Posts Tagged ‘Designer Paint’


Celery and Lettuce Leaf

August 14, 2019

Although I’ve sold quite a few gallons of “Celery”, the only photo of “Celery” I have, I took just last month of the interior of a client’s pool cabana. “Celery” is a crisp, rejuvenating green that is both fresh and timeless. It comprises the optimism of yellow with the healing qualities of green.

As you can see from the photo, “Celery” walls work especially well with crisp white trim, wood tones, and neutral as well as bright colors like you see in the artwork.

If anyone reads this who has used Celery, I’d love to add some more photos to this post!

I was inspired to create the color “Lettuce Leaf” after seeing photos of rooms designed by Charlotte Moss and Mario Buatta. I was able to get an actual sample of the Pantone color called “Young Wheat” that Charlotte used. However, the actual color looks nothing like wheat and Charlotte said it looks like lettuce, so I named my full spectrum version “Lettuce Leaf”. However, it’s a new color and no one has ordered it yet, so I’m offering three gallons of the color in any finish free if you’ll send me photos of your finished room! Just email me directly when you’re ready to order. In the meantime, below are some of the photos that inspired “Lettuce Leaf”.

This is Charlotte Moss’ dining room painted in Pantone’s “Young Wheat” which she says “To me it looks like lettuce. A dining room should be fresh and appetizing”. I couldn’t agree more!
Although the late designer Mario Buatta didn’t use Pantone’s Young Wheat for this living room he designed for Southern Charm’s Grande Dame Patricia Altschul, it’s very close. While photos can give you an idea of what a color would look like, you can see by the photo below of Pantone’s Young Wheat sample, that it can look different in different settings.
According to Patricia, Mario Buatta mixed her color on site. If you’re unfamiliar with Mario Buatta, he was known as the “Prince of Chintz” and his timeless English country style interiors. In the design world, he’s considered a “legend”. I found this photo of Bravo shooting Patricia for Southern Charm.

I also found this great article “Southern Charm by Mario Buatta” by Holly Phillips with more photos of Patricia’s Charleston home, the Isaac Jenkins Mikell house. I especially like the toilet concealed in a chinoiserie cabinet in her Master Bathroom!

If you’d like to see a free hand-painted sample of “Celery” and/or “Lettuce Leaf”, visit my Online Store where we have a variety of samples to choose from. If you’d like to take advantage of my offer to give you three free gallons of “Lettuce Leaf” in exchange for photos of your project, email me!

Sage and Edgewood Green

August 7, 2019

“Sage” was created for clients who had “Edgewood Green” as the main color in their Baton Rouge home. When they moved to New Orleans, they wanted the same color but because of the lighting, we lightened it by cutting the formula in half. The new color was so complex and interesting, I added it to my curated palette and named it “Sage”. It’s since become one of my ten best selling colors!

This bathroom is a great example of both colors. “Sage” is on the walls and ceiling with “Edgewood Green” on the doors and trim. These greens are warmer than the previous cool greens I’ve posted about previously and lean more towards brown instead of blue and gray. “Sage” and “Edgewood Green” both enhance the luster of wood tones.
“Sage” on walls in this Atlanta home is the perfect neutral in this space even though the color isn’t anywhere else in the room.
One of the main reasons I like to use a neutral shade of green on trim is because it helps draw your eye outdoors toward the view. “Edgewood Green” was used on everything but the “Alexandra Blue” ceiling in this sun porch overlooking Audubon Park in New Orleans. The blue ceiling further connects you to the outdoors and subconsciously makes you feel like you’re outdoors on a sunny day.
When I was asked to help with the colors at the Pitot House Museum, I was surprised to find that my “Edgewood Green” was a dead ringer for the original trim color used back in the late 1700’s! It’s so neutral, it works well with every color like these “Wedgewood” walls.
These New Orleans clients recently purchased a home that was copied after the exterior of the Pitot House and loved the colors there so much, we used them here as well with “Edgewood Green” on all the trim like at the Pitot House. “Buttercream” is on the walls and “Alexandra Blue” on the ceilings. “Pitot Mango” is on the walls in the room beyond. Click here to see a closeup of “Pitot Mango” and “Edgewood Green”.
One of my favorite photos of “Edgewood Green” used on walls and ceiling in this mountain retreat in North Carolina.
“Edgewood Green” is so neutral, it works well as the core color in this home that has several colors branching off of it.
“Edgewood Green” works equally well outdoors and helps this “Buttercream” home nestle into the landscaping.

You can clearly see how color reflective these Full Spectrum Paint colors are by how different they look in each of the photos. I’m happy to send you free hand-painted samples, if you’ll visit my Online Store. It’s the first item. As you’ll see, there are larger hand-painted samples and sample jars as well. Besides selling paint, I welcome helping my clients put together color palettes and selecting paint colors. Color Consultations are free when you purchase my Full Spectrum Paints!


