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April 20 2012


Earth Friendly Paints

As we become more aware of how things affect our environment and about earth-friendly living,a huge focus has been geared toward non-toxic paints. Being an Interior Designer, I am by any means not a paint expert, but have done some research and have come across some very interesting tidbits that everyone should be aware of, if they are not already.

I have learned that the majority of paints have a degree of toxicity, only egg tempera can really be accepted as completely non-toxic if using non-toxic pigments. Egg tempera is basically pigment paste and egg yolk. The benefits of non-toxic paint are that they are ideal for those with allergies, have a low-odor and are ultimately better for the Earth.

I'd like to emphasize chalkboard paints which are huge right now. This is perfect for kids and have come across some non-toxic paint that come in black, green, red and blue. This brand of paint was created by Sibella Court who teamed up with Murobond paints. So if you are interested, you can click here to get more information. There are so many brands and types of non-toxic paints that would fit your needs. I have found just a few that I hope you will seem to find interesting. We should not only celebrate Earth Day one month out of the whole year, but everyday.

A soft color palette of organic paints by ECOS Organic Paints.

Benjamin Moore's Natural Paint Colors.

Image from Mythic Paints room visualizer page.

Yolo's Boho trend colors.

Anna Sova's food paint.

Tags: Paint

January 31 2012


Home Decor Trends: Moroccan Pattern Stencil Wall Tutorial

Stenciled walls are becoming quite the trend right now. And for good reason, it adds an awesome pop to the  room.  I have been dying to stencil a wall for a while now, the problem is, the process looks very daunting and frankly, a little tedious. Finally, I decided to go for it and stencil the main wall in my living room to give the rather drab room, a big pop.

Source: 1, 2, 3, 4

After looking through tons of color palettes and patterns, I set out to find the perfect gray and decided on a Moroccan pattern similar to the bedroom below. I bought the "Wall Stencil Marrakech Trellis" from CuttingEdgeStencils for about $50.


I tested several paint colors  in all shades of gray and finally found the perfect shade. I chose, "Timber Wolf" by Benjamin Moore. If you are in the market for the perfect gray paint, I highly recommend trying this. I have tried so many that were too blue, too purple, and too brown and found that this was the perfect gray hue.

After trying out 15 paint colors, I ended up with "Wolf Gray" by Benjamin Moore (seen below) because I switched and confused the word "wolf" and ended up painting an entire wall a color I hadn't even tested before.

The photos don't translate the colors quite as well as in person. This shade is really a dark blue as opposed to a slate gray. After painting the wall the color you choose, the real fun begins.

I started stenciling in the bottom left corner as it was the most discrete. My first chunk took 20 minutes to complete. As I continued it started getting a lot easier. Here are some pointers I learned through the process:

  • - Pour a half-cup of paint into the tray
  • - Work the paint into the roller by rolling it around evenly a few times. You don't want clumps of paint on the roller or the stencil will come out clumpy in places.
  •  - Once the paint is evenly distributed on the roller, roll over the stencil a few times quickly.
  • - I liked the look of the gray coming through, so I would only roll it a few times. It gives it a "stamped" sort of look which I preferred against the gray.

To ensure the stencil lines up and it is even throughout the wall, make sure the stencil is lined up with the white paint from the last group you did. Tape all 4 corners and its stays right where it needs to be for you to quickly roll over it.

Doing a full wall is much easier than a wall with a huge fireplace in the middle. Luckily, the stencil I purchased came with smaller stencils to fill in areas and edges that the large stencil wouldn't fit in. For each edge of the fireplace, I used the smaller stencils and filled in the lines one by one.

After several more hours of the same work over and over again, I completed the entire wall. There were places where paint clumped up, but when I finished the wall, it was hard to find those places that were smudged, so I decided not to worry about it.

Stenciling Photos & Process by: Allison Silber 

Overall it took about 10 hours to paint and stencil this one wall. It is definitely a lot harder than just picking a color, painting and calling it a day, but I love the look that this wall brings to the whole room.

