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Holi – the festival of colors

As an artist and designer, color is one of my favorite things. The right color combinations make all the difference in a design collection, a room in your house and even your clothing. Today is Holi, the festival of colors. It is mostly celebrated in India and Nepal and celebrates the beginning of Spring. I can not think of a more beautiful holiday celebration. The main day, Holi, is celebrated by people throwing vibrant colored and scented powder and perfume at each other. Bonfires are lit on the eve of the festival, prayers are said and praise is offered. The pictures are amazing and I suggest you take a look at some of these links; Poras Chaudhary a photographer and Google image search, so pretty. What a beautiful way to usher in Spring! Happy Holi Day!...

Tangerine Tango – Pantone Color of the Year

The Pantone Color Institute just announced their color of the year and it is Tangerine Tango. Pantone is the global authority on color and the originator of the color matching system that established standards for the use of color in manufacturing and print. That means every time you pick a color it will match in fabric or paint. Pretty cool. Orange has never been a super popular color until lately when people have noticed that it pairs great with most other colors. Add it to gray to give your outfit, design or room a pop of color and a modern feel. It also goes great with colors like navy and even red. Add pinks and you get a tropical vibe. It has a friendly happy tone, an instant pick me up. As designers we have always loved orange and try to add it whenever possible. Now we have the proof that we were right all along! Here are some great ideas from home to fashion. I love an all white kitchen and adding just a pop of color or adding throw pillows with orange accents to brighten a room. Have fun adding some Tangerine Tango to your life this year! For more ideas on adding color check out our Pinterest...

add a pop of color

I just recently joined Pinterest. I know I am way behind but I don’t know how people have time to keep up with all of these new social sites popping up. It is hard enough doing a few blog posts a week, twitter and facebook, plus running Simon+Kabuki and our corporate design company, EandI Design, now I need to add Pinterest and still try to be the greatest mom and wife at home. Yikes that is a shit load to do!! I keep a constant running of lists of what to do today. I am sure at some point my head will just explode and my family will have to make do with my life insurance. Must remember to pay life insurance. Anyhoo… Today I wanted to do a post on adding pops of color to your house and life so that you can make it through the dreary winter and I thought it would be great to test out on Pinterest. Right now in northern California we are suffering with 65-70 degree sunny skies but I know that the rainy days are coming. So instead of shooting yourself when you’ve spent the 5th consecutive day inside just add a pop of green or magenta to brighten the day! I logged onto my Pinterest account and started pinning a board called Pops of Color. Here are the results. I am not quite sure how the whole thing works yet, like how do I share it on my blog? But I am sure if I spend enough countless hours on there it will come to me. If you have any...

huesday: ombre wedding cakes

A new trend in wedding cakes is ombre, which is a French term meaning “shaded”. Fashion designers have been producing ombre fabric for years and the trend has now crossed over into cake design. I’m currently in love with this idea and am considering making a mini version just to see how it comes out. I’m also considering a vow renewal (can you do that at 16 years of marriage?) just to have one of these while they’re still popular! The ombre look is simple yet so stunning. Imagine one of these beauties gracing your wedding.                   Cake credits: Yellow cake found at Style Me Pretty Pink cake found at Inspiration Wed Pink interior cake found at Call Me Cupcake Purple cake found at Maggie Austin Cake Turquoise cake found at Bobbette &...

huesday: DIY with paint

I’ve been in the DIY mood lately and dig anything that has to do with paint. If feels good to do a project yourself, but I want to see speedy results. I lose patience if a project takes more than 2 days. I live in an Eichler that we’ve furnished with both old and new pieces, so this cabinet was sure to fit in. I got this 1940s cabinet from my Grandma’s house last year and immediately knew what I wanted to do to it. You guessed it — paint. You can find spray paint in so many fun colors that the possibilities are endless! I picked a bright lime green, called my dad for last minute spray painting tips and off I went.     The inside was a bit rusty, but the body of the cabinet was in great shape and didn’t need much attention. I did minor sanding to smooth out a few rough patches and then got to work. I removed the handles so they’d stay their pretty chrome finish, but left the interior hooks in place. The truth is the screws were rusted over on the hooks and it would have taken more strength that I had to remove them. I did a coat of primer on the exterior to ensure a smooth surface. Dry time on spray paint is great, as you only need to wait an hour to do your next coat. It took 2 coats of spray paint (3.5 cans) and she was as good as new! I found cute polka dot shelf liner at Target and she was ready to...

color huesday: roses are red

…and sunburns are painful…and red. This is the time of year that we start venturing to the beach with our glaring white skin and attempt to cover every inch in sunscreen. It never works, we can never get all the spots, and someone in my family ends up looking like they have hives in the shape of hands. Or really bad tattoos of clouds. The thing that I love about this time is that my red roses are in full bloom. This signals the beginning of good weather for me. Some people have a groundhog, I have my rosebush. I can’t wait until I can snip a few and put them in a huge vase in my entryway. I was happy to find out that red is Tuesday’s color which is very appropriate for today! When you think of red, what first comes to your mind? hmmm… Love– red roses, rosy red lips, red hearts, sexy red dress Aggression– seeing red, red in the face, fast red sports car, red power tie The good news is that unlike sunburns, red is a universally flattering color. “When in doubt, wear red.” Bill Blass I think it’s time for a little red...

got the blues?

