Is Neon Contagious?

The future is looking very BRIGHT my friends.

This week I’ve been absorbing like a sponge. Between gazing at fashion week recaps and viewing Benjamin Moore’s color trend forecast, Color Pulse 2012, I’m filled to the brim with luscious color.

You know I’m a “tone it down” kind of girl, but at the moment I’m ready to let it rip with the best of the peacocks.

Color is exploding in design, decor, art, and fashion. There were so many bright hues included in the Color Pulse presentation (I’ll elaborate in a future post), it was difficult to keep focus on the forerunners.

Fashion runways are oozing with blinding shades of red/orange, orange, yellow, green, and violet to name a few.

Speaking of which, I was completely captivated by this collection of photos from Vogue entitled, New York Street Style Fall 2012.

Can you imagine how these photos might translate into an amazing interior palette?

Something like this…

Had to have my own piece of the pie…

Watch out clients, here I come :)

Need a little of this in your interior? Contact me anytime.

The Violet/Gold Color Combo & it’s Unique Following.

Over the past several years, I’ve been delighted to assist a diverse range of clientele throughout the country. I’m fascinated by people and their unique characteristics and how this translates into the home. As you can imagine, you see certain color preferences repeat themselves.

What I see most often are; people who love warm color, people who love cool color, people opposed to gray, people who love gray, people who love green & blue/green, people who love subtle neutrals, and the renegades who love bold color. Most people fall into one of these categories. But there is a small, unique group that go for the violet & gold shades. In my experience, they are the minority, unafraid to step away from the norm a bit. As a designer, you’ve got to love the spirit :)

I’m currently working with a client who likes this combo. After completing a paint overhaul (hope to share pictures, it turned out well), we are working on art & accents for a den painted a gold-toned neutral. We are considering this poster (Art.com)…

And throw pillows in an array of color like this (Crate & Barrel)…

In the design process, I found a few inspiring rooms…

I love the subtlety! A touch of color here and there tempered by white, tan, and camel. The neutrals give this beautiful color room to breathe.

Sure feels like Spring! Fresh, happy and a little royal. What do you think?

(thank you House Beautiful, Real Simple, and House Beautiful, for the photos)

Trend Alert: Black & Gold.

It’s funny, this weekend I considered writing a post entitled, “5 things that kill your look” :) #1 on the list, old brass trim and fixtures. Nothing new, I’ve purged this issue before, see post. I still feel the same way…

Though perhaps the universe is insisting I open my mind to reinvention, because from this thought forward, I SAW NOTHING BUT BRASS (and it’s pairing with black) for the remainder of the weekend.

I was browsing at a local H&M, which was literally glowing with brass jewelry, next I tuned in to the Grammy’s and noticed a more than ironic number of girls dressed in gold and black. I thought Taylor Swift’s version was the best!

Come to think of it, I’ve seen some beautiful black and gold room designs lately…

It’s a powerful, edgy combination that I admit to being a little fascinated by. There’s sort of a mysterious Egyptian quality I would be willing to explore further…

Could you live in a black & gold world?

(thank you thefashion-court.com, homerejuvenation.com, eclecticrevisited.wordpress.com, decorpad.com for the images)

The color of sophistication.

BLACK. Formal, elegant, classic, timeless, powerful. The color we wear on significant days. The color that makes even a simple t-shirt feel important. The color that adds rich contrast to a room. The color a very fair girl like me wishes she could wear, ha ha. The color that is always chic in decorating.

I started thinking about the visual power of black after driving past a business with black awnings. They add a level sophistication that makes me want to learn more about the business.

See what I mean? We need some classical music streaming in the background…

Adorable Georgetown Cupcake, inside and out. Had to add a cupcake (it’s almost black).

And for your home…

(Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain)

I think every home needs a touch. Are you a fan?

(thank you Georgetown Cupcake and House Beautiful for the photos)