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Daydreaming about spring? The forthcoming season is all about color, so now’s the time to start infusing your own wardrobe, your house and your decoration with splashes of your favorite colors.

Spring colours do not necessarily have to be pastels, however. To get a more modern palette, consider combining brights like citron, salmon, lime, persimmon, teal and aquamarine. While working on this ideabook, I watched those color mixes all over the stores and online. I believe this palette will be popular this year.

To celebrate the modern and to welcome the new season, throw a tea party with those 20 brilliant finds. — Lauren from Lauren Elise Crafted

American Blinds Wallpaper and much more

Bistro 750 Wallpaper – $28.06

This illustrated background was my inspiration for this entire ideabook. For me personally, the concept of a tea party pops up pictures of doilies and tea cozies and kitschy floral prints. The modern, bright colours here are quite the reverse. A tea party with this color scheme could be all fun, not frumpy.

French Bistro Furniture

Fermob Bistro Metal Chair – $198

Vintage French bistro chairs are my chair of selection at any given tea party. However, a bright citron bistro chair are the punch of color that this avant-garde fete needs.

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Choose Your Color Dipped Mug by Tilly Maison

A simple splash of color really makes these dipped mugs fantastic.

Leah Duncan

Dish Cloth Set of Three – $36

When it is time to tidy up, use tea towels that are equally as colorful as the rest of your decor. The hand-drawn examples on those are the perfect addition to any modern abode once the party is finished. You might even wrap up these individually and gift them to your guests.

Sweet Lulu

Biodegradable Plastic Spoons – $2.50

These colorful spoons just made ice cream eating considerably sweeter. Sure, they are not conventional tea party fare, but guests may adore scooping gelato with those environmentally-friendly utensils.

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Cupcake Plate, Stitch Pink by Jeanette Zeis Pottery – $28

If you’re going to serve gelato in your tea party, you might as well serve cupcakes too. A female stand will display your desserts in fashion.

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Simple White Porcelain Hanging Wall Pocket from Hideminy New York – $50

You need to have some flowers at a tea party, even a modern one. Skip the conventional vase and display your in-season types in such Hanging Wall Pockets. They do not take up cupboard space, which means you won’t have to think about finding storage for them later.

Anthropologie

Sweeping Angles Apron – $38

A dull apron just won’t do when you’ve got all this bright color. This apron has amazing salmon tones but also a stylish chevron pattern. Your ensemble formally has some competition.

West Elm

CafĂ© Bowls – $4

These little bowls have easy details in just the right colours.

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Rustic Wood Flowers by Uncommon Handmade – $14

If you prefer to invest in faux flowers that can last through all of your tea parties, then these wooden daisies are what you need. They are sometimes cheerful all through the year.

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Kitchen Utensils Letterpressed Paper Coasters by Ruff House Art – $12

All these letterpress coasters are almost too pretty to use. Your guests are sure to see them, and hopefully they will remember them as well (for the sake of your wood surfaces).

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Interesting Fringe Garland DIY Kit by Ollie Bollen – $7

A party wouldn’t be full without bunting — that is my motto, anyway. This garland feels a bit vintage, but I love the juxtaposition of new and old in a modern space. Embrace it!

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Ceramic Serving Bowl, Salmon from Ceramica Botanica – $75

A salmon serving bowl could be a wonderful addition to the dining table. Should you fill it with lemons, limes and oranges, the fruit can get edible decoration.

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Fringe Position Card Collection by Potter + Butler – $15

Fringe is young and fun, and these Fringe Place Cards are definitely for the young in mind. You can DIY lots of other fringe details also — garlands, invitations, stir sticks — to present your decoration some cohesiveness.

Cube Marketplace

Wobbly Biscuit Stoneware Bowl – $22

Stoneware is seldom considered delicate, but these wobbly bowls using a pressed-lace pattern would be the exception. Guests might find it challenging to fulfill their plates and hide the particulars.

Sweet Lulu

Assorted Mini Tapers – $4

Candles do not need to be reserved for birthdays and vacations. Your tea party can gain from them, also. If your plan is to have your afternoon party change in an evening soiree, colorful candles will create a magical ambiance.

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Sunny Skies Felt Ball Garland by Made Mary – $28

This felt billy ball garland is all modern.

Anthropologie

Color Coil Pot, Small – $28

These coiled jute baskets have an earthy texture to them. They’d be great for the modernist who also loves nature. Fill them with easy plants like succulents or cacti.

Etsy

Feathers and Flowers Collector Tea Towel by Elkhorn Design – AUD 24

Should you feel as though you have too many bright colours, tone down everything with neutrals. White and grey additions will pair nicely with the colours but not battle them. This tea towel is a gorgeous combination of grey and citron.

