other.  The image below is a great example of symmetrical balance and is very often used in formal settings such as living rooms.


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Asymmetrical Balance

In asymmetrical balance, unequal objects are placed at unequal distances from the centerline. That said, the visual weight of the size and color of objects is evenly distributed.  In other words, you want to create visual balance on each side of the centerline.  Below is an example of asymmetrical balance.  Asymmetrical balance typically lends itself to modern or informal settings.


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Radial Balance

Radial balance is circular and the objects are balanced around a central pivot point.  This type is balance is very often found in a dining room where the center of the dining table is the hub around which the objects are arranged.  The image below is an example of radial balance.


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Scenic Inspirations

Coastal Calm

Nothing sets the mood of a room like color.  Cool colors (blues, greens, violet combinations) promote tranquility.  Cool colors recede and are great for making a small room look larger.   Warm colors (orange, red, yellow combinations) advance projecting a feeling of comfort. Warm colors are used to make a big room feel cozier.  When deciding on paint colors and furnishings, consider both the size of the room and the mood that you want to establish.  A good tool is to use an inspirational image, either from a magazine, photograph or other source, that evokes an emotion that would like to translate to a room.

To illustrate this concept, I am using a photograph that I took in Key West.  I call this image “Taking Flight”.  While I love a great variety of design styles, one my favorite is “Coastal”. There is nothing like a beach scene to communicate coastal living.  Below the photograph is a mood board for a living room with paint and furnishings influenced by this image.  Share your inspiration and related mood board for your next project.


Taking Flight, photographed by Susan Haney

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  1. Vanguard Hart Coastal Teal Coral Rope Back Ivory Armchair,
  2. Safavieh Cape Cod Natural/Blue Area Rug,
  3. Blossom Beguile I Indoor Decorative Pillow,
  4. Watery, Behr Marquee Paint
  5. Ava Slipcovered Sofa,
  6. Harlow Small Coffee Table: Gunmetal,
  7. Palecek Reyna Coastal Grey Stripe Cream Rattan Stool Table,
  8. Carol Benson-Cobb, Mesa’s End No. 2,