Vancouver Colour Consultant talks about Colour in Hallways

I was in Park Royal Mall on the weekend and noticed they had renovated one of their hallways leading outside and to the restrooms. I had to take a photo because I thought the blue chosen here was fabulous! Nice tile layout combined with wood panelling and wall sconces. It’s a perfect example of my mantra, “A light colour will never come to life in a dark room!” Here is ... Continue Reading

Colour me Party!

Last night was big for scheduled designer parties. First there was the annual Cantu/Living Space/Midland Appliance soiree and then the Calligaris grand opening in Yaletown. First though, my newest, talented, pal, Jennifer Rudolph and I arrived at Cantu. Here we are completely coordinated in the new black (purple). Jennifer spotted this fabulous Pearl Stripe porcelain “powder room” sink by Swarovski! Here’s a close up! Then Benjamin Moore’s newest Colour Consultant ... Continue Reading

The New Hollywood Regency

Last night in my colour class, I was having a conversation about interior design styles and one of my students pointed out an image in a magazine of an upholstered headboard in a graphic pattern and I said, “That’s very Kelly Wearstler” who is the queen of hollywood glam and drama. Not everyone knew who she was, so here are some of her interiors: This is one of my favourite rooms ... Continue Reading

Bachelor Pad

Here are some before and after images of a media room/bar that I recently decorated for a bachelor client. You can tell the above image was taken by a professional photographer and the one below (the other side of the room) is me! It’s still looks good though if I do say so myself! While you’re here, subscribe to this feed so you don’t miss out! If you would like ... Continue Reading

Food Textures & Colours

I found this site, Smitten, where you can order prints starting at a 4 x 6 size for as little as .63 cents. US of course. Most good things in the design world always seem to be in a US site. Darn. This purple potato is my favourite – isn’t it fabulous? All the colour experts are predicting that Purple is the new black, (wait a minute, what about brown, ... Continue Reading

Statement Jewellery

I am loving the statement necklaces the Lipstick Jungle stars are wearing! And they have all the links on the site if you want to buy them. I thought I’d add a colour interpretation to each one, just for fun! If you choose to wear this one today, you need inner strength (represented by the bronzy-brown pearls) and you want to evoke an air of refinement (white) Keishi & Bronze ... Continue Reading

Recently, my sister Elizabeth and I went to the Spaghetti Factory for lunch. Of course it’s always easy to be a critic and I was looking around at the colours (like I always do) and noticed that the yellow was sooooo wrong in this restaurant. There’s the rusty red woodwork and doors, dark green ceilings and stripe in the banquette fabric and then the yellow is this pale, fresh, clean ... Continue Reading

Monumental, Residential, and Human Scale; John Saladino

  One of the best books on Interior Design I have ever read is “Style by Saladino” by John Saladino, a New York designer. I first saw him speak at the Seattle Design Show about 3 years ago where he was also promoting his new book which I snapped up immediately. I have never read a coffee table design book from cover to cover before or since and the most fascinating ... Continue Reading

A Profound Letter from Alice Walker

The following ‘An Open letter to Barack Obama’ totally inspired me! I especially loved the following quote: “We must learn actually not to have enemies, but only confused adversaries who are ourselves in disguise.” Alice Walker If only the whole world felt this way, it would be a truly magical place! While you’re here, subscribe to this feed so you don’t miss out! ... Continue Reading

Colour is Everywhere

I was in the Robert Allen showroom today, sourcing some fabrics for my clients as the sun was setting at 4:30 pm. One of their very talented and helpful staff, Leena, mentioned that whenever she sends images of Vancouver home [to Finland, which is where my parents are from coincidentally] they always say, “You should definitely stay there!” This is their view from the showroom. What a beautiful city we ... Continue Reading

When to buy Leather Furniture

One of the best things to come out of the brown trend is that the average consumer (especially men) have switched from buying black leather furniture to brown.I have seen so much leather in my consultations I have come to the conclusion that the reason why most people buy leather sofas is because there are only about 5 colour choices (okay, there are a million colours in leather as well ... Continue Reading

Vancouver’s Colour Expert on Decorating with Beige

I attended a course last year, here in Vancouver, led by Kimberley Seldon . She was talking about decorating using colour vs. beige and one of the interesting points she made was “I also tried to be really creative [in the beginning of my design career] until I realized, people don’t want creative, they want beige-on-beige-on-beige.”   Kimberley Seldon Design Group Kimberley Seldon Design Group   Kimberley Seldon Design Group ... Continue Reading

Vancouver Colour Designer talks about; Styling for Photo Shoots

When I originally sent my website designer the images of the rooms I had designed, she only liked ONE image. It had been taken by someone who had a professional camera. That’s when I decided to hire a professional, my friend and very talented photographer Anna Beaudry, to take photos of all the homes I planned to showcase in my website. I love Eileen Kathryn Boyd’s designs, her use of ... Continue Reading

The Best Trim Colours – NOT Cloud White!

Thank you to Brett Walther at Style at Home for including this post, The Best Trim Colours – NOT Cloud White, in your blog on December 16, 2008! I’m sorry if I have just killed your ‘go-to’ trim colour, but I truly think Cloud White oc-130 is the most overrated trim colour of all time. It’s been mentioned once too many times on HGTV, House & Home and Style at ... Continue Reading

Effect of Natural Light Exposures on Colour

Metamerism: When 2 items look the same under one light source such as daylight, but change dramatically when viewed under a different light source such as incandescent lighting. Northern Exposure adds blue to a colour; East adds green; South adds yellow-white and washes out colour; while West adds Orange. This is an image (immediately below) of a restaurant in San Francisco, 1300fillmore Look at the way the afternoon/early evening sun ... Continue Reading

Vancouver’s Colour Expert; The Three Ways to Describe Colour

One of my past students Nancy Choi, sent me a project she finished a couple months ago. This is a room used for art class for kids from grade 1-6 at her Pastor’s drop-in center. The colours she used are as follows: Carrie Bradshaw’s electric blue, yellow highlighter, stem green and purple hyacinth, from Benjamin Moore. Before After                         ... Continue Reading