The scariest color I’ve ever chosen

I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving and enjoyed some down time with family and friends (and maybe some shopping). I had a nice relaxing day on Thanksgiving but Friday, Saturday and Sunday I was working like a fiend. You see it all started with this rug.

Stanton carpet

Stanton Carpet

I won this beautiful leopard print Stanton carpet on Lisa Mende’s blog  giveaway. I knew the moment I found out I won that it would be the starting point of my long overdue office makeover. I have been working in a mess of a too small office for way too long.  Samples, files and folders were stacked everywhere, my bookcase was an over stuffed mess and all the furniture was old cheap junk that needed to be either tossed or donated.

You know the saying, you throw a pebble into a lake and a tsunami happens in China. Well that is exactly what has gone down. Since my office was just a small room off our “formal” living room and we NEVER use our living room I decided to make both the little office AND the living room my office.

SOOOO all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday I painted…both rooms! Now as you know, I am not afraid of color. In fact, the living room walls up until Friday were a rich dark green. Perfect for sitting in a cozy setting with a book and glass of wine…except it never happened. We are almost always in the family room so taking it over as my office made perfect sense. Since the usage is changing I want the room to feel light, bright and airy. I want the walls to be a clean backdrop for all my colorful samples, design books and artwork. I made the decision to paint the walls in both the small and the large room WHITE.

I will admit it was a scary for me to pick White. In all my years, I have never had White walls; plenty of light neutrals, but never White. I struggled a bit with which White (it had to be a warm White since the room gets a lot of blue/green reflected light from the outside trees) but I did not want a yellowy or creamy white. I ended up choosing a white with a slight red undertone called Marshmallow by Sherwin Williams. I tried their new no VOC Harmony paint and I have to say it went on so smoothly and had absolutely no odor.

Painting over that dark green was dramatic and it didn’t help that my husband walked in half way through telling me he liked the green better.

green wall

 

I will admit I had a moment of doubt mid way through because White by itself isn’t too exciting. I held on to my vision for the rooms though and kept on painting. The two rooms are about 75% painted and here is a sneak peak of the walls (yes, I have a blue ceiling).

white walls(On Sunday when I took this picture it was raining outside so the light was terrible and the walls look blotchy, which they are not).

I am so happy with how it turned out. It is light and bright just as I wanted. I’m on a roll now but I have so much more to do including having window treatments  made, wallpapering a focal wall and deciding on storage pieces. My big splurge is a custom walking desk that is currently being made in North Carolina. I hope to have it by Christmas and I will show it off as soon as it arrives.

Once everything is done I will show you the full makeover (including the embarrassing “before” photos).  Oh…and just so that you don’t think my new office will be lacking in color, here are a few elements that will be incorporated.

office color palette

I am so excited to finally have an office I can spread out in and feel inspired and energized by. I just know 2015 is going to be a great year. How about you? Do you have/like white  walls? If so, how do you bring in color?

 

 

 

 

Friday’s Photo: C.R. Laine and Tracy Hiner statement walls

One of the most talked about, Tweeted, Instagramed and photographed showrooms at Fall High Point Market was the C.R. Laine showroom. Not only was their furniture and new decor beautiful but the walls…oh my goodness… THE WALLS!

The custom designed wallpaper by Tracy Hiner of Black Crow Studios blew me away. Giant bright pink flowers on a rich black background made the walls the art and the art the walls.

Black Crow Studios

photo courtesy of Tracy Hiner, Black Crow Studios

I am completely smitten…Gorgeous don’t you think??

Have a great weekend everyone and be sure to check out more awesome wallpaper from Tracy and Black Crow studios HERE.

 

Friday’s Photo: Benjamin Moore’s color of the year

The BIG announcement of the “color of the year” by the Pantone Color Institute will be announced probably mid November.This is the color pick everyone waits to hear about with baited breath and will be splashed all over the media.

Over the past few years, some of the larger paint companies have also jumped on the band wagon and have their own pick for color of the year.

Benjamin Moore has announced that Guilford Green HC-116  is their pick for color of the year.

guilford green

This fresh silvery green is the centerpiece for Benjamin Moore’s entire 2015 color trend collection. You can check out the whole 2015 color trend collection here.

Have a great weekend everyone!

 

Out of my color comfort zone

Living in New England, I must admit I am spoiled when it comes to the surrounding environmental colors. Lush green trees, sparkling blue waters, pure white snow against crisp blue skies and brilliant yellows, oranges and reds of the Fall foliage. That’s why I was so out of my color comfort zone last week while vacationing in Arizona. I joked on Facebook that I felt like I had landed on another planet, either that or I was in Afghanistan. At first I just didn’t get why everyone told me how beautiful Arizona is. I saw only brown, grey/green and terracotta and to me it looked depressing and barren.

Scottsdale AZ

Scottsdale AZ

After a few days though, my visual color meter adjusted and my color comfort zone expanded. By the time we left I had a new found appreciation of the all the subtle earth tones. I saw so much beauty in the Arizona color palette. As we drove north from Scottsdale to the North rim of the Grand Canyon I couldn’t get enough. Here are some of my favorite color palettes.

