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Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Since November, I've been at Seattle Lighting three days a week, learning absolutely everything there is to know about lighting and then some. And why you may ask? Because lighting goes hand in hand with color and I want to have more to offer my clients. Now I'm an official lighting geek and terms like wattage, lumens and voltage drop are flowing off my tongue at 186,000 miles per second. I now know the difference between a G9 and and GU 24 bulb, when to use a 12volt transformer versus 24 and every fixture one would need for a myriad of lighting applications from kitchen to landscape. I have been fortunate to learn from a fantastic team who have taught me everything in the most supportive environment. And of course, the experience gets sprinkled from time to time with nuggets like the Edison Bulb.
All the while, EB Color is going through the roof! The phone has been ringing incessantly and I answer the call. So I'm at it six days a week, but I wouldn't say it's work. Nope. I absolutely love my job as a color consultant and emerge from each color consultation with a wonderful sense of fulfillment for having helped people through the use of my talent and experience.I find myself in amazing places and my customers are lovely. Besides residential work, I have also been branching out doing larger scale commercial work, developing palettes for apartment complexes from Tukwila to Tacoma.
But alas...my website needs updating, my easel beckons and so does my Etsy shop. I am once again summoned to a blogging regiment of writing mine and reading my favorite colleagues' on the magical subject of color. This morning over coffee with the talented landscape designer Emily Russell, who who is time challenged in her own right with an 18 month old, we decided to banish excuses once and for all. Thank you Emily!
Summer painting season is approaching, and EB Color is ready. If you would like an exterior or interior color consultation, I have the time for you. And just like Tom Bodette... "I'll leave the light on for you".
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Happy New Year! Chinese New Year that is…”The Year of the Dragon”. It’s time to get your red on! Why? The color red symbolizes fire and is said to have the power to expel bad luck. Plus is looks awesome.
This morning as I was sorting my red laundry before the weekly ritual of ablution in the washing machine, the ranges of red were striking; pink undies, a maroon turtleneck and an orange sweater all made it into the “red” pile. What a beautiful mélange!
At Colormix 2012, Sherwin Williams’s Jackie Jordan was all over red in this year’s presentation, showing examples of its ubiquitous presence. Photo after photo were displayed pairing varying shades of reds, all working harmoniously.
During yesterday's color consultation, taking inspiration from a beautiful painting on the wall, we combined Benjamin Moore’s AF- 280, “Salsa Dancing”, with AF-225, “Firenze”. The color combo sizzled in the painting and it will on the walls.
Try Sherwin William’s SW2802 “Rookwood Red” on your front door or reinvent your staid study with the rudimentary ruddiness of “Audubon Russet”, Benjamin Moore’s HC-51 . Or, if you choose to exercise restraint, use it sparingly in a small niche with SW 0057 “Chinese Red”.
Whether one wants to go big with red or prefers a diminutive application, it never disappoints. And hey… summoning a bit of good luck just can’t hurt either. Gung Hay Fat Choy!
Friday, October 28, 2011
This wall partition adds subtle translucent color,
Personally my dream house will one day have interior columns made out of giant glass prisms to scatter colorful light. How's that for the ultimate?
And ah, metal! Metal can be salvage yard cheap or Tiffany expensive. Think how many different looks one could achieve with the use of metal from a rusty metal wall to a contemporary shining silvery showcase. Scottish designer, Niki Fulton’s enlightening post expounds on the dynamic effects of metallic surfaces.
Here are two contrasting looks, from the industrial,
to the refined elegance of gold leaf.
I was taken by this metal exterior on a new distillery on the Fremont canal in Seattle. It could just as easily be used in an interior.
We can't leave out wood and wood paneling, either solid or veneer. As a color consultant,I often specify a veneer to cover some existing unsightly wood as in a mantel, a beam or ledge when painting is not an option. Again, any look can be achieved, sleek...
Friday, October 21, 2011
I just spent a wondrous week in New York with my time divided between NYC and a bucolic setting upstate on beautiful Seneca Lake. In Manhattan, I window shopped, soaking up color palette inspiration. Fur coats were on display everywhere, reminding us of a winter that will soon be overtaking us.
But it was THIS fur coat that really sent me… the one belonging to the Wooly Bear caterpillar, another harbinger of winter. As he crept along the road, I did my best to measure the width of brown versus black in his fuzzy corpulence. According to folklore, the wider the brown, the milder the winter. If you believe this legend, this little guy says it’s going to be mild. Are you convinced of this? I'm not, but the notion certainly bestows the warm fuzzies.
photo by Elizabeth Brown
I’m not a meteorologist, I’m a color consultant. I can’t accurately predict the weather in Seattle, but I do foresee the perfect palette tailored just for you.
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Monday, October 10, 2011
for the renvation of a "Royal Suite" in the hotel "Intercontinetal Genf" the interior designer Tonychi, New York, chose some colours which numbers are not known at us.
Those are: ELKHORN AF-105, WHITE DOWN OC-131, VAN DEUSEN HC-156, CITRUS BURST 364 and SPACE BLACK 2119-10.Please send us a colour sample of each .
Thank you very much.
Did he just say Tony Chi? The celebrated New York designer? Be still my beating heart! Now, why they just didn't contact his firm for said information is beyond me. I was happy to oblige, send along the swatches and relish the six degrees of separation. And how did they find me? Easy… Google search. I've specified this Benjamin Moore color, "Elkhorn" a couple of times.
As an accent wall for a living room:
photo by Elizabeth Brown
And as the body of an exterior:
This happy occurrence was a gift. I became privy to a cutting edge palette specified by an urbane designer without leaving my office. The specified colors were “Elkhorn”, “Citrus Burst”, Van Deusen Blue, White Down and Space Black.
What do you think?
Whether you're urbane or folksy, live in the city or the country, and you're seeking professional assistance in assembling your own unique palette, call me for a color consultation and we'll make it work.
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