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Minding the Repeat- Week 5

I'm used to working within parameters of a project; the client's desires, the limitations or possibilities of a room or surface, following existing design elements... I'm also accustomed to working on a large scale; painting walls, ceilings, furniture, creating and producing videos, choosing exterior paint colors for San Francisco's gingerbread Victorians, creating color palettes for a paint brochure... So, committing to these small weekly paintings has had me working way, WAY, out of my comfort zone. But 5 weeks and 5 paintings in, I think I'm starting to get the hang of it. I'm always inspired by textile and wallpaper design. Lately I've been really caught up in Navajo style patterns... The shapes are so dynamic... And the colors so...

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Creating a Mood- Color Palettes that Glow

Those of you who follow me on Facebook know that I like to post photos from my power walks. Recently, I read that some experts are calling Emerald Green the 'Color of 2013'. So, when I ran into this most amazing scene along the Crystal Springs Reservoir near my home in Burlingame, California, I had to imagine a room that evoked this magical setting. Here's what I came up with: [caption id="attachment_7454" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Deep dark green walls. Preferably, layers of green blending to this deep black emerald color with a wax finish..."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_7452" align="aligncenter" width="471" caption="A gorgeous dark brown sofa like the modern piece inspired by the old English Chesterfield style sofa from Jayson Home & Garden..."][/caption] [caption...

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See the Writing on the Wall

From the time I remember learning to write I also remember admiring my mother’s handwriting. Actually, both of my parents have beautiful handwriting. They never forced or even talked about it, that I recall. But they did both seem to take pride in their penmanship. So when other kids sat in church doodling houses and airplanes on the church programs, I’d ask my mom to lay out handwriting exercises lining up rows of hash marks and stacking dashes so I could practice matching the angles and sizes of my letters to her marks. I did it over and over. We must’ve all done it because each of my brothers and sisters have their own unique and gorgeous style writing. [caption...

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Living on the Edge- woooo

I'm always bummed when people shy away from color... I know it feels scary, but when it's done well... it's just so much better than the drab alternative. When tradition... is bucked (thank goodness) for something fresh... it's just so darn- um- refreshing! Take this house just a couple of blocks from my home... Can you really tell me that 'safe' colors are attractive? (say it together with me- NOOO!) They're not safe, they don't have curb appeal- they're terrible! I'd rather see a hot mess of an orange house than this because at least it means someone tried. Note: It takes just as much effort to pick boring neutrals as it does bad colors- not much at all. So...

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HGTV knows my favorite color- do you?

Sorry I've been mia these past several weeks. There's been so much brewing- feels like I've been running like an Olympian relay racer! You know, I generally prefer to tell stories and put together color palettes- I'll definitely get back to that, I promise! But today, I'm bursting at the seems with excitement over some good stuff. Check it out: In Jeannie Matteucci's Psychology of Color articles for HGTV's Remodels website, I got to chime in with my tips for the best ways to choose and use color in your home- you know how I love color! Here's a sneak peak at why green remains my all time favorite color... and read on about all of the colors and advice...

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