12/29/12

LONG DISTANCE DECORATING : DALLAS


A DALLAS KITCHEN AND FAMILY ROOM REMODEL
via

I thought I'd show you the progress on another Long Distance Decorating client
far away in Dallas, Texas.

12/25/12

ROCK A BYE

WALL COLOR FOR A NURSERY


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I absolutely LOVE creating rooms for children.   While kids are fun to plan with, babies are easier.  They don't insist on hot pink or purple as the primary color.  So soft greens, tans, creams and blush can be used without hurting a budding young interior decorator's feelings.

12/20/12

CHOOSING PAINT COLOR FOR A BEACH HOUSE

ABOUT THE BEACH LOOK

A beach house needs to be comfortable and easy care, impervious to sand and salt water, with soft and calm colors.  The view outside needs to take precedence over the view inside. That means distressed wood, stone, weathered paint finishes, easy care slipcovers, painted fresh white woodwork, and the muted colors of sand, sea, driftwood, sea glass, and shells.  Toss in the cry of gulls, sound of surf and ocean breeze and a porch or patio to take it all in - and you have HEAVEN.

12/19/12

CHRISTMAS WREATH AND MANTLE

HOW TO DECORATE FOR CHRISTMAS

I had fun this season decorating for a couple of my clients.  I created this mantle
with a 'how-to' and posted it on my creative blog here

11/30/12

DECORATING FOR A FIRST HOME


LONG DISTANCE DECORATING

I have the most adorable clients far away in Houston.
It's been a big year for them....
They have a new baby - their first

and are buying their first home.....

11/22/12

THANKSGIVING AND GOBBLE, GOBBLE...





Happy Thanksgiving

More fall posts - click and have a look!
Fabulous Fall
Welcoming Fall
Visual Feasts

Wishing you contented warm family time, good food, good thoughts. 

Best wishes!

11/18/12

ITS A GIRL THING

PINK...



I worked on a little girls room, and what better time to post about it
than while we are on the subject of pink.

I interviewed the 10 year old. I always interview kids about their rooms - 
Mostly because it is so fun to listen to their ideas

11/8/12

IN THE PINK

SURVIVOR!
In honor of my sister's recent successful completion of her breast cancer surgery,
chemotherapy and radiation...[the second of my sisters to undergo this ordeal...]
 and for breast cancer survivors everywhere

today is PINK day!


10/30/12

LIKE A LIGHTBULB


BRIGHTER
Ballard Design

Sometimes we forget to first look at the basics.
We change fabrics, paint, flooring and accessories
and sometimes fail to make sure
we have the basics covered...
like lights!

10/11/12

A CHANGE IS IN ORDER

EASY UPDATES

Living with the same color palette for 10 years is difficult for me.  I know that not everyone feels this way.  My husband, for example, does not require change. 
In fact, he thrives on the familiar. 
Shale/Benjamin Moore
His color preferences are the same today as when I met him 33 years ago.  His favorite color is still
RED.  He doesn't mind watching reruns on t.v. or living with the same outdated chandelier.  I suppose it could be that I am more exposed to the choices out there, and my tastes change accordingly.

10/4/12

IN PURSUIT OF BEIGE



AVOIDING THE 'FLESHY' LOOK
Atmosphere ID
We've all experienced it.  That shade of beige we are sure is perfect for the house.  Bring the paint swatch home - or in some cases, slap it on the wall - and suddenly it's not beige at all.  It's some odd
shade of pinky, orangey - yes 'fleshy' color that is COMPLETELY wrong.

9/27/12

THE TROUBLE WITH PAINT COLORS....





THE ART OF CHOOSING COLOR
Southern Chateau

Today, I'm addressing a challenge a lot of us have. 
Whether we are using a fabric swatch, a photograph, or standing in front of hundreds of little colored squares
there is one thing we all face when decorating, or redecorating our homes.... 
TROUBLE PICKING PAINT

9/26/12

DRIFTWOOD


GRAY AND BEIGE ARE FRIENDS
Skagway, Alaska
Driftwood store front
I took this photo while cruising the beautiful waters of Alaska.  I could blog on and on about the colors of the water, the mountains, the glaciers, the sky....and I probably will, one day.  Alaska - incredible scenery and fun little towns like Ketchikan and Skagway, where I couldn't resist this little building completely covered in lovely, soft gray driftwood.... charming, isn't it?

9/7/12

PRIVACY ISSUES


FRENCH DOORS AND SLIDERS
(for Lynette)
Houzz
I love rooms with french doors.  There is something fresh and appealing about a room filled with open-pane doors, a welcoming to the outdoors and the wonderful light-filled rooms they create.  I love photos of rooms with rows of french doors, like the one above - lovely views - open and unobstructed.  You can see the green of the gardens beyond, the flowers, the sunshine...  the neighbors.

