Orange Is The New Black

orange studded modern wingback with brass coffee table

The color orange, at least for me, is one of the hardest hues to work with in home decor.  There’s no doubt that when done right it’s incredibly chic, just look at these boldly styled images from Leigh Mowry of Olive Interiors, all beautifully photographed by Emily Jenkins Followill.  Leigh and I connected over twitter last month and I now consider myself a fan of both her work and of Emily’s as well.

On an entirely separate note, I just finished binge watching the entire
first season of Orange is the new Black on Netflix…if you liked Weeds,
it’s done by the same people…highly addictive, higly recommend.

eclectic transitional living room with brass mirror coffee table
transitional wingback chairs, orange
dark wood floors, white walls
teen girls room, white modern desk, bright pops of color and art
beach bungalow decor
brightly colored throw pillows

Want more great ways to incorporate orange into your own home? Shop these looks, inspired by Leigh’s beautiful and bold designs…

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  1. I agree, orange can be hard to work in, but it looks great in this image. I'm such a fan of Orange is the New Black, and watched in a big chunk too 🙂

    xo Mary Jo

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  2. ooohh love that hot pink Juju hat!! I agree about orange. Right out of college I bought a rug that had orange in it and it was a nightmare to decorate around. Everything always looked so fallish. Its only recently that I was able to pick the right burnt orange headboard and now the room looks amazing! These photos are fab!

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  3. Leigh has worked with orange beautifully. her designs are traditional yet refreshing and includes lots of fabulous contemporary art!

    Thanks Sue!

    Feature:Artist Anne Harwell

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  4. Thank you so much for featuring my work, Sue. I am beyond flattered! I am such a fan of your blog and have been following for years. I truly appreciate your kind words about my work!

    And my hubs and I love "Orange Is The New Black" we were just talking about what a great show it is last night. He is going to get a kick out of the name of this blog entry;)

    Warmest Regard-
    Leigh Olive Mowry

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  5. The Now wrote:

    OK the orange chairs and that rug are killing me. Actually just everything in that room is killing me. My husband and I also binge watched OITNB and it was SO GOOD! It took me a few episodes to really get into it, but now I am so sad it's over!!!

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  6. I love the green and orange combo, so incredibly bright!! I was looking for a new series to watch, I will definitely check out Orange is the New Black! Hope all is well Sue xx

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  7. She really has done it well. I have an antique Louis setee that I recovered in a burnt orange and gold pattern, that I have bumped up with brighter orange velvet pillows and fun mink pillow I bought at a vintage shop, it is a bright spot in my entry way.

    So thankful for your timing, I bought some of Lily Pulitzer orange and aqua pillows you feature to go with a navy piece, which didn't quite work, but seeing how she's used them I am realizing that they will look perfect in my daughters aqua and white bedroom.


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  8. smash wrote:

    I completely agree with you! It's a color I don't really gravitate toward, but lately I have been liking it more and more paired with blue.

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  9. I just painted my office coral….not quite orange, but in the family….and I love it! Great picks…I want a juju hat!

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  10. I have always loved orange…this post makes me want to paint something in Orange!!!
    If I do I will post this on my BLOG:

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  11. Absolutely LOVE those orange chairs with the nailhead trim!! And orange goes so well with pink, we think we'll have to add a little to our tiny space! Thanks for such gorgeous Monday inspiration!

    mk & Gwynnie

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  12. Hi Sue, I LOVE the series, binged it a couple of weeks ago…totally addictive… as for orange, I am over it. I LOVED it for many years then all of a sudden, gone was my passion for orange. These images however showcase orange at its very best and I especially love the play between the chair and the stunning rug in the living room… thanks!

    a bientôt!


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  13. CDS wrote:

    The rug in the first two is so perfect! I love everything about that room really.

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  14. Kim Grey wrote:

    Orange does look so chic, when it's styled well. It seems tricky to me, but I love it. Those first three images, of the lounge, are so gorgeous! I'm craving some orange now.

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