Monday, August 10, 2009

New Mexico News! Plus a recap for the New Mexico readers

I will be attending the Annual Landowners Meeting and will have a table Saturday afternoon, August 15th at the Mountainair Activity Complex with builders, contractors and fellow designers. I am also donating two books, stained glass artwork and 1 hour of free design consultation to the auction. I’d love to meet my new neighbors and further discuss my Kitchen and Bath Design services.

“Fear No Color” tips from article in Su Casa Magazine, Author Linda Applewhite

Take cues from nature
• Select colors that resonate with who you are: colors of your own skin tone, eyes and hair
• Choose warm colors, especially if your climate is not warm in the winter
• Notice the colors of your clothing, dishes, artwork, and fabrics
• Select colors with the same feeling: toned colors, pastel colors, jewel-toned colors or primary colors
• Select colors that are next to each other on the color wheel such as red, orange and gold. To add POP, accent these colors with complimentary shades (in this case, blue and green)
• Add some white and black or brown to a room to accentuate the presence of all colors
• Repeat your color palette throughout your property and don’t forget the garden!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Tangletown Art and Garden Snapshots July 25th, 2009

What a fun and inspiring event! I relayed the Tangletown Garden and Art tour last March as “Christine’s Pick of the Month.” Sorry I forgot to remind you closer to the event! I had fun taking photos at the event and would like to share them with you and relate them as inspirations for more uses of color in your homes.

Candy Red: Chantal Granier, Artistic Advisor at Baccarat says that “Red is a timeless color and emblematic of our company. It is the color of energy and movement, and of the message of hope and vitality that Baccarat wishes to transmit for the year to come.”

Persimmon: According to Dee Dee Gundberg, Senior Designer at Ann Sacks, “In the past years, cream, white, gray and beige have been popular colors in the tile worlds. For a hospitality setting today, you need to be different.”

Cool Grey: Judy Robbins, Sales and Marketing Director at Silverstate Textiles says “Gray is the neutral platform onto which we pin our hopes and desires. It is the reset button. All the colors that we put next to grey look brighter, especially magenta and chartreuse green.”

Rich Purple: Laura Guido-Clark, Principal at LG-C Design commented “The new red-purple is rich, jewel-like, eye-catching and fetching. And unlike red, it is subtle and sophisticated.”

Neutral Black: Nicole Wittwer, Product Manager for Color at Kohler says that “There has been an increased use of color in the kitchen, and now people are thinking more about how they pair the sink with the countertop material. The neutral black Kohler Fireclay Sink has a honed finish.”

Mimosa: Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director at the Pantone Color Institute reported “Mimosa, a warm, engaging yellow, is the 2009 Pantone color of the year. In a time of economic uncertainty, optimism is paramount - and no other color expresses hope and reassurance more than yellow.”