Color Coral Reef – A Softer Red



When customers ask me what is the latest trend in colors for their home or office, this year’s Pantone Color of the Year, Marsala, often leaves them cold.  It’s a little dark, reminds them of the wine colors of the past decade and their eyes tend to glaze over at the mention of this color.

In my profession looking for clues as to what you, the customer, want to live with in your environment is par for the course.  And luckily  there is always an alternative.  If you are emptying a room to do a re-model and you’re starting from scratch, consider Sherwin Williams’ pick for their Color of the Year – Coral Reef.

Bathroom Vanity in Coral Reef

Coral Reef is the perfect shade to transform your bath into a tropical retreat right in your home.  This color is a great pop to add to the cold neutrals that have been the norm for the last few years. Though it’s in the red family, it’s much softer than red.  It’s not pink, so it is not too feminine.


Spring is a perfect time of year, albeit all the snowstorms in our country’s east coast right now, to think about updating not only our indoor spaces, but also our outdoor patio furnishings like pillows, chaise loungers and rugs.  Have you thought about adding the color Coral to your decor?

SW 6606 Coral Reef


Design 2013 – Blue’s the Hue

Design 2013 – Blue’s the Hue

Even though though Emerald Green is the color of the year in 2013, have you noticed that blue is everywhere?  It seems that the cool, calming properties of blue have taken over the  home decor palettes.  Furniture, draperies, pillows, linens and rugs are using blue as the primary color.
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Drapes in Black & White Always Right!

Black and white Faux Bois fabric from my Tobi Fairley Home Collection.  Grosgrain ribbon trim, applique and embroidery on the drapery panels.  Wall coverings by Phillip Jeffries.

Black and white panels, faux bois fabric from Tobi Fairley Home Collection. Wall coverings by Phillip Jeffries.

Just in time for you to set your clocks forward, I stumbled upon a classic spring color scheme that Tobi Fairley, an acclaimed interior designer who excels in the use and balance of color, used this past holiday season in New York City’s Holiday House with Traditional Home Magazine.

The Holiday House Showhouse features iconic designers who each design rooms based on traditional and non traditional holiday themes.  What struck me about this design (aside from how gorgeous it is) was that even Tobi knows that the “trending now” black and white craze (that seems to “trend” every spring) is really a classic of which we never tire.  You just can’t go wrong with black and white.  Whether you use it in your wardrobe, draperies, wall paper or furniture – Black and White is Always Right!

Click hereTo see Tobi Fairley’s “Spring Forward” design from the New York City Holiday House with Traditional Home Magazine.  And don’t forget to set your clocks ahead by one hour on Saturday evening, March 10!


Make Your Windows A Focal Point

Tomassi Focal PointDo you wonder if your window treatments should match the paint on the surrounding walls? I always tell my clients that it all depends on what you want to achieve at the window.

If you want to create a focal point at the window, consider using a contrasting color on your draperies than you have used on wall surfaces.  That will create a sense of movement as your eyes hone in on the details of the fabric’s texture and trims.  You will have a backdrop that allows for those features to stand out.

Notice in the window treatments above that the wall is a deep wine color but the draperies, in a gold pulled from trim on the bedding, create a cocoon for the beautiful bed.  Who wouldn’t want to retreat to this inviting space at day’s end?   Say “ahhhh” !



Window Treatments “Perk” to Sell Homes

Window Treatments “Perk” to Sell Homes

A Hunter Douglas Duette Shade with the battery powered Power Rise system is a plus for selling a home with a window that is not easy to reach.[/caption]

Often when I am working with clients on custom window coverings, they hesitate to make the investment of what could be a couple thousand dollars for the whole home in blinds or shades because they might move in five years.  That’s when the investment will really pay off!  When selling my own home in Ohio before moving to California, one of the things that set my home apart from all the others on the market was the interior designed custom window treatments!  We are talking about a few thousand dollars of beautiful draperies that I had enjoyed for about seven years.  Was I sad to leave them behind?  Yes.  Do I regret the investment?  Definitely not! We had a bidding war on our home for sale that tickled my husband and I to death.  So enjoy your window treatments now and let the investment pay off when you sell your home!.

Click Here to see how  Centruy 21 speaks to that same investment in an article published in “Home Matters”.left.letterhead

Working With a Neutral Pallette

Working With a Neutral Pallette


Hunter Douglas Vignette Modern Roman Shade

One goal in designing a home or office is to keep major furniture pieces in a neutral tone so that your investment is not soon outdated.  But you want to add interest and style to your environment.

How do you keep them from falling flat?  One way would be to choose an odd number of colors as your accent colors and use them throughout your living space.

These beautiful Hunter Douglas Vignette Roman shades will last years for this homeowner and work with whatever color side panel drapes they decide to use.  They function beautifully as light control, sun protection and energy conservation.  And the blue draperies give the room just the serenity you need for a good night’s sleep.

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