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Art was probably the first word I said as a baby… or so it seems. My parents were antiques importers and I grew up with 18th and 19th century incredible artifacts.
It was after WWII and my father would travel to Germany and France to buy antiques. So I truly grew up with the finest European antiques. It wasn’t until I was in my 30s and sold my home – which was filled with these glorious masterpieces – to buy a new contemporary home that I realized I no longer wanted to live with old, fragile, expensive antiques. I realized that these pieces were my heritage, but they were not me today or my taste any longer and I now loved more contemporary art and furnishings. So I sold everything I owned, and I mean everything, and moved into my new contemporary home with nothing, just bare necessities, and lived that way for about a year.
I gave myself time to breathe without the burden of expensive and irreplaceable antiques. I had called in an antiques dealer from New York who bought everything. I asked the packing company to hold everything over night before packing it for shipment to New York. I wanted to see how I would feel the next morning, waking up without my beloved and once cherished pieces. Well, I loved the feeling…I felt free! I called the shipping company to pack everything and send the antiques away.
This began my design journey of self-discovery. It was tough and it was fun!
So I practiced what I preach. I realized over the years working with my clients that I wasn’t decorating a room. I was helping people express themselves through their design choices.
On my journey of design discovery, I had to look at my choices with new eyes and be open to all possibilities. I had to ask myself questions like “Can I live with this?” “Will I still like it in a week or a year?” “Am I making a mistake?”
While this may seem difficult, it really isn’t and I’m going to explain to you why not. Why you needn’t fear making a mistake, because if you feel your decision is the right one, it is.
First let’s talk a little about the art.
Art can be a focal point. When you choose the art with your heart, YOU come through as the focal point, too. You are seen as the art also because it is an expression of your personality, style and taste. The first consideration is how it feels to you. Second, is how it looks. Choosing art is a personal choice because art has the ability to evoke feelings. It is an emotional purchase. As much as I enjoy guiding my clients through the design of their homes, I never influence them in their choice of art. Rather I help them define what they like, in regard to the different mediums, their individual reaction to colors, the feel of the many textures, geometric shapes, abundance of styles and critical proportions.
These are all very subjective details and must come from inside of each of you. However, I have found that most people I work with do not have an awareness of these elements in relationship to their reactions to them. That is why they are working with a professional designer. They are wise to realize that they need to learn more about themselves to make the right decisions. And the right decisions are the ones that feel right to them. Yes, I repeat “what feels right, is right.” And this is the magic bullet that makes interior design easy for everyone. Interior design is about your interior. The space you are decorating is exterior design. The room has no feelings, but you do. And that is what you must focus on. YOU!
By layering your home or office with T E X T U R E this will infuse your surroundings with life! Pick a few décor items and add them to your home to enhance your energy and enrich your home.
To help you, Parnian Luxury Furniture is offering
*15% off a single accessory
3/1/16 through 3/31/16
*excludes clearance items, custom Parnian casegoods and custom art
In an Essential Colors Analysis, Clarisse Color Creations determines your personalized colors based on your skin tone and eye color utilizing your Primary Essence. Clarisse will use 70 color drapes as well as Essential Colors rangefinders to determine your color temperature and color hue. An evaluation of your face shape, a determination of the geometric prints and patterns you should wear and overall Line and Design techniques that work for you will also be completed. Next Clarisse provides a Body Style Analysis which determines your body shape and what clothing will best suit your body. These consultations will assist you in future shopping saving you both time and money. You will know exactly what colors and styles best fit your body. A personalized color palette will be provided as well as a Styling Portfolio summarizing your Essential Colors experience. If you were confused or unhappy with an initial color draping, or haven’t had your colors done within the last 10 years, this consultation is a must. Done in my home studio. Time allotted 2.0-2.5 hours. MORE!
Everywhere we go there is some shade of color. From the moment we were born, we were surrounded by it and the effects of those colors need to be considered.
We are greeted by color when we open our eyes in the morning and affected by the last colors we see before we close our eyes at night. Many of us even dream in color.
As we go about our day, we are influenced by the color of the clothes we wear. We also react when we see how others use color. Too often we have unconscious judgments when we see people wearing a particular color, and advertisers count on our subliminal reactions to color as well. The marketing world assigns specific colors to their brands which they use in promoting their products in print and on TV.
It’s important to be aware how much color decisions affect our moods, attitudes and behaviors. It begins in the morning when we get dressed. We look in our closet at our wardrobe and decide, based on our mood and what we are doing that day, what we want to wear. We decide how we want to be perceived based on the colors we have chosen. It is our opportunity to present our definition of who we are in terms of color.
Sometimes, when people express insecurity about color, I wonder, if it is the color people are afraid of or the statement they are making by wearing or living in certain colors. I encourage you to pick the colors you are most comfortable in and the ones that make you feel like you.
A study done at the University of Florida revealed what your preference of color says about your personality characteristics. Have some fun with it and see if you agree for yourself or anyone you know.
Blue/green: You are solid, permanent, and reliable. You also strive for security and resist change.
Dark blue: You crave accomplishment, steadiness, order and peace. You are comfortable being a leader and in control.
Bright yellow: You are intelligent, innovative, creative, positive, energetic and love new ideas.
Orange/red: You are forceful and action oriented. You are also a leader and are comfortable taking control of a situation.
Violet: You are a dreamer, creative, happy and outgoing. If you love purple, you like to be around people and enjoy coming up with new ideas and trying new things.
Getting to know yourself and being open to the endless number of color choices is an exciting adventure and a journey you can take on your own. Just make sure you are not influenced by what others say. Don’t live or dress in someone else’s opinions or choices.
My most important message is to not be afraid of color. If you are comfortable wearing or living in a color, use it, because it belongs to you. When you take ownership of a particular color, you’ll be identified with it. It is a great deal of fun to play with color. Should you tire of a color, change it. Experiment, experiment and experiment some more.
Colors have no feelings, YOU do!
March 15th is the next Design & Lifestyle Escape Shopping Tour! Join us for a behind the scenes look at Scottsdale Bedrooms (finest mattresses & bedding), UnderFoot (flooring extraordinaire), Villagio Tile & Stone (floors & walls) and Innovative Wine Cellar Designs (custom wine cellars). The Tour is FREE! MORE!
A short video can only give you a small example of the miracles Shuttersandco can help you achieve with windows coverings. This wholesale distributor is available through Barbara’s Picks. Email Guest Services to arrange a personal visit.
CeTerra Accents houses one of a kind photography and artist originals. Visit Katie Mueller at the Scottsdale Design Center often to see new works. MORE!