Please Welcome My Newest Sponsor (and friend): Cynthia Weber
Cynthia is a talented interior decorator from
Canada who offers a wide range of services such as in home consultations, space planning, fabric selection, reupholstering, and my personal favorite,
E-design is an on line consultation that is perfect for long distance, or for those of us who prefer to do the collaboration on-line rather than in person.
Cynthia has generously offered her services as part of redheadcandecorate.com’s & Four Marrs & One Venus’s
Have you ever needed just 30 minutes with an experienced designer to help guide you in the right direction?
Cynthia is also the author of her blog
Before you head on over,
Paint Chip Hoarding… The Silent Addiction. There is a secret drawer in many a design minded gals home… no one knows it’s there, but you know and it gives you both pleasure and pain. Pleasure because sometimes you open it and touch them, feel the potential of the colours…you take them out and hold them up against the wall… that one, no that one would be perfect…but what if you are wrong. What if you commit and it looks terrible. What if that magic colour lets you down? So back they go into the drawer of promise, safely remaining as untapped beacons of design possibility. photo from EAD Living I myself have always had a fascination with colour chips, I remember collecting them up as a kid. They were so very pretty. As a decorator I run into paint chip hoarders on a regular basis. It goes something like this… I come for a consult and Mrs. Jones brings out this huge binder full of chip after chip and says…” I really know what I want already, I just need you to help me pick one. Herein lies the problem. Mrs. Jones has developed a RELATIONSHIP with the paint chips, she has been looking at them and fantasizing about how each one COULD be perfect for the last several years. She even has begun to associate events or activities around the acquisition of said chips. ” I remember, we were out for a lovely lunch at fostos and I went into the paint store and picked this up, it reminded me of the colour of the fabric on the tables at lunch… oh the meal was wonderful, have you ever been there?” You are perhaps getting my point. People develop colour and pattern memories. They want to translate pleasant experiences into their daily lives, in other words, they want to create a home environment that is as pleasant as their best memories. Here is another scenario.. I am sitting in Mrs. Browns living room, we are discussing her ideas for the space. She pulls out a fist full of paint strips and says” I want red, I have always loved red, I wanted a red dress for prom but my mom wouldn’t let me have it. Meanwhile… Mrs. Brown is wearing a lovely beige twinset with two inch pumps, camel dress pants and for a splash of colour she has added a camel & brown scarf. Again, I think you get my point… Mrs. Brown is using her colour chip stash as a way of vicariously unleashing her inner diva. Audrey Hepburn in “Funny Face” There is nothing wrong with collecting paint chip samples, they are beautiful, simple reminders of how important and endless the effects of colours are in our lives. So… Collect away! BUT…Good design takes many things into consideration, colour inspiration alone is not nearly enough. When you are ready to develop a design for your home, a design that will translate into a feeling that reflects your lifestyle and tastes for years to come. Hire a professional, sit down with them and be open to their suggestions. Have photos that reflect spaces that you would like to live in EVERY DAY not just visit and take a picture of. Let them help you with a full plan: traffic flow, how you use the space, what is staying, what is going, furniture, draperies art and accessories all need to be considered if a design is to be successful. If an in home consult isn’t for you, try e-design. I offer several whole room packages on my website and have just introduced a new service, the half hour consult by phone, skype or e-mail.
This is perfect for people who aren’t looking for a whole design concept but just want to chat about some aspects of their home decor and get some ideas, a plan, clarification on how to bring it all together.
Whether you struggle with furniture layout, paint selection, need advice on details such as art grouping or a plan for prioritizing future projects for maximum effect even staging ideas for optimum resale I will be happy to help!
I am very excited to be offering a free consult as part of the amazing Christmas link party here at Redhead can Decorate ( $80.00 value )
I am Looking forward to chatting with the winner!
You can chose to have your consult by phone, skype or e-mail.
Lets make your home everything you want it to be!
Are you a paint chip hoarder? I would love to hear about it! Share your funny paint chip hoarding escapades by leaving a comment… don’t worry, we won’t judge! We have all been there!