15 Interesting Ways to Use the Color Green

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Today's blog will be a little color inspiration based on the holiday. I scoured Pinterest for 15 unique ways to use the color green! Get ready for some bold color! 


1. Green Staircase Runner

I would have never thought of using green carpet, but this is just stunning. And the polka dot wallpaper is on point! (From Brit + Co and Joanna Henderson)


2. Green Ombre Cake

This cake is so beautiful, you might not want to eat it. However, I would still eat it! (From I Am Baker)


3. Emerald Green Pants 

Yes, that is Gwyneth Paltrow, so of course her outfit is cute. But I am loving the green pants! (From Lindex Modern Preppy)


4. Green Architectural Accents

Painting the insides of the shelves and the molding around the drawers is so clever. It is fun and sophisticated all at the same time! (From Amie Corlie Interiors)


5. Green Agate Coasters

Well aren't these beautiful! You can even choose between gold and silver plating around the edges. They sell for $60 on Etsy. (From LilpengeeGems)


6. Green Book Display

If you have a lot of green-ish books, then you really need to do this! The monochromatic bookcase is so pleasing to the eye. AND GUESS WHAT?! Books By the Foot sells groupings of green books, just like this image. So if you want this look but don't have enough books, check out their site. (From Books By the Foot)


7. Green Velvet Sofa

This sofa is so chic and retro all at the same time! I love how they paired the green velvet with the natural green plants and floral pillows! (From A Cup of Jo)


8. Green OPI Nail Polish

After seeing this picture, I drove to the store to buy this color! Unfortunately, I didn't find this exact shade, but I found another green that I'm excited to try! Below is Jade by OPI. (From StyleCraze)


9. Green Crinkle Cookies

Mom always said to eat your greens! These green cookies are perfect for baking with kids! (From Pack Momma)


10. Green Accented Wallpaper (with a perfectly accented green bike!)

The birds and clouds on this wallpaper make it so cheery and whimsical! I'm thinking this would be perfect for a playroom, nursery or a powder room! (From Hygge & West)


11. Green Flats

There is nothing like adding a pop of color with your shoes, and these beauties are only $19.99! (From Lulu's)


12. Green Matcha Doughnuts

I'll be honest, I don't have a clue what "Matcha" actually is. Ha! But these doughnuts are beautiful! Go to Bon Appetit to find the recipe! Maybe you'll learn what is Matcha! (From Bon Appetit)

P.S. Just looked up the word Matcha. For those who are like me and didn't know, it is powdered green tea.


13. A Cute Green Grasshopper Stapler

If this doesn't make you smile, then I don't know what will! The little cutie is only $4.95 at Anthropologie! (From Anthropologie)


14. Green Rug in Children's Playroom

I love the pairing of the green chalkboard with the dark grey walls and green rug! It all works so well together! (From Birch Tree Decal)


15. Going Kelly Green with Painted Furniture

This French Country chair has new life with a green coat of paint! Check out the before and after pictures on the Rain on a Tin Roof blog!  (From Rain on a Tin Roof)

Hope you enjoyed a little green inspiration! For more ideas, check out our "Color Inspiration" board on Pinterest!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Emily Kirby

Follow Friday: Armstrong Collective

I met one half of Armstrong Collective (Hannah) when she purchased a Texture Design House Portrait! She lives locally, so I was able to hand deliver her portrait and meet her in person. We started following each other on Instagram, and a short while later she started a home decor blog with her sister-in-law! IT IS FABULOUS! I love their story of becoming sisters, friends and now a creative team! These ladies are very relatable in their topics and writing style! Check out their blog and keep reading to find out more on this sweet duo! #FollowFriday

Armstrong Collective

Authors: Hannah & MaryGene Armstrong
Topics: Interior Styling, Hospitality, Home Decor

Photography by: Emily Bolt Photography

TDC: First of all, you two married brothers!? How cool is that! Tell us a little bit about your relationship!
H: We both met the Armstrong brothers at Clemson -- only 5 years apart! We barely missed each other at college but our paths crossed Christmas 2012 when Barrett brought me home to meet his family. It wasn’t until a family wedding in St. Augustine that MaryGene and I really started hitting things off. Not too long after that Barrett and I joined MaryGene and Andrew in Charleston and, as they say, the rest is history!
MG: I feel like we hit the sister-in-law jackpot. It’s not like you have any control over who your siblings marry and I feel super blessed that Hannah and I have become so close over the last few years and that we’ve started this creative endeavor together!

