Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Jason and Sarah's Wedding

It has been so long since my last post, I wanted to show what has been keeping me so busy. My son Jason and my new daughter-in-law Sarah were married Jun 11, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa and I have been helping them plan and prepare for their special day for the last couple of months. I wanted to share some photos of their big day and how we executed the concept of black and white. 











Designing Around A Bold Rug

Could you see yourself putting this rug in your home? Place it in your living room, dining room, or kitchen maybe? Or would it intimidate you to use such a bold rug in your space?


A great design foundation for any room can be found in an attractive area rug. Building a design scheme around a rug can introduce a depth and a new level of interest to the space.

A great way to design around these bold rugs would be to bring in a neutral wall color and flooring that become a backdrop for the daring color scheme, and incorporate splashes of the bold colors from the rug in accessories and furniture to enhance the scheme.
While it can be challenging to design around a bold rug, the result can be very rewarding!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Color Schemes From Nature

The easiest way to understand the shibu concept of beauty is to say that it is based on Nature and it uses colors and textures found in Nature, combining them in the same ways and ratios as Nature does.

The stone back splash in this kitchen is most likely the inspiration behind the color scheme of this room.

Nature never makes a mistake. Examples of Nature's infallibility are all around us everyday to study and duplicate. Notice the colors in the highest ratio in Nature are quiet and undemanding with a very small ratio of color bright, vibrant, or strong.



The framed sea shell prints have provided the very soft color palette of this room proving Mother Nature does good work.


  
Imagine what a beautiful color scheme this scene from Nature would create.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Creating Liveable Color Schemes

Where does inspiration for a color palette come from?



Could modern principles of aesthetics date back as far as 1200 years?  Great question.


Color in our surroundings has a profound affect on each of us.  So what's the secret to creating a color palette that is pleasing and long lasting?  The answer is all around us, every day.


honeysuckle pink 2011 Color of the Year . . .
Do you subscribe to the "color of the year" theory? Are you constantly asking what the latest color trends are? Would you paint that latest "PINK" chosen by some unknown person even though it is your least favorite color?


Follow my blog over the next few posts as I introduce you to "Shibui" a well worked-out system for bringing together colors, textures, and patterns in such a way "that you produce lasting beauty for a livable home.


And yes, Shibui was developed, used, and perfected in Japan over the last 1200 years.  Amazing!
  

What about this for a source of inspiration?


Photo by House Beautiful May 2011