A Black and Blue Room

No, not a room you’ve given a pummeling to, but rather a room which combines these two colors that so often are thought to be impossible to combine. While in Jamaica I got to thinking as I looked out at the ocean, how HAPPY the water makes me, and yet I have NO BLUE in my house! I love blue! Why is this? So I decided I want to add some more into the house somewhere, and the most obvious place for me is the living room. I purposely did all the main pieces in neutrals for this reason- being a designer I constantly want to change things in my space. It’s a laboratory for me, of sorts!  However, since I have my black stripe chair (which I adore and wont change), the black and white greek key on my drapes and my black buffet/bar I starting thinking I couldn’t use blue in here instead of the green.  So I did some Pinterest research and hot damn, yes I can!

Here are some great examples of combining blue and black together in various ratios and shades.

I adore this blue shade on the chair.
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The Colors of Boston.

One of my favorite paint companies Farrow & Ball asked me to participate in this really fun, creative project in which I create a palette that reflect my city- Boston. Others have done cool ones- New York, Los Angeles, Texas (not a city, obvs), Las Vegas, The Hamptons and Washington D.C.!  Seeing as how much I looooooove my city I was more than happy to oblige.  I also did a little Q&A with them here on their blog The Chromologist.

Here’s my Boston palette!
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Color of the Year Do Over.

So last week Pantone announced it’s Color of the Year for 2015… and it was met with a loud groan and a whole lotta “huh????”. “Marsala” was inexplicably the chosen winner, and most of the design community seems to be left scratching their heads. A dusty rose, this color just does nothing for me. Perhaps a deeper shade of burgundy, or a brighter orange red, but this neither-here-nor-there color just looks… mushy.
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Plain + Simple

Fall brings with it an amazing variety of colors- but sometimes simple is best.  When life is crazy (as mine has been), soothing palettes make me feel calmer (hence, my new all- neutral bedroom, which I am going to shoot for you soon- I promise!)  But that translates into clothing too- black, white and camel is such a fabulous, classic, streamlined way to dress AND decorate.  Just check out these pairings for inspiration…

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Color Theory: Olive Green’s Comeback

You know how they say nothing is new and everything comes back in style? Well, there’s a reason those are sayings. As of late I’ve been drawn to rooms with olivey green walls.  I used to hate this color on walls, or anything in the “sage” family (or “cranberry” for that matter) in a home. And now, I’m digging variations of this color. I’ve always liked green, but more of a crisp emerald, or a green with blue tones to it.  But olive/army/ sage looks AMAZING with brass or gold accents, leather, wood, marble,  animal prints and has a very historic, cozy quality to it.  Here are some inspired spaces using variations on the shade:

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