color pops: pretty in pink

First things first! Two Live Colorfully will be moving to self-hosted wordpress-ville this week! So, a Wednesday post may be late or non-existent, but we’re super excited about this change and we think you’re going to like it too!!

Sure, Valentine’s Day is over, but truth be told, I’m a year-round pink lover. Last month, I shared a fun Color Pop collection for True Blue fans everywhere, but today, we’re going full on girly! Plus, I’m sharing a few tips for making pink work in a not-overly-feminine way. Let’s roll.pretty-in-pink-color-pop-2

Painting #03B via LEIF/Watercolor Bouquet of Tulips Print via Yao Cheng Designs/Geometric High Table Lamp/Pink City Maze Pillow and Coral Tall Chevron Pillow via Caitlin Wilson Textiles/Hot Pink Ottoman Makeover via Emily Henderson

I think the key with pink decor (especially if you share your living space with a man!) is moderation. So, even though I know that Josh would never in a million years let me bring that hot pink ottoman in our home, I’m pretty sure a pillow case combined with that pretty abstract painting would be perfectly acceptable.

Also, paired with darker shades of gray or maybe even navy blue, you could make pink fit perfectly in a shared space. I think a perfect example of this is Oh Joy’s house which was styled by Emily Henderson. It’s feminine, but not overly so. If you’re looking for real life inspiration on how to make that combo work, I’d start with her house tour here!

What are your thoughts on pink home decor? Totally fine or way too girly? And what Color Pop Collections would you love to see in the future!?

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color pop: true blue!

I know that emerald (the 2013 Pantone Color of the Year) is getting a lot of attention right now, but what can I say, I’m a rebel.

A quick trip to target on Saturday has created a new obsession. Of course, it’s not like that situation is unheard of, but this one was special. It made me fall completely in love with a color that I usually glance over! Bright, true blue! Just by stepping one foot into our apartment, you’d know that my typical preference for the blue hue is navy, but I am really digging this bright, cheery alternative!

True Blue Color Board copyblue mod teardrop lamp/blue ikat print lampshade/blue accent table/STRANDMON wing chair/hitch peacock stool/tivoli model one radio

The thing that started it off was that modern little accent table. I saw it at Target, stopped in my tracks, and immediately broke out my iPhone for an impromptu photo shoot. (If it adds to your reading experience, you can imagine me telling the table to ‘work it’. Your choice!)

Because, color trends come and go so fast, it’s hard to know the best way to incorporate those new styles (at least the ones you actually love!) on top of your existing decor. If you’ve got a good mix going on already, a little accessory like the radio or lamp would make a perfect addition. But, if you’re thinking this trend just might be true love, then feel free to splurge on something a little bigger like the accent table or that to-die-for arm chair! It’s all about what you’re digging!!

So, feel free to peruse this fun collection of cool blue-ness and stay tuned because next week I’ve got a really cool project coming up that pays homage to my new little obsession.

What colors are you loving right now? What’s your favorite way to add a new hue to your existing decor? 

easy paint projects to add some color!

In the midst of tackling all those big new years resolutions, I felt like it would be nice to share something easy. Just a simple, quick thing that can be easily accomplished without all the planning and stress of a big project (like our office!!). So, here are four effortless paint projects that can bring a little color into your home on the cheap!!

Easy Paint Projects (2) - Disc Magnets copy

1. Remember these easy wood disc ornaments I made for our Christmas tree last year? Well, swap out the hook for an adhesive magnet and you’ve got something cheery to add to your refrigerator! (We accidentally discovered that our door is also metal, so we started putting reminders and inspirational snippets there too!)

Easy Paint Projects (8) - Knife Block copy

2. My mom bought us this knife set when Josh and I moved into our very first apartment in 2009. It has definitely seen better days but new, fancy knives aren’t a priority right now, so I grabbed our basic untreated wood knife block and painted it a bright cheery blue! (Tip: I used a more glossy craft paint for this to keep it looking polished and keep any kitchen messes from staining!)

Easy Paint Projects (11) - Painted Cans copy 3. Recycling cans as storage is no new concept, but I think that giving them a ‘dipped’ affect by painting the bottom portion is an easy way to spruce them up. You could easily match your kitchen colors and make them a decoration, too! We use ours to store plastic utensils which we take with our lunches. (Tip: Stick your cans in the dishwasher before painting to make sure they don’t smell like last night’s dinner!)

Easy Paint Projects (15) - Thrift Store Find copy

4. Truth be told, this little Eskimo couple is not a thrift store find. It was actually a little gift from my Grandma. Originally it was a dark gray stone, but I thought an icy blue would be just as appropriate and fit in a little better on our bookshelf.  So, the next time you’re at the thrift store and you see some funny, oddly colored figurines, ask yourself if you would like it in a different color? Just add a couple coats of spray paint in whatever hue you desire and you’ve got something inexpensive and customized to adorn your shelves!

