Archive for February, 2015

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

 

 

 

Benjamin Moore Announces the COLOR OF THE YEAR 2015

An annual event for design professionals is ‘Design San Francisco’ which this year is on February 4 – 6, 2015.  I attended a meeting at the Benjamin Moore Showroom where they unveiled the color of the year for 2015!

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This is not a new Benjamin Moore color.  I’ve used it for many years and even used it on the walls in my own family room back in 2008.  I have a new home these days with a new blue color on my family room walls…  But, I can share from personal experience that Guilford Green HC-116 is a very easy color to live and work in.  I have many reasons for suggesting green for a client’s home.  In the home office, it conjures of feelings of wealth and success.  Green is the color of money.  In the bathroom, it reminds us of meadows and trees surrounded by calm waters.  More recently, I used Holingsworth Green HC-141 on the exterior of a home in Berkeley.

Guilford Green graced the walls of my family room in 2008.

Guilford Green graced three walls in my family room in 2008.

Before Shot of Client's Berkeley Home.

Before Shot of my Client’s Berkeley Home.

 

New Paint Colors for Client's home in Berkeley, CA

After photo with a new green facade! It’s actually Benjamin Moore’s Holingsworth Green HC-141
 which has less yellow in it than Guildford Green.

Personally, I found the rest of Benjamin Moore’s Color Trends for 2015 much more exciting!  Here are a few…   Carter Plum CW-355 is a fabulous deep, dark raspberry and I have always thought Silver Fox 2108-50 had a masculine edge to it.  Isn’t Split Pea 2146-30 funky?!

My favorite Benjamin Colors from the Color Trend Predictions for 2015

My favorite Benjamin Moore Colors from the Color Trend Predictions for 2015

Other trends that were mentioned in the meeting:

  • How about semi-gloss on the ceiling?!  I’m not sure I could sell this idea, but I will think on it…
  • Try using a pop of color in the furthest room, when you can view multiple rooms through doorways. It will invite you and guest to explore.
  • Use all of the shades of green in Benjamin Moore’s Color Trends 2015 to create a monochromatic color scheme.
  • Try using blush hues if you have a historical home.  They whisper of romance and opulence.
  • Use a range of colors from bold to blush in the same family, such as Old Claret 2083-30 and Pink Damask OC-72.  It is like going on a graceful journey.
  • Consider accenting with Guilford Green HC-116 in every room. Make it your signature color and it will ground your rooms and provide a cohesive look and feel throughout your home.

Color is all about graceful flow throughout the home in 2015!

Elizabeth

 

Crystals Swing from the Chandelier!

Back in November 2013, I painted the bathroom at my office a charcoal black color with brown undertones called Black Fox by Sherwin Williams SW7020 and added a capiz shell chandelier that I purchased from Light in the box.  I got a great price around $200, but the assembly was a nightmare.  I even had my children with their tiny fingers help string the shells together.  I don’t even want to admit how long it took us to assemble the shells.  Fast forward to February 3, 2015 and I stumbled upon some extra crystals left over from a client project.  I added a few strands to the bottom of the chandelier… Bling!  Love it!

Hung this capriz shell chandelier and painted the walls SW7020 Black Fox in 2013.

Hung this capriz shell chandelier and painted the walls SW7020 Black Fox in 2013.

In February 2015, I added some crystals to the bottom layer of the capriz shells.

In February 2015, I added some crystals to the bottom layer of the capriz shells.

Bling!  Love the extra detail!

Bling! Love the extra detail!

 

Reupholster to Renew!

Before shot of the Wheat Backed Chair.

Before shot of the Wheat Backed Chair.

 

Here is the before shot!

Before shot of the Civil War Folding Rocking Chair.

We recently took a wheat back chair and a civil war folding rocking chair into the upholsterer. I think they turned out beautifully!  They now reside in an attic in Berkeley that we are in process of renovating into a guest bedroom.  The fabric is by Robert Allen, Pattern:  Spring Fancy, Color: Viridian.  Robert Allen is at the SF Design Center in the Galleria Building, Ste. 218.  Their fabrics are truly eye-candy for any textile junkie!  Click on the Renewed Rocker below to be taken to the fabrics at the Robert Allen website!

Reupholstered Rocker and Chair.

Reupholstered in Robert Allen fabric – a Civil War Folding Rocker and a Wheat Back Chair by Leeza Designs.

 

Robert Allen Fabric in the pattern Spring Fancy in Viridian color.

Robert Allen Fabric in the pattern Spring Fancy in Viridian color.