Monday, August 12, 2013

~Tweaking My Color Scheme~

Hello, Everyone! Hope you had a great weekend! We're getting the girls settled back into college; and now, I'm able to focus more on my home. Lately, I have developed a new affinity for a color scheme that I had a few years ago...Cream and Black. 



This time, I'm letting the wall colors, accessories, and drapes add just a touch of color. I am also adding a few more contemporary and modern pieces. Earlier this summer, we decided to buy new furniture for the family room. We had cream leather, with a different body style, that had served us well for many years. After looking at various types of sofas, of all styles and fabrications, I decided that I wanted cream leather AGAIN! This time, I wanted it to have a modern flare. After selecting a couple of color swatches, we brought them home and realized that we had picked the exact same color again! I guess it just comes down to, "we like what we like". Here is a "sneak peak" of what I'm working on...



Can you see the cream sofa arm, to the left? It's very contemporary; but blends beautifully with our existing furnishings. I love mixing styles, to keep things interesting. The sides have this "criss-cross" detail, with a tufted center...



The pieces were all custom made. We were able to choose the style that we wanted, along with the grade of leather. We decided on the sofa, loveseat, and a 'chair-and-a-half'. I love the clean lines and the flare of the high arms.  I plan to add a few upholstered pieces, just to soften the look and break up the set.

Since we spend all of our time in this room, I didn't want a lot of fluffy pillows... (they usually end up all over the floor, anyway). So, I opted for a single "faux fur" mink pillow, and a round pillow, made of leather strips. The pillows add great texture to the room.



When paired with the faux fur zebra throw, the look is very clean and chic.

The creamy hydrangeas add the perfect accent for the coffee table!
Along with the hydrangeas, I brought in black and cream accents by using a candle by Jo Malone. The 'Wild Fig and Cassis' scent is so fresh and clean. I alternate that one with the 'Grapefruit' scent by Nest. The mercury glass votives add just a touch of sparkle.



On the foyer table, the lamps with the red shades, that you have seen before, have been replaced with more modern black barrel shades.  Again, I love a mix of styles to keep things interesting.



With the new color scheme, I can see myself doing lots of neutral decor for the Fall and Holiday seasons. Now that everyone is going back to school, I can really start to pull things together.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you've enjoyed your visit; and as always, "Happy Decorating"!


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  1. Shenita,
    Oh, dear friend, I absolutely love your trayscape!!! Black and white has always been a favorite color combination of mine, too!!! Add in limey green and I'm thrilled; however with your neutrals. . .this is stunning!!!
    Great new sofa choice and those chairs are fabulous!!! A great glimpse of where you're heading for Autumn decorting, indeed!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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    1. Thanks, Pat! I'm really enjoying it. It's so soothing and the accessories just sparkle at night. Can't wait to mix in a little fall decor!

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  2. Oh Shenita..the glimpse of the sofa looks great...I love a cream and black color scheme...The tray looks fabulous with all of your signature creative touches...and love the new shades....Looking forward to your next beautiful reveal!...and I am sure you are missing your girls!!

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    1. Thanks, Shirley! I know where I want to go with this...just don't know how long it will take me to get there! LOL!

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  3. You are such a tease, I love the hint of the new sofa, looking forward to more of the reveal. I too like mixing styles, keeps things interesting. fondly ~lynne~

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    1. Thanks, Lynne! Hopefully, I'll have it all finished before the holidays...lol! hope all is well!

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  4. Hi Shenita! I love the combination of cream and black and can't wait to see the whole room. Have a great week. Blessings, Dani

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    1. Thanks, Dani! We love it...still tweaking, though! I hope I get it finished before the holidays...lol!

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  5. It's so nice to see you posting again. I can already tell that sofa is fabulous. Mixing styles is so much more interesting than having it all look the same! Black and cream is always perfect and I love it with those hydrangeas.

    Now that the kids are going back to school, let's plan lunch with the girls in the area.

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    1. Thanks, Stacey! I'm still working on it. Ready to play with a little fall decor mixed in; but, I'm going to hold out until September. And yes, we have got to make a lunch date!

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  6. I think your new sofas look wonderful. The neutral palate will be so fun to work with for fall. Great to see you posting again.

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    1. Thanks, Sue! I can't wait to mix in the fall decor...but, I am going to be a good girl and wait until September...LOL!

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  7. Can't wait to see the finished product, because just like everything that you put together, it will be beautiful. So glad you have time to get back to blogging. I hope to be back soon, too.

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    1. Hi Teresa! I'm slowly, but surely, getting back into the groove. I've missed your posts too!

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  8. I know it'll are be fabulous cause You decorate so well and those are two of my fav color combinations..
    Looking forward to seeing more and more and more:)

    hugs

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    1. Sonny, that's quite the compliment coming from you! We're enjoying it a lot! Have a great week!

