Posts Tagged ‘Interior design’

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Christine’s Cloud

June 18, 2019

If you haven’t been following my Blog Posts lately, I started writing a post on each one of my Full Spectrum Paint colors since clients often ask me to describe colors and how I recommend they be used. Although my old website had a Virtual Room painter, I find photographs of the colors showing different uses to be more helpful in giving an accurate visual. Of course, there’s nothing like seeing the real color hand-painted on a sample. All of my samples are either hand-painted paper samples or sample jars of the actual paint I sell. These blog posts are in the order of my new Color Chart and at the beginning of each color range, I give the color therapy information related to each color range because the first question I always ask during a Color Consultation is “How do you want to feel in the space?”

Color Chart of 70 Full Spectrum Paint colors is available for purchase from my Online Store

If you want to create a calming, soothing atmosphere “Christine’s Cloud” is a soft, enveloping blue that is a true blue without being the feared “baby blue” that so often happens to folks who aren’t used to selecting paint colors. Although the photos below show “Christine’s Cloud” as ceiling colors for interiors and exterior porches, it makes a great color for bedrooms since it evokes feelings of sea and sky.

We used “Christine’s Cloud” on this ceiling with “Classic Marc” walls in the living room of a decorating project I did a few years ago because we wanted the space to feel like you’re outdoors on a sunny day. This living room has three sets of French Doors that open onto the glassed in porch in the photo below.
The porch overlooks Audubon Park in New Orleans so we painted the walls “Edgewood Green” and the ceiling “Christine’s Cloud” so that it feels connected to the outdoors as the green helps pull your eye out towards the view as opposed to using a white which would have the opposite effect and close you in.
The same clients like “Christine’s Cloud” so much, we used it on the porch ceiling of their country home here in Saint Francisville. The siding is “JV Cloud White” and the shutters are in my new color “Creole Shutter Green”. Note the softness of the “JV Cloud Whitenext to the existing white rockers. The home was on tour shortly after it was painted and got rave reviews!

You can order free hand-painted samples of any of my Full Spectrum Paint colors from my Online Store. There are also larger hand-painted samples and sample jars. Color Consultations with me are free when you order my paints!

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Alexandra Blue

June 11, 2019

“Alexandra Blue”, named after my daughter, is the first pale sky blue that I created for my line of Full Spectrum Paints. I added just enough magenta to make it look like the sky at twilight. The tiny increment of magenta pigment added is just enough to make “Alexandra Blue” look almost misty. It’s an ethereal sky blue that creates an enveloping, calming atmosphere. (See my previous Blog Post for color therapy info on the color blue). Although perfect for ceilings and bedrooms, it’s a great color for any space where you want to be uplifted and soothed.

One of my favorite photos of this “Alexandra Blue” ceiling with “Adobe” walls in this California home. “Snow” is used on the French Doors and trim and crown molding.
I was able to snap this photo yesterday when visiting this project site where my clients painted “Alexandra Blue” on both walls and ceiling of their upstairs Master Bedroom overlooking Audubon Park in New Orleans. They tell me “it’s like being up in the clouds!”
I especially love this photo of a client’s little girl’s room because it shows the periwinkle quality that “Alexandra Blue” has.
This is my daughter Alexandra‘s room that I designed and had added on to my little cabin in the woods. Since I was going to the trouble of adding on a bedroom, I made it as large as I could without cutting down any trees. Now that she’s grown and living on her own, I’m enjoying it as my Master Bedroom! Of course, this is the first place I used “Alexandra Blue” on walls and ceilings. “Ashen Green” is on all trim.

If you’d like a free hand-painted sample of “Alexandra Blue” or any of my Full Spectrum Paint colors, visit my Online Store where you can get larger hand-painted samples and sample jars.

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The Color Blue & Silvery Blue

June 6, 2019

It’s no wonder blue is humanity’s most popular color. The calming quality of blue is undeniable since it represents the energy of water and sky. Blue is the color of introspection, tranquility and serenity. While its influence on the physical is soothing and calming, it stimulates a spiritual force of upliftment. Frequently called the “Nightingale color”, it’s also known to reduce inflammation and induce sleep, so it’s ideal to use in the bedroom. Ever since I read Alexandra Stoddard’s inspiring book Living a Beautiful Life, I have often used pale sky blue on ceilings because it makes you subconsciously feel like you’re outdoors on a sunny day.

“Silvery Blue” was initially created for the Master Bedroom ceiling in designer Marc Charbonnet‘s NYC Fifth Avenue project. I liked it so much, I immediately used it on the ceiling in the Living and Dining rooms for an old farmhouse here in St. Francisville. Although it’s a beautiful, very subtle blue, I’ve yet to see where anyone has used it on walls but I’m certain it would create a wonderfully soothing space. You’ll see from the photos of it below, depending on the light in each space, it changes its hue.

