All posts tagged: color

design … boho makeover

Recently, our nine-year old (turning 17) declared that she is done with rainbows and forest friends in her room.  “I’m into Boho now”, she’s stated.  I’m pretty sure I didn’t know the term “Boho” when I was nine, but in her eyes it means arrows and feathers, matching a pair of her favorite pajamas. And so, with that, and the fact that we are in a new house, we are ditching the rainbow motif and siding on a Bohemian retreat for her new room.  The furniture will remain the same, so for this project I am simply painting and switching out all the decorative elements. To create the bohemian vibe, I will be adding layers of pattern and texture. Although I would like to think that this room will grow with her into her teens, I know it’s wishful thinking on my part.  Therefore, to increase the longevity of this room I’m going to incorporate some classic items (such as the navy duvet covet), that can easily be updated in any future room design. For …

Color Blush

color … a touch of blush

Recently I was asked to create a color story for a master bedroom inspired by this striking gray & blush bedding from Simons.  I was intrigued by this project for 2 reasons. This color story is completely reminiscent of my older sister’s bedroom circa 1989, and I wanted this room.  Although, back then I believe the ‘it’ pink was called ‘dusty rose’. This Blush is different. Blush is often used in rooms with a soft, romantic feel. In this case the bold graphic print of the duvet balanced the softness of the pink.  This room could be both strong and pretty. This is their story…. Note: All products, including paint, are available in Canada Simons: Pastel Ikat duvet cover set EQ3: Posey Vases Tonic Living: Macramé Wall Hanging Grey Urban Outfitters: Sage Solid Crochet Pillow Urban Barn: Mongolian Toss Rose Ombre Simons: Rose Gold Metal Basket Paint: Benjamin Moore Canada, Sombrero CC-300, Cool Lava 2088-50, Gray Owl OC-52, Coventry Gray HC-169

kitchen color

finds … kitchen color

Currently my kitchen is gray, on gray, on white, on gray.  I love the simplicity of it, but in between the rain and the rain, I’m looking for some sunshine!  I’m looking to add some color to my kitchen without changing the color of my kitchen.  Changing up the accessories in a room can instantly alter the mood of a space without a major overhaul. As always, I start my search with ETSY looking for some fresh, original products to add interchangeable color to my kitchen. I’ve noticed a trend in my search… and may have to write a future blog posting on ‘paint dipping’.   I absolutely love it.  Here are my top picks for adding instant color and SUNSHINE to your kitchen. For The Host : wood kitchen utensil set Sea & Asters : geometric air plant cube Little Design Haus : apple pear prints Earth Cadets : hand printed kitchen towels Objectify Homeware : Objectify demi blue wall clock Gleaming Renditions : nesting trays Willful : wooden snack bowls Note: Although I haven’t personally purchased …

color green chair

color … the green chair

Sometimes inspiration for a room can come from the most obscure item.  It can be anything; fabric, artwork, pillows, jewellery, nature, socks…anything!  No matter what the item, the one common denominator is that the item holds personal meaning for someone. It may be for its color, shape, texture or memories, but it is CHERISHED. In this case, the ‘color story’ was inspired by a GREEN LEATHER CHAIR.  The clients were a young couple who were looking to update their Master Bedroom.  They had requested a warm, but playful (almost quirky) master suite incorporating a small reading nook and some mid-century influence.  This is their story… Fabric: Kravet, Jessup 1216 Paint: Benjamin Moore: fall harvest 2168-10, Castleton mist HC-1, misted fern CC-668 Clock: Dot & Bo Bedding:  West Elm, CB2      

color farmhouse

color … the farmhouse

The farmhouse has been one of my favorite projects to date.  My clients were a lovely couple with a beautiful old farmhouse on a picturesque dairy farm (complete with indoor ice rink). They were recent ‘empty nester’, who were looking to update their ‘country’ home for a fresh, inviting, “country-ish” home. This particular ‘color story’, is for their front entry and living room.  Inspiration was gathered from the beautiful gardens and fields surrounding the house. Fabric: P. Kaufmann: Leaf Sampler in Cloud Paint: Benjamin More: georgian green HC-115, jamestown blue HC-148, smoky green CC-700 (www.benjaminmoore.com) Pillows: Zone Maison, Tonic Living, ClassicByNature

