Choosing the Perfect Paint Color Palette with your Partner

Choosing the Perfect Paint Color Palette with your Partner

It can be challenging to get any two people to agree on anything. Politics, Beyonce, the environment; You name it and you will often get two very distinct perspectives. This can get even tougher when it comes to spouses. It’s so much more complicated than “I like pink and he likes blue”. Merging two complete adult lives is just a tricky matter. Each individual has their own style, personality, baggage (literally and figuratively), and life experiences they bring to the table. It is possible for two individuals with wildly different styles to live happily under the same roof. I have created these spaces for clients successfully despite the decor bumps we have hit along the way.

Choosing the Perfect Paint Color Palette with your Partner

I know what you are thinking…

“How am I supposed to respect someone’s taste who thinks an old college recliner is okay in the formal living room?”

“This is someone who can’t even coordinate their own day without my help. Why should I trust their design ideas?”

All those points about your partner may be valid (and a bit shady)  but they matter. A home is where not only the heart is, but a place that is your refuge. You should feel safe, comfortable, and happy. Right? Here is my proven process to get you and your partner to choose a paint color without it turning into an episode of Maury. I’ve also included a downloadable checklist to help you out.


1. Listen

Yes I said listen. Whether you want to hear it or not. There are two voices in the room and each person wants to be heard. Sometimes just acknowledging and “respecting” someone else’s thoughts can go a long way.

2. Share ideas

Each of you should create a pinterest board with images that have wall colors you like. Only 5-10 images are needed (not 400). Then, choose 3 images/colors you like most and why you think it should work. You may find you have surprisingly similar taste or find some middle ground.

3. Find inspiration in the bedroom closet

Yes, the closet. What colors do each of you like to see yourself in? Make a list. Keep it short 2-3 max. Now compare. What colors would make a great backdrop to your wardrobe/ lifestyle?

4. Take a field trip to the paint store

Each of you should select 2-3 colors that you like. Get samples. Paint swatches. Choose your top two paint colors.

5. Make it work.

Now that you have your top 2 colors, see how they work with your furniture/ decor. Choose the one that works best.


See! That was easy right? Even if you and your partner agree on colors/decor this exercise is still very helpful in making proper design decisions. It might take a bit of work but ultimately you both can create a home that everyone one loves.

Here is an example of a color palette I created for some of my clients!

Choosing the Perfect Paint Color Palette with your Partner


I hope you found this helpful. Just follow this simple checklist to guide you through the process. Remember to have fun and listen to each other. And if all else fails. Call a pro!


Color Basics: How to Choose the Right Color for You

Color Basics: How to Choose the Right Color for You

It can be so intimidating to commit to a paint color for your entire space. So much can go wrong! With endless possibilities and so many options for your home, finding the right color for you can be difficult. Color picking can get complicated quickly, so it truly helps to know and understand basic color principles. They are the foundation of a professional designer’s arsenal. This guide is the designer’s secrets to getting the job done all while having fun!

Paint Color Basics


The Color Wheel is a visual representation of the colors and all their hues. It can also be a helpful tool when trying to create a color theme for you home. I know you may be asking yourself, does this look familiar? Didn’t we learn this in elementary school art class? Well, yes. Consider this a bit of a refresher.

Paint Color Basics

How does it work?

  1.  Primary colors – red, blue and yellow, though a combination all other colors are derived.
  2.  Secondary colors – orange, green or violet/purple, which are created by mixing 2 primary colors
  3. Tertiary colors – Yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green & yellow-green. Mixing one primary color and a secondary color creates these colors.



  • Monochromatic – a color scheme using one color in different hues. This creates contrast and depth by using the single color in various shades, hues, and intensity.
  • Complimentary – colors that are directly across from one another on the color wheel. A perfect example of the how opposites due indeed attract. This combination creates a very vibrant look. If done incorrectly it can be jarring and tacky.
  • Analogous – colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. These are the colors that are most often found together in nature and are pleasing to the eye. When using this scheme, try to choose one color that is more dominant the other to as accents.
  • Triad – this combination uses colors that are evenly spaced along the color wheel. This look is vibrant yet balanced. Make sure one color is a bit more dominant and the others should be used as an accent.
  • White + One – Using white with a color creates contrast and brightens
  • Neutrals – Grays, browns, black, and creams often create the most soothing of palettes


Light has a major impact on color. Natural daylight is much different from artificial light. The type of light bulbs you use affects the space.

What type of light do you have in your home?