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  9. Love your new color scheme Shenita...your touches look beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Martina! We're enjoying it quite a bit! It's so soothing; and I love the way it looks at night. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Shenita it is great to see you back and what you have been up to seems great! I adore those pillows with the leather strips. The peek at the sofa was a little sneaky. Can't wait to see it all pulled together.

    Cynthia

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    1. Thanks, Cynthia! Those pillows had been in hiding for a few years now. I had them when I did this color scheme several years ago. They are getting to see the light of day again! I love not having to spend extra money...lol!

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  11. Hi Shenita! Love the looks of your sofa and those crazy leather pillow balls! I like how your mixing different design styles. Your tray scape and what looks like a new coffee table look awesome! I can't wait to see how it looks in the room.

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    1. Hi Liz! Thanks for your sweet comments. We are enjoying the change; and nope, it's the same coffee table that I had! Hope you're having a great week so far!

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  12. Looooove the cream leather furniture.....it's gorgeous.......sophisticated and will go with everything but i'm sure it's buttery softness is comfortable, too....can't wait to see how you decorate for fall!!!

    Love/hugs/blessings, L

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    1. Lana, so glad to see you posting again! I've missed you! Thanks for your sweet comments. We're loving the new furniture; and I can't wait to play with the fall decor. Have a great week!

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  13. That all sounds so pretty with the mix of cream leather and black and white accessories. I enjoyed your sneak peeks! Those leather strip pillows are very unique too.

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    1. Thanks, Kelly! It's been a nice change. Can't wait to add in the fall decor! Have a great week!

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  14. Hi Shenita. Love the color choices. Sometimes it feels good to change things up. Glad you have more time now. Fall is around the corner.

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    1. Hi Linda! Thanks so much for stopping by! You have been in my thoughts and prayers. We are enjoying the calmer look; and it's really relaxing...especially, at night. With any luck, I'll have it finished before the holidays. Have a great week!

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  15. Your black and cream additions work beautifully. You're right, we like what we like. Somehow, it just works.

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    1. Thanks, Rosemary! It was too funny to get the swatch home and see that we had picked the same thing again...lol! Well, at least it has a new life this time! Have a great week!

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  16. Shenita, your colors are just beautiful and I love you have put it all together, you really have a talent for putting these looks together...great job girl...thanks for showing us

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    1. Phyllis, thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your sweet comments. We are enjoying the neutral look. It just feels so clean and fresh. Always makes me want to light a vanilla candle...lol!!!

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  17. So pretty Shenita!! I love that color combination and it looks beautiful in your home. Can't wait to see what your pull together for the fall...you are definitely starting with a gorgeous back drop.
    XO Barbara

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    1. Thanks, Barbara! We like it; and I can't wait to play with the fall decor! The time is getting close! Have a great week!

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  18. Beautiful....love the colors!!!!
    Your round pillows are so fun too...love those!
    ~Des

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    1. Thanks, Des! We love it...and it just feels fresh! Hope you're having a great week!

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  19. Hi Shenita! Love your trayscape and glimpse at your new sofa! Cream and black is so classic and versatile, you can keep it neutral or you can introduce a pop of color! Happy Decorating to you :)

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    1. Thanks, Mary! We are really enjoying the neutrals; and I have had fun playing with pops of color, here and there. It just feels so relaxing. Hope you're having a great week, so far!

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  20. Your vignettes are gorgeous. Love the hydrangeas, so pretty in green. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs Marty

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    1. Thanks, Marty! Hope you're having a great week, so far!

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  21. Hi Shenita...my emails to you keep bouncing back!!

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  22. Beautiful color scheme and your sofa is fabulous!~~Angela

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    1. Thanks, Angela! We are loving it, so far! Can't wait to add in the fall decor! Have a great week!

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  23. Shenita, I LOVE your new furniture, the lines and style are wonderful! I also love cream and black together. Having a cream sofa myself, I love being able to just change the pillow colors for the seasons and get a whole new look! Have fun tinkering:):) XO, Pinky

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    1. Hi Pinky! We are enjoying the clean, fresh feel. It is just so soothing. Can't wait to play with my fall decor. Neutrals should be fun to play with! Have a great week!

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  24. I love the changes...so pretty! Cream and black are such a clean, classic look! Thanks for sharing at The Scoop!...hugs...Debbie

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  25. HI Shenita! You knew furniture is so pretty! You have such style and I love the fuzzy looking pillow. Your color scheme will be gorgeous of course and I love your area with the mirror and those two chairs.
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. Thanks, Shelia! I've had fun playing with the neutral color scheme and textures! Hope you're having a great week, so far!

