Pantone’s Color of the Year 2015 :: Marsala

I waited a full 48 hours to let Marsala “breath” before I voiced an opinion on the “Color of the Year.” I had gotten a heads-up a few days ago, so I had time to consider my feelings about Pantone’s intriguing choice. At first I was a little shocked, what about blue? Did they get the year wrong, a misprint? Did someone confuse 2015 with 1960? I thought it was going to be a deep shade of blue. My favorite color.

So I was sitting pretty until Monday, and then an email came. As a well-known prankster, I was convinced that one of my design contemporaries had decided it was payback time. Until Tuesday, when I knew that it wasn’t just a bad joke. I thought about this color, which reminded me of Molly Ringwald’s Karmann Ghia in “Pretty In Pink,” (I still dream of that car). Then I came to the realization, is Marsala really that bad? I think not, once the initial shock wore off I find myself a little giddy with excitement. Let’s face it, we are over Griege, Beige, and Sage. Tones of reddish, brown have been around for a while, we just didn’t put a label on it. I like wine and I like Marsala. I’m going to like it as a shade of lipstick, a nail color, and truth be told, I’ve already snuck a few pillows and a throw into our ” Safari Chic” family room. It pairs well with deeper more rich shades, and frankly I’ve caught myself daydreaming about a luxurious sofa covered in Marsala crushed velvet, or as an accent wall. It’s growing on me.

Before we hold our ground and refuse to budge on this color that is muddying the waters of design, let’s give it a chance. Here’re some reasons why you should:

1) It won’t show dirt.

2) You can spill wine on it, and who will know?

3) Your grandmother will love it; seriously she will, and also she can have a nice little trip down memory lane. Free of charge.

4) It gives us something to debate in the world of interior design; we haven’t been this fired up since Restoration Hardware sent out a 15 pound stack of catalogs. You couldn’t even kick them to the curb…literally.

5) The color makes us look good. It does…Marsala lipstick in warm shades of reddish brown? Enough said.

So before we decide it’s not for us, let’s just give it a little chance. We forgave Restoration Hardware didn’t we? 

Here are some of my favorite images showcasing the latest “Color of the Year…”


 via Studio Annette-Romeo Sozzi

I can’t imagine the sofa in any other colour…



The pairing of Marsala with deeper shades of grey creates depth and dimension…


via Popassadico

Rich & luxe pairings of Marsala & Greys..


Via Elle Decor

Even in pattern I think this rich tone of reddish brown is going to bring much needed depth to design.


via Capella Kinchloe

Well known designers have knowingly used shades of Marsala, what’s not to love?


via Lily Bunn

Even young designers have found a way to incorporate vintage-y shades of Marsala…

Maybe you’ll reconsider the use of Pantone’s Color of the Year, I know I have. As always, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter & Google+ for more design inspiration & happenings.

Until next time,


Design Trends 2015 :: Blue

It’s a flurry of activity over here at Casa B. the bathroom remodel has begun. It’s been two years in the works, and quite frankly I wish that we had negotiated a two-week stay at the Ritz Carlton in Buckhead, or better yet Lake Oconee. Let’s face it there is nothing more painful than a bathroom or kitchen remodel, except maybe a root canal. Or finding out that my favorite pair of Tory Burch boots were sold out in my size. (That was painful). But, seriously nothing comes close to living under a shroud of drywall dust for three weeks. The final result will be fabulous, complete with some up-to-date fixtures. Not trendy, but timeless. Which brings up the point of trends, and more specifically what design trends we can expect moving forward into 2015. A few I already predicted like Olive Green paired with Orange, which is featured in this post- Muddy colors are making a resurgence in palettes reminiscent of the muted tones in a Renaissance painting. Then there are metals, but don’t mix them because in 2015 mixing gold and silver is going to be a “no-no.” Which is fine with me, because I think metals in the same tone seem like they belong together (like wine and chocolate) rather than mixing that seems just a tad contrived. Colours, like blue, greens and grey’s are going to be diluted and understated in nuanced neutrals. What about white kitchens? They’re out like factory carts as coffee tables (who didn’t see that coming?). Someday, I’ll devote an entire post to those products that should never have happened, why? Because once the trend is over you may find yourself with a 3-4K investment that you sell for pennies on the dollar…(sadly) at a garage sale. I usually tap dance around a trend, unless it has serious “legs.”

What about color? I used to think I was the only one in the northern hemisphere that had a blue sofa, until I saw that blue was going to be hot next year. Now I feel like I’m going to be a part of the “it crowd.” This makes me feel very happy, and also I feel like somewhat of a trend-setter. I have always loved blue. So knowing it’s going to be the year of “blue” in 2015 makes me want to sit back and enjoy the ride from the comfort of my beloved sky-blue sofa. What are some sure bets for 2015? Well..over the next five posts, I’ll be covering the trends that I think having staying power. Hopefully, they won’t end up a sad reminder of mis-spent dollars…but for now I’m sharing the “muy caliente” color for 2015.


