November 23, 2015 •
*A few people have asked about holiday gift cards! Yes, we have them & are happy to send to you :) I’ve been caught up in moving back into our home (finally) after flood repair & many design clients. I’m looking forward to getting back into the writing groove- must share color trends for 2016 & projects in the works!*
(previous post) Every year I receive calls from daughters, mothers, brothers, sons, sisters, and friends, interested in purchasing consulting hours for a loved one near the holidays.
A few years ago, a son called for his mother, wishing her a little more beauty (in her condo) as a small token of his appreciation for all she has done. It was such a touching call, I shared the story with my friend and we were both tearing up :) I will never forget that one.
Usually the background story is the gift recipient is just S T U C K. The room never came together, the paint is off, sofa selection is daunting, the room lacks personality, you name it…
So we have gift cards…
…and we love to dive into all sorts of design dilemmas, even the ugly ones, ha.
Cheers readers! If you would like to purchase a holiday gift card, contact me anytime. We will take great care of your family/friends- near and far.
(thank you West Elm for the image)
October 2, 2015 •
The beautiful gray hues on my Sherwin Williams fandeck are so tattered, they’re tearing off in all directions. For at least 3 years, I have referenced them at almost every client appointment. Hundreds of times.
As we rebuild our own kitchen and living area I still turn to gray paint like an old, faithful friend.
But I must tell you I feel bold coming on…
In sort of a graphic sense.
A single stripe, an outline, black & white, geometric patterns. The accent wall reimagined.
We shall see if next week’s Sherwin Williams Colormix presentation on 2016’s trends agrees with my hunch.
Stay-tuned for all of the details. This is the best time for color consulting (trend forecasts galore).
(thank you pinterest & apartment therapy for the images)
September 1, 2015 •
A funny tale to share…
This home in our area ^, it was tan, tan, tan, tan. Tan siding, tan trim, no contrast. You drove past not even noticing the place.
Until the painters began. I passed by when they first started and several times after. When they were about half finished and you could compare old to new, I thought wow- this is stunning paint rework.
I noticed the owner outside one day, so I stopped to tell him how I’ve been admiring the new look. And asked if they worked with a designer and he said yes, my wife. She’s an interior designer :) Of course!
This photo does the look no proper justice, but in person the place just shines on the street. They even sprayed the outdoor lights a nice silver. I believe they were bronze before.
I could tell some love went into every shade. From the perfect stone white trim, to the grayed down blue/green. Kindred colorists we may be- I know a good one when I see it *
They took a little risk and it paid big. If you have the opportunity to repaint your home, explore new possibilities.
August 19, 2015 •
On a peaceful morning, my son & I ran to the grocery store to grab ingredients for the picturesque dinner in my mind. I started a load of wash before we left…
When we returned, there were 2 inches of water covering the main living area. Thankfully the scene was dried quickly by a recovery team. However, to consolidate, the kitchen was completely “washed away” by this wash machine incident.
This comes at a strange time, for we almost began remodeling in July. So although the destruction is causing undue stress, we will emerge (eventually) in a much improved space.
To be perfectly honest, in the last 6 years of Color Zen, I’ve never faced a client job that really stressed me out. Even when the project is complicated. It has always flowed from my brain (thankfully) to the point that work feels like a retreat.
I’ve worked for designers, artists, creatives, etc. Some of which live in homes far beyond my own vision. And I’ve thought on occasion- perhaps I should hire you? But everyone insists I provide the right answers.
I never really believed them? Until I found myself staring at an entire room of tile, wood, paint, and carpet samples. I sat there, on the now bare plywood, with a completely blank expression. For days. Finally calling my design guru Mom in to bail me out. We still need our Mothers at 40 ;)
Should I be admitting this? Well I’ve never been one to hide anything…
Diagnosis- I can help everyone but myself. Life is a lesson and this process will make me even better for you. I will share the journey!
Cheers readers :)
(Cindy Crawford’s kitchen is my “look” inspiration)
August 6, 2015 •
In the last 2 years, the Milwaukee (and beyond) real estate market has ignited. I happen to be working in homes through all stages of the process, so you see many things… and learn.
When my husband and I bought our first home at the height of the market, we were open to purchasing a major fixer-upper. The message “such potential” echoed from the mouths of various agents. It was a nice way of saying the home needed serious work. And yes, these home could be rehabbed well. But at what cost?
In my opinion, the scene has changed dramatically in the last decade. We are no longer years behind in design standards, or as likely to take on overwhelming work, just to reach an acceptable standard. WE WANT A WELL DESIGNED HOME NOW! :)
By well designed I mean clean, decluttered, staged, MODERNIZED (shouting that out loud, ha), bright, tasteful paint colors, good overall design flow, less personalized.
If a home at any price point looks really good, it sells in a day. With multiple offers. For even $50,000 over asking. I see it over and over…
Which I find very exciting! Because any home can be this.
Some sellers aren’t interested in staging or updating, it’s not for everyone. But for those who would love to make a nice profit > create this idyllic, versatile, modern-classic scene and they will come!
Need help? Call us… Cheers readers.