finds … I heart coat trees

There is something about a standing coat rack (coat tree) that it so beautiful and sculptural, yet practical (which I love).  Coat trees add color, dimension and texture to an otherwise open space, creating a warm, welcoming entry.  It’s an opportunity to add color without the commitment of painting an entire room and the freedom to mix metals with woods, paint and other materials. The statement of a coat tree can be as bold or as subtle as you wish. I have been shopping for a coat tree for the last 6 years, yet I have never purchased one.  We now have the space so it’s time to narrow my search down. Here are my top picks in making a bolder statement. This year, I will buy one… 1. Blu dot;  2. Room & Board;  3.Overstock.com;  4. IKEA;  5. Room & Board;  6. West Elm cover photo source: idea collection.net

finds … welcome winter ‘wool-fully’

Well, I’ve been wearing my snowboarding socks for a few weeks now, which only means one thing (regretfully, I’m not snowboarding), it’s cold outside! I wanted to share a few of my favorite finds to help bring some warmth into your home.  I love wool for its ability to add texture, warmth and colour into a space.  I love that it’s being used in so many unconventional ways, and I’ve noticed that I’ve often included one wool piece in my past ‘ETSY find’ postings (bowls, baskets, acorns).  Here are a few of my favorite winter wool accessories. a. Set of 4 Coasters – Felted Wool, Papaververt, Alameda, California  (www.etsy.com/shop/papaververt) b. Grey wool pillow cover, Mazizmuse, Vancouver, British Columbia (www.etsy.com/shop/mazizmuse) c. Boys knitted wool blanket, Rocket and Bear, Bath, England, United Kingdom (www.etsy.com/shop/rocketandbear) d. Wool blend felt pillow,Alichu Studios, Cleveland, Ohio (www.etsy.com/shop/AlichuStudios) e. Wool pom pom flowers, Berry Island ,Calgary, Alberta (www.etsy.com/shop/berryisland) f. Upcycled eco-knit  floor cushion , the Remakerie, Montreal, Quebec (www.etsy.com/shop/theRemakerie) g. Lines Tall Bud Vase – Felted Wool, Papaververt, Alameda, California (www.etsy.com/shop/papaververt)

door entry

diy … shut the front door

I believe the entry way of a home sets the tone for the rest of the house.  We try to make it as welcoming as possible with flowers and a place to hang your coat.  Colour and artwork may be added to the walls, but often the front door is missed, left blank…we don’t see it…and we should. So here is an easy weekend project that will instantly add some personality and character to your home. It’s time to bring some life into our entry ways by painting the interior door. This is THE project for those of you that are looking to add a punch of colour to your living space, but have a fear of commitment when it comes to colour.  It’s a small amount of colour that can be as subdued or as bold as you want.  It could even be black. Best paint for the job: All doors are different.  Talk with your local paint supplier who can help you select the right paint for your door.  Paint with some gloss …

color … me, myself & lilac

I think women, especially mothers, are notorious for putting others first.  Eventually, we all need a little me time! More often than not, my projects involve designing spaces that bring adults and children together in one cohesive environment.  This week we did the opposite! My client (a wife and mother of 2  boys) has decided to reclaim her space.  With the 3:1 ratio of boys to girls, the house was quickly filling up with sports equipment, electronics and homework.  Enough… it was time for some me space!  She was taking back her living room and wanted it to be a relaxing, cozy, pretty, grown up retreat. Here is her colour story: Lilac source: fabric: Robert Allen, Freja Blush www.robertallendesign.com, paint: www.benjaminmoore.com, area rug: IKEA, Tarnby www.ikea.ca, chair: West Elm, Sweep www.westelm.com, pillow: www.etsy.com/shop/ClassicbyNature

paint deck

diy … customizable paint deck

I came across this little diy project courtesy of natty by design and wanted to share it.  It’s a customizable paint deck made with paint stir sticks and a metal ring. I think wide popsicle sticks (tongue depressors) would also work well for this project.   This portable paint deck allows you to always have your paint colours on hand.  Genius! A great solution to those imminent life changing dilemmas. Should I buy the tangerine or teal pillow for the living room? (or both?) For complete project details please visit natty by design photo source: natty by design