Category Archives: Painted Spaces

C’mon Get Happy {With Yellow}

It never fails.  This time of year, I start dreaming of yellow.  Don’t get me wrong.  I actually like winter {minus the short days}.  I love snow and I enjoy snuggling up by the fire, but I also look forward to the first signs of spring which always come in the form of yellow — early spring flowers and more sunlight.  So, whether it’s a room with yellow paint, fabric, or accessories just seeing a touch of this cheerful color can help bring spring a little closer…and add some happy to your home.  Photo from









Online Design: Working With Yellow Walls

If you’ve ever bought a new home or remodeled one, then you may have had this dilemma:

  • You have no furniture for the room, so you decide to paint first.
  • You select a great color and have the room painted.
  • You love the color, but now you’re stuck…
  • You don’t know what furniture pieces to get, and you don’t want to make a mistake.

Sound familiar?  This is exactly what happened with one of my recent clients Vendell, who lives in Detroit.  When she contacted me, she had just painted her living room/dining room with Melted Butter by Behr, a warm, welcoming and vibrant shade of yellow.  Vendell’s home is older and has tons of character, but she wanted a more contemporary look that would fit her young family.  This post features the DIY Design Plan that I created for her.


Aside from glam gray, black and white, this design also introduces green, which is a color that Vendell likes when it’s paired with yellow.  The Chester Sofa is from, the Bailey Chairs are from, and the Aggie Beaded Lamps are from

Vendell also wanted ideas for accessories.  Among the ideas shown above, I suggested that she purchase dinner and salad plates from the Labyrinth dinnerware collection to hang as a group in the dining room.

{this is now a room with a plan!}

Vendell was so excited about her DIY Design Plan but she was even more relieved to finally have a starting point and strategy.  If your room needs fresh colors or a new look for the new year, email me at to find out how I can help!

I Heart Pink

Today I’m cheating on my favorite color — purple — to love on pink.  I’m attracted to pink because it kind of has a split personality… just like many of us creative types.  It is both innocent and sexy; childish and sophisticated.  {The photo above features a decal from}


Soft pinks make a room feel romantic and formal while vibrant pinks work perfectly in girls’ bedrooms — especially when used with green and/or blue.


Pink and white together look classic and elegant, and it’s another great color duo for a girl’s room because your daughter can grow with it:

{little maison}

Adding pink to your color scheme will always add an interesting spark to your space, especially when it’s used outside of the bedroom which is very unexpected:


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{Pinkish-mauve is very chic!  Photo by}

Other cool combos to try are Pink and Orange for a global glam look…


  …and Pink and Brown for a retro feel.


I believe that pink is meant to be used in creative ways, so whether you paint a room pink or only use pink accessories, be bold and make it fun.

Choosing A Color: Turquoise

Turquoise is a very popular color and it’s one of the most soothing hues you can use in your home.

{caperace via houzz}

You may recall seeing this design in my last post {by John David Edison}:

The color combination of turquoise, fuchsia and chartreuse is one of my faves.  These colors look amazing together, but they are also stunning when used alone.  So, I decided to focus on each of these hues in upcoming posts beginning with turquoise.

{sea side style}

Turquoise represents the color of the sea so it makes us feel very refreshed.  This color is a mix of blue, a calming hue, and green, a color of balance and harmony.  Although it’s a very relaxing color, homeowners are not just choosing turquoise for the bedroom.

{apartment therapy}

{dreamsicle day}

Turquoise is a popular color for the kitchen, home office, and living room.  I had a client who used turquoise as the main paint color for her condo.  Not surprising, considering many of us are constantly on the go and ‘plugged in’ to technology.  This is a great color for unwinding and relieving stress.



Lighter tints of turquoise are usually referred to as aqua.  Mid-tones are sometimes called azure or robin’s egg blue.  And deeper shades are considered teal.  When deciding how light or dark to go, think about the mood you want to create and factor in your room’s lighting and overall style.



CLICK HERE to see more paint color and decorating ideas using turquoise.

A Home Filled With Color {and ideas}

In this post, I’m sharing some photos of a beautiful home filled with decorating and color inspiration.

The interior design in this Florida home was done by John David Edison.  I’ll take a guess and say that the homeowners love color and wanted to incorporate it throughout the house.  Tons of decorating ideas here!

Check out the black trim and chandeliers in the main area.  As you know, I’m not a big fan of white walls but with so many delicious colors in this room, going with white on the walls was the best choice.  I love the turquoise, fuchsia and chartreuse color scheme!

And I was pleasantly surprised to see a black powder room and other great paint colors in the bedrooms.

I admire how the designer boldly used a combination of colorful fabrics and different paint colors in this home.  That can be a scary thing to do, but this design shows us that it can be done well.  So, what are you waiting for?  It’s time to live in color!

Photos from John David Edison Interior Design, Inc.