When my blogger friend Pamela, of Haartfelt.com, asked me to help her design a nursery palette for a series she’s writing on building self-esteem in children, I jumped at the idea. While my babies are almost as tall as I am now, I have several friends who are preparing to welcome new little ones into their families, and my creative juices are positively sizzling for them. I mean, babies are great, but an excuse to redecorate a room in your house? Even better! (Just kidding, kids. I love you, not just your cute rooms.) The soft greens, gray, and yellow of this palette make me really happy, and I know… Keep Reading
When I think of the beach, I tend to think of it as I knew it growing up in Texas. Once as year, when we could, my family would get together and visit the beach along the Gulf of Mexico right around July 4th. It was hot, muggy, and so sunny it would sear your eyeballs, not to mention the bottom of your feet if you tried running barefoot on the crushed shells that made up most of the beach and surrounding streets. We didn’t care. It was paradise and still is, in my mind. So when I saw this picture, it seemed like such a different experience that it caught my… Keep Reading
How do I love thee, Coffee? Let me count the ways. I covet thy bracing strength, I crave thy comforting warmth, I thrive on thine aroma of hope and possibilities… My apologies to Mrs. Barrett Browning. I do so love a good cup of coffee, or three or four. I love it so much, I dedicated a whole Pinterest board to coffee. So when I ran across this picture (before having my morning coffee) it made me smile. One thing I love about coffee is its many nuances from bean to bean, and between different types of roasting processes. Naturally those nuances made me think of color. Take brown, for instance…. Keep Reading
Remember the pastels of the 80’s? Mint green, Miami Peach, and who could forget Dusty Rose? Believe me, I’ve tried. You may have noticed that in clothing, some of the 80’s styles are making a dubious comeback. I just saw stirrup pants the other day on a girl who was too young to know that she hadn’t invented that trend. And don’t even get me started on neon. Well, some of the pastels are making a comeback too, especially in home design. This fact caught my interest the other day as I was reading a decorating magazine (I have the best job in the world where reading House Beautiful is… Keep Reading
OK, let’s be honest here. Sometimes I just make up these palettes because I like to look at pretty pictures. I mean, look at this canyon picture! It’s got every color on the spectrum of yellow, orange, and red, and even a little dark raisin-y purple to ground it. I’m not sure what you’d use a super-warm palette like this for, but I just had to share it anyway. I hope this canyon palette brightens your day as it has mine.
This Olive Color Palette combines muted greens and red tones for contrast and interest, without overwhelming the senses. When I first saw this picture, I thought these were tiny apples, but upon closer inspection I realized they are olives. I hate the taste of olives (I can spot one a mile away and half buried in cheese on my pizza) but I do think they’re beautiful, especially in their natural state. They conjure images of Tuscan vineyards and sunny Italian hillsides. Color, like aroma, is such a good transporter! Photo credit: macro girl / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA
As the sleet falls outside my window, and the floor heater warms my toes under my desk, I find myself dreaming of faraway sunny places. Santorini, anyone? Time for a little getaway, even if it’s only virtual… When I was in college, I spent a semester in Italy. In the last few days before I was to return home to the states, I ran out of money. All I had was a train and ferry ticket that was good for anywhere in Europe, and a small bag of clothes on my back. So I set off for the furthest point I could get to, Greece. (This way I could… Keep Reading
Can you tell I’m ready for Spring? This Water Lily Palette kind of says it all. Its rich greens and purples look strong enough that you could almost step on them and float on the surface of the water. After all the grays and browns of winter, it’s time to put some color back into our lives!
A few weeks ago, my family went camping near Durango, Colorado, one of my favorite places on earth. It’s a haven for fly fishers, campers, and all sorts of outdoorsy types. I’m not really any of those things, but my husband and kids are, so in the name of fresh air and family time we packed up our camper, some hot dogs, and our ‘Dora’ fishing poles and set off for the wilderness. Well, it’s less of a wilderness, and more of a state park with about 30 other campers parked among the trees, but we were as happy as we could be. Other than a couple of unfortunate falling… Keep Reading
My life doesn’t always allow me to travel as much as I’d like, so sometimes I live vicariously through other folks who are actually globe trotting. Or at least driving farther than their local elementary school. Fortunately, my parents just took a trip to France, so I’ve been devouring all their stories and photos. This one particularly intrigued me, due to its unusual orientation and full spectrum of colors. It’s the view upwards toward the top of the dome of the Basilica Notre Dame, in Lyon. (Not to be confused with THE Notre Dame, in Paris.) The colors, by Valspar, are (left to right): Relaxed Navy Swiftly Green Pebble Creek Billiards… Keep Reading