July 21, 2014 •
Lately we’ve been doing LOTS of 2-D rendering for clients, realtors, and business owners.
We gather your photos and alter them accordingly in Photoshop.
Good thing I spent years in advertising, altering photos prior to Color Zen. Darn skills come in quite handy ;)
Why will you love this offering?
Because it takes the guesswork out of the design process! Here are a few examples of usage-
ART SELECTION. I snap a quick photo of your wall, then add different art options, so you can see what looks best before purchase. Works especially well for art above the fireplace (important focal point) or gallery wall creation.
FURNISHINGS. We can test different area rugs, sofas, light fixtures, curtain panels- you name it… Eliminates the sweaty, haul home options routine.
EXTERIOR DESIGN PLANS. You’ve heard me go on about this one :) Very difficult to pinpoint the best color and design selections for your exterior without seeing them on the surface. If you’re going to invest in 1 design service, I would say, this is it! Everyone sees your exterior.
STAGING. Virtual staging that is… Sometimes agents have empty rooms that look a little sad. Virtual staging allows the web viewer to imagine the possibilities.
I believe this type of rendering will continue to redefine the future of decorating and staging. It’s so convenient.
Need help? Call me anytime…
July 17, 2014 •
5+ years in business and we’ve stepped into many homes. Hundreds… And thank you for having us, each home is special.
Lately I’ve been thinking about themes. Patterns, reactions, and observations that repeat often. Design lessons- which updates have the most impact, which materials date the fastest. On a much grander scale- life lessons. Working with people from all avenues of life.
Feelings upon walking into a home. What makes you want to stay. Those exceptional days when I visit a client, have a profound conversation, and think… I’ll never be the same (in a good way).
All of this has happened, so I wanted to share some thoughts and advice…
1. Decorate for you. Not for fear of judgement or to satisfy anyone else. Well maybe your husband/partner is an exception. I‘ll give you that ;)
2. Beautiful surroundings make people happy. I see it everyday.
3. Size does not matter. Some of the most delightful places I’ve visited/colored/designed are very small.
4. Cheap things can look fantastic. Be creative.
5. Your personal touches, especially hobby and travel related items, make your home outstanding. Conversation pieces- there is something to that phrase! Just a few items.
6. Your energy makes your home. Boy has this one taught me a lesson…
7. Children and pets are beloved. If nothing else is in order, the kids have cute bedrooms and the dog has a cozy corner. I love it…
8. “Open to change” is my favorite client. As you can imagine there is an entire range from very resistant to 100% roll with it. The roll with it people get the best results! I once had a couple in their 80′s in this category = awesome.
9. Keep the remodel surface materials as “timeless”/ “classic” as possible. Layer the personality on top with art and accessories.
10. Tell your designer the truth. Like. Dislike. Not sure. Direct is best.
11. Tile stores remind me of candy shops. You’re wowed by color, texture, and pizazz. But be careful… those tiles date really fast!
12. Sample your paint. Please….. slap that color upon your wall. I can call out the right color but the shade must be tested. Your lighting chemistry is the wild card.
13. Too perfect is too perfect. Everyone needs a messy closet or 2. Or a home that feels livable.
14. A little old-fashioned hospitality is so nice. Takes effort but leaves a lasting impression.
15. I’ve never walked into a messy home. I picture the frantic cleaning session the night before- we all do it, ha ha.
And there are many more… Cheers Readers!
(thank you centra-homes for the image)
June 19, 2014 •
Yes you read that correctly :)
Moons ago, I worked as a designer at a financial institution. Although the job wasn’t passionately creative, the rest of the experience was amazing. Push you out of your comfort zone high standards. Stay for the free lunch (served by a chef). I mean when does that happen?
I met a lot of really wonderful people at this job.
So when an old colleague asked if I could help her mix an exact shade of violet frosting for a marketing project, I was simply all-in.
What’s funny about this scenario is the goal color happened to match Pantone’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid, almost exactly.
I begin to imagine pigments pouring into the pot… lol
But they weren’t liquid pigments, they were chips.
An entire color wheel of chips to be exact.
One goal was to try to avoid using purple & pink as they tend to fade.
We tested a range of mixtures like red, yellow, light blue, and white. But as suspected, the combinations went muddy.
We were destined to pink and purple, next experimenting with the addition of dark blue. Whalaa, dark blue added just the depth and vibrancy needed.
We played, laughed and caught up on life’s adventures in-between… A fun afternoon.
Cheers readers! Have an out of the box color matter? Call me!
June 18, 2014 •
Happy Summer readers. Tis’ the busy season, getting busier. When I’m working at high speed, I tend to feel most inspired. Sifting through products, decor, and room photos to bring you solutions, douses me in industry trends, pushing the envelope forward> Fresh ideas- isn’t that what it’s all about?
Well here’s a fresh idea for you- POWDER BLUE WALLS. They’re stealing the scene. In the media, and (effortlessly) in real life. A perfect companion to gray. And you know how we’re always looking for that accent color.
Benjamin Moore called it- color of the year, Breath of Fresh Air 806. I wasn’t exactly sold? I think it was the photography… But since, I’ve changed my mind.
Reasons to love POWDER BLUE paint- 1. It flows with every wood tone imaginable. Even… honey oak (proof below).
2. Sometimes saturated blue paint can feel oppressive, but keeping the shade ultra-light keeps things happy, refreshing and clean. 3. Powder blue works in combo with almost any color, almost as a neutral. I like it with white, gray, taupe, green, citron, violet…
We recently painted my son Cooper’s room Benjamin Moore metropolitan. A light gray blue in this vicinity. Since he is quite a “spirited” little boy, we try to keep his room very soothing :) Love this shade! On my top 10 list.
Here are a few others to consider… Benjamin Moore brittany blue 1633, Sherwin Williams gray screen 7071, and Sherwin Williams evening shadow 7662.
Call me anytime to help. Cheers readers!
(thank you Sarah Richardson for the awe inspiring color/tile/design selections)
May 28, 2014 •
COLOR CONSULTING is our (forever) core :)
No matter where the designer/client relationship leads- often to styling, staging, remodeling, branding, and even friendship, it typically begins with the careful selection of your custom color palette.
The one you dreamed about or Houzzed about, but ultimately struggled to execute or believe in.
Let me tell you, color work is tricky! At least 50% of new clients, call me in exasperation. Sometimes with 30+ paint samples on the wall, the purchase of a home that needs overwhelming updates, a complicated exterior with clashing surfaces, or simply, a couch ordered in tan that arrives peach- to name a few…
Most of the time the starting point isn’t pretty, that’s why you call!
Why do I enjoy this work- good, bad and ugly? I have no idea. It feels as comfortable as an old shoe. I love working with people, offering solutions, and digging into detail. I’ve learned that approaching each job with positivity brings a positive outcome, even with challenges in-between.
Bring me your color dilemmas, difficult as they may be. 5 years in, I still love the challenge!
(thank you BHG for the photo)