A moving sushi track makes for a difficult picture - but the color is so pretty you almost don’t want to eat it!
What I loved about Sex & The City 2
1-The feeling that everyday is “dress-up” day. I wanted to immediately open my girls dress-up box, put on a tutu with high heels, and walk around the house…I wanted to wear a turban, a safari hat, and overwhelming colorful fabrics!!! Miranda’s metallic green dress and black studded plunging dress were off the chart stunning. Carrie’s (dinner with Aidan) ensemble was so powerfully sexy, no wonder he couldn’t resist. The screen is loaded with color and design inspiration.
2-The way each actress has aged to perfection, faces still move…bodies look healthy, they look like older extensions of themselves.
3-The need for women to take time, like a holiday, to read or write. Not only important but necessary. When I travel, I use my plane time to read as many articles/books and write as much as I can. By the time I come home, I feel full and satisfied with new ideas, knowledge, observations…
4-The jokes (It helps to be funny and they were).
6-Seeing Miranda and Steve look, feel, and function as a great couple…
7-Bits of story lines about the juxtaposition of Carrie and Charlotte’s “happy ever afters” and their dream-come-true reality.
8-Made me think I should take out the TV out of our bedroom.
9-Carrie and Big’s kitchen tile. Ok, not only the tile but everything about their place. I loved seeing wall paper making traditional statements against Carrie’s funk-a-chunk style (see ottoman).
10-The 80’s look of each actress…priceless! Accurate version of how people dressed back then…and the hair,the hair was PERFECT!
What I hated about Sex & The City 2
1-Missing are the complex clever story lines that used to intersect and tie the women’s lives together; making the inside of The Sex in The City Package as beautiful as the outside. There were plenty juxtaposition ideas to run with, but instead, they ran to the middle east.
2-Difficult subject of women’s rights in the middle east, oppression, religion, politics, and sexual freedom tackled in tacky ways. (so much to say here…no need)
3-Difficult subject of gay rights tackled in tacky ways. (so much to say here…no need)
4-Samantha became slightly desperate and more immature than when we last saw her. I understand the hormone point, but her character was never professionally wreckless or dangerous to others. In this movie she was unrealistically both. She would have been great as the wise elder of the pack…
5-“I am Woman” didn’t seem like a classic, it seemed like a time capsule (no one in an Abu Dhabi disco would have known the words)…
6-The Louis Vuitton Collection, under black cloaks, in a dark hiding place, while hiding from a mob of angry men was hard to enjoy.
7-No need to have made the nanny character a lesbian for Charlotte to feel safe about her husband “for sure’ not running away with her.
8- Been to Ireland, the nanny had a bad Irish accent.
9-The crying baby gave me anxiety. She didn’t really look like she was acting…
Overall, I did love spending time with the iconic “SATC girls”. I want to see them continue to redefine their fictitious lives as we continue to live our real ones.
All Images from IMDB.
Do you have a color dilemma? Exhausted every color possibility in your head? Lost several nights of sleep over color ideas? Driven your family and friends crazy with color talk? Here is what you do….
Send me a picture. See if what I come up with is what you would have thought of. The chances are slim, the risk is minimal, but the potential outcome is huge. You will be able to sleep, laugh, and breath knowing that every square inch of your walls is covered with colors that lived in a world of our color imagination, yours and mine…
My ideas, your editing, your choice! So many possibilities, so little time!
Now imagine the rest of the rooms…
Chairs are an abundant surplus in yards sales and give your home a seasonal inexpensive makeover. Colors like white, lime, turquoise, and black are back in bathing suit fabrics, dress prints, shoe leathers and pleathers. Think of using different shades of the same color, contrasting colors, or tone on tone variations of colors. Your color is out there.
From Decor 8
Try Devine shades of: Coast, Blue, Reflection, Foam
From Design Sponge
Try Devine shades of: Pistachio Lime, Green Tea, Iguana
From The Style Saloniste
Try Devine shades of: Shell, Whip, Icing, Custard
From The Bedlam Of Beefy
Try Devine shades of: Leather, Piping, Gator, Penguin
Easy to do, fast easy thrill with either paint sprays or quarts!
Sally TV Needs YOUr VOTE! Between Girly Girl and Mid-Century Mayhem, I have to go with Mid-Mayhem…What about you?
