Monday, June 29, 2015

I want that exact color on my walls! Color Consultation Please!

Fabric by Robert Allen Fabrics,
colors by Benjamin Moore Paint
“I like the colors in this scarf”, she said! “Oh I love the print colors in this Hallmark wrapping paper!”  Or let’s not forget this one, “I want the colors of the pattern printed on my sun dress, the yellow in the lemons, that’s the one!”  These are just a few of the requests I hear from folks when they ask me to chose a wall color for their homes. I’ve been known to get it just right 99% of the time, but it usually takes a close look at that scarf, wrapping paper and lemons to translate the colors to wall paint colors! This task is typically done in the client’s home by pulling many color memo samples to choose just the right shade for the walls, ceilings, trim and accent walls!

But now I have a “Decorator’s Assistant” to make this task more exciting and definitely more fun! No, the assistant is not a human being that I bring with me to your home. This “Decorator’s Assistant” is a handy-dandy little App on my iPhone. I take a picture with the iPhone of the print, pattern or color and it sorts, copies, and chooses the paint colors that appear in the print, pattern or color.  How’s that for an assistant?

Dinner Plate from Bed Bath and Beyond,
Colors by Benjamin Moore Paint
In most instances this little assistant gets the colors spot on correct, and that’s wonderful! But it still takes a trained eye and years of experience to know how much of the color, the placement of the color, the sheen of the color and if the color needs adjusting in saturation or undertone to make it work!  The combinations are limitless for instance, but the real trick is choosing the right combination for the space in the right light!

So although this little “Decorator’s Assistant” is a great help, you still need the “Professional Decorator” to master the color decisions. Thank Goodness!

Same Dinner Plate photographed in a different room
will result in a different color palette.
If you need a Color Consultation for your next email or call to schedule an appointment in your home, and see this little “Decorator’s Assistant” in action, you’ll be amazed!  

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Table Top Take Over

I love a pretty table! Any table will do really, I don’t even need a reason to dress a table but having one does help my imagination run wild with possible theme ideas! Don’t feel confident in dressing your table for that next event or occasion you have coming up? No worries!

Here are 4 basic design elements to guide you through dressing your table.

  • The Foundation. Start with the linen color. Choose a color that may fit the theme of the event.  This was a ladies luncheon and the Tiffany Blue seemed fitting and fun for an afternoon and a departure from plain white linens. Party and event rental companies have thousands of colored tablecloths and accessories for the table. I use Pleasanton Rentals, and the price can be surprisingly inexpensive when you consider the time and effort of pressing, washing and then pressing again to store it.  

  • The Contrast.  Dishes, glasses, flatware. Here is the place for an interesting eye catching contrast. If the table linens are pale in color go with a darker dish, if dark in color go with a lighter dish color. Here I used small light colored luncheon plates that had a strong graphic design on them which played perfectly into the stylish Tiffany Blue color. Stemware or glasses can be clear or frosted, and the flatware can be simple or elaborate which ever fits the occasion.
  • The Layered Effect. Napkins choose the napkin according to the dishes and flatware being used. If the dishes have a busy themed graphic design (as these do) or a scrolled border, I use a simple napkin. If the dishes are plain I use a napkin with some sort of border or contrast color on it to add interest and depth to the table top. A fancy folded napkin can make for a wonderful artfully dressed table and there are many on-line tutorials you can watch to lean how. The napkin ring is considered the jewelry on the table.  Interesting shapes and colors that work well with the theme can be fabulous and exciting. Here we used Pearl napkin rings playing into the Tiffany Jewelry theme.  Runners over the foundation linens also work to add depth and scale to the table as well. You can use several napkins, a silk scarf, or any other piece of fabric folded length wise for a runner.
  • The Crown. This is the last and final element that can make or break a beautifully dressed table top the Centerpiece. But before you decide on how much, or what size, or how many, or what color the centerpiece is to be try different size vases or containers on the table “after it is set” with all the above elements. If the table is long in length several small containers will keep the scale proportion better. If it’s a large round table one large in the center will do nicely. The content of the centerpiece should be fitting to the occasion, here plain white hydrangeas in low profile clear vases showed up the color of the table linens better than colored flowers would have. Also the white hydrangeas color supported the pearl white napkin rings beautifully.  
Dress your table for success with these guidelines in mind and you’re sure to be a hit.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

How to choose colors for your home in your home!

This joyous season it the perfect time to say..."it's a pleasure to have served each and every one of you!"

And in the spirit of Easter, Spring and New Beginnings I'd like to invite you to take advantage of a little discount I'm offering for the *month of April.
25% Off on "Color Consultations"!

If you are about to paint the interior or exterior of your home and dreading the thought of going into the paint store and looking at all those tiny little paint chips, here is the solution to save you time, frustration and possible costly mistakes!

A "Color Consultation" will give you a chance to see the colors right in the very space they will be painted, your home! I will help you choose the right colors based on your furnishings, lighting and architecture. You will receive color options and choices as to where to apply that color, and large color chips of the paint with a detailed paint color schedule!

Just my way of saying "Thank You" and wishing you and yours a joyous Easter!


Save 25% On The One Hour Color Consultation in Your Home!
*offer expires April 30th, 2015

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Case For The Drape

As a designer I know how important drapery can be in a room. And as a consumer I know how important it is to get the best value for my dollar when I make a purchase for my home. So when a new client calls for drapery and says she has been living without them, for the past 7 years I was surprised. After all, you can’t miss what you’ve never had, right? Well not in this case. She clearly knew that her space looked sparse, cold and unfinished and needed drapery. Perfect timing for her as we were having a “Drapery Sale” and she wanted in on the savings. Smart girl!

Dining Room BEFORE

Dining Room AFTER
After the initial phone conversation and some photos she sent by email, I was able to define her style and the room’s color palette so that I could choose fabrics for the drapery project. She also mentioned that there were existing drapery rods above the windows that once held draperies from the previous home owners and that she would like to keep them. And making the project even more interesting, she mentioned that she wanted orange draperies! I paused and asked her why and she said “because I have orange accessories in the room”. Now I’m really interested!

Living Room Sofa Wall BEFORE

Living Room Sofa Wall AFTER
Arriving at her home with several fabric books, I find a beautiful living and dining room! Lovely neutral carpeting, exquisite custom painted walls, wonderful original wall art, handsome furniture and last but not least, several unadorned windows with wooden drapery hardware placed above them and no draperies! All that was needed to make this space come alive were the draperies!

Living Room BEFORE

Living Room AFTER
After looking over several fabrics in the room, I convinced her that “orange” might not be the best choice for drapery panels but that a deep, earthy, flax color, with just a bit of orange embroidery, would be best and give the room some dimension, warmth, and texture. She trusted me and agreed! The finished project speaks for itself and my client wrote this;

 “Toni I absolutely love the drapery! You said it all, it finishes the room! I didn't realize how stark naked it looked until I came home last night and I thought, YES it’s finished, Perfect!  The result was absolutely fantastic and provided the finishing touch to our living and dining room. Thank you Toni for all your help”!

If you have a room or rooms in your home that look “almost” there but just “not quite”, maybe it’s draperies that you are missing.  Trust me when I say, “let me make a case for the drape”!