Jewel Tones – Paint Colors for Fall

Jewel Tones – Paint Colors for Fall

Jewel Tones are one great tool for easing the transition to fall that comes as an emotional set back for many people. Summer is marked by weather that does not test the constitutions, lasting daylight that creates a sense of well-being and good humor, and most of all – an abundance of color! And it […] more…

Rocky Road – Sweet Style

There’s just something about color that engages, inspired and motivates. What we do in the kitchen is just another expression of creativity that allows us to invite people that we love into our homes and share our color stories! There is only a short step between imagination and room! There is little doubt that Rocky […] more…
New York Gift – La Boheme

New York Gift – La Boheme

I interupted my posting on New York Gift last week and have missed posting for you, but had no alternative but to change my focus this past week. My daughter has been in the hospital this past week, and has emerged from two surgeries with flying colors, and everything will soon become colorful once again. Occasionally a color […] more…

New York Gift – Natural Design

Natural Design was prominent in NYIGF and in Manhattan retail displays at large. If you are only just tuning in to Re-Do it Design, welcome and I’ll catch you up quickly before barreling ahead. I just came back of the Fall increment of the New York Gift Fair, which is open to retail buyers and […] more…

New York Gift – Part 1

Just back from New York Gift. NYIGF (The New York International Gift Fair) convenes twice a year; occupying the The Jacob Javitts Convention Center on West 34th Street in Manhattan as well as Pier 92 and Pier 94, providing display space for over 80,000 suppliers of the products you will fall in love with on […] more…

NYIGF 2012

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French Pastry & Candice Olson Paints – Eat Color!

French Pastry & Candice Olson Paints – Eat Color!

Mmmmm…….Color! Let’s get inspired… The relationship between color and food is one filled with passion and parallel avenues of creative expression. Both engage the senses, and revel in the expression of the human experience and all its potential for changing the way we feel through the enhancement of our lifestyles. I have decided to expand […] more…
Interior Styling – Design a Room

Interior Styling – Design a Room

Interior Styling is the frosting on designing a room, yet this 10% of your design speaks volumes about what your room is attempting to say. But in the same manner that a beautifully frosted cake that is dry and flavorless underneath will not hit the mark, the converse is equally true; a room that is […] more…
Color Trends – The Weathered Look

Color Trends – The Weathered Look

The color trends most sonorous to 2012 that have got to beachy neutrals in combination with the weathered look. In concert with weathered surfaces, beach neutrals convey the illusion of muted color. See that little table in the image above? That color has to be the color I have seen most frequently used this year. […] more…
Pink 2012 – Color Schemes

Pink 2012 – Color Schemes

Color Schemes in 2012 are loving pink – and there are lots of pinks to love! Pink is a spectacular decor opportunity that, while big in Pantone’s Fall 2012 color forecast, and after its color of the year engagement in 2011, still remains the unloved cinder-step-child of interior color schemes and decor selected for real […] more…
Painting Trends 2012 – Chalk Paints

Painting Trends 2012 – Chalk Paints

Painting Trends 2012 have resurrected chalk paints. Enthusiastically embraced for their pastel aura and careless yet structured appeal of French Bohemian Style, what’s classic has become new, once again. No where in 2012 painting trends is the move toward a chalk paint look more evident than in the contribution of the un-decorate movement to up-cycle […] more…
Color Trends 2012 – Making Lemonade!

Color Trends 2012 – Making Lemonade!

  The 2012 color forecast is nothing to today’s heat index predicting record-breaking temperatures, in my neck of the woods! There are so many ways to make lemonade – I thought we might make some together, and sip on some inspiration for redesign in the comfort of air-conditioned rooms in need of reinvention. Mimi says […] more…
Paint Colors 2012 – Buying The Right Paint

Paint Colors 2012 – Buying The Right Paint

Paint Colors of 2012 have so much to offer – too much, if you have to take it all in at once The last few days I have offered some perspective on accessing and personalizing the color trends of 2012 (and beyond). But Friday is all about DIY so with the weekend ahead let’s get […] more…
Color Trends 2012. Aspire to Color!

Color Trends 2012. Aspire to Color!

