Rooms Inspired by the Month of April

I can’t believe it’s already the end of April! This month as flown by so quickly.

April inspires me with bright colors, bold patterns and PASTELS! What’s the best way to incorporate a bit of pastel? In beautiful accessories (like muted lampshades, funky upholstered headboards, throw pillows and even wallpaper) that add a hint of soft, sunny color to lighten up an entire room.

Oh I adore the above room from BHG, it very much reminds me of dyed Easter eggs and spring. Sigh.

My mind has been in many bright places recently and April seams the fitting month to honor the spring mentality! I love the look of gentle pastels contrasted with bold colors like the living room at the top of this post by Tobi Fairley and these bedrooms from DecorPad:

The orange hints peeking through in this House to Home room are subtle but lovely against the shades of soft blue in the wallpaper.

Two pastel rooms that really take on the meaning of bright and beautiful:

There are too many great examples! Here’s a quick link to the rest of the Rooms Inspired by the Month series. Five more reasons to love spring right after the jump….

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*Giveaway* from Yahgie {an Urban Lifestyle Brand}

I’d like to offer a warm welcome to our newest sponsor: Yahgie is an urban lifestyle brand with a chic and contemporary line of products that range from bright and bold wall art to trendy coffee mugs and vibrant fabric by the yard. All pieces are hand illustrated by owner and artist Petergaye S. Kisielewicz. As an introduction of her own, Yahgie is offering a giveaway!

The selection of wall art tops my list of favorites and this Home Bliss print would look amazing in a girl’s bedroom or contemporary living room (the customizable postcard is more than a close second):

How wonderful are these pillows! They add that splash of contemporary to brighten up a traditional room – or they become the focal point in an elegant and cleanly designed modern layout.

The textiles and home accessories are bright, bold, and colorful, with a distinguishing factor – every product is designed considering the life, safety, and welfare of the individual that it will affect.

Petergaye runs an interior design company and blog full of inspiration as well.


Yahgie is offering one lucky winner their choice of any pillow or piece of wall art
(a giveaway valued at $50-$85). Her only request is that the winner share a picture of their new item displayed in their home once it’s received!

To Enter: Jump out to Yahgie’s website and leave a comment here with which product you love best. Good luck!

Giveaway ends Friday, April 30th, at midnight PST. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced the following Monday.


Celebrating Mother’s Day in Style

Mom’s Day is just around the corner and I can’t think of a better reason to gather the whole family for a special honoring meal. I am tremendously proud and gracious to have my mom and mom-in-law as role models – and we get to celebrate our mothers for just that reason each year!

Here’s a bit of inspiration in one of my favorite color combinations: red & turquoise.

Now’s the perfect time to drop a little note in the mail inviting everyone for a surprise brunch in honor of moms, grandmas, aunts and all of the special women in your life.

Set up a photobook to serve as a ‘guest book’ where everyone can leave a note next to family images. Serve cranberry mimosas and let each guest offer a special toast or memory.

Wrap up mom’s favorite cookies (don’t forget to include a copy of the recipe) as favors for each family member to take home.

This theme would work great for a shower, birthday, kids party or wedding, too! Images from this inspiration board are from: Party Spot, The Sweetest Occasion, Ashley’s Bride Guide.

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