Posts By: Barbara Jacobs

Creating a New Old House

Here’s a beautiful new addition to the IntegralColor Design Library. Please remember that all book in the design library are in alphabetical order! Loving old houses for all that is lovable about them—the warmth, style, charm, sense of history, integrity of design—and wanting to translate that to a new building, is not a particularly easy task. Subtitled “Yesterday’s Character for Today’s Homes,” this beautiful volume by Russell Versaci with photographs by Erik Kvalsvik will be a welcome addition to your own design library and a great reference for your home design projects.

Silk Road Weaves featured on GettingHomeDesign.com & Floorbiz.com

Find out about Barbara Jacobs’ unique, color-infused approach to designing custom Tibetan rugs. Boston-area rug designer and nationally recognized colorist Barbara Jacobs, Silk Road Weaves™, is featured, along with her line of custom Tibetan rugs, on www.Getting Home Design.com. The extensive article includes 26 images that provide a taste of what she offers to designers and homeowners alike. Read the full article about our hand made rugs from Silk Road Weaves on the Floorbiz.com site.

Decorative finishes – are they for You? 11 Tips

“Way Back” in the mid-80’s it was all about oil. Oil bases, oil glazes. Traditionally and historically, decorative and “faux” painting artistry was executed in oil products because, well, that’s what there was to work with if you wanted the best results. Fast forward to Now, where “faux painting” is almost a household word and it’s a “DIY paradise” from Home Depot to Anywhere. With oil-based products currently on the wane for the most part, there’s a plethora of water-based materials to choose from. Many fine contemporary finish artisans still elect to use oil, for all the reasons why oil… Read more »

Painting and meditation

There’s a time to be actively creative, and a time to be methodical and patient. The paint process reminds me of my experience in studying tailoring (as in: make a suit!) years ago. Old-world style, our European professor would exclaim with drama and flair…“Rrrripp it Out!” when we students made even a near-mistake. We were always watching out for her incisive eye.  There was no room for shortcuts. How does this translate to the wall-painting process? As with many things we undertake, in painting, meticulous preparation is critical to the outcome. The better and more through the prep, the better… Read more »

Blue – The History of a Color

Looking into the history of any color is fascinating, and in BLUE, Michel Pastoureau has created a beautiful book that is rewarding for it’s own aesthetic qualities, both visual and functional (yes, the binding is really stitched and the book lays open at any page!). As for content, the color illustrations taken from a variety of historic documents serve to make the educational text entertaining as well as informative.

Blue, The History of a Color

These days we see blue as a color relating to trust, sincerity, peace, tranquility (sometimes), and a few other ‘color-psychology’ and associative qualities. Looking into the history of any color is fascinating, and in BLUE, Michel Pastoureau has created a beautiful book that is rewarding for it’s own aesthetic qualities, both visual and functional (yes, the binding is really stitched and the book lays open at any page!). As for content, the color illustrations taken from a variety of historic documents serve to make the educational text entertaining as well as informative.

Making a Match–or not!

Creating the definition It’s always interesting to be in a conversation about matching colors. For me, the first question is “what do you mean by match? ” I think that ultimately it’s just about feeling that the colors work together and  are harmonious in the space where they appear. Personally I believe that a more interesting space is created when “matching” colors is not even an issue.  I’d rather see it as the best way to enhance the space while referencing qualities of art work, furniture, rugs, and other important objects in view. What makes a harmonious result? It’s true… Read more »

Your paint project: 10 Tips for choosing colors

Finally, it’s time to choose the colors. Well, maybe it’s not “Finally”—maybe that was actually your first thought! It often happens that I’m called to help with a color palette when “the painters are coming next week!” While crisis-mode color selection is not optimal, it’s certainly possible to do. But your color choices deserve your best attention since it’s color that sets the tone for your entire space. If you have time to give your color selections adequate consideration, it will be to your advantage. Even if you intend to use the services of a color consultant it will be… Read more »