The Essential Orange

Orange. Yes, this hue is so essential to 2011's decor palette. It is orange that keeps joyfully popping up among the fantastic interior design sites I frequent for daily inspiration. Some of the interiors make use of vibrant, citrus hues, while others employ a deeper shade of sunset that would add warmth to any room.

Either way, all are very beautiful. And so, I'm officially in love with orange. Take a peek at some of the interiors below. I'm sure you'll be smitten too!

Hamptons Cottage by Steven Gambrel / Elle Decor
Vibrant Use of Orange / Southern Accents
Citrus Hue in Orange / Traditional Home
Dark Sunset Orange / Martha Stewart
Orange Muted Accents / Martha Stewart
Saturated Orange Accents / Studio 10
So, what do you think of orange now?

Congrats to Our Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to Laura Folsom for winning the Designing Luxury Winter 2011 Giveaway Sweepstakes!!!

Laura, from Lantana, Florida, won Tiffany & Co.'s beautiful Elsa Peretti® Thumbprint bowl (right). What a great way to end the Winter!

This has been fun so, we'll definitely have to sponsor more giveaways. Watch the Designing Luxury Facebook page for info on our NEXT giveaway, or to stay up-to-date on stylish home inspiration.

Last Chance to Win!

The chance to win a Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti® Thumbprint bowl is almost over! The bowl is a gorgeous piece made of sterling silver with vermeil. I'm sure it will brighten up someone's table this winter. :)

This sweepstakes giveaway ends Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at Midnight! I will announce the winner on by the end of the week. Good luck! Click to enter to win

Outdoor Inspirations for Alfresco Dining

A friend of mine recently returned home from a three week vacation in Northern California and Hawaii. Tough life, right?

Since we both live in the frozen tundra of New England, many of us spend the winter months cooped up in doors. Vacations to far far away lands with sunny, warm days are much appreciated. What my traveling friend enjoyed most about her getaway was the constant feeling of connection with the Earth - the ability to spend all hours outdoors. Especially in Hawaii.

I was reminded of my love for outdoor villas - seamlessly connected interiors that run into the outdoors. And oh! The joy of alfresco dining!

Now imagine these scenes at your fingertips...

Traditional home design by interior designer Arjen Reas
The serene scenes of rolling hills by
Beautiful mosaic creation by
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