TDC: What led the two of you to start the Armstrong Collective blog! How did that conversation occur?
MG: Well, we basically decided that we were doing all the things on the blog in real life anyway and we might as well share it! Our daytime jobs (I say that loosely, I actually work nightshift as a nurse),  don’t really afford a whole lot of a creative outlet and we both needed that in our lives. And these things are always more fun to do together!
H: We were both thinking we should team up but when I mentioned it I was really nervous she would look at me like I had three heads. Instead she said, “Let me talk to Andrew, but I am 99% sure it’s a yes!”

TDC: What do you hope to convey to your blog followers as they read along?             
MG: Our homes were decorated by us-- and they are in a constant state of evolution. We hope that our readers will see a little bit of themselves reflected in our pages and also be inspired by what they see or read. Who doesn’t like looking at pretty things or finding a new antique store to browse or a fun new instagram account to follow? It’s meant to be a positive in your day and meant to make you smile.
H: I think that so many young women get discouraged by what they can and cannot do in their homes -- whether it’s a money thing or lack of vision. We really want to encourage them that making a home can be life-giving, and we hope to be examples of how to put a beautifully thought-out home together within the means we’ve been given.

TDC: I’m already in love with the colors and textures that I see on your blog! Do you both have a similar style? How would each of you describe your taste in home decor?
MG: I would say our styles are similar in that we both have tried to create a welcoming and soothing sanctuary in our homes. We are drawn more to cool tones and natural elements, so it’s no surprise that our homes are similar in feel!
H:  The only difference I can think of is that MaryGene is more prone to take “risks.” I tend to get set on one idea for a room and can’t seem to break away, while MG rearranges and experiments often.  She challenges me in this way and encourages me to think outside the box.

TDC: What are some of your favorite ways to add a little character and personality to your home?
MG: Two things do it for me--family heirlooms and antique store finds. Things that don’t come from a factory or mass produced items (although I like designer lamps just as much as the next girl). My dad loves antiques and I learned to look for unique, valuable and quality pieces from him. Many of the pieces in my home are inherited from family and have a story and value to me beyond just a piece of furniture.
H: I love a minimalistic approach but at the end of the day I’m not a 2 pillows on the bed or clear coffee table kind of girl. I need different textures and shapes to make a room feel complete. Plants are my favorite accent pieces but my thumbs aren’t as green as I’d like them to be.

TDC: I love how honest you both are about designing on budgets! Is there a piece of furniture or accessory that you are currently saving up for? 
MG: Ahhh, budgets. The only thing I have in the back of my mind right now is that Smith is going to be graduating to a big boy bed soon, and just like dreaming up a nursery, I am starting to get excited about a new bed and room setup for him! I have my eye on a twin antique spindle bed-- and I’m actually going over to the shop later to haggle with the sellers. In antique stores you can always ask for less-- the worst that can happen is that they say no. Not a big deal.
H: I work in a furniture & design store so I have a running list. In reality, Barrett and I are saving up for a new sofa. I’ve learned way too much about sofas since working at the store but I know now the importance of saving and buying a quality piece. My eye is on an organic sofa made by Cisco Brothers in California.