As far as pairing decor with a stencil wall, the one problem is that you can't have too many other geometric patterns in the room as they all start to clash (hence the 4 pillows I have with all the same pattern). I decided to order a textured rug that was more muted, and some textured solid color pillows to balance out the patterns in the space.

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January 20 2012


November 10 2011


Eric Carle - Daring You to Imagine a World with Purple Penguins and Lime Green Rhinos

Imagine a world where anything is possible—where dogs sport a luscious coat of pink fur, green cats preen themselves with zebra striped tongues, ruby red snakes have glowing purple polka dots, and rainbow spotted elephants spray orange slices from a mile long trunk. This is the world that Eric Carle dares his readers to imagine.

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Eric Carle was born June 25, 1929 in Syracuse, New York. When he was six years old, he and his parents moved to Germany where he grew up and eventually graduated from Akademie der bildenden Künste, a prestigious art school in Stuttgart. He never forgot his American roots and returned to the place of his happiest childhood memories in 1952.

Eric Carle | Books


Inspired at a young age by German artist Franz Marc, who is known for his paintings of blue horses, Eric Carle has illustrated over seventy books, many of which he also wrote. The following are some of his most memorable contributions to children’s literature.


The first book Eric Carle illustrated was titled Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Published in 1967, its bold and colorful illustrations brought a fresh look to children’s literature.



In 1969, The Very Hungry Caterpillar quietly began to work its way into all of our hearts. By far his most well-known children’s book with over 22 million copies sold, it has been translated into more than thirty languages and has graced bookshelves for over forty years.

Eric Carle reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar (source) | Food page - source

Book and pages from The Very Hungry Caterpillar - source | source | source

So, what is the magic that makes this book popular even to this day?

Is it the simple story of the life cycle depicted in the form of a tiny insect? Is it the fact that it teaches the days of the week, counting, and good nutrition paired with interactive die-cut pages? Is it the suggestion that we are all a bit like this little caterpillar and will one day turn into beautiful butterflies? Maybe it is the vivid illustrations themselves, which startle the senses and spark the imagination. Whatever the reason may be, it stands true that The Very Hungary Caterpillar is a worthy example of how far a little imagination and creativity can take you.

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle (source)

The year 1970 brought The Tiny Seed with its collage illustrations accompanied by simple poetic text that demonstrate the enormous potential of one tiny seed.

Have you seen my Cat? by Eric Carle (source |  source | source)

One of my personal favorites, Have you seen my Cat? takes the reader on a journey through distant lands where wild and domesticated cats alike adorn the pages in Eric Carle’s classic illustrative style. Published in 1973, the pictures more than the text lead the reader from page to page searching for a boy’s beloved pet.

The Very Busy Spider includes a raised printing technique (source)

The Very Busy Spider was published in 1984. Its striking illustrations are enhanced with a raised printing technique that allows readers to enjoy the story by sight, sound and touch.

Hello, Red Fox (source)


Published in 1998, Hello, Red Fox is a colorful book with a lot of surprises. Eric Carle’s illustrations take readers on a journey to discover complementary colors.

Cover source  |  Two-page spread from “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth by Eric Carle (source)

Featuring amazing rainforest illustrations,“Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth was released in 2002. Eric Carle was inspired to write this book at a time when his life was very hectic. He got fed up with it one day and after locking himself up in his studio he began to work on this book. It now stands as a reminder to us all to slow down and take a break sometimes. (source)

Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do you See? by Eric Carle  (source)

In 2007, Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do you See? hit the shelves. If you will remember, Eric Carle started his career with a book with a similar title, but from the adult bear’s perspective. Thinking it would be a nice way to sort of round off his career, he got back together with Bill Martin Jr. and illustrated this children’s book. Little did he know that he wasn’t quite finished with his career…

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, by Eric Carle (cover source)



