January 27, 2015 •
My friend Mike & I have been working on a paint color plan for his new but old :), historic home. It’s a beautiful place, unique and grand, so it took us a while to settle on a scheme. In his last home we did sort of a bold # with different colors in different rooms, but this time around he wanted neutral subtlety.
We decided to paint the main living area rooms, hallway, and entrance the same SW gray, just different values from light to dark. We choose a stark white shade for moldings and ceilings, and a warm off-black shade for a few details.
Here is the “office” before and after…
And part of the dining room before and after…
We knew the paint would so change the look but I don’t think we truly realized how DRAMATIC the transformation would be. It seems the paint colors have completely shifted the style/feel/and design quality of the space. Like they’re already half decorated.
We love how the wall color is complemented by the crisp white trim and wow, painting the small portion of cabinetry off-black added such depth.
Anyway, please join us in swooning over the power of paint and the AFFORDABILITY of the world’s best home pick-me-up.
January 8, 2015 •
I stumbled across this tweet-
“I love new years day, even if the timing seems arbitrary, I love the fresh blank pages starting at zero.” -Astro Pistachio
I felt the words, especially in relation to business. As a designer, you always want to immerse in the new. I took some time between holidays to fill my inspiration tank…
One component I’ve been yearning to share, are the big color & design trends for 2015. I went to Sherwin Williams annual Color Mix presentation a while back and felt it was one of their best!
Sherwin’s designers travel the world to hunt trends in art, design, economics, color, etc. It’s a brilliant tool for all designers- so interesting to watch the crowd react. Some are smitten and some do not get it at all. Like a runway show- you see trends in the most outrageous form. The imagery is stunning… They break down color trends into groups. Here are the notes I took for you-
1. Paint sales went through the roof last year. We are building once again! BUSINESS GROWTH. The color forecast last year was quite somber (gray, white, black, peach). This year’s colors are a lot more optimistic.
2. Chrysalis (1st color group)- The monochromatic, zen, peaceful spa look. Natural | calm | earthy | balanced. Pulling away from the fast-paced lifestyle… Cream, pearl, beige, green-gray, muted blue-green. Soft…
3. Voyage- Color & design inspired by undersea developments | sci-fi | space travel | unusual atmospheric events like aurora borealis. Who knew the Hyatt already has an undersea hotel? This is a huge trend- full developments- hotels, apartments, etc. under sea. Very interesting palette | water hues (blue greens), citron, amber, violet. Sort of hotel decor-like.
4. Buoyant- “A new optimism” expressed through bright floral patterns | tropical vacations | a mix of city life & nature. You know the modern, urban apartments with greenery pouring out? This is it… Glass half full, kind of whimsical. Gray, coral, squash, vibrant violet hues, bright green, teal, black/green.
5. Unrestrained- Carefree spirit of the gypsy. Ethnic, carnival, globally-inspired, bold colors and patterns mixed at random. Major influences- Bohemian, South African, Rio de Janeiro (2016 Olympics). Literally the colors of the rainbow with no gray mixed in ;)
I stayed after the presentation to ask the presenter for her thoughts on the next big neutral. For some time I’ve been trying to figure out where we’ll go beyond gray. I’m usually pretty intuitive about these things… But I can’t see past gray. Well she confirmed my thoughts… gray, gray, gray. First it was warm, now it’s cool. It’s not going away!
I was not surprised to see Pantone select Marsala as color of the year 2015. My guess was coral/copper. One of my client friends laughed when I guessed coral/copper and a day later Sherwin announced this was their color of the year. She said, you really do pay attention! Yes… I do.
Last year I specified many coral, copper, terracotta, & salmon paint shades. This is not a color range we’ve been using for some time, so it feels fresh and new. I’ve been noticing lots of real copper metal accents & light fixtures too.
2015 is off to a bright, dynamic start. I hope to collaborate with you. ★
(thank you sherwin williams, Levis, and pinterest for the images)
December 3, 2014 •
As we sweep into 2014′s holiday season, I would like to announce an exciting giveaway! ***
Do you have a friend or relative who; loves interior design/and or color, who does not have the means to hire a designer, or has had a difficult year in some manor, and would find the gift of ONE HOUR OF COLOR ZEN CONSULTING to be uplifting! ;)
If so, send me an email at email@example.com, briefly explaining your friend/relative/their story and I will choose 1 lucky winner. This consulting may apply to interiors, exteriors, or an office space.
I can’t wait to announce and assist the winner. It feels good to give after a lucky year in business.
Also- we have holiday gift cards! That I just designed this morning- we don’t waste time around here, ha.
Every year clients ask if they can purchase consulting hours for a loved one. Yes you can! Contact me anytime to discuss, I’m happy to customize a plan to meet individual needs. Here is a list of our services.
Readers, I hope to get back to you soon with announcements and design inspirations. I’m working on a really exciting flip project and many other things…
(thank you Crate & Barrel for the tree image)
October 21, 2014 •
Readers! It has been way way way too long… :)
No peep on the blog = lots of clients! Fall is bustling. Not only with client work but also with fresh inspirations. Next week is the Sherwin Williams Color Forecast presentation. I look forward to this all year! This session is at a brand new hotel, so it should be better than ever. I plan to report back with the hottest hues for 2014/15 and beyond.
In the meantime, I have something exciting to share with you! This morning I had the pleasure of presenting to a real estate group, Keller Williams, Whitefish Bay. Now… when you present at 9am, you might expect quiet, just-waking-up faces. Instead, I was greeted with warmth, a super energetic crowd, and a stunning new office. Good things are happening there!
What a great experience. Thank you to my client/friend Dawn, for inviting me! For the presentation I prepared a video. It’s a pretty good sampling of the services I provide on a daily basis, take a peek-
Color Zen Video.
September 8, 2014 •
One of my favorite clients. Warm, fun, open, we have great work flow.
Sue recently remodeled her kitchen which led us into a conversation about her (adjoining) living room. That scenario when you change one room and it makes the next room look less than? Husbands love this, lol.
We decided to take a low-maintenance restyle approach. The living room had an olive accent wall, floral couch recently replaced with a cute tan #, and some furniture she wasn’t crazy about. Sue loves a coastal-inspired design style, with a light, warm color palette.
We discussed a new plan that of course begins with paint. Not that I don’t love gray, I do, but it’s almost refreshing to hear a client say, NO GRAY. Not my thing… I like warm coffee shops :)
We chose Sherwin Williams totally tan. A warm tan with almost a coral undertone. We discussed adding a white floor lamp, white accents, new art, pillows, a desk, accents… Hovering in the tan, white, natural, beachy realm with pops of coral.
It seemed to come together somewhat effortlessly. New things, old things, editing, clapping.
One of our favorite parts is 2 large tan/white floral prints from Pier One placed behind the couch. Sue remarked that she never would have thought to repeat the same artwork twice. This is a great trick, especially when the artwork is somewhat abstract!
The “new” room has a welcoming ahhhhhh, fresh, transitional feel. Sue loves it :)
I do a lot of restyle collaboration with clients. Sometimes you can work well with old and new. Need help? Call me.
(Collage items: One King’s Lane, Pier One, Etsy Shop “Sweet Peony Press” (Gather print))