Such good news for color. Lets face it, those incandescent lights make interior color look all yummy and glow-e. Like candle-light, but not…..it’s inevitable. Color is light and light is color. Glad they are making “energy efficient” pretty lights to go with our pretty Devine colors…and they are!
I love to get up every morning knowing that there are conversations to be had about color and solutions for problems we can solve…Here is an example of someone knowing “their color” is out there, and trying to find it!
Here is the deal, you don’t really have to do it if you don’t want to do it. NO ONE is saying you do. BUT, you’ll realize that by doing it, it will make you feel thinner, better looking, smarter, light on your feet, and a better dancer. (I’m not saying it will make these things happen, I’m saying it will make you feel like it). I’m talking about about going for it, once and for all: Commitment, color commitment that is, for your walls. Sure, there are many fish in the sea, dreams about the one that got away or the one that might show up later. But time is ticking fast and life is short. You can’t always get what you want and getting the color you need takes:
- (Adj.) Color: Involving, Utilizing, Yielding, or Possessing Color
- Commitment: Pledge or Promise
Especially when it comes to your walls. The same room with the same furniture will feel glamorous or dull depending on the wall color—this means you will appear to be sophisticated or dull to the rest of the world as a result. Trust me. How many homes have you been to that you had an instant reaction based on how it felt more than how it looked? It was the wall color! So make a pledge or promise to become involved in utilizing and owning color, to make your home feel like you want it to feel, and live happily ever after. Share the fantasy and hope with all of us, will you? Lets take a cue from the larger-than-life symbol of commitment, the diamond:
What if your crazy? You might be, and everyone around you may know it. So then, make your crazy known, your freak flag fly, and state your color intentions clearly, so we can all go on with the business of living colorful lives. Luckily, you have my Devine Trend-Proof Color Collection and Road Map to make any color combo you want happen in a way that those around you find you and your home absolutely irresistible! The definition of insanity is to do something over, and over again, expecting different results…give this new approach a try! Folks at Apartment Therapy did, and found our colors able to translate their creative idea into a living, breathing expression of what they loved!…One thing for sure, everyone cheers commitment.
One color? Never! It’s not about one color. If you do one color at a time, you end up with a crazy quilt or wardrobe—ensembles take color coordination and color planning. So do your walls. Colors needs to connect and respond to one another. When you think “I want a red room” don’t forget to immediately ask yourself “next to what other color, in what other room?”
Where do you cut in the colors? Once you have colors that coordinate, start by opening your front door. Choose a place for color to say “WELCOME!”. It can be an niche wall, the living room to the left, on your entire entry way. A color needs to greet you, then, other colors need to lead you, and finally, the rest of the colors need to fill your rooms with feelings of peace, excitement, sophistication, cheerfulness, coolness…Make yourself a map if you will (x makes the spot), and place the colors in a sequence like unfolding a good story…and yes, you can repeat colors and you can use as many as you want.
GO BIG or go home. Do not be afraid of size. Walls are the largest color carat in the room so its really great to have something BIG be PRETTY! It’s your engagement party.
I have never been to Pastabilities, (owner Karyn Korteling above) but I will. In the meantime, I will have to pretend I smell the garlic, imagine the searing sounds of grilling, and try to think how it would feel to tear into their bread, while I shared an amazing thought with my husband, all the while our wine getting poured…Gallery pictures alone tell the behind scenes tale that fantastic food is not their only agenda. You are. In the meantime, taking the possibility from Pastabilities, I share with you a few things that might make your home feel like an intimate, saucy place full of gourmet rituals for the senses! I used to hate to cook…but I changed my mind—no, wait, I changed my rituals—that helped me change my mind. It’s the ritual of eating that turnes me on, not the actual chopping, stirring, or boiling. So I made up rituals about every thing else but the food—then suddenly, the food thing happened. Those who create places where passion for food and libations become a full blown experience know about making it happen:
1. EAT & THINK. Find intimate, small spaces in your home, where you can place a bistro table as far away from the kitchen as you can; so you can make eating-for-one or two a perfect moments of reflection. Keep the table set as a reminder that at any moment, you can choose to take a break!
The lady, in Three Men and A Lady (Michelle), shows great creativity and commitment to herself and her family! She created spaces that inspire us to make room for culinary rituals to happen— to me, she embodies a great line from the movie The Holiday: “YOU’RE supposed to be the leading lady in your own life, for God sakes!”
