Working on color for an interior recently. A good-sized place with many rooms. New construction! This means my client “Monica” is making a million decisions a day, from lighting fixtures, to tile patterns, to drawer handles. It’s high quality stress, but still stressy. In one room, we are working off a carpet sample that has … More Color and Love
The whole Haint Blue thing passed right by me. As a child, I was not sent the memo about the protective power of color. I grew up in brick houses with no porches. I know! Somehow I survived this outrage. And the Universe, being a benevolent force for good in spite of appearances, sent … More Haint Blue and Witches Blue
Dear Home Beautifiers, How about an Ask Barbara column/video/youtube thing about color in our dwelling places? Or a HOUSE COLOR TALK that I can present to your group or teach in a 2-hour community ed class? Would this of these be of interest to you? I hope so, because I could talk about these things … More Color Questions. What do you want to know?
It has been quite a slog back to the blog, but here we are on a fiercely hot summer day in Philadelphia and I am typing away with only a slight ache in my right wrist, my slightly stiff fingers doing their darnedest to move around the keyboard. I was off radar until April. In-home … More Ceiling and Woodwork Color is Crucial.
I went to Washington DC for the Women’s March. Yes, I’m for all those progressive ideals like equal rights, and peace not war, and I believe the environment is a person and a corporation is not. It was an awesome, fierce, and moving experience. And who would think so much power could be conveyed by the … More Pink
Many of you are getting ready to do the great Paint-the-Exterior-of -the-House-Before-Winter thing, aren’t you? And maybe you are tempted to repaint in the same colors that are already on there. But, hey…… Life is short or long depending on your point of view, and time doesn’t matter anyway because it’s an illusion, right? I’m pretty sure I … More Painting your house before winter? Inspiration from Italy.
Client L has a rambling ranch house of Pennsylvania gray stone. I fully expected to cross the threshold and find glossy golden-oak hardwood floors, like usual ‘round these parts. But no, my Danskos landed on a huge expanse of honest-to-goodness Saltillo tile in a deep red-orange-brown color. It was a whole houseful of Mexican Saltillo … More Saltillo tile in Pennsylvania – a saga
I had a young visitor at the paint store today, who knew exactly what to do with the color brochures: make houses! It was very clear that I was in the presence of one who may be designing our living spaces in the not-too-distant future. She went to town opening up the color brochures and made … More Choosing Colors on the Internet – Arrgh.
Valentine’s Day. Love, romance, red roses. You know the drill. Lupercalia. SO much history worth knowing. The Chinese New Year. 2016 is the year of the Red Fire Monkey for which the key words are Powerful, Exuberant, Karmic Yang. I looked it up. “It is just about time to….commence another epoch.” So, hey, the stars are aligned … More The Red Holidays of Early Spring
How I wish I could take credit for this color choice. Awhile ago customer Michelle came in looking for a shade of bright orange for an accent wall. At least that’s what registered in my mind: Orange. Accent color. It was busy in the store that day, but I remember pointing out the 3 strips of … More Orange You Glad? Yes, I am.