Pantone color of the year and Barry Dixon

It just so happened that the same day Barry Dixon came to Boston to give a talk on color was the same day that Pantone announced Marsala was it’s pick for color of the year.

Boy, did the reddish brown color choice cause controversy! Social media just about blew up after the announcement and comments were about five to one against the color. Interior designers were especially harsh voicing comments like “the 80’s called and wants their color back” and “Pantone is way off the mark on this one”. I personally was simply surprised by the choice as this was not a color that was on my radar. Oxblood Red yes, but Marsala is much more muted than oxblood and is more purple.

Now that I’ve had a few days to adjust to Marsala, I don’t love it or hate it. It’s really all about context and what colors are being paired with it. It would look quite nice as an accent color with dark greens, blues, or gold.  Is this a color that I will be suggesting my client’s paint their walls? highly doubtful, but then again, I never suggested last years color Radiant Orchid either.

The thing to remember is that the Pantone color of the year is all about marketing and I would say they hit a home run in that respect. It got everyone talking and even made the national news that evening.

Now, back to Barry Dixon. The talk was so timely because his idea on color is just the opposite of Pantone. Whereas Pantone is all about what’s hot right now, Dixon is all about timeless, classic beauty. He opened his talk with a beautiful image of a room the we all assumed was completed recently. He surprised us all by saying the room was done fifteen years ago.  So what is his secret for choosing a timeless interior color palette? He looks out the window.

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Barry Dixon

Pretty simple right? If you bring the natural surrounding colors into your home it will never be out of style. According to Dixon, “steal color from the outside elements-the sea, the sky, evening blues, lavenders, purples and grays”.

With his new paint line for C2 paint, Dixon did exactly that. He studied the surrounding colors on his farm in Virginia. He looked not only at the obvious like the grassy fields and surrounding trees and flowers but at hay bails, fence posts and the winter sky just before a snow fall. He “stole” the color of the eggs his hens lay and the early morning fog rolling across his lawn. He looked at the many colors of the sunset and sunrise and even the fur on his dog.

Barry Dixon

Barry Dixon

So here are my two take-aways from both the color of the year and Barry Dixon.

#1. Color preference is really personal and if you are not a fan of Marsala we have a saying, “if you don’t like the weather in New England just wait a few minutes” Mark Twain….. if you don’t like Marsala just wait twelve months.

#2. Nature never gets it wrong…if you bring the surrounding outside colors into your home it will always feel fresh.

SOOOOO what side of the fence are you on? trending or timeless?

 

Friday’s Photo: Lighting love at ICFF

Another colorful find that stopped me in my tracks at the ICCF while on BlogTourNYC.  This collection of gorgeous colored bottles makes me want to open a restaurant just so that I can put these over the bar area.

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(as much as I tried I can not find the vendor info on these lights. Please email me if you know who it is)

Have a color filled weekend everyone!

CitizenM Hotel NYC

One thing I have always wanted to do is visit NYC around the holidays. I want to see all the lights and window displays and get into the holiday spirit. I talked my husband into going down for a weekend and I’m thinking of booking a couple nights at the Hotel I stayed at while on BlogTourNYC, the CitizenM NYC. This might be the perfect choice because of the great location (right in Times Square) and mid range price. There are a few trade offs though…like room size and amenities (no room service here folks).

Here is my photographic overview…you can let me know what you think.

CitizenM NYC

CitizenM NYC

I knew instantly I was going to like this hotel when we pulled up and I saw a red horse’s head and a bunch of interesting collectibles styled in the outside bookcase.

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The lobby is hip, fun, and full of art work. There are so many cool things to look at (besides the guests) and the staff who help with check in are some of the nicest I have ever encountered.

CitizenM NYC Lobby

CitizenM NYC Lobby

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Green plant like material sandwiched between glass is the Hotel’s interpretation of a living wall.

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Everywhere you look there are fun collections and pieces of art to discover.

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What’s not to love about a hula girl on top of vintage books in a glass case?

Even the outside courtyard is full of design.

CitizenM NYC outside Patio

CitizenM NYC outside Patio

Okay, now that I have won you over with the lobby, let me show you one of the rooms.

CitizenM NYCOkay, so the rooms are small..very small. In fact, I would call them pod-like. They DO however have all the essentials one really needs; a bed, a toilet/shower combo and a TV.  Here is the room I stayed in last April. (I actually have my back pressed against the door while taking this picture).

