Color Obsession: Grey

Grey is certainly in fashion now, a softer alternative to black.

Grey is definitely part of a very neutral palette.  It’s certainly in fashion, a softer alternative to black.  Grey isn’t dreary at all, can be read as blue, and doesn’t compete with other colors.  Other colors can be interjected with grey, but it’s a color to be mindful of to avoid taking it to a severe level.

1.  Chinois Our Way by Philip Jeffries

2.  Ann Sacks tile via Boston Design Center

3.  Honeycomb Light Fixture by Tim Clarke

4.  Manolo Blahnick – Scomess Elastic-Collar Suede Bootie

5.  Prabal Gurung, image via Elle

6. Montaigne Collection Tournai Wood Floors

7.  Grey living room, image via New England Home

 

Color Obsession: Burgundy

Burgundy’s warm, spicy tones make it such a hot color for fall!

Burgundy’s warm, spicy tones make it such a hot color for fall!  It’s a color with great saturation that looks good on anyone and makes a wonderful accent for interiors.

1.  Park in Cayenne/Syrah from Maharam

2.  Alexander McQueen

3.  Nappa Velours from Bottega Veneta

4.  Capri Table Lamp from Julian Chichester

5.  Aubergine Brooke Handwoven Cotton Flatweave Carpet from Madeline Weinrib

6.  New Declic from Christian Louboutin

7.  Essie Recessionista Nail Polish

8.  Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year Inspiration

Color Obsession: Brown

With the approach of fall and cooler temperatures, the rich earth tone of brown becomes a color I naturally gravitate toward.

With the approach of fall and cooler temperatures, the rich earth tone of brown becomes a color I naturally gravitate toward.  It lends itself well to the season, being a great color for boots and coats as well as a warm and inviting interior color.  It’s definitely one of my favorite go-to colors!

1.   Photograph by Julia Hetta:  Luscious color and true to the hue.

2.  A.L.C.:  Brown leather pants.  Yummy!

3.  Photo via House Beautiful:   Great graphic use of chocolate brown and a chevron without being too dark.

4.  Beauvais Carpets:  Great woven carpet with chocolate brown accent.

5.  Rectangular stool by Andrew Martin.

6.  Tory Burch Alaina  Logo-Detailed Boot:  My go-to boot for the fall.

7. Brown bedroom, designed by Kelly Wearstler.  Image from Elle Decor.

Color Obsession: Gold

The metallic luster of gold is something I think of as a texture, more of an accent than an overall color.

The metallic luster of gold is something I think of as a texture, more of an accent than an overall color.  In a lamp or light fixture, gold tea leaf on a ceiling, gold brings a really beautiful, monochromatic bit of glam to a room.  Gold is  a warm, reflective way to jazz up a space and my particular choice for jewelry!

1.  Bedroom by Kelly Wearstler

2.  Beaded Handle by Collier Webb

3.  Grace Studios Metallic Wall Papers

4.  de Gournay Wall Paper

5.  Ryder Small Vintage Lamp from Arteriors

6. Zig Zag Tray

7.  Dress by Givenchy

8.  Charlotte Olympia : Lorelei Shoes

Color Obsession: Yellow

The color yellow makes me think of summer and the warmth of the sun.

The color yellow makes me think of summer and the warmth of the sun.  It’s an energetic and vibrant shade that, I have to admit, I’m just lately being drawn to.  It’s not a color I typically present to clients, maybe because I grew up surrounded by it in my mom’s house.  I feel good when I’m wearing yellow, I just don’t often design with it.  Now, however, I find myself liking yellow more and more.  Not a pale yellow, but a bright, saturated hue ideally suited to long summer days!

1.  Vionnet Spring/Summer 2012

2.  Gracie Studio Wall Panel

3.  Isabella Dining Chair

4.  Stenciled Staircase via the style files

5.  Little Angel 318 from Benjamin Moore

6.  Fendi Fall 2012

7.  Yellow Field by Vincent van Gogh

 

Color Obsession: Turquoise

Turquoise is a summery hue that really resonates with me.

Turquoise is a summery hue that really resonates with me.  It’s clean, fresh, and works great as a little accent or a bigger splash of color!

1.  Gracie Studio hand painted wallpaper

2.  Rhys Chair from Anthropologie

3.  Turquoise necklace by Alexis Bittar

4.  Alexander McQueen

5.  Quadrille Fabric

6.  Turquoise seas in Tekek, Malaysia.   photo credit

7.  10th Street Tufted Sofa

8.  Christian Louboutin 20th Anniversary Unzip 100 Suede Sandal

9.  Ceramic Vase lamp from Vaughan

Color Obsession: Tangerine

I love the exciting hue of Tangerine.

I love the exciting hue of Tangerine.  It’s such an energetic and confident color, bold and certainly trendy.  Tangerine is my daughter’s favorite color and the primary color of my own business cards.  This color really resonates with me!

 1.  Room by Mary McDonald

2.  Hand painted Chinese scenic panel by Gracie Studio

3.  Tangerine gown by Carlos Miele

4.  Greek Key Bedding with Pagoda Headboard

5.  Tangerine silk clutch

6. Elie Tahari shoe

7. Leighelena Lizard Tangerine Wide Buckle Bracelet

8.  Quadrille Fabrics in Pagoda

9.  Interior by Lola Agaton

 

Color Obsession: Ink

This deep inky color, just shy of black, is a shade I really love right now.

This deep inky color, just shy of black, is a shade I really love right now.  I can see so many uses for it, from accents to wall coverings to fashion.

Cover Image: Photos by (left to right):  Blue Pool Road, Pia Ulin, and Kate Mathis

1.  Indigo Intrecciato Nappa Duo Bag

2.  Beautiful industrial-chic kitchen with rustic touches by Richard Powers

3. Totem V by Meredith Pardue

4.  Porta Romana Glass Slinky Lamp

5.  F. Schumacher Greek Key Sisal

6.  Surfacing by Eric Zener

7.  Glazed Garden Stool by Dennis and Leen

8.  Liya Kebede

9.  Maharam

 


 

 

Color Obsession: Jade

I am obsessed with this amazing shade of green right now.

I am obsessed with this amazing shade of green right now.  From fashion to design, it is so chic and glamorous!

1. SJAE ALEXANDRE 1950’s ottoman/coffee table

2.  Paloma by Charlotte Olympia — my new fave shoe designer

3.  Valentino Couture

4.  Aurelie Bidermann Wild West Cuff

5.  Diane von Furstenberg Jade/Ebony Clutch

6.  Malachite

7.  French Glass Coffee Table by Jamb

8.  Emerald glass chandelier by Amsterdam Modern

9.  Fortuny fabric:  Moresto