Yellow. Stop Three on the Rainbow.

 
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Yellow is quite possibly the happiest color.  The color of sunshine.  Evoking a warm and Hugged feeling!  It is the perfect color to create enthusiasm for life is said to awaken confidence and optimism. Well, who couldn't use that from time to time!!

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I have never used Yellow as the main star in any of my designs, however, I use it quite a bit as an accent.  Trim on furniture, in wallpaper ... and one of my most favorite treatments was when I used Benjamin Moore San Paolo Morning on my ceiling.  It gave a subtle sunshine warm glow to our kitchen even when the ground was covered in snow!

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And while it hasn't been "my" star ... this kitchen from Monet's Giverny home in France might be the best use of this color EVER!!

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I can imagine Monet's mornings here in this sun-washed space preparing to head outside to work his water lillies!

Yellow is always happy, and for me ... a little goes a long way!!  

Orange. Stop Two on the Rainbow.

 
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The Power Color.  Orange is joyous and thought to stimulate creativity.  For me ... it is just a happy color.  Bringing orange into a room makes it bright and cheerful.  This Master Bedroom, from my Peckham Hill project, is the perfect example of bringing in a strong color but not feeling garish because it is balanced by moody dark tones.  So rather than screaming ORANGE ... it whispers ... oh, come sit here and be happy!

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This bedroom cocoons you with its' moody walls, and the orange brings in the light making it cheerful by day and cozy, warm by night.

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Another one of my favorite projects Pleasant Street, features this fun boys bath.  The orange color scheme along with the turtles make it fun for a boy, but also grown up enough for a guest bath when needed.

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Orange might be my absolute favorite color.  I can wear it, live in it and look at it unendingly!  One of my very first "real" projects, almost 10 years ago, was this one from Wyndstone Way where orange takes center stage!

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Orange is powerful and happy!  Next time you need a little refresh ... think Orange!!  And just remember it truly is ... all in the MIX!

xokim

Paris Déco Off ... A Delightful Treasure Hunt for Designers!

I am so excited to share with you some of the photos I took while in Paris for the famous Paris Déco Off show that took place during the same week as Maison&Objet and Paris Fashion Week. The City was alive with inspiration!  The City of Light was open with such a beautiful welcome inviting us in to the private apartments and showrooms that normally are hidden behind the wondrous doors of Paris.  

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115 showrooms dedicated to showing off fabrics and wallpapers of some of the greatest design companies around the world were all decked out and easy to find with the beautiful linen lanterns acting as the X that marked the spot!  The showrooms were clustered in two areas of Paris, one on the Left Bank and one on the Right Bank.   With every corner I turned and saw new lanterns I truly felt like a child, wanting to run and be the first to uncover the treasure!

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You've no doubt heard that travel is the best gift we can give ourselves.  No matter where or how far from home.  Just taking yourself out of your normal routine opens your senses to new sights and tastes which elevates us to look at things differently (with more knowledge) when we return home.  The wallpapers and fabrics at Pierre Frey were some of my absolute favorites!

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The colors and textures were magnificent, and much to my personal delight, everything was done to the max.  No holding back.  If it was a neutral wallpaper like the one above from the Ralph Lauren Home showroom, the texture made it come to life.

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There was a multitude of very delicate but vibrant fabrics like the one above from Jean Paul Gaultier.  And yes, pinks are hot, but notice how it is anchored by the dotted black and white fabric, keeping it fresh and not too sweet.

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Thibaut's door design took my breath ... their window was a piece of artwork created from their own wallpapers and fabrics.

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The lights of Paris Deco Off have now gone out ... but the memory lingers brightly and I have come home with a new vigor to let my imagination run wild in my designs and not hold back!

xokim