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Summer Color Palettes

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When I ask new clients for their favorite colors, or for specific inspirations for their decor, one theme constantly comes up: sandy beaches and blue waters. It makes perfect sense! Where else do you feel that calm, that warm, that peaceful? It’s no wonder that the colors of summer can put us in a happy place, even on a dark and icy winter’s day. So here are some of my favorite palettes to make it summer in your home, all year round!


For the family room above, I went right to water colors, literally! From the Sherwin-Williams Tidewater paint color, to that creamy white, to a deep navy, these soothing blues will have you mentally checking into that beach cabana in no time.


Sandy beaches and sea glass were the inspiration for this living room’s palette, so I used a great sand color on the walls with Sherwin-Williams Kilim Beige. The gorgeous glass-based lamps, water-inspired art, and sea glass accessories bring the beach inside in a sophisticated way.


Summery yellow creates a special magic in darker rooms, like this Sherwin-Williams Alchemy color! Pair it with a creamy beige and a charcoal grey for a chic and warm palette.


And finally, there’s nothing that I love more than pairing summer whites with a deep citrus and a blue inspired by the sky! This palette is both calming and energizing, just like a seaside getaway.

So what do you think of my summertime palettes? Are there any colors that you love to use in your home to create an oasis? Let me know in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,






What Is That Color? The Stroke of Midnight

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I often talk about how people need to remember the “fifth wall” when designing a room – and of course I’m talking about the ceiling! You can create drama and surprise by adding color and pattern to the ceiling of any room. So I loved doing just that when I painted my client’s ceiling in a deep midnight lacquer.

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The deep blue looks like the night sky in this glam master bedroom, especially when it’s paired with that stunning star-like chandelier, designed by Jonathan Adler for Robert Abbey! For that night-time hue, I chose Benjamin Moore’s Midnight Navy in high gloss. It has such great depth and dimension, especially at night with soft lights in the room.

So what do you think of this dramatic ceiling? Is it something you would try in your home? Let me know in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,






A Brand New Blue

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It isn’t every day that scientists discover a new color – but you know my ears perked up when I heard the news! And just like so many things in life, the discovery was a happy accident. Chemists at Oregon State University were actually trying to create new materials for electronics when they realized they’d done something that people have been trying to do for centuries – create the perfect bright blue.

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The blue is very close to what I call cobalt – a color I LOVE to use, as you can see above. The chemists created it by heating manganese oxide and a few other chemicals to over 2,000 degrees F. And the best thing about this new pigment is that it’s so stable that the color will never fade. I can see how fabulous that could be in something like outdoor furniture, which I would love to see in this new blue.

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In fact, that blue outdoor furniture would be the perfect complement to the upholstered doors I created for this penthouse lobby, which also has an entrance to an outdoor patio.

So what do you think about the new blue? Does it make you as happy as it makes me? Let me know in the comments section below!







What Is That Color? A Patriotic Palette

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I love that patriotic palette of red, white, and blue – they are perfect colors for summer! Each one gives a room a different energy, so as we head into the holiday weekend for the Fourth, I thought it would be fun to show you my favorite rooms I’ve designed in each flag-waving color.

First up is the hallway above, in Sherwin-Williams Tomato Red. The color was inspired by the fabric on the chairs in the entry and in the dining room – and I love the way it energizes the space!

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On the opposite end of the energy scale is this cool, clean, and calm white room. I designed this dining room to be an edited and crisp space, so Sherwin-Williams Shoji White was the perfect white for that goal. It really makes the red pop in the room, doesn’t it?

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To round out our red-white-and-blue salute, this bedroom is one of my favorite blue spaces. It’s a chic and serene bedroom that includes this little desk nook. Sherwin-Williams Krypton was the perfect blue for this dreamy getaway!

So what do you think of my favorite flag-hued rooms? I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at red, white, and blue, and I wish you and your family a fun Fourth weekend!







Top 5 Tips for Picking the Perfect Paint Color

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It is so hard for people to select paint colors for their home! There are just too many colors and choices out there – which can leave many standing in front of a wall of paint chips with no clue how to choose. Even selecting a white, which you would think would be an easy choice, can drive you crazy. Should you choose a warm white, a cool bluish white, or even a pink-tinged white?

I have 5 fail-proof ways that I choose paint colors for my projects! Give these a try to make your selection process so much easier:

1. Let fabric be your guide. When I start on the design for a space, I always go to my fabric room first. Fabrics can help set the tone and mood for the entire room! As you can see in the bedroom below, I chose the fabric for the drapery and pillows first, and the color in the center of those squares gave me the perfect inspiration for the wall color. That makes the room feel pulled together and cohesive!

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2. Select paint color last. You read that right – I always choose my paint color LAST. That’s because you could choose a tone or hue that actually ends up clashing with everything else in a room if you aren’t careful. Look at the photo below – I had to select the perfect creamy white color for this dining room so it would complement the drapery and the lighter-toned furniture. If I had gone with a white that had pink undertones or blue undertones, it would have changed the entire look of the room – and probably not for the better.

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3. Art can be inspiration. I love to use original art in my design work. It makes the room more unique and helps show the personality of my clients. But it also can be the perfect inspiration for a room’s palette. In the bedroom below, you can see how that painting inspired the plum, taupe, and grey colors in the room, and helped tie the whole look together.

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4. Get moody. Another thing I always keep in mind when selecting paint colors is how the room will be used. In a bedroom, like the one above, you want to set a calming and restful tone. But in a room like the game room below, I wanted to punch things up for an energetic and happy space! This bold yellow really makes an impact and highlights the playful mood I was going for. And by the way, that color was also inspired by a fabric in the space – a sofa that’s out of frame on the other side of the room.

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5. Look up. Because of my reputation for working with color, I think people expect that I use almost every hue in the spectrum, but that isn’t the case. I actually stay in the top 2 or 3 squares on any paint swatch for my selections, rather than the darker tones near the bottom. I find that the colors up at the top of those paint cards are really the ones that most people like in a room, so that’s where my sweet spot is.

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And here’s a bonus tip for you – go with colors you LOVE! If they make you happy, then you know you’re on the right track.

So what do you think of my top 5 tips? Do you have a trick that works when you select paint colors? Let me know in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,