Posts Categorized: Green building and design

A Maslow-Inspired Thanksgiving Color Palette

What are the colors of Thanksgiving? So much more than paint, decorating, or  “trend palettes.” I wanted to offer some color-reflections for the holiday season, and beyond. What’s important? Please share your own inspirations and color-reflections!

Asking the right questions

How to listen: Take a tip from Joseph Albers “Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.” Among the many “what’s the first step” items in the process of a new client-relationship, asking the right questions is at the top of my list. Of course this also goes for any project, even with people we think we know, since each project carries its own set of circumstances. That’s why I love the above statement by Josef Albers. While creatively problem-solving, opportunities to learn—and to teach—abound in every project Help clients discover their own… Read more »

Bio-What? Add Nature to your Life and Feel Better Now

Biophilia.* It’s not quite a “household word” yet, but is definitely becoming a regularly accepted fact: including as many references to “nature” as possible—in any kind of space—leads to more healthy living and working environments. How this plays out in a very real, practical way is documented in some very interesting articles.  You might say, it’s  even a matter of common sense—and dollars. We humans need to be connected to nature. We hear this so much that it borders on sounding trite. But it’s an innate aspect of our biological makeup—we’re “hard-wired” with this need, and it’s a good one…. Read more »

Floors are colors, Too!

For the most part, paint color consultants are concerned primarily with specifying color for ceilings, walls, trim, and other architectural details. Even so, (we) paint color consultants also consider the colors and textures of floors, since those surfaces are a big factor in how we all perceive any space in its entirety. In fact the colors and textures of floors will always affect the wall and ceiling colors we select. I was recently inspired by seeing some particularly beautiful floor coverings and flooring materials, and wanted to share them with you. So, here’s a quick overview of a few that… Read more »

Who was the first trend-setting “Colorist?”

We’re always so busy in our daily lives — both personally and professionally–that we don’t often pause to really think about what was happening in the very, very early times of human development and how it might relate to us today. I remember when, as a child, one of my favorite subjects was “cave men” and how they lived. Those early cultures held a mysterious fascination for me. OK, so I’m actually a frustrated archaeologist! When the recent New York Times article on the amazing discovery of a  “100,000-year old paint workshop” came to my attention, I not only enjoyed… Read more »

Make it easy? Texture and finish variations create interest.

Connect and coordinate a simple color palette with collaboration, colors, and textures. Sometimes it’s easier than others, and sometimes it just Looks easy! Carefully considered wall finishes and coordinated custom rugs can help. Collaboration gets it done. In this Boston high-rise condo, to create a backdrop for stronger colors we used a neutral-based color palette in custom finish of textured walls, with custom Tibetan rugs. Hand knotted rug: 100% wool. All custom Tibetan rugs shown are from Silk Road Weaves. I’ve worked in tandem with Boston-area designer Cynthia Brumm, of SpaceDesign, on a number of projects. Here, Cynthia was the… Read more »

Patterns and Colors in Diverse Places and Spaces

There’s nothing like being in a different location for a while to stimulate a fresh view of colors and patterns. From the wonderful LACMA museum in Los Angeles to the tiny Japanese variety store, with a home decorating furniture store in the middle of it all, I’m inspired to share a few images for your enjoyment. I always enjoy connecting patterns and textures. One example:     Then, for something really different, a quick visit to ZGallerie to see what’s up in L.A. decor! (or some of it, anyway)     Check out the colors above with the colors of… Read more »

Cross-generational relationships: Connecting the Color-Dots from Antique to Contemporary

How to relate? In this case, it’s about Antiques, Color, Contemporary Life…connecting the colorful dots! Do you love antiques? Even if you are partial to Contemporary design, you have to check out this web site that is an excellent resource for all types of antiques, from lighting to furniture to architectural elements. They have a unique—and fun—feature on the DesignerDiggs.com site: you can select a color from a rainbow band of color options and you’ll be able to see how any of those colors will look when used with the antique piece you’re looking at on their site. How did… Read more »

Who were you when you were a kid?

“Tiny House Living” makes me remember. Not that I lived in such a tiny house…well, actually it was sort of tiny, just not quite as tiny as the mini-dwellings created by Vermonter  Derek Diedricksen. I recently saw the PBS program where he appeared as a guest of Emily Rooney on Boston’s Channel 2. Here’s just one example of a tiny getaway in Vermont. Find out more about Derek’s approach to gleaning supplies and turning them into small buildings. How Green can it be? Derek is the consummate Found Object Artisan. A perfect example of “one man’s trash is another man’s… Read more »