Color Love :: Gray + Yellow

Color Love :: Gray + Yellow

Gray and yellow is one of my favorite color combinations and it works in any style of decor, from the ultra-modern to the very traditional.  It was very trendy a couple of years ago, but I don’t really go in for trends -- if you like it, you like it, period.  Gray is timeless and can be mixed with any color. It can help tone down the stimulating effects of yellow and keep it from becoming garish.  The color combo works great in just about any room of the house too!

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Color Love :: Pink + Orange

Color Love :: Pink + Orange

My last post was about Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier’s fabulous Paris apartment, which is in a very neutral palette of whites and greys so I’m feeling a little hungry for color today.  One of my favorite playful color combos is pink and orange.

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Pantone's Color of the Year for 2015 is.... Marsala!

Pantone's Color of the Year for 2015 is.... Marsala!

So Pantone announced their Color of the Year for 2015 the other day as Marsala and I’m really torn about how I feel about the shade.  Marsala is a real departure from the bright, happy shades selected in previous years, it actually reminds me of the shade of lipstick I wore in the early 90s <shudder>.

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Carrie Bradshaw's Apartment, Part Two - the Re-Do

Carrie Bradshaw's Apartment, Part Two - the Re-Do

In my last blog post I talked about Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment during the SATC “the series” years, so it’s only fitting that there be a Part Two to talk about Carrie’s post Big-Left-Carrie-at-the-Altar apartment.

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color scheme :: b+w interiors

color scheme :: b+w interiors

Black and white interiors are sophisticated, chic and timeless and work in any decorating style.  Black adds a focal point of color {or absence of, if we’re going to get technical about it} that anchors a room and adds a touch of sophistication and a sleek sense of style, while white visually opens the space up.

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The Basics of Monochromatic Room Design

The Basics of Monochromatic Room Design

I just love a well-designed monochromatic room -- you can do a monochromatic color scheme in any design style you want, from traditional to ultra-modern.  And monochromatic design doesn’t just apply to neutrals, any color can be used in this kind of scheme.  A key thing to remember about monochromatic design is that it means one color, not just one shade.  

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Why Not... Put Wallpaper on the Ceiling!?

Why Not... Put Wallpaper on the Ceiling!?

I mean really, why shouldn't you put wallpaper on the ceiling?  Not only can it be an unexpected whimsical touch, it’s another way to ground a room.  The traditional way to ground a room would be to go for a large floor rug, but let’s face it… rugs, good quality ones at least, can be cost prohibitive.  

Wall paper is a less-expensive option that delivers as much of a “wow!” moment as an area rug, if not more.  An added bonus?  Wallpaper will cover any cracks, water stains or other, er, imperfections on your ceiling that probably drive you a little bit crazy when you see them.

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How to Display Collections

How to Display Collections

What do you collect?  Seashells? Art? Vintage glass?  Vintage barware?  Why hide them away behind closed doors when you can use them as part of your design scheme or even a focal point of a room?  But here is a very important thing to remember :: Don’t let your collections be mistaken for clutter!  If you display your collections purposefully they can look like art.

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Decorating with Foo Dogs

Decorating with Foo Dogs

You don’t need to live in an imperial palace to be able to benefit from these guys’ mystical powers (or, you know, you can still just want them because they’re pretty) -- they come in small sizes too and are a great way to bring in a pop of color, or compliment colors already in your design scheme.

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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

As a designer, when you propose painting a room a dark color you often see real fear in the eyes of your client.  You’ll often hear “Won’t it make the room look smaller?,” “Won’t it be depressing?,” “Won’t it be too severe”?  The answer to all the above questions is “no” as long as you keep a few things in mind.

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