Luxe Loft: Collaboration with Fireclay Tile

Laid-back Luxe Inspired by a Minnesota Artist

My collaboration with Fireclay Tile is live and I could not be more excited to share the finished product with you! The "Luxe Loft" collection offers a blend of laid-back luxe using moody jewel tones and grounded neutrals. This is downtown style placed a against a backdrop of rich hues, organic finishes, and lustrous accents.

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A sculptural painting by the incredibly talented Sarah Lund Art (based out of Stillwater, MN) was the inspiration behind the concept.

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This stunning set of tiles includes a new glaze color by Fireclay Tile, Boundary Waters. The depth and richness of the color is gorgeous so definitely check it out.

Read the full Story, learn some of my favorite design tips, and order samples on the Fireclay website!

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Color Crush: Earthy Green

6 Unique Color Combinations for Earthy Greens

Lately I can't seem to get enough of earthy green colors. From my closet to my home decor....I want it everywhere! Which is why it's today's Color Crush. As I started playing around with earthy green color pairings it was hard to stop because there are so many ways to use this versatile and timeless hue. 

I've used Benjamin Moore paint swatches as a starting point but I also encourage you to think beyond painted walls. Experiment with these color palettes using fabrics, furniture, and accessories. 

All paint colors in this post are paired with Courtyard Green (546) by Benjamin Moore. 

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Benjamin Moore Paddington Blue

Pairing 1 - Energetic Blues
Benjamin Moore Paddington Blue (791)
An intense blue adds a lively punch to an earthy green. This particular blue reminds me of the semi-precious stone, Lapis Lazuli, another gorgeous color found in nature. 

Benjamin Moore Springhill Green

Pairing 2  - Yellow Greens
Benjamin Moore Springhill Green (412)
An earthy green paired with a yellow green is reminiscent of the tone on tone color palette found in foliage. Pantone named Greenery, a yellow green, the 2017 Color of the Year. Popular home decor products using this combination include palm tree and tropical prints on wallpaper and fabrics

Benjamin Moore Heirloom

Pairing 3 - Blush Pinks
Benjamin Moore Heirloom (023)
Blush pink or "millennial pink" continues to be a popular color and it pairs perfectly with earthy greens. If you love blush pink as much as I do, check out a previous Color Crush post to see more color palettes using blush pink

Benjamin Moore Tomato Tango

Pairing 4 - Red Based Oranges
Benjamin Moore Tomato Tango (CSP - 1145)
Red based oranges add a zesty twist to earthy greens. This is an easy way to add an unexpected pop of color to a room. If this red-orange feels too energetic, an alternative pairing is a burnt orange with more of a brown base. 

Benjamin Moore Smokey Taupe

Pairing 5 - Earthy Neutrals
Benjamin Moore Smokey Taupe (983)
Grays continue to be the neutral of choice. Try a warm gray to balance out and enhance an earthy green. 

Benjamin Moore Dalila

Pairing 6 - Sunny Yellows
Benjamin Moore Dalila (319)
A sunny yellow paired with a earthy green feels like a daily dose of summer indoors. Sunshine year-round, what more could you want?

 

Which color combination is your favorite? How would you use these color palettes in your own home? 

Designer Secrets to Selecting a Paint Color You Love

Based on years of experience as an interior designer, I share my paint selection tips that will decrease overwhelm and ensure that you select a color you love! 

Painting is a relatively easy and inexpensive way to update a room. However, selecting the perfect paint color and finish can be challenging. Last week I wrote about the emotional resistance that can arise when selecting paint, which I tie to our internal fear of getting a major life change "wrong."  Today I'm going to give you some practical tips, based on years of experience as an interior designer, that will help make this selection feel less overwhelming and ensure you end up with a color you love. Below are my top five designer tips for selecting paint colors. 

