Category: Inspiration

How To Pick Paint Color For Interior Trim.

comedor en tonos grises y ocreA question I’m often asked when I go for color consultations is,  do we have to paint the trim white?  or is there a standard trim color?  well there are certainly a few shades of whites that are popular to paint interior trim with like, Cloud White (B&M 967), or Swiss Coffee (DE W341), but there are more options. Remember  white is a color and comes in different shades so select the color for interior trim after you have selected the rest of the colors in the space, you might want to pick a white with yellow, pink or lavender undertone.  If your wall color is darker you might want to go with a creamier white.  Architectural millwork, trim and moldings don’t have to be painted white,they can be painted the same color as the walls or darker.  Painting the walls and the trim the same color is more contemporary and creates the illusion of a higher ceiling.

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If you are applying a wall-covering or a special wall treatment, it might be nice to paint the Architectural millwork and trim a complimenting color.

 

In the dining room below the crown moldings are painted white while all the other Architectural millwork is stained.  Which shade of white, or even if the trim should be white all depends on the color that’s going on the walls, the style of the home, and the feeling the home owner is trying to evoke.

In this beautiful library the detail in the paneling and crown molding is painted darker to  highlight the millwork and emphasis the rooms French style.

One thing to consider when picking trim color is other colors that are on the existing casework and cabinets.   If you have white kitchen cabinets you can use the same or complimenting white on the rest of the interior trim. If you would like a crisp contrast between the walls and the moldings you need to select a much brighter shade for the trim.

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Happy New Year! Inspirations and Resolutions

It’s been a couple of years that along with my list of New Year resolutions, I also make a New Inspiration board for the year to come.  A board where I pin images that inspire me to create more in the New Year, to bring more of what I want to my life, the people, the projects, the things and places.   Inspiration to allow myself to push the envelope and be more creative.  Inspiration to move forward with projects that have been on my to do list for a while.  Inspiration to help me stay focused on the beauty in life, and to keep me motivated to move forward to the road ahead and where I want to go.

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The New Year is also a time for New beginnings, a time to reflect on the last year, to take lessons from, and to celebrate the many accomplishment.  To cross out the many successes on last year’s list and to make a new list of goals and resolutions for this year.  When you make your lists, be sure to use positive uplifting words.  Make your resolution and goal realistic.  Don’t set yourself up for failure by making unattainable goals, remember one step at a time and always reward yourself for everything you did; don’t punish yourself for everything that didn’t get done.

Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy, and prosperous New Year.

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Color of the year 2013 Pantone Emerald Green

I’m sure you’ve all heard the news by now!  Pantone has announced Emerald Green as the color of the year.  Well it’s about time!

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I love emerald green, and have been happy to see it was gaining popularity from fashion to interiors for a few years now.  I’m excited that we get to see more of it this year.

Since Emeralds are a precious gemstone the color has always given a perception of luxury and sophistication.

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Instead of using emerald green as an accent color why not cover all the walls with it! Isn’t it amazing that when you apply this much of one color in a room it takes on a neutral quality and works with everything else.

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de Gournay “Earlham” design wall covering on emerald green dyed silk.

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Glazed emerald green {Benjamin Moor Paint 2039-20} walls and silver foil ceiling, this look is so rich and fresh.  The entry to the home of Alison Pincus co-founder of One Kings Lane.

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Phillip Jeffries Glazed Abaca wall covering.

Emerald is a vibrant green and like no other color reflects renewal, prosperity, and healing.  I hope this is the sign of things to come in the New Year.

Enjoy!

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Fornasetti

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Piero Fornasetti (10 November 1913 – 1988) was an Italian painter, sculptor, interior decorator and engraver.   He lived most of his life in Milan and attended the Brere Art Academy where he was expelled for insubordination, most of his art training was self taught.   Fornasetti designed more than 11,000 products in his lifetime, creating the largest variety of decorative objects, and furniture of the 20th century.  His decoration touched every household item from lamps and dinner plates, to fashion accessories such as ties and scarves.  Fornasetti was an exuberant designer and decoration was a lifetime obsession for him.  He created a world of fantasy and imagery that was magical and whimsical, influenced by surrealistic oriented metaphysical paintings and the great artistic traditions of Italy.  His talent as a draftsman and a printer is the base of all his work, his style featured heavy use of black and white drawings.

The top image of Anne Hathaway against the backdrop of Piero Fornasetti wallpaper by  Cole & Son.   I love this wallpaper and it adorns the walls of the sample room in the Lee Jofa showroom in Los Angeles at the PDC.

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I am a great fan of his hanging plates, they add whimsy and magic to any space.

Many of his objects featured the face of a woman, operatic soprano Lona Cavalieri, as a motif.  In an interview when asked why he was so fascinated by her he responded with “I don’t know, I started making them and I could not stop”.

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Fornasetti created a world of fantasy that lives on.  Today his son Barnaba (on the right) has firm control on his fathers collection and has only released a small selection and limited supply back into production.  Fornasetti objects are available for purchase from their Milan store www.Fornasetti.com.

 

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White is a color!

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Nothing is more classic than white.  White is timeless and always in style, any season, any year. Like choosing any color it takes care and caution to pick white, in fact it can be challenging to pull off an all white space. With many different shades, white needs to be selected and used well.

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There are rules to follow when selecting white:   Don’t use white to lighten up a dark room, it won’t work. There must be good light to make white look good, without good light white looks gray.  White walls help highlight the object in the room, so select carefully, white highlights shapes and other colors.  It also shows off all the dirt, wear and flaws on the surface.  White has to be treated as a color, when it’s picked to avoid color; thinking it’s a safe and easy decision; the space can look cold, empty, cheap, and not welcoming.

