OH EMERALD, HOW DO I LOVE THEE? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS…

I think it’s important that we all add a little sparkle to our lives and, other than spending a small fortune on shiny trinkets, there’s no easier way than by implementing Pantone’s 2013 color of the year – EMERALD!

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Initially, I was a bit surprised at this announcement. Emerald is a gorgeous color, indeed, but it’s also quite a bold one. But after a little research, I am absolutely and utterly enamored:

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Emerald silk curtains just ooze lusciousness!

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Throw in an emerald (and velvet!) settee and I am in heaven.

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Adding that small pop of emerald to a neutral base is a great way to ease into the color (remember: accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!).

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But if you’d like to get a little more playful, consider mixing emerald with turquoise or teal…

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Or perhaps a little dash of plum…

richard goullet interior designer

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Or if you’re feeling particularly bold…

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As for me, while I may not be so bold, I have certainly found my own inspiration:

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Oh yes, I can guarantee that a few of my furniture pieces will have that pop emerald!

However you choose to infuse emerald into your life, it’s bound to bring a little joy, and just in time for the holidays!

Oh emerald, how I love thee indeed. Smile

THE COLORS OF AUTUMN…COMFORT AT ITS BEST.

The colors of Autumn are now fully in effect, and there’s no escaping it. Not that I would want to – I love Autumn and all the colors it offers! Carrot orange, mustard yellow, ruby red, and everything in between….and it takes your breath away when profiled against the pale blue of the sky.

I fully believe this color combination is comfort at its best….

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Photos via here and here.

….so deliciously enticing and heartbreakingly beautiful; a bit like the Phoenix taking its last breathe before bursting into flames and fading away into ashes.

There also seems to be a weight that comes with Fall; a peacefully reflective weight that forms around the shoulders and tumbles across the body. A weight that you can nestle into, snuggle against, and then sit back and ponder life, family, and the upcoming holidays.

Yes, that’s comfort at its best indeed. And how I would love to live in that comfort all year!

Oh, but I can, you say? Simply by bringing the colors of the outside in…

Orange and Yellow Living room

Country French Color Scheme: Persimmon + Yellow

Analogous Color Scheme: Goldenrod + Kumquat

Orange and yellow living room. So cheerful!

…dressing the part….

Orange, yellow, blue and stripes. Love it!

…and eating foods that are Fall ripened and delicious?

Saffron, a delicate yellow-orange spice, comes from the dried, cured stigmas of the purple saffron flower. You'll find it at most grocery stores and specialty food markets.  Get more   healthy holiday recipes

Recipe here.

Normally I don't like green peppers but they are delicious in this recipe--red, yellow and orange are fabulous too, and who can say no to Italian sausage?

Recipe here.

Yes please. Challenge accepted!

COLOR MY WORLD: PURPLE + NAVY

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I think with fall right around the corner, I’m falling a little more in love with those deeper, richer hues. Purple has always been a favorite color of mine, ever since I was a little girl. I remember at about 6 years old, I had a favorite pair of plum-colored corduroy overalls that I would absolutely insist on wearing. And at about 8 years old, I would wear a lavender skirt that my grandmother made me just about every other day – only because my mom wouldn’t let me wear it every day.

At about 10, I had the chance to decorate my own bedroom, and guess what? It looked a bit like Barney had exploded in it, and I was in heaven! I think my parents may still have the purple and pink comforter I picked out.

As I got older, my love for purple didn’t fade away, but it was used less and less in my life. I’d occasionally wear it in the form of bright, suede pumps, or a light, fall jacket, but I would never decorate my home with it. It felt a bit too girly and gaudy and bold.

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Oh my, how times have changed! Purple is indeed girly and bold, but pair it with the added boldness of navy and it becomes much more malleable and masculine and glamorous in all the right ways. Whether you plan on making a bolder statement, in the forms of fuchsia or plum…

Or aiming for a softer, more plush ambiance with a dusting of lavender or mauve…

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…purple will forever be the royalty of the color wheel.

I think Alice Walker said it best, I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.

Indeed, no matter the shade, purple is a head turner!

Have a great weekend everyone!

CH,CH,CH,CHIP IT. CHIP IT REAL GOOD!

Ok, perhaps I’m a little behind the times on this one, but I recently discovered Chip It! by Sherwin-Williams, and I’ve got to admit, it’s pretty darn addictive! With this fun little tool, you can turn any picture into a Sherwin-Williams paint palette using over 1500 Sherwin-William paint colors. Simply create an account, pin the “Chip It” button onto your toolbar, and viola! You’re ready to start chipping. Here are some palette examples from a few of my favorite interiors…

Joe Nye Living Room

This is a living room designed by the eclectic L.A. interior designer and party planner, Joe Nye. I love the neutral base of grays and the layered pops of color.

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I LOVE the bright colors that make up this room! Somehow, it all seems to come together to create something elegant, beautiful, and fun. This living room is from the Doheny Estate, designed by one of my favorite designers, Kelly Wearstler.

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This is a living room I had “pinned” on Pinterest via Tumblr. I usually wouldn’t go for such a modern look, but mixed in with this modern furniture is such an airy, old-world feeling. I love the natural woods, the old brick, and the pops of color. (and I love Sherwin-Williams “Ablaze”! It’s not quite red, not quite salmon, but just right.)

If you’ve now become addicted to Chip It! like me, you’ll be happy to know that Apartment Therapy is having a Chip It! Challenge! Simply “chip” your favorite vacation photo, upload it to your favorite photo sharing website, “pin it” onto Pinterest with hashtag #chipit in the description, enter the URL of the pin into the Apartment Therapy Chip Challenge form, and you’re done! Challenge ends on July 20, 2012, 11:59 ET. For a little inspiration…

Dubrovnik, Croatia. #chipit

Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Dubrovnik, Croatia. #chipit

Also Dubrovnik.

Ambergris Caye, Belize. #chipit

Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Not get chipping and good luck!

MONDAY MUSING: PAINTING THE WORLD WITH COLOR

Event design, interior design, and fashion are very similar creatures – which is exactly why I love them all! They are all a form of interactive art, a play on personality, a form of expression, and a means to add color and beauty into daily living.  These aspects are what make life bareable and what makes each individual so outwardly unique.

When you walk into a home, you are walking into a glimpse of another life; you are viewing someone else’s memories, dreams, and daily struggles. When you pass an individual on the street, you are getting a preview of who they are now and who they want to be; you are viewing someone else’s stature in society, their aspirations and their insecurities. When you step into an event, you are stepping into a personal and privileged celebration; you become a part of someone else’s vision and benefit to their mission.

These are just some of the ways we choose to paint the world:

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Roksanda Ilincic dress, Kelly Wearstler interior

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Carolina Herrara Dress, Katie Ridder interior

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Stefano Pilati of Yves Saint Laurent dress (which he is now no longer a part of), Robert Stilin Interior

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Versace dress, event via here, interior via Pinterest

Black and White

Christian Dior dress, cupcake via, interior via

So tell me, how do you add your own splash of color?

COLOR MY WORLD: TURQUOISE & ORANGE

I have always liked turquoise, but lately this “like” has developed into a deeper and more durable feeling….could this be love? I think so! And with summer fully upon us, orange is the perfect partner to heat that turquoise up a bit.

This color combination is versatile enough to create a peaceful, cottage by the sea look…

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A retro bungalow look…

A fun, funky, and chock full of pattern look…

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A dramatic and glam look…

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And everything in between!

As for me, I prefer the rustic elegance look…

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How about you – how would you color your world?