Hello + welcome... to YOUR Ultimate Color Guide!

This is going to be fun. I believe so deeply in the healing and transformative power of color. I am so happy to be sharing this with you. 

Before we get started, I want to make this clear: this is called YOUR Ultimate Color Guide for a reason. Because this process... the learning, exploration, enjoyment, transformation... it's all uniquely YOURS. 

No matter where you are in your color journey, this guide will take you to the next level. Trust me, I've had clients who are not comfortable using color at all, clients who have been using color in their own work for decades and everyone in between. We are all on our own journey... and this journey does not end! A good example of this? A story about Me + pink.

Me + pink, we were not friends. I disliked pink since as far back as I can remember. My mom would buy me pink dresses and shoes and I would have such a dramatic reaction, I almost felt sick to be wearing those clothes, I could not wait to get home from school and take them off, that color was suffocating! Oh, and a few years back when I was single and it became the coolest thing for guys to wear pink shirts... well you can imagine how I felt when my date showed up in pink! And then, last year all of a sudden I found myself drawn to pink. I couldn't believe it. I slowly started incorporating it into my life. I bought some cushions, changed me website colors, put on some hot pink lipstick (link to MAC all fired up) and I felt GOOD. I could hardly believe it. But I didn't judge. I didn't hide. I just listened to this inner yearning for pink. And now I mean look at my website? It is my color right now. Beautiful, bold, PINK. Will this change? Oh yes. But right now, in my journey, I am all about  pink.

Do you know your color? If you don't you'll soon find that out and so much more.

 

"Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul." ~ Alice Walker

I love this quote. It's so true. This is why it is important to pay attention to our surroundings. To take note of what feels good and what doesn't. And to bring more of what feels good into our home and lives (and get rid of what doesn't). That's why, we're starting with... a color purge. I know, I know... what the heck? Isn't my work all about incorporating MORE color into your life? To getting more comfortable with all kinds of color? Isn't the whole point to live a more colorful life? 

No. Surprised?

The point is to kickstart your journey. To learn the skills to work with color in your own way. The whole point is to increase your Color Confidence. And increasing your Color Confidence might just mean you are confident that you only use blue and orange in your home. It might mean that you love desaturated colors or pastels or jewel tones (like me!). More color is not necessarily better. Give all the beautiful colors a try and go with what feels good for you. And stay open to change.. stay open to that little voice who secretly wants to wear bright pink lipstick. Or blue shoes or own a velvet emerald green sofa. 

Color Purge:

Are you familiar with Marie Kondo and her work? She wrote, "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up." And it is life changing. The heart and soul of this book is one core concept: anything in your home that doesn't spark joy, get rid of it. Let's fill our home (and lives) with what brings us joy. Simple + profound. 

You're probably already ahead of me... we are going to be applying this concept to color. Yes that's right. That brick red sofa that's been taking up space in your living room for too long. It's time to say goodbye. That shirt you bought in three different colors because it fit well, I know you only wear one, throw out the rest. Take note, why didn't you wear those colors?

Tip: what we wear and what we furnish our home with tend to be different. My home and my website are explosions of color. However, while I own a handful of colorful tops and flowery pants and dresses (Betsy Johnson <3), I wear mostly neutrals. And by neutral I mean black and white and denim. I feel good in neutrals and I love the flexibility of adding a bright colorful scarf, lipstick or nail polish.  With my home it feels good to be louder. I love waking up and entering my living room and seeing pops of pink and blue and yellow. It sets my mood for joy and fun every single day. 

This doesn't have to be dramatic or cost a lot of money. I'm not saying you have to sell your sofa on Craigslist tonight, but just be honest with yourself now about what colors spark joy and which ones don't. Start getting rid of the colors you dislike. Know that the start of this journey is an experiment. Trust me, the colorful things will start coming to you. A good example of this? I story about Me + BLUE SOFA:

Me and blue sofa are recent friends. I've had many sofas, a little sage green love seat, a slate blue/grayish monster sofa, a lavender chaise/sofa combo, a very old torn brown leather love seat and then a huge brick red sofa (roommates, you know?). A few years ago I said goodbye to my last roommate and started Airbnbing my spare bedroom full time. And Airbnb wanted to take professional photos of my space for their website. And that sofa had to go. The color, especially in such a huge concentrated area,  made me feel awful, I didn't want to be in the same room with it, how was anyone going to stay with me if they saw that thing in the photos?! (I seriously hid from it, spending most of my time in my bedroom, even working and eating meals at my desk in my bedroom!) The day that sofa found a new home I felt a huge release and I felt very differently in my home. I just got the blue sofa three months ago. Yes, I was without a sofa for three years. Waiting for the right one to come into my life. At the right cost and color of course. It didn't feel right to spend a bunch of money on something new and then one day my friend Zarah (link) was cleaning out her art studio and asked if I wanted to buy her blue sofa. The size was perfect, the price was right and the color made me feel good, I wanted to sit on it. I said yes, please!

Okay so we've started the purge. You are at least noting what feels good and hwat doesn't. What sparks joy and what doesn't. Now What?

Experiment!

Ask the color gods to start sending you new colorful clothing and furniture opportunities. They will be more likely to listen if you have already cleared that space in your life.

(blue sofa story)

Take note. How do these new colors make you feel? Or maybe, how does having less color make you feel?

tip: blank canvases are over rated. I love remodeling. If what you already have can be worked with, try that. Resources: Move Loot, Craigslist, Chairish...

Zone in on your favorites

Eventually this will just happen. There will be a lipstick shade, a website color, a pillowcase, that make you feel so damn good to be surrounded with. These are your colors (at least right now colors). 

