It’s the end of the year, which means it’s time to look at what’s ahead. In the design industry, that means it’s the time of year when Pantone announces its Color of the Year. For 2020, Pantone has featured Classic Blue which, they say, instills “calm, confidence, and connection.” The Psychology of Blue What does incorporating blue into your home mean? DesignLike.com says this about the psychology of blue: With the blue color you can create a cool and clear look. In the interior design, you can use blue to create an atmosphere of work and meditation. The color blue has been shown to lower blood pressure and heart rate. It is used to design the interior space to enlarge the room by a very light shade of blue. You can use blue to cool a room with much sun and heat. If used in kitchen, paint, furniture or dishes, blue color is said to decrease appetite and you can lose weight. How can you incorporate this into your design? Here are some examples from Ku Interior Design that incorporate blue: Pops of blue from the rug and upholstered arm chair. Because all of the other colors […] Read more!
The design world is a naturally creative place, which is why I love meeting business owners who are not only passionate about what they do, they’re also unique in the services they offer. That was definitely the case when I met Anna Perks with Perks Deconstruction; Anna not only saw a need in the Denver community for a service to salvage some of our most unique architecture pieces that might otherwise be thrown away…she knew that by saving some of these elements, she would be helping the environment as well. When I look at new projects, I’m inspired to not only create inviting and comfortable spaces, I’m also conscious of the impact design can have on the world. That’s why I was thrilled to sit down with Anna and talk to her about how Perks Deconstruction not only helps repurpose architectural pieces, they’re also working to keep construction materials out of the landfill, if possible. Thank you, Anna! Tell us a little bit about Perks Deconstruction. Perks Deconstruction has a skilled team committed to systematically taking apart building materials in order to maximize salvage and reuse potential. We offer deconstruction services for tenant finish and interior remodel projects, […] Read more!
When people contact me about their design projects, it’s usually because they’re looking for a change; some are ready to renovate entire homes, and some are looking for an update on what already exists. But the one thing they all have in common is creating a space for the life they’re living now. This is especially true when someone has experienced a huge life transition – like the death of a spouse or partner. While it can be tempting to make a major change when something like this happens, most financial experts encourage people to wait before making such an enormous decision. “I’ve seen people make big financial and real estate decisions very soon after losing their spouse,” says Kristi Sullivan with Sullivan Financial Planning, LLC. “Often they’re acting out of overwhelming emotion and not considering the full financial implications of their actions. I encourage clients to make changes to their current homes if they can – it’s a lot easier to repaint than it is to undo a move that you regret.” Don’t worry – you’re not the only one “When my husband passed, one of the first things I did was redecorate our bedroom,” […] Read more!
Whether you’re moving into a new space or just trying to revitalize the old one, it can be difficult to see the beauty in something you’ve owned for a long time. In some cases, the pieces you have might have been handed down to you and have sentimental value, which makes it even harder to think about parting with them. I love incorporating meaningful furniture into a client’s space; it truly makes the design unique. Here are some examples of how old pieces can find a new life in a refreshed space! In this case, the client had inherited some wonderful furnishings, yet things didn’t quite come together as they hoped. What did I add to this cozy, mountain living room that helped my client have the room they desired? – new blue chair – new gold upholstery fabric & trim for a family heirloom – window treatments – finessed their accessories Here is another room where my client started with furniture passed down from relatives (chaise & chairs).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We added a lot more here (those spectacular light fixtures, bed frame & accent pillow, rug, & window treatments) but, the most interesting thing we did…⠀ …were these fabulous chairs.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ […] Read more!