Designer Tips Paint Color Selection

1. Start with a reference point
If you aren't sure which color direction to go in a room look to the colors you are drawn to in the items you already own. This could be a piece of art, an area rug, throw pillows or other accessories. Pull your favorite color from these items and start to consider the options within that color family. If you are redecorating an entire space, leave the paint selection until other major elements are selected.  There are an infinite number of paint colors to select from, while items such as area rugs or upholstered furniture pieces might be more limited. Save yourself some trouble and wait until the end of your selections to select the paint.

2. Consider how you want the room to feel
Color plays a big role in how a space feels. For example, do you want your room to feel light and airy? Go light.  Or do you want the room to feel intimate and warm? If you are going for the later, consider a deep, saturated hue.

3. Get samples
This is the fun part, but have some restraint. Just because you can take home all of the samples doesn't mean that you should. The more you take with you the greater the chance you will feel overwhelmed when you get back home. Start by pulling lots of options but see if you can narrow things down before leaving the store. If you can, bring your reference point (or a photo) to the store so you can easily eliminate options that are clearly not going to work. 

3. Hang samples on the wall to narrow down your choices
Once you have a few front-runners, tape the samples to the wall. It's important to hang the samples on the wall because that's how you will actually experience the color - not looking from above if they are spread out on a table. Remember, adjacent colors can change your perception of a hue. Isolate the particular swatch in consideration and hang something neutral, such as a blank piece of paper, behind the swatch if necessary. 

4. Consider finish
Finish is both a practical and aesthetic consideration. From a practical standpoint, a matte finish is not as durable as an eggshell finish but it is easier to touch up. A finish with a higher sheen wipes clean easily but it will emphasize imperfections on the wall. With that said, paint technology continues to improve and the matte finishes are getting more durable. Showrooms such as Hirshfields are a great resource on the latest paint types. From an aesthetic standpoint using multiple finishes can create interest and variety in the design. 

5. Test the color(s) and leave up for at least one day
Do a test sample on all four walls in the room you are going to paint. I recommend doing all four walls as the color can actually look different depending on its orientation in the room. Look at the samples throughout the day to see what the color looks like with different light sources (natural vs artificial) and at different times of day. Certain color undertones may be highlighted or be less noticeable depending on these factors. You'll want to make sure the color appeals to you at all times. 

A last piece of advice is to not over analyze. There are so many colors available it's easy to drive yourself crazy. Remember, you can always repaint! Do you plan to repaint any rooms in your home? What are the biggest challenges you face when committing to something new for your home? 

PS - If paint selection or other home decisions are stressing you out I share my tips to prevent design and remodeling decision burnout in a past article which can be found here.

A Can of Paint and New Beginnings

Sealed within a can of paint is a sense of revitalization, possibility, and new beginnings. 

Painting a room seems to be one of everyone's favorite ways to transform a room. This makes sense. Color can dramatically alter the look and feel of a space, the materials are relatively inexpensive, and, if so inclined, most of us have enough skill to complete the job ourselves. But what about the less tangible allure of a fresh coat of paint? I'd argue that sealed within that metal can is a sense of revitalization, possibility, and a new beginning. 

A Can of Paint and New Beginnings

Consider when fresh paint is often applied. Often it is because a room is about to serve a new purpose. There is change in your own life. You move into your first home and want to put your mark on the space. Perhaps a room is converted into a home office where you will begin your entrepreneurial adventure. Or, the former guestroom will become a nursery where you'll spend sleepless nights, experience moments of joy as you hear a first giggle, and realize with utter frustration this tiny human does, in fact, have a mind of their own. 

When I look at selecting paint with my designer eyes I see the technical aspects explaining why it can be so difficult. Extrapolating how a tiny sample will appear when the color is applied to all four walls or understanding the nuances of color undertones can be tricky, but what about the emotional aspects of choosing a paint color? When there is little certainty around life changes, as there rarely is, we can cling to things we can have control over. Could it be that the pressure we put on ourselves to get our new beginning "right" transfers to a concrete decision we can make right now - like a can of paint? 

Does this idea resonate with you? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

PS - Advice on how to select paint colors is one of the most common requests I receive. Next week I'll share my designer secrets to selecting a paint color you love. Stay tuned. 

