Kohler and Benjamin Moore: A Curation of Color and Design

A Curation of Color and Design

Once again, Kohler and Benjamin Moore have teamed up to provide interior design inspiration to homeowners and design enthusiasts.  While last year’s inaugural collaboration took us to four destinations along the Eastern Seaboard, this year’s collaboration takes us to three California destinations – Palm Springs, Old Hollywood, and Carmel, and a kitchen and bath are designed reflecting the lifestyle of each destination.  With Kohler and Benjamin Moore joining forces,  the process of designing the kitchen and bath has been simplified.   The elements in each room are broken down and a recipe card incorporating color and product are provided, making the once daunting task of coordinating color and kitchen fixtures much less intimidating for the home owner.

Desert Departure

Desert Departure takes us to the Southern California desert resort city of Palm Springs, a mecca for mid-century modern enthusiasts and home of Modernism Week, an annual celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture, art and culture.  The cool color palette of strong blues, white, and grey provides an escape from the warm desert temperatures and is clearly influenced by the mid-century modern design aesthetic which can be seen throughout the city.

Kohler and Benjamin Moore collaboration - Palm Springs bath

Kohler and Benjamin Moore collaboration - Palm Springs bath

 Soft Focus

Soft Focus takes us back in time- to the 1920s glamour of Old Hollywood, where classical beauty reigned supreme. Art-deco details are mixed in with a little bit Hollywood Regency, and a whole lot of class.  A glimpse to the past is captured with classical detailing and is balanced with clean lines for a soft and updated look.

Kohler and Benjamin Moore collaboration-Old Hollywood bath

Kohler and Benjamin Moore collaboration-soft focus kitchen

Natural State

Natural State takes us to the quiet seaside community of Carmel, where the earthy neutral hues and sandbar colored fixtures offer a tranquil escape from the busy world we live in.  The feeling that overcomes us as we step inside is nothing but serene, idyllic, peaceful as the outdoors are brought inside the home for us to enjoy.

Kohler-Benjamin Moore Natural State

Kohler-Benjamin Moore Natural State

To view the full Kohler and Benjamin Moore 32 page magalog, A Curation of Color and Design, complete with recipe cards containing colors and product info, click on the photo below.

Kohler-Benjamin Moore Collaboration in Color

Enjoy – the magalog has a ton of useful information – especially if you’re in the process of designing a kitchen or bath.

An interesting fact – last year when I met with Benjamin Moore Creative Director Ellen O’Neill, she mentioned that the rooms pictured in the Kohler and Benjamin Moore collaboration materials were actually built on a set in Kohler, Wisconsin, but I didn’t believe her.  Well, she wasn’t kidding.  In October, I was invited to Kohler for 3 days and I saw firsthand that the sets pictured above and in the magalog were indeed built on a set at The Beacon, Kohler’s newly built, LEED Gold certified Communications Building.

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 All photos provided by Kohler and Benjamin Moore.

Design Camp is coming to Atlanta!

Design Camp

Design Camp-Las Vegas 2014

Celebrity interior designers Kelli Ellis and Lori Dennis, are at it again, and this January they are bringing Design Camp to Atlanta for two information and inspiration filled days, as well as networking opportunities with sponsors and fellow interior designers.  I’ve been fortunate to attend Design Camp on two occasions – in Orange County and Las Vegas, and both times left inspired and with a wealth of knowledge to help me streamline my interior design business.

Kelli Ellis and Lori Dennis

Join Kelli and Lori  January 10-11 2015 from AmericasMart in Atlanta where they will be hosting a complimentary Design Camp that will run concurrently with Atlanta Market.   Topics such as working with flat fees and internet marketing success will equip campers with valuable information to help transform their business and they will leave camp geared for success. Headlining the two day event is Atlanta based designer Suzanne Kasler, whose classic interiors have graced the covers of  the nation’s top shelter magazines including House Beautiful, Architectural Digest and Elle Decor. In addition, Kasler has several product lines, including a furniture line for Hickory Chair and a lighting line for Visual Comfort.  If that isn’t enough, Kasler also has two books under her belt.


Suzanne Kasler

Design Camp Atlanta


Just like the camp I attended as a child, the best thing about Design Camp is the friendships and relationships that are formed.  Below are my friends from ASID-Los Angeles, all of whom attended Design Camp OC.

Design Camp-ASIDLA

ASID Los Angeles attends Design Camp Orange County

Past Design Camps have been filled to capacity and the response has been overwhelming, so be sure to REGISTER soon to ensure a spot. For more about Design Camp, visit their website at www.designcamp.com.

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High Point Market Style Report – Fall/Winter 2014

The High Point Market Authority has just released this season’s much anticipated High Point Market Style Report  for Fall/Winter 2014.  The 28-page report was developed by siz home fashion trendsetters (myself included!), all part of the Market’s 2014 Style Spotters team, who scoured the High Point Market for the hottest must-have items and then translated their picks into today’s top trends for the  report.  The Fall/Winter 2014 High Point Market Style Report can be found  by clicking HERE.

High Point Market Style Report Fall/Winter 2014

The Style Spotters team for 2014 worked through both Markets (April and October), which afforded continuity and expanded marketing possibilities for the High Point Market Authority. Applications to be considered for the 2015 Style Spotters team are being accepted through December 5. Program information is available at http://www.highpointmarket.org/event/style-spotters-hub.

Being selected a Style Spotter for 2014 was among one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had and I encourage anyone who is interested to apply.  It’s even more fun than it looks, has opened a lot of doors, but along with the fun and perks comes a lot of hard work and dedication, so do think twice about whether or not you can put forth the effort.  Good luck!

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Sherwin-Williams Coral Reef-2015 Color of the Year

 Sherwin-Williams 2015 Color of the Year

SW-6066, Coral Reef, Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year via Cozy Stylish Chic

SW-6066 Coral Reef, Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year

Sherwin-Williams Coral Reef

Three and a half months after unveiling their 2015 Color Forecast, Sherwin-Williams  introduced the much anticipated 2015 Color of the Year, Coral Reef (SW 6606).  “Upbeat, optimistic Coral Reef celebrates a time for renewal”.

People always wonder how a color comes to be selected as the “Color of the Year”, so I decided to paint a timeline to give a better understanding of some of the factors that come into play when determining the Color of the Year.  A color that symbolizes renewal (as Sherwin-Williams Coral Reef does) is indicative of our world’s economic situation.  The economy has turned a corner and the worst of our nation’s economic woes are behind us.  It’s time to look forward and be optimistic.  Fashion is usually one of the first adopters, and it should be no surprise, as it is probably the industry with the quickest turn around time.

The Spring 2014 runway shows (shown in September 2013) offered a plethora of coral: [Read more…]