How to Work with a Color Consultant

nurseryA fantastic article, 17 Things Color Consultants Want You to Know, by lead Houzz contributor, Becky Harris, came out on houzz.com this week.  It is very thorough and really explains working with a color consultant–the process, rough costs and the benefits.  I’m thrilled to be included in Becky’s article because I truly love learning about color and sharing my expertise.  As Becky aptly points out, color consultants love what they do!

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My Mid-Week Made-In-America Slow Luxe Design Series: Galbraith & Paul

Yesterday, my very stylish friend and nieghbor, Sue, told me she was ready for a refreshing redo in her wonderful, breezy ocean view La Jolla home.  Immediately, the subtle block printed fabrics of Galbraith & Paul sprang to mind.  They are a perfect combination of elegant handmade artistry, fresh, yet sophisticated, colors and intricate patterns that seems perfectly suited to my friend and her amazing home.  And guess what?  Galbraith & Paul is perfect for today’s Mid-Week Made-In-America Series!

Galbraith & Paul was founded in Philadelphia in 1986 by Liz Galbraith & Ephraim Paul as a hand papermaking studio specializing in lighting.  Now, this studio workshop specializes in hand block printed textiles, handmade rugs, and studio printed wallpaper available to the trade. The wall covering is a newer addition and it is designed by Liz Galbraith.  (I am definitely seeing my friend, Sue’s, powder room in one of these gorgeous papers.)

By the way, these talented artists also make a line of block printed pillows and lighting exclusively for Room & Board.

Artisans in the Galbraith & Paul Studio work together to create fabrics with a subtle and elegant spirit.  In true studio workshop tradition, designs evolve in original and unexpected ways.  In my mind, this is what truly sets the design experience of using a handcrafted product apart from a machine made product.  Galbraith & Paul studio members care about the process of making as much as the product itself–and their dedication to their craft truly shines through.

What I love about Galbraith & Paul are the wonderful tiny imperfections in the hand-blocked surface. These are the telltale signs of craft.  If you take a look at the image of the G & P artist creating this Lotus pattern below, you can see what that is about.  Aaaah, Galbraith & Paul….you’re not perfect, but you’re perfect for me. Wasn’t that a Grace Jones song back in the ’80s?

All images via Galbraith & Paul.

Where’s that notebook from Day #2? On Day #26: Got an Idea? Write it Down

Credited to Life on Michigan Avenue

29 Ways to Stay Creative

#26 on the list is: Got an idea? Write it down.

The other day, I posted about asking my subconscious mind to solve my more stubborn creative problems while I sleep. Well, because that strategy is so effective for me, I keep a pad of paper and a pencil by my bed. There’s nothing worse than having a great idea and not remembering it.

I keep note pads and pens tucked away anywhere inspiration might strike, including my car, my purse, my laptop bag, my kitchen and my bathroom. I have ideas all day long–when I’m driving, cooking, showering, and of course, when I’m working. Good ones, bad ones, crazy ones, mediocre ones. I write them down or sketch them. I can evaluate them later. I can develop the worthy ones. But, if I don’t write my ideas down, there’s a really good chance they’ll disappear into the ether. And, believe me, I’ve let a lot of good ones get away. Probably some pretty lame ones, too.

Have you ever had the experience of forgetting a great idea because you didn’t write it down?  Tell me about it!

Handpainted French Wallpaper, 1930s