I was thinking about talking about the endless shades of gray that are available right now, but then I looked out my window at a gorgeous blue sky and decided that I’m done with gray for awhile now that Mother Nature seems to be done PMSing all over California. If I was painting a room this week, it would be with Restoration Hardware’s Shore Paint collection. If I was planting flowers this weekend, I’d definitely include the Endless Summer Hydrangea… And the perfect home decoration for spring (and just in time for Easter parties) is the bird’s nest with robin’s eggs from Pottery Barn. I need 3 sets to put in different areas of my kitchen/family room and I’ll use all 3 on the buffet table at my Easter partay. I’m definitely getting the blues this week and it makes me very...

pomegranate

Don’t you just love that color? Pomegranate makes me think of festive holiday parties where the hostess finally gets a chance to put her feet up and enjoy the wonder that is a pomegranate martini. (Maybe it is because the hostess-me-is still recovering from the Halloween and World Series festivities. Not to mention I was very impressed that our Giants won the title wearing the appropriate seasonal colors of orange and black.) There is also something about this color that says “fall is here-let the parties begin!”. I noticed that pomegranate trees are naturally festive, decorated in their delicious fruit. According to some ancient cultures, pomegranates symbolize abundance, fertility and good luck. According to busy working moms, the pomegranate martini symbolizes diversion, amusement, and slacking. Sign me up! After field testing a few recipes, the winner is the tried and true recipe from Oprah: Oprah’s Pomegranate Martini 1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice 2 ounces Absolute Citron vodka or white tequila 1 ounce Cointreau liquor Cup of ice Splash of sparkling water (optional) Squeeze of lemon (optional) Directions: Shake ingredients in a shaker and put in chilled martini glasses. Put pomegranate fruit into glass as...

if it kind of sucks, paint It

So I was in one of my tasmanian devil style housecleaning frenzies, the kind where I just want to throw out anything that has not been useful to me in the last week. While frantically forming “crap piles,” i.e., crap to toss, crap to take to Goodwill and crap to find a place for, I came across a standing jewelry case in my daughter’s room that we’ve had around since whitewashed oak was in fashion. I was deciding which pile to put it in when my daughter said that she needed a place to put her jewelry. Duh. A couple hours and about $5 worth of paint later, we had a seriously sassy focal point for her room and it’s finally full of jewelry. You almost can’t go wrong painting something black with white trim, but it would have been equally fantastic if we had mixed fun colors. Not everything that sucks can be cured with a paint brush, but it’s worth a...

beautiful food

I’ve mentioned before that I try to make up for my lack of mad cooking skills by making my meals pretty but I came across some creative people who are taking the idea to a whole new level. Check out this cake I found at Lucks.com It’s almost too cute to eat. So the food can be gorgeous, or the way that you serve it can be designed. You’ve been to those sassy restaurants that arrange the delectable dinner so delightfully that it looks like it should be in a museum instead of a restaurant. There is an art to it, but it’s not rocket science. Mix up textures and sizes and add some goofy thing that doesn’t really belong and you have designer food. Or keep it super simple and use a really graphic plate. Or go nuts with your placemat, maybe you use a folded newspaper or old album covers (laminated of course) instead of a standard mat.  Or buy these super cool lasercut paper mats that I found at etsy With a place setting like this, who cares what you’re eating? See how the photo below resembles a campfire? Anyone can make a stack… and it’s so much more interesting than the standard pile of veggies next to a pile of starch which is snuggled up to a piece of meat. Great design is everywhere I look (bad design is also everywhere I look, but it makes the good stuff even more fun to find), wonder where I’ll find it...

the color of summer

Before I go crazy about Summer (which I LOVE), I have to give a shout out to the organizers of the HOW Design Conference and all the kickass women who attended my session called “Women on Top.” I know you’re thinking “Seriously? They let her talk about sex at a design conference? So does that make it Designer Sex?” The conference was inspiring as usual, with the coolest attendees ever (as opposed to attendees at an accounting conference). I had a great time and met some great women, so big round of applause to all the peeps who put on the show. So, what’s not to love about Summer? There’s beach days, no school, dinner out on the patio and enjoying the garden. There’s also that little bit of a tan that makes me feel 5 years younger and 5 pounds lighter and the long walks after dinner. I haven’t actually gone on a long walk after dinner yet, but it’s on my list. For us creative types, Summer means new colors and a sunnier outlook on design. I’ve been really feeling the yellow tones lately (wonder why) and I’m loving all of the turquoise I’m seeing. But if I could assign one color to the summer season, it would have to be orange. It’s bright and juicy and totally happy. I was shopping for plants and flowers for my ongoing landscape design project and I kept going back to the orange options, and I’ve also been buying orange juice (which is only interesting because my kids don’t like it and I don’t buy it the rest of the...

Gotta Love Spring Colors

I just could not be happier about the arrival of sunshine and blossoms in the Bay Area. It makes me want to play outside until dark and cook dinner on the barbeque. And the colors of Spring give me energy in a way that not even a Venti Caramel Macchiato can. If I wasn’t a graphic designer I think I could be a landscape designer. Everywhere I go these days I am overwhelmed with beautiful colors and textures of foliage. I’ve been working hard on my own yard, trying to learn more about plants and how to design a garden. Some of the sites that I find helpful are www.weekendgardener.net and www.hgtv.com (go to landscaping). Even if you don’t have a big yard, an artfully arrange potted plant can make a beautiful welcome on your front porch or small patio. I am working with contrasting colors and textures in my yard right now. I’m really feeling orange and blue this year, I’ll put the blue low-growing flowers in front so they don’t disappear with the taller brighter juicy orange flowers closer to the house. I’m also loving the grassy plants, which are easy to grow and maintain and add a soft texture. They come in tons of colors and sizes and I think I have planted almost every variety in the last month. Spring inspires more than the amateur gardener, everywhere I shop these days (and I am an excellent shopper) I’m seeing gorgeous jewel tones and my favorites, the pastels. Floral prints mixed with plaids and checks is really hot right now and Magenta is the color of...