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What Is That Color? Ethereal Green

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I love to create calming, quiet spaces for bedrooms – after all, getting enough rest is critical to our health! Color is so important to making a space feel restful and soothing, and that’s why I love soft shades of sea tones or other colors from nature. This tranquil green really fits the bill!

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It’s a great color called Rainwashed from Sherwin-Williams! It reacts well to natural and interior light and, just like deep sea waters, it can appear blue, green, or a lovely neutral, depending on the light source. I paired it here with a very crisp white and a deep dark black to give great contrast and to keep the palette classic and refined.

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The result is a tranquil bedroom that’s welcoming and ethereal, ready to help you unwind and ease into a great sleep. I would also use this gorgeous color in a bathroom or a formal living space, where it would be amazing to see it reflect the light!

So what do you think of this Rainwashed green? Where would you use it in your home? Let me know in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,






What Is That Color? The Right White

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It’s interesting, but ever since Benjamin Moore named a white as its color of the year, I have had many magazine writers and newspaper reporters contacting me to ask me what my favorite white paint colors are. Most people might assume that I almost never use white paint, since I’m known for working with color, but I actually love white as a nice neutral backdrop for the pops of color I put into a room!

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One of my favorite whites (and I actually have quite a few) is Sherwin-Williams Shoji White. It’s a softer, creamy white that’s warmer, with beige undertones, so it keeps a room feeling cozy. I knew it would work well with the red that I wanted to use in the dining room featured here, and that it would give the room an updated traditional look.

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I also continued with that same paint color into the entry for the trim and the ceiling, giving the rooms great continuity. You can really see the warmth of this white in the photo above.

For some reason, white can really be a difficult color for people to choose. It could be because it is the most reflective paint color, so it reacts more to light sources than many other color choices. If you go with a white that has too many blue undertones, the room can seem cold and stark. If you go too muddy, the room could look too dark or dingy. So some of my other favorite go-to whites, in case you’re looking for some that really work, are C2’s America’s Cup and Sherwin-Williams Antique White. I used Antique White in my previous house – it’s creamy and rich, and (big hint!) you may see that C2 color turning up in my new house really soon!

What white paint colors have you used that you love? Let me know in the comments section below!






Color Forecast for 2016

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I love looking forward at the beginning of a new year, trying to predict the trends and ideas that will make a big impact in the coming months! Color trends are one of my favorites – and I love the predictions that come from everyone from paint companies to trend forecasters.

This year, Sherwin-Williams has decided that Simply White will be the color to beat, while Pantone predicts that its new twin colors of Serenity and Rose Quartz will be the hot hues. I’ve even gotten in on the act, giving my two-cents-worth to Shutterfly for The Hottest Hues for Your Home, a new feature recently posted on their website. It describes the best colors to use in your home today, what was hot in 2015, and how to effectively use color to give your rooms some va-va-voom!

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One of the colors I talk about, and that I absolutely love, is cobalt! I used it in the entry of my Riverside Penthouse project, above, and I love this color because it’s approachable but risky. In other words, it seems daring, but is still in the blue family, which for most people is ultimately a pretty safe choice. Blue is, and probably always will be, the world’s favorite color!

There are also great tips for working with color in the Shutterfly feature, including one of my favorites: I like to choose one dominant color for the room and then support it either with varying shades of that same color for a monochromatic look or with complementary colors for more contrast. It’s less overwhelming when making color decisions to let one color be the star of the room, and have one or two others play a supporting role.

So what colors do YOU think will shine bright in the new year? Let me know in the comments section below! Then let’s set a date for December to check back in to see if we were right! Until then!









What Is That Color? Dreamy Blue

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It’s almost 2016 and Pantone has named one of their 2 colors of the New Year as Serenity which is a soft and lovely blue, not unlike the color I selected for this relaxing bedroom. It has just a hint of Periwinkle in it which I’m crazy about!

There is a reason that blue not only excited me but is the most popular color in the U.S., and around the world! It’s about the only color that can seem happy, calm, serene, and inviting, all at the same time. So for me, it’s the perfect color for a bedroom. In my Shadow Valley project, I selected Sherwin-Williams Krypton, which is a lovely shade of pale.

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And when paired with Sherwin-Williams Creamy on the trim, it gives the effect of stepping into a piece of Wedgwood china. It also paired perfectly with the floral fabric I chose from Schumacher, which was key to creating that dreamy effect I wanted.

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I love the way the blues are layered in, with shades from sky to cobalt. It made this master bedroom into the perfect getaway for my clients.

Do you love blue, too? How would you use the color in your home? Tell me in the comments below!

Colorfully yours,






My Fabulous Duralee Partnership

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It’s almost Christmas! Hard to believe, isn’t it? It’s also hard for me to believe that almost 2 years of work has culminated in my brand new Duralee fabric collection. And what a gift it was was to launch my new line of fabrics with Duralee at the recent ITMA Showtime event in High Point, N.C.! Showtime is a show for furniture manufacturers to select new fabrics for their spring furniture designs that will debut in April 2016. This exciting 2 years of work with my fabulous partners at Duralee has turned into a gorgeous 79-piece collection of yummy color and pattern that’s bright, bold, and tailored, just like me! I can’t wait for designers everywhere to have their samples in spring 2016!

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I was really excited to show the collection when I learned that Pantone had selected Rose Quartz and Serenity as its 2016 Colors of the Year – because my new Duralee collection is packed with both, as you can see above!

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I loved seeing how Duralee showed the collection – flipping those fabrics out onto the vertical stand with flair! It honestly was breathtaking to see them all on the board together. On the top left, you can see La Petite Roche, one of my very favorites that’s named for my hometown of Little Rock.

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In fact, I loved La Petite Roche so much that I turned it into these fun notepads that we gave away at Showtime to many of Duralee’s special clients. It makes a great stationery pattern, doesn’t it?

I hope you’ve enjoyed this sneak peek at my new fabric collection! I look forward to seeing what manufacturers, retailers, and designers put together with this new collection and I can’t wait for it all to be available to designers and consumers in Spring 2016. That’s only a few weeks away!