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Gift or Party Bags, Small Striped Paper Bags by Chicken and Custard – GBP 2.50

Colorful, striped handle bags are the perfect ending to your party. Each guest will be delighted to see the goodies that you ship them home with.

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Kitchen of the Week: Aqua Knockout at Austin

Formal dining moved out the window when designer Jennifer Ott remodeled the kitchen in her Austin, Texas, home. Ott and her husband did not use the huge closed-off dining room next to the first small kitchen, so they knocked down the walls to create a modern, ample space for entertaining as well as cooking. Bold colors, two pantries, clever cupboard designs along with a smart breakfast nook today give her the room and style she’s craved.

Loop Design

Ott needed plenty of countertop to share with her husband, and room for two guests and cooks to move smoothly around the kitchen. “I’m a lover of generous aisle widths,” she states. “If you cook or entertain often and have the space, I suggest 48-inch into 54-inch wide aisles. Greater than 54 inches starts to feel overly wide, and you’ll feel like you have run a marathon after building a meal” Following the remodel, the kitchen is 250 square foot, and the dining space is 115 square foot.

Cabinetry: Ikea base cupboard boxes, Texas Trim pecan door and drawer fronts; shelving: habit pecan; countertops: concrete by Caesarstone; stove, hood: Wolf

Loop Design

Following the walls between the original kitchen and dining rooms were knocked down, architect Christy Seals of Loop Design needed to incorporate a large beam to support the loading of the second story, which was rather a challenge. Because the beam is a foot thick, it meant they needed to lower the ceiling height in this field. However, Ott loves the varying ceiling heights — they allow for a subtle willingness from the kitchen and intimacy from the dining area.

Ott picked the colors based on housewares she had fallen in love with. Her strategy was to use neutral colors for substances that are costly or hard to change — such as the quartz countertop and concrete floor — and use bold colors for substances that are economical and easy to replace — such as paint and accessories.

Floors: concrete overlay; wall paint: Parakeet, Sherwin Williams; island paint: Larchmere, Sherwin Williams; bar stools: Ikea

Loop Design

Although she loves her kitchen neat and clean, Ott isn’t always able to stay on top of putting everything off. She made the window seat as a secret storage space, with a massive space for oversize and little-used products. Two pantries at the end of the kitchen help with this too. Since the pantries are behind closed doors, she doesn’t have to be concerned about them being spotless.

Refrigerator: Samsung; pendants at dining room: Firefly, CB2; window seat cloth: Little Dandelion, Premier Prints

Loop Design

Ott put extra-large drawers at the bottom cabinets, rather than fixed shelves, making it easier for her to reach kitchen items. Often-used bowls, plates and glasses were put on the open pecan shelvingsystem, to stop constant dusting. Ott also used the house’s existing plumbing to keep down costs. This limited the kitchen’s layout, but they had lots of room to work with.

“nobody comes with an unlimited budget, so it’s good to determine what your priorities are and place the money from the items that make the most sense for you, for how you’ll use your kitchen,” Ott says. “I do not bake, so that I did not want two separate wall ovens. It might be a popular must-have for a great deal of people, but we simply didn’t want it”

Sink: Silgranit Precis Super Single Undermount, Blanco; fixtures: Grohe; pendant over sink: George Kovacs, Lights Fantastic

Contractor: Jason Williams, Shoal Creek Construction

Photography: Patrick Wong, Atelier Wong

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Steer the Sun and Shade With Louvers

The most effective architectural design — contemporary, conventional, whatever the situation may be — chooses the natural surroundings into consideration. Architectural type, materials and assemblies should react to sunlight, wind and other factors of climate. One means of addressing sunlight is with louvers — closely spaced slats that allow the sun’s rays to pass through specific times of the day, producing shade at other occasions.

The following examples illustrate how louvers can be oriented vertically on a facade or as a trellis. The majority fall into the latter category, as spending some time outdoors while still having some respite from the sun is a popular reason to use louvers. For much more shading ideas, see my posts on timber slats and sunshades.

Wheeler Kearns Architects

The horizontal louvers located on the outside of the house designed by Wheeler Kearns Architects are located on the projecting quantity at left along with a stair which sits between it and the more solid place on the right side.

Wheeler Kearns Architects

It’s simple to see why louvers were used here: All these are the areas with the most transparency. In the instance of the foreground quantity, a screened porch, the louvers wrap the top half (approximately) of three sides.

