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I must admit, I have 2 offices for my interior design firm. The main one I use is painted a creamy white, with the absolute perfect shade of charcoal as an accent. Since I'm in here so much I decided this year to decorate it for Christmas!
As my logo colours are a beautiful turquoise blue and charcoal gray, I thought I'd love to have a turquoise tree. I looked and looked and finally found one in the exact shade of my logo - which was developed by my amazing brand strategist Phil Pallen. Thank you Phil!
The plain little turquoise tree needed a little Jilly love. So I sent it out and had it flocked with beautiful white 'snow'. Can you hear "I'm dreaming of a White Christmas" in the background?
I added little houses and churches, and gorgeous silver Eiffel Towers tied with turquoise ribbons.
I added those tiny fairy lights, by Restoration Hardware and when I looked at the whole tree... it looked perfect.
But after looking at the photos, I saw some things that I just took for granted... I became use to so many meaningful items in my office and home...
My Dad's first typewriter from his real estate office in Vancouver, BC.
A little vintage jar - on the left side of the typewriter- from my new friend and fantastic designer Tracey Herbert , (she brought me this jar when driving back home to Portland, she and family stopped in for a bite to eat).
A dream catcher sent to me from my friend Mim Harder - she made this herself and used my fav colour - turquoise together with lots of silver!
Two ornaments made of clay by my new grandson Theo and grand daughter Addy.
A turquoise "J" bought for me by my dear and cherished friend, Cheryl - and now my client (photos to come from her stunning home!).
My new business cards that have the most beautiful shimmery turquoise paper. Designed by Phil Pallen. (Love you Phil, thank you for understanding me and knowing exactly what I wanted!).
A vintage dish collected at a thrift shop right by the Catholic church where my dear Irish neighbours go for Mass. I think of them each time I see the dish.
These items, and many more, are things that I look at each and every day. I think of you dear friends and family, more often than you will ever know.
THIS is what Christmas is really all about.
Thank you for allowing me to share.
May God bless you with a beautiful Christmas, surrounded by friends, family and loved ones.
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As Interior Designers, we're always on the hunt for something new and fresh. Today Pantone unleashed it's colour of the year for 2014 which is.... drum roll please....PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid.
I must admit when I first saw this colour, I thought of fashion. I could see it in a gorgeous silk dress, or a man's tie, but can we use it in interior design? Well, yes and no.
The photo above shows gorgeous interior designer Andrea Anthony Brooks of Andrea Brooks Interiors . She's rocking this colour in her office entry which is Sherwin Williams - Wisteria.
Do you see how she's made this strong colour work? She's used lots of white to cool it down and has paired it with a dark grounding floor and that beautiful navy mirror.
(Did you know her photo was published in the May Issue of At Home magazine, in Arkansas? Way to go Andrea!!)
Look on page 30 to find out a little more. Andrea is waaaaay ahead of the trends - as usual.
What about Christmas decor? I can see this colour used with lots of white and silver and sparkle!
Or perhaps toned down as in Sherwin Williams colour of the year - Exclusive Plum.
Pantone's press release states, in part,
" Radiant Orchid for Interiors:
Spruce up interior spaces by incorporating this eye-catching hue in paint, accent pieces and accessories. As adaptable as it is beautiful, Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows. Likewise, the vibrant color is sure to liven up neutrals including gray, beige and taupe. Uplifting and bold without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid reenergizes almost any color palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces."
Hmmm, sounds similar to a teen aged girls room which I designed a few years ago. The photo above shows the mood board I created for my client's bedroom. I see this pinky/purple colour best when it's toned down with grays, dark charcoals, lots of white and balanced by a little soft green.
Let's not plaster this colour all over our walls. When used in moderation, and as little accent pieces, as in the ottoman above, I think it can be fantastic!
So, over to you my dear readers, what do you think about this 'new' colour for 2014? Love it? Hate it? I'd love to know!
Well, believe it or not, it's that time of year again! Yippee!
What colours will you be decorating with this year? I think I'll be using aqua and white, with silver accents.
Here's a few tips for decorating for the holidays - with style!
#1. Declutter. Remove all of your accessories and put them into storage, in an unused room, closet, or even under the bed. We need all the knick knacks gone.
#2. What type of Christmas tree will you be having? A real, green tree? A white flocked tree? No tree at all?
More and more people are moving towards the white flocked trees - I know I am. This allows you, to use even more colourful ornaments and tinsel. But there is something to be said for the traditional green fir tree - beautiful.
#3. What are your family favorites? You know the ornaments, or decor that simply must go up each year? Incorporate this into your style and design.
#4. Colour. If possible, take into consideration the existing colour palette in your home. We're hoping to work with it, not against it. Can you pull colours from your wall, carpet, artwork and use them on your Christmas tree and mantle?
#5 Variations in tones. I love to use 3 colours or shades. One mid-toned, or darker colour; one lighter colour; and a metallic. Since it's Christmas - we need a little sparkle.
Now it's over to you? What colours are you dreaming of this Christmas?
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Jil Sonia McDonald is an interior designer working in the Lower Mainland, and Fraser Valley, BC.
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