May 2009

As I was putting together all of Guissell’s great posts about color and pantones, I thought I’d conclude this week of posts with a snippet of an article I came across in House Magazine on color palettes for high traffic spaces. I think with kids, high traffic spaces pretty much means 100% of your place. Have a great weekend everyone!

Some recommend palettes are using “spicy oranges” to hide dirt and stains. The spicy orange most preferred was the Sherwin Williams “Tiger Eye” #SW6362. They also suggested color palette formulas. My personal favorite is the use of “2 Bolds + A Touch of Gray”…for some reason, after a crazy day at the studio, subtle tones help me to relax.


For paint, I love G&R Paint Compay that’s in the same ‘hood as my studio in San Francisco. I have gone through hundreds (I’m not kidding) of sample paint pots in my day to no avail. I much prefer the poster sized painted swatch sheets they offer where you can tape them on your wall and move them around to different areas where the lighting is different. I found my sable chocolate gray in just two swatches (much to hubby’s relief!).

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Decorate: Photography

by Cat on May 28, 2009


By Designing Mom Guissell

A very easy way to bring colors in your home is through framed photography. Thanks to the digital world now this can be an easy and free. Take out the digital cam and take some pictures in a natural setting, provided the day is sunny you can’t miss getting great shots.

Not a good with photography that’s cool, then browse through photo sharing sites (IE: Flickr, Picasa, Photobucket) to find something interesting that complements your décor whether its for your Living Room, Kitchen, or even Nursery. Now you just have to find the right frame!


Here are some pictures I have taken that you can use if you like. To view in original size follow this link.

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Decorate: Paint Colors

by Cat on May 27, 2009

By Designing Mom Guissell

Another easy, but not necessarily cheap, way of renovating your home is through paint. Last year I decided that it was time my small NY apt to get some face-lifting so I decided to paint every room. Prior to motherhood I was your white walls type of gal, very city of me eh? Minimalist was the safe way when it came to interior home décor for me. But now that toys have become permanent residents in my home I’ve embraced the need of color!


Here are some before and after shots of my bathroom I thought I share to exemplify the power of paint. I used BEHR paint color Ocean Kiss (510E-3) for the walls and for the cabinet Bitter Chocolate (790B-7). I kept the ceiling white since this bathroom is small as it is! The color inspiration… The $2 hand towel from Target pictured there.

If you don’t know what colors work best together, grab a home magazine for room samples. If you want to get technical, then check out this link on color theory & wheel.

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Decorate: Paint Colors

by Cat on May 27, 2009

By Designing Mom Guissell

I had posted this about a month ago in my blog and I couldn’t end the topic of color without sharing:

I found this fun website sometime ago and thought of it today as I looked through my Pantone book. Colorstrology by Michele Bernhardt is one of my favorite flash websites I have visited. It provides you with the pantone color of your birth month and also your unique birth pantone color. For those who work with or have in the past worked with Pantones this is a pretty neat use of them. My birth color: Apple Butter Pantone 18-1426 Hardworking ~ Theorist ~ Philosopher … I have to agree. Have fun!”

For those who just can’t get enough of Pantone you can find their Fall and Spring 2009 color reports here:

Spring 2009
Fall 2009

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By Designing Mom Guissell

Living in a one-bedroom NYC apartment is a challenge with a Toddler, but throw a business on top of that and well you better become an interior decor fanatic! When I started my small business I knew exactly what I would need since I had worked in developing lines for years but I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to pull it off without intruding in our family space.

Key to any success in business is having organization, so I allowed that to be my start. With a tight budget in mind I shopped for pieces that provided me with most work and organization space. Anything with lots of enclosed compartments works great when kids are present. Framed pictures of your products work well not only as decorating pieces but also as inspiration. These are some pictures of my home studio. Hope this inspires the interior designer in you!

1. Vika Amon + Vika Tore drawer unit + storage unit

2. Bulletin Board I made myself: Blue fabric $1, Cork boards $4/square, Curling gift wrapping ribbons $3.

3. Kassett organizer series

4. Billy book case; looking to add the doors once they are back in stock.

5. Old drawer unit on casters; double as printing station.

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