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When done right an all white room is elegant, chic, and sophisticated, use different textures and sheens, natural materials and rich woods to add interest. Using different shades of white in one space can highlight architectural elements.

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White can be casual and warm when mixed with soft blues and pastel colors. Be careful when using brighter vibrant colors, white can make them loud.

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Black is white’s complimentary color and when used together it can be very exciting, contemporary, and edgy.

Some of my favorite white paint colors are: B&M Linen White, Cloud White, Designer White, AcadiaWhite.

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Summer Time Favorites

I love the summer months, the warm weather, long days, staying up late and of course NO homework!  I love going to the beach on the weekends, and if work permits on Fridays.  Here are some of my summertime favorites

Picnics at the park

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Beach Bungalows

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A Summer dinner party

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Summer cocktails on the patio

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What are some of your summer time favorites? Enjoy the short and carefree summer months

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Red, White, and Blue

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Happy 4th of July!

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John Sowden House

I had the pleasure of touring the John Sowden House, designed by Lloyd Wright in the Los Feliz area in Los Angeles.  In 1926 John Sowden asked Lloyd Wright to design a home for him that he could entertain in.  When Wright died in 1978 the house was noted as his most important work and a landmark due to it’s temple like features. A Mayan Revival style architecture,  the most striking feature of the house are the ornamental concrete blocks that  mark the entrance, resembling a Mayan temple and making the home feel like a fortress.  The house has a  small entrance with low ceilings, leading to a cave like staircase up to the grand living room overlooking the canopies of large oak trees with city views.   In 2002 Xoren Balbes acquired the property and did an extensive  restoration of the home.  Today it’s a modern house with modern luxuries, fit for entertaining and living well.

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The grand living room, furnished with Frank Loyd Wright sofas.

The house surrounds this central court yard.  Originally there was a fountain in the court yard, but has long been destroyed and now houses a swimming pool.  Great place to hang out and spend the day or the evening under the stars.

The old servants quarters have been converted into a beautiful modern kitchen.

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This year’s To Do List

Last year I started a new tradition; writing a post about my goals for the New Year.  It seems as life moves on we get so caught up in the day to day, unless we write down our intentions and goals on paper (or blog) the year will fly by and nothing on our “To Do List” will get done.  It’s also a great idea to look at all that we have accomplished and pat ourselves on the back. So here are some of last years goals that I’ve accomplished, and some new ones.

To live my life intentionally.  This year I plan being more aware of habits and to live a less obligatory life – to give more of myself to what is important to me and less to what I feel obligated to.

To continue to grow my Interior Design Career – I’m now Director of Membership of the Los Angeles Chapter of  the American Society of Interior Designers

To incorporate more art and culture into my life.  Last year I read more books than ever before,  took my kids to museums and to the library more often.  I have to admit most of it has come from inspirations I get from my favorite blogs.

To commit to publicity – Last year I got published in Pasadena Magazine, The Daily News, The Glendale Press and a few other local news papers.  You can see the articles here.  I would like to get published at least once this year.

Trip to Spain and Morocco – We did go on a trip to Italy, I did have a choice to go to Spain but I picked Italy.  It was a great trip, I’ve written about it a few times.

LEED AP Certification, didn’t happen last year it’s on the list for this year.

To eat healthier and exercise more.  That is a work in progress; I have my good months and a few bad days.

This year I would like to be more organized, especially with my time.

I would like to share more of my knowledge and to bring more people together.

I would like to expand my business and business contacts, I would like to be  me more focused on my business.

For me this is a year of growth, in every way (except my waist line).

Have you made a list of what you would like to accomplish?  I would love to hear about some of your goals for this year.

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Mudroom

I don’t remember ever having a week of non stop rain here in Los Angeles.  I enjoyed it very much and happy to see the sun again; especially so my out of town guests who are here for a nice vacation can enjoy the week before they all head back to the east coast.  Having this much rain has reminded me of how much I need a mud room in our home.  Although we don’t get as much rain here in Southern California as other parts of the country, I still think a proper mud room is necessary in Los Angeles, just as much as any other cold, rainy, region in the world.

Everyday when I come home I – in the entry, remove my shoes; I make my kids remove their shoes, and of course we always have something we have to DROP.  When it’s raining we bring in the mud, when it’s cold we have to take off our jackets, and when it’s hot we have water bottles, flowers, shopping bags, and beach gear to drop off, and of course let’s not forget the back packs, and briefcase, and purse……….

The term “Mudroom” use to mean just that, a room usually off the kitchen or basement where you stored your “mud” gear (shoes from the garden, a wet umbrellas and so on) and it would help keep your house clean.  Today we are designing mud rooms that some clients don’t want to get dirty.  Some of the things we’d like to include are: A large sink, closet to hide gear, a bench for removing shoes, a small powder room, storage bins for recyclables, bulletin board for last minuet messages, and of course a mirror for the last look before you leave the house.

This month Veranda magazine features a lovely mudroom, not only is it beautiful with custom cupboards on the right, and individual cubbyholes, for every member of the family and blue stone floors, it’s functional and practical.


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I love this room just as much. Most homes have a corridor coming in from the garage that can become a mud room like this.

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You too can create a stylish utilitarian “mudroom” to help keep the rest of the house from getting dirty or cluttered, by just adding some accessories.

How about some hooks or a coat hanger like theses from Restoration Hardware

Outside the door place a cast iron boot scraper like this one from Smith & Hawken

An umbrella stand to hold the wet umbrellas when you walk in.  This one is by Global Views

A bench to sit and put on or take off your shoes.  I like this vintage one from Wisteria

Some baskets or a storage bin for all the kids stuff.  I especially like this coat rack from Ballard Design

It doesn’t matter what size or shape your mud room is I’m sure it can have lots of style and function well for your home.

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