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Is that Black? …because I think I have seen the light!

I am so in love with the black wall! I painted my office bathroom, BLACK! This fabulous black color that now adorns my bathroom is a Sherwin-Williams color called Black Fox, number SW7020. It has warm brown undertones, but in my space looks very BLACK and EDGY!  I love the capriz shell chandelier and the extra bling from the crystals, too. I recently went to a party in SF at a mid-century modern home and the entire front facade of the home was entirely black. It was fabulous! They were fabulous! Black is so fancy, so formal and so sexy! One of my clients recently moved to San Ramon and I tried to convince him to paint his office… Black… but, to no avail. Hmm… what do you think? Does Black do something for you?

Capiz Shell chandelier and Sherwin William - Black Fox 7029.

Capiz Shell chandelier and Sherwin William – Black Fox 7020.

I met Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Yesterday, I went to the Design San Francisco event at the SFDC which is being held from February 4-6, 2015.  While at the Benjamin Moore Showroom at the Color Trend 2015 presentation I heard Martyn Lawrence Bullard speak!  He wore a beautiful Claret colored sport coat in homage to the berry colors announced as color trends for 2015.

He shared that he only uses Benjamin Moore Colors these days!  He is a convert.  I do quietly disagree. I think there are many fabulous colors out there and Benjamin Moore has not cornered the market on all the colors that I see in my head.  I wish they did, as I believe their quality is superior to their competition, but unfortunately using a color match…. does not always work.  Learned that lesson the hard way!

Martyn Lawrence Bullard is signing his book for me!

Martyn Lawrence Bullard is signing his book aptly called ‘Live, Love & Decorate’ for me!

Color Trend 2015 Event at the SF Design Center with Martyn Bullard in the Benjamin Moore Showroom.

Color Trend 2015 Event at the SF Design Center with Martyn Bullard in the Benjamin Moore Showroom.

During the book signing, I was brave enough to hand him my business card… but, of course I told him it was just for giggles. The name of his new book is ‘Live, Love & Decorate‘.  It really is a master piece, (and, I don’t say this lightly) filled with amazing color and an incredible use of space.  As readers, you get a glimpse of the homes of Chris Rock, Cher, Sir Elton John, Cheryl Tiegs, to just name a few.  It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I would love to live in Aaron and Julia Sorkin OR Tamara Mellon’s homes…. just for a day or two.  pretty please.

He loved the color of my business card which is a shade of turquoise with some grey tones that muddy it down.  Some might call it Peacock or a blue version of the Tiffany Green.  It’s very romantic.   We agreed that we both love this color!

My business card in Peacock Blue

My business card in Peacock Blue

He shared that it is one of his favorite colors and I told him that I noticed that he has an affinity for this color in his work.

Martyn Lawrence Bullard designs. This is one of my favorite photos of his work!

Martyn Lawrence Bullard designs. This is one of my favorite photos of his work!

 

Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne's Home by Martyn Lawrence Bullard Designs.  Love that Turquoise!

Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne’s Home by Martyn Lawrence Bullard Designs. Love that Blue!

We painted our front door a fabulous peacock blue.  It is Sherwin Williams Cloudburst SW6487 in a gloss finish.

Before shot of my Front Door.

Before shot of my Front Door.

My front door in Sherwin Williams Cloud burst SW6487.

My front door in Sherwin Williams Cloud Burst SW6487 with a crystal wreath that I made with my kids.

Crystal Wreath - one of the many art project that I have done with my kids.  We used some of my Great Grandma's earrings on our wreath!

Crystal Wreath – one of the many art project that I have done with my kids. We placed some of my Great Grandma’s earrings on our wreath!

 

Yep, these are the kids on their first day of school.  I have one incredible artist and a one super smart jock.  Notice the paper fish sail adorning our door!

Yep, these are my kids on their first day of school. I have one incredible artist and a one super smart jock. Can you tell who is who?  Notice the handmade paper fish sail adorning our door that replaced our crystal wreath for a short while!

 

In this Mid Century Modern home in Oakland, we added this fabulous blue pillow to the mix.

Love that Blue!

Love that Blue!

I am working on renovating an attic right now in Berkeley… I really love this client’s style.   It’s very sweet and romantic.  We used Thibaut wallpaper number T6937 available from Sloan Miyasato on the ceiling in the attic.  And, we painted the walls a fabulous color… you guessed it…turquoise! It is called Kelly Moore Folk Tales KM5069-2.

