October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and at Design Connection, Inc. we are thinking of all of our friends, family members and relatives whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. We are remembering those loved ones we’ve lost to the disease and are grateful for those who are still battling while we hope for the cure. There are many ways we can individually help to support causes and foundations that will hopefully result in a cure for this terrible disease. Donating time and money to local organizations like the Touched by Cancer Foundation and Turning Point can help right here at home. If you are thinking big, the Susan G. Komen foundation has many ways you can contribute, including shopping on their exclusive website ShopKomen where they let you “purchase with purpose to end breast cancer forever”.

During the month of October, let’s honor the ones we love.
We invite you to post about your loved ones who have been affected by breast cancer on our Facebook wall (click here>).
Feel free to honor someone you love who has been affected by breast cancer by posting their name, and perhaps even a picture or a story on our wall about them. At the end of the month, we will choose one person and make a donation in their honor to the Touched by Cancer Foundation here in Kansas City.

In support of all of these brave and wonderful people, I am thinking pink this week and have some fabulous ideas on how you can incorporate it in your home’s design. It just so happens that pink is one of the current trends we are seeing in interior design with the “femme fatale” style becoming popular. Sumptuous velvets, lots of luxury fabrics and textures, fluffy rugs all with the pop of pink are in many fashion and style magazines.

design connection pink living room Betsey Johnson

This Living Room is in the Pink!
We love designer Betsey Johnson for many reasons but did you know she also has a passion for interiors? She is also a breast cancer survivor and is big on breast cancer awareness. She designed an entirely pink, and very hip apartment that was featured in a recent edition of Elle UK. While it may be a little over the top for most of you, I just love how the pink isn’t overpowering but definitely makes a design statement here. Click on the photo and you can shop Betsey’s website in her Breast Cancer Awareness section and support the cause.

design connection chandra amy butler pink area rug

A Pop of Pink!

I just love the combination of brown, goldenrod, white and this bold dash of hot pink on this gorgeous Chandra rug. Perfect for a surprising bit of pink underfoot in your room! If you like this rug or want to see others like it, Design Connection is your resource for Chandra Rugs in Kansas City!

design connection deep pink velvet chair

Sitting Pretty
Utterly hip and obviously elegant, this plush dark pink velvet chair promises to be a conversation starter. Regardless of whether you’re a diva or not, it would be a great accent piece in your boudoir!

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On the Lighter Side
Not ready for a whole room of pink yet? It’s ok, you can still commit to adding little bits of color to your space with subtle pink color. These sparkly jeweled branches would be a delightfully delicate accent for your home without having to go all out floral. It’s girly but with a contemporary edge.

design connection pink fabrics CR Laine upholstery

Feisty Fabrics
Ready to breathe some new life into your room? Choose a custom upholstered sofa , a set of wing chairs or maybe an ottoman in a patterned pink fabric. There are options that are bold or delicate depending on your tastes and if you look at these offerings from C.R. Laine, you can see they are simply gorgeous. Don’t forget, Design Connection, Inc. is your Kansas City resource for the furniture and fabrics from C.R. Laine!

Whether you do a little pink or a lot, you’d be surprised at how versatile this color can be when it’s done right in a room. It’s funny because sometimes when I work with couples, the men seem to be apprehensive about pink. I love it when they actually see it and comment on how amazing it looks AND the fact that it doesn’t always look girly. If you are considering adding some pink to your home’s interior and want to make sure you get it right, contact me and let’s have a design consultation in my studio. It’s complimentary and we can plan exactly how to get your spaces in the pink without going overboard!

Click on the photos to visit the websites of these fine folks: Betsey Johnson, Amy Butler/Chandra, Neiman Marcus, ZGallerie and C.R.Laine.