By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger

Wrong again!  We’ve been wrong about the Color of the Year before, but this year, we not only guessed the color wrong, but also the number of colors that would be named.

In November each year, Kelly DuByne and I like to take a shot at guessing which color Pantone will name as their new Color of the Year.  This November was no exception.  We individually compiled our evidence, examined the short list published by Pantone in October, and each stuck our pins in the color that we believed would be crowned the new 2016 Color of the Year.

To recap: Kelly chose Rose Quartz as her second choice and Scuba Blue as her first.  I chose Scuba Blue as my second choice and Lilac Gray as my first.

What we had no way of knowing at the time is Pantone intended to break the precedence of naming a single Color of the Year and, instead, would go way outside of the box and name TWO Colors of the Year.

We are excited to announce that Kelly actually had a hit with her second pick of Rose Quartz, a soft pink, which was named as one of the two.  The second color named was Serenity, an airy blue.  These two colors being named together was explained by Pantone as their nod to gender equality.

I personally have mixed emotions about these selections, and even more confusion over how they relate to the equivalence of the sexes.

My first kneejerk reaction is influenced by my mother-of-three-hat: exhaustion.    The baby pink of the Rose Quartz and the soft baby blue of the Serenity strike me right between the eyes with visions of diapers, prams and car seats.  I am taken directly back to the 2:00 a.m. feedings and spit-up stained clothes.

My second thought on these colors is from a point of view where I see them as very polarizing, not at all equalizing.  These hues harken back to the 1950s, where we see an onslaught of pink appliances and pastel furniture in an attempt to lure women back to the home and away from the factories where they had  been asked to fill in while the men were off at war.

As a designer though, I find Rose Quartz and Serenity to each be delicious in their own right.  Although I personally do not like the colors used together as the only colors for an outfit or a room, other designers are embracing the trend and making it work.

Rose Quartz is a lovely, ethereal shade which harkens visions of rose gardens and cherubs.  It is a romantic color which reads as very feminine and alluring.  It is already being seen EVERYWHERE!  You can’t walk into a home goods section of a department store and not see Rose Quartz represented by bowls, spatulas, and cutting boards.  It is popping up across every level of the fashion industry as well; from lingerie, to dresses, shoes, accessories, purses and more.

We love Rose Quartz for any room with little to no natural light.  The shade can be made darker or paler to match the feel you are looking for in your space.

Rose quartz will work beautifully with any neutral, as well as, pale greens, dark blues, and even the 2015 Color of the Year, Marsala.

Serenity is a beautiful blue with subtle lilac undertones; it conjures images of limpid pools and warm summer skies.  This color would be a fabulous shade for a front door, as an accent wall in a family room, or as an accent color to be used with a neutral such as beige, taupe or gray, or paired with purples, greens, and yellows.

Serenity, too, is manifesting throughout the retail world.  Bedding and towels seem to be favored products to manufacture in this frothy hue.  We are seeing it appear more and more in fabric patterns too, such as are used for pillows, draperies, skirts, blouses, etc.

When Rose Quartz and Serenity are placed side-by-side the pink goes pinker and the blue goes bluer, but when they are appreciated away from the other, both colors are quite lovely and tranquil.

Please try one or both of these colors in your home or wardrobe.  We know that they may come off as being hand-mixed for the nursery, but when combined with other shades these colors will add a little whimsy to your world.

2016 color of the year


By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger

I LOVE to check things off of lists!  I appreciate the finality of the act and my holiday decorating is no exception.  Whether actually on paper, or just a mental list, I have definitive areas of my home I want to decorate and, when they are completed, I CHECK, CHECK, CHECK them off:





Etc., Etc., Etc. CHECK, CHECK, CHECK

However, there is always one area I struggle to check off.  I never feel like it’s complete.  It always has a, “I was tired of decorating and it was the last thing I worked on,” feel about it.  The “area-that-must-not-be-named”—the dining room table!  Suspenseful music plays—Dun, dun, dun, dunnnnnnn!

I think many of us struggle with what to do with this decorating dilemma.  On one hand, we want it to be beautiful and incorporated into the rest of the décor.  On the other hand though, what exactly is there to be done with it?

This year I decided to do a little research into different decorating ideas for dining room tables and I am happy to share my findings with you.


