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Sparse without being stark. Tranquil but not bland and boring. Functional and comfortable.
At first thought, when you think of Japan and Scandinavia, you wouldn't think that they have anything in common. These two countries are literally worlds apart from each other, with totally different cultures, languages, diets, religions, etc. However, what they both have in common, is an aesthetic that focuses on simplicity, sustainability, natural elements, and comfort.
By now, you are all probably familiar with Marie Kondo's decluttering advice and have heard of the documentary...more
If you haven’t noticed it yet, wallpaper has proven one of the most coveted trends over the past few years. And no, we are not referring to your grandmother’s wallpaper from the 70’s!
Funny that everyone has the same reaction when I refer to wallpaper. Always a warm, fuzzy story about “the good ole days” in grandma's welcoming aromatic kitchen, but with a little apprehension.
Wallpaper has a way of pulling the room together, easily making it the focal point of the room. Whether you want to add wallpaper to your room to make a statement or to add texture to your space, it’ll...more
Let’s start with the no-brainer. A well-trained certified Color Consultant will save you Time, Frustration and Money. I am totally fascinated every time I walk into a big box store or a paint shop such as Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams and I see people staring at all the thousands of color chips with a blank look and a frown between their eyebrows. They know they want a gray, a blue or green but we all know that there are 50 shades of any hue out there!more
Globally considered the key color that represents new beginnings, purity, health, and freshness, energy, money and rebirth, green has been traditionally associated with brands that encourage growth, vitality, and productivity
Green takes on many personalities in nature. From soothing, calm, fresh to vivid, dark, intense, mossy, mystical.
In bigger cities, the green urban movement has been given the attention it deserves by creating more rooftop gardens, bike lanes, and hiking trails in order to create peaceful and tranquil spots of nature so people can evade the concrete...more
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Updating your home's exterior with a fresh coat of paint is a task many homeowners will undertake with spring approaching and is undoubtedly one of the most important factors to consider when it comes to enhancing your home's curb appeal. And there's no wonder why exterior paint colors are important - they can make or break a potential homebuyer's perception of your home.
With so many paint colors, finishes, and factors to consider when undertaking an exterior paint update, choosing a paint color can seem like an intimidating decision to make. To help ease the stress that comes with...more
Torri and Rob are very near and dear to me and I felt so privileged to have met them! They were excited and enthusiastic about the changes and the everything I suggested, which of course, made me love the project and the challenges and I was almost sad once it was done.
But they moved not long after we were done and I got to repurpose almost everything they had again, giving it a totally new look and feel, by changing the accent color percentages!
Since I am not a turn-key designer, I always try and work with what is already in the house and then just add to it as the budget...more
When Darlene approached me regarding making some changes to her house, I knew this might be a tough one to sell! She and John have lived there for many years and they were used to looking at dark walls and dark furniture. And guess what… their major complaint was that the house felt dark and dated.more
What is a sheen finish?
In paint technology, it describes the level of the glossiness/shininess of a paint product. Paint is chemistry in a can and the quality is reflected in the price. Resin is added to the paint to give it sheen and strength. Keep in mind, you get what you pay for, so don’t settle for cheap.
When doing a paint color consultation, a Professional Color Consultant will know which sheen to specify for a certain area, so it is good to be informed and query something if you notice a discrepancy.
Trends have changed over the years and I found...more
As an Interior Decorator and Architectural Color Consultant, I am often involved in helping my clients choose fixed elements such as tiles, flooring, brick, stone, new light fixtures etc. I do not sub-contract, but I do collaborate with the Contractor regarding the project.
Having someone invade your private space can be tolerable when you know or expect the outcome to be good. Which, as we all know, is not always the case.
The purpose of this post is to educate and protect YOU, the consumer!...more
Ashley Stucki has been named one of Austin’s top Realtors for 5 years in a row! Besides being beautiful, she is super focused on detail. Her market expertise, fresh ideas, and tireless work ethic have made Ashley a trusted resource to buyers and sellers seeking an agent who prioritizes their needs at every step of the way.
So when Ashley contacted me again for a Color Consultation on one of her million-dollar-plus properties, I was nervously excited. This time it was for an Exterior on a $1.9 million property.
Look, if there is one thing that keeps me humble, it is COLOR!...more
I received this video via email from HOUZZ.com and thought it was great info that I wanted to share with Y’all!. Grab a pen and paper and make sure you get "The numbers!"
How high should the ceiling fan be?
