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Hi Kati! What a nice surprise for your mom-- Tucson Red is great. Not really knowing anything else about decor lighting etc in th house, I'll suggest Kangaroo AF-145. It has some warmth to it so it should be a nice neutral color with Tucson. Let me know how it turns out!
Toggle Commented Mar 17, 2011 on Color Combinations for Summer at Living In Color
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Ahhh, those lovely color tools can indeed be used to represent all the color that is life! Looking out the window is a great idea. Even the light coming in is reflected by the season, don't you think? I personally love a good fall with light tinted with a fiery spectrum of colors reflected from the changing leaves!
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What a wonderful way to approach any design project- respecting the space. Only positive, beautiful solutions can come from that! Thanks for sharing your journey with us all!
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LUCIANNA SAMU. Cozy or roomy, country or city-based, to echo Dorothy, "there's no place like home." It's where we begin each day and sleep securely at night. Everyone's home evokes different emotions and holds hosts of memories--but for most, say "home" and you are flooded with warm, comfortable thoughts of love, laughter, family, serenity and, for me, color. For me, the best canvas in the world to work out my perfect color combinations is my home. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2011 at Living In Color
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The color story that looms behind the front door of Lu Samu's house will be shared with you over the coming weeks. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2011 at Living In Color
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The first thing I learned about Lucianna Samu is that she played hookie a bit as a child. Well, it was parentally sanctioned hookie. Her mom often kept her home to help her with decor projects around the house. With beginnings like that, how could Lu be anything but inspired to become a "serial renovator"? Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2011 at Living In Color
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Movies and TV shows can be a great inspiration for color. Let's face it--an art director was on the job, making sure every hue, every piece of furniture, every flower set exactly the right tone. Think of the pastel-crazy sets (and outfits) on Miami Vice; Rhoda’s fuchsia studio on Mary Tyler Moore; Rene Zelwiger’s pink and white pad in Down With Love; the austere, Nordic palette of Woody Allen’s Interiors; the blazing reds and golds of Bertolucci's Last Emperor. Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2011 at Living In Color
@CJ, thanks for writing in! Your home sounds lovely with the bursts of color! Each person's definition of relaxing (especially for a bedroom) can be so varied, so check out these colors as a starting point: Aura in Wisteria AF-585 (grayed violet- very rich) or Aura in Guilford Green HC-116 (light-hearted green). Depending on what you're after for the hall (does it get lots of light/what are the other adjacent room colors) find a color that does what you want it to do. I actually like Aura in Hawthorne Yellow HC-4 (same color in your dining) b/c of it's vibrance. In the bath, as well, look at the color in context- what color are your fixtures, hardware, tile, etc? Is it a main bathroom (keep it neutral) or guest bath that's not used often (be bold in color). Hope that's helpful!
Toggle Commented Jan 27, 2011 on Color Combinations for Summer at Living In Color
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Lili Diallo is definitely someone you'd want to invite over for decorating advice. As an interior stylist, it's her job to make spaces look their absolute best for photo shoots, and her work has appeared in "Domino," "Real Simple," "Town & Country," "Glamour," and "Everyday with Rachael Ray," as well as on several popular websites (including "Apartment Therapy"). She also lends her eye to private clients, helping them find their "design story" by focusing on colors, textures, and objects that make them feel at home. For Lili, it’s all in the details, and she believes small changes can have a big impact. In her new book, appropriately named Details, she shows off a few of her most stunning projects and lets us in on what it took to create these incredible rooms. Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2011 at Living In Color
Trish, have you looked at OC-21, Winter White? Besides the perfect name for your project, the color is quite nice with Sidewalk Gray. Also, depending on your taste, if you want to try something bold, but classic, consider painting your doors and trim a super dark gray like Iron Mountain 2134-30. along with OC-21 on your main walls. It offers a sophisticated, European look. Good luck!
Toggle Commented Jan 17, 2011 on Color Combinations for Summer at Living In Color
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Hi Cris, Shaker Beige HC-45 is a color similar in intensity to Abdingdon Putty, but much warmer which should work with your red oak floors. For your other question about granite countertops, it's tricky b/c each slab has variation of content and color. If you can take a sample of the tile with you to pick out your stone, it's best. Look for something with a similar gold flex in it. You'll have to decide whether you want to go dark or not with stone, depending on your style. If you go dark with the stone, I recommend changing your cabinet colors to compliment it. If you stay lighter, chances are your stone will have some version of an off white rather than a pure white in the stone color. In that case, paint the cabinets in a color to work with the off whites because the existing white will contrast too much in combination with an off white. If you're looking for more of a pure white look, look at options like tile/silestone for countertops. The color can be more uniform and less patterned. Good luck!
