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Blue and Mustard Palette

Here's another look at the 2" x 4" painting I just finished. The bright blue detail is created with such a cool product- it's a stamp designed by my most talented jeweler friend, Patrik Kusek. I'll have more details on this later, but suffice it to say it's a whole mat of tiny stampsĀ  meant for jewelers and others who work in metals and other molding mediums. Of course, I had to take a stab at creating something with paint. I'm loving experimenting with it and will have more paintings as my challenge continues. I came up with the color palette as I was working on a brew pub update. The combination of warm, cool, bright and muted creates a...

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Color in the City, Brooklyn Part 3

[caption id="attachment_5650" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="It's Spring and the flowers have sprung here in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn."][/caption] And I'm feeling right at home with my new friend, Ed Roth, founder and creator at Stencil 1 (which, by the way you, have to check out at Although I've admired his urban and playful stencils and books for years, we've only recently become acquainted. But, I know we're going to be fast friends when he guides me to our first stop, an adorable vintage shop on Roebling Street called RePop: [caption id="attachment_5652" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Ed's already making a purchase- man, this guy doesn't mess around!"][/caption] We saunter down a quiet old block of homes... to another quaint little shop, Brooklyn...

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Make it Good!

Sometimes you just have to break the boundaries and do something bold... Break the rules... [caption id="attachment_3518" align="aligncenter" width="430" caption="This room inspired the painting I did in my living room. I can't wait to have walls and architecture like so I can create something at least this beautiful!"][/caption] Live on the edge of taste... But whatever your do... Do it really really well so no one gets distracted by the execution... [caption id="attachment_3525" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="I painted this table and stools with horizontal stripes to add a little fun to a conservative room. I call it the Cheshire Table"][/caption] Then just own, enjoy it, and look for another bold move...

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Room for a New View

Whether you're tasked with decorating an authentic French chateau or making the most of a basement studio, it's easy to feel limited and overwhelmed by the task in front of you. Changing the way you approach decorating your space requires a simple change in the way you think about your room, and the questions you ask too. Regardless of your means and measures, the best way to start imagining your new room is by looking at positive solutions for negative or challenging things. Start re-training your resourceful mind like this: Instead of saying: I need a stand for my printer but what I see in stores is ugly. I don't want to spend any money on something I won't like....

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Good Stuff

I've slacked on blogging this week- there's much going on here in the Making Room for More camp. I'm working on some website stuff (can't wait to show you!), a big new article (so much fun!), contracts with clients, placing orders for that bedroom I showed you (remember what would you do week?), planning a little Holiday event... the plates are spinning, spinning... So, I'm keeping it simple this week with some fun tidbits I hope you enjoy, starting here! If by any chance you're flying Alaska Air in the near future, be prepared to read my tips about color in the Alaska Air's in flight magazine! The article starts on page 66, Creating New Spaces. Page 69 features my...

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