August 2, 2019

“Magnolia” is a deep blue-green that is sure to cool off any room in the Summer yet doesn’t create a cold environment in the Winter. I know this to be personally true because the bedroom you’ll see in the first photo below was my bedroom for many years. When I first designed my home, I was single and had just moved from Manhattan to build my cabin in the woods just five miles outside the town of St. Francisville. I had a limited amount of money to spend, so I designed the home myself and kept the square footage to only 1160 square feet. My bedroom in New York was only 10′ x 11′ so I figured I’d keep the bedrooms small (one is only 7′ x 10′ with two built-in Dutch Beds) so that I’d have plenty of square footage for my living areas since I like to entertain. It wasn’t until after my daughter was born that I added a large bedroom (12′ x 25′) for her which has since become my bedroom, making the “Magnolia” bedroom now my guest bedroom. Because I had these beautiful views of wooded ravines, I put as many windows and French doors into this little house I could. When it came time to painting my bedroom, because it has a wall of closet doors, French doors leading onto a deck and two large windows, I felt it would be too claustrophobic if the trim was painted the same “Ashen Green” as the rest of the house. I wanted this tiny bedroom to feel connected to the outdoors where I had a view of a huge magnolia tree and live oak so I created the color “Magnolia” inspired by the dark blue-green leaves of the magnolia tree. It’s always incredibly cool in the Summer yet very cozy and warm in the winter and although I have this nice big bedroom now (painted “Alexandra Blue”), I still enjoy spending time in my guest bedroom.

If this bedroom weren’t on the ground floor, you’d think you were in a tree house. There’s also an outdoor shower on the deck just outside the French Doors. I painted everything “Magnolia” to keep the space from feeling closed in and although the ceiling height in this room is 9′, I painted the ceiling the same color because it visually raises the ceiling height and creates a more soothing atmosphere. Less contrast = soothing & calming!
Lori Sawaya of sent this photo many years ago where she used “Magnolia” in this client’s sitting room.
Barbara Drake sent the above photo to show me how she used “Magnolia” on her kitchen cabinets with “Berry Red” window trim.
Last but certainly not least, here’s “Magnolia” on the walls of this beautiful staircase landing in Pittsburgh. Above the chair rail was a custom blue that has now become “Christine’s Cloud”. Owner Katina Kefalos rents her beautiful apartments on Airbnb should you visit Pittsburgh. Click on the link and you’ll see more of my Full Spectrum Paint colors!

If you’d like to see a free hand-painted sample of “Magnolia”, visit my Online Store where you can also order a variety of larger samples and sample jars as well as paint. Nothing is more convenient than ordering your paint from me beforehand and then picking it up from your nearest PPG Paints store without having to wait! I handle all the details letting you know when it will be ready so that all you have to do is drop by so they can put the paint in your car. Most stores will deliver at no charge depending on the size of the order and distance from the store. And don’t forget, I’m always available to help with selecting paint colors and putting together color palettes at no charge. This service is included in the price.

Ashen Green

July 29, 2019

“Ashen Green” was one of the very first colors I ever created. I used it on all of the trim and millwork throughout my own home that I designed and built 20 years ago and I wouldn’t change the color for anything. As I said in my previous post about the color green and it’s healing properties, every room could use at least a little bit of green and because it falls in the middle of the color spectrum, it’s a neutral that is balancing. “Ashen Green” will work in most any historical setting as it was used as early as the mid 1700’s on interior millwork and exterior shutters. Just yesterday, I visited two beautifully restored Creole homes, Maison Chenal and LaCour House where a variety of neutral greens were used in the interiors. For more information on Creole architecture which is prevalent down here in Louisiana, visit “deConstructing Creole Architectural Color“.

One of the reasons this color was probably used so often is because it not only connects us to the views of nature outdoors, it’s also a very cooling color in that it is a blue-gray-green. As you’ll see in the photos below, “Ashen Green” also makes a great wall color.

One of the many greens used in this circa 1790’s Creole home is very similar to my “Ashen Green”
“Ashen Green” bookcase and cabinetry with “Mushroom” walls in this new addition.
“Ashen Green” walls with “White Opal” trim and wainscoting.
“Ashen Green” millwork and hallway color with “Buttercream” walls and ceiling in the Great Room of my own home in the photos above and below.

If you’d like a free hand-painted sample of “Ashen Green” or any of my Full Spectrum Paint colors, visit my Online Store. What makes my paints so special and why are they called “Full Spectrum”? It’s because each and every single color is created from a minimum of seven pigments and we never use black or gray pigments because they absorb light. When you have all of the colors from the color spectrum in one paint color, it’s like seeing colors outdoors in nature. The colors are more luminious, they have more depth and they never clash with the colors around them. That’s a big reason why they’re so popular with interior designers and architects!


