"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep."
Well... it took a while—but summer finally
got here! There are lots of things in life to make you happy, but
sunshine is at the top of my list. It sounds so simple, I know. I'm not a
philosopher or human behaviorist, but there is definitely something about
how sunlight transforms shapes, softens contours, accents the highlights,
brightens a day, and just makes life better.
When designing an environment for a
client, we consider shapes, dimension, accents, focus, and brightness—and
how they are all reactive to, and companion with, daylight and the room's
orientation. That's of course a very short list of a greater litany of
Comment . . . . .
I noticed recently, during a few
meetings, how I was describing colors. Using foods as reference (I
actually had a client once who told me that she loved all colors that had
the same name as a food!) seemed to be a pattern.
Here are some that occur often and are
good for a chuckle...
Chocolate, mocha, café au lait...okay, you
get the jist of that color.
Melon, tangerine, peach, mango....wait—is
that a wall color or a smoothie?
Avocado, leaf, olive, celery....could give
new meaning to a 'green' project!
It would be interesting to think about
how you describe color. The important thing is to have an appetite for, and live life in, color.
Forward. . . . .
An absolute in my designs is that a
space be designed for optimal living twelve months a year—not just from
June to September. That is a lot to think about.
This week I am photographing a recent
project that will burst with energy and light on your computer. Twelve
months a year, every season, this room comes to life because our design
works synergistically with its available natural light. I hope to have it
posted on my website and across social media sometime soon. Keep you
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Paula Winter received her B.S. in
Interior Design from the University of Illinois. She is an Allied Member
of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and a Certified
Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS). Paula brings her 30+ years of
professional design experience, as well as her originality and knowledge,
to Paula Winter Design, Ltd. A love of artistic expression has led her to
compliment her interior design skills with such varied creative venues as
clothing design, ceramics, photography, and jewelry. Paula prides herself
on bringing freshness, creativity, and extended experience to every
project. She is approachable, compassionate, and regards her clients as
full partners in the design process. By doing this, clients realize their
goals while ensuring the resulting space is functional, beautiful, and
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