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6/26/12

OPEN FLOOR PLANS


COOL NORTHWEST LIGHT

Hi Claudine,  I recently bought a house with some interesting light variations, which I thought would be fun to repaint. I didn't notice that there is no mill work between the living, dining, kitchen, and foyer rooms, so color from one area has no barrier from the adjacent area.

6/16/12

PAINTED KITCHENS


I LOVE PAINTED KITCHENS
Greige Design
They don't have to be white, necessarily,
although the white ones make me happy
but there are other options, too...
like lovely dove gray
I wouldn't complain about this color - not even a little bit

6/14/12

CHOOSING A COLOR PALETTE

MEOWWW 

I've always loved the color palette of a Siamese Cat.  Creamy beiges,
deep browns, dark charcoal, and those calm blue eyes.
There is a reason they are so beautiful.  Nature knows the perfect
color palette!
 

6/12/12

THE PERFECT NEUTRALS

COLOR FOR THE BAMBINO


Sometimes the best way to choose color for a child or a baby's room is to start with the bedding.
You can't always guarantee that you will find fabric to match your paint color - but you can almost plan on finding paint to match your fabric.  Most home improvement stores carry color matching tech.  Just remember you never want to choose an exact color from a fabric for your walls - it will be too strong - always select a grayed or dirtied down version of your color.  It will be more livable and more sophisticated in the long run.

6/8/12

A SIMPLE PALETTE


CHOOSING COLORS FOR YOUR HOME
It isn't rocket science to choose colors for your walls, but it can sure feel like it.  It is a lot easier if you keep it simple.   If you choose a simple palette and carry it throughout your entire house, your home will feel pulled together and the design will flow from room to room instead of feeling 'chopped up'.  

STALKING COLOR



PERFECT GREENS

Tuscany   someday...
courtesy of Mother Nature
I love green.  Mostly I like to look out at it - in nature - but it's nice in the home too.  Certain shades are calming, but it can be vibrant, or fresh, or muted, or deep.  The current trend is to mix them together in a room.  Muted greens with citrus.  Sage with deep forest.  Olive with emerald.  
Mother nature does, and we all know she is the consummate decorator.

6/5/12

REMOVING THE MYSTERY

NON-MYSTERIOUS COLOR

Cactus and Tropicals

As you know by now, I have been spending a lot of time in the Great Salt Lake Valley.  My sisters and I visited this wonderful nursery, Cactus and Tropicals, looking for a Mother's Day gift while I was there.  It is essentially a very large tropical greenhouse (like a tent) and although it does have an outside area with bedding plants, most of this nursery is devoted to tropicals and cacti and indoor houseplants.