Inspiration

Black and White Interiors

Some of us can’t un-see the unfortunate 1980’s interior A-Bomb when we think of black and white interiors. Back then red and black was the hottest design concept for rock and roll buses, nightclub bathrooms, and Poconos sexy resort suites with heart shaped beds.  Consider what goes on in these environments and you’ll realize black and red were more functional that aesthetic.

So, gross.

Today black and white interiors are fighting back to overcome the shame.  And they’re winning.

Now you can use the color palette with almost every design style from Hollywood Regency to Casual and Shabby Chic, to Industrial to Uber Modern.    If you want to intensify the results, use Gold accents and lacquer finishes.   To soften the results, add some natural wood tones and relaxed linens.   Just back away from the red.  Future generations will thank you.

Black and White Interiors

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Spice Route: Colorful India-Inspired Interiors

One of the remarkable things about the culture of India is its vivid colors, rich textures and blending of patterns.  While living in Toronto, one of my favorite things to do was to stroll the Gerard Street India Bazaar, a largely Indian community with storefront after storefront of amazing fabrics, saris and jewelry, not to mention fabulous Indian street food.  From doors to spices, it is an exotic and inspired treasure trove of color, history,  and enchantment!

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The spice route can be interpreted in a modern fashion for today’s interiors.  Think of using a lively color palette.  I like to start with a dominant color like this electrifying orange and then highlighting with blues and greens.   Mix textures like velvet with high gloss laminate trays, embroidered pillows, and sleek modern pottery.   I like to add something highly carved with an aged finish to suggest the ancient architecture and craftsmanship of the area.

Preview of Spice Route

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Creativity is…….

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.  Design is knowing which ones to keep.

– Scott Adams

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I Need a Pig Here!

“I love a warm pig belly for my aching feet.”
– The Red Queen, Alice in Wonderland 2010

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Color: “The purest and…

“The purest and…

“The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most. ”
― John Ruskin

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