Interior Design |Fall Favorites Home Decor Ideas Reply

As the temperatures cool down outside…warm up the interior with some of our Fall favorites from Pottery Barn, Sur La Table and more!

FALL Favs

Enjoy!

Corinne Gail

Interior Design | Color911pick the perfect color! 2

Are you an Appy?  There are many people who use apps for everything from checking the weather, traffic and keeping contact names in an address book on their phone. People use apps every day without even realizing it!  What’s your favorite go-to app? One of my favorite apps is Color911!

This week we welcome color extraordinaire Amy Wax as our guest blogger to share her fantastic design tool Color911.  Amy has received many awards for her work in color and has authored two books, Can’t Fail Color Schemes. She is the developer of the popular color selection app Color911designed to help both the homeowner and design professional pick the perfect color.  If you have ever been frustrated trying to pick the perfect color to match your outfit, paint for your home, or recreate a beautiful inspiration, you’ll love the Color911 app. The process is easy, a lot of fun, and there is no learning curve! If you can take a photo, you can pick a palette!

 

Color911 photo 48 Dem2Hands purple goldColor911 FAQs:

  • Top 2014 app to download by Caitlin Flemming.
  • Top 100 Best New Home Products for 2013.
  • Capture colors from any image that inspires you.
  • Color911 has pre-selected color themes to choose from created by a professional colorist.
  • Perfect for planning events and sharing color palettes with your florist, wedding planner, etc.!
  • Easy to share your favorite colors via email or social media.
  • Create a personal color palette as the perfect shopping companion.
  • Visualize colors together before you buy.
  • Allows you to make notes on your color and design plans.

 

Whether you are a homeowner or design professional, finding the perfect color using Color911 can make shopping for a beautiful home or wardrobe a whole lot easier.  With Color911 at your fingertips, the color possibilities are endless!

Color911 - ADHDs2014 - Gray sofa - Golden Gray

 

 

“Always interesting how one tool can make your life easier in so many ways :)” Ronique Gibson

“It’s truly phenomenal! You made finding the right color for your space easy! Hats off to you” @Vincenteliving

“That looks like a great design tool” @BobVila.com

 

 

 

Thank you so much Amy for guest blogging this week and sharing your fabulous color app Color911!

Click here if you would like more information about Color911.  Thanks for visiting with us today!

Go color your world!

Corinne Gail

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Kitchens and Baths | Quick Bathroom Makeovers You Can Do 1

Ah, January, the month devoted to stocking up on fresh new linens and getting organized! While you’re at it, take advantage of time spent indoors this winter and tackle a quick home refresher project.  To give you a jump start on January, here are a couple quick and inexpensive makeover ideas you can use to refresh your bathroom spaces.

The Family Bathroom

Bathroom #1 Before is a great space…plenty of room, but in need of a little pizzaz!

Bathroom #1 Before

Bathroom #1 Before

Paint is a simple and relatively easy quick change anyone can do.  We updated the wall colors in Bathroom #1 using Sherwin Williams #6148 Wool Skein for the main walls, and an accent wall color of SW #7059 Unusual Gray.  Two off the shelf fabric shower curtains bring in a little more pizzaz to the space, and were perfect for creating a tub/shower enclosure for when guests visit, cover a simple window cornice and sew box pleat embellishments onto the guest bath towels.

Bathroom #1 After

Bathroom #1 After

The simple window cornice was created using foam core (you can do this!).  Foam core is available at your local craft store or office supply.  We covered the foam core with a thin layer of batting and then attached the decorative fabric using straight pins.  Straight pins are great for quick changes…just unpin the old – repin the new fabric and you are good to go!

Bathroom #1 After Detail

Bathroom #1 After Detail

The Guest Bathroom – Powder Rooms

Powder rooms are one of my favorite spaces to refresh…Powder rooms are typically small and usually located close to a family room or living room.  This is a space that everyone will use, so why not make it functional and special?  Bathroom #2 has functionality, but is somewhat awkward and extremely BORING!

