I was recently consulting with a client from Upstate New York. We were finalizing the colours and finishes for her kitchen renovation. As one last piece of advice, I told her to make sure she did not install the 4" slab of granite on the backsplash so commonly found in kitchens. source She said "I am so glad you mentioned… Continue reading
The other day my mom reminded me of an old Finnish proverb that goes like this: When a job is done right, no one asks how long it took, everyone simply says "It's beautiful". A client recently called me in a panic, her subway tile backsplash was being installed and the advice she had received on the layout was clearly… Continue reading
So the final coats of paint are going up in my house as we speak. And since this is my business, I am confident that the colours I chose are right. And as each room gets completed I am filled with happiness. So it got me to thinking. How on earth could anyone watch paint colours going up in their… Continue reading
The biggest problem with renovations is deciding exactly what to do in any given situation. There are so many questions to resolve. Here are a few my lovely client in Dallas had when analyzing her kitchen.
1. Should I paint these cabinets or is the current colour okay?
A. The existing colour is definitely pink beige. I would paint them to update them but it depends on how you feel about them.
One of the biggest mistakes designers and homeowners make when choosing colours is definitely around the world of undertones but next up is mixing clean and dirty colours. Yes you can break any rule but most of the time the combination of clean and dirty will make perfectly good tile or fabric look bad together. It's hard for me to… Continue reading
When you complete my True Colour Expert Workshop you get access to a Private Facebook page for graduates only. This page has truly taken on a life of its own. It's completely optional, it's free (so far) and to date we have 50 members. This page has become a great place to not only get advice about projects you are… Continue reading
Remember that video blog I did a while ago 'Will installing Granite sell your House Faster?'. Well here is the before and after of the kitchen I was talking about. The house has now been staged and is up for sale. My client just sent me these photos: Continue reading
I have written so many posts, here and here on the money saving aspects of hiring a designer, the one I realized still needs to be written is this one. If you email me for my rates for an on-line consultation (for example), you will receive a document that outlines exactly what it [a consultation] looks like, how I need… Continue reading
An expert is someone who has made all mistakes possible in a narrow field of expertise. Albert Einstein Whenever I have learned the most about the business of specifying colour, is when I've also made the biggest mistakes. Here are the two most important lessons I've learned: 1. I used to think it was my job to pick a new… Continue reading
The most important word is because. Really. That is what you are paying for when you hire a designer or a colour consultant to help you with your design decisions. If you hire a colour consultant to help you select colours for your home and all you have at the end is a bunch of colours and that's it? You have… Continue reading