Archive for decorating with color
Just stopping by with some design inspiration for you today… I am working on a client’s home that is being infused with color right now. Color is one of the biggest changes you can make to your home and color speaks deep to us, so the changes are very inspirational. The change from dark to light or warm to cool is very transformative.
Here are some colorful transformations that might just inspire you to make a colorful move….
What room in your home is begging for a color update?
(Images from House Beautiful, House of Turquoise and HGTV)
Just wanted to send a quick note off to all of you… our studio opening is upon us! As I write, the finishing touches are being made and the final lists being crossed off… for tomorrow is our Grand Opening. Alicia Danzig of Lulu Painting and I will officially be studio mates!
There have been a ton of set-backs….one step forward and two behind in some cases, but we have perservered and made it to this day. Our special color and design playhouse is almost ready! Of course as time goes on, we will keep evolving it, but for now…. we invite you to put on your party shoes and join us tomorrow (Thursday, April 28th) at the Semple Mansion from 7-9 pm, for the event.
Please grab a friend (or someone who is really fun) and head on over for some delicious drinks and happy desserts. We’ll be looking for you. Oh, and don’t forget… we’re even giving away some wonderful prizes too! See you then!
Today’s post will feature just a few more photos of our studio space in progress…
This photo isn’t too inspiring, but it does show progress… the walls have been coated in a first layer of paint, the storage items have been removed and have been replaced with construction supplies and a few design elements.
Those nasty old pipes are slowly being hidden in a wall that will support a storage closet and a sink area.
This photo shows a peek at one of the crowning elements of our space… a curved banquette!
We can NOT wait for this piece to be finished. The fabrics we chose to upholster it with became the inspiration for the entire studio…
This view shows you a bit about our color direction! Yes, we used House Beautiful‘s color issue to assist us with our color choices. (At least for now… our studio colors and decor will transform on a routine basis) We custom matched our pink wall to a pink chair we found on the front of the Color Issue. We will also add a few other surprising pink elements to the space as well!
Well, that’s it for today’s update. I won’t have another progress update for a bit- we’re doing some more painting tomorrow! Wait until you see Alicia’s (Lulu Painting) fantastic work on the floor! However, the next post will let you in on our Opening Gala plans! We can’t wait to invite you down to share in our Grand Opening, so get ready to mark your calendars and join us in celebration! More on that next time…
I am so excited to review this next book! Decorate by Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick is hot off the presses. Just released in the UK, soon to be released in Australia, and not being released in the US until late April… I have my hands on a gorgeous copy!
Thanks to Anthropologie…(they being the only venue in the US to be able to sell advanced copies of Decorate) I received my beautifully wrapped book, as only Anthropologie can do, last Friday. I was so excited; you would think it was my book that was being delivered! I have anticipated the book’s debut for a couple of months now, and as a current student of Holly’s (her latest Blogging Your Way class) I am thrilled to be able to review her and Joanna’s co-efforts in the form of Decorate.
Holly Becker is the founder and author of the extremely popular Decor8 blog and columnist at Real Simple online and has contributed to many design publications over the years. Joanna Copestick is a writer and editor with more than 10 books to her credit. Both women have combined their talents, resources in the design world and experience, to put together a fresh design book like no other.
First off… the book’s photography is simply gorgeous! The attention to detail, lighting and composition is rare and fresh. Debi Treloar has set the tone for the book with her talented photography, creating more than 400 stunning photos to delight in.
Decorate is a different kind of decorating book as the cover suggests…. It focuses on decorating and lifestyle ideas to transform your home, rather than just one trademark look or design aesthetic. It absolutely lives up to that promise. It is packed with more than 1000 professional ideas and solutions for every area of the home. There is page after page of designer contributions- each stylist, designer, shop owner or creative, lending their expertise and style wisdom for everything from floor plans and space planning, to defining one’s style through every room of one’s home. Some featured talents include: Kelly Wearstler, Celerie Kemble, Amy Butler, Vincent Wolf and Amy Neunsinger.
The rooms are not just spaces that are creatively decorated, but really lived in homes that have become highly personal spaces that allow for real-life to happen there. This is the kind of book that speaks to my design heart. These homes reflect the families or artists who live there and how their home really compliments and enhances their day-to-day life. The spaces are not showcase experiments by designers just looking to stretch the “wow” factor, but homes that really have evolved in most cases to what the home-owners really desired to surround themselves with.
One of my favorite quotes from the book by Nate Berkus is “Your home should tell the story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love brought together under one roof.” Surprisingly, it is very reflective of the words on my website about telling the story of who you are and how that past, present and future story should be reflected within the walls of your home.
Setting Your Style
Room by Room
Attention to Detail
The overall design aesthetic of the book is simply fresh, usable ideas that can translate to any style of decorating and almost any home. It is refreshing to see this direction in a decorating book. The pages are jam-packed with tips, hints and decorating guidelines to allow the reader to really pull the ideas that strike them the most and to be able to put them into action.
I believe Holly, Joanna and Debi have created a book that will live on as a design classic to be turned to for years to come. My congratulations and thanks to Holly and her partners for this lovely new book.
Why do you desire the change?
What is your vision for it’s makeover?
If you desire this change, what is holding you back?
In my home, it is my combined kitchen/dining area. Yes the heart of my home. The place where daily life happens. Meals prepared and cooked, homework done, temporary work station, creative zone, and yes, we actually eat here as well.
So, a complete makeover would be ideal, tearing down walls, opening up the space to allow for optimum functionality and design. I see a classic design with modern and vintage elements. A mix of light and dark, as I love contrast.
What is holding me back? Like many of you, the funding for the project is one that is the most difficult. It seems every time we consider starting, the money needs to be re-allocated to another spot. I also envision my hubby and I doing most of the work. We love to work on our home and having the time to makeover a major part of our living space does seem a bit daunting. Finding the right time to make the changes is almost impossible.
So, tell me about your home and what you’d like to see happen there. I would love to hear your thoughts and wishes for your challenging space.
(photos from My Home Ideas and Southern Living)