my decorating inspiration has gone to the dogs

One of the many DIY blogs I like to visit, Perfectly Imperfect, revealed their amazing dining room redesign a few months back:

Source: Perfectly Imperfect

I was immediately drawn to the white, brown, and ebony/espresso color pallet used in the room. There’s something familiar and comforting and warm about this combination – and I definitely plan to incorporate this feel as I redecorate my own home.

It’s a color template that works great regardless of whether you prefer a light backdrop …

Source: Ikea

… or dark.

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It looks great with country décor …


… and modern décor alike …


… and yet, I still can’t put my finger on that nagging familiar feeling it evokes …

What I love the most:  a white, brown, and ebony/espresso foundation sets the perfect stage for color – and I definitely crave color in my home.

The addition can be varied and subtle …

Source: Ikea

… or singular and bold …


… or (as my home redesign will most likely skew) much more saturated …

Source: Ikea

And then it hits me why a white, brown, and ebony/espresso room décor combination is so very comforting and familiar:


Curled up next to me all this time is my design inspiration: Ernie the tri-colored beagle.

See how wonderfully he coordinates with both blues and reds? I may need to pose him against some different colored throws and pillows as I redo each room … I wonder if I can bring him into the Home Goods store?

It’s official. I’m letting our home go to the dogs.

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  1. says

    You’re on to something here….. the Beagle decorating color wheel. It would catch on. I think I’ve been using that dog wheel too without even knowing it. Maybe when dogs come in red, blue and green I’ll start using those colors more?


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