Category Archives: Artwork

Colorful Words Of Encouragement

This is a photo of my most recent purchase which now hangs in my office.  It reminds me to stay positive and prayerful when I’m not feeling very…positive.

I wanted to share it because I think we all can use some encouragement from time to time.  So, whatever it is that you’re striving for — no matter how frustrated you get, no matter how tired you get, no matter what other people are doing, and no matter how old you are — find your purpose, let your true colors shine, and never give up!

Has Graffiti Gone Glam?

I’m very excited to announce my new Living Style column at STIR, Sherwin-Williams’ website for color and design professionals and enthusiasts!  I’m pleased to be among a colorful team of three other experts, and together we’ll bring you a variety of informative design stories throughout the year.  You can also join the conversation by leaving comments, so be sure to check out my first story — GRAFFITI GLAMOUR. Here’s a preview/photo gallery:

{by Spray Paint Artist Chor Boogie}

Graffiti has long been associated with vandalism.  For years it has stirred up sentiments about its legitimacy as an art form. However, in the midst of this debate, a shift has taken place. Graffiti is now trending toward the glamorous — showing up in chic places, on hip home furnishings and on high-end fashion accessories. Artists are being commissioned for their work, which is now know as urban, street and spray paint art.  I interviewed five creative professionals, and they are all inspired by this art form’s energy, style and colors.

{both photos from Michael Tavano; photographer Rick Lew}

The graffiti-infused environment that designer Michael Tavano created for the New York Design Center at DIFFA’s Dining By Design event last year is still generating buzz.  Michael believes that graffiti impacts design partly because color influences design.  “We live with color all around us,” Michael says.  “You can use a lot of color and still be comfortable.”

{photo from The Dolce Group}

Graffiti is just one element that completes the dining experience at the upscale Rare 120 steakhouse in Las Vegas.  You’ll find only a hint of graffiti scrawled across the restaurant’s dining chairs.  However subtle, I surmise the graffiti was a key ingredient in designing the “cool, sleek and fun” atmosphere that owner Lonnie Moore tells me his clientele wants.

{Lovegrove & Repucci’s New York Delft dinnerware;’s South 3rd Hi-Light; furniture designer Luis Alicandu’s Louffiti Mirror}

{Coach; Louis Vuitton}

Ken Leung’s colorful jewelry collection {} reflects the street art of New York City, which Leung describes as “a raw and unapologetic expression of emotion and rebellion.”  “Art is a means of expression as well as communication.  Through that prism, graffiti becomes a very beautiful art form,” he explains.


Keenly aware that graffiti carries a negative connotation, Chor Boogie calls himself a spray paint artist and he emphasizes the positive aesthetic of this art form.  Based in San Francisco, his work has taken him around the globe.  Commissioned works include a mural at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in China and other public work in Australia, Dubai, Mexico and my hometown of Washington, DC.

{both photos/artwork by Chor Boogie}

“I don’t discriminate when it comes to color,” Chor tells me.  “I’ll put any off-colors together and make it look beautiful.”  My kinda guy!

{Chor Boogie contributed to the “Seasons In The City” mural in Washington, DC; photo from Albus Cavus}

I asked Chor what he wants others to focus on when deriving color inspiration from his art.  He says that people should look at how the art makes them feel, however far they can take their perception.  “Look for something from within…and go with what you feel is right.”  How does Urban Art make you feel?

Haiti’s Colorful Art {For Sale!}

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It’s been weeks since Haiti was devastated by a catastrophic earthquake.  Since then, we’re not hearing as much about relief efforts, but they are on-going.  Haiti still needs our support and prayers.  If you’re a collector of colorful artwork or just inspired by it, you may be interested in helping through the Vassar Haiti Project, a non-profit organization that provides aid and assistance to Haiti through the sale of Haitian art.

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One of the Vassar Haiti Project’s main goals is to support education and sustainability in Chermaitre, a rural Haitian village.  Since the earthquake, the organization has expanded their monetary aid to relief efforts and a fund that is helping artists rebuild their homes in Port Au Prince.

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You can purchase the artwork directly from the Vassar Haiti Project website. Even if you’re not a collector, this vibrant artwork can serve as a striking focal point for any room in your home.  It is truly inspiring.

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Many Haitian artists are self-taught, and their artwork is rich with color and culture.  Their art reflects the beauty of their country — despite the struggles and tragedies that they face.

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“Through political turmoil, natural disasters, and crippling poverty, the Haitian artists have preserved a cultural heritage, and offered pride and hope to the Haitian people through their beautiful visions of their beloved country. Protecting and supporting the art community and culture in Haiti will be vital for its long-term recovery and its rebuilding as a nation.” — excerpt from the Vassar Haiti Project Blog.

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The artwork presented here is from the Vassar Haiti Project. Visit their site to purchase.  However, please note that due to the large number of recent sales, some paintings on their website are no longer available. If you see a painting you’d like to purchase, please check with them to see if it is still available.

Color Design: Coral And More

coral living room | kelly porter

One way to achieve great success with your color scheme is to ‘pull’ it out of your artwork.  This is exactly what I did when choosing paint colors for this beautiful home.  The homeowner {who is also my friend} had collected gorgeous abstract art pieces that were full of bold hues.  She also has great contemporary furniture, but because the walls were builder’s white, it just felt like something was missing.  Not any more.


{Like me, my friend has three boys.  Look how clean her white sectional sofa is!  Unbelievable!  Wall color:  Chrysanthemum by Sherwin-Williams}

We not only selected colors that complement the home’s furnishings, but my client-friend also took the bold approach of painting her ceilings.  This two-tone application adds tons of drama but the look is still harmonious because each room was painted with analogous colors:  coral for the family room and living room; blue-greens for the dining room.


In the dining room, new chairs line the wall, painted with Halcyon Green by Sherwin-Williams.  {There will be plenty of comfy seating for my friend’s large Christmas gathering.}


In the kitchen {below}, we used a rich neutral which picks up the tones of the cherry cabinets and dark wood flooring.  This warm, earthy color also balances all of the other hues.


The ceiling color in the family room was the same shade of coral that we used for the walls in the living room {below}.



Now, when friends and family come to visit, they embark on a colorful journey that begins right at the front door.

All photos by Porter House Designs.
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