9/2/12

GOOD GREIGE CHOICES

SUMMER.... WHERE HAVE YOU GONE?

This Summer season has flown by so quickly
and I've barely mentioned gardens at all
(probably because I have been trying to ignore the awful state my own garden is in)



But I do have the pictures I took of the garden at Ward and Child, a rather wonderful home decor and
garden shop I try to stop by when I visit
Salt Lake City, where my mother lives.

and I really loved this unique and musical water feature there

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

7/27/12

CRAZY FOR COLOR

ADD A LITTLE DRAMA
 
In decorating its not the objects as much as the contrasts that make a room interesting.  
There are a million and one ways to decorate a room, but unless you have a little drama - a 
strong contrast - it can still be boring.

7/25/12

COLOR CHALLENGED


PERSONAL COLOR PALETTES

Source
Are you a green person or a blue person? 
 Do you like neutrals or whites? 
Do reds make you happy? 
Do you love pink?

Color is personal -  It is individual
A look in your closet will reveal colors
 you know you look your best in
and colors that make you feel good.

Why should decorating your home be any different?

7/23/12

REPETITION

ITS A GOOD THING
Cece & Co.
(repeated shells, chairs, wood finishes)

In design, repetition is a good thing
Repetition of architectural details

bring balance and beauty to a house
Atlanta Homes Mag
(symmetrical home with repeated elements equally on each side)

7/21/12

WARM GREY



SO MANY GREYS
I read that this particular hue is spelled G-R-A-Y in America and G-R-E-Y in the UK.    Looking at this manor house, I can see so many shades of gray in the stonework - warm griege, light gray, medium, charcoal and even a little bluish or greenish tint now and then - they all look perfectly beautiful together.

7/20/12

TODAY'S INSPIRATION: WALL ARRANGEMENTS

INSPIRED BY WALLS
A good wall arrangement goes beyond a pretty design

a good arrangement reflects the homeowner's personality
brings in their life, loves, and interests

7/17/12

CHARCOAL GRAY MASTER SUITE


LISA'S BEAUTIFUL BEDROOM SUITE

I am way behind on posting on the projects I currently have in the works, but here are some photos to catch you up on Lisa's Master Suite....

I posted about it first here:

We chose a palette of charcoal gray, white, pale gray and beige with deep dark woods - a very soothing, serene color scheme.

7/11/12

UNFORGETABLE GRAY


MORE QUESTIONS AND MORE ANSWERS....

I don't want to seem like a broken record because I recommend gray so often.  It may seem I am stuck on one color, but I'm actually not.   Gray is so versatile - nearly every color has a gray version.

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.

5/24/12

FINDING PERFECT COLOR

SOMETIMES THE PERFECT COLOR ISN'T FOUND IN A PAINT STORE

sometimes its the perfect neutral palette found in the downy feathers of a tiny chickadee
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or the soft green of vintage glass

5/18/12

CHOOSING THE RIGHT COLOR


ITS A QUESTION OF COLOR.....
LEGENDARY GRAY - DUNN EDWARDS
Your Nest Design
Remember to balance your grays with lots of white, warm woods, a touch of black and some reflection - chrome, silver, mirror.  Gray makes other colors look great, but gray on its own can be a little depressing.  Give it a little lift and it will do the same for you.

5/10/12

NAILED IT!


THE HUMBLE NAILHEAD ISN'T SO HUMBLE ANYMORE
Nailhead trim has undergone a transformation of late -
from the occasional accent on leather and sometimes upholstered furniture -
 it has become a design element - 

a finishing touch like jewelry finishes a beautiful gown
the humble nailhead isn't very humble anymore...

5/8/12

CURB APPEAL

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION?


ROAD TRIP...
to see my 95 year old amazing mother
who has been ill with pneumonia...

Skies were threatening thunderstorms as we left California
 but we soon left it behind and headed for the wide open skies of Utah

5/7/12

HOW TO PAINT KITCHEN CABINETS

AND COLOR HELP

In the 90's everyone had oak cabinets.  They all looked the same.  
Oak still hasn't regained its popularity.
If you crack open a magazine, 9 out of 10 kitchens will have painted cabinets.
Mostly white
If you haven't made the jump to painted cabinets - this post may be exactly what you need for a fresh new kitchen of your own....

5/6/12

APOLOGIES...

AND DESIGN QUESTIONS ANSWERED

First, apologies to my readers with questions awaiting answers - I am extremely delayed in replying - but I have good reason.  Family illness has taken my time and attention.  It's been a very emotional couple of months but we are hanging in there!

Here are some questions from my awesome readers: (you know I love you - right?)

4/13/12

CREATIVE JUICES



CREATIVE SPACES


Its in our DNA. 
We lust after a space to call our own. 
A place to read, to dream, to troll pinterest, pursue a hobby,
manage life's necessities
and create.   

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