Contemporary style is defined as a compilation of styles being used seamlessly together.  Basically, a style that does not adhere to any other particular style, but instead borrows what it likes from across the board.

In a contemporary centerpiece you may want to use items old and new, natural and manmade, bright and subdued.  Any color palette goes here, but red and green of some shade are most likely to be the stars.


Costal décor is defined as usually reflecting hues of cream, white, aqua, blues, and coral.  Natural shells and sand play huge in coastal design.  In a holiday coastal centerpiece you may want to incorporate white votive candles and drift wood as well.



Vintage décor is marked by the inclusion of nostalgic bygone era items: broches, hats, dresses, silver, trays, etc.  Using all of these items together to form new interesting displays is part of the fun and challenge of vintage design.  In this photo an oxidized chalice has been paired with an array of antique broches and hair pins to form a nosegay of sorts.

The colors for vintage range from deep forest green, to bronzy gold, to snow white.



Country/rustic style is simple and uncluttered.  It uses items with utilitarian purpose to decorate and display.  This decorating style is marked by the use of items found in nature—bringing the outside in. Rusty metal and raw wood both are used liberally in the country/rustic décor movement.  Also used in this decorating style is burlap and tartans.

Home spun colors such as true red, camel, cream, and leafy green are great colors for country/rustic décor.



Elegant /romantic style is full of bling and shimmer.  This design style uses lots of reflective materials including satin, mercury glass, silver, gold, clear glass, etc.  A center piece in this style is most likely to have some height to it and be a true focal point of the room.

Colors for elegant/romantic center pieces are mainly anything bright and reflective, but can include pale pinks, bright reds, emerald greens, aqua blues, etc.



Hope this helps you complete your holiday tables.  Enjoy!


Our 2016 Color of the Year Predictions

November 17, 2015

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger Marsala, Radiant Orchid, Emerald, Tangerine Tango, Honeysuckle–Sounds like a wonderful garden party, doesn’t it?  Well these are much more than aspects of some well-planned soiree.  These are just some of the Pantone Color of the Year ‘queens’ of the past. Each year, around this time, the designers of the world sit on […]

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The Ups and Downs of Stairs

October 20, 2015

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger There are few things that add impact to a person’s perception of a home’s value like stairs do. Whether it’s the stairs leading up to the front door or interior stairs from one floor to the next, they speak volumes about the care and maintenance of the residence. Think about the last […]

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Cabinets—Where to Begin?

September 15, 2015

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger Everything, including the kids’ snacks, the everyday dinnerware, grandma’s gravy boat, the laundry detergent, bath towels, blow-dryers, and on and on and on, need a place to be housed. That’s right! We as consumers have a huge amount of ‘stuff’ to be stored. Walk into any home’s kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, etc. […]

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Plan Your Remodel Like A Pro: Schedule, Budget, Love It!

July 21, 2015

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger Couples start to plan for their weddings at least a year in advance.  They select photographers, florists, caterers, the officiant, seamstresses, tux rental shops, D.J.s, etc. for a single day event.  They worry and fret about every little detail, yet when it comes to major construction on their homes people often times […]

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Powder Rooms: They will never be palatial!

June 16, 2015

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger Recently while brainstorming some blog inspirations I came across this idea for a piece: “10 color choices that will make your powder room feel larger” and I laughed OUT LOUD!  I have to shake my head every time someone thinks that a powder room can be made to feel larger with a […]

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Garnering New Décor From Old (Also a Review of Chalk Paint)

May 19, 2015

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger The moans from the backseat are loud, eyes are rolling and heads flop lifelessly forward.  My children are protesting my need to visit some random free pile on the side of the road.  They have grown tired of my countless stops at these subtle prize heaps.  They don’t see the appeal of […]

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When Interior Design and Waffles Collide—Something has to give!

May 5, 2015

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger Upon returning from dropping my children off at school today I was struck by the wonderful warm, undeniable smell of waffles and maple syrup that wafted through our home.  An unmistakable remnant of my children’s busy active morning and the breakfast they had consumed.  I felt an instant bolt of love surge […]

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Gardens Need Makeovers too!

April 21, 2015

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger Mary, Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow? With silver bells, and cockle shells, And pretty maids all in a row. We all remember this rhyme from our childhood.  It was usually chanted while holding hands with our little friends and dancing around in a circle under the warm spring smile […]

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