color stuff

We’ve all seen the “paint preview programs” at Lowes and Home Depot that allow you to upload a personal picture of your own room and then put paint color on the walls.  Usually they don’t work and end up being more frustrating than helpful. …and I admit, it can be hard to visualize paint color in an entire room especially considering that sunlight and artificial light can play major tricks on you!  But have you ever wanted to do the opposite?  You see a picture of an already completed room in a magazine, blog, or on Pinterest and you LOVE it…you just can’t figure out what the actual paint colors are (you know…gray isn’t always just gray, it’s blue-gray or purple-gray or it has more black in it…).  This is where Sherwin Williams’ Chip It comes in.

You simply upload the image url

{and it can even be a blog home page…it’ll pull ALL of the pictures}

Select the image you want to “Chip” and get this!

Pretty cool, huh?!  I will definitely be using this!

On another color note, have you seen the Hunger Games nail polish series?!

It’s crazy that there’s actually a nail polish series for the Hunger Games but also a little genius. I love all for of the front colors!..and I’m sure everyone will be wearing glitter on their nails for a while.

Happy Friday, friends!

things I like: “the perfectly imperfect home” by deborah needleman

Accessorizing can be a difficult task, even for a designer.  Part of the reason for this is that, while there is some method to accessorizing (more like “staging”), some of it is just trial and error.

Ruling out what you  don’t need or doesn’t work.  Playing with different shapes and color combos. Mixing textures.  Creating layers.

And that’s the reason I really like this book by Deborah Needleman:

In the book, Needleman discuss everything from lighting, to plants, to pillows, to area rugs and all within the premise that a house should look “lived in”.  Somewhat based on this quote by Billy Baldwin, “Any house or room remembered with pleasure has the look of being loved by those who live in it.”  Needleman’s belief is that a home should be a reflection of it’s inhabitants rather than a (wanna-be) model home or designer’s showcase.  Basically, it should be warm and inviting.

One of the ways that she suggests creating this warm feeling is by incorporating, what she calls, “jollifiers”.  These are personal, sentimental items that can (and should) be incorporated into your home’s design style to make the space more personal (and because they’re just special!).  She also discusses “cozifications” and “glamifications”  and sums it by by saying “Style is a luxury, and luxury is simply what makes you happy.”

Beyond including the great tips and tricks in The Perfectly Imperfect Home, Needleman enlisted Virginia Johnson to illustrate each section with beautiful watercolor depictions.  These images are half of what makes the book so inspiring!

The book isn’t cheap (around $20ish)  and it’s fairly new, so it might be hard to find a used one, but if you can score a copy, do it!  Not only is it useful, it makes for a charming addition to any coffee table.

Happy Reading, friends!