Eric Carle’s The Artist who Painted a Blue Horse came out this year (2011) as a stunning illustrated book that truly explores and encourages a child’s imaginative potential. The first page displays a little boy holding a paintbrush saying, “I am an artist and I paint a blue horse.” Subsequent pages are illustrated with a whole zoo of unconventionally colored animals, and concluding with the little boy again, this time saying, “I am a good artist…” The addition of one powerful little word to the sentence expresses Eric Carle’s deep belief that the imagination cannot and should not be hindered. In fact, his own creative process is a testament to this. (source)

Eric Carle in his studio (source)

“I often try making paper more than what paper is.”-Eric Carle (source)

Eric Carle’s illustrative technique is to use hand-painted, cut and collaged tissue paper. Using overlaying colors combined with bold strokes, wavy lines, polka dots, and other techniques, the resultant tissue paper is bright and colorful.


“Many people make collages. Artists like Picasso and Matisse and Leo Lionni made collages. Many children have done collages at home or in their classrooms. I happen to make my collage illustrations using painted tissue papers. You might want to try it too!” — Eric Carle (source)

Eric Carle’s illustrative style demonstrates how repeated sequences of circles, squares, and lines can lead to endless creative possibilities.


As the author of some of the most unique and well-recognized illustrations in children’s literature, Eric Carle is a true advocate of creative expression. We would do well to recognize our own attempts at creativity as simply as Eric Carle does, meaning that anything goes. The imagination holds endless possibilities, and when we tap into our own creative wells, what will emerge? A beautiful butterfly? One can only hope there are a few purple penguins and lime green rhinos in there, too.

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October 13 2011


October 03 2011


Project from Sharing Stitches: Amazing Artist's Apron + Giveaway

In two previous posts—one for the Market Bag and the other for the iPad Sleeve—I shared with you some techniques I love to use for painting layers on canvas and then using the canvas to sew projects with. Well this time, I wanted to kick it up one notch by adding some hand stitching to my painted fabric. I chose the Amazing Artist’s Apron from the book, Sharing Stitches by Chrissie Grace. Liz Lamoreux—one of 15 contributing artists in Chrissie’s book—designed this project.


I was already of fan of Liz’s aprons, so I was excited that she shared how to make one in this book! The yummy palette I was inspired to draw from for my apron—How To—comes from lover Phoenixfire. So, with my palette in mind, I headed to Michael’s for paint and embroidery floss and found it easy to find all of the colors in both instances. Having the ColorSchemer app on my phone made this super handy, as I could just pull up the palette and have it in my hand as I visually scanned the products.


I started by painting plain pieces of light-weight cotton (I only used a small amount of duck canvas this time) with the five basic colors, then had fun layering them with spatters, drips and, of course, lots of stencils. After my fabrics were dry, I cut all the pieces I would need, according to the directions in the book. The focal point of this apron is the pocket, which is a mini quilt of sorts, made up of strips and squares of the various painted fabrics. The pocket is lined and divided into four sections—making it like four different pockets—but before I sewed the patchwork pocket to its lining, I went to town having fun with hand-stitched doodles (or embroidery if you prefer).

One of my favorite books for embroidery inspiration is Doodle-Stitching by Aimee Ray. So before I started stitching, I flipped through the book to get my wheels turning. Everything I did was pretty basic and freeform. I used stem stitch, cross stitch, straight stitch, chain stitch, French knots and, a new one for me, threaded running stitch. I really never went at this by thinking too hard about it. I just looked at the lines and patterns made by the paint and “doodled” on top as it struck me—much like you’d do doodling while on the phone. The lines and shapes on the fabric you paint can therefore act as a type of accidental pattern. Fun, right?

If you love this palette as much as I do and you’d like to try and win this apron so you can see it in person and look cute wearing it out and about town, leave a comment here expressing something you found inspiring over at and you’ll be counted in for the random drawing held on October xx.

