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Orange Crush

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Orange is a vibrant color that brings out energy, stimulates emotion, conversation and even hunger.  When I visualize orange I see nature; the sunset, flowers in bloom and turning leaves. When I taste orange, it tastes like sweet citrus or spices.  It is a color that is alive, fun loving and expressive. The Color Orange is inspired by what the painter Kandinsky said when he stated that the color orange is in fact red that has been made more human by the color yellow. I do have a great love for orange. Some may even say that I am a little obsessed with it. It just makes me makes me feel so alive.  While not a good idea for a living room or for bedrooms, this color is great for an exercise room. It will bring out all the emotions that you need released during your fitness routine. In ancient cultures orange was believed to heal the lungs and increase energy levels. For the other rooms in the house, you will have much more success if it’s tinted, shaded or muted by adding another color.  Mixing white will create orange that is in peach or pastel range.  Adding black will create a rich, browner orange.  Blue, which is the complement to orange, will create shades of grey.

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Everything about orange sizzles, so pairing it with neutrals like grey or white will cool it down.

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Since orange pulls from yellow and red, it will always make for a spicy color pallet. These three colors together are called analogous.




  Orange and green are truly harmonious.  They are both citrus colors that are found in nature.



Blue is the direct complement to orange on the color wheel.  These two colors together are a winning combination.



Orange is a great way to spice up any room.  Add some excitement with bright orange throw pillows, orange pottery or some orange flowers in a vase. Use orange wallpaper as a feature wall, create stripes, stencil in orange, etc. This way you can introduce bold color without feeling over powered.

Maybe some of you have developed a little crush too!

Moving in with him: Beautiful bedding that’s manly enough for your guy

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

by Elizabeth Mitchell

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I See Red

Monday, February 11th, 2013


While red and pink are considered essential colors for Valentine’s Day decorating, red is a perfect color to use in your home every day of the year. Genuine reds bring out sexual energy and stimulation. Are you thinking what I’m thinking?  Oh my,  Mr. Grey.

Red is the most potent of all of the warm colors. The body actually has physiological responses to the color red. It causes an increase in blood pressure; it makes the heart rate rise faster and releases adrenaline into the blood stream. The taste buds become sensitive and the sense if smell improves. Red is a great color for a dining room.

In some cultures red is associated with purity, joy, and celebration. It’s also the color of happiness and prosperity in China.




Reds like candy apple and cherry are used to create a sense of adolescence, liveliness and cheerfulness. Jeweled tones are considered more elegant while rose and cabernet tones are more dignified.No mater what shade, red is definitely an authoritative color.

In truth most people are a little nervous to paint an entire room red. It isn’t a color for the faint hearted. If painting red walls are a little too aggressive for your taste, try using red as an accents color. Wherever you use it in your home, it will add warmth and energy.

Check out some beautiful rooms that use red to varying degrees, and see how different each of the rooms feels based on the volume, shade, and amount of red used.






Karens Living/Dining room makeover.

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Every month last year I teamed up with Dutch boy Paints to host an internet program called Restore My Decor.  Participants upload photos of their troubled rooms and I picked a winner that would receive a virtual makeover.  On the program I featured their room, suppling them with a drawing, color ideas, furniture suggestions as well as answering questions from the on line viewers.  These “virtual” winners had the potential to be the grand prize winner, which was a  to complete a room makeover buy me personally.  When I featured Karen and her husbands living/dining room on the program little did we know that they would become the grand prize winners.  So, off to Columbus, Oh. I went with $4000 in my pocket to complete their traditional chic living room.


Living Room Before

When I visited Karens home she told me that they accumulated most of the furniture, it was way too bulky and took over the space.  Yet the dining area was scant and seemed disjointed. It needed to join the living/dining room spaces which was an issue because I only had $4000.   So I edited out a few pieces and added some chic, traditional elements.   The camel back sofa was in great condition, I liked it, so it stayed, which was great for the budget.  I shopped for a lot of accessories on line (I was relieved they were all there when I arrived)  and did a little shopping in Colombus (Great shopping by the way).


