Mustard Anyone?

September 16th, 2011 | Comments »

Many of us work within our own colour palettes’s, our life palette.  This palette may take years to figure out, however once we understand that neutrals are the jumping off point to all style we can then layer in some of our favourite accents.  This would include a rainbow of colour in our favourite shades and tones.

Once and a while you’ll add a new accent colour or shade to the mix that will assist in bringing a jolt of excitement to your space. From time to time new trends arise from within the fashion world and these peak our experimental interest.

A beautiful colour palette to consider is black, cream, white, dark grey, tan, sand tones and espresso.  One can try adding beautiful colour tones such as burnt orange, dark pink, china blue, celadon, a deep rustic red and a mustard yellow.

Bringing mustard into the fold can happen in many small ways. Fabrics, decor pieces and paint all offer easy ways to inject this rich hue.  When choosing your paint colour make sure to be bold, very often when it comes to paints we have the desire to drop to a shade lighter.  In fact the deeper the mustard one chooses the more probable  that it becomes inline with your neutrals rather than as an accent colour.

Both PARA Paint and Benjamin Moore offer some beautiful mustards; if you’re unsure where to start when choosing colours the heritage palettes will always provide and array of earthy rich tones to choose from.

Mustard as an accent adds the same hit of bold flavour to a room that a swipe of Dijon does to your ham sandwich.  For modernists, mustard is a good choice for upholstery of vintage chairs and sofas.

So go ahead why not try a dollop of mustard, add a little flavour to your life!

Fall 101

September 9th, 2011 | Comments »

It’s time to focus on making your home cozy for Fall. The kids are back to school so why not take a few lessons yourself.  So if you’re in a house, condo or apartment this class is for everyone.

Lesson #1 Warm Up with Muted Colours

Muted colour are primary or secondary colours mixed with grey to tone them down.  They are a selection of subdued or retrained colours which appear quite soft and easy on the eye.  They are quite cozy and really help to bring a warmth to your space.

Try PARA Paints: digital P5222-62, urban getaway P5215-52, comfortable chinos P5223-31, nairobi red P5187-85 or mud wrap P5228-52

Lesson #2 Go Natural and Organic

Colour isn’t the only way to cozy up… Ditch the particle board, chromed metal and plastic.  You might spend more money going natural and organic, but natural materials are very durable.

Wall Options- Eco friend paints are one way to go, however wood panels, ceramic, tile or cork all are great alternatives to changing the look and feel you space has.

Ceiling Options- Opt for wood panels or beams combined with whitewashed or suspended ceiling.

Flooring Options- Stone or wooden parquet made from European woods, bamboo or cork.

Combinations of lighter and darker woods can give one the opportunity to play with the shades and make patterns. Remember when you’re looking to move into the world of organic & natural that furniture should be make of natural or recycled woods.

Lesson #3 Layer with Patterns & Fabric

Pattern is the shape & form of all elements of your interior design.  The first layer of pattern the eye sees is in fabric. (Mixture of patterns lend to making a room visually interesting.) Pattern gives monochromatic design depth along with adding visual cures to the most colourful and complex rooms.

Pattern is more than fabrics (striped, checked, flowered, graphic or geometric), pattern is also in the arrangement of furniture and accessories.  Pattern is the shape & form of all elements of your interior design.

As you combine shapes within your home, patterns will emerge. Very long rectangles make stripes, while squares within squares make checks or plaids.  An angled sofa in a room creates a triangular effect. Patterns come from putting shapes together and from creating shapes by relating objects to each other.

Hope you’re in the mood for homework… we’re looking forward to seeing where it will get you!  Don’t be afraid to share with the class.

It’s all about September!

September 1st, 2011 | Comments »

September Birth Flower
The September Birth Flower is the Aster, as shown in the opposite picture

Meaning of the September Birth Flower:
The meaning of the September Birth Flower, the Aster is Love, Faith, Wisdom and symbolizes Valor

Sign of the Zodiac and Dates:
Virgo –
August 24 – September 22

September Birthstone: The Sapphire

Characteristics of Virgo :
Orderly, Modest, Diligent, Analytical & Self-sufficient

The September birthstone, Sapphire is chemically and structurally the same as Ruby – both are varieties of the mineral corundum Sapphires are well known among the general public as being blue, but can be nearly any colour except shades of red or pink (since those are called rubies). Sapphire is also the Zodiac stone for the constellation of Taurus the Bull. It is associated with the values of truth, sincerity, commitment, and loyalty.

The blue colour is by far the most popular color for sapphire but orange-pink, golden, white, and even black have generated much interest in the gem trade. Tennis bracelets are available that contain a complete rainbow of sapphire gemstones.

Oriented rutile crystal inclusions cause a six-pointed-star light effect (called asterism) to form the popular Star Sapphire.

Sapphires are well known from such places as Sri Lanka and India, and excellent specimens are also found in Tanzania and the Kola Pennensula of Russia. In addition, sapphires are found in many places throughout the world, including North Carolina, Brazil, and China.

Sapphires are extremely durable (only diamond and moisannite are harder).  Artificial sapphire crystals are used are used as the crystal face in genuine Rolex watches, and they are extremely scratch resistant.

There are specific flowers which are traditionally given according to the month that a person is born. The September Birth Flower is the Aster. The History and traditions surrounding the September Birth Flower, the Aster is fascinating. There are many myths and legends about the origins of this tradition. It is believed that birthday celebrations originated in the Roman Empire and the origins of birth month flowers, such as the Aster,  could be said to date back to these times. During Roman birthday celebrations family and friends offered congratulations and brought gifts. The gifts included gemstone jewelry, such as the Sapphire, and also flowers – the first traditions and origins of the September Birth Flower.

Have a great September everyone!