Posts Tagged ‘Black’

What Is That Color? Going Greige

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The very best color for a bedroom is any hue that makes you relax – a color that makes you feel like you’ve reached a calm oasis. So when I choose colors for my clients’ master bedrooms, I always go for soothing shades like a soft blue, blush, subtle green or a shade of beige. And in this particular room, I had a good jumping-off point for this neutral.

I like to choose my paint colors by first looking at the fabrics I’m going to use in a room. I knew this fabulous Duralee fabric would make my clients happy, with the subtle yellow and the geometric print. So I chose the paint color from that great neutral right in the center of the pattern. It just happens to be a melded shade that a lot of people love right now, called greige. It isn’t quite grey and it isn’t not exactly beige, but it’s in neutral territory between the two!

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The exact color I chose is Sherwin-Williams 7031 Mega Greige. It’s the perfect background and balance for the touches of yellow in the room (did you notice the little detail of yellow in the trim on the bed?). It keeps the yellow from being overly bright and intense in the room, and instead grounds the colors in a quiet way.

So what do you think of this color? Do you like to use greige in your home? Let me know in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,






What Is That Color? Far-from-Basic Black

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Black seems to be one of those colors that people are afraid of – they think it will be too dark or too daring for their homes. But black is an amazing neutral that can be a dazzling accent or a super-dramatic focal color! When my clients asked me to create some colorful drama in their outdoor room, I knew black would definitely be in the mix.

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My clients wanted this pavilion right off their pool to feel like a fabulous and airy tent. And those amazing angles in the ceiling really lent themselves to bold stripes like the best of summer awnings – so I had them painted with white and Sherwin-Williams’ Tricorn Black. It’s a deep and rich black that is one of my favorite go-to colors!

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With two neutrals anchoring the space, I was able to add in bright and bold accents in coral, turquoise, and sky blue, perfect sea-worthy colors for an outdoor space. But the black is what draws your eye in and really creates a breathtaking look!

So what do you think of bold black? Would you use it in your home? Let me know in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,






Before and After: A Grown Up Space

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Working on spaces for clients who have young children can be a challenge. If you’re a parent yourself, you know how quickly a gorgeous sofa can be destroyed by juice and dirty shoes, or how great accessories are just toys in a little person’s mind. And it’s not like it’s our fault as parents. We’re so busy trying to keep our heads above water most of the time, we can’t even think about our homes and keeping them clutter-free, right? So when I have the chance to take a client’s home from kid zone to grown-up space, I love it! I know it’s going to make a big difference in everyone’s quality of life and stress level.

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As you can see above, my clients in this project had some well-loved pieces of furniture, mixed in with a whole lot of toys and play areas. They wanted to take back their living room, and make it a chic space where adults could hang out, have great conversation, and enjoy some “me time.”

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I added in a lot of built-in cabinetry to hide toys, books, and clutter, to help these clients to keep the space fabulous and clean. I also lightened up the color palette, allowing the natural light to really shine through the living room.

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Dark draperies, muddy colors, and well-used items from the before image above needed to go, especially the tired furniture.

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And the furnishings I brought in have family-friendly fabrics on them, so kids don’t have to see this room as a no-go zone. They can still run through or play in this room without leaving marks and dirt that can’t be cleaned up.

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I also edited down the amount of accessories in the living room, taking out the candles, more traditional elements like the fabric runner, and knick knacks.

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It doesn’t mean they’re gone! There is now a place for everything in the shelves and in storage hidden behind those fabulous doors in the built-ins. When company is coming, it’s easy to hide the clutter quickly to keep the space looking gorgeous.

So what do you think of this before and after? What tricks do you use for grown-up spaces in a home with kids? Let me know in the comments section below!







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Before and After: All About the Art

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I love clients who come to me with a great starting point for inspiration, and are fearless about color and pattern! In the living room I designed above, the clients collected a lot of art, which gave them pieces for me to design around, and also made them really appreciate how mixing patterns and colors can make a room come alive.

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This is the painting that they wanted to keep in the room, and to inspire my selection of fabrics, patterns, and colors for the room. It’s a great piece that definitely gave me a fabulous jumping off point!

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They also had a gorgeous mantle that they wanted to keep – the photo is a little dark, but you can see it above in the “before” photo. And this is the room that they gather in to watch TV, so they needed a spot for that, as well. But the cabinetry they had built in was dated, and also the furniture in this room was heavy and a little tired.

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As you can see in the close-up “after” photo above, the mantle and the art are at the heart of this room! The TV has a more sophisticated home, and the colors in the room complement the painting, highlighting its beauty without distracting from it.

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The room before was also a little cluttered, and the light coming in from the windows was gorgeous, but way too bright for watching TV. And there were no window treatments to help darken the room when needed.

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I added color, pattern, updated and refreshed furnishings, and gorgeous window treatments that can be closed for TV time, or opened to allow in all that lovely natural light! I do love to mix pattern in a room, and here you can also see that I followed my rule of letting one pattern be dominant, while bringing in other supporting players in varying scales.

So what do you think of this colorful living room? Do you like to design around art in your rooms? Let me know in the comments section below! I’ll have more before-and-afters coming soon!








Before and After: A Serene Master Bath

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The master bath is one of the top rooms that most homeowners want to renovate, with the kitchen being the #1 room, of course. Most of those homeowners want a “spa like” experience in the bath, and my clients for this project were no different! They wanted a relaxing retreat that would soothe any stresses from their everyday lives! But they also wanted more room and organization. Two things that can definitely add to a stress free life. So an addition was definitely on tap for this redo!

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In the before photo above, you can see that the room was dated and dark, with carpeting and cabinetry that didn’t work for the space. They definitely needed more room and updated fixtures!

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For the updated room, I brightened the design with new colors that make the room look fresh, clean, and soothing! I also added this fabulous vanity that is perfect for getting ready to meet the day. Notice that there’s plenty of storage now, too. And for perspective, this vanity area just off the master bath was the square footage of almost the entire bathroom before.

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The bathroom “before” had a tiny entry to the shower that included one of those flimsy brass-framed doors. That made the shower a dark and not-very-inviting space.

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We opened moved the bathroom wall back 10-12 feet and instead of the garden tub as the focal point on the back wall, now we have a large and beautiful luxurious marble trimmed shower. We also have a gorgeous frameless glass door, a lower step into the shower, and I even added multi-functional plumbing fixtures for that perfect spa experience! Plus I added a large and updated vanity with two sinks and lots of storage drawers and cabinets.

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The master closet was accessed through the bathroom in the “before,” which was awkward and cluttered for the homeowner. By moving the master closet into an extension that I created for the home, it allowed us to open up the bathroom, and to even add a fantastic coffee or wet bar in the space (you can see it below). This is a great place for the homeowners to make coffee in the morning, or to have wine in the evenings or most likely, a bottle of water in the middle of the night. And we have additional linen storage in the beautiful cabinet to the left.

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So what do you think about this master bathroom before-and-after? What spa-like elements would you love to add to your bathroom? Tell me in the comments section below!