“Silvery Blue” surrounds the silver leaf ceiling in designer Marc Charbonnet’s NYC 5th Avenue project.
Here is “Silvery Blue” on the ceiling in the farmhouse I mentioned. The “Wheat” walls and “Camelhair” millwork pull out more blue. Also, the blue sofas might also make it look more blue in this space.
Another Marc Charbonnet project in Dallas where he used “Silvery Blue” on all of the ceilings with “JV Cloud White” walls and “Barry’s White” trim
After posting photos on Instagram and Facebook of “Silvery Blue” with “JV Cloud White” walls and “Barry’s White” trim, this client painted her Master Bedroom in the same colors. I especially like it on this vaulted ceiling!
The St. Francisville Inn used “Silvery Blue” on all of their ceilings and as you’ll continue to see, it looks different in every space. Walls are “JV Cloud White” and trim is “Barry’s White”
The St. Francisville Inn‘s Summer Parlor above with the same “JV Cloud White” walls and “Barry’s White” ceiling.
Another example of the color reflective qualities of “Silvery Blue” on the St. Francisville Inn‘s porch overlooking the courtyard. Rough cypress walls were painted “JV Cloud White” and floor is painted “Brandon’s Blue” in PPG Paints’ new BreakThrough product.

So as you can see, “Silvery Blue” is quite chameleon-like! If you’d like to see a hand-painted sample, you can order a free sample at my Online Store.

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Pearl

May 24, 2019

“Pearl” got its name from the gemstone and although pearls come in many different colors, when I think of pearls, I always tend to think of them as white with a slightly rosy cast. So the “Pearl” paint color I created has a very, very subtle pink glow. Designers Cecile Thompson and Peggie Rhodes of Timpsen Creek Gallery in Clayton, Georgia liked it so much, they used it on all millwork and most ceilings in the Atlanta, Georgia project shown in the photos below. It’s especially stunning and timeless with this sunny “Azure” blue!

“Pearl” millwork and ceiling in this Dining Room with “Azure” walls
“Pearl” millwork with “Azure” walls in the Hallway
I couldn’t resist showing another view of the Hallway in this fabulous home!

As you can see, Pearl, like White Opal and Barry’s White, is a crisp enough white to work well with most any color and shows off beautiful millwork like the gorgeous millwork in this home.

This project is almost complete and when it is, I’ll be sure to write about it showing many more photos in an upcoming newsletter!

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Touching Base

July 22, 2016

Once again, it has been a while since I posted on my blog. However, I recently posted a lengthy newsletter that includes a recent interior design project that I especially enjoyed working on since it was new construction for some color clients I’ve had for over a decade. Now that they both retired and all of their children are grown, they down-sized into a lovely town home in a private development in Baton Rouge. The Living Room shown below opens into both the Dining Area and Kitchen. To see more photos, check out my latest Living Well Newsletter. This project is towards the end.

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It’s now been a couple of years since we’ve been using the new PPG Paints products and I can’t tell you how pleased with the feedback I’m getting. Both the Pure Performance and Manor Hall are premium products. The Pure Performance is VOC-free and covers exceptionally well. However, I’m thrilled to report that we’re now reformulating our really saturated Bright and Magical Gem colors into the Manor Hall product for these usually hard to cover colors. The “Hot Pink!” for instance, almost covers in one coat (in the old Lifemaster, it took 3-4 coats!). Now, we’re talking two coats, tops!

I’m also creating new colors almost weekly and there are some great ones so be sure to check the drop down color lists and if there are colors you don’t recognize that aren’t in your sets, please don’t hesitate to email me to find out more about them. Also, I usually post photos of the samples on my Facebook page. Two new ones you might like are full spectrum versions of Farrow & Ball colors I was asked to make: “Middleton Pink” (we kept the same name for now) and our “Verdant” is their discontinued “Chappell Green”. Both photos of the same sample below show how much the color shifts from green to blue.

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The same “Verdant” sample above and below shifts with the light.

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The samples below are of two new colors. The top one is “Kelly Green” and the bottom two are the same exact color sample (“Castle Piano Rm Green”) but with different lighting. These colors were created for artist Hunt Slonem’s 102,000 sq.ft. Castle in Scranton.

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Although these colors were initially created for special clients, these paint colors may be ordered by anyone and we’re having one of our “Blog Sales” so be sure to input the word “blog” in the discount box at checkout when you order online.  While you’re there, check out the fabrics and wallpaper that can now be ordered online. There are always discounts, but you need to email me with the quantity so I can give you the secret discount code!

I hope you’re having a swell (not sweltering) Summer!

smEllensig

 

 

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Harmony House Ready for Guests!

