May 4, 2016 •
Sometimes when potential clients call, I have trouble quickly summarizing my range of work.
I love variety. Variety in life & work. Who knows what will roll in at any given moment. Interiors, exteriors, remodels, businesses, homes, branding needs. I’m thankful for all of it. But only commit to things I know I can do well. That way we keep everyone happy! :)
Color matters bring most people our way, as well as referrals from friends, family, clients, & my absolute, valued relationship with this stellar real estate team- The Jay Schmidt Group. Everyone LOVES them (if you need to sell your house)!
And with that long opener (I like words, ask my husband). I want to share some super fun projects, currently in the works >
1. Karen’s House.
She told me she was mortified to reveal her floral sofa & such. Her walls had been off-white for decades. None of it was that bad, it just lacked the design flair she craved. We painted cabinets antique white, replaced kitchen counters with 1 of my recent obsessions, Salinas White granite, new backsplash, painted the hub of the home SW colonnade gray (gorgeous gray!). Results… almost made us cry good. Stars aligned, no one deserves it more than Karen.
2. Kristen’s House.
To my friend- thank you for letting me collaborate on this killer lower level. We have had more fun… This girl & her husband underestimate their eye for beyond legal limits design :) Check out these curved walls with floor to ceiling mosaic. Nestled in-between the tile will be Candice Olson wallpaper. We selected flooring, counters, cabinets, carpet, bathroom materials, paint colors, lighting. The works. The best moment so far has been the washed navy we painted existing cabinets, OMG… BM temptation. Stay-tuned, this will be another blog post soon!!
3. Sharon’s Collection.
Sharon came to me with a delightful collection of exteriors that needed love. This one is so fun! We debated all different configurations before settling on cream trim to blend with existing windows, SW escape gray (pretty green/blue/gray mix) for the body, & we’ll be adding a plum pop to the door, etc. I was so excited to drive past & check on the colors…
in the works ^
Since the area rug is one of the best ways to incorporate color, we are shoppin’ all the time for you! Here are a few rugs I’ve pulled for clients in the last several weeks. Everyone’s palette is so unique- it’s interesting to see them collaged here. Rugs can be tricky in that online appearance doesn’t guarantee color tone, so often I ask clients to purchase 2 options & return the lesser. The right rug definitely makes the room!
Does your project fit within our almost anything goes parameter? We would love to assist. Cheers readers!
March 26, 2016 •
One of my favorite projects! Lots of reads lately, so we’re bringing it back for an encore :) I heard the owners listed this property shortly after we finished & it went into a bidding war. Lots of charm, inside and out. >
When I first laid eyes on this Mid-Century Modern exterior, I knew this was going to be an exciting & dramatic transformation! :)
The clients were torn between the hip, modern, slightly industrial look they really wanted to create and future resale appeal.
Resale appeal is an interesting debate here? My thoughts are, this home will attract a specific demographic who love this style. So we should avoid trying to minimize the features and instead, work the look in a big way.
Here is the plan in the works. A complete shift in colors with the addition of design elements like sculpture and large, modern house numbers.
We are very excited to see the changes come to life! What do you think?
Need help reinventing your exterior? Call me. Cheers readers!
March 20, 2016 •
Growing up, friends & I generally lived in newer construction homes, nestled in the burbs. So during our summer breaks/teenage wanderings, when an event brought us to the east side of Milwaukee, we would linger past sunset to walk through the neighborhoods near Lake Drive, filled with historic “mansions”.
When the sky was dark & the lights were on, we were in awe of the views, so different in style than what we were used to. Crystal chandeliers, bold, bold paint colors- royal blue, red, yellow, stately furnishings. Visuals that delight at any darn age.
To now find myself in these homes, painting & decorating, well it’s been a winding path. Unexpected twists led me to the most satisfying creative work, I never want to leave. Here is a warm example >
“Hello, I moved into the house across the street from the Smith’s and LOVE the color scheme I get to look at daily. I tried to email them to find out who helped but my emails were returned. So I googled color consultants in Milwaukee and found you. We are planning to paint the wood trim on our house & I would like you to help me select paint colors.”
The home the client refers to was one of my first exteriors (6 years ago). I can admit that now! :) We are currently working on the client’s home & 2 apartment buildings. She came to me with this wonderful array of projects. You have to see this one >
I’m dying to get started! All new color scheme wanted, completely open to direction. We must share the result!
Cheers readers, come see us for color & interior design.
(thank you Houzz for the first image)
March 11, 2016 •
I couldn’t wait to share this project…
My clients were looking to expand their living space and quickly snatched up this property for it’s obvious potential. The existing color palette & warm ceiling wood had us feeling stuck in the old Tuscan zone.
The interesting part is this family has super clean, modern taste and contemporary furnishings. So how do we bridge the gap?
We carefully selected and tested a new array of paint colors. Pastel blue, violet, grays and crisp white. Also- the wood ceiling! We worked with a painter & an artist to come up with a paint/stain mix to shift the color from warm to “linen”. It was a huge job… That turned out absolutely stunning. Take a peek.
Like we ascended to heaven :) With just paint and a new light fixture, we have contemporary!
In the surrounding rooms we used white paint to clean lines, especially on tray ceilings. I am such a fan of keeping trays simple… We furthered the tone with fresh wall color. Loving this one >
You can completely transform your home with paint, all you need is an open mind.
Thank you to C&R for letting me delight in this makeover- you were wonderful to work with.
March 10, 2016 •
Hello friends! I’m excited to announce that finally, our gallery images have been updated. Please visit the gallery page to view fresh, new work :) I was hoping to unveil photos & a new website all at once, but progress is slow due to work volume. It will happen.
We have tons of projects cooking around here, so more photos will be coming. Interiors, exteriors, paint colors galore & lots of interior design.
I do much of my work in the home office. Yesterday, in the midst of it, I laughed when I realized how many links I had open on my computer at once. I shop for one client, think of another, reach out to friends, gather inspiration…. It’s getting a little crazy around here.
But we are loving it.
As I look at these photos, I think of all the warm human connections surrounding this work. That is truly the best aspect of Color Zen.
Next week I hope to share with you an array of project clips. I have learned so much in the last year.
Happy almost Spring- please reach out to us with any color or interior design needs.
(thank you Pinterest for the image)