  1. My favs are Compact fluorescent and LEDs they are both energy efficient and provide light that is brighter and whiter than traditional incandescent (which makes things the odd yellow color)
  2. If you are not sure what to buy, check out your local home improvement store. If you go the area that sells light bulbs, there is usually a display showing you how each bulb works and casts light.



Color has a direct impact on our mood and energy. Each color has its own personality and influence. When selecting colors for your home, remember to look at the colors that you are drawn to the most. For example: You like warm fiery Reds and Oranges, but you cannot see painting a room bright RiRi red, so instead use it as an accent color in a more neutral space. Color doesn’t have to be in large quantities to make an impact.



Stop by you favorite paint store and pull a few swatches. If you like a specific color, grab the swatch and the next color up and below. Remember the lighting in the paint store is not always the best. Narrow your choices to two or three colors, don’t take the entire rack of color cards.



Once you narrow your choices down, get a few of your favorites in sample size containers (or quarts if that’s all they have). The only way to be certain of a color is to have it in the intended space. Paint an enlarged swatch of your sample on a medium sized poster board. This allows you to move the swatch around the room to view the color entirely. Keep in mind the color will darken as the paint dries.


What you need to get started:

  • Medium poster boards (22”x 18”)
  • Small rollers and tray
  • Paint
  • A small screwdriver to open the paint cans



After your paint samples are completely dry. Hang them on the wall near furniture and artwork. How do the color swatch look during the day and the evening? Keep the sample up for about 7 days. Live with it for a minute. Observe how you emotionally connect to it and how it works with your home.  After that, you should be able to select the color you like best.

Choosing paint colors doesn’t have to be complicated. Just try these simple rules when you start your next paint project.

The eDesign Experience: Why it works!

The eDesign Experience: Why it works!

I love interior design. It’s my passion. I honestly wouldn’t know what else I would be doing if I didn’t have design. Recently, I started offering e-design services. I was hesitant for a long time to offer these services to my clients. Having actually worked for one of the big e-design companies before I didn’t feel it offered the one-on-one designer/client personal collaboration it should. As a designer, I want to offer the highest quality experience to my clients.

I can admit when I was wrong. I started offering e-design services to my clients and I am so happy I did. One of my very first clients was my sister Tiffany. I mean who better to be the guinea pig than your younger sibling. The goal was simple. This experience should be fun, simple, and stress-free for my clients.

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How E-Design Works

  1. Fill out the simple design questionnaire
  2. Share your 5 – 10 inspiration images
  3. Have a chat with me. After I receive the new client questionnaire and images, I schedule a call with the client to do the following:
    • Make sure we are on the same page
    • Try to really get a good understanding on what their dream room is and how we can make it happen
    • Discuss the design concept
  4. In 7 business days, I deliver a Style Board. The style board conveys the overall look and feel of the space. The client gives feedback and I tweak it according to the feedback I receive.
  5. Full Design is delivered. Complete with a clickable shopping list, floor plan, installation instructions on how to do it yourself and more.

The process typically takes 3-4 weeks depending on the size and how quickly the revision process goes. Here is how went with Tiffany.

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interiors design, e-design service

Tiffany’s Experience


Tiffany is a teacher who moved all the way to Abu Dhabi to teach for 3 years. It’s literally on the other side of the planet (at least 18 hours on a plane). Luckily, they have all the same home stores there as they do here (and some new fun places I had never heard of) making shopping a breeze.

Me:  What were your biggest concerns with working on an interior design project with your designer being 8,000 miles away?

Tiffany: I was worried about having access to the right supplies needed to get the job done on my own.


Me: What was the easiest thing?

Tiffany: Communication! Everything was done for me and clear, so all I had to do was follow instructions.


Me: What was the most difficult

Tiffany: Shopping was difficult because even though I had a list, I easily got deterred by sparkling things. I had to remember my designer was the expert and I needed to get the items we discussed first (and stick to my budget) before purchasing additional items.


Me: Did you feel like you were able to express your personal design taste to me clearly?

Tiffany: Even though I am your annoying little sister, I felt it was easy to talk to you about what I needed.  What was even better was that you really took the time to make sure you understood what I wanted and what I was seeing for my apartment.


Me: How was the process of putting everything together?

Tiffany: Setting up the apartment was simple. I just reminded myself to follow the plan, had some friends and building staff assist.


Me: What do you think of the final outcome?