Scottsdale Arizona

Scottsdale Arizona

Terracotta and sage green were the primary colors of our drive north to the Grand Canyon.

View from Najaho Bridge

View from Navajo Bridge

I loved the layers upon layers of soft pinks and browns.

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layer upon layer of soft neutrals

I saw so few bright colors while in AZ that when I did see one it really popped out against the quiet neutrals.

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Bright red stop sign in the desert

Approaching the North Rim of the Canyon was eye opening. There was a huge fire in 2012 and the mountains sides were stripped clean of all vegetation. In the years since, the hills are reforesting and bright yellow Aspen trees are the first to re-establish.

Yellow Aspen trees re-establishing forest growth.

Yellow Aspen trees re-establishing forest growth.

The bright yellow of the trees against the chard black tree trunks was surreal and looked like an abstract painting.

North Rim Grand Canyon

North Rim Grand Canyon

The grand Canyon itself is layer upon layer of browns, reds, grays and greens.

Sedona AZ

Sedona AZ

The red rocks of Sedona are of course world famous. When the sun hits them in the evening they almost glow.

One of the things I loved most about Arizona is something we don’t have here in New England and that is “big sky”. How can you not love a huge expanse of blue sky dotted with white clouds?

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To me, these colors are breathtakingly beautiful; soft neutrals against a clean blue sky. Nature never gets it wrong does she?

What do you think of the Arizona colors?

Friday’s Photo: A study in turquoise

Happy Friday! Today I want to share this beach inspired turquoise study from the Holiday House Hampton Show House.

Bjornen Design /Linda Holt Photo

Bjornen Design /Linda Holt Photo

This small study just off the main living room was designed by Bjornen Design.  The designer said since the Hamptons are all about the beach and horses, the sea horse lamp was his inspiration and starting point for the whole room. I love the turquoise and sandy beige color palette and the drift wood like coffee table.  The wall paper and carpet reference the ripples of the ocean waves and the beach inspired accessories like the sea glass balls and the nautilus fossil remind you this is the Hamptons.

My favorite part of the room though are the black and white photos which ground the room and keep it from looking too themed.

This room was one of my favorites. What do you think?

Color Inspiration from 100 years ago

Last week international color guru Leatrice Eisman gave a color talk at the Boston MFA. Eiseman just might have one of the best jobs on the planet if you like art, fashion and travel. She travels the world in order to pick up “clues” about color and observes which ones are trending….hint…blues are still hugely popular everywhere and mauve is trending big time in Europe. On any given day she might be at a fashion show in Paris, or at a furniture show in Milan, an art show in New York or even a skate park in Barcelona.

After Eisman’s talk I checked out the new American quilt exhibit. I was just blown away by the artistry and color combinations of these 100+ year old quilts. To put it into context, many of these quilts were made by woman in a very rural setting. There were no color experts guiding them as to what colors were trending. There were no color blogs, fashion magazines or TV and in most cases the quilts were sewn in the evening by candle light. Somehow these woman put together color combinations that are as “on trend” today as if they were made yesterday. Here are a few of my favorites.

This one almost seemed to vibrate as you looked at it.

quilt1

The detail on this one was amazing.

quilt2

 The quilts were large..can you imagine how long it took to make each one?
orange and black

pinwheels

I even spotted one in Pantone’s color of the year: Radiant Orchard

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Aren’t they amazing? If you get a chance to visit the MFA I highly recommend checking them out.

Which one is your favorite?

Looking to update your home this Spring? Give me call, I can help.

 

Trending color at High Point Market

One thing I heard over and over at High Point last week was how everyone was so excited about all the color in the showrooms. Evidently for the past few years the showrooms have been awash with shades of gray and white.

As someone who is passionate about color I was on high alert for colors I saw as trending. I saw plenty of blues and greens and also purples (no surprise since Pantone picked Radiant Orchard as their color for 2014). What I didn’t except though was a color that hasn’t gotten a whole lot of love lately and that is RED! Not the deep dark “oxblood red” of the past few years but big bold tomato red!

Take a look at some of these gorgeous showroom where Red was definitively the center of attention.

Alexa hampton

Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair: Linda Holt Photo

 Possibly my favorite show room in all of High Point was this teal and red room for Hickory Chair by Alexa Hampton.

red and turquoise for C R laine

C.R. Laine showroom: Photo Linda Holt photo

C.R. Laine    showed vibrant tomato red with aqua. A hot/cool color combination I have always loved.

Wesley Hall Showroom: Photo Linda Holt

Wesley Hall paired red with charcoal and creamy white for this fresh looking showroom with fabrics from Tilton Fenwick.

C R Laine showroom: Linda Holt Photo

The above vignette was also at C.R. Laine; Don’t you love that red leather stool and red coral art work paired with the red trellis patterned chair?

Mary McDonald

Mary McDonald for Chaddock: Photo Linda Holt

Mary McDonald used gray and white for her new line for Chaddock Home but look what she used as her accent color! If you look to the left there is the most beautiful red leather and brass side table. That floor by the way was one of my favorite elements of the show.

I have SO MUCH more to share but for now I wanted to spread the news that Red is trending!

What do you think of red? Do you use it in your home?

If you would like help updating your home for Spring or want to incorporate red into your home, give me call!

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