Homeowners painting used for design inspiration

Karen has a painting that means a lot to her and wanted it incorporated into the room. This became the design inspiration. A common mistake that some people make when designing a space around an object is taking it too literally. For example, the frame around Karen’s painting is gold but using too much gold would overwhelm the design and look garish.  I actually steered clear of any gold and incorporated antique brass and darker color metals. For example, the dark metal on the really cool lamp shades and coffee table. Flanking the sofa with darker wood like the espresso colored side tables, allows each furniture piece to stand out individually. I hung sconces on either side of the painting to stretch out it’s size so it didn’t appear to be lost on the large wall. The wing back chairs with solid oak legs and exposed frames with burnt oak drifted finish adds a traditional artistic element. The two little leather and metal ottomans provide additional seating white keeping the room spacious. Obviously, the colors for the room were also pulled from the painting. I used a sophisticated Golden-grey on the walls and dusty blue for the accent color. I hung the blue curtains close to the top of the ceiling and about

Living Room After

10 inches wider then the window to create more drama in the room and showcases the floor to ceiling window. The zebra rug is a playful element but also suggestive of the painting as fur lines the jacket of Napoleons wife in the painting. Animal furs and animal skins were often used in the making of clothes in the 1800’s and was a sign of wealth and rank in society. I used a glass coffee table, so you can see the pattern of the rug, adorned with a few of Karens keepsakes.


Dining Room Before

Dining Room After

After all this, surprising enough, I did not reach my budget.  Yeah!  I was so excited that I  was able to furnish the Dining room for Karen and hubby as well. Off to the stores again.  I was even more elated when I found a chest of drawers that was the same dusty blue that I was using in the room.  I snatched that up quickly found a mirror to hang above it and found a new dining table.  Voila!!!


The end result,  Karen was over the moon and even went as far to call me magical.  I had so much fun with this project.  A big thanks to Dutch Boy for making it possible.  Stay tuned for Restore my Decor in 2011, streaming in May.   You could be the next grand prize winner.





Restore My Decor #3

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Hi All
Here’s the link to my live web chat sponsored by Dutch Boy Paints. I hope to see you tonight 6pt/9et, pass it on….

Drawing, finished! Paint colors, awesome! Fabrics and furniture, “hott”! Join me tonight on Restore My Decor, 6pst/9est. I will reveal this months “Traditional Chic” Living/Dining room makeover, and of course answer all your design questions.

Ovangkol Wood

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

A question was asked yesterday on the Restore My Decor Web chat, if Ovangkole wood is good on floors.  The answer is yes, but click here for information on Ovangkol Wood.  Thanks for joining me last night.  See you July 6th for another episode.

Restore My Decor

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Here is the link for Restore my Decor live web Chat, tonight at 6 for you folks on the West coast and 9 for you East coasters.

I look forward to answering all your design questions.

Restore My Decor

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Click for more information how you can win a free makeover

Restore My Decor

Restore My Decor

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

First off I want to thank you for your wonderful comments! I’m thrilled you are as excited as I am about Some of you asked some really interesting questions, which brings me to my next compelling project. Dutch Boy paints and I have teamed up to bring you Restore My Decor. I’ll be “u-streaming” LIVE from my home the first Tuesday of very month to answer questions about design, color, techniques, entertaining, anything that comes to mind. By going to you can RSVP and you’ll receive a reminder to join me. You can also submit your rooms that you may need help with to be featured on our next months show. These winners will receive a virtual makeover, sort-a-speak, with drawings, color and furniture suggestions, room layout etc.  I will also pick a grand prize winner, where I will come to their home and personally complete their room restore. This winner could easily be you!

This week I would like to focus on design success stories. So if you have a room that you are super proud of email it to Get it to me by Tuesday and I will showcase it on this weeks show. I want to see your Rooms!!!!

So mark it on your calendar this Tuesday May 4 6pm on the West coast, 9pm on the East. You guys in the middle know the drill. The more the merrier for this party!

See you then!