Color Dubbing

My dad saves me all the articles from his Wall Street Journals that have to do with design. Last week he gave me one that had to do with paint colors and I found it too fascinating to not share with you all. It has to do with catchy paint names and the process of choosing them.


“To dub a new color, Ms. Jordan, director of color marketing, draws inspiration from pretty much everything, including books, song lyrics, foods and places. She then creates a list, sorting her ideas by color family in her ‘color bible.’ Once her and her team figure out what’s lacking in Sherwin Williams’s existing palette, they submit basic parameters-for example, five new blue colors ranging from sky blue to blue-green- to the lab. Once she sees the colors and approves them, she assigns a name to each one. She goes through her list until she finds a name that fits that particular color. The names then go to a fact-checker, who makes sure the color name hasn’t been used before. Some names are straightforward, like Blue Sky and Cherry Tomato, while others, like Cut the Mustard and Indulgent (lavender), are more obscure. Names can’t be too trendy since most colors have a life span of about 10 to 12 years and names stick with their respective hues forever. On the more practical side, names also have to fit on a paint card. The longest one uses the maximum 28 characters: Colonial Revival Green Stone. Colors absolutely make a difference. When we have good paint colors, we stand a better change of selling a home and selling it for a higher price.”

Paint retailer Sherwin-Williams currently offers about 1,500 colors, each with a unique name and color swatch. Here’s a breakdown of color names and sales:

Paint names with one word: 35.4%
Paint names with two words: 61.3%
Paint names with three of more words: 3.3%

37% of blue colors have a water reference in the name.
28% of pink/red colors have a flower reference in the name.
25% of green colors have a food reference in the name.
13% of brown colors have a chocolate reference in the name.


Balloon Art

Who here has seen The Princess Diaries? Remember Anne Hathaway’s role where she portrays an ultra-nerd 15-year-old, Mia, only to discover that she is a princess as the granddaughter of the queen. (Played wonderfully by Julie Andrews, I might add). Great movie. Regardless, since watching this film, I’ve always wanted to duplicate something they did at the beginning of the movie- painting with balloons and darts. If you will remember with me how, Mia and her mom pinned paint filled balloons to a huge canvas and then commence to throw darts to pop the balloons to create a masterpiece. Well, my bucket list has one less item on it…


Granted, our canvas was a BIT smaller and we stopped filling up balloons with my lips starting tingling from too much acrylic paint exposure. (When I say “exposure” I mean “swallowing.”)

Therefore, in case you’re interested in wondering how you too can create a balloon art masterpiece, read on friends, read on:

Here are the materials I gathered:

-A canvas
-Various acrylic paints (To save money, I bought red, blue, and yellow and just mixed-up my own green, purple, and orange. I had to add some white to my purple too keep it from being too dark.)
Water balloons
-Darts (I could only find soft tip darts, so we had to improvise. See photo below…)
-Push pins
-LOTS of newspaper
-Painter’s tape
-Ziploc baggies
-And of course, you’ll need your camera

Before we begin, be sure you’re doing all of this in a place where it’s okay to get paint everywhere as their explosions maybe far-reaching. Also, I’d recommend you wear clothing that you’re okay with ruining.

Okay, enough with the semantics, on to the process…We put tape on our board to protect certain parts of the board therefore creating a more-personal piece, but you don’t have to do this step.


Next, I placed my pre-mixed paints into Ziploc baggies and cut a TINY section of the corner of to create a piping bag of sorts.



Then we filled up balloons with paint and air. (Caveat: This is the hardest part because filling up a balloon with paint and air is actually quite difficult) However, after many paint-filled mouthfuls, I have some advice for you all:

1)    Prep the water balloons by filling them with air one time before you put paint in them and then let the air out. This helps to stretch them out making them easier to blow up when paint IS in them.

2)    Next, pipe your paint straight into the balloon’s opening with enough force to get paint down into the base of the balloon. (If you want a “runny” look, as opposed to splatter, fill your balloons with more paint and very little air.)

3)    Now comes the hard part: blow up the balloon being very careful not to suck in.

4)    Once filled and inflated, tie and pin to your board!


Now comes the fun part… Let the darts fly!

These are our “improvised” darts. Some call it ghetto, I call it creative genius. (A.K.A. Walmart soft-tip darts with taped-on push pins.)


