I am back from a long few weeks from working on getting the apartment fixed up. It has been a long work in progress that we all worked on since June 21st. But, these last 2 weeks have been spent doing decor work. Long hours, tedious work that in my mind transforms a place into a home. That is to say, personalizes it for the occupants. Many places are livable and quite enjoyable, but it is the "small touches" that make it really geared towards the individual occupant. And since life is so short, it is these things that make it living vs. existing. So, if you are setting up a home for someone who enjoys reading, take the time to make an area that is comfortable for them to do so, complete with space for a place to put their drink, a place to leave their phone and a nice view. This could mean an uncluttered area or view of mountains, but some area that is their haven. What a difference it makes in our lives when we have a space dedicated to recharging!
I wanted this space to be serene, upbeat and clean. I didn't want clutter or distractions. I just wanted peace. I chose colors that were naturally found in the area and emphasized them. (The previous tenants did exactly the opposite. To me, it looked like they tried to erase the airy and openness of the place with dark orange walls and lots of dark wood. The dark colors grounded everything producing a very floor based environment. The light colors make things appear to be floating and this is the look I like.)
Now, this color scheme kind of evolved. I started with the blues -- my absolute favorite colors. Gradually, I found that the addition of the green, terra cotta and white completed the scheme. This is not to say that I do not add other colors, but I tend to focus and emphasize these colors.
paintings that I worked on last month. Jon took this photo of me with them hanging in place, on a large unadorned wall. I love them!