Before shot of the attic!  Notice the plywood floor, no lighting and the off white walls and ceiling.

Before shot of the attic! Notice the plywood floor, no lighting and the off white walls and ceiling.

Attic awaiting drapery panels!  Has a new floor walls, ceiling, chandelier...

Attic awaiting drapery panels! Has a new floor walls, ceiling, chandelier…

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Wishing you lots of fun decorating times!

Elizabeth

 

 

 

Design San Francisco Event February 2-4, 2011

Design San Francisco is this week at the SF Design Center.  This is an annual event for Design Professionals that has replaced winter market.  This year there will be three keynote presentations.  Additionally, the showrooms are hosting seminars  and workshops.

  • I plan on attending the “Live with Jeff Lewis” presentation.  He is the star of Flipping Out, Bravo’s TV series.   It’s from 10a-11a on Wednesday.
  • At A. Rudin there is a presentation by David Duncan Livingston.  He is an interiors photographer.  It’s from 2-3p on Wednesday.
  • From 3-4p on Wednesday there is a presentation on Picture framing Design and Art & Mirror installation.  I figure I could use a refresher course, since I have a potential client who wants to discuss artwork placement.
  • On Thursday, Benjamin Moore is hosting a Color Pulse 2012 that I hope to attend.
  • I love Randolph & Hein, and Sloan Miyasato is hosting an event called “The Legends of Randolph & Hein.”  This event is on Thursday from 11a-12p.
  • On Friday, DeSousa Hughes, one of my favorite showrooms in the Showplace, is hosting a “Made in California”, a panel discussion about the abundance of innovative design and artisanal manufacturing in California.  This is from 11-12p.
  • I’ll be sure to report back on my musings!

    Shimmers!

    Villa Nova Misaki Clover from De Sousa Hughes

    Villa Roma Misaki Clover from De Sousa Hughes

    Recently, I’ve been on a hunt for a fabric for a pillow for green leather chair for a Piedmont client. She recently purchased a red area rug with green accents.   This fabric is one of the contenders for the accompanying pillow for her side chair in her living room.  I absolutely love it because it shimmers.  It is made of Viscose and Polyester. It is from the De Sousa Hughes Showroom at the San Francisco Design Center.  The vendor is Villa Nova and the fabric is called Misaki Clover (1194/12).  It is available in 12 different colourways.  I hope it all comes to fruition with this client because I have had my eye on this fabric for so long.  I can hardly wait to use it on a client project!

    Elizabeth Barnes

    Elizabeth Barnes

    Elizabeth Barnes is the principal designer at Leeza Designs in Piedmont, CA. In my opinion, the icing in any room are the fabrics selected for pillows. I believe the fabrics are what give your room that personal and warm touch.  It is also one of the easiest ways to give a room a fresh new look.

    Foil, Flocked or Faux? What’s your favorite Wallpaper?

    This foil peacock wallpaper I love!  It is in my Grandma Lois’ boudoir. Grandma Lois lived in the Oakland hills and believe it or not there are wild turkey roaming her yard and here she has wallpaper matching the nature around her.  She said that they purchased it years ago down by the lake (Lake Merritt) at a place called McFees.

    Vintage designed wallpaper is back and I love it!  There is a revival of velvet flocking and foil papers but the look is bold and large scale.   I recently went shopping for a client and the choices are endless. The patterns I love are trefoil and damask or with little animals hidden in the designs.  I included a few pictures that I have fallen in love with: Clarke & Clarke from Duralee, Kravet and Thibaut from Sloan Miyasato.

    I’m considering a “Wallpaper Wednesday”… if everyone else is in love with wallpapers as much as I am. The styles and patterns are endless:  leather, glitter, gold leaf, faux glass beads… Let me know!

    Clarke & Clarke Kasbah Citrus - W0001/08

    Clarke & Clarke, Kasbah Citrus Wallpaper - W0001/08

    Kravet AVL183401 Wallpaper

    Kravet AVL183719

    Kravet AVL183719

    Thibaut Wallpaper - Roma, Metallic on Seaglass 839-T-7653

    Thibaut Wallpaper - Roma, Metallic on Seaglass 839-T-7653

    And the winner is… Liz! Congrats!