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Color Palettes From Design Seeds

When undertaking a decorating project, one of the first considerations is color and what your overall palette will be in addition to floor plan, furnishings, lighting, etc. Color sets the mood. If you need color inspiration, check out Design Seeds founded by color consultant Jessica Colaluca. Here are 8 of my favorite palettes at the moment, all dreamed up by talented Jessica.

8 Palettes from Design Seeds

Fun for a kitchen or living room: Treat Tones.

8 Palettes from Design Seeds

Very relaxed for the bedroom yet also a bit energetic for mornings when you don’t want to get out of bed: Produced Purple.

8 Palettes from Design Seeds

This could be a nice entryway, I see a very glamorous chandelier in silver discs suspended from the ceiling and a huge mirror above a lacquered white entry table: Glamorous Escape.

8 Palettes from Design Seeds

I love this palette – so fresh and inspiring – perfect for a child’s playroom or a crafting space for mom: Boxed Palette.

8 Palettes from Design Seeds

I see this and think of a nursery for the newest gift to the family: Present Tones.

8 Palettes from Design Seeds

A very happy and stylish palette, this looks like the office for a fashion designer or for a magazine editor: Glow Brights.

8 Palettes from Design Seeds

Very cottage in the country, a nice palette for a guest bedroom in your country home: Pink Plans.

8 Palettes from Design Seeds

I imagine a room with super dark walls so this could be charming in a very little nook in your home where you read and relax: Bouquet Hues.

Design Seeds even has lovely color palette books on Blurb and she has a zillion of them that you can view on her blog by color. Her “Creature Color” book is a favorite of mine, combining sweet animal shots with color palette ideas.

Creature Colors Book

If you are not interested in using these for your next decorating project, why not think of other clever ways you can put these palettes to good use. If you design websites, these could be a great jumping off point. Perhaps you are a book cover designer? Scrapbook queen? Maybe you can put together a wedding using a palette from Design Seeds? Or compose your next outfit? Maybe plan out how you will wrap presents or something as simple as using one of these palettes to base your own mood board from over your work desk?

Psst: Design Seeds clearly even explains in THIS POST how to use her palettes to match the color and convert them to Pantone colors exactly – brilliant!

This is such a great resource, isn’t it!?

(images: design seeds)

Posted in Color Inspiration, uncategorized on January 12, 2012

Leela Cyd Ross Photography

I’m still on vacation but here’s a little eye candy to hold you over… And I have more to come later today too. But first, I’ve talked about Leela Cyd Ross before but who can ever have enough of this lovely lady? A photographer based in Portland, Oregon, Leela is a features contributor for Apartment Therapy, The Kitchn, Unplgged, Re-Nest AND is Apartment Therapy’s photo editor in addition to her work for newspapers like The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. Here are a few of my favorite spaces from her website, pretty swanky portfolio!

Leela Cyd Ross

Leela Cyd Ross

Leela Cyd Ross

Isn’t that bed with the twinkle lights the best???

(photography: Leela Cyd Ross)

Posted in uncategorized on January 04, 2012

Inspiration While I’m Away

During the next few weeks on decor8, posts will be very light as I’m taking a break from writing to enjoy a mini vacation. I plan to read a few books, decorate my home, eat a little, drink a bit more than usual and be merry a lot.

While I'm Away

I’ll still post lightly during the weeks ahead but mostly visual inspiration with very little text and of course, some lovely links. My regular schedule of blogging will resume on Monday, January 9, 2012. When I return, I will have some great news to share as this winter will be a very busy time for me with lots of new projects to share with everyone. That’s why I need a break to breath and organize before the big things start to consume my life entirely in the new year.

Much love and enjoy this most beautiful ending to what was, for me, a very happy 2011. With 2012 drawing nearer and nearer I wonder what it will bring for us all, don’t you?

(Photo by Jamie Beck for the amazing Cup of Jo.)

Posted in uncategorized on December 20, 2011

Stylist Barbara Groen

Dutch stylist Barbara Groen has been on my radar for well over a year now since I first fell in love with her work in VTWonen magazine when she styled a story about diverse work spaces. I’ll quickly show a quick glimpse below — I fell in love with these three magical spaces instantly.

Stylist Barbara Groen

Stylist Barbara Groen

Stylist Barbara Groen

After finding her work, I’ve been following her ever since. Here are some more views from the portfolio of this talented stylist. To see many, many more you’ll need to visit her online portfolio here.

Stylist Barbara Groen

Stylist Barbara Groen

Stylist Barbara Groen

Stylist Barbara Groen

Stylist Barbara Groen

Stylist Barbara Groen

Stylist Barbara Groen

Stylist Barbara Groen

Yeah, that is some SERIOUS inspiration overload. I love how she uses color and generally sticks to three colors in each of her stories – maybe it’s just a coincidence but it seems to be her recipe. I also admire how creative she is – I found so many fun decorating ideas simply from studying the images above. She also loves to use paint and doesn’t have any problem putting very bold colors on cabinets, inside and out – love it! Her use of pattern is minimal, she relies more on objects, color and displays to tell her story. I like many of her wall arrangements and how she uses tear sheets as decorative elements. What an inspiring person Barbara is!

(images: barbara groen)

Posted in uncategorized on December 08, 2011

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Some of my books...

Further editions available: Decorate published by Murdoch Books for AU/NZ, Decorar BR, Alt om indretning DK, Inspirace pro váš byt CZ, Dekorácie SK, La décoration FR, Lust auf Wohnen DE, Sisusta tyylillä FI and Sztuka aranżacji wnętrz PL.

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