We've Got the Blues

Being that Orange County is located on the coast, designing with blue never goes out of style! Deep, rich blues evoke a sense of calm and remind us of the soothing ocean. It is a maritime color and often associated with the sea. Adding a blue accent in your home can be as simple as paint!  We incorporate blue into many of our designs and some of our favorite places to incorporate blue paint are on front doors, cabinets (kitchen & bathroom alike) & walls! Our all-time favorite shades of blue that we go back to time and time again are: Benjamin Moore Hale Navy; Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue & Farrow & Ball Railings.

We hope the photos below inspire you to get your paint brush out this weekend!

Happy Designing & Happy Weekend!!

xo,

Sérendipité

Who Is Your Paint Mixologist?

In my opinion, paint is one of the most important mood-setters in a space. Selecting the perfect colour can be an overwhelming process, in my experience, and the feelings of doubt constantly get the best of me when I am selecting paint.

 I have much experience in making recommendations on the perfect hue and I have been successful 99.9% of the time.  Although, this week was a game changer for me. I was sure I had helped select the most delightfully, crisp, and classic paint colour for my fabulous new client. The doubt never came over me until I received that call - the call of doubt from my dear client after the painter started painting.  All of these worrisome thoughts came over me and setting my ego aside I knew I had to face this design challenge head on.  I will do anything it takes to get a job done, and done right. 

I immediately went back to the client’s home with my treasure chest of paints including all my favorites from my beloved Farrow and Ball to Benjamin Moore. I reviewed additional options with the client and we narrowed down the re-select to three hues. 

I went to Ganhal Lumber at 8 am the next day to order five variations of the re-select colours (3 colours at the full value and two at 25% less or should I say 75% of the color value). Off I went to the client’s home with 5 cans to sample on the freshly painted walls that happened to come out way too cool for the clients loving. 

As I was anxiously waiting for the paint mixologist, my friend Simon, to mix these lovely and classic colours he suggested this thought;  “Valerie,” he said, “you are always dead on with paint. Did you consider that the paint may have been mixed incorrectly? Perhaps the paint chip you worked from was outdated and the new formula in the system has changed. It was then that it occurred to me that there are so many variables in this process. I am not going to give you paint 101 or paint do’s and don’ts because we have heard it all a million times. However, I will shed this light on the journey of paint to hopefully help at least one person avoid any paint mishaps. Here are 4 simple steps to ensure you get the correct paint color:

Step one: When you select a paint colour take the paint chip to your favorite paint/hardware store and have them match the colour off of the chip that you and the client fell in love with.  Before purchasing gallons of paint, have a small sample size can mixed.

Step two: Have the paint mixoliogist sample and dry the mixed colour on the top of the can to be sure there is a colour match.

Step three: Sample the newly mixed colour in several locations in the space to be sure the light compliments the colour.

Step four: After you have sampled the paint in the space and you have chosen the perfect color, have your painter mix the actual gallons of paint based on the “sample” can of paint that you had mixed. Make sure they get the same brand, finish and use the same store.

Stay tuned for the final colour selection and success of the colour that we selected!


Happy designing!

xo,

Sérendipité


a summer necessity

fouta-about_foutacircle We love Foutas and can't get enough of them! They are the perfect summer essential.

If you spend a lot of time at the beach or outdoors during the summer a fouta should be at the top of your necessity list! These soft, versatile towels are practical and also very stylish. They make great beach towels, beach cover ups, bath towels, picnic blankets and table cloths.

Foutas originated in Tunisia where the local people have been using them for years in the Turkish Baths. More recently they have become a style statement in the US. They are absorbent, 100% cotton and come in many colors and styles.

Read more and check out some of our favorite foutas at foutalifestyle

Happy designing!

xo, Serendipite

fouta beach chairs

fouta hand towelsfouta table clothimage credits via foutalifestyle.com, serenaandlily.com  & pinterest

What Would Your Front Door Say If It Could Speak?

apple green door On our way to a new client meeting this week my fabulous assistant spotted a delicious apple green shaded front door! It was definitely a show stopper and the curb appeal of the home said, "please join us, we are happy you came to visit!”

We have seen many front doors in our travels from neutral to navy blue to violet. Never have I personally seen a green apple color. This door was so vibrant and cheerful that its discovery prompted me to research doors. Ironically, we are in the process of selecting interior and exterior paint for three remodels we are currently working on.

Check out some fun front doors we are inspired by!

What does your front door say about you and your family?!?!

Happy Designing!

xo,

Sérendipité

aqua door

navy door

yellow door

 

Color Theory


Continuing on our blog topic from last week on picking the perfect paint colors, this week we are going to discuss color theory. 

The Color Wheel:
To understand color theory you must first understand the structure of the color wheel. The color wheel is comprised of three basic color categories; primary colors, secondary colors and tertiary colors.