Color Trends 2012 continue to evolve, as trend predictions hit the pages of decor magazines, TV and real homes like yours. The 2012 color of the year has led the charge to go a brighter, but it has been embraced in hues from its vivid vivid pinnacle, down the ladder to chalkier hues mixed with […] more…
Neutral Definition – 10 Color Tips for Decades to Come

Neutral Definition – 10 Color Tips for Decades to Come

There is a belief based on misinformation that neutral design is colorless. This is a misnomer almost as profound as the perception of what shades and colors are actually, by definition neutral. There is however, a clear dichotomy in design when it come to who practices neutral design vs the color and why…. Camp 1 […] more…
Design Star – Britany Simon’s Hollywood Regence Look

Design Star – Britany Simon’s Hollywood Regence Look

When the ticker tape fell and the pronouncement was made, Britany Simon may not have been the Design Star winner but her design is a winning genre of style that creates that magazine layout result in every instance. Hollywood Regency is a true mainstay in design, and I like it because its slightly more formal […] more…
Design Star – Get Danielle and Brittany’s winning Looks!

Design Star – Get Danielle and Brittany’s winning Looks!

What a busy few days! I wanted to share this yesterday – it’s become sort of like the dropping of the ball in Times Square – Danielle Colding is 2012’s new Design Star! This year was unusual because the two finalists were pretty evenly matched – one had difficulty communicating warmth; the other was challenged […] more…
Color For Kids – BIG DESIGN for little people

Color For Kids – BIG DESIGN for little people

Young people are so frequently the minority in design – there are doctors, psychologists, decorators and a whole persuasion of society who “don’t do kids”. What’s that about? Maybe for designers, its the fact that the aggregate of kids rooms involve requests for cliche bumper sticker gender statements, with all the respect and finesse of […] more…
The Creative Studio – 7 Ways To Find Your Design Center

The Creative Studio – 7 Ways To Find Your Design Center

Finding your creative center may involve nothing more than dedicating a little space, picking up a paint roller and assembling the things that inspire you. Whether you write, blog, journal, craft, paint, or do interior design professionally or within the confines of your home may require you to re-think your space plan and carve out […] more…
Design Star Small Space Challenge – Yerts!

Design Star Small Space Challenge – Yerts!

OK, enough with the Yurt jokes – there are 8,000 bloggers rushing to their keyboards to poke fun at this eco-pod’s product name, so let’s cut to the heart of it – what’s a Yurt (besides a sill name)? The Pacific Yurt is a modern adaptation of an ancient shelter used by Central Asian nomads. […] more…
Up-cycled Kitchens – Save Money and The Planet

Up-cycled Kitchens – Save Money and The Planet

I love everything about up-cycling! It’s the designer’s invitation to demonstrate the true scope of their ability and imagination. Any designer can create a great space given an adequate budget – but sadly it the latter doesn’t grow on tress. So what do you do while you’re saving or, if you’re too over-extended to even […] more…
Geometric Art – Jennifer  Sanchez

Geometric Art – Jennifer Sanchez

This past week we have absolutely gloried in the richness of grass roots color that has flown in the face of color trend predictions to dominate in the trade, the home markets, the blog-o-sphere and breathed life into real homes like yours. I have spent a fair amount of time on Re-Do it Design comparing […] more…
Rainbow Bright Color 2012 – Rainbows for Grown-ups

Rainbow Bright Color 2012 – Rainbows for Grown-ups

Some people just make it seem so simple….Jackie Kennedy’s radiance and effortless sophistication seem to dare the photographer to penetrate even the superfluous wrappings of her unflappable grace. Sheathed in vivid fuchsia, she has tamed even this out-spoken shade completely – without so much as a hair out of place she seems mocks this impetuous […] more…
Real Decorating Trends – More Color!

Real Decorating Trends – More Color!

The resurgence of Bohemian design ( justifiable fear of the ’80’s precludes the term “shabby chic” amongst designers) in combination with the “undecorate” movement have revealed an unexpected patina-silver lining to the perils of bursting economic bubbles and the reaction of neurotic markets the world wide. The world as a collective has been given pause […] more…
Real Trends – The Color Palette of 2012

Real Trends – The Color Palette of 2012

That is quite the proclamation, but this is not a self-appointed trend! After having invested significant time and energy in researching what is happening the market, on the Internet, and on foot investigating what populates the shelves at retail sources for the best of color trends, my collated impressions point to the colors above at […] more…
Trends for 2012 – Neon

Trends for 2012 – Neon

Put your sun glasses on for this trend alert – contrary to popular belief Neon is not really a bilious ’80’s fad that Pantone revived with color CPR;  au contraire – neon has far more noble roots than the tragic ’80’s (no pun intended….) Neon (from the Greek νέον (neon) meaning ‘new one’) is a […] more…
4th of July 2012 and Trends of Less Simple Times

