WELCOME to CAROLINA PANACHE! I believe our homes should be a haven, a place of beauty and peace that reflect who we are and what's important to us. I'm on a journey to add personality and panache to every corner of my house. For me, good design evolves, grows and changes with the needs of one's lifestyle. I want my home to be creative, to be stylish, to be entertaining, to be real. I hope you will join me on my journey. It's always more fun to travel together.
This blog is all about bringing style and elegance to the home. The art of dressing your home goes beyond hanging a few items on the wall and arranging furniture. Much like a fabulous set of earrings or a new stylish handbag may take your little black dress from fine to fabulous, home accesories and key furnishings can take your rooms from ho-hum to singing the Halleluiah Chorus! Join with me as we discover new ways to add panache to every room of the house.

Falling for Orange - A Color Story

Is anyone falling for orange this month?
I am! Orange is the "HOT" color for this fall and winter. Everything from Tangerine and Clove to Mandarin and Sweet Potato are turning up on upholstery, wallpaper, wall paint, drapery panels - you name it and it's probably available in some warm orange-y hue.
So - keeping in the spirit of the harvest season, today's post features, well, ORANGE.
In Charlotte, there is a store called Black Lion. It is one of my favorite places to shop for accent furniture and home accessories. This is a picture I took on a trip to their design house. I love the mix of fabrics on the decorative pillows. The warm golds and orange was the inspiration for my family room color scheme. I added moss green and touches of black to my room.
For an easy update and budget friendly version of orange in your home, try displaying mini-pumpkins on trays and platters. Add snippets of twigs and fall leaves to add texture and depth. This tray is a long, plain white platter but it serves as the perfect centerpiece for the dining room table by adding a little seasonal color and shape.

I love this side chair. I found it on Overstock.com. It is the perfect little accent chair in the bedroom or even the office. The shape is perfect for blending with contemporary or traditional decor. It is covered in a lovely shade of "Sweet Potato"velvet fabric.

I also found this loveseat on Overstock.com
I am not crazy about the accent pillows but with a little effort and little money, I can design decorative pillows to complement the "Burnt Clove" chenille fabric of this ultra flexible seating piece.
This Slipper Chair sports a fun and fresh fabric! The rusty, clay background causes the golden orbs to pop! The styling is very streamlined and modern but would be the perfect piece to mix-n-match with more traditional interiors.
Next month's issue of Traditional Home magazine has a great feature on decorating with orange. Color Expert Victoria Stuart Burke says that orange has the power to boost creative energy & motivation. So try paiting your study or home office a shade such as Sweet Mandarin from Home Depot's Behr paint line. Burke states even though the color is vibrant, it's soothing as velvet in a flat finish.
Using the warm, zesty hues of orange in a library or entry hall are any room that get little light can be all the boost needed to turn a ho-hum room into singing the hallelujiah chorus!
While these colors have a powerful presence, they remain sophisticated according to Burke.
So the next time you are in the mood to repaint or add an accent wall seriously consider ORANGE. It is not just for Halloween anymore!
Until I see you again,
Life Life Beautifully!


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Love all the orange. Yes, I just put a tone of it in my LR and also in the Kit and FR. I think I need to stop now. Hugs, Marty

Jane said...

I must be ahead of the trend...I have used orange for a long time. It's one of my favorite, year round colors. When we first moved to this home, I painted the breakfast room a corally orange...dry brush over a creamy white. Gorgeous! Then I got tired of it and changed the room to a "dill pickle" green. I still use oranges, mixed with greens and creams in my dining room and living room for the fall.
Thanks for helping us stay up to date with the trends...
Jane (Artfully Graced)

The Stylish House said...

The Black Lion looks like a treasure trove of fabulous pieces! Overstock has some nice pieces and the customer reviews are very helpful when evaluating an item for purchase.

southerninspiration said...

I'm sure I would LOVE the Black Lion....and Yes, I am loving orange too....It really doesn't go in my house, though, except for fall accents....so I mix in a lot of red/burnt orange to blend it all in. I love the design house living room you showed.....ooooh, lovely, and I love the slipper chair with the orbs...ooh la la. THANKS!


The Tuscan Home said...

Orange lover here! I love fall colors in any shape or form. Beautiful blog and your pictures are gorgeous! ~Liz

Designs on 47th Street said...

Such pretty pictures in this post. Yes, I definitely have orange in my new home.

I love that ottoman in the first pic...love that whole room, actually.


ChaChaneen said...

Fun post! Makes me think of your cookies for autumn. Such eye candy of all this furniture

Melissa Miller said...

Oooohhhh. I do love orange Alisa! I need to add some more to our home. Thanks for the great inspiration.

Many Blessings, ~Melissa :)

Erica (Irene) said...

Love your Blog.....and the colour orange. Especially now with all those Fall colours. Thanks for posting and your inspirations!


Heather Watson said...

I am so sad that the Black Lion closed at Concord Mills...didn't realize that there was one in Charlotte! You made my day....:) Heather

santamaker said...

We had a Black Lion in Columbia SC and I loved going in there. None here in Atlanta that I know of. Funny I used to hate orange and now I love it. Decorating for fall with all shades of orange makes me so happy.

"Blossom" said...

I accent with orange it the season that fits. I use accessories of orange in fall and holidays.
Love the orange chair.

Moments of Grace said...

You have no idea how much I enjoy your blog!!! I love your photos, your commentaries, your recipes---I love it all. I look forward to each new post.
Blessings to you today.

In Grace,

~CC Catherine said...

Hey Alisa, My mom would be LOVIN your post today, orange is her favorite color on the palate! Have missed visiting you! I'm creeping my way back into blogging slowly. You'll love the chandy pic I posted today...stop by and see it! Hugs! ~CC Catherine (I was in Charlotte on business last week, but didn't even have a second...had to entertain a client that flew in from MN while there)

GiGi said...

Your blog is so beautiful. I can't wait to read it all!

Janean said...

i like orange and maybe more people would if it we called it "sweet potato," "mandarin," and "burnt clove" more often. Yay!! beautiful finds on Overstock too.

kanishk said...

Black Lion looks like a treasure trove of fabulous pieces! Overstock has some nice pieces and the customer reviews are very helpful when evaluating an item for purchase
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