Friday, February 26, 2010

Color of the Year

Every year Pantone, the global authority on color, announces the "Color of the Year." They use lots of criteria to make this choice, one of them being the state of the economy. They have chosen turquoise as 2010 Color of the Year. In their press release they said that turquoise "is an inviting, luminous hue that combines the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green."

It "evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical water and a languorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of well being." It seems like the perfect color for us at this point in time.

Colors help change our moods, some favorably and some not so favorably. Turquoise is a color that appeals to both men and women and most people respond favorably. Something that the fashion industry has known for a long time is that the color is universally flattering. It has cool undertones as well as warm undertones which allows it to be used with all the colors in the spectrum.

New colors generally are seen first in the fashion industry and gradually move into home furnishings. So we'll probably see the turquoise in some home decor products in the spring and by fall the collections will expand.

Of coarse, not everyone will want to use turquoise so check back in a few days and I'll tell you what other colors to expect to see this year.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Icicles, One of Nature's Wonders

We create beautiful interior spaces with a lot of planning; but, nothing can compare with the natural occuring beauty of nature.

Arched Windows

Arched windows are beautiful in themselves. Add a special window treatment and they really stand out.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

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Thursday, February 18, 2010


I love mirrors. They can be used to reflect something beautiful, make a room seem larger, or just add a wonderful decorative touch to a room. Small ones can be grouped together on a wall in place of artwork. Also, use smaller ones as trays.

Monday, February 15, 2010


How ironic that the day after Valentine's Day I read a report that says chocolate is actually good for me! It has to do with something called polyphenol flavonoids. I've been telling my husband for years that dark chocolate (my favorite kind) is good for me. His response is that I'm just trying to justify how much chocolate I eat. Now I have proof and I'm certainly going to make sure I show him this report. The same report says that coffee is good for me, too. Yes!!! Two of my favorite things I can now consume with no guilt.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Red Is In The Air

Red is the color associated with Valentine's hearts, red roses, red wrappings, red dresses and on and on...
Red is a strong color and a little goes a long way. Even though it has been a very popular decorating color for several years, many people use more subtle colors in their homes.
On this special day a little red can add a splash of color and maybe a few sparks to a table for two. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Snow Days

I got up today to see a decorated landscape. It's ironic that yesterday I sent out my newsletter titled "Don't Use This Color". The color I was referring to is white. Yes, white is beautiful in nature, but, doesn't make much of an impact on interior decor unless you are using a black and white scheme. In Japan white symbolizes death, in eastern cultures it symbolizes coldness and sterility. When everything in nature is covered with snow it looks pure and feels peaceful.
In interior spaces cream and green can create feelings of calm. Some shades of blue are calming also.