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More inspiration from Homepieces

Delighting in the signature neutral palette so seamlessly woven throughout the shop, as well as the paint brush bouquets….

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imagine my surprise when these artist’s palettes were produced from behind the counter!!IMG_1618

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Homepieces:  always a place to find inspiration!!!

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Traditionally contemporary

A new challenge is music to a designer’s soul…when that challenge comes mid-project the music is taken to a whole new volume. 

Working on a lovely French country home…redoing floors, choosing light fixtures and furnishings, aging ironwork…all in a slightly subdued traditional palette, the client adds a striking abstract painting to the score!

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Integrating this piece into the evolving melody, we decided to play to its strengths: 

color and more color!

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I think the result sings!!!!!!

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Seattle Orange

Having visually soaked up the amazing green of the Pacific Northwest, I am now reflecting on another regional color statement……ORANGE!  Perhaps in an attempt to counteract the many gray days, orange is everywhere, even enlivening the exteriors of building and bridges.

Nowhere is the hue showcased better than at

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Two locations in Seattle:

86 Pine Street in the Courtyard of the Inn at the Market

1022 First Avenue at Spring Street

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Thank you to Ted for graciously allowing me to photograph the shop on First Avenue

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another bit of ‘orangespiration’ from a private home

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Use your words…exploring color

Visualizing a beautiful space, incorporating my client’s wishes and dreams, and my concept of bringing them to reality…only part of the job.  Conveying my concept to the client is the next step.  Much of this process requires words…. words of explanation, description, education, persuasion.  Since some of the needed words can be technical in nature, I have decided that a good way for me to grow in this area is to ‘tighten up’ my vocabulary – starting with the words we use about color. 

hue, tone, value, saturation…

Webster defines hue:  a gradation or variety of color, tint

 hue = color

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again defined by Webster, tone:  a quality of color with reference to the degree of absorption of light, a slight modification of a given color

tone = shade of a given color

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value:  a degree of lightness or darkness in a color

value = lightness or darkness of a certain color

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saturation:  the degree of chroma or purity of a color, the degree of freedom from admixture with white

saturation = degree of purity of a certain color

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in the classroom we would now be asked to use each word defined above in a sentence……………

‘The value of the tone of the hue is saturated.’

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Postcard from heaven

 another example of the Master Designer’s work….

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Postcard from the jobsite…

Patience is a virtue on so many levels……..

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……as is decisiveness!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hydrangeas

 -words do not do them justice-

I shall let them speak to you……….

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dedicated to Karen Donnelly Blake in memory of her mother

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