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Style Cure Day 6 | Picking Colors

Day 6 of Style Cure is all about color! Check out the post over at Apartment Therapy to learn about warm colors, cool colors, black and white, neutrals, the 80/20 rule, and putting colors to use. 

I'm not sticking to a super strict color scheme, but rather drawing inspiration from the things that I already own and will be using in my bedroom decor. My main inspiration comes from my bedding quilt, which is a floral pattern full of bold red, fresh green, and cream... mixed with some yellows and oranges. I'm focusing in on that cherry red and yellow green since I love pairing the two together in a non-Christmasy way. Plus, all of my furniture and walls are cream, so I'll be using a lot of ivory whites as well. For good measure, I have to throw my favorite color in there: turquoise. Since the colors of my quilt are predominately warm (even the green has a golden warmth to it!) I'll be adding splashes of cool teal. 

If you struggle with choosing colors for your space, give the Let's Learn About Color article a read. If you have additional questions or want a second opinion, please tweet @TheLovelySide or leave a comment on The Lovely Side's Facebook page. I LOVE to discuss color and I'd love to help you. :)  

What's your favorite color to decorate with?

P.S. I just noticed that my bedroom colors will kinda-sorta mimic the colors of this blog. ;) What a coincidence! 



DIY Cat Barrier for Under $100 (See-Through, Climb-Proof, and Too-Tall-To-Jump)

ICYMI: I gave up Cotton after deciding that after trying so many things, my two adopted cats Dahlia and Cotton were just never going to get along. Long story short: I missed her. And Cotton's back. And Dahlia's not going anywhere. My heart is big enough to keep trying. And my apartment is big enough that if I need to keep them separated long term (or permanently), it can be done.
I'm going to write-up a separate post about some of the solutions I've tried, how they worked, who they worked on, and what I'll be trying next. But in this post, I wanted to share the main 'piece de resistance' of having both cats in my apartment: an un-climbable, un-jumpable, see-through barrier to separate Cotton and Dahlia.

Aria's Room | Pretty Little Liars Decor

Welcome back for LU's 2nd room in the PLL series!  Today you're getting a glimpse into my favorite room on the show... Aria's room.  Aria Montgomery is the artistic, imaginative, bookworm of the bunch.  So it's no surprise that her room has an artsy, historic, romantic eclecticism atmosphere.  Plus, it's full of books.  My two words for Aria's attic space: Vintage Eclectic.  (Those happen to be my two favorite decorating words... so brace yourself for my soon-to-come swooning.)

Pencil It In | Working the Pencil Skirt into Your Work Attire, Including 25 Examples with Do's and Don'ts

Starting this week, every Wednesday on The Lovely Side will be devoted to wardrobe, hair, and beauty content.  With summer internships right around the corner and interviews for real world jobs looming as well, I thought now would be a good time to delve into the world of office fashion.  
Sarah, a reader, recently emailed me asking about how to style a pencil skirt for her "somewhat casual, somewhat professional workplace full of fashionable co-workers."  She's been lusting after pencil skirts at several stores, but been hesitant to purchase one for fear of looking bad in it and not knowing what to wear with it.