Four Courses that Changed My Life- Can they Change Yours?

The Staging Diva Home Staging Training Course  I want to tell you  about four courses that changed my life for the better. Maybe one of them might help you change your life as well.The first course is the Staging Diva Home Staging Training Program. Many years ago I got my BA in Interior Design but later took a different path for a while as a wildlife biologist.   I decided later in life that I wanted a more creative career and decided to revisit being an Interior Designer. Read more [...]

The Colors of Summer- Bring the Outside In

Summer is one of my favorite times of year. It’s warm and the outdoors beckons, the colors explode with flowers, fruit, an explosion of green growth and the showiness of all the male birds. There is a feeling of abundance and adventure. Completion of all the things you have sown. It is bold and beautiful.Would you like to have that same look and feeling inside in your home year round? Take some color and other cues from nature and bring the outside in. Here is an example of what I mean.This picture Read more [...]

I Bet You Made These Three Color Mistakes

I Bet you. Why? Because most people do. Why? Because this bad advice is all over the internet. Why? Because people continue to repeat this bad information on blogs and in forums, so most people think it is true. Mistake #1-Testing paint colors against a white background People often think white is a perfect neutral background to see the true characteristics of the color they are testing.  Looking at your color against the old paint color can affect your perception of the new color. White Read more [...]

Let’s Solve Your Paint Color Dilemma

  With concern about the coronavirus, you may be tempted to stick close to home and get some projects done. Maybe painting? New color has a way of making us feel great and our house look new and fresh. Of course, that can trigger the dreaded paint dilemma.At some time or another, we all face it. Whether we are painting our whole house, a room, a wall or just a door, decisions need to be made. And what if we make the wrong one. OMG, the sky will fall. Or people will think we have horrible taste. Read more [...]

Ways to Use Sherwin Williams 2019 Color of the Year Cavern Clay

As a Certified Color Strategist, I love color and exploring the latest color trends and how you might use them in your own home. Cavern Clay is a warm, earthy and inviting terra cotta color which is the Sherwin Williams 2019 Color of the Year. An interesting choice!

When I first saw it, it reminded me of the red rock country of Arizona. It brought back memories of Southwestern Indian tribe colors from their rugs and art, terra cotta pots from Mexico and Indian ruins of New Mexico. Sherwin Read more […]

What Does the Color of Your House Say About You?

What does the color of your house say about you?  The exterior of your house is what the world sees. And, it is what you see every day. Does it reflect your personality? Does it make you happy? Is it inviting to guests or customers if you have a home based business? If you are selling, is it attractive to buyers? Your house sends a message to others and tells your secrets about who you are.

When it comes time to paint the exterior, you have a lot of options and some limitations you need to consider.
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Is everything you know about picking paint colors wrong?

Is everything you know about picking paint colors wrong?

The average person at some time is going to have to pick paint colors to redo a room, a house, an office or other space. Most people get stressed out about this, and for good reason!  Why? Picking harmonious paint colors is somewhat of a mystery, and the majority of what you have heard or read about it is wrong. Picking the wrong colors costs money to redo, or stares you in the face every day if you choose to live with it. Not good!

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Want a Beautiful House? Make a Plan!

Want a beautiful house? The key to success is to make a plan! Figure out what you need to create the design you want, and if it fits in your budget before you buy a single thing! Make a Plan You are much more likely to get the end result you want if you start with a plan!Often, people start buying things they like, hoping that it will all work together. This may not work because the styles or colors may not fit well together, or they may end up buying too many colors and patterns because Read more [...]

How to Pick the Perfect Exterior Paint Colors- Part 2

In my last post,  How to Pick the Perfect Exterior Paint Colors for your home, I shared the first steps in my process for picking exterior paint colors for my own home.  I mentioned this included:Consider what colors you likeConsider your limitations  such as your fixed finishes, landscape and surroundings.Visualize the possibilities.Test your choices to see them in different light conditions.Here is the before photo of my home and the colors I had selected to test (Benjamin Moore Moscow Midnight, Read more [...]