Friday, May 27, 2011

Color the World - or Just One Room for Now

I know I've mentioned before that I love color. And no, no progress yet on priming my dining room. It's not quite Memorial Day yet! I also love consulting people on color choices for their homes.

Recently, I've been acting as personal designer to my friend and coworker Tammy on her home renovation projects. She'll be posting more of the details later on her blog The Lean Remodeler, but so far I've helped Tammy and her amazing husband choose flooring and paint colors for most of their house. Did I mention her husband was amazing? Good, because he is. No renovation can be completed without someone who is willing to jump in and do the work. Um...yeah, that's right, just like my dining room. Those walls aren't going to paint themselves!

Sean installed all of the new flooring himself. He has done all of the painting himself, although Tammy helped by painting the baseboards. He even painted the ceiling of one of the hallways as I suggested which most people would have second guessed me and opted not to do, and it looks great!!

Now it's time for some more fun. Their spare bedroom is their daughter's playroom and it needs to be painted. Their daughter wants pink or purple (her bedroom is already pink) but Tammy would like to see something a little more flexible and able to span a few years without her daughter burning out on those stereotypical girl colors. I wanted to have some fun with the color choices because it is a sweet little girl's playroom after all. Tammy and I also thought it would be fun if all of you voted on the color palette.

The four color palette choices.
There are four palettes to choose from, pictured above. Each palette has three different colors with one of them assigned as the overall or base color. This is the color that will go on all of the walls first. The other two will be one stripe each on one wall to add fun color and pop to the room, also to try and give Tammy's daughter the pink or purple she wished for. Here's a quick sketch I made for Tammy and Sean to visualize what I intended:

You'll notice the two stripes will be different widths to keep it from being visually boring or predictable. The top stripe will be about chair rail height. You don't want to cut a wall right in half. That's not visually appealing.

Palette A - The blue would be the base color.

Palette B - The blue would be the base color.

Palette C - The purple would be the base color.

Palette D - The yellow would be the base color.
So join in the fun and help us color this playroom by casting your vote in a comment to this post. I can't wait to hear what you think!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Las Vegas and New York City

The last couple of weeks I've been traveling on business with my day job. First Las Vegas, then New York. Two interesting and inspiring cities in two totally different ways. Here are just a few of the photos from these trips.
Outside a wine bar in the Aria Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV

Ceiling treatment and lighting in the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV. There is a new sophistication that can be found at the City Center, which is a nice change from the over the top thematic approach Vegas is know for.

Amazingly yummy bread at Eataly in New York City.

A tea and spice vendor in the park in the Flatiron area. Currently there is a food fair going on until June.

This was parked outside the cafe in Bryant Park in New York. It looked so cool and vintage that I had to snap it!

I love this photo! It's a coffee shop that my friend who lives in the Chelsea area frequents. She calls it Mr. Grumpy's. I forgot to ask the real name! :0)
I hope you enjoyed this quick little photo tour of my recent travels. I'll post more in the future, but really wanted to give you a taste of what I've been experiencing lately. Also, keep an eye out for a post in the next day or two where you will be able to vote on a color pallet for a girl's play room. Whenever color is involved, it's sure to be fun!

Monday, May 16, 2011


In order to deflect the fact that I still have not started priming my dining room, I'm posting some of my photography. (I have a new tentative date for priming to start, the 30th of May. Keep your fingers crossed for me!) The flower photos featured on this post have been taken from spring to present. All but one has been treated with a filter.

Antique rose in my neighbor's yard.
Tree in full bloom, taken in March.
The previous photo and this one are trees in the parking lot where I work. Amazing what you can find if you just open your mind and eyes to the creative possibilities that surround you.

A Buttercup in my backyard, taken in April.
A Chokeberry Tree, maybe.
I think this might be an old Knockout Rose
Not sure what kind of flower this is, maybe a rose of some sort, but I think it's lovely.
Thistle standing tall against the threatening weather.
This one feels like it should be framed in old barn wood.
I love this sunflower. It seems to be pointing my gaze upward.
 I know I shouldn't make any promises, I mean look at my poor dining room, but the next few posts should have some fun photography. I'll be traveling for work (my day job) with eyes peeled for inspiration and trends. Till then, have a great week!

Monday, May 9, 2011


I finally did it!! I completed the one pysanka (Ukrainian style Easter egg) that has had my inner voice working over-time yelling at me to "just do it!" It took me a couple of nights, but it's done, and it doesn't look half bad. There is one problem though. I never purchased the tool to blow the eggs out, so I think I'm just going to try my luck, walk on egg shells (pun intended) for about a year until they dry out naturally. That also means that the last egg, the red one in the photo, which is meant for my awesome sister, is going to have to stay  here with me until the coast is clear and the danger of exploding, rotten eggs has passed before I can send it to her. (*Dear Sis, I hope you like your egg!) I will also be buying some spray lacquer in the next couple of days to seal and protect the outside of the eggs. Maybe this will act as a glue and bind the eggs together to keep them from exploding! Silly, I know, but a girl can hope can't she?

So with this little victory dance now complete, it's time to move to the next personal challenge. Maybe my dining room will get the attention it so desperately needs (see my earlier posts).

Oh, and if you're interested in seeing the Pysanky my sister created you can see them on her blog. She's really an incredible artist.