That mini tablet on the round table is the master controller of the room and with it you can do everything from change the room temperature to choose the art work you want displayed or the the music you want to listen to.

Note, that’s not a photograph behind the bed..it’s the view out the window!

Lastly, I doubt in December we will have the opportunity to have drinks on the roof but that was certainly a high point of our May BlogTourNYC trip.

CitizenM roof top bar

CitizenM roof top bar

Since my husband doesn’t read my blog he will have no idea what he’s in for.  So what do you think? Can I get away with the tiny bedroom for a couple of nights?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

Friday’s Photo: Bespoke Global at ICFF

Even though BlogTourNYC was last May, I feel like it was just last month. Somehow, the time has just flown by.  Modenus and their sponsors have already taken another lucky group of bloggers to California (BlogTourCali) and as I write this post I’m sure another fabulous trip is already in the planning.

This photo, taken while touring the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) was from the Bespoke Global booth.  I love everything about this little vignette. The textures, the shapes and the different hues of neutrals. Also, what’s not to love about a Koi fish table?

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Koi table by Zelouf and Bell

Kawa Pendants by Souda

Feather wall by Abyu Lighting

Getting back to BlogTourNYC, I still have hundreds of images to go through and edit. Over the next few weeks I plan to dedicate my weekly Friday’s Photo to more fabulous products and design discovered while on the trip.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone. I will be in Providence Rhode Island taking an architectural color class with Teresa Tullio. As always, I’ll be sure to pass on any info that I think would be helpful to you my readers.

 

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.

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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!

 

Trend Alert: Mad about plaid

Being of half Scottish heritage, I think I have plaid in my DNA. My maiden name is MacFarlane and as a kid I remember my dad wearing a bright orange and green tie that was “The MacFarlane Plaid”. My mother joked she thought it was one of the ugliest plaids and that she should have married a Campbell because she much preferred that clan’s dark green and navy plaid.

Plaid, or Tartan actually goes back as far as 100 BC, created by ancient Celtic populations. As early as the Roman conquest of Britain in Julius Caesar’s day, the Celts of Scotland and Ireland wore primitive tartans. Each clan or tribe wore their own unique plaid which was associated with their specific region or district of the country. Your clan’s plaid colors and pattern would quickly identify you as friend or foe. Actually, not unlike the Bloods (red) and Crips (Blue) of today.

I’ve always associated plaid with European country homes, Ralph Lauren, rustic cabins and Christmas like in these images below.

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Technically, plaid is really not a trend since it’s been around for centuries but what I have started to see is a new interpretation of plaid. A fresh spin so to speak with updated colors like on this chair I spotted last week at the Boston Design Center.

Fushia plaid chair at Boston Design center

Fushia plaid chair at Boston Design center

I wonder if any of  my clansmen ancestors would have worn fushia plaid even if the dyes were available at the time.

Plaid rugs are becoming very on trend. This is the latest window display at Stark carpet at the Boston Design center.

Stark Carpet

Stark Carpet

Plaids are also on full display at Kravet Fabric with at least a dozen panels displaying plaids in almost every color and size.

Kravet Plaid Fabrics

Kravet Plaid Fabrics

Plaid is one of those prints that has a lot of personality so if you really love it take a look at this room done by Anthony Baratta.

Anthony Baratta

Anthony Baratta

A more subtle way to bring in plaid is to use it on the floor like in this fresh and airy beach house designed by Victoria Hagan.

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Victoria Hagan

Using plaid on a piece of furniture is also a fun way to bring in plaid without too much of a commitment.

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BHS design

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Also, don’t forget about pillows and accessories as a way to add a bit of plaid.

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Since this post is about plaid I want to share with you one of my most coveted possessions. This tiny book entitled Scottish Clans and Their Tartans has been passed down the generations and has ended up with me. It is so old that there is no publish date on it. My great grandfather’s name is written on the inside in pencil but it might go back even farther.

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The book gives a brief history of all the Scottish clans with their corresponding plaid. Here is my ancestral plaid on the left and my late mother’s favorite, the Campbell plaid on the right.

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I agree that the MacFarlane plaid isn’t for everyone but at least it makes a statement!

How about you? What do you think of the return of plaid?

 

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