How big should it be?
How high should chandelier hang from the surface and so forth.
Award-winning lighting designer, Thomas Wright of Savoy House, shares best practices for selecting lights and discusses popular styles and industry trends.more
Not everybody can SEE Color. Most of us are familiar with the term of being "Color Blind". But did you know that some people can HEAR or TASTE Color?
Synesthesia is a neurological condition in which two or more senses are attached. People with synesthesia have a relationship between their senses. The excitement of one sense stimulates the experiencing of another. It is estimated that 4% of the population has synesthesia!
During my research on the topic of Synesthesia, I was amazed to see how many famous people admitted to having this harmless condition. Pharrel Williams, Lady...more
Many people lose their ability to clearly distinguish certain colors as they age, with losses typically starting around age 70 and getting worse over time. The loss of visual acuity as you age is experienced as an actual physical impairment and should be treated accordingly.
The reason why the vision of color is affected is not 100% clear. The photoreceptor cells in the Retina, called Rods and Cones, which are responsible for normal color vision, the decline in sensitivity as we age, causing colors to become less bright and the contrast between different colors to be less...more
For those of you that have followed my Color info posts before, thank you for coming back. I decided to redo the blog for several reasons, which I won’t bore you with right now. I will be reposting some of the info that I have shared with you before, but it might be under a new headline.
While the blog was "Under Reconstruction", I furthered my education in Color in different areas. There is so much to learn about this fascinating topic and I can tell you right now, that I will share more than just Architectural Color articles with you. If you have a passion for Color like I do, you...more
This is the question I received a while ago from a friend of mine.
Ombre simply means having colors or tones that shade into each other from dark to light. I bet you are familiar with the "Ombre look" without even realizing it!
Think about a beautiful sunset you’ve witnessed at your favorite vacation spot! See! Ombre!
Catching " The big one!" against an Ombre skymore
For some reason, I thought that everyone in the world of Decorating and Design, knew what “Full Spectrum Colors” were. But I learned real quick that it was not true.
And I also thought that everyone that works in a paint store knew exactly what that was. To my surprise, I got the weirdest answer today when I went into a store and just asked if they have any Full Spectrum Colors, although I was fully aware of the fact that this specific store does not sell Full Spectrum Colors. Sometimes you just have to have some fun, right!
The hardest part of decorating for me is when a client asks me to find them Art! To me Art is a very personal choice and I struggle to use something that might be found in a Staged house or that can be bought at our local decor retail shops. Not that I think there is anything wrong with any of that. There are some great prints out there! I myself even have a few with a story behind it of course! It’s just a personal thing!
I recently redecorated my guest bedroom. I had to be careful not to make the room look too feminine or too serene, since most of...more
LED lights have been the buzzword for quite a while now, so you might as well get used to them. Unless you have stocked up on traditional incandescent light bulbs and have stacks of them piled up in your garage, you will have to eventually give in and switch over to LED bulbs!
What does LED stand for?" Light Emitting Diode
But don’t worry about that. Everybody just calls it LED! When choosing a light bulb, there are a few things you should consider before you purchase them. I am not going...more
If I mention words such as "Happy, Energetic, Optimistic, Sunshine, Creativity, be Alert, Sponge Bob, Smiley Face, what Color comes to mind first? Yellow of course! No doubt about it! So would yellow really make your baby cry??
Yellow is often considered a happy, vibrant color. And for the most part, it is! But there’s a very fine line between a good yellow and a bad yellow. There is a dark side to yellow that we need to be aware of. According to a study, suicidal patients used more yellow in their paintings, as did Van Gogh. It was said that...more
If you are familiar with Houzz.com, you know it can be inspirational, overwhelming and addicting! It actually grew into one of those beasts, because once you start going through some pictures, next thing you know, you are bombarded with arrows pointing you to specific items to purchase and before you know it, you are going down another rabbit hole we have to face in the mighty tech world where everyone wants your money!
However, I happened to stumble upon a post one designer wrote and my advice to you, you really...more
Not too long ago I read a blogpost of one of my fellow Color Enthusiasts and amazing Interior Designer, Eugi Triandos and I was intrigued by the term Wabi Sabi. For some reason I haven’t heard of this before! I immediately recognized it for what it was and I knew that I have always loved imperfect objects and got many Color and Décor Inspirations from it, without giving it a name. I always take pictures of rust or peeling paint or tree bark, ruins etc. For example, the picture below was taken in...more