Nature’s Neutral “Greenery”

Between freezing temperatures, buckets full of rain, and howling winds, l think we all could use a little “greenery.”  Pantone’s color of the year has me panting for spring to arrive.  However, while I wait I am going to brighten up my home with pops of green.

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Adding a little green decor will brighten and enliven any space.  It’s simple to add subtle touches of color with accessories such as lamps, pillows, small rugs, or vases.  It doesn’t take much color to bring a little life to a room.  You can add these items in small amounts to try out the color and see if it works for you.

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If your timid about adding green into your home, try adding some natural greenery with flowers and house plants.  A little touch of greenery creates an inviting atmosphere to any space.  In addition,  adding greens from nature brings the outdoors in creating the feeling of warm, spring days even as the winds are howling outside.

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 Green adds personality and peacefulness, while keeping the atmosphere natural, soothing, playful and fresh.  Green has a way of brightening a room that has too much brown making it a delightful complement to a dark leather sofa.

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Green is often known as “Nature’s Neutral” bringing the serenity of nature into our homes and creating a sense of balance and harmony.  Green brings to mind relaxing days spent in lush tropical gardens.  Can you think of a better way to chase the winter blues than by adding a little inspiring green?

So Stay Calm and Go Green!

xxoo  Gerri

Disclaimer:  Images on this post were found via Pinterest.

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New Beginnings with Pantone ‘s “Greenery”

It is two weeks into the new year and I am excited about new beginnings and the challenges this year will bring!  Pantone’s 2017 color of the year, “Greenery” expresses this feeling perfectly for me.

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“Greenery symbolizes the reconstruction we see with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”  – Leatrice Eiseman

The year 2016 was a challenging and turbulent year for many of us.  In America, we experienced political upheaval and witnessed horrific violence in our cities and around the world. Personally, I suffered a great loss in my life this year and am eager to move on and restore.  I don’t believe that I am alone in yearning for peace and serenity in this new year. If you desire love and good will towards men, the place to begin is your own home.

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After doing a little research on Pantone’s color “Greenery”, I discovered that green, the color of nature, symbolizes growth, harmony and freshness.  Green offers a great healing power and also produces a calming effect.  Green is associated with tranquility and calmness.  Green not only restores depleted energy, but also cultivates a sense of well-being.  Green promotes a love of nature, as well as a love of family, friends, pets, and the home.  Hmmm, I think I could use these things in my life.  In my opinion Pantone couldn’t have chosen a more perfect color for the new year!

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Now I admit, I am not one to want to include a green velvet sofa in my home.  I probably won’t be painting any rooms green either.  However, adding a little “Greenery” in the form of candles, pillows, ceramics, or plants just might what’s needed to freshen a space and give it new life.

“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.”  – Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Wishing you all much joy, peace, and serenity in 2017!   xxoo Gerri

The Story of a Piano

Recently, I acquired this beautiful Mason & Hamlin piano.  It originally belonged to my grandmother and was given to my mother so that I could take lessons.  It has now come to live in my home.

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We believe it was purchased in the late 1940’s or early 1950’s.  We had to have it completely restored – all new wooden keys.  The needle point cover on the bench was actually done by my grandmother.  I have thought about creating some kind of covering to protect it, but that is still just an idea that I am playing with in my head.

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When the piano arrived in my home, just before Christmas, I really didn’t have a good spot for it.  My home is completely furnished.  When something new comes in, something old has to leave.  So, we moved a large China hutch to make room for it in the Dining Room/ Foyer.  I tossed a few framed pictures on it and there it sat, totally neglected of style.

One of the great things about blogging and following other blogs is the inspiration that you find from others.   A favorite blog that I follow is the lovely lizmarieblog.  She has a beautiful farmhouse that she is restoring.  I love and admire her quintessential farmhouse style.  She recently posted about painting her piano white.  You can read all about that here.  It looks amazing in her home, but I know I could never paint this piano. I am not at all opposed to painting old furniture, it just wouldn’t be right in this case. However,  she did inspire me to accept what I have and to get busy and make it work in our house.  Thank you for your inspiration Liz Marie.

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So, first I shopped my house pulling items from the living room and bedroom.  We have a Chris Hartsfield original watercolor titled “Napa & Vine” hanging over the piano. I wanted to accent the apple greens in the painting with some apple green vases I purchased a few years ago.  I also had a few other decorative items with that color to create the vignettes on top of the piano.

Although I am one of those who is constantly changing and moving things around in my home to keep the ambiance cozy and fresh,  I believe I will be happy with this “quick redo” for quite awhile.  I am pleased to have this piano in my home.  It carries with it so many fond memories and I hope that it will eventually be passed on to my children and grandchildren.

xxoo Gerri