Ah! The satisfaction of an easy and cheap project!

How are your new years resolutions going? Are you feeling the mid-January motivation slump? Or are you still going strong??

so what makes an office awesome?

I figured that the before shots of the office we’re working with don’t really give a good idea of the aesthetic we’re going for.  Sometimes it’s hard to look past the disaster and see the end goal. So, I thought it would be fun to share a little glimpse into what we’re hoping will be the end result.

Office Inspiration copypainted bulletin circles/washi tape frames/confetti wall/stormwalking print

1. Painted bulletin circles – Perfect for organizing pending tasks or doing some real life ‘pinning’. I love them grouped together, but I also think it would be really cool to have a few spread throughout the room on different walls.

2. Washi tape frames – This is such a fantastic idea. Because, if you’ve ever put together a gallery wall of frames, you know that it can get a bit pricey if you’re buying new ones. And since I’m picturing the office walls full of fun art and posters, this is a cost effective way to make that happen! Not to mention, it spares the walls, it’s easy to remove, and there are so many cute options.

3. Giant confetti – Simple, basically free, super festive. That’s explanation enough right?

4. Quirky art – I already shared our nerd-tastic Lego Darth Vadar print on Monday but I think we need more awesomeness. This “Stormwalking” print just cracks me up and it would certainly brighten my day to walk into the office and see it. (Now I’m imaging what a Michael Jackson storm trooper would sound like on those high notes!! It’s a real shame that you can’t hear me trying to vocalize that right now!)

And that’s it. We’re not looking to add any new-fangled fancy organizational system or anything because we don’t plan on being in this apartment for more than another year or two. So, the goal is to make the space livable and enjoyable without adding a lot of stuff or spending a lot of money. I know you guys feel me on that!

Stay tuned next week to so some fun progress from the office and by the end of the month, we should wrap this thang up! (Yes, I did just use ‘thang’. I’m hip dammit!)

What makes your office/workspace awesome??

our home: fun, easy, & colorful kitchen updates

Today, I’m sharing some fun and super simple updates to our kitchen. When we debuted our fun kitchen makeover we shared some temporary solutions to our ugly, apartment kitchen and over the past few months, we’ve added some new functional and decorative accents to make our kitchen space more ‘us.’

First up, I had some fun and painted the ends of our wooden utensils in different shades of blue. I saw these two versions of this project on Pinterest and knew it was something I would be doing. It was fun, easy, and pretty inexpensive.

I picked up some Martha Stewart high-gloss acrylic paint in three shades of blue. The label says it’s a multi-surface paint that works for indoor and outdoor projects. I figured if it had the durability to withstand the weather, it could surely handle our kitchen. I simply taped off the edges of our wooden utensils and gave each one about three coats of paint (with about 20 minutes of wait time between each coat). I let them cure for about two full days before putting them to use. Also, I made sure to put the painted edge far away from the part that actually touches food, just to be safe.

We keep all of our kitchen utensils in a ceramic vessel that sits on our counter. So, while our wooden spoons may look like your traditional conservative cooking accessories, upon pulling one out, you’ll find an unexpected pop of color! I love it!

Next we have something that I’ve been so in love with ever since they arrived. I ordered some vinyl chalkboard labels (plus the chalk marker) from Bugaboo on Etsy to dress up our cereal containers that sit on top of the refrigerator.

Don’t they look fantastic? Of course, I would be able to distinguish the types of cereal by their looks, but I think you can agree that the labels make breakfast a little more fun! They were inexpensive, easy to apply, and whenever the contents of the container changes, so does the label!

And lastly, we have our family calendar which is one of the most functional and useful items in our home. Josh and I are both finishing up school, working, and usually have lots of obligations to keep track of. I ordered this customized vinyl calendar from Say It With Style on Etsy and it is awesome! She provides the actual vinyl; you provide your own frame. I used a cute wrapping paper as the background, but it could be easily swapped for something new should the feeling strike! The vinyl is applied to the back of the frame so you don’t need to worry about cleaning it or it peeling off. We use vis-à-vis markers that wipe off clean with some Windex. With just a glance, we can see what the other has scheduled for the day and plan accordingly.

The best part is that I customized our calendar to have a “dinner list” section as opposed to a “shopping list” which we keep attached to the refrigerator. I write down our planned meals for the week here and it’s a super simple way for us to see our dinner options.

And that wraps up our kitchen updates. Have you done any small projects lately that have you excited? Any pinterest accomplishments? Share below!

P.S. This weekend is our college graduation so we’re getting the place ready for lots of family! We’ll be sure to share pictures and a fun recap of the big day next week!