June 24, 2015 •
Summertime, my lifelong favorite. The sunshine seems to broaden creativity :) Very busy this year! I wanted to share with you, little clips of projects in the works >
1. The best project ever-
A condo in the city. The patio view of boats gently floating made me rethink my suburban lifestyle, ha. The owners wanted something really bold and kind of modern. We painted (used to be red!) and purchased every morsel. It has been a true design high.
We bought everything online, and much to our delight, it has been a success. Thank you West Elm, Room&Board, Overstock, CB2, Minted, Horchow, Target, Ballard, ZGallerie, etc. for making us happy.
We spent a long session scouring (for real) Calico Corners for the perfect fabric (bottom) for custom curtains. The color had to be just so and we wanted something more than a plain solid. The fabric is awesome… It has almost a painterly finish.
When I stepped into this artist framing shop with my print, describing a gold ornate frame we were envisioning, the nice man helping me said, “Do you want my opinion?”. Sure… He said, “This is way over the top”. I replied “PERFECT”, we’ll take 2… lol
I will have some professional photos taken of this job soon.
2. Major color makeover-
The owner grew tired of this old cream look. But she was really nervous about the change. We tested new color schemes in Photoshop and everyone agreed this was it. There’s something about the crisp, white trim. Siding is gray and the shutters are a navy, almost black. Amazing what paint can do!
3. The most impressive paint finish-
This photo does not do it justice. Ralph Lauren’s Demin finish.
I had a brief client who was very creative. He had applied Ralph Lauren throughout his home. The suede finish was stunning in it’s subtlety. And the denim finish (which they used in their son’s room) had me speechless.
Upon this amazing finish, they hung a gallery wall full of vintage paint by numbers, in old wooden frames. I mean how cool is that? The “denim” looks truly denim in a really good way. He said it did take time to apply, but everyone agrees it’s amazing!
* I feel so happy when I finally get around to sharing on this blog, stay-tuned for lots more to come. Call me for color and interior design.
May 11, 2015 •
Hello readers :) I hope this post results in some great submissions!
Here’s the story- I work on a large volume of exterior color plans. Most are suburban homes, usually fairly neutral palettes with a pop of color here & there.
I’ve found the process, especially reviewing new color options through Photoshop, to work very well. Everyone knows exactly what to expect from their new paint plan!
Today, I’m looking for a stand-out opportunity to color a unique home- for FREE. Because, this year I will update my website/portfolio, and I would like to include a really fun exterior.
Although we’re located in Milwaukee, I’m open to location. Beach homes, bungalows, historic homes, cute little symmetric homes, rustic homes…. Many possibilities.
If you or someone you know has a diamond in the rough home that would transform through a new paint plan, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) some brief background info. with a photo of the home.
I will review and select 1 winner! The winner & I will collaborate and go through the normal working process until the plan is perfected. Can’t wait…. Cheers!
(thank you Pinterest for the photos)
April 23, 2015 •
After filling up on warm sunshine :) Vacation I never wanted to end…
I returned to an abundance of exterior clients. It’s funny how the season turns on and off.
In Winter, I almost forget this is a large portion of my business. The mindshift is always refreshing.
Here is a sampling of the homes I’m currently working on…
The process goes > Meet with clients, discuss. Take photos. Recolor/restyle photos. Select a winning look. Translate to real paint colors through testing.
Sometimes interior design can be so free flowing… Exteriors are different! More time consuming and detailed. I love both for different reasons.
Exteriors are very rewarding! Amazing things happen when you develop a foolproof plan.
Here is house #3 & #1 after some Photoshop work.
It’s so fun to see the plan come to life. The real deal seems to match the photo plan 99%.
Need an exterior design lift? I would love to help.
Happy Spring readers!
March 5, 2015 •
I repeat this statement often, but it always remains my #1 inspiration to continue with Color Zen >
Used in the right ways, wall paint is a miracle worker.
Last week, a client sent me photos of her completed paint-over. She owns a lovely suburban home but was struggling with a sea of beige from last decade. Lack of contrast issues. We specified a warm gray and an off black for some built-in shelves surrounding the tan stone fireplace. The off black was a leap of faith.
I knew it would be a big change, but the results were even better than anticipated. Instant modernization! I can’t wait to go style her shelves next week.
Through the years, I have tucked away wall paint tricks that seem to prove themselves over and over. Here are some of our FAVORITES-
1. Do not live with your outdated mantel one more day ;) Sometimes we are fearful, but let me tell you… a coat of white, black, or even a color, will clean the lines like no other. Not sure what color? Would love to help.
2. Avoid awkward floor to wall transitions by painting your floor trim white. Does not mean you must paint all woodwork white. The white trim provides a happy division and opens up wall color possibilities immensely.
4. Sherwin Williams neutrals can be scaled beautifully. Did you know you can have Sherwin paint colors mixed at percentages like 75%. The percentage scales the pigments mixed into the paint base. I use this trick ALL the time. It solves the too light/too dark push and pull.
5. Add one dark moment. Often when clients can’t figure out why their room is falling flat, it’s lack of contrast. I love to add one dark moment with paint somewhere in the home. Powder room, dining room, closet, even a furniture piece. Provides drama in the best sense.
6. Add special effects. Who knew stenciling could rebirth into the most minimal, modern beauty? Stamping, stenciling, and two-toning can uplift your room for pennies. Wallpaper effect without the labor or commitment. Pinterest is a dream for inspiration.
Now go have some fun* Cheers readers!
(thank you Pinterest for the never-ending image source/inspiration)
February 23, 2015 •
This morning I said to myself…. Girl, please get out of that drab, gray, uniform. The work at home days, the yoga pants. Actually, I don’t even know if you can give them yoga status, lol.
There was BEAUTIFUL color at the Oscars last night. Especially in the way accessories and makeup complemented clothing. Above were a few of my favorites.
The trends appeared to be- red, white, ethereal silver/blue, nude and blush, with a side of summery hues.
My husband asks how I can tolerate watching award shows :) The show is dry, yes, but I truly watch for creative inspiration. And I always find it.
There is work behind those ensembles. Such as in any design related accomplishment- hard work…
In my case, exciting work I hope to share soon. A few large projects are wrapping up! Spring is on the way and the phone is ringing.