All posts tagged: color

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)

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

color … yellow

A year ago I would never have brought the color yellow into my home, but now I am wanting to introducing pops of yellow everywhere.  I’m feeling good about yellow. Yellow is often chosen for its positive psychological qualities: creating happiness, optimism and confidence, but yellow is a tricky colour to work with because it feeds your emotions. As quoted from international colour expert, Karen Haller “Being surrounded by too much yellow, the wrong yellow for you or the wrong tone in relation to the other tones within the colour scheme and the negative qualities could present themselves such as irrationality, anxiety hence the expression ‘yellow streak’.” Did you know that the colour yellow has been proven to make babies cry the most? Something to think about! With all this said.  Don’t be afraid of yellow. Used in moderation, yellow can bring life and cheerfulness into any room.  Its happy! Feature Photo source: OhDierLiving source: www.decorpad.com source: www.home-designing.com source: houseandhome.com source: www.housebeautiful.com source: www.marthastewart.com

color … garden view

More often than not, inspiration for a room tends to come from some element of nature. It could be the obvious like the colour of the ocean or the trees, but sometimes it’s how nature makes us feel.  A relaxing reading nook may be inspired by the warmth of the ocean sand or the texture of a smooth stone.  Even if you don’t intend to, nature has a place in every living space The colour palette below is taken from a dining room that looks onto the homeowners beloved garden.  As a labour of love and gathering place for friends and family the back garden was the inspiration for the room.  The room was to be sunny and cheerful, but also cool and calming. To accomplish this garden inspired dining room, we selected elephant tusk (OC-08) for the walls, oxford white (CC-30) for the wainscoting and trim and pulled georgian bay (CC782) as inspiration for the accent colour to be used on pillows and accessories. source: fabric: www.kravet.com, lamp: www.potterbarn.com, area rug:  www.crateandbarrel.com, paint: www.benjaminmoore.com