Bathroom #2 Powder Room

Bathroom #2 Powder Room

Here we changed up the color and added vertical stripes on two main walls to help give this tiny little space a sense of grandeur.  This technique is simple and easy to do.  Just apply Sherwin Williams latex glaze over the new wall color SW#7036 Accessible Beige!  The “lame-o” contractor grade pedestal sink was replaced with a new storage drawer vanity complete with black granite top and plenty of counter space to hold fine milled soaps and a fragrant candle. The colorful art piece adds interest and fits the space perfectly.

Bathroom #2 Powder Room After

Bathroom #2 Powder Room After

Why not start your January 2014 off with a quick and inexpensive makeover you can do to refresh your bathroom space?  Send us your makeover photos, we would love to see them!

Happy New Year 2014. . .

Corinne Gail

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Sustainable Healthy Design |Don’t just replace it…Revive it! 2

Let me be the first to admit that sitting at my keyboard over the last few years has not proved to benefit my public speaking skills!  I’m always amazed at the amount of perspiration one body can produce in the short span of 10 minutes!  In any case, this week I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of local business owners about Healthy Living by Design and the art of Repurposing, Reinventing and Reusing furnishings from around the home, a subject near and dear to my heart as a certified furnishings expert.  Here we go!

I don’t intend to drone over statistics and bore you with industry jargon, but I do want to share these facts I feel every consumer should know about common products used to manufacture furnishings.  Ready?

  1. The furnishing’s world is the #3 user of wood behind buildings and paper.
  2. VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds-gases) are released into the air you breathe from adhesives and finishes…including formaldehyde.
  3. Adhesives are used in pressed & composite wood products; veneers, plywood, particle board, fiberboard, and MDF.
  4. VOCs from paints and finishes; varnish, lacquer, shellac, fabric sealers and backings.
  5. VOCs may have short and long-term adverse health effects on you and your children.  Asthma affects 15-20+ million people, many are children.
  6. VOC concentrations are consistently higher indoors – up to 10x higher.
  7. VOC concentrations can offgas (releasing of gasses) up to 1 year after use or application.
  8. Textiles require 10-100% of their fabric weight in chemicals to produce.
  9. These chemicals include pesticides, herbicides, and dyes.
  10. Asia rivers are the most polluted in the world.

Whew!  OK, we made it through the facts list!  Now that you have the bare bones knowledge of products of the furnishing’s world, let’s move on to a more pleasant topic…what you can do to ensure Healthy Living by Design in your home and office.

Are there alternatives for healthier choices on the market today?  YES, YES and YES!  Alternative products are more readily available today than ever, and cost about the same as any quality furniture item.  If you are in the market for a new sofa, chair, table, etc., ask your sales rep questions and be sure to check that the item is manufactured using certified wood products, certified organic fabrics, emits low to zero VOCs, and if possible, manufactured locally.  Contact us if you would like more information about healthier choices for your home, we would love to help!

Another 100% viable alternative for Healthy Living by Design is to repurpose, reinvent, and reuse the items that you already own.  Do you have a furniture piece that you just don’t know what to do with, but hate to toss it out?  I do, I do!  Then I encourage you to explore ways of redesigning its purpose to fit your lifestyle.  Below is just one example of what you can do.

Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design

Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design

Old dresser you don’t use?  Check out this artistic recreation!

Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design.

Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design.

Repurposing this unused dresser to a (have to admit) well used Wine Bar, was the perfect fit to our newly created wine lounge. . .formerly known as our very underused formal living room!  The process was fairly straight forward; sand, sand, and more sanding to prep for restaining and painting using zero VOC products.  Adding a few artistic touches such as grape cluster knobs, iron scroll work from a discarded CD tower, and accent paint, and Voila!

Don’t replace it…Revive it!  You too can create one of a kind healthier furniture pieces for our home!  Contact us if you would like more information about alternative Healthy Living by Design products available in your area.

What’s your Design Dilemma?  Send us an email, we would love to help!

Reinvent your space!

