Services

COLOR CONSULTING. ART HANGING/ARRANGEMENT. PERSONAL SHOPPING.

COLOR CONSULTING

Home & Workplace. Interior & Exterior. On-site, long distance, and via Skype. 

The process gets a bit messy at times. Always ends well.
The process gets a bit messy at times. Always ends well.

Color is powerful and affects us deeply. Everyone and every space requires beauty. No project is too small or too large, and no home is too modest or too grand for a color consult. 

I work with home owners, apartment dwellers, landlords, architects, professional interior designers and decorators who want an artist’s eye and color sensibility on board, on hand, and on deck.

To each consultation, I bring the 12 different color collections of Benjamin Moore Paint, as well as the 132 colors by Farrow & Ball. I have larger paper samples of most colors because working with 4×8″ and 2×9″ swatches makes the process much easier and efficient.

As an artist, I’m very happy with the sophisticated Ben Moore palettes: Classic, Preview, Color Stories, Historic, Williamsburg, Affinity, America’s Colors, the Favorites, the Off-Whites, and the astonishing rich colors of the new Century collection. Out of the U.K., Farrow & Ball color is downright posh.

This guy. Our color consult happened on fishing season opening day. Fresh-caught out of the stream that runs beside his house, and grilled. A snack in between Mayonnaise OC-85 and Sylvan Mist CSP-740.
This guy. Our color consult happened on fishing season opening day. Fresh-caught out of the stream that runs beside his house, and grilled. A snack in between Mayonnaise OC-85 and Sylvan Mist CSP-740.

Finding the right color to beautify and harmonize a room is an Art and a Science, and takes some time. One hour is usually enough consult time for one or two rooms. The cost of a color consultation will most likely be the smallest part of your painting budget, but is the most important! Let’s face it, it is all about the color.

I ensure you love the colors you choose, and that all colors work together beautifully. We want harmonious color flow from room to room, and to have each space be a place where you want to be.

YOUR PREP: Relax and do nothing except think about how you want your place to FEEL. If you have an ideal vision for the spaces, great. If not, it will become clear during the consult. Are you open to color suggestions you may not have considered yet? 

We will chose a time when everyone who has input into the color choices can be at the consult. (I have saved many marriages!)

I have had the extreme delight to bring color to more than 250 houses: sitting rooms in Drexel Hill, mansions in Gladwyne, South Philly row houses, West Philly Victorians, sprawling ranches and split levels, 200-year old historic houses, Dutch Colonials, a NYC penthouse, new construction, an artist’s New Hampshire rustic live/work studio, the office of a university dean, the exteriors of mansions purchased by an expanding university, seashore houses, Villanova carriage houses, the varied houses of Havertown, the vast interiors of Mt. Airy’s stone glories, getaways in Vermont, Seattle and northern California, condos, apartments, rental houses, a metaphysical church sanctuary, and more than one Sears Roebuck kit house. I haven’t done a houseboat or a yacht. Yet.

COSTS: Rate is $100 an hour, plus 6% PA sales tax. We accept Cash, Credit Cards or Checks. No deposit is necessary, but 24-48 hours notice of any change is appreciated. There is a $100 minimum for all meetings, and after the first hour, we can work in 1/2 hour increments. Most consults run 90 minutes to 3 hours, depending on the many variables. When there is a strict budget, I ask clients to make a list of their priorities, we begin with the most important room and get as far as we can. 

Floor plans, tile, fabric swatches are the go-to for this long distance project.
Floor plans, tile, and fabric swatches were the go-to’s for this long distance project.

Long distance: To set up a color consultation when the building location is outside the Greater Philadelphia area, there are choices:

    1. Often we meet locally and the client brings floor plans, or an architect’s drawing, lots of photos, and has samples of tile/countertops/fabrics/flooring on hand.

       2. On-site consults within a 2-hour drive from Philadelphia (Jersey Shore, Poconos, etc.) can be arranged. Usually the cost is $150 for the first hour plus a mileage cost, and then $100 an hour after that. Call or e-mail for an estimate for your situation. 

       3. Farther afield: Am happy to travel by car, plane or train. We will make a plan.

 

ART HANGING/ARRANGEMENT SERVICE

Once your walls are painted, gather all your framed photos, artwork, objects, and/or textiles any treasure that is destined to hang on a wall. I assist in placement and arrangements. Artwork hung too high or too low, or in a place it doesn’t fit can feel awkward and interrupt the harmony in a room. It is important to get help if you want the things and the rooms you love to work together.

SHOPPING   

Would you like help choosing tile, countertops, fabrics, carpeting, furniture colors? I will meet you at your suppliers and we will coordinate everything.

 

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