Archive for the ‘Color Trends’ Category

What Is That Color: Bright Coral

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You know I love color – and I especially love color when it makes a bit impact on a room! In a showhome, like the Hamptons Showhouse I did a couple of years ago, creating a room gives designers like me a unique chance to really push the creative envelope. And it’s a great opportunity to grab attention with bold design, like I did here!

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I knew that I wanted to use a fabulous coral-and-green palette in this room, which would be a fun twist on “beachy” colors. But I also wanted to take it up a notch. So I used a coral-peach wall covering that gave the room a soft glow, and added a big punch through wide painted stripes across the ceiling. The citrusy color I used on the ceiling is Sherwin-Williams Emberglow, a great deep coral that complemented the peach tones.

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The corals and greens work well together because they are complementary colors – which means they are on opposite ends of the color wheel. And those bold stripes took a good design into a big WOW of a room!

What do you think of this fun color? And would you paint stripes on a ceiling like this? Let me know in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,






What Is That Color? Sky High

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I love the challenge of creating unusual rooms that fit my clients’ lifestyles. So I was thrilled when one of my clients said that they wanted a “twirling room” for their daughter, who just happens to be a champion baton twirler. They wanted her to have a place at home where she could practice, that would inspire her to reach new heights – literally! So I knew I had to choose the perfect color for a room that would be all about hard work, achievement, and inspiration.

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I chose Sherwin-Williams Silvermist – a great blue-gray color that reminds me of a quiet summer sky. Because the room needed to be so tall to function well, I wanted to emphasize that feeling of openness and space, and have a color that would softly glow in the natural light. I love how the color is reflected in all of the mirrors, too!

So what do you think of this space, and its sky-high color? Let me know in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,






What Is That Color? The Perfect Backdrop

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I love working with color – in fact, I’ve built quite a reputation for my bright and bold color choices. But what people don’t always realize is that those fearless color palettes are often presented against a neutral background. That’s a strategy I use a lot because it gives the eye a place to rest, and it makes the colors I use in fabrics and accessories pop even more!

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For this guest bedroom, my color-loving clients wanted something perfect for guests that was both vibrant and relaxing, which isn’t easy to create. I decided on classic navy with pops of punchy coral. I absolutely love these together. A bold color like coral can be warm and inviting, but a little less than restful in a bedroom if you’re not careful. So I used Sherwin-Williams Relaxed Khaki on the walls to tone down the palette and to provide the best backdrop for the fresh navy and coral combo.

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If you’re nervous about using color in your home, this is a great trick to use! Start with a neutral wall and floor, and build your color in through fabrics, lamps, pillows, and smaller items. That will let you experiment until you find the right balance of brights and neutrals for you and your family!

Colorfully yours,






What Is That Color? Perfectly Purple…or Is It Pink?

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Balance is one of the key design elements in any successful room – there has to balance of scale, balance in proportion, in pattern, and so much more. I like to have a great balance between masculine and feminine, as well as dark and light. So that led me to a fun color choice for the dining room ceiling in my Riverside Penthouse Project.

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The stunning de Gournay wallpaper was an early design decision for this room – and the client and I loved the deep green background for the pattern. Even though this room has a wall of windows on one side, I didn’t want the room to be too dark and heavy with the rich green. Plus, with such beautiful architectural detailing on the ceiling, I didn’t want it to be overlooked. So I used Sherwin-Williams Wallflower, a pale pinkish-purple shade, to help lighten the room and draw the eye up.

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This gorgeous shade is one that I think of as the palest of orchids, but others see as a soft and sophisticated pink. It was inspired by the color in the blossoms on the wallpaper, and it was the perfect color choice to complement the dark greens, chartreuse, and black lacquer in the room. I repeated a slightly richer shade of orchid in the drapery and custom rug to create a cohesive look. And I love how this perfect shade on the ceiling brings out a bit of color in that fabulous chandelier!

So what do you think about this pop of purple (or do you see pink)? The room is bold, but balanced, and really is one of my favorite color combos!

Colorfully yours,






Gift Guide: Valentines Home Edition

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Who is in the mood for love?