The three primary colors (red, yellow and blue) cannot be mixed by any combination of other colors and all other colors are derived from these 3 hues. 

Secondary colors (green, orange and purple) are each created by mixing two of the primary colors.
 
Tertiary Colors (Yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green and yellow-green) are each made by mixing a primary and a secondary color together.

Color Harmony:
The definition of harmony is the pleasing quality achieved by different elements of composition interacting to form a whole. As in anything in life, harmony is key, whether it is a musical arrangement or the design color scheme in your home. Harmony means that something is not under stimulated (boring) and not over stimulated (chaotic). 

A few main harmonious color schemes:
- Analogous color scheme: Colors that are closely related in hue and usually adjacent to each other on the color wheel (ex: blue, blue-green & green)
 
- Complementary color scheme: Two colors directly across from each other on the color wheel (ex: red & green)
 
-Split Complementary color scheme: A color and the two colors on either side of its complement (ex: green, red-violet & red-orange)
 
- Triadic color scheme- Using colors evenly spaced on the color wheel (ex: orange, purple & green)
 
- Color scheme based on nature: As mentioned last week, nature is a wonderful guide to color. If you see something in nature with a color scheme you are particularly drawn to, don’t be afraid to re-create it in your home.

Color is a powerful design element.  It can make a big impact on a space and can set the mood of a room.

Happy Designing!
xo,
Sérendipité

 

defining your perfect palette - what inspires you?

 
We do a lot of remodels and renovations which we refer to as “up-dos”. We find that most of our clients really struggle with the process of paint color selection. Picking the perfect hue can be overwhelming and for some it creates a high level of panic. We thought we would share some tips and ideas with you to inspire you to add that fresh coat of paint in your home in the New Year to come.
Tip one: Find inspiration. What turns your light on? Is it nature, a favorite piece of art, your favorite food or flower? Surrounding yourself with color that makes you feel great is essential.
Tip two: Identity what tone you lean towards; yellow tones, grey tones etc. For example, I love blue and I recommend blue to a lot of our clients, however, I personally could not live with blue walls. So, dig deep and really try to see yourself living day to day in your new painted sanctuary.
Tip three: Once you identify your style and inspiration and you have eliminated your piles of paint samples, go mix a few pint size colors at the local paint store that really speak to you. Sample these colors on different walls (which is really therapeutic) in your home so you can get a feel for the intensity of each color in different lights at different times of the day. Trust us; it is worth the little extra money.
Tip four: If you love the colors you selected but you are feeling a bit fraidy about the intensity, try cutting the value 25% or even 50%. Doing this gives you the same color but not as saturated.
Tip five: If you are still confused and maybe a little scared, call us. We love paint!
Stay tuned to the blog next week for more on defining your perfect palette and color theory.
Happy designing!
xo,
Sérendipité
 
 
image credits: Stylyze & Pinterest
create a color board using your own inspiration images at Stylyze.com
 

Pumpkins

 

 
 

    

   

Who doesn't love fall? It's such a magical time of year! The air begins to change and you get to pull out your autumn décor. We cannot resist a glowing, sweet little jack-o-lantern face but this fall we are enthused to be more creative with our pumpkin decorating skills after an inspiring trip the beautiful Roger’s Gardens last week.

Roger’s made us think twice about what can be done with pumpkins. So, get out your potting tools, your bedazzler, your paintbrush and that string of twinkle lights and save your carving tools for October 31st.

Happy Designing & Happy Fall!
xo,
Sérendipité

 

 

staying neutral

 

 

A room designed with a neutral or monochromatic color palette is one of the most lovely and sophisticated design styles. It is timeless and soothing. It allows your mind, body and soul to take respite from the chaos of everyday life.
When you think of a neutral color palette your mind might think boring or drab. Yet, if done right, this is hardly the case. The key to designing a beautiful, monochromatic room is to utilize different hues, textures, patterns and materials. Juxtapose hard and soft surfaces and integrate subtle textures or patterns to give the space complexity and interest.
We hope this inspires you to create a refined and soft color palette for one of your rooms. We would be thrilled if you would share photos with us! 
 
Happy Designing!
xo,
Sérendipité

 

trending now: bold, black & white

 

 

 

As most of you know, fashion and interior design trends tend to follow in each other’s footsteps. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? We will never know but right now a top trend for fashion and interior design is bold statements of black and white with unexpected kisses of color.
Bold stripes, color blocking, polka dots and floral are all popular patterns and one of Sérendipité’s favorites is black and white octagons. 
If you are not ready to devote and entire room to this daring trend, just add little accents of it here and there throughout your home. Upholstered stools and throw blankets or a wallpaper accent wall can really add that “wow” you have been dreaming of!
Happy Designs!
xo,
Sérendipité

    

   

 

 

image credits: laurenconrad.com,