Monday, January 24, 2011

Timeless and Luxurious Malachite!

Photo: Apartment Therapy
For those who are unfamiliar with my newest color inspiration: Malachite is a beautiful and natural occurring mineral with unique and regal green hues, textures, and patterns. It is commonly used to make jewelry, fine furniture, and extravagant finishes but is also a timeless and historical material that was reserved in it's use for only the finest and wealthiest of the social hierarchy. Today, this beautiful color and finish is available to anyone in want of sophistication, luxury, or antiquity into their space.
Photo: Jim Thompson
The deep green hue of Malachite mineral contrasts well with oranges. This shows how timeless and hippie chic this color can be used.

Photo: Global Views
Try Faux Malachite colored accessories such as these small side tables for a touch of bold color and sophistication!
Photo: Kelly Wearstler
Malachite's finish and texture are translated here in the stone furniture as well as the curtain patterns. 

Global Views

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Shake Off the Blues!

We see shades of blue in our wintertime landscapes and the color blue can affect our moods both positively and negatively.

I think the best way to fight the winter doldrums is with the right amount of cheerful, uplifting blue. So this month, I'm shaking off the blues with a little bit of blue!

I love how designer Kelly Wearstler mixes a variety of mineral blues with yellow; another favorite uplifting color.

Kelly's use of turquoise blue with spring green and a little orange adds a little fun and whimsey to this children's room.

Colbalt and shades of light powder blue are perfect in this sophisticated space designed by Kelly Wearstler. 

Friday, January 7, 2011

Ring in the New Year with Red

The Junior League of Atlanta 2010 Kitchen Tour
Photo: Susan Currie

Red is vibrant and adds energy to a space. If you want your guests to engage in great conversation, add red and they'll be ready for fun.

Designer:: Vivian Bencich
Photo: Susan Currie
This dynamic red and gold wallpaper makes a fabulous focal point as you enter the bathroom. The vanity's lighter, golden wood finish works wonderfully with the wallpaper; while the neutral mosaic tile above the vanity adds pattern, texture and contrast.

Designer:: Vivian Bencich
Photo: Susan Currie

Red accents can be used in any space. Even if you prefer a calm and tranquil color palette for the bedroom, a red accent is a great way to add interest and fun. 

Vivian and John Bencich must love red because they used it throughout their home including variations of the color like their daughter's bedroom with plenty of pink.  As designer and architect, their home was selected as one of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles 2010 Homes of the Year.