Corinne Gail

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Interior Design | Is Your Paint Color Behaving Badly? Reply

Selecting the perfect paint color for your space can be frustrating, but you should know that there are two common reasons why the color in the can applied to the wall does not resemble the paint chip from the store…paint behaving badly.  Don’t punish yourself by spending hours and hours of your time running back to the store collecting stacks of paint samples to try and figure out why your paint colors are not working!  Understanding why paint may be behaving badly is key to selecting the perfect paint color the first time.

What you need to understand

First, keep in mind that the amount of natural lighting and types of lighting in the space; fluorescent, incandescent, LED, etc., greatly affect the way colors appear in your space.  Second, colors are affected by other colors.  I like to call this phenomenon color bounce.  Simply put, color bounce happens when other colors from lighting, wall-to-wall carpeting, furniture, ceiling, flooring surfaces, cabinetry, etc., reflect and mix per se onto your paint colors.

Four things you can can do

1. Every DIY’er should own a paint color fan deck.  Take a trip to your local paint dealer and arm yourself with a paint color fan deck.  Tip:  Sherwin Williams offers free fan decks.  Using a fan deck to select your paint colors while inside your space is more accurate than pulling samples at the store.  Remember, color is affected by light and store lighting is typically industrial fluorescent, so unless your space is illuminated by fluorescent lighting as well, the paint sample will look different under the lighting at home.

Sherwin Williams Fan Deck

Sherwin Williams Fan Deck

2. Using your fan deck, isolate the hues within your space.  I like to use natural lighting to locate my 4 favorite hues.  You should be using your color inspirations and custom color palettes that we talked about last week to help make your hue selections.  Click on the link if you missed our last blog about Color InspirationsTip:  If your overall space feels too dark, select a lighter color value, and if the space is too bright, select a darker color value.

Hue = Color
Value = Lightness or darkness of a color

3. ALWAYS, always, always, test the paint color in multiple areas within your space and observe it over the next few days during all types of lighting.  Your paint dealer will have trial sample paints you can purchase, while some paint dealers offer actual painted paper samples in a variety of sizes that you can tape to the wall.

4. Work with your paint professional to make value adjustments to your selections and be sure to ask which type of paint and finish; gloss, semi-gloss, eggshell, flat, etc., will be best for your lifestyle and space.  I highly recommend paints classified as LOW VOC or ZERO VOC for all interior applications, your body will thank me.  Tip: Use the ‘globe’ symbols below to help select low level VOC products.

Graphic courtesy of Dulux.

Graphic courtesy of Dulux

Choosing the perfect paint color for your space doesn’t have to be a frustrating experience.  By understanding color behavior and applying a couple tricks of the trade, you too can control color behaving badly.

If you have a specific question on color or paint selections, we would love to hear from you.  Just Email us your questions and you could be featured in one of our upcoming blogs!  For more information about our services, visit our website.

Go color something!

Corinne Gail

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Interior Design | Paint Color Inspirations Reply

Wow, I feel so guilty missing my blog post on the 4th of July!  Did you miss me!?  I took some well needed time away and ate lots of yummy food, spent fun times with family and friends and enjoyed the bombs bursting in air, but the party’s over and it’s back to work!

It’s not always a simple task finding an interesting topic to blog each week, but while commenting on design dilemma questions for Houzz, I noticed that the most popular questions are those asking for help choosing the perfect paint color for their spaces.  So, I figured let’s start a mini-blogging series all about color and paint…

When designing a space I begin by identifying my color inspiration.  Inspirations can be found in an accessory, a photo from your favorite vaca, a special fabric, food, etc., etc.  I like to keep in mind that my color palette helps to guide my final design decisions throughout the entire project.  For some great ideas on where to find color inspirations, check out design-seeds.com.

Photo courtesy of DesignSeeds.com

Photo courtesy of Design-Seeds.com

Photo courtesy of Design-Seeds

Photo courtesy of Design-Seeds

Photo courtesy of Design-Seeds

Photo courtesy of Design-Seeds

Here’s a fun tool to help you identify and create your custom color palettes just like a pro.  Click on  letschipit.com by Sherwin Williams, it’s a fantastic tool and really easy to use.  All you need is a photo of your inspiration and a few minutes…they do the rest!  Here are a couple palettes I created from photos taken from my journeys.