Wheeler Kearns Architects

By increasing the louvers above door height, views from the seating area inside to the landscape are rather open. The amount, horizontal profile and standing of the louvers means the large, midday sunlight is blocked but the very low sunlight can come through.

Wheeler Kearns Architects

The louvers are articulated in precisely the same fashion from the stair, filtering the light which enters the tall space. The louvers mitigate the impact of the sunlight on the space, keeping it from turning into a greenhouse in warmer months.

Wheeler Kearns Architects

Here is the view from the staircase out to the landscape, together with the screened seats area seen beyond.

Baldridge Architects

Baldridge Architects’ aptly named Courtyard House is highlighted with a large trellis within the decked outdoor space. With the louvers oriented vertically (the opposite of the former example), the sun is allowed to input when it’s directly overhead but is filtered when in an angle.

Baldridge Architects

This daytime photo shows the trellis in action. It’s important to be aware that the louvers work in concert with all the surrounding trees, so more shade is provided together than independently.

Baldridge Architects

When seen from inside, the trellis appears to function as an exterior ceiling, solid at a few angles. This provides a enclosure and privacy to the space adjacent to the glass walls.

Rudolfsson Alliker Associates Architects

Much like the preceding instance is the home in Sydney, Australia, designed by Rudolfsson Alliker Associates Architects. The trellis also sits just outside the glass walls, in this instance sliding walls that connect inside and out.

Rudolfsson Alliker Associates Architects

The placement of the louvers makes it seem they are a continuation of the ceiling, making a stronger tie between inside and out in line with the remainder of the design.

Rudolfsson Alliker Associates Architects

Nevertheless the timber used for the louvers provides the trellis some warmth which the rest of the layout lacks in its minimalism.

Rudolfsson Alliker Associates Architects

This detail shows the simplicity of the layout: closely spaced wood slats attached to paired galvanized steel angles.

Studio Saved – ASAP House

Studio ASAP’s ASAP House on New York’s Long Island features a red trellis in the rear which is apparently completely different — visually and physically — from the home, a straightforward one-story box. That they function together is evident from the way the trellis columns sit between each set of double doors.

Studio Saved – ASAP House

The trellis is capped in translucent, corrugated plastic, shielding the occupants from rain as well as sunlight.

Studio Saved – ASAP House

Another Studio Kiss project features a trellis more in tune with its house, but there’s still something to it that makes it feel as the trellis is a great addition. In fact the project is a renovation with a new front porch.

Studio Saved – ASAP House

The trellis sits in the front edge of the new porch, behaving like a screen between the street and the home. It’s an interesting design that provides a little bit of privacy to some side not normally used to it. I really could see a barbecue occurring here, as opposed to out back.

Studio Saved – ASAP House

The stepping from the wall creates places to sit down, aided by the wall’s thickness.

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Rooms Spring to Life With Unusual Patterns

It is tempting to write something about these daring floral designs “not being your grandmother’s chintz.” But it some cases they are your grandmother’s chintz. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

The blossom print has come a long way since Louis XIV, also there are lots of daring, contemporary floral designs on all manner of things, from carpeting to walls. But there’s no reason to take sides. Bold blossom designs are stunning whether traditional or contemporary, all around the place or sprinkled reasonably. They could fit in everywhere. As always, it is dependent on how you utilize them.

Ed Ritger Photography

This glowing yellow flowered wallpaper is cheerfulness on a roster.

Dewson Construction Company

I am a giant fan of mixing up things, and this room certainly does that. It’ll be just a moment before a daffy old Englishwoman brings you some tea.

Only a hint of chintz. The throw pillows on the seat add a feminine, welcoming touch to what looks like quite a comfy room.

Flea Market Sunday

An accent wall done in a superbold poppy wallpaper adds color, texture and also a lot of character to this room. It is nice to see an ocean-view room that is not all blue and beige.

Rachel Reider Interiors

The pattern with this Flower Quince wallpaper from Clarence House is so subjective and daring, it almost looks like splatter artwork.

Period Homes, Inc..

Completely buttoned up and totally wild at the same time. This giant, blown-up chinoiserie pattern is so stunning.

Ninainvorm

Even with this yummy wildflower paper, this room is contemporary eclectic all of the way. (It likely has something to do with the bombshell within the mattress.)

JMA INTERIOR DESIGN

Now this is devotion. Flowers, flowers everywhere and curtains that fit the walls. It is Grandma’s room on steroids.

Dufner Heighes Inc

Why don’t you add a wall of flowers to your midcentury modern living room? It can help to soften all of the angles.

The Lettered Cottage

There’s no need to go all out. Keep it easy, with just a little splash of flowers (covering the chair has much more effect than a few throw pillows).

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