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Vegas & Vanities

I recently attended the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas and couldn't get over the miles of fixtures and faucets. My favorite part, as always, is looking at the range of human inventiveness. Here are a couple of my favorite bathroom sink vanities that caught my eye for the range of tastes they speak to — from girlie to tailored — both stand out in a crowd.

For bathroom vanities, the selection of shape, materials, color, styles, and finishes is enormous (and wonderful!). What you choose will have a dramatic effect on the overall design of your bathroom. After all, it affects your day to day life as you get ready to take on the world in the morning, or wind down from a busy day at night. Why not let your bathroom vanity please your eye and hands as it hides your plumbing and holds your grooming essentials?    

Of course, you can always throw caution to the wind and go the Albert Einstein route:

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Beyond Flat, Satin, and Gloss.

When a client comes to me for color consultation, I think in terms of color & sheen — and also special effects. The whiz bang that makes a movie exciting can elevate a room, too. Many paint lines have special effects paint - Ralph Lauren is the first that comes to mind. From metallics to suede, river rock, and the glow of candlelight, Ralph has special effects paints that add dimension and distinction.

 Ralph Lauren's Regent Metals.

Ralph Lauren's Regent Metals.

 Ralph Lauren's Regent Metals.

Ralph Lauren's Regent Metals.

I particularly like metallic paint used in small doses to highlight architectural features. In a contemporary dining room with squared off columns, I had a custom charcoal metallic put on the columns - and the space turned out incredibly. The clients were a little hesitant at the thought, but were thrilled with the result.

If you want to add sparkle to a surface that must stand up to intense wear, there's a commercial grade metallic paint made just for that. Scuffmaster Metallics come in a range of great colors, from regular metals to ethereal blues and floating-on-a-feather spring greens.

Scuffmaster describes them as Pretty. Tough. Paint.  

I describe them as Metallic Sparkle. Marvelous Color. Indestructible Finish.

I love them for a vanity, cupboard doors, a special piece of furniture, the drawer fronts of a chest of drawers, the bench in a mudroom, or anything in a kids' bathroom or bedroom.  If you put in the work to make it shine, you want it to stay that way - and Scuffmaster Metallics will, no matter what you throw at it.  When durability counts, Scuffmaster will not disappoint. And on top of all that, their water based, low VOC formula makes them environmentally friendly, too. Sometimes when it glitters, it is gold. 

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houzz

Getting my profile on houzz off the ground today with the help of my graphic design guru, Paula Hopker. Creating great spaces is a snap compared to capturing and displaying them on a screen. Cruising through photos once they're up on the screen makes all the work worth it.

Here's what I found inspiring on houzz today: two intriguing spaces that I describe as gloriously calm: The Zen of High Style.

 

Rooted: A West Virginia private residence by Travis Price.

Beautiful pool landscape by AMS Landscape Design Studio.

What captures me within these photos is the incorporation of the natural world in the domestic sphere. Having grown up in Montana, that's what I think of as quintessential Northwest Living. 

I call my business Spectacular Design out of reverence for the shaping power of what we look at on a daily basis. Whether the view is through the windows or within the walls, my mission is to create a compelling visual spectacle that feeds the soul as it is viewed on a daily basis.

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Color Launch

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Color Launch

I had the pleasure of participating in the design team that selected and named Miller Paint's new ColorEvolution line of paint -- updated colors for a classically modern sensibility.  

Interior Combo:

What inspired this color combination?

The loveliest pink in the collection - Pinkie Ring - is named after my mother, Pinky, who does justice to the color wherever she goes.

Further inspiration comes from this stylized photo that shimmers with the light and imaginative aspects of Pinkie Ring in a sophisticated version of the classic pink and white and grey.

How would I use each color?

In a contemporary or traditional living room:

  • Pinkie Ring - fireplace wall
  • Tahitian - floor, fireplace and accents
  • Glisten - walls
  • Wafer - doors, windows, trim, ceiling, and mantel - also furniture
  • Art and accessories bring in the softening, rosy glow of Pinkie Ring grounded in the depths of Tahitian

A bolder, more dramatic interpretation:

  • Pinkie Ring - walls
  • Tahitian - floor, fireplace, doors, windows, and trim - also furniture
  • Wafer - ceiling, mantel and accents

 

Exterior Combo:

What inspired this color combination?

In Miller Paint's new ColorEvolution line, Big Red is named after my father, whom we call Big Red because he turns so many heads in his red wool fedora that strangers offer to buy it from him as he's walking down the street.

Further inspiration comes from this poetic study of the enduring power of red:

How would I use each color?

  • Pipeline: Foundation, Steps, Porch and Front Door
  • Sanctuary: Body of the House
  • Powdering Snow: Trim
  • Big Red: Shutters

Let me know what you think!

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