Part of her entry space is used as an informal conversation/bistro area where you can imagine secrets being told, or ideas jotted down. The best part is that it looks so good, you want to do, be, feel good!
2. WRITE & REMEMBER! Using a eraser board to write your weekly menu, a great recipe, or your grocery list makes you think, remember, and do… I did this with my “RECIPE OF THE MONTH”, a cobbler recipe that, ironically (no longer a trend), took me over 2 months to memorize. I made it for every dinner I was invited to. Now friends ask for it…and I can whip it up in a heart beat. The thought of flour, previously, caused me and my family great grief and anxiety. Michelle, looks like you took my small ritual to a fantastic interior design level. This small ritual is a beautiful big mantra in your home!
3. INSERT FOOD IN GIFT BOX…Go for plates and make plates da beautiful thing! If you have awesome plates you love to look at, pretty food will show up….I swear, it’s magic.
Think of plate rims like hat brims and wear your style. Go for style and color. If you love red sauces, go for Blue, purple of white plates. Look for pattern, texture, or contrasting colors in the rim. Mix and match dishes according to the meal. Plan your cuisine outfit, it might just do the trick and make the meal at least look better till it tastes better…trust me!
Finally, I heard the COOLEST story over the Holidays. A mom made a new year’s eve resolution last year and she kept it to herself. It involved the whole family but they didn’t know it. She wanted them to sit at the dinner table, for dinner, every night. They had dinner most nights together, but they sat separate, distracted, at the counter or on sofas. She aspired to make “food time” actual “sharing time”. So instead of making it about “lets make everyone sit at the table”, her resolution, she decided, would be to change one ritual in her life towards her aspiration—she would light a candle in the middle of the dining table every night. Through out the year, her family began to gather aroung the dinner table, spontaneously setting the table, sitting ahead with anticipation. “Sharing time” somehow “magically” happened. This new year’s eve she was going to tell her family about it. I don’t think you need to change how you think about cooking, try to change some rituals and see what happens…it happens in places like Pastabilities, making us quiver with anticipation, ritually disguising the magic of a meal, full of taste and aroma, right under our noses.
- Bunch of idiots dancing on a plane to a song (Sweet Home Alabama) made famous by a band that died in a plane crash.” Garland Greene, Con Air 1997.
- The use of words to convey a meaning that is exactly the opposite of its literal meaning…
Here is my attempt: The HBO career life of Carrie Bradshaw (Sex in the City), affording a closet full of (more than 100) Manolo Blahniks, Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo’s(450.00-500.00) on a writer’s income, while the real-life multi-millionaire Sarah Jessica Parker (AKA Carrie Bradshaw) designs a line of inexpensive clothing (everything less than $40), Bitten, for retailer Steve & Barry, shortly before they go bankrupt. There is something there…I think? One of my new year’s resolution is to learn wit…(not to be confused with irony)
- keen perception and cleverly apt expression of connections between ideas that awaken amusement and pleasure….which falls inline with a great editorial I just read in the Willamette Week announcing 14 “must know” trends, one being: The End of Irony as a Hipster Trend marked by the Beginning of Sincerity.
- Freedom from deceit, hypocrisy, or duplicity. Earnestness…“which brings me to why I started this blog. I hope to bring you keen perceptions and cleverly apt expressions of design ideas that awaken your amusement and pleasure…while free of deceit, hypocrisy, or duplicty...I hope!”
Take lessons from these amazing caretakers, penguins. Their visual style and incredible charming appeal can translate into terrific color, texture and, silhouette. See if this winter vision gives you the inspiration to try a cool arctic—I mean artist approach in your home… Seriously, we all should consider having fuzzy things around…everywhere!
different downy, smooth, and shapely layers of the same color makes for cool, chilly, warm, and cuddly.
Love the black dresser on the black wall and the white crib on the white wall. This way the furniture becomes dimension and pattern. The soft fuzz & cow hide on the floor, in contrast with the sharp yellow/white stripes above (they look glossy, I would have made them matte, like our Powder, makes for great tension and avoids a snooze-fest for the adults while providing great sleep for a baby.
This is a blizzard of daylight. The winter wall paper with sunny rays of color makes you feel like you are in a snowy cabin in Florida. Clever!