And, you have Color Confidence. You can now go shopping and browse stuff online and not need to worry if the color will work. You will know. Some will remain an experiment.

Stay open to transf0rmation:

Remember, this is an ongoing journey, a fun one! Listen to the voice that wants a bright yellow top. She is wise. She knows something. 

old notes, same stuff below :)


A good example of this? A story about Me + pink.

Me + pink, we were not friends. I disliked pink since as far back as I can remember. My mom would buy me pink dresses and shoes and I would have such a dramatic reaction, I almost felt sick to be wearing those clothes, I could not wait to get home from school and take them off, that color was suffocating! Oh, and a few years back when I was single and it became the coolest thing for guys to wear pink shirts... well you can imagine how I felt when my date showed up in pink! And then, last year all of a sudden I found myself drawn to pink. I couldn't believe it. I slowly started incorporating it into my life. I bought some cushions, changed me website colors, put on some hot pink lipstick (link to MAC all fired up) and I felt GOOD. I could hardly believe it. But I didn't judge. I didn't hide. I just listened to this inner yearning for pink. And now I mean look at my website? It is my color right now. Beautiful, bold, PINK. Will this change? Oh yes. But right now, in my journey, I am all about  pink.

Do you know your color? If you don't you'll soon find that out and so much more.

 

"Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul." ~ Alice Walker

I love this quote. It's so true. This is why it is important to pay attention to our surroundings. To take note of what feels good and what doesn't. And to bring more of what feels good into our home and lives (and get rid of what doesn't). That's why, we're starting with... a color purge. I know, I know... what the heck? Isn't my work all about incorporating MORE color into your life? To getting more comfortable with all kinds of color? Isn't the whole point to live a more colorful life? 

No. Surprised?

The point is to kickstart your journey. To learn the skills to work with color in your own way. The whole point is to increase your Color Confidence. And increasing your Color Confidence might just mean you are confident that you only use blue and orange in your home. It might mean that you love desaturated colors or pastels or jewel tones (like me!). More color is not necessarily better. Give all the beautiful colors a try and go with what feels good for you. And stay open to change.. stay open to that little voice who secretly wants to wear bright pink lipstick. Or blue shoes or own a velvet emerald green sofa. 

Color Purge:

Are you familiar with Marie Kondo and her work? She wrote, "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up." And it is life changing. The heart and soul of this book is one core concept: anything in your home that doesn't spark joy, get rid of it. Let's fill our home (and lives) with what brings us joy. Simple + profound. 

You're probably already ahead of me... we are going to be applying this concept to color. Yes that's right. That brick red sofa that's been taking up space in your living room for too long. It's time to say goodbye. That shirt you bought in three different colors because it fit well, I know you only wear one, throw out the rest. Take note, why didn't you wear those colors?

Tip: what we wear and what we furnish our home with tend to be different. My home and my website are explosions of color. However, while I own a handful of colorful tops and flowery pants and dresses (Betsy Johnson <3), I wear mostly neutrals. And by neutral I mean black and white and denim. I feel good in neutrals and I love the flexibility of adding a bright colorful scarf, lipstick or nail polish.  With my home it feels good to be louder. I love waking up and entering my living room and seeing pops of pink and blue and yellow. It sets my mood for joy and fun every single day. 

This doesn't have to be dramatic or cost a lot of money. I'm not saying you have to sell your sofa on Craigslist tonight, but just be honest with yourself now about what colors spark joy and which ones don't. Start getting rid of the colors you dislike. Know that the start of this journey is an experiment. Trust me, the colorful things will start coming to you. A good example of this? I story about Me + BLUE SOFA:

Me and blue sofa are recent friends. I've had many sofas, a little sage green love seat, a slate blue/grayish monster sofa, a lavender chaise/sofa combo, a very old torn brown leather love seat and then a huge brick red sofa (roommates, you know?). A few years ago I said goodbye to my last roommate and started Airbnbing my spare bedroom full time. And Airbnb wanted to take professional photos of my space for their website. And that sofa had to go. The color, especially in such a huge concentrated area,  made me feel awful, I didn't want to be in the same room with it, how was anyone going to stay with me if they saw that thing in the photos?! (I seriously hid from it, spending most of my time in my bedroom, even working and eating meals at my desk in my bedroom!) The day that sofa found a new home I felt a huge release and I felt very differently in my home. I just got the blue sofa three months ago. Yes, I was without a sofa for three years. Waiting for the right one to come into my life. At the right cost and color of course. It didn't feel right to spend a bunch of money on something new and then one day my friend Zarah (link) was cleaning out her art studio and asked if I wanted to buy her blue sofa. The size was perfect, the price was right and the color made me feel good, I wanted to sit on it. I said yes, please!

Okay so we've started the purge. You are at least noting what feels good and hwat doesn't. What sparks joy and what doesn't. Now What?

Experiment!

Ask the color gods to start sending you new colorful clothing and furniture opportunities. They will be more likely to listen if you have already cleared that space in your life.

(blue sofa story)

Take note. How do these new colors make you feel? Or maybe, how does having less color make you feel?

tip: blank canvases are over rated. I love remodeling. If what you already have can be worked with, try that. Resources: Move Loot, Craigslist, Chairish...

Zone in on your favorites

Eventually this will just happen. There will be a lipstick shade, a website color, a pillowcase, that make you feel so damn good to be surrounded with. These are your colors (at least right now colors). 

And, you have Color Confidence. You can now go shopping and browse stuff online and not need to worry if the color will work. You will know. Some will remain an experiment.

Stay open to transf0rmation:

Remember, this is an ongoing journey, a fun one! Listen to the voice that wants a bright yellow top. She is wise. She knows something.