I love an excuse for gift giving (and receiving) and we are just days from the most romantic and hopefully gift-filled day of the year! If you’re like me, I think chocolates are over-rated and I’d rather have something I really want like a fabulous design book, a gorgeous accessory or a glamorous new lamp. Yes, why not ask your Valentine for the perfect gift for the home this year. It’s the perfect treat for design-lovers like you and me? So here are a few of my favorites to add to your wish list.

Hoping your home suddenly get a fun POP of Valentine’s Red or Sweet Pink for your decor this week! xo,









  1. Penelope Pendant Lamp – Jonathan Adler’s Penelope Pendant Lamp in red adds the high gloss accent needed to say “va va voom” in your home!
  1. Wine Velvet Dining Chairs – Gather around the dining table with your special someone or a group of close friends in these wine Velvet Lydia Dining Chairs because this rich shade of red is definitely on trend this year!
  1. White and Pink Lacquer Tray – The white lacquer tray with a pink inset can be the perfect feminine touch you are looking to add to your vanity or desk. It’s great to hold your jewelry or your mail, or a bit of both.
  1. Rose Striped Bowl – We all know I love stripes and fresh flowers, so what better way to combine two of my favorite things than this bowl! Hopefully your honey fills it with a bunch of pink peonies as a bonus.
  1. Maison Jardin – Yuzu Rose Stonecrop Candle – With notes of yuzu, rose, and lavender this coconut wax blend candle is the perfect relaxing fragrance in a perfectly romantic floral tin.
  1. Gramercy Animal Print Rug – I love a leopard print, especially in a fun color like this red wool and silk blend from Kate Spade. What a chic print to add some pizazz to your home.
  1. Gold Heart-Shaped Bowl – Annieglass offers this roman antique glass heart bowl in gold as the perfect place to keep your jewelry from that special someone who stole your heart!
  1. Gilded Flower Studies – These romantic gilded metal floral sculptures from Tommy Mitchell are mounted on linen and hung individually in acrylic boxes for an artful display. It’s one way to keep your flowers looking fresh and beautiful for years to come.
  1. Gold Starburst Mirror – Add a touch of glitz to your home with this gold starburst mirror. This is one classic motif that I truly LOVE and so will you!
  1. Red Vase – A stunning red accent piece, this red vase, inspired by the naturally occurring color and pattern in agate, is perfect empty or overflowing with your favorite flowers. I’d probably fill it with lots of white hydrangeas.
  1. Garden Drive Jewelry Box – Kate Spade offers the cutest red lacquer jewelry box complete with her signature gold bow clasp! Perfect to punch up the color in your closet or vanity or it would look great on a desk or dresser too.
  1. Make It Happen Notebook – As you know, journaling is one of the most relaxing parts of parts of my day. In this journal, you can write down all of your goals and the steps to make them happen or write down your gratitude for all your many blessings like your sweetheart and all the other loves in your life.
  1. Hexagon Removable Wallpaper – What better way to revamp your space than with wallpaper? And this removable wallpaper means no long term commitment but you will love it so much that you’ll want to marry it.
  1. Ming Storage Chest – This rouge piece by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams is a fun pop of color that adds functional storage to your space. This charming piece will have you falling in love with it for years to come.
  1. The Big Book of Chic – This fabulous book of interiors by designer Miles Redd is a stunning collection of eclectic design and in it’s Valentine color palette, it’s the perfect tome for the design-lovers in your life.
  2. La Rosa Fruit Bowl – What a lovely way to to add a touch of red to your kitchen with this whimsical rose motif fruit bow. Fill it up with treats for the apple of your eye.
  1. Red and White Stripe Throw – A fabulous textured stripe throw is great to snuggle up on the sofa with your special someone. This one is light weight and perfect for year-round cuddling no matter your climate.
  1. Pink and White Stripe Euro Sham – Feminine pink and white stripes are a great accent for any room and the perfect seasonal refresh for your bedroom.
  1. Kyoto Pillow Covers – A Japanese-inspired print with metallic accents can add a touch of glamour to your design and looks great layered with stripes for the perfect mix of sexy and sweet!
  1. Jewel Glass Lamp – Regina Andrew’s glass lamp in amethyst can be the moody accent color you need in your space. This gives a whole new meaning to “jewel” tones. It’s jewelry for your home instead of your hand.