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What Is That Color? Pretty in Pink

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You may think that when I’m working on a room that I select the paint color first. It’s what most people would do, right? Pick the wall color and then match everything else to it. Absolutely not! In fact, I almost always choose the paint last. I begin every one of my design projects by finding the perfect fabric for the client and the room. In this room that I designed for a teen girl, Rubie Green’s Portobello was the one that really spoke to me! It’s the fabric on the headboard, bedskirt, and window treatments.

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So once we had the perfect coordinating black-and-white patterns in the leopard bench and the FLOR carpet squares, the hunt was on for the perfect pink to complement the fun floral pattern. And we found it in Sherwin-Williams 6576 Azalea Flower! It’s a lovely color that brightens the room without being too sweet or too intense.

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What do you think of this fun and flirty color? Is there another room that you would use this in? Let me know in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,







Predicting Pantone’s Color of the Year

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Every year, Pantone announces its Color of the Year and the arguments immediately begin for or against the color that’s chosen. Last year was one of the craziest times because the Marsala color that was chosen seemed to be the most polarizing selection I can remember!

The 2016 color won’t be announced for a few more weeks, but it’s fun to try to predict what the new color will be! To do that, let’s look back at the other colors from the past 5 years:


Radiant Orchid – Pantone Color of the Year 2014emerald

Emerald – Pantone Color of the Year 2013

Tangerine Tango – Pantone Color of the Year 2012honeysuckle

Honeysuckle – Pantone Color of the Year 2011

Just looking over the selections from the past five years, you can definitely see color groups that are missing, like blues, yellow, and neutrals. Benjamin Moore recently made a bold choice for its 2016 Color of the Year with Simple White, both a classic and surprising selection.


I think a bright saffron yellow – like the one I used in my panels from Soicher Marin in the CR Laine showroom last market – would be a great choice! Pantone already has a great yellow in its spring 2016 palette called Buttercup.

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I also like the idea of a deep peacock blue, like in the dining chairs I used above for my Riverside Penthouse project. A bit blue and a bit green, it would appeal to a wide range of consumers and design styles.


And I still think that Pantone could head toward neutral territory by selecting a taupe or a grey, like the one above on my new Marguerite slipper chair from CR Laine.

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But my favorite choice would be a bold cobalt like in these gorgeous Christopher Spitzmiller lamps from one of my favorite dining rooms I’ve designed. I am excited to have a big presence of cobalt in my upcoming Duralee fabric collection for 2016 and I still think it’s America’s (and the world’s) favorite color. It’s been strong for a couple of seasons, but Pantone hasn’t given it the nod I think it deserves.

So what do you think will be the Pantone Color of the Year for 2016? Let me know in the comments section below! We only have a few weeks left until we all find out what will rule our colorways next year!

Colorfully yours,








What Is That Color? Neutral Territory

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A bedroom is the perfect place for a quiet, restful color. And there’s no better color family to work with than the deeper neutrals, like this Sherwin-Williams Temperate Taupe. It creates a serene feeling with its grey undertones, and it’s also a fabulous neutral.


Because of the hints of grey in this paint color, it mixes well with the silvery greys and charcoals that I used in the carpet and upholstery. But you know what a color lover I am, so I had to pop in something exciting like shades of orchid to give these neutral walls some punch!


This color truly is the perfect backdrop for the lovely purples in the draperies, chair, and pillows. Together, the palette offers a tranquil oasis for my clients. And the accents here are strikingly close to “radiant orchid” which was the Pantone color of 2014 that so many people didn’t think they loved. But I for one think it looks gorgeous and chic!

So what do you think of this neutral territory? What neutrals do you like to use in your home? Let me know in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,







What Is That Color? Sea Blue

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I love it when my clients give me great inspiration for my designs! In this project, my clients told me how much they enjoyed going to the beach, and that they loved those blues and greens from the water and the sky. That made the choice of the Sherwin-Williams 6477 Tidewater color SO easy – the aqua paint even had the right name!


I also found the perfect color for the Pratt & Larsen glazed ceramic tiles for the backsplash to really wrap the room in this beautiful sea color. In fact, the tile color influenced the final paint selection. And I think they are a gorgeous match!


In the open plan, I brought in even more shades of blue and turquoise to complete the palette that the clients’ wanted, giving them a shore-worthy but sophisticated room.

Two other beachy shades that I love are the sea-glass green Benjamin Moore 2040-60 Antiguan Sky and C2’s ocean blue C2-721 Mikonos. They both have that gorgeous water-inspired feeling to them!


Where do you find your color inspiration? And how do you bring that into your home? Let me know in the comments below!

Colorfully yours,






A Little Color Talk with

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(Photo via Elle Decor)

You know I love pink. I used a blush shade all over my new CR Laine collection and I’m planning Pink and Yellow in my new Dining Room. But not everyone can embrace this lovely hue. Can you?

Today I got to weigh in on pink and few other colors that often get a bad rap in this fun article at called “6 Paint Colors You Only Think You Hate“.

Enjoy and Happy Holiday Weekend! xo,

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