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

Red. Stop One on the Rainbow.

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The Color of Love.  No wonder Red is the first color of the Rainbow.  Evoking emotions of passion, willpower, sexuality ... and also rage, anger and aggression.  Red is emotionally intense ... in one direction or the other! 

I tend to want to change room colors alot because I love the experiment in it all ... but if you find yourself really looking to change a color in your home, listen carefully to yourself.  You may need a mood change.  The Red Room above was one of my favorites and was such a comforting and cozy room to retire to each evening.  However, some people under alot of stress or easily agitated may not find this same solace.  Each stage in our lives bring different emotional needs.  Do you ever wonder why little girls LOVE pink rooms and then as they approach their tween age they want something different. It is not just because they are fickle!!  At that age, generally, emotions run high and Pink begins to become a little irritating and no longer happy and restful. 

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Balance is also key ... this room is completely wrapped in Red, but the furnishings are neutral and full of texture.   Gold on the ceiling brings warmth, evoking the feel of sunshine and sheer JOY!

So next time you want to change a color of a room, ask yourself not only the "use" of the room, but how do you want it to make you "feel".  And don't be surprised if this changes over time!

Design is not just about making beautiful spaces ... more importantly it is about creating a "well" space for you and your family for health and happiness.

xokim