OK, Man Cave (mybadpad.com)…let’s see if we can agree on the definition, here is what I have: a place for men (in their home) where there are no expectations from him other than to: play games, drink, watch sports, and unwind…why, we don’t call it a Boy Cave, is a mystery to me. The idea of a place that lets you express your personality and pleasure: enjoyment or satisfaction derived from what is to one’s liking; gratification; delight, sounds great to me! I have colorized many terrific Man Caves….but how come I have never gotten a call to do a “Woman Cave”…is there such a thing?
Wait, you are going to say that there are Man Caves because the rest of the home belongs to the women…but, why then, do so many of us, women, feel like our homes don’t reflect who we are? Last time I checked, not a lot of women live in a princess castle, or a royal palace.
There are rooms designated for women called craft rooms where women do scrap booking, crafts, sewing, glue stuff, or wrap presents. They have no games, TV, or wine racks, but do have really good lighting. Then there are rooms with female overtones, such as the laundries or kitchens; places where women do what they have to do to keep wheels turning, the train rolling, and life functioning. But while these rooms speak of what women do, they don’t often express their personalities, pleasures, or fantasies.
Let’s see if we can “craft” a new definition for a Woman Cave, and get the rest of the house looking like our dreams come true? Why don’t we call our place A Female Grotto: places where we get to show how smart, sharp, deep, romantic, expressive, effervescent, practical, or calm we are. If we get the rest of the house, then lets dress it up with our personality and our richest fantasies. What ever your budget may be, with a little bit of imagination, TJ MAX, MACY’s Coupons, and Second Hand Stores, it’s achievable, but first, ask yourself:
# 1-What are three character traits (personality) that you like about you? (in my case, I like that I am smart, creative, and independent.)
# 2-What do you see yourself doing (fantasies) in your Female Grotto? (in my case: lots of amazing conversations with friends, spontaneous get-togethers, a ton of lounging, laughing, pop culture reading, movie watching, writing, and experimenting with food, art, color.)
# 3-Make a list of the colors, patterns and furniture lines that express your personality and fantasies. See fashion first. When I fall in love with a picture of a room, or a home I visit, it’s because I can imagine myself, dressed how I love to dress, in that room. In other words, I (myself) match the room. My fashion Icons are Angelina & Audrey. Sure enough, I wear modern silhouettes, solid shots of color, stripes, and a few ruffles. I do lots of up-do’s, straight jeans, I hardly wear jewelry, but I do wear great make up. No wonder my home is all about classic and retro colors, clean lines, leather, shag, glass, wood. I live with open spaces, abstract art, conversation pits, lots of TV’s, book shelves, and magazine racks. It reflects my personality, which I express through my fashion, and my fantasies—what I see myself doing! My husband loves it…because he loves me!
Here are examples of “Female Grottos” where a woman can be herself, in her life, and the room says it all! Follow your fashion…
Glamorous, Fun, Strong:
Traditional ornate molding,curvy lines, light fabrics, light textures, and lot of shimmer. Light blue/greens, sun-bleached yellows and whites (see colors like Devine Spray, Beluga, Almond, Muslin, Feather, and Whip.)
Cultured, Curious, Intuitive:
Confident juxtapositions between light and dark, natural wood and painted wood, modern (orchids) and organic (tulips), intellectual (art piece) and whimsy (fish). Colors are natural like Devine Cocoa, Cafe, Icing, Moss, and Hosta. See more at desiretoinspire
Determined, Expressive, Present:
Single statements & straightforward lines, bold color (like Devine Pistachio Lime, Green Tea, Buffalo, Ginseng, Latte) , and clean style. Cool black, white, and grays mixed with warm textures and soft fabrics.Check out more inspirations at ratemyspace
Look around, what does your Female Grotto say about you? What do you want it to say about you? Give your man that Man Cave, treat yourself to a kingdom, and live happily ever after.
Here is the deal: the level of nostalgia is strong with you OB1—everyone has strong emotional ties to their Christmas tree and strong opinions. Some of you apologize for not being expert tree decorators, some of you hide behind the skirts of your children’s handmade ornaments, and some of you silently brag by letting your display of lights and perfectly coordinated balls do the talking. The world is your oyster when it comes to your tree and you can have it all, really, permission granted. If you are turning over a new leaf, go new, bold, or go home…wait, no going back. Break away from tradition and use color, ribbon, new things to bring about change.