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  26. love the look,very elegant
    also the black shades

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    1. Thanks so much! We love the new look! Thanks for stopping by; and have a great week!

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  27. Now I want a cream leather sofa, and I haven't even seen the whole sofa yet. Everything looks gorgeous. I love your coffee table vignette. You're right, that hydrangea is the perfect accent. Your entry arrangement is beautiful - love those chairs, and the lamp shades are such an easy way to update the look. laurie

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    1. Hi Laurie! Thanks so much for your sweet comments. I'm looking forward to having lots of fun with this color combo! Have a great week!

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  28. Everything looks so beautiful Shenita! Love the changes and that cream leather sofa looks stunning! Thanks for letting us in for a little sneak peek! :)

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    1. Thanks, Diann! We're enjoying it a lot! Hope you're having a great week!

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  29. Oh, dear me....you are SUCH a talented decorator. Your taste is just magnificent. Everything looks so beautiful...I look at yours and I just want to pick up all my furniture and throw it out in the alley....:) Only trouble is that with the strict, Social Security budget we live on, I couldn't replace anything.
    Everything looks just stunning, dear heart.

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    1. BJ, you are so funny! Thanks so much for your sweet comments. We are enjoying the new look and I can't wait to get some fall decor mixed in! It's almost time!

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  30. Oh so many pretty things!
    Love your style.
    You sure know how to put it all together!
    xox
    A

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    1. Thanks, Alison! You are so sweet! We are enjoying the calmer look. It's very relaxing, especially at night. Hope things are well with you. Thanks for stopping by!

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  31. Beautiful choices...so sophisticated and luxe. Cherry Kay

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    1. Thanks, Cherry Kay! We're loving it! Thanks so much for stopping by; and have a great week!

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  32. The black and cream looks so elegant! I love your new furniture!

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    1. Thanks, Tammy! It's very relaxing...especially, at night. Everything just feels so calm. Hope you're having a great week, so far!

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  33. Linking with Imparting Grace today and found you. Love the beautiful designs. It doesn't take much to change the look of a room or add some color, does it?

    Kim @ Pouring Down Like Rain

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  34. Happy Decorating to YOU, Shenita! What fun to gain a peek at your new furnishings. It's hard to beat leather, isn't it? I look forward to seeing the full room!

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    1. Thanks, Richella! We are enjoying the room a lot! It just feels so relaxing! Hope you're having a great week!

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  35. Very pretty, Shenita! I've been loving the neutral background here at the condo. So much different from all the color I had at our old house. It does make it easier to change up the look by bringing in different colors as they strike you, especially at the holidays.

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    1. Hi Kathy! We love it and find the neutral decor to be so relaxing. It'll be fun to decorate!

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  36. How wonderful that you are decorating so beautifuly for us again Shenita! I love leather and congrats for your new futnishings too. Can't wait to se it all!
    Big hugs,
    FABBY

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    1. Thanks, Fabby, for your sweet comments! I'll have a ball decorating this room! Hope you're having a great week, so far!

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  37. I love your ideas Shenita! The new lamp shades are beautiful. I love a neutral sofa etc. It is so easy to change the whole look of a room with pillows and other accessories.

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    1. Thanks, Pat! We are really enjoying the changes. I'm excited to play around with the fall decor! Thanks for stopping by; and have a great week!

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  38. The cream and black is such a good combination..so classic. Love the naturals you added and the black lamp shades. Thanks for the Fall inspiration.
    xo Babs

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    1. Thanks, Babs! I'm having fun playing with this color combo. It feels so clean and relaxing!

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  39. Nice to have you back, Shenita. I think your new color scheme is going to be beautiful, and that sofa -- wow, don't keep us in suspense too long! I personally think every room should have at least a touch of black.

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    1. Thanks, Carol! I hope I get it all together before the holidays...lol!! I'm never in a hurry. I just kind of pull it together over time. We're enjoying it, though, so far! It feels very fresh. Hope you're having a great week, so far!

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  40. Oh dear me, I am in love with those poufy leather strips for a pillow! Sooooo cute! Love the details on the new chairs/sofa. You just can never go wrong with cream. Looks like you've had fun, my friend! xoxo

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    1. Thanks, Janis! It's been fun pulling the elements together! We are really loving this room, so far. I can't wait to play with fall decor...should be fun! Wishing you a great week! Thanks for stopping by!

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  41. So glad you're back, Shenita! I love the sneak peeks of what you've been working on ... your new color scheme is fabulous! The creme and the black is so classy, especially with your pops of color here and there. Your sofa looks awesome ... don't keep us waiting too long!

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  42. Just beautiful Shenita and I too am glad you are back!:)

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  43. What a elegant home. I love your choices and you have a great eye for design. Great to see you posting again.

    Janet

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