Tiffany: I absolutely, positively, without a doubt am in love with my space. I feel like I am in a cozy little dream world fit for a queen. Waking up to beauty and coming home to peace are my favorite parts of the day. Not to mention, I get so many compliments and people feel so comfortable in my home.


interiors design, e-design service

interiors design, e-design service

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My Favorite Ways to Keep a Haute Home In Winter

My Favorite Ways to Keep a Haute Home In Winter

I do not like winter. I just don’t. Nope. Give me a beach and hot summer sun year-round. Unfortunately for me I don’t actually live in those places so I have to make due. After the Christmas décor and lights are put away, all I am left with is cold wet weather that leaves my hair dry and frizzy. Winter for me is borderline hibernation, so it’s important that my “den” is perfect. If you haven’t already, you should have winterized your home. Make it cozy as possible.


via Hides of Excellence

Cozy Throws

When the temperature drops, staying warm and cozy is a top priority. This is the perfect time to pamper yourself with soft and comfortable throw. You can try cashmere, faux fur, or even velvet.


photo via elle decor, design by jean louis deniot

Gather Around the Fire

If you have a fireplace, try pulling your furniture pieces inward toward the center of the room. Creating a cozy gathering spot is perfect for winter entertaining. Plush fabrics and upholstery add warmth even without the roaring fire.

area rug

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Plush Rugs for the Floors

Cold floors are great in summer and uncomfortable in winter. Area rugs not only keep your feet warm, but also add color and character to a room. Bare wooden floors or tile can be quite unforgiving as winter starts to set in.


Adds Some Organic Greenery

Whіlе some love tо add a bit оf nаturаl frеѕhnеѕѕ with flowers аnd organic green hues tо bаlаnсе the seasonal сhаngеѕ оutѕіdе, оthеrѕ love tо fоllоw nаturе’ѕ lеаd and gо аll whіtе. If уоu аrе among the former, thеn it’s bеѕt to аdd ѕоmе gеntlе grееnѕ, аlоng with a lоvеlу vase аrrаngеmеnt fеаturіng the frеѕh flоwеrѕ оf уоur choice. Adding fаbrіс ассеntѕ in rісh green shades helps to ассеntuаtе this look all the mоrе.


image via nyde by Ferm Living

Wаrm Cоlоrѕ fоr the Wаllѕ

Mаnу оf uѕ fееl thаt раіnt is thе bеѕt wау to рrераrе for thе season аhеаd. From bоth аn aesthetic point of view аnd аn economic оnе, thіѕ сhоісе is often ѕроt on. Mоѕt of uѕ саnnоt mаkе mаjоr сhаngеѕ to furnіѕhіngѕ аhеаd of every ѕеаѕоn, аnd hеnсе a ѕіmрlе paint jоb dоеѕ thе trісk. Your home lооkѕ instantly trеndу, and it will nоt burn a hоlе thrоugh уоur pocket. Fіrе-іnѕріrеd tоnеѕ аrе thе wау tо go this wіntеr with gоld making a grаnd соmеbасk.

Ready to redecorate?


Design Diary: New Year, New Vibes

Design Diary: New Year, New Vibes

The mood in January is all about renewal. I am sure you are being bombarded with all the “New Year, New Me” stuff, the gym is at capacity for the next 3 weeks, and you won’t be able get on your favorite machine when you want. Ugh. January is like the Monday of the year. It’s like you have been chillin’ all weekend then bam, back to the grind. You make all these plans to do better and “live your best life”, but that seems to be more stressful than helpful in the end.

I stopped with the new year’s resolutions a while ago. I would make all these elaborate plans to lose weight, eat better, stay organized, ect…you get the idea. I would do great for a few weeks but then I would fall off. Then start beating myself up about how I didn’t meet my goals. I finally realized change isn’t about big drastic changes but small daily actions. So, this month I am focusing on the tiny leaps. Is your house a mess after the holidays? Don’t stress. Still not organized? Don’t stress. No resolutions just do better for yourself.


Check out this amazingly stylish vision board by Sayeh Pezeshki here.

Good Vibes Only

Focus on things that make you happy. Create a Vibe board! Just make a board not only of things you want but things that make you happy. Make it pretty and put it someplace you can see it. I keep mine by my vanity.


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Just Say Yes

Things not working out the way you want? Just try something new. Have you been lusting after that bright blue sofa? Go for it. Don’t be afraid to step outside of the box

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Surround Yourself with Love

Get rid of things you hate. Keep things in your environment that you love. Detoxing your home isn’t just about organization. It is about creating a place where you want to come home. Remember your home is your retreat from the world.

Spend January creating and doing things that will not only make you happy but will set yourself up for good vibes all year.