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Final Notes on Monochrome

This book, Monochrome, has been huge inspiration. Here are a few more amazing rooms that might inspire you too! [caption id="attachment_5224" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Paula Rice Jackson compiled some of the most elegant, subtle and sophisticated rooms expertly done in one color. But your room doesn't have to be high end to look amazing..."][/caption]     [caption id="attachment_5223" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Another Saladino special: classic and opulent, but the honey tones and raw wood give the room a casual and comfortable feel"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_5222" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Cheery yellow and burlap make for a sweet library for anyone looking for a good read"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_5400" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Saladino designed these pieces. You'll see versions of them in most of his interiors"][/caption]    ...

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Monochromatic Plan- Again

You probably thought we were done with this little pillow, but no! Let's tackle this monochromatic thing from the other direction and focus on the sage green background of our little bolster. Funny enough, I'm finishing up a green bedroom where this pillow would fit beautifully (that wasn't planned- I swear!). Wish I could show you the finished photos, but we're still waiting for the custom duvet. You'll be the first to know when it's all ready. 'Til then, here's the plan: [caption id="attachment_5200" align="aligncenter" width="339" caption="I chose a tall curvy headboard to create a focul point for this oddly shaped room. Placed in front of busy built-ins the piece will also help the room feel more spacious and tidy"][/caption]...

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Hypothetically speaking... a Monochromatic Color Scheme

Okay, we're going to tackle a monochromatic scheme for your home. Start with a room of your choosing. I'll start with this one: [caption id="attachment_5171" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="I like the dark floors, black window trim, and hefty molding in this cozy room. The view isn't horrible either."][/caption] Got your inspiration piece? Take a good look at it and jot down the defining points like color, style, look, feel. They don't have to technically correct, just describe the piece to help you define your theme. I'll demonstrate with this bolster (below) I found on Jayson Home and Garden. Saffron and sage in color, it has a vintage feel that's exotic, rustic and elegant. I'm immediately drawn to the architectural pattern and...

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One Color, Infinite Ideas

It's been a spooky warm winter here in the San Francisco Bay Area and I for one feel parched (must be my Oregonian blood)... But it's raining today! [caption id="attachment_5122" align="aligncenter" width="338" caption="Local photographer, Kurt Rogers, captures San Francisco so beautifully"][/caption] Ahhhh, feels like I'm standing by the sink drinking a full glass of water from the faucet in one gulp knowing I'll fill my cup again as soon as the last drop hits my throat. Californians aren't known for embracing this weather (you'd think the occasional change in climate would be welcome here!). They call it dreary. But I see colors come to life and textures jump to the foreground... somehow perspective even seems to get deeper... I love...

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