Category Archives: Color Palettes

Chairish Style Board Challenge!

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Daphne from Chairish, asking if I would be interested in creating a style board based on one of the accent chairs from their latest collection. Daphne’s email was my first introduction to Chairish, and boy am I glad to have been introduced to them! Chairish is a fabulous, curator approved, online marketplace for vintage furniture. It’s a wonderful way for design lovers to sell and purchase pre-owned pieces. When I visited the site after reading my email, I was happy to accept the challenge.

The theme of the challenge was to create a style board around a colorful accent chair for a room that is going from white to bright by adding in bold color. This was a fun challenge for me. As you know, I am addicted to black + white, but I love pops of color. I selected the Eames style molded plastic chair to create my space around. In keeping with my love of creative workspaces, I decided to use a home office as the room concept for my board. (I guess it was subliminal wishful thinking for me :) I took my room from white to bright by adding in color with my accessories. I love the green of the Eames chair (which happens to be a style I have had my eye on for a while). I wanted the space to have a luxe feel, so I chose accessories and furnishings with gold accents. I used abstract art to pull in more color and play off the gold and green. Touches of black helped to ground the room and add dimension and a nice contrast for the gold, green and yellow. Choosing colorful desk accessories, like pink pencils also helped to bring color and life to the space. These small things can make such a big impact. So for those of you who might be afraid of color, remember that you can always add in color through your accessories. The room still has a neutral base, but because of the bold pops of color, it doesn’t give off the feeling of being in a stark white room.

Here are the items I used to create my workspace:: clockwise from top right::

♦     Painting  | Abstraction by Franz Kline , 1955

♦     Gold Stapler | Kate Spade 

♦     Sheepskin Throw |  cb2

♦     Chamber Desk | cb2

♦     Perpetual Wall Calendar |

♦     Gold Iphone 5 charger |

♦     Floating Drawers | Codor Design

♦     Matte Black + Gold Votives | Room 21

♦     Eames style plastic molded chair | Chairish

♦     Whippet Pillow | West Elm

♦     Pencils | Etsy

Be sure to check out the Chairish site. You can shop their accent chairs here. It’s a great way to get your hands on vintage pieces!

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Label Love:: Gabriele Colangelo


Gabriele Colangelo Pre-Fall ’14


I really love Gabriele Colangelo’s collection for Fall ’14. There is a great meshing of color, pattern and texture. Though the line is mostly neutral, she balances the neutral grays with pops of citrus yellow and textures like fur, pin tucking, leather trim and pleats. The line has a decidedly menswear influence to it, with it’s use of geometric shapes, silhouettes and fabrics. I’ve selected a few of my favorite looks above and created a color palette for you. This happens to be one of my all-time favorite color combos. I love how the acid yellow stands out against the neutral grays.

Would you wear any of these pieces or colors?

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Paris Fashion Week:: Haute Couture Color Palette Inspiration: Go Bold or Go Home!


Bold Color Palette for Spring . . .


Here’s what’s happening on the Haute Couture Front . . . Giambattista Valli’s Spring ’14 collection is bringing fierce color to the runways! I love the combination of citrus-chartreuse and raspberry. I also love that Mr. Valli used these colors together for evening wear, which, let’s face it, can be a little predictive with it’s choice of colors (black, blush, navy etc.).  Balanced out by a little black and satin pink, this palette is refreshing, bold and feminine. You could easily incorporate these colors into your existing wardrobe with accessories; A bright citrus bag or scarf, or even a sweater. Adding a pop of bold color like this can go a long way to brightening up dreary winter outfits. Especially in the midst of a Polar Vortex!

Would you wear these colors together?

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Paris Fashion Week:: Haute Couture Color Palette Inspiration: Soft Tones

Giambattista SP 14 Couture

Soft Palette Colors for Spring . . .


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The Haute Couture shows in Paris are taking place as I type. Here are a few soft looks from the Giambattista Valli Spring ’14 show. I’ve created a color palette as a guide to how you might be able to incorporate some of these colors into your Spring wardrobe.  Tomorrow I will post a bolder palette relating to the Spring ’14 Valli Couture show.

Have a colorful day!

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