June 17, 2014

So much for good intentions! It’s been two weeks since I set the goal to blog about old design and color projects on Thursdays. Although it’s not a Thursday, I wanted to follow up on my previous post about Harmony House, the house I created the architectural design of  that’s now available for rent as a private B&B retreat (private meaning you get the whole house to yourself!). I was there visiting the new owners yesterday who were putting the finishing touches on it for their first guests due to arrive this Friday, so I snapped a few photos to share.

You enter both houses from a large screened in porch, which many say is their favorite part of the house. I call Harmony House “Mon Soleil on steroids” because we added five feet to the width and eight feet to the length, a much grander staircase and a bay window in the living room.

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The spacious screened porch is comfortable year around with its ceiling fans and fireplace.

 The extra width increased the ceiling height in the Living Room from 20′ to 23′ and it includes a kitchen and dining area with a staircase leading to a loft bedroom with two built-in Dutch beds.

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The main living area is open onto a kitchen and has another huge fireplace that shares the same chimney as the porch fireplace.

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The kitchen has all the modern conveniences and a huge island around the stove where everyone likes to gather at parties.

The Master Bedroom opens onto a spacious deck complete with hot tub and outdoor shower:

HH MBRMaster Bedroom walls, ceiling and trim are all painted “Edgewood Green”.

The downstairs Guest Bedroom has two twin-sized Dutch beds and with the added square footage, its size increased considerably from my little 7′ x 10′ guest bedroom, so that this one has a reading nook:

HH GBRWalls and ceiling are painted “Spring Green”. Trim throughout the house is “Edgewood Green”

The most spectacular part of Harmony House is the outdoor areas. I wish I could take credit for these but those kudos go to the previous owners. However, I supplied the willow furniture made by Fred Hunt of Broken Bow, Oklahoma who is now operating his own B&B (www.thepastureatwillowsranch.com). He also made 20 pieces for Michael J. Fox’s Sharon, Connecticut home, thanks to their designer Marc Charbonnet who put together that sale for me!

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This covered deck is one of several decks.

HH OutdoorThe screened porch leads to an outdoor fire pit and picnic area.

As you might have imagined, this wonderful little oasis is deep in the Louisiana woods and has a 60′  foot bridge with a deck in the middle spanning a 150 foot ravine that leads to another house which is currently being spruced up for guests. Photos and more on “Melody House” soon! For more information on Harmony and Melody House, email Keith Koppens at keithkoppens@aol.com, Vincent Chatelain at vincentchatelain@hotmail.com or Pam Randazza at pamran@bellsouth.net.

If you would like your own little sanctuary/retreat, that’s my specialty! I have taken these house plans and re-worked them for two other clients, so email me at ellen@ellenkennon.com.

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The Last Word on the 2013 Color of the Year (& other news)

December 6, 2012

In my Autumn Living Well Newsletter on the 2013 Color of the Year & Color Trends, I reported on predictions of next year’s color of the year by pretty much everyone but Pantone. Although it was looking like “Monaco Blue” would be Pantone’s pick, they just announced that “Emerald” was their pick for 2013.

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(“Emerald” in the center is Pantone’s pick for 2013’s Color of the Year)

Interesting that it is very close to Pratt & Lambert’s “Tidal Pool” which was their pick for the 2013 color to watch, a dead ringer for our Full Spectrum “Albania Teal”, that appeared in the October issue of House Beautiful. Here’s a photo of Albania Teal in artist Hunt Slonem‘s NYC studio featured in Russia’s Architectural Digest Magazine (I didn’t even know they had an Architectural Digest!). “Albania Teal” was named after one of his plantation’s in Louisiana. The great thing about this color is that it is both soothing and rejuvenating at the same time.Image

I have to say, I’m still selling a lot more whites and complex neutrals, than the saturated colors predicted. We mostly use the more neutral, easy to live with colors, in main areas and save the jewel tones for jewel box spaces like powder rooms, closets, inside of cabinets and bookcases.

Speaking of whites, one of my biggest “JV Cloud White” (JV for Designer Jon Vaccari & created for his New Orleans showroom) fans, Karina Gentinetta, has been making quite a name for herself on the national scene and will appear on More Magazine‘s television special about women who reinvent themselves (Karina was an attorney for 13 years before becoming an antiques dealer, artist and interior decorator). After seeing this video of her segment, I’m thinking she needs to have her own TV show! (Karina used “JV Cloud White” in her 1st Dibbs Showroom and Annunciation Restaurant in New Orleans which you’ll see in the video.)

(Click here to watch Karina’s More Magazine segment

I’m currently working on my Winter Living Well Newsletter featuring one of Interior Designer Marc Charbonnet‘s latest projects, where he had another designer friend of mine (Ken Tibbils of St. Francisville) make this table:

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(I have featured Marc’s projects often over the years. and this latest project showcases his amazing design versatility. Wait until you see the rest of the photos!)