Louis Sofa by Cisco Brothers

TDC: Paint colors can be so overwhelming; what are some of your favorite wall colors right now?
MG: I love white paint. It covers a multitude of sins and you can’t go wrong with white. We covered ⅔ of our house in glorious Benjamin Moore White Dove and I have never regretted it for a second. Especially given that our house is tiny, I didn’t want to break it up with every room being a different color. Our living room is Benjamin Moore Gray Owl lightened by 50%. It looks different throughout the day depending on the light-- from gray-blue to green to almost white. Highly recommend!
H: We went with Sherwin Williams Mountain Air in ¾ of our house and it looks awesome in lamp AND natural light -- that’s the dealmaker. My “wild card” color is Sherwin Williams Slate Tile. It’s almost a dusty navy (if that makes sense), and I’m dreaming of covering  some cabinets in it one day!

TDC: Have you ever had a house project that didn’t go as planned? If so, do you care to share what you learned in the process?
MG: This is not a sexy answer, but we put in our own insulation in the attic last fall. Our heating bill was through the roof, (see what I did there?), so my husband and my brother-in-law (not Barrett, my other brother, Tim) rented a machine from Home Depot and had a very long day of DIY insulation installation. It didn’t go as planned because it took FOREVER and it also blew insulation particles all over the house (read, a layer of dust on just about every surface). They taped sheets and plastic over doorways but that pesky stuff still made into adjacent rooms. It was worth it in the end but what a mess! I also tried to reassemble and paint an armoire someone had given to us that was basically a hunk of junk and the only thing I ended up keeping out of it were the front panels that are now hanging on Smith’s wall in his nursery. So, I guess it worked out in the end.
H: I don’t have a particular example in mind but I can tell you that every single project Barrett and I have tried to take on always takes longer than we think it will. It’s really frustrating. We both throw pity parties and move on. That really is lesson one of homeownership: brush it off and keep going!

TDC: Always a hard question for people...what is your favorite Charleston area restaurant right now?
MG: Fulton Five, hands down. Drooling now as I think about it...mmmm...
H: We love trying new restaurants but when we want something guaranteed delicious, we go to Leon’s Oyster Shop.

Thank you ladies for sharing a little of your story and passion with us! Be sure to follow Armstrong Collective on Pinterest and Instagram. Can't wait to share our next #FollowFriday blog with you! Stay tuned.

All photos in today's blog are by Emily Bolt Photography.

Emily Kirby



A Mint & Seafoam Themed Office Space

Currently, my office space consists of a desk in the living room, and it certainly works for now! :) However, I do get excited thinking about the upcoming possibility of graduating to a larger office space with room to spread out and lots of shelves. The designer in me likes to think about how I will organize and decorate the space. One thing is for sure, it will have color accents of seafoam and mint throughout. You have probably already noticed, but I love those colors! (Hence the Texture Design Co. logo.)

If you gravitate towards the mint family as well, here is a little minty goodness to inspire any office space:

I've started a little Pinterest board of inspiring Office Spaces and Office Supplies for this future Texture Design Co. home office. :)
Be sure to follow Texture Design Co. on Pinterest to see more!

Emily Kirby

Fresh & Modern Kitchen Decor

The Charleston Bridge print is one of Texture's most popular items. We also have a new "frameable" 5x7 card with the design as well. The colors are so happy and cheery, so I decided to work up a kitchen design scheme that coordinates with the print. (Throw back to my Interior Design days!)


Clock by West Elm
Newgate Clockhouse Clock

Fabric by Minted

Napkins by Anthropologie
Beach Chair Stripe Napkins

Planter by Sea & Asters
Geometric Succulent Planter

Art Print by Texture Design Co. (That's us!)
Charleston Bridge Print

Napkin Ring from Wayfair
Braided Jute Napkin Ring

Mixer by Kitchen Aid
Green Apple Mixer

Pillow by Blossom Pillow Co.
Swiss Cross Pillow in Navy

Vases from World Market
Mason Jar Vases

Cutting Board by For the Host
Wood Cutting Board

Bar Stool by West Elm
Hewn Wood Bar Stool

Light Fixture from Barn Light Electric
Chicago Vintage Industrial Pendant


Hope you enjoy the list of items!
I have to admit, they are my favorite colors...I use them a lot! Any suggestions to add to our list?

Best, Emily Kirby

Emily Kirby with Texture Design Co