Flowers by the seashore...Corinne Gail Interior Design

Flowers by the seashore…photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design

If you are not happy with any of the initial colors, you can change them up with a simple click of the mouse.  Also, visit your paint specialist who can help make simple color adjustments for just the right palette.

Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design

Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design

Once you have created your custom color palette, select your favorite 3 harmonizing colors; 1 main wall color, 1 ceiling color, and 1 accent color.  Choosing 3 colors will get you started, but feel free to add more if you want to paint trims, millwork or work with an additional accent color.

Remember, the sky is the limit when it comes to finding color inspirations, and even that could be a beautiful inspiration!

What inspires you?  Email us your design inspirations and “Lets Chip It” samples, we would love to see them.  Next week we will talk about why your paint is behaving badly …

Happy chipping!

Corinne Gail

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Interior Design | Design to Help You Sleep Better 1

Bedrooms should be retreats, places where we can go to rejuvenate and restore. . .places we can relax away the stresses of the day.  So, which colors can help you get the best sleep?  If you guessed calm colors such as blue, yellow and green, you are correct!  According to a recently published sleep study, color sets the mood and those sleeping in blue bedrooms received the best night’s rest, followed by rooms in yellow and green.

Lakeside Serenity Retreat

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However, color is only one design element that can help or hinder your restful sleep.  If you are not sleeping as soundly as you should be, here are some quick tips to help you create a better place to sleep.

  • Eliminate signs of work from your bedroom. No desk, no computer, and no files!
  • TV’s should be kept behind closed doors when not in use, and always on a timer.
  • De-clutter your space and get organized…put everything in its place, and have a place for everything.
  • Choose soothing, calm colors for your bedroom, linens, and accessories.
  • Luxury linens are always welcomed and I like to suggest organic fabrics.
  • Hang blackout drapery if you have light sensitivities…these also insulate from the winter cold and hot summer sun.

And to help send you off to “Slumberville”, try a therapeutic calming blend of essential oils lightly diffused into your space minutes before bedtime.  Check out my favorite natural essential oils/product sites www.doTerra.com and www.Aveda.com for healthy living.*

Setting a restful stage with calming colors, de-cluttering your space and removing signs of stresses from work, will help encourage a good night’s rest.  To learn more about how we can help you design your personal retreat and promote the best sleep, please visit our website or Email us your questions. We are glad to help.

Sweet dreams!

Corinne

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Interior Design |Go Bold Front Door Curb Appeal Reply

With summer almost in full effect we find ourselves spending more time in the great outdoors sprucing up our homes with colorful flowers, plants and paint.  For a quick and easy inexpensive way to add pop to your home’s curb appeal consider a front door overhaul.  Check out these stunning first impressions to inspire your creative side.

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This complementary color scheme of traditional red brick, spring fresh green door and yellow accents creates an inviting welcome to guests.

4e7125b30d434295_4566-w406-h406-b0-p0--modern-exteriorOrange is hot, hot, hot this season and a perfect pop of color with gray…why not!?

15Surf’s up on this whimsical summertime entry…blue hydrangeas, yellow surf board and coral door speaks oceans of fun!

923228_10151410609018341_1805112035_nGreens borrowed from nature’s palette creates a sense peacefulness and will be a beautiful additional to all entries.  To learn more on how experts apply color to your world click here.

bright-red-door-lRed is energetic and always welcoming!  In the art of feng shui, the front door is very important because it is through this door that brings you positive energy to your life (happy home, happy people).  One feng shui tip…if your entry door faces South, choose a Fire Element color such as red, orange or a strong pink.

HCRB102_yellow-front-door_s4x3_lgThis bold and bright color combination just screams summertime…and what a show stopper this would be in your neighborhood.

To create a quick and easy inexpensive curbside appeal for your home, choose paint!  Don’t be afraid to go bold and pick a door color that is outside of your comfort zone, after all it’s just paint.  Color questions?  Contact us today for all your color needs, we would love to help!

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