 Photos/ Via Eclectic Trends


Image credit/ Kirsten Kelli Interior Designs

This interior leaves me breathless from the walls panels painted in azure tones to the gold accents, and what room wouldn’t be complete without a little leopard?


Image credit/ Cynthia Mason Interiors

Yes, this is an office. Classic, timeless & blue. Stunning…


Image credit/ Mecox Gardens-Dallas

Totally turquoise.  Let’s simply enjoy the view…


Image credit/ Kelly Werstler

Red, white & oh-so-stunning blue.


Image Credit/ Betsy Burnham Design

Layers, upon layers of beautiful blues…I don’t think that Ms. Burnham has ever designed anything that I wasn’t positively infatuated with…


Image Credit/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

Finally, my sofa colour is going to be hot, hot, hot in 2015. This is where I curl up at the end of a long day…


Photo Credit/ Michele James

This room wrapped in blue is in the home of Lighting Designer, Michele James and it’s one of the most creative spaces ever designed for a seven year old..


Photo Credit/ Port 68

The wall colour reminds me of the Aegean sea….and I’m happy to say we’ll be seeing alot of it in 2015.

Over the next week, I’ll be covering the rest of my “Trend Picks” for 2015. For more inspiration and design happenings follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

As always,


The Details :: Moldings & Millwork

It was one of those weeks…I broke my iPhone, our cleaning lady shattered my favorite mirror (that was part of a wall grouping perfected over the years), Mr. B. and the Fashionista baked cookies (I’m trying to get in a pair of jeans from last year, and count the cookies as a very bad thing), and George Clooney got married (even if you don’t think you care lets face it you do). Luckily it’s Monday, and I like to think I’m starting off with a clean slate. So let’s go back to last week, I had a company ask to photograph one room in our home, using some of their products (which are drop dead & fabulous) causing a chain reaction of panic. Because, it’s not finished yet. The room functions as everything except it’s intended purpose which is a guest room. So yesterday I sat on the bed (okay laid on it and took a nap), and contemplated what I could do to make it just a little better. For one thing, I dislike white crown molding, but we have it throughout the house. It’s a safe choice, but in a year of living dangerously, I want something with more impact. When I was working with clients, I had a lot of fun with mouldings. Sometimes I had them painted the same color as the walls (even if they were Indigo Blue and I still dream about that particular room), once had them painted with a Chevron pattern for a young girls room, and on another occasion had the mouldings gilded to match one of the predominant colors in the wallpaper. So then I wondered, what to do with the stark white molding in the guest room? Who came up with the rule that moldings always had to be white? Because in my design book, they don’t. Well I still haven’t decided what to do as dawn breaks on Monday, but while I was sitting on the deck at Casa B. yesterday watching geese land on Greens Pond, I looked at all the possibilities on my iPad Mini (what’s a new iPhone without a coordinating iPad?). In fact, I was shamed into the purchase when the salesperson loudly announced that I had one of the first ones ever made, and made a snarky comment about whether or not it was internet compatible. So I bought a new one, and I’ll say it’s pretty cute with a sassy pink and coral cover.

While I was surfing the net with my new “Mini,” I didn’t quite find what I was looking for, but I did find enough proof to show Mr. B. that people (other than me) actually paint their crown mouldings a different color, and that it wasn’t another of my schemes to pull him away from the TV and football. Yes, unless a large section of the population does it, he won’t budge. I am sadly lacking in the DIY department, including painting anything (including millwork), so I am sadly at his mercy. I thought I would share some pictures that I thought were great examples on how to make your crown mouldings just a little more interesting..






Paint it all with the same hue of paint, and change it up with different sheen’s, it makes for a bold choice.


 Designer/ Phoebe Howard

I am positively obsessed with black mouldings, and Atlanta’s own Phoebe Howard does it so well.


Designer/ Kelly Werstler

Contrasting patterns all made cohesive by using similar colour tones. Of course, black crown mouldings…


An eclectic interior benefits from contrasting mouldings…



I love blue, can you tell? The crown moulding in this boy’s uses a contrasting blue crown moulding to actuate the colour palette.



This hallway is defined by black lines, and the black crown moulding gives the illusion of  lower ceilings serving to make this space a little less austere.

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Source: Luxe Magazine

A little grey, a little glam…


 Designer/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

From a dining room I did for a former client…the wallpaper is from, and is called Celestial Dragon. The mouldings were handpainted a gilt finish.  The client was all about high drama…

As always,


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