August 23 2011


August 10 2011


Painted Canvas: iPad Sleeve + Giveaway

How exciting—I get to give something away! Several people liked the Market Bag that I posted last time (thanks so much for the love, lovers!), so I thought it would be really fun to make something to giveaway this time. The palette—Sirus IFRC—that provided the inspiration for this project comes from napkin guy and I loved working with this combination of colors. The pattern comes from Sew4Home and was designed by Alicia Thommas (edited by Liz Johnson). With the exception of omitting swivel hooks (instead I used center-release buckles), using a concealed magnetic clasp instead of a nickel one (and, of course, using my own painted canvas and a coordinating fleece), I made the project just as it was presented.


It’s really a lot of fun to make projects from canvas that you have painted and made your own mark on. The person who first got me excited about painting layers on canvas with this approach is Roxanne Padgett. I took her Luscious Layered Canvas class last spring and have been having a grand ole time ever since. I continue to experiment and try new things and new ways of making each piece uniquely my own. You’ll be seeing more projects from me where I take this path using a palette, so I thought you might like to see briefly, how I go about painting the canvas. And if you don’t want know all that, just skip to the bottom and leave a comment if you’d like to try and win this bag. I’ll never know the difference.

For what I do, I buy unprimed cotton duck in a medium weight and I typically buy it in one big folded piece (72” x 6 yards [1.83m x 5.49m]) because it’s most economical that way. If I just want to paint canvas, without a particular project in mind yet, I like to work on pieces that are about 18” x 24” (46cm x 61cm) and I usually just tear it. Sometimes—as with the project I’m showing you here—I will read the pattern to see what sizes I’m supposed to end up with and then I tear the duck to individual pieces that are about three inches bigger than I need to allow for shrinkage (when the canvas gets wet).

Before starting to paint, I like to get an entire piece of canvas wet first and I just do this in the sink. Getting it wet allows the paint to spread faster and easier. Start with one color and just make several random strokes. Then use a foam roller and work it over the entire surface to spread the color. Irregularity is good—don’t get hung up thinking you need to end up with a consistent, solid fill here. You’re just getting started!


Take a second color and just squirt some in several places. Pretend you are Jackson Pollock and just have fun flinging it on there. Work this in a bit with the roller too, but leave it more concentrated in some places and less so in others. Now you have a decent background and it’s all assorted layering techniques from here. I’ll share a few of my favorites here with you, but keep in mind, you are the artist and whatever way you do it is the right way.

Okay, so one thing I like to create are washes/gradients of color. Be sure the canvas is still wet when you do this. (Or don’t—see last sentence, previous paragraph.) Wet your brush, load it with some paint and start working it onto the canvas. Lightly dip your brush in water and keep stroking, working out in one direction from where you started. Dip it in water again and continue working in one direction as the pigment starts to fade until your brush is more or less clean. I think it looks nifty to then rotate the canvas 90 degrees and repeat with a new color.

Let’s see . . .what else? What’s really fun is to make a watery mix of paint and then just pour it onto your canvas. I then like to lift one edge of the canvas while the paint is still pooled and hasn’t fully soaked in yet, and let it run and drip. Another thing to do with a watery mix of paint is to draw with is using a palette knife.

And then the last thing I’ll share today is that one thing I love to use are stencils! Stencil application works best with a dry roller, working on dry canvas and with paint that isn’t too thin/watery. Fluid acrylics are fine—just don’t add any water to them. Squirt some paint onto your palette or a paper plate and load your roller by evenly getting paint around it. Then, just roll it over the stencil onto the canvas. Sometimes you have to work it in a couple directions to get good coverage. Hold the stencil in place firmly as you do this. (Side note: You know who has cool stencils? Mary Beth Shaw. I was inspired to use her stencils when I worked on her book, Flavor for Mixed Media, and I have used a couple of her stencils in this project.)

Repeat all of these techniques multiple times in multiple layers for the most depth and biggest impact. What happens when you make mark you don’t like? You guessed it—paint over it. No pressure. Nothing but fun here. In lieu of overpainting, another thing that I’ve found is fun to do when you don’t like something (and this only works when the paint is still wet) is to take the canvas to the sink and run it under the water to soak it, wring it out and presto! You have a whole new piece of canvas with a cool stained look over the whole thing. See? Life is full of surprises and that’s where the fun comes in.

