Archive for December, 2010

The Ultimate Luxury

It is interesting how your design perspective changes with the seasons. This cold snowy weather instantly turns our thoughts to cozy winter fires.  A bubble bath in front of a glowing fire is the ultimate luxury. Imagine soft music, a glass of wine and pure peace and quiet. Bliss.

Of course, if you have the type of bathroom that has space for a fireplace chances are the entire room is really special! Luxurious furnishings go hand in hand with a bathroom grand enough for its own fireplace. Even if you are a poor soul that has to go through life with a fireplace-free bathroom take the time to create luxury in the bath. Fluffy towels, interesting containers for toiletries, beautiful scented candles and the best faucet you can afford all create a room that starts or finishes your day with luxury.

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Photo credit Apartment Therapy

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Photo credit San Francisco Girl by Bay

Photo credit Living etc.

What do you think? What is more luxurious than a fireside tub?

Do you know these Color Terms?

Color is a key component of the design process but it is often an area where there can be miscommunication between a designer and his or her clients. We all have a clear sense of color – we know what we like don’t we? However, sometimes getting to the right color is not a linear process. Your idea of pink might be different than someone else’s idea of the same color.

There are quite a few terms that get bandied about when we talk about color. Sherwin Williams recently had a post on their blog Stir that provides great explanations of common color terminology.

Hue: This is what we usually mean when we ask “what color is that?” The property of color that we are actually asking about is “hue”. For example, when we talk about colors that are red, yellow, green, and blue, we are talking about hue. Different hues are caused by different wavelengths of light. Therefore, this aspect of color is usually easy to recognize.

Chromaticity: Think about a color’s “purity” when describing its “chromaticity” or “CHROMA“. This property of color tells us how pure a hue is. That means there is no white, black, or gray present in a color that has high chroma. These colors will appear very vivid and well, … pure. This concept is related to and often confused with saturation. However, we will continue to use these terms separately because they refer to distinct situations, as explained here.

Saturation: Related to chromaticity, saturation tells us how a color looks under certain lighting conditions. For instance, a room painted a solid color will appear different at night than in daylight. Over the course of the day, although the color is the same, the saturation changes. This property of color can also be called intensity. Be careful not to think about SATURATION in terms of light and dark but rather in te

Luminance: Although brightness is often used interchangably with luminance, we prefer to use the term “lightness.” This concept deals with many of the same variables as value but using a different mathematical equation. Check out our own definition of LUMINANCE/LIGHTNESS or more simply, think about the Color Wheel as colors having equal luminance. Adding white will increase lightness and adding black will decrease it.rms of pale or weak and pure or strong.

Tints, Tones and Shades: These terms are often used inappropriately but they describe fairly simple color concepts. The important thing to remember is how the color varies from its original hue. If white is added to a color, the lighter version is called a “tint”. If the color is made darker by adding black, the result is called a “shade”. And if gray is added, each gradation gives you a different “tone.”

A traditional contemporary table desk or a contemporary traditional table desk?

Rich Laperchi from Alpine Woodworks (His website is under construction, 978-744-7744) sent these photographs of a small table desk he made for his son as a Christmas present. I was WOWED!!!! It’s 27” deep x 54’ long x 30” high, having concealed drawers at each end of the desk as well as one in the middle of the front. The primary wood is mahogany; the lighter accents are douglas fir. I asked him what was his source of inspiration. He said the Georgian and Federal period furniture he’s seen in various homes and job sites around Salem, the North Shore and in Boston. (I could also see a desk like this in a very contemporary setting.) And he wanted to make it sturdy enough for his young son.  I’d call it a labor of love!


Sally Wilson and John Kelsey

Recipients of regional and national awards, John and Sally have been interior designers for over 25 years. Their work has appeared in numerous magazines. If you'd like design help, call: 617-292-3380

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