Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New Year - New Perspectives


Pantone Color of the Year

The future for 2012 is bright with the Pantone color of the year—Tangerine Tango!

According to Pantone, as read in the December 17, Minneapolis Star Tribune, “Tango is the spirited reddish orange” that will give us “the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.” It is very effective color when used as an accent wall, or for unexpected pops of color in the kitchen or throughout the home.

I’m feeling quite smug about it all - since my October Color blog was about the virtues of the color orange. I have a personal investment too, since orange is one of the colors in my business logo. Plus, it just plain makes me happy. As Cy Winship (of Cy Winship Design, Minneapolis) commented in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on December 1, “ I love it! It’s a happy color!”

This color has been on the forefront for several years now, especially in the fashion industry, however, it should be dialed down a couple of shades for home interiors.

You can take Tangerine Tango in a more traditional direction by pairing it with fall colors, or take it wilder with a bright blue or lime green pairing— my favorite color combinations. (Photos: HGTV Color Crush)

At Home with Orange

I updated my own living room for the 2010 Minneapolis/St. Paul Home Tour and added an orange palette, knife style abstract painting created by my late father, Robert Clark Nelson. It makes me smile every time I walk from my sunroom to my colorful kitchen!

2012 Minneapolis / St. Paul Home Tour

Look for the orange kitchen that I designed in South Minneapolis in the upcoming 2012 Minneapolis / St. Paul Home Tour. Click HERE to check out the website for details about the tour and how to participate.   

Thursday, December 1, 2011

November Musings

Thanksgiving Reflections

Thanksgiving this month was a fun event for me because I got to cook (daughter bond) with my youngest, Maya. She researched the recipes and sent me the shopping list. I purchased the necessary items, and she showed up a couple of hours before dinner with the recipes and away we went! My other daughter, Britta, and my Mom, Carol. arrived later and they joined in too. A lot of laughing and eating completed the day! I would have loved to get out for a walk that day since it was so beautiful, however, turkey sleepiness took over.

Bikes 4 Kids

Thanksgiving always has me wondering how I can turn my thankfulness around and give to others. A program called Free Bikes 4 Kids fills the bill.
I am a member of the Major Taylor Bicycle Club and at our recent dinner/dance a guest explained that the program gives bikes to kids that are donated by various individuals and organizations. However, most of the bikes need “Spiff Ups”. He expressed a need for volunteers to come help clean, adjust and, if possible, perform bike mechanic magic – all before December 10th. Our club will be at the Midtown Bike Center on the Greenway at 2834 10th Ave. S. this Saturday and Sunday, December 3rd – 4th. Please join us!

If you can’t come this weekend – no worries. Just check out the Free Bikes 4 Kids website. There are bike centers open every day or evening at many locations. You may also donate used bikes to this worthy cause! Read more about this volunteer/donation opportunity in the November 21 Star Tribune.

Navy Makes Other Colors Pop

A recent article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune featured a classic color – navy blue. I love this whole idea of using navy to make other colors pop.

In the article, Washington DC designer, Zoe Feldman, says “Navy is classic, and goes with everything, it adds warmth in a room and gives depth to walls. And you can have fun with it, too.“ If you are unsure about using it on walls she recommends using it on a piece of furniture first such as a chest or drawers or bookcase. It is a color that can go in either a masculine or feminine direction. You can pair it with white, red, magenta, chartreuse, pink, purple, teal, mustard, emerald gray and black. Wow! That’s almost all the colors on the color wheel!

Clarence Johnston Retrospective

Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) produced a fascinating retrospective on the life and work of Clarence Johnston (1959-1936).

St. Paul Central High School
Johnson was a noted St. Paul architect who designed numerous buildings throughout the Twin Cities (i.e. St. Paul Central High School, Minnesota State Fair Grandstand, Burbank-Livingston-Griggs House, Eastcliff Mansion) and Duluth (i.e. Glensheen Estate). As the architect for the Board of Regions of the University of Minnesota he designed Northrop Auditorium, Walter Library, Williams Arena and many other campus buildings. TPT points out, “You’ve been in his buildings…you just didn’t know it.” Now through this well made documentary you can get to know this remarkable man. It’s must see TV for all history buffs and all exterior and interior design aficionados.

The program is called, “Gracious Spaces: Clarence H. Johnston, Minnesota Architect”. Watch for it to air again on TPT, or watch it online.

Color Splash Alert

A room makeover by Designer David Bromstad on HGTV’s “Color Splash” really resonated with me. “Modern New York City Loft Master Bedroom Inspired by Dylan’s Candy Bar” aired on November 26, 2011. (Episode HCLRS-911H)

THIS COLOR MAKEOVER WAS SO ON MY RADAR! I could envision myself in this room. Because the walls were all windows, with magnificent views, Bromstad placed the bed in front of one of them and custom made a very artistic acrylic headboard with lime green panels. He shot LED lights thru the plastic to give it a glow in the evenings. The other colors he used throughout the room were magenta, purple, more lime green, white and black. Try to catch this show when they show it as a rerun.

Now Online: My Mpls. St. Paul Magazine Virtual Tour 

My colorful orange (fall-inspired) kitchen, with handmade tile by North Prairie Tileworks, is included in a virtual tour on the Mpls./St. Paul website.