Lichen and the Color Green

July 25, 2019

“Lichen” was initially created for the Sullivan Dental Center here in St. Francisville. However, some folks say they not only have cutting-edge dentistry, but their place should also be called a spa and I can’t help but think the color “Lichen” has a lot to do with that. My clients asked me to create a color that was very soothing and clean, yet earthy and organic. So I immediately thought of the plant we call lichen and later, when I was asked by House Beautiful Magazine to be one of “Twelve Major Players in Design” to share our favorite color green in their March 2012 issue “All About Green”, I picked “Lichen”. House Beautiful even included this photo I snapped of lichen growing on a live oak in the article!

I was flattered when House Beautiful asked me if I could get approval from the photographer to use it. They laughed when I told them I took it with my iPhone, but hey, iPhone cameras are amazing!

Lichen starts my blog posts on the color green, known as the color of nature. I use green in almost every room because it is the most healing color. Healing colors influence mood, calm the nervous system and create peaceful environments. Since green is often used to represent health, many pharmaceutical and nutritional companies use green in their logos and marketing materials. It falls in the middle of the color spectrum, so it is balancing and acts as a neutral. My full spectrum “Lichen” paint color is what I call a complex neutral in that it is very chameleon-like as you’ll see in the photos below.

“Lichen” walls in the Sullivan Dental Center with “Putty” trim and painted brick. I can’t tell you how often I get calls from their patients about this color. Candice and Frank Sullivan tell me it constantly changes with the light. You’ll see this in the photos of it below.
“Lichen” walls create an oasis of calm in this Guest Bedroom.
You can see Lichen’s neutral qualities in this photo where it’s used in the two-story foyer shown above and below.

If you’d like to see a free hand-painted sample of “Lichen” visit my Online Store where we also have a variety of other samples to choose from.

Sacre Bleu

July 24, 2019

This deep rich teal was created for the Hunt Slonem Antebellum Pop exhibit at the LSU Museum of Art shortly after their Toulouse Lautrec exhibit where the wall color was a deep teal that was dull and obviously not a full spectrum color. So when I was asked to help with the Slonem exhibit, I was inspired to create a better version of it for one of the rooms. I named it “Sacre Bleu” in honor of Toulouse Lautrec who was featured in Christopher Moore’s novel, Sacre Bleu: A Comedy D’Art. It was also a stereotypical and very old fashioned French curse. It literally means “sacred blue”, but it comes from “sacre Dieu” or “sacred God” but “bleu” replaced “Dieu” to avoid the blasphemy of using the name of God. Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot used it often.

In the Slonem exhibit we recreated five rooms to evoke Hunt Slonem’s decorating style. This room painted “Sacre Bleu” served as a ladies dressing room off of the bedroom.
“Sacre Bleu” is a great color to turn a small Powder Room into a little jewel box!
Another tiny room, an Butler’s Pantry, where “Sacre Bleu” turns it into a jewel box
“Sacre Bleu” makes a great door color and I created a formula for it in PPG’s new BreakThrough product that is an interior/exterior product we also used on the porch floor because it dries within 20 minutes and is so durable it can be painted on anything, even concrete and vinyl!
Lastly, a close up of “Sacre Bleu” from the exhibit. As you can see from the photos, it looks a little different in each setting. This closeup shows it quite accurately.

If you’d like a free hand-painted sample, visit my Online Store where you’ll find all manner of samples ranging from larger hand-painted samples and sample jars. Next, I’ll be writing about the color green starting with the color “Lichen”.


July 22, 2019

One hot Summer day in New Orleans, I walked into designer Jon Vaccari’s Magazine Street showroom and immediately felt cool and refreshed. I knew it had everything to do with the wall color. Within a week, I recreated a full spectrum version of the color, calling it “Oasis”. Like both “Gustavian Grey” and “H2 Ahh!” in my two previous posts, it’s a blue-green, a color that has both the properties of being soothing (from the blue) and refreshing (from the green). What makes it different from “Gustavian Grey” and “H2 Ahh!” is that it’s a clearer color, not as organic and subtle. It’s still very chameleon-like in that with the light, it shifts back and forth from blue to green. Many have described it as a “robin’s egg blue”. It’s not only great on walls, it also makes a wonderful ceiling color both inside and out as you’ll see in the photos below.

A close-up of “Oasis” above from the walls of the bedroom it graces below.
We used “Oasis” on the ceiling of this California home with “Tiffany Turquoise” on the door.
Talented Interior Designer Regina Kraft used “Oasis” on the ceiling of this colorful newly constructed Bedford, NY home.

If you’d like to see a free hand-painted sample, visit my Online Store where you can not only order free samples (called cuttings), but also larger hand-painted samples and sample jars.