We’re Impressed




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?

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Lilies For the Fillies



Show Ponies 

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.

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It’s Only Paint Right?

Choosing the right paint color for your home.

Johannes Vermeer .jpeg


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?”

Pinky Swear

The Shocking Truth About the Color Pink


Parisians are not afraid to use the color pink.  Look at this gorgeous door somewhere in Paris that remains striking, albeit one might think it is ready for a new coat of paint. (it’s not)  For centuries Europe has embraced the hues that signal the end of their days in sunsets, the fresh cut flowers bought weekly to grace their tables and the macarons that…well are just French.  So why are so many people afraid to use this color in their decor?

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Butter Up



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!

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I’ll have a Lime with Mine

Ugh! They do this to us every year and it’s really a bit of a pain to most designers.  We are talking about Pantone’s Color of the Year.


Pantone says these annual colors are “A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.” 

We respond that yes, once this almighty entity  (and who authorized this?) makes the announcement the culture does go wild and starts using “the color” with abandon. Let’s take a look at what happens in our world.

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