If you want some more ideas for painting with layers, I highly recommend Flavor for Mixed Media. (Not to mention there’s some great recipes for food in this book, too!)

iPad Sleeve (shown) Giveaway

So . . .enough of me talking already! Would like a shot at winning this iPad Sleeve (which can also be used as a small shoulder bag in case you don't have an iPad)?

I'd like to get to know you and your crafty interests.... so which books from the Create Mixed Media Shop are you most interested in seeing projects or techniques from?

To Enter, leave a comment by Friday, August 19th:

  1. 1.) Link to one (or more) books from the Create Mixed Media Shop
  2. 2.) Why you chose the book(s)

One winner will be selected randomly and will be notified via Love Notes (make sure your notification settings are set to receive these via your email). Contest officially ends Friday, August 19th, 2011 by midnight USA PST.

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July 13 2011


Project from Mixed and Stitched: Palette Inspired Market Bag

Hi Lovers! I’m super excited to have the opportunity to share my projects and musings with you here on COLOURlovers. Who am I? My name is Tonia Davenport and I am the Acquisitions Editor for North Light Craft Books. I have to admit, I really love my job because not only do I get to learn so much from the books I edit, I get to meet so many talented artists in the mixed-media community and I get to play with all sort of products and projects so I can share them with the visitors of our Web site, and now here, too, with the lovers at COLOURlovers.

I’m still a bit new here and learning my way around, but so far I am having a really wonderful experience getting inspiration for my creative projects from the palettes here. Last month, Miaka’s palette Curiosity Killed inspired me to make a pencil case (see above).

And last weekend, COLOURlover, anilumagloire had me swooning with her Anilu 7 palette, so I decided to make a Market Bag from the book Mixed and Stitched by Jen Osborn, using those palette colors.


There is something incredibly rewarding for me to stitch up projects from canvas that I have painted myself and this bag was no exception. I was really happy with how it came out and if it wasn’t for Anilu 7, I don’t know that I would have ever come up with the combination on my own. That’s what I love so much about COLOURlovers—the generous spirit of sharing between lovers here and the way we all want to inspire one another. I’ll be posting many more project here—some from palettes I find while browsing and others from those I create myself and I hope in some small way, maybe I can inspire you to take your favorite palettes to a place outside of the digital world and into more of a tactile, hands-on experience.

If you like the bag you see here, I bet you’ll love the other projects in Mixed and Stitched, too, for they all lend themselves well to fabrics you choose to dye, paint and embellish yourself—you know, really make something your own.


Thanks for letting me share with you.



May 31 2011


Sign Painting - Adding a Human Touch to your Business Identity

Placing importance on simple messages, typography, and color, hand painted signs and advertisements can add a lot to a business identity. Sometimes the signs outlive there businesses, as with the ongoing interest of so-called 'Ghost Signs', hand painted signs leftover from the period of popularity which ended in 70's. Many of these signs still remain in their original locations. Left for nostalgia, appreciation of the artistry or indifference by owners, Ghost Signs are faded reminders of the past, and a source for inspiration for those who see hand painted signs as a important now as the once were.

50 Signs by Colin Dunn

Companies and shop owners often hesitate for hand painted options because of cost, time and the ability to produce realistic image on the now common vinyl signage, which, when it comes to advertising, is often necessary. But when it comes to business signage that doesn't need to realistic, the stylistic touch of a hand painted sign can add a lot to the business and the neighborhood. The outcome can fall into many differing styles and leave a business with a timeless, crafty, funky, edgy,... identity.

Image from rectro | verso

A recent revival of hand painted signs is evident by a number of companies starting up, and the recent release of books like 50 Signs, films like, The Sign Painter Movie and blogs like Ghost Signs dedicated the the past, present an future of the craft. Here is a look at some Ghost Signs, Contemporary and one sign painter who, along with a tight-nit group of others, has been keeping sign painting in the mainstream.

