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Jul 16, 2014

Pinspiration: Black and White but Never Boring

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Let’s take something simple yet visually captivating and design an entire room around it. This image is white with a black graphic element, lots of different “non matching” color and some gold metallic.

I personally think black and white rooms are in danger of being boring or worse: cheap looking. There are obviously exceptions, but it is difficult to pull off a strictly black and white room. A lot of people sense this and add one color that is usually too bold or bright (like bright aqua or purple) and/or takes up too much of the room. Avoid a color conundrum by using small doses of color and break up black and white with pattern or texture.

The color palette is pretty simple:

This image immediately inspires an adorable yet unique child’s bedroom design.

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This color scheme, though childish on the surface, can also achieve a very sophisticated and modern feel.

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Where would this powder room be without emerald green? Notice it is does not overwhelm the bold black and white scheme.  I also love the black ceiling echoing the black floor tiles. 

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 Here’s a clean, modern version with wood, that softens the potential severity of black and white. 

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A black accent wall adds interest and depth to a cottage bedroom.

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Most of the color palette comes from accessories and art, which makes changing the entire mood of your room super easy. What does this color palette say to you?

May 30, 2014

I’d Rather Talk…

May 30, 2014
May 30, 2014

I am madly in love with this artist!

If I could be a singer, I think I would be feeling it this way. She is fresh, free, and fun.


May 4, 2014

A tale of Two Neighbors

Or should I say a tale of three dogs, two neighbors, and the search for perfect color in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Two home owners moved into their new homes around the same time having the same needs. They both wanted to feel at home in their new home. They both reached out to me for color advice. One wanted warm feelings, and one wanted a cool feelings. Both got their wishes in Devine shades of beautiful. Everything they owned felt new and familiar at the same time. Even their dogs seemed like they came with the house.

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May 4, 2014

Why do I Keep Flowers Longer than I Should?

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Who doesn’t love fresh flowers? I also love not-so-fresh flowers. As a flower loses freshness, bright colors change and and become beautiful color palettes that are just as interesting and wonderful as the fresh ones.  They are just a little harder to notice and study. Next time you have fresh flowers in your vase, let them sit a little longer and watch the colors change till the flower simply shrivels up.

It helps me remember that I am as colorful as I was when I was younger, but that change is inevitable. It reminds me of time and how important it is to do everything we can to enjoy beauty as it passes by.

May 3, 2014

Are you at a loss for ideas?

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We sometimes are so busy looking at other people’s ideas that it can inhibit, overwhelm or intimidate us from having our own. As ideas become so mass-produced, over-shared, and over-manufactured it is harder to feel like our own ideas are original.

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Apr 28, 2014

Can Paint Colors Really be Matched?

They can’t. Not really. Think of it this way: neither can wine, coffee, lipstick, or cigars.

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We wouldn’t really want it to be possible anyway.The things we love to experience can be similar with the same ingredients, but a Voodoo Doughnut is not a Duncan Doughnut. A Godiva Truffle is not a Hershey’s Kiss. And Silver Oak is not Two Buck Chuck. There is reason we love different brands—it’s because they offer a difference. We can argue that some are better than others, but we can’t say that they are the same. For example, not all Cabernets are the same.

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Apr 28, 2014

Why Do We Watch Paint Dry?

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On wall in image: Devine Buffalo  

There is a reason why we love to watch paint dry. The color we planned for, decided on, and worked to create comes to life. It is when the paint is dry that our intuition is validated. 

Choosing a color can be daunting. We test it a hundred different ways, look at it a million times, discuss the choice over and over again and we still doubt ourselves.

When Devine Color paint dries on your wall, your room is filled with color and your life is reflected in each space and object. Watching paint dry is not, as they say, something tedious. It is a present to be unwrapped at the end of a long dinner and a moment of revelation. Your life realized. 

Apr 25, 2014

GMIX: Smelling Like A Rose

Enjoy this GMIX! Music to create by.


Blues are tough. When I set out to make this color I wanted to blend in a vital organic warmth I found to be lacking in many deep blues. I blended warm ash tones with blues to give Devine Cool a traditional way to fit in and look good with old jewel-tone plaid patterns and a new way to embrace the look of rich earthy neutrals that followed. Giving this color the name Devine Cool was the right thing to do. Nothing says I am cool like a good Navy. Nothing says be cool like a good Midnight Blue. Devine Cool redefines being cool by not behaving detached or indifferent. Instead it quietly draws colors in. Devine Cool is magnetic. 
Devine Cool




A profound pigment that delves deep into your soul, from the Devine Color Ocean Tide Pools collection.
Apr 21, 2014

Blues are tough. When I set out to make this color I wanted to blend in a vital organic warmth I found to be lacking in many deep blues. I blended warm ash tones with blues to give Devine Cool a traditional way to fit in and look good with old jewel-tone plaid patterns and a new way to embrace the look of rich earthy neutrals that followed. Giving this color the name Devine Cool was the right thing to do. Nothing says I am cool like a good Navy. Nothing says be cool like a good Midnight Blue. Devine Cool redefines being cool by not behaving detached or indifferent. Instead it quietly draws colors in. Devine Cool is magnetic. 

Devine Cool

Have you been to Target yet to see the new Devine Color paint and wallpaper display? When we went to inspect the new Devine products (SO exciting!!), were inspired by everything else we saw at Target. Later we couldn’t help doing a little shopping at Target.com.  Here are a few of the o-so-stylish items we found to coordinate with our Devine Suit and Tie, a classically bold navy blue and cream striped wallpaper.  Happy shopping!
Apr 20, 2014

Have you been to Target yet to see the new Devine Color paint and wallpaper display? When we went to inspect the new Devine products (SO exciting!!), were inspired by everything else we saw at Target. Later we couldn’t help doing a little shopping at Target.com.  Here are a few of the o-so-stylish items we found to coordinate with our Devine Suit and Tie, a classically bold navy blue and cream striped wallpaper.  Happy shopping!

Mar 26, 2014 / 1 note

Pinspiration - Mod Goes to the Beach

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"Beachy" decor is so often derived from driftwood, sea shells and shabby chic.  There’s nothing wrong with that look, but there are beach-inspired styles that appeal to a more streamlined retro-modern sensibility.

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Feb 26, 2014
Feb 18, 2014

Pinspiration - Baroque meets Bohemian Glam

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So what happens if we take a totally over the top editorial fashion photo and try to turn it into a room?

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