Monday, January 28, 2008

Decorating with Metallics

As you've probably noticed, metallics are hot for 2008. There are many makers of metallic paints. My favorite is Modern Masters. I really like the look of a tone on tone painted wall using a matt finish and fat stripes of metallic. I've seen David Bromstad use this technique on his show, Color Splash and it looked great. My favorite color for this is a creamy white wall with pearl metallic stripes, very subtle and sophisticated looking.
Though silver and white gold metallics are very popular, we'll be seeing a lot more gold this year too.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Design Winner!

Stone Forest, has received Interior Design’s Best of Year Award in 2007 for their Moso Bamboo Vessel sink! It is quite beautiful, don't you agree? This competition, in its second year running, acknowledges distinguished interior design projects and products in over 50 categories, and selected the Moso as a designer’s choice winner in the bath/plumbing fixtures category.
Below are a couple more of their sinks in stone,

They also offer one of a kind stone sculptures like this beautiful basalt bench,

and completely custom work such as the diamond fountain below,

In addition, Stone Forest also produce a small but beautiful furniture collection made from sustainable hardwoods,

If you would like to learn more about this company's products visit their website

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Decorating with Purple

Purple came into favor again during 2007 and continues into 2008. I love the look of some of these rooms found on
Exciting Red and tranquil blue come together to make this color which can denote spirituality, sensuality and even royalty. Purple that has been muted with the addition of gray becomes sophisticated and the softer side of purple, lavendar, can have a very refined and delicate feel.

Pantone selected blue iris 18-3943 as the color of the year 2008, saying the following abut their choice.

"From a color forecasting perspective, we have chosen PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris as the color of the year, as it best represents color direction in 2008 for fashion, cosmetics and home products," explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. "As a reflection of the times, Blue Iris brings together the dependable aspect of blue, underscored by a strong, soul-searching purple cast. Emotionally, it is anchoring and meditative with a touch of magic. Look for it artfully combined with deeper plums, red-browns, yellow-greens, grapes and grays."

Blue Iris is also one of the 3,000 colors available in Pantone’s line of superior-quality, eco-friendly paint. PANTONE PAINTS combine the accuracy of PANTONE Colors with the beauty of high-performance Dutch paints. Painting a wall in Blue Iris will add an elegant level of composure with a touch of dynamism to any room."

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Monday, January 07, 2008

Happy New Year to All!

I hope you all had fabulous New Year. I'm still writing 2007 on my checks so I guess it hasn't hasn't quite sunk in for me yet!! Here in the San Francisco Bay area we've just gone through some crazy storms and extended power outages. Some folks still have no power so I'm one of the lucky ones!! ; )

We had a great Christmas. My 5 1/2 year old son received a sleigh load of goodies from Santa. For dinner I broke from tradition and made Steak au Poivre ....that was scrumptuous if I do say so myself! But so was dessert and I won't tempt you with those details! ; )

Next up, I'll be posting on some of the new color and surface trends for 2008. Some of the old with some new twists and those who love shimmery, shiney finishes will be happy to know that metallics in golds and silvers will be strong. Brown will continue into 2008 but with some warmer color companions rather than the recently popular robins egg blue and teals.

Be back soon. Happy 2008!


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