Ghost Signs

Ghost Signs

tailors_clothing The_Municipal


Ghost Signs



Made by Cows


Welcome_Sign Chicago_Red_Hots




Signs by Jeff Canham

Tattoo No_Phones_Beyond

Header image by daemonsquire

July 14 2010


Color Spotlight: Black Attack

If you've ever picked up a shelter magazine, then you know that painting a room is the first step in any interior makeover. The Color Spotlight series will provide inspirational images, paint swatches, and palates to help anyone in a color conundrum select the perfect new hue for their space.

Black is the third color in the series and while you might argue that black is not actually a color, rather the lack of color, why don't you just humor me and go with it, m'kay? Thaaaanks. This go 'round, we'll let a true master walk us through the spectrum of black hues... Ralph Lauren has cornered the market on rich, classic tones and his paint lines offer more shades of black than you ever knew existed.

(Living Etc, Ralph Lauren Paint)
What better way to begin than with a strong black inspiration wall...Though I feel that I must insert a personal disclaimer here: I am not a fan of chalkboard walls. There, I said it. Sure, they're trendy and fun, but in reality, they're messy and they never look as great as you think they will. But back to the photo at hand! This office is like my dream office with the giant farm-table-turned-desk, the cowhide rug, and oh, I dunno, THE CHAIR MADE OUT OF HORNS. The silent black back wall allows the rest of the accents in the room to truly speak their mind and it also provides the perfect blank space for tacking up inspiring images. On the left wall, we can see that the black accent wall is complimented by the often-seen Cole & Son Woods wallpaper. I absolutely love this space and it's a great example that even smaller rooms can remain bright with a black wall!

(Elle Decor, Ralph Lauren Paint)

Moving right along with this sexy, polished bedroom...Here the black wall with the white accents acts as a headboard and anchors the bed. Were the wall left white, the bed might seem to float in the seemingly unfinished room, but the carefully-measured white lines and the federal mirror give the illusion of a grand headboard. The black and white frame motif is echoed in the shams, and while I'm not generally one to pile on the pillows, the stripes that peek from behind the circular pattern draw your eye from the wall to the bed. Onyx shades add to the boudoir feel, but the seagrass rug and smart chrome and glass tray piled with books at the foot of the bed keep the space from being trampy. I think this bedroom is a nice compromise of masculine and feminine...What do you think?

(The Selby, Ralph Lauren Paint)

Walls aren't the only thing that can make a bold statement when coated in an inky shade. Black floors and cabinets are transformed from everyday surfaces into sleek, ebony elements, and in this photo you can see how they lend a polished urban quality to an open loft. I loooove the worn brown tones, especially because they keep the space from feeling stark or cold. This space obviously gets great light, but I can only imagine how amazing it'd look at night...Friends piled on the sofa and the leather daybed, the single bulb offering a dim glow with the help of scattered tea-lights, the kitchen dark and shadowy...what a perfect setting to bring out a glowing birthday cake and celebrate with a late night of stories and champagne. I want to live here!

(House Beautiful, Ralph Lauren Paint)

Ah, and last but not least: a bathroom that would fit in just about anywhere. Here, the black walls don't feel too surprising, as they begin about halfway up the wall. The simple subway tiling below offers a balance that any soccer mom would find appropriate and the classic double sinks offer a dose of tradition suitable for a home in the Hamptons. I love that the bright cotton dhurrie is the bright focal point of the room...So often, bathrooms are subjected to coats of pastel paint and are then overly-decorated, but I think this photo proves that keeping it simple and straightforward is usually the right move.

Alright, your turn: Do you think black walls are too dramatic? Where have you recently seen a space transformed with black paint? And what is YOUR opinion of chalkboard walls??

June 24 2010


Color Spotlight: Think Pink

If you've ever picked up a shelter magazine, then you know that painting a room is the first step in any interior makeover. The Color Spotlight series will provide inspirational images, paint swatches, and palates to help anyone in a color conundrum select the perfect new hue for their space.

