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8/22/12

STALKING BENJAMIN MOORE

COLONIAL IN ALABAMA


I love my job.
I get to meet fabulous people and help them make their homes beautiful. 
And then I get to answer color and design questions on this blog.
Sometimes the questions are blunt and to the point.  Sometime, the question allows a delightful peek
into the personality of the person - like this one from the Rebel Judge who I am certain could be my very good friend.... I loved the energy and obvious love of home..

8/19/12

LOOKING FOR COLOR

A PICTURE PAINTS A THOUSAND WORDS....


My talented friend Kristy just finished another book.  She writes amazing mysteries and is currently trying to decide on a cover for her latest - this image (above) is my favorite, but she would like your opinion as well - visit her web page and let her know which cover you prefer.  http://www.kristystories.blogspot.com/2012/08/fighting-over-covers.html
I can't wait to read it!

I find images to be incredible tools in my line of work and I use a lot of them in my blog posts.  A picture of a room will illustrate a point 1,000 times faster than words alone.  If I were as talented as Kristy Tate, I would be able to paint a picture with my words and not have to rely so heavily on photos to send a design or color message.    So consider my handicap as you wade through my photo heavy posts and remember, I'm doing it for you!  Really.  I don't have an image addiction.  I can quit whenever I want.  Honest.....

8/14/12

MANLY COLOR ADVICE


A MASCULINE PAINT THEME...

Juneau, Alaska.  Look at all those lovely shades of blue and gray. 
Just returned from the cruise, and the colors were heavenly.  And very - manly.
WHAT ARE MASCULINE COLORS?

8/9/12

COMPLEMENTARY COLORS


COLOR - FEATURE IT, HIDE IT OR ACCENT IT...
Color wheel 101 teaches us that the colors directly opposite of each other on the color wheel are complementary.  I didn't spell that wrong - they don't compliment each other, they complement or complete each other.  In color talk, that means they make each other look their best, they bring out the best in each other - like a good marriage.  If you want to bring out a particular element in your home - a specific wood tone, the sofa, grandma's quilt, or a painting for example - find its dominant color and complement it - find the opposite color.  The photo above is a perfect example - the gold/yellow and peach tones of the roses pop against the purple tones of the lilacs.  Yellow and Purple are opposites on the color wheel.  

8/8/12

ITS IN THE DETAILS

CREATING CHARACTER
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I have a fantasy of owning an old farmhouse...
or a chateau in Provence...
or a cottage by the sea...
as long as it was built before 1940
before the millwork and mouldings began to disappear
and the ceilings and walls became non-descript
and the windows lost their charm
and the front of a house became... a garage

8/5/12

DECORATING WITH MIRRORS



I'm on VACATION!!!!!
(can you guess what I'm doing?)

So please welcome my guest blogger:
 Shahab Shokouhi from Dulles Glass and Mirror

 6 Decorating Tips for Your In-Home Mirrors

There are many decorative tips and tricks one can do with mirrors. In this post, we will look at the best way
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