Category Archives: COLOR YOUR WORLD

“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”!

I was feeling a bit colorful yesterday when I saw this ice cream sundae coloring contest in Food Network magazine.


There’s been such a resurgence to the 70’s in the design world. You see it everywhere. Colors, textures and patterns exploding next to each other, macram√© hangers holding long, unending trails of green.  Bamboo. 

That’s what inspires this sundae.  It’s a tribute to the summers I remember as a kid from the 70’s. The summers of color and joy and freedom.   Of being outside all day and at the drive-ins or front yard (capturing lightening bugs) at night.  


It was gritty, too. Food wasn’t so pretty or gourmet. It was hotdogs and hamburgers and corn on the cob. I’m happy for those memories. I hope to make them for my own children. Less Martha Stewart. more Janis Joplin.  OK a little easy on the Janis Joplin, but still.  

Supercalifragilisticexpedalidocious!   

Spilt Milk

No crying here.  My cream splattered when I was pouring it into my cup of tea.


Looks like a flower to me. 

This cloth must be stain resistant.  Good thing it’s on my dining room table!

Cream droplets!

Three’s A Crowd

Vultures on a rainy Monday morning by a busy intersection. Guess they are hoping for a little breakfast. 

Bring Outside In

These are parsley blossoms. They look delicate, but they have staying power. Parsley grows so easily here in North Carolina. And it grows in abundance so I let it bolt.  They make for lovely arrangements indoors, too. 

Even next to my fake, purple flowers on the mantle. 

Plants are back. With a vengeance. And it’s not just ferns and fig trees. It is everything: twigs, oak leaves, evergreens.  And it’s beautiful. 

You don’t need a green thumb. They do pretty well on their own. 

A nice privacy screen and setting for my porch.  Instant relaxation.  

That rose has seen better days though.ūüė¨

Happy 91st Birthday, Sir David Attenborough

‚ÄúIt seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty, the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.‚ÄĚ – Sir David Attenborough

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He has inspired my 11-year old son, Hank to love this planet and all the living things that share it with us.

Thank you for again and again, Sir David, for opening up our world, and our eyes, to the glory and beauty of this amazing world.   You inspire us every day.  Inside and out.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/earth/story/20160516-watch-a-young-david-attenborough-try-to-catch-a-python

“Welcome Home, Office.”

Patiently, my client and I waited for the day we could return to her home office and finish what we started.

She called me for some help to make her home office feel more inviting and peaceful. ¬† When you work from home, as I often do, you know it’s important to have a space that adds to your day. ¬†One that encourages happiness, which in turn, produces greater creativity and productivity. ¬† After all, it’s not about decorating stuff. ¬†It’s about finding you. ¬† Your best you.

In this case, we started in a lovely room with high ceilings,  pale blue walls with cream, crown molding in the far corner of her first floor.  Truly it already felt private, but it was lacking that connection you need with a space you spend lots of time in.

And one must be inspired to be productive.  The most important question:  What makes you happy?

You must bring it.

She loves everything about the beach. ¬†The colors, the sounds, the shells, the memories. ¬†The place to go with her husband and daughter. ¬†Years of diligently collecting, organizing and displaying these seashells is a passion they share. ¬† Many a wave was taken for a shell. ¬†And I’ve never seen such beautiful shells of all sizes and shapes. ¬† It was clear that we needed to bring the beach home. ¬†In the office, the place they all like to use.

Your bookshelves are that space for you to tell your story, provide memories and inspirations. ¬†In this redesign, we used everything she already had in her home, with exception of some baskets and magazine holders.¬† The biggest change is once again…paint color. ¬†Thanks to an amazing job by Juan Jimenez¬†, those shelves are alive and telling lots of stories.

Check out the transformation in this slideshow.

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My client texted me early this morning. ¬†She couldn’t wait to start work today. ¬†‚̧

That is music to my ears.

Cheers!

Stephielou

Paint color:  Sherwin Williams, Dove White

Purple Majesty

I’ve been waiting for this moment for two years.

 

They were not open this morning, but as I pulled into the driveway about an hour ago, I could see that brilliant purple.

Awe.  Like first time you see that fledgling sprout push its way through the soil.

In fact,  I gasped.

Beautiful purple irises.

I wish I could tell you their specific name, but I have no clue.

They are majestic no matter what their official name may be.