4th of July 2012 and Trends of Less Simple Times

The fourth of July gives us pause to celebrate the birth of a nation and its heritage; which most of us are remarkably unfamiliar with. Instead of giving you a red-white and blue design post, let’s have a look back at two very different types of kitchens; both uniquely a part of the American experience. […] more…
Geometric Design – Trends for 2012 Go Poly

Geometric Design – Trends for 2012 Go Poly

I love tracking emergent trends! Not because I am some sort of loss for creative inspiration, but because trends are not always conceived at the hands of creative genius, intended to convert design spectators to follow. Some of the most interesting trends are grass roots or even viral in nature, and the psychology behind this […] more…
Cottage Decorating – Pip & Whimsy

Cottage Decorating – Pip & Whimsy

Yes, cottage decorating! It’s Friday and I am steeling myself to try some very bright wall color! Cottage can be really awful done wrong, like any design style – ducks and chickens living together in cloying country sweetness – or it can be whimsical, color and fun – Grandma’s house in the best sense. While […] more…
Bright Color – Classic Roots to Color Trends 2012

Bright Color – Classic Roots to Color Trends 2012

Just a note of apology for yesterday’s posting faux pas – somehow a truncated post was sent to all followers, and my original was lost! Let’s try this again…. No, this is NOT the usual article describing tempering strong pops of color with black, white, or gray. No cheating – today we get out of […] more…
Paint Chipping Part 2 – 5 Ways to Expanding Your Color Vision

Paint Chipping Part 2 – 5 Ways to Expanding Your Color Vision

Before moving on, I must take this opportunity to share a viewer correction: Betty shared via today: ” Chip It! actually gives you up to 10 colors. Just click the “More colors” button underneath the Chip it! card. Here’s what happens when you Chip the image larger and then select “more colors”. Thanks to Betty […] more…
Into Color – Paint Chipping

Into Color – Paint Chipping

Sherwin Williams has a new color blocking tool called Chip it! It’s an interesting take on building your own palette and is very easy to acquire – just drag and drop to your desk top. Like any tool, this one has it’s strengths and limitations – It works best and most literally on compartmentalized color […] more…
Into Color – 2013 Chalky Pastel Color Trends

Into Color – 2013 Chalky Pastel Color Trends

Yesterday I discovered the Leif e-store’s blog, which featured not only the image above, but color the like’s of which I have never seen – I have a link at the bottom and you should all see this – but first let’s mono-focus on the chalky color trend above! This is new for 2013, but […] more…
Picture it – Frame Those Walls

Picture it – Frame Those Walls

Blank walls, like a blank canvas seem to lord an abiliity over their creators to intimidate or even paralyze.  But fear no more – an art wall is a great way to cast off design doubt by unifying your whole space with shape, and color – or flavor sterile high-ceiling walls with intimacy and humanity. […] more…
Salute to Summer Color – Cupcakes Anyone Can Make!

Salute to Summer Color – Cupcakes Anyone Can Make!

It’s day 2 of summer! School ends tomorrow, and there are lots of staff to say good -byes to who have worked hard to shape my son’s academic and social experience – so I am moving my color palette from walls to plates, to say thanks! It occurred to me that sooooo many of you […] more…
Into Color – Sea to Earth

Into Color – Sea to Earth

Allot has been shared this week about design trends that are somewhat grass roots inspired, particularly a resistance to turning away from those comforting ocean tones that inspire us to work 50 weeks a year in order to spend 2 weeks at the seaside. But as amazing as the big watery picture is – that […] more…
I won Third Place in Articles Base Bring it Home Contest!

I won Third Place in Articles Base Bring it Home Contest!

To my shock and great delight, I was notified that I won third place in the Bring it Home Contest, at Articles Base! Articles base is a huge article site, for those of you who are unaware – and I submitted one entry called Shades of Gray, about why and how Gray is such a […] more…
Decor Trends 2012 / 2013 Turned Up-side Down

Decor Trends 2012 / 2013 Turned Up-side Down

Film makers call it “uncanny valley” – when a major motion picture or animation whose vision didn’t quite realize. The unintended result is an unsettling impression in the place of the intended cinematic genius. An example might be  Chris Van Allsburgh’s  beloved Polar Express. The new and untested animation featured previously unparalleled realism and dimension […] more…
Color Trends 2012 – Ocean Color On Summer Tides

