“Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Our design firm is “old”. Years ago a very young feature writer called us “an established design firm with years of experience”. What this really means to us is that we have built relationships that are important to us. We continue to be blessed with clients who allow us to come into their homes and become part of their families. We have as many memories of their homes as they do. When it’s time to pass “our” home onto the next family it can be bittersweet.
3 NEUTRAL PAINT COLORS WITH A PROVEN RECORD FOR SUCCESS!
How do I choose the right shade of white?
Designers have always had a love affair with the colors of “white”. Colors so soft they almost melt on the walls. Colors that look like they feel like velvet and like we could dip our fingers straight thru them. The creamier the better. Colors that stay true day or night.
But man…finding just the right white is a bear isn’t it? We have to laugh when we read about the “signature white” of any certain designer and clients want to use “only” that color. Or when a paint manufacturer calls a paint “Decorator White” and then sells it to everyone without a clue what their home looks like. Really? And if you do venture past the recommendation of the paint guy…how many little swatches of “white” are there at any given paint store? If it was easy to pick the very best, perfect white for your home you’d never need us!
Remember how we started off the idea of this blog….we said we’d talk about topics of interest to us. We’d mix in questions that come up during our projects. We have the opportunity to work with so many wonderful clients. Lately we are getting similar questions about the use of color. “Is color coming back?” What colors are “in”? “Can I use a little color…I’m tired of gray?” We suspect gray is a tad tired of us too.
HOW TO INTRODUCE A COLOR YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT IN YOUR HOME
Remember when you were a kid, after sucking on a grape popsicle (they are the best), you stuck out your tongue and asked your brother, “Is my tongue purple?” Of course it was! You couldn’t see it, but you could feel it and knew it was good! It made you happy.
WHY AN IMPRESSION IS MORE MEANINGFUL THAN AN IMAGE.
Since the addition of cameras to nearly every cell phone, our talent of absorbing and processing an impression isn’t as prominent as it may have been. In the quest to decorate a room, images are now quickly produced and sometimes duplicated. What if there were no longer any cameras? What if we had to rely on the “feeling” we got when looking at something inspirational. In other words, what if we created our homes from an impression that lingers with us instead of an image?
The Kentucky Oaks is a premier horse race for 3-year old fillies (female horses) held each year the day before the Kentucky Derby. It is the fourth highest attended horse race in the United States following the Triple Crown of thoroughbred racing; the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. Fashion and fundraising for crucial women’s health issues including breast cancer and ovarian cancer are as much a part of the Kentucky Oaks as the live horse racing.
LEARN HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST PAINT COLORS… THE FIRST TIME AROUND.
Most of us can recognize the Girl with the Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer . Her expression leaves an impression that lingers with us. What makes this portrait so memorable is not only her gaze, it is the relationship of all of the colors. In other words, the paint.Continue reading “It’s Only Paint Right?”→