Here is our finished artwork…pre-tape-removal. The best part is there is no artistic talent needed! (Just a high-tolerance for paint ingestion.)IMG_2097

We added our hand prints to make it a bit more personal too…





Common Items as Unusual Side Tables


Drums (I LOVE this idea!)


Graduating Suitcases


Old Metal Trashcan (There is one of these in my parents garage… Jackpot!)


Antique Metal Ballot Box


Small Stove


Ladder (I personally love this idea, but I do think this particular design could be executed a bit better…)


Rug Pouf


Anyone know what this was originally used for?




Filing Drawers


Antique Ironing Board (My sister-in-law and I found one of these for $12 at a Flea Market in Pickens, SC.)


Two-Leg Table


Hanging Bucket


Wooden Crate



Quite a Lovely Contrast


Con·trast n. /kon’trast/

“opposition or juxtaposition of different forms, lines, or colors in a work of art to intensify each element’s properties and produce a more dynamic expressiveness.”

Yesterday I was very surprised to receive this lovely reminder of spring from ProFlowers.

He’s good…

Stay Creative!

“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, please.'”
― Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity


33 Ways to Stay Creative:

1) Make lists
2) Carry a notebook everywhere
3) Try free writing
4) Get away from the computer (kinda ironic to be reading this right now…)
5) Be otherworldly
6) Quit beating yourself up
7) Take breaks (They do it in Europe!)
8) Sing in the shower
9) Drink coffee/tea (check!)
10) Know your roots
11) Listen to new music
12) Be open
13) Surround yourself with creative people
14) Get feedback
15) Collaborate
16) Don’t give up
17) Practice, practice, practice
18) Allow yourself to make msitakes  mistakes
19) Go somewhere new 
20) Watch foreign films
21) Count your blessings
22) Get lots of rest
23) Take risks
24    BREak The Rules
25) Do more of what makes you happy
26) Don’t force it
27) Read a page of the dictionary
28) Create a framework
29) Stop trying to be someone else’s perfect
30) Got an idea? Write it down
31) Clean your workspace
32) Have fun
33) Finish something

General Styles for Decorating


I. Tips
-Consider the general style and feel you want to create for the room, space, or home
-Consider the formality of the room—texture, line, balance, fabric, design all lend varying formalities
-Consider the shapes of the room and the furniture you have—straight lines, curves
-Consider the accessories you are attracted to or plan to use in the room

II. The Traditional Style uses time-honored furnishings and traditional furniture styles and lines.


Decorating Tools:
-Antique rugs
-Collectibles and accessories
-Crown molding
-Non-painted wood
-Draperies, swags, cornices
-Tassels, Cording, Fringe

III. The Casual Style is comfortable, both physical and psychologically. It uses simple, functional, un-demanding furniture.


Decorating Tools:
-Natural colors
-Natural materials
-Exposed beams
-Natural light

IV. The Contemporary Style follows the rule, “form follows function.” Born with the Bauhaus Movement, the goal of this style was to unify art and technology.


Decorating Tools:
-Tubular, metal furniture
-Color palette of black, white, neutrals, and primary colors
-“Hard” textures: marble, glass, lacquer, metal, acrylics
-Simple, artistic lines
-No clutter

V. The Romantic Style is feminine, light, and curvy. The furniture avoids dark furniture and fabrics and instead uses pale woods, wicker, and curvy carved chairs.


Decorating Tools:
-Colors: pastels and crisp white
-Fabrics: chintz, moiré, linen
-Walls: glazed, sponged
-Mixed patterns common, though all in same color
-Windows: Priscilla, Austrian shade, balloon curtains
-Soft lighting
-Pictures: reminiscent pictures

VI. The International Style celebrates exquisite design, regardless of period or national origin. If using an international bent, stick with a singular look and keep to one international style.


Decorating Tools:
-Simple design with bold pattern or focal point
-Simple yet beautiful furniture representing nationality
-Focus on form and style

VII. The Country Style is both casual and rustic.


Decorating Tools:
-Fabric displays (quilts, rugs, needlepoint, artwork)
-Natural or painted woods and wicker
-Motifs (animals, geometric, shapes, flowers)
-Linen, Cotton, Calico, chintz, ticking, plaids, geometric (not modern)
-Antiques and collectibles
-Handmade items

VIII. The Eclectic Style blends different furniture styles regardless of period or style. If using this style, be sure to have something that pull the room together (color, pattern, wood type, etc.).