You can always go PINK! Wait, back up that judgment truck…what about the feel of Cherry Blossoms in Winter? Yes, we love to see pink trees and why not at Christmas?
Think of decorating your Christmas Tree with pink balls, champagne balls, Cherry Blossom silk flowers and black ribbon! Why not? Seek inspiration from everywhere and you will see that there are plenty of new ways to announce your fresh start in style.
NO space? Check out this Country Living article with space-saving, down-sizing tree ideas. Think of many small trees everywhere!
Or, do what my friend, and fashion designer Kristine Lebow did…make your mark on a wall…..Imagine twisting the ribbon, or filling the inside of the outline with satin Christmas bows—all kinds, different colors and sizes.
Branches are also incredibly interesting and can make a very, very personal Christmas statement… see Flickr Finds from Desire to Inspire
Finally, what about my tree you ask? I am a blend of old and new; a blended family that, twelve years ago, had to be quick on its feet about making a New Christmas tree of Life! I’m a big believer that, whatever you put your mind to, be mindful of beauty. I love balls, but, alone they don’t tell our story. In the Schauffler-Goins household, AKA “The Gofflers”, the tree is a family affair except for a few conditions. As you can see, we live a full life, and our tree tells our tale.
Condition #1 Color, lots of color…
Colored Lights. I don’t care if anyone thinks they are passe, cheezzy, or trailer park, I love colored lights on a tree. This makes the tree itself it’s own celebration, the belle of the ball. Nothing against white lights, now synonymous for sophistication ( or to become less natural, especially to make less naive and more worldly)….WAIT, NOT SO FAST! Sure, white lights are sparkling, and white, but they also wash out a tree in a even, glaring, headlight, spotlight, artificial sort of way, especially if the ornaments are not color coordinated (all white, all gold, all silver). If you do have a collection of eclectic ornaments, kids, balls, gifts from friends, colored lights can weave your motley crew collection together to look cleverly cohesive. I take the best of both worlds, large white lights, and wrap them around the trunk and bottom with colored lights around the branches. This makes the tree look like it is being hit by moonlight from inside and the branches look like reflections of the colors from the ornaments!.
Condition #2 Scale, Size, Proportion…yep, everything has one…
Every ornament size is visually affected by the ornament next to it that’s a different size. Extra Big Balls makes a Christmas Tree look bigger, and other balls and ornaments, look special. Big Balls are a must, in life, and in a Christmas tree. I choose mine in a matt white to contrast and feature all the light and ornament colors even more so.
Condition #3 Order & Peace of Mind
Lights, Ribbon, then groups of Big Balls, Red Balls, Blue Balls, Glass Balls, & Frosted Balls (told you I love balls) go first, then the rest of the personal ornaments follow…at random, in special places where they shine like stars! The whole family dresses the tree together…and every year we all say the same thing “this year it’s the prettiest tree yet!”
May your Christmas Tree be everything you want it to be and more….Have a Happy Holiday and a Happy New Year!
Here is the deal: Seeing wood these days reused, recycled, and redesigned in so many amazing ways makes rethink about the future. (see interiordesign.net for more info on innovative reclaimed wood design) The fact that old is new, cheap is clean, and veneers are now becoming traditional, gives a whole new meaning to the health and wealth of our environment, inside and outside. The contemporary chick in me would love to spend a night with my husband eating, drinking, and marveling at the minds who created these thin slices of wood heaven! Oh wait, it’s the mind of Officeda, and their website alone makes you believe that there is enough humanity and creativity to save and honor the past while dreaming of the future. Nothing is new under the sun…except for those who dream what’s possible.
The more things change the more they stay the same. As long as there is vision, it will be expressed through out the ages, and we will stand on the shoulders of those who came before us—and learn from them—just like Danny Glover once told me. Yep, he did, and he wrote it, for my kids, on a Devine Color Color Card, in pen! I colorized with Devine Color his and Gina’s house in Portland. And here are some shoulders to hop on; this Apartment Therapy gem below is a great example of great bones, great possibilities, needing TLC, & deep pockets…a 1950’s modern prefab, lol isn’t that an oxymoron?
And then, just when I think all has been said, and done, there is the reusable, cool, and carbon-foot-print-friendly Christmas Tree, made out of wood!
The Possibili Tree!!!!!! Because anything is possible if we put our minds to it….