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My Year In Review

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

As I look back over 2014, I have to say that I had a wonderful year. I moved into a beautiful new condo:

Sneak Peek At My New Condo

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I also set goals for myself which I accomplished, (ok, most of them). One important objective I made for my blog was to only post when I had interesting or educational information to share with my readers. For example, I did a ton of work and research about the new Cree LED lights:

Everything You Need To Know About the New Light Bulbs

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I loved how everyone commented on whether or not to paint my friend Connie’s mantel:

Agree or Disagree to Paint Mantel?

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And the results of that blog:

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So pretty! Great job Connie.

Here are a few reader favorites this past year:

Another Color Option For Pinky-Beige

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Best Trim Color For Revere Pewter

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Blues For Ceilings

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Inspiring Christmas Tablescapes

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Here are a few of my favorite blogs this past year:

Photos To Share!

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Eric Roth, professional photographer, came to my home to take pictures! Such an exciting day for me!

More Granite Decisions

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I learned so much from all of your comments! You helped me make the right decision for my kitchen backsplash.

Custom Starburst Mirror

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Thank you so much everyone! Thank you for all of your kind comments and letters and all of my readers that stop by. And thank you to all of my local business as well as all of my online design clients. So great to work with you all! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Joyous New Year!!  xo

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Another Reason I Love My Large Color Boards

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

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My 11” X 14” painted, sample color boards are an invaluable color tool for me and my business. Not only for myself to see the colors and undertones well, but also for showing the large samples to a client so they can see right there, right then that you are choosing the perfect colors for them. This weekend I had a color consult that the client requested a color palette of three colors that would flow together well on the first floor of their home.

Without my large samples, I would be showing the client this:

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Instead of this:

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So much easier to see how well the colors will work together on the larger boards! Another example:

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One more example:

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This was two of the larger sample boards, Coventry Gray & Stonington Gray, put together to find a third color that will work well with color flow.

Do you see how much easier it is with the larger samples? I think I would have been an average color consultant without my large samples. But with the large, painted color boards, I feel confident like a color superstar!

I can not say enough good things about the boards if you are serious about selecting the right paint colors as well as finding the right color flow. If you are interested in learning more about the color boards, read here.

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Color Tip For White Ceilings

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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Did you notice that sometimes white ceilings look gray? Especially in the corners?

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If the ceilings were painted in a pure, clean white such as Benjamin Moore Decorators White, that could be the reason. I have learned to never use a pure white on the ceiling because the blue undertone will often appear gray and flat.

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Why? Because white has no where to go except to gray when the lighting is dim. And who shines a bright light onto the ceiling? That’s why ceilings can look so dingy even after they are freshly painted. Another clean white paint example is Benjamin Moore’s Pure White.

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Just a color tip to consider next time you are choosing a white for your ceiling. Have you ever painted a clean white and thought it looked gray?

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My Color Aha Moment

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

I am always working to improve my color skills and practices and trying new ways to work more efficiently. One obvious color tool I work with often is my fan decks. They are great for quick reference:

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And when I need to show a larger color sample, I am blessed to have Maria’s large color boards! They are fantastic to work with clients:

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Since I have trained and earned my certification as a True Color Expert, I have continued to learn more about color skills these last few years taking classes, much reading and performing color consultations. And I have discovered that I continuously use the same colors I know will work in a particular situation:

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When conducting a color consult for a client, I certainly never look at colors that I have never used and trust. So… my aha color moment is that I am going to choose 150-200 paint colors total, that I have used and are trusted, and make myself color boards for just those favorite colors!

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I have my lists of best gray green paint, best whites with yellow undertones and all my beige colors broken down into undertones. Plus the best red paints, browns, and turquoise blues, etc. I am going to paint sample pages that will fit into a binder so that I will be able to look at my color samples quickly instead of jumping all around in the different fan decks.

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No more carrying around heavy color sample suitcases so I can leave a 3 x 3” color sample with the client. No more hesitating when choosing that perfect color for a client’s home. I will always have my favorite and best colors at my fingertips.

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I am still throwing ideas around but don’t you think it is a practical idea? Say I am looking for the perfect gray green paint color. Instead of going through all my fan decks to make sure I am not missing any other perfect gray greens, I already have pulled them out and have them in my collection. Big timesaver! Do you see any drawbacks to this process? Any other thoughts?

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