Personalized Stationary & Happy Holidays!

May Your Days Be Merry, Bright, & Beautiful!

Who else feels like December is going way too fast?! Before the rest of the month passes by in a flash I want to tell each and every one of you Happy Holidays! This time of year can be so busy. I hope that you all carve out some moments to rest, refuel, and reflect as we head into the New Year.

I started some of my holiday shopping earlier this month and had to share a product that has just delighted me! May Designs is an affordable, yet high quality, personalized stationary and notebook line. There are so many options for customization - there really is something for everyone on your list!

Personalized Stationary by May Designs

Personalized Stationary by May Designs

Mica May, the founder, did an interview on one of my favorite podcasts, The Lively Show, which is how I originally heard of the company. Mica May's story of how she got to where she is today piqued my interest and the beautiful designs she offers made me a true fan.  

A few of my May Designs creations

A few of my May Designs creations

The photo above shows a sampling of the products I've ordered. I had a lot of fun selecting the designs, colors, and fonts. Here is a round-up of what is shown.

  • Teacher Gifts - Coordinating personalized notebooks and stationary
  • Happy Holidays Card - I plan to use these for gift cards and notes of appreciation (shown at top of post)
  • Baby Milestone Notebook - I learned the first time around that while all of these moments are incredibly special it's actually very hard to remember all of them! Now I have a pretty way to record these events.
  • A Treat for Myself - I love to send and to receive handwritten notes so stationary for personal use was a must :) 

I'll be signing off for the rest of the year to enjoy some extra time with family, especially my little guy when his preschool's winter break starts up. We are hoping to have lots of mommy adventures! I'll be back in the New Year with new content which I can't wait to share. If there is anything you're loving, want to see more of, or even a question you'd like to see answered in 2017 leave a comment!

Color Crush: Blush Pink

Versatile Color Combinations for Blush Pink

Spring is here and it's the perfect time to celebrate the many ways to incorporate blush pink into your home décor. Pantone, the world-renowned authority on color, named Rose Quartz, a blush pink, one of the colors of the year. While blush pink has been identified as trending, I think it's a very classic and versatile hue. Using Benjamin Moore paint colors, I've created five color palettes centered on blush pink to get you started.

Benjamin Moore Blush Pink Tissue Pink Color Combinations Pantone

The blush pink shown in the color palettes is Benjamin Moore paint color Tissue Pink (1163).
Pairing colors are listed below.

Pairing 1 - Neutrals
A crisp white and a deep warm gray take blush pink from sweet to sophisticated. Pairing black with blush pink is also a classic combination. 
Benjamin Moore - Dragon's Breath (1547)
Benjamin Moore - Cloud White (967)

Pairing 2 - Coral & Bright Pink
The orange undertones of coral and a sugary punch of pink makes this soft pink look fresh and feminine.
Benjamin Moore - Coral Gables (2010-40)
Benjamin Moore - Pink Popsicle (2001-40)

Pairing 3 - Hunter & Spring Green
Add a masculine touch to blush pink with hunter green. Alternately, channel warmer weather ahead with a yellow-based spring green.
Benjamin Moore - Peale Green (HC-121)
Benjamin Moore - Spring Meadow (486)

Pairing 4 - Navy & Light Blue
Go bold with navy for high contrast or go light and pair blush pink with a pastel blue. In 2016, for the first time ever, Pantone selected two colors of the year. What color did Pantone choose to pair with Rose Quartz? Serenity, a light blue.
Benjamin Moore - Hale Navy (HC-154)
Benjamin Moore - Sweet Innocence (2125-60)

Pairing 5 - Burgundy or Eggplant
The brown undertones of burgundy and eggplant add a layer of warmth of coziness to blush pink.
Benjamin Moore - Fresco Urbain (1253)
Benjamin Moore - New London Burgundy (HC-61)

Light pink is so often associated with baby girl rooms. While that is certainly one way to incorporate the color into your home, I hope I've shown you how adaptable the hue can be. How would you choose to utilize blush pink? Do you have a favorite color combination?