Color Trends 2012 – Ocean Color On Summer Tides

Yesterday’s article about trends compared the forecast with what real people are doing in interior design. An examination at the half-way mark reveals a belligerent disconnect between the color forecast turning away from watery ocean tones going toward 2013 and the grass roots embrace of seaside in both palette and product. From Design Milk: ” […] more…
Father’s Day 2012

Father’s Day 2012

My dad will be the first to tell anyone who will listen that Father’s Day is “…more about Hallmark getting rich than anything to do with fathers, because being a father is something you do every day”. But Father’s Day is as good a day as any to remember a father’s influence and inspiration and to speak those […] more…
Into Color – True Trends of 2012

Into Color – True Trends of 2012

Following color and interior trends can be a full time job! We are well into 2012; let’s take the pulse of those predictions and find out what’s going strong and what has sizzled. Every contributor in a position to influence trends has a voice – and a vested interest in selling you their point of […] more…
Design Star – A Blank Canvas

Design Star – A Blank Canvas

After a day of sub-flooring atop an un-level concrete floor (fun that had all the allure of a Chinese finger trap puzzle) I literally fell asleep on the desk blogging this! Time to take a spectator break and talk about someone else’s design – and what it can teach us. I really look forward to […] more…
Diamond Jubilee – In Style

Diamond Jubilee – In Style

I am forestalling the exercise of installing a Dricore basement sub flooring st stem to share design news of a much more fun and frivolous nature – the 60th anniversary of the reign of her majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England! In sharp contrast to their usual less is more brand of stoicism and humor […] more…
Design Star – The Moments….

Design Star – The Moments….

Well, the first episode has come and gone, as has the first contestant with it. It was not difficult to imagine who was going home, but it never fails to surprise me that contestants each year repeat nearly carbon copy faux pas from the year prior. Aggressively complex installations are superfluous to a winning design […] more…
Design Star – Top Designs

Design Star – Top Designs

Design Star fans…..No, You have not missed anything…..it’s baaaack! Design Starimage via HGTV.com HGTV’s Design Star has been my guilty pleasure since season 1, and despite my complete dislike of the “reality” aspect of Design Star, I wait like everyone else to see what contestants will produce under the gun. But allot has changed since […] more…
Deco Style – Latest Trends

Deco Style – Latest Trends

Art Deco style is one of the best examples I can conjure to illustrate one of my main design mantras – there is nothing new in design! Here’s a brief history… Art Deco enjoys a long history of reinvention that predates its recent revival as the style anthem of the roaring ’20’s. Trend Gurus draw […] more…
Color Trends 2013 – Write your own Color Story

Color Trends 2013 – Write your own Color Story

Years ago when I gave private art lessons, I emphasized a few vital concepts that taken to heart would allow anyone to attain their best result, irrespective of native ability, or “talent”. 1. Depth is an illusion. Your paper or canvas is one dimensional – depth is achieved via color. 2. Shadows are never grey […] more…
New! Pantone Home – Interiors Color Forecast 2013

New! Pantone Home – Interiors Color Forecast 2013

This never fails to take longer than expected! But here it is – Pantone‘s Color Predictions for Fall 2013! Well, more or less – due to tech-trauma, I missed the first 5 minutes of today’s webinar :-(  And yes, I introduced the palettes weeks ago – but this blend of Pantone’ wording and my interpretation, […] more…
Lamps, Lighting and Flights of Natural Fancy

Lamps, Lighting and Flights of Natural Fancy

Expanding on yesterday’s mission to combine rustic organic and sophisticated elements, while compiling the articles about getting the look of Candice Olson Designs for less, I came across a lamp Candice had featured on a bedroom re-do made of drift wood, with a floating shade……moment of reverie….. It took me 5-minutes of dedicated searching to […] more…
Wood Floors – A Lighter Approach!

Wood Floors – A Lighter Approach!

A combination of some unfortunate dental issues and the Green basement remodel have conspired to keep me at bay this past week! But real progress on the basement renovation is slowly but surely allowing a vision of the end result to take shape. The unexpected has been the rule rather than the exception on this […] more…
Supermoon 2012 Inspired Rooms

Supermoon 2012 Inspired Rooms

Like me, I you stopped grueling DIY (or something considerably more pleasant) last evening in time to see the super-moon’s climactic annual parogee, at its closest rotation to earth at 221,802 miles from Earth – that’s over 15,000 miles closer than its average rotation! It was so inspiring that long after nodding out from sheer […] more…
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