Toggle Commented Jan 17, 2011 on Color Combinations for Summer at Living In Color
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Can you imagine your job involving design, helping deserving people, and having your own show to spread the word on your work? Meet George Oliphant...He's the namesake of the show George To The Rescue! An Emmy Award winner, George is full of energy and excitement and has a great job with NBC. His show, George To The Rescue, started out in New York, but is getting picked up by several NBC stations across the map. George and his crew receive thousands of requests from deserving people in need of design. I had a little time to talk with George about one of his projects on site in Chicago. It's just one example of how George and the show are literally changing people's lives. Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2011 at Living In Color
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Interior Designer Vicente Wolf's new book, "Lifting The Curtain On Design," takes us behind the scenes and lets us in on the creative process of a master of his craft. More than simply a lovely coffee table book of beautiful photographs (all shot by Wolf, by the way) it goes deeper, revealing what goes in to creating these wonderful spaces. "It takes you from presenting to the client, shows what the space looked like originally, how it got demolished, how it was built up--plus renderings, fabrics, paint--the whole thing. People just see pretty pictures in magazines, but don't have a clear idea of what it took to get there, and that's what I tried to put across in the book." We talked with Wolf and asked him to take us through several of the rooms, giving us his insights on how to work with space, color, and accessories. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2011 at Living In Color
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Vintage Wine may be Benjamin Moore's 2011 color of the year, but there are many other combinations that tell the story of balance as we look ahead, too. Remember that 2011 is all about balance- work/play, nostalgia/future state, new purpose/old materials. Check out these color combinations for 2011 and find one that works for you. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2011 at Living In Color
@Kate, just tweeted Mary's great take on Vintage Wine. I love to see the warming trend in hues-- it's refreshing, don't you think?
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Cristin, of course I'd love to be a part of your beautiful blog! Let's do it!
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New Year, New You, Right? When it comes to the home, we sometimes feel the same way, but it's not always possible to load up our favorites (the kids, the fish, the dog, maybe the lover and a few pieces of art) and move. So, what is a girl to do? Focus. Focus on what is good, edit what is not so great, and live in a way that makes you not only smile, but laugh out loud. Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2011 at Living In Color
Thanks everyone! I found some great inspiration under my own tree this year, too... ;) @Patty, your colors seem quite bold and fun. I don't know your real preferences, but to change that eggplant to something that has a different mood, but still works with Hawthorne, consider a blue. Blue is unexpected in a dining room, but complements it at the same time. I like aspen skies 1656 in Aura Matte on the walls for this combo and perhaps use an off white like Seashell OC-120 in Aura Matte that's not too hued for the transition along the stair, etc. Good luck!
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This holiday season, before you recycle all the piles of giftwrap, let's do a little color therapy. Wrapping paper can be a great source for color and design inspiration. A quick trip to your local stationary store may reveal even more hidden colorful treasures. Here are some of my favorite gift wraps of the season. I love that each is original and beautiful. I even look at stationary throughout the year for both inspiration and to use as artwork. A little wrapping paper in a beautiful frame can quickly become a work of art. Keep in mind, many of these papers cost under $5 a sheet! Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2010 at Living In Color
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Getting ready for the holidays usually means there's a lot of running around every day! We all get caught up in trying to get everything done, of course. Well, if company's coming and you want to perk up your home with just one small design project, try something like this. Add a touch of color, shimmer, and pattern to a powder room or guest bath to surprise your guests this holiday. Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2010 at Living In Color
I find the measure of a truly talented designer is found in their ability to create beautiful and unexpected designs. Alena certainly did make bright colors work! I applaud her being bold. Her balancing act of turning cool colors into an inviting retreat shows her strength as a professional. Well done, Alena!
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Alena Capra is our Expert of The Week. She hails from the North, but lives and works in South Florida designing one beautiful space after another through her firm, Alena Capra Designs. We asked her how to use cool toned colors in a way that beats the Winter Blues. Here's what she had to say. Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2010 at Living In Color
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We often think of Scandinavian design in the very modern, IKEA-defined sense--all clean lines, blond wood, and white walls. But there's actually a world of beautiful color at work in these cold climates. People spend a lot of time indoors and have come up with ways to delight the eye and make their interiors (and sometimes exteriors) come to life. Lars Bolander's new book, "Scandinavian Design," written by Heather Smith MacIsaac, takes an inspired look at homes in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, expertly defining the major themes and palettes that make this region's design so enticing. Lots of ideas for both interior and exterior paint, too! Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2010 at Living In Color
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What a night-- 1100 amazing architects, interior designers, and patrons of the industry gathered at the historic ballroom at the Waldorf-Astoria in NYC tonight to celebrate the 26th annual Interior Design Magazine Hall Of Fame Inductees. Editor in chief of Interior Design magazine, Cindy Allen, assembled a line up of recipients who are inspiring, well-deserved, and filled with vision into our future in design! The new inductees-- Neil Denari, Karim Rashid, Shigeru Ban, and Paige Rense Noland-- were eloquent, funny, and spoke with sincerity. Here are some highlights and photos: Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2010 at Living In Color
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Antiques Dealer, Harvard graduate, Interior Designer, Historic Color Consultant, and genuinely fulfilled person are all great phrases to capture just a few angles of the real Heidi Pribell. Boston Home Magazine has honored Heidi with three consecutive "Best of Boston awards. I understood quickly what sets Heidi apart. She's informed, passionate, and in her own words "has a voracious appetite for learning." But what makes her tick? Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2010 at Living In Color