Next up in the! Most of you either love it or hate it, but you can't deny that pink interiors can be very eye-catching. Pink is bright, it's light, it's fun, and it works surprisingly well in every room of the house. The last Color Spotlight was accompanied by Mythic paint swatches, but I knew exactly where to look for shades of this bubblegum hue: Disney Paints! Now, without further ado, let's check out some seriously fab spaces that are thinking pink...

(Domino, Disney Paints)
she.broke_my_spinefor_the_love_of_pete butterfly_kissesA_Dying_Star
If you're going to go pink, why not have fun with it? This tiny bathroom has been transformed into a charming circus tent, thanks to some soft pink stripes. Your eye is drawn upward toward the ceiling, which appears to peak into the center of the room, where a vintage chandelier adds to the sweetness of the space. Little pink pops can even be found on the glass knobs, as well as in the custom shower curtain. I can imagine any little girl would feel like a princess in this bathroom, climbing on a stool to try on mom's lipstick in the mirror...

(Desire To Inspire, Disney Paints)
The pink in this living area leans more toward the salmon side of the spectrum. This actually happens to be one of my favorite images...I love the warm pink above the chair rail and the grey below. The wide-planked ashy floors bring both hues together and the simply upholstered settee provides a nice neutral above which to hang framed leaves and eggs. Decorating with natural elements continues on the antique shelving unit; coral and horns sit amongst vintage bowls, all creating a gorgeous vignette.

(IKEA, Disney Paints)

What do you see in this photo? I see a HOT POCKET! Okay...I see a hot pink pocket door. Ahhh...sorry. But, all lame attempts at humor aside, this is a seriously stunning dining room. And if you're as interior-obsessed as I am, then you'll recognize this image from an IKEA catalog! Everything in this room can be found at the Swedish furniture mecca, which means it's budget-friendly (yay!). The overall palate is mostly neutral with white, silver, and blonde wicker, and then BAM! The bright door introduces a little one-two punch and elevates what would have been a dull dining room into a delightful space to host dinner parties.

(Apartment Therapy, Disney Paints)
What a way to make an entrance!! Any bad day would instantly melt away the minute you stepped into this bubblegum rainbow of a hallway. I absolutely love when original siding is used on the inside and here the homeowners have taken a whimsical approach to their palate to create openness and movement in a usually straightforward space. By painting the bottom section in the darkest hue, the room stays grounded...If the dark pink were up top, the small space would feel low-ceilinged and heavy. I'd love to see this each time I walked in the door, wouldn't you?

Hot pink is so in right now-- are you brave enough to use it in your home's decor? If you're already thinkin' pink, I would love to know how!

May 24 2010


Color Lovin' Your Garage Door

Some may think the garage is merely a place to hide the fact that you drive an SUV keep your vehicle & all the stuff you'll probably never use again safe from the elements. But remember all those other great things that have come out of garages? : bands, inventions, companies, etc. The garage is really a conveniently located creative space to explore your latest idea, so it's nice to see that some people are reflecting the creativity going on behind the door outwardly by giving their doors some color lovin'.

Thomas Hawk


Thomas Hawk

kodama (home)


Franco Folini

A National Acrobat

Joseph Robertson

A National Acrobat


Jeremy Brooks




Jeremy Brooks

Jeremy Brooks

Metro Centric

M i x y


Pete Fletch

Jeremy Brooks





Garage Color Palettes from the Library

Garage Garage_Band_King

Garage_Door GarageDoor_to_the

garageband garage_rock_band

Garage_Radio_Tapes garage_practice

garage_paint Garage_Noise

garage_junk Garage_Inc.

Garage_Dot_Com Garage_Door

Garage_Colors Garage_Band_King

Garage_Band Garage_Activities_2

Garage_Activities_1 garage_1

Garage garage

More color loved garage door galleries at Let's Colour Projectthetoyzone.

May 17 2010

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