In 2013 I attended the LA Design Bloggers Conference.
Sign at HD Buttercup at the first nights reception
Barbara Barry was the one that gave the lesson on light at the sold out Design Bloggers Conference in LA this week.
The first morning Windsor Smith was the keynote speaker. When I looked for my notes on what she said, I realized I had been too busy following the twitter feed on screen to get anything.
My Pinterest feed that morning showed images from her interiors, obviously not a coincidence since she was speaking. And I noticed that she had re-done her pink living room (above)! I remembered it clearly because when I posted this room on Valentines Day two years ago, my mom emailed me and said 'This is the pink I want for my living room.' And that is what we did.
So here is the same room. Which one do you prefer?
Both designers said they loved black and thought it was the most elegant colour.
Then, Barbara Barry spoke this morning.
I love her branding images. For years, I have had this image (above) as my wallpaper on my laptop screen and I never tire of looking at it.
Barbara said you should paint a room 10 times lighter than the paint chip you are looking at, so the light can play in the room all day.
I love that visual.
And it also reinforces my post, A Light Colour will Never Come to Life in a Dark Room yet again. Pale, barely there colours need plenty of light to come out and play.
Barbara Barry does not do dramatic interiors colour wise. Most of her spaces are filled with barely there blues, celadon greens and greige tones.
She said she loves neutral interiors because people create the pattern with the stuff of life.
I also prefer lighter colours to lots of darkness and drama. I like drama in dining rooms and powder rooms. I have never specified a charcoal gray for anyone yet, even though charcoal bedrooms and dining rooms abound all over the internet. I just think they are so trendy. But, as they say, it's only paint.
Last month I was helping a client chose a grey for her media room. She said she wanted something darker and so I actually said (or maybe I thought it) "I need to have a breakthrough in specifying charcoal" and I gave her a darker grey.
Then she emailed me the other day and said "Maria, the first coat is too dark and it's soooo green, should I change it or wait and see it go up."
I said, "Change it".
Funny that the one time I break down and specify a darker gray, it doesn't work out.
The first night we were at an event at HD Buttercup. I instantly loved these cute owls.
Then I met these two lovely designers (above) who follow my blog from Texas.
A fabulous chandelier in the area rug department!
Courtney Smart Stone & Maria
I met so many people who follow my blog, it's been a fun 2 1/2 days! Back to Vancouver tomorrow!
So my lovelies, which room do you like best, the pink or the grey?
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