A Little SpringFever-Teaser!

Ah – sunshine! And seeing the earth reappear beneath the melting snow! It puts people in their happy place. We are craving  fresh air and  crazy colors!

So here we go – a little spring fever-teaser from the countries that call themselves Latinos. . . the home of Latin lovers. Enjoy the visual feast!

 

 

My gorgeous Columbian friend, Jackie.

A client told me that yesterday he was so excited about the balmy February weather that he slipped into a pair of shorts and had a cocktail on his porch.

Prepare for Spring! Enjoy the visual feast!

 

From Brazil

and Venezuela

and Columbia, of course!

And  fromCuba

Well – Okay – maybe NOT!

 

Enjoy all the colors! Enjoy your week END!

Dianne Ross

Interior Designer / Phelan’s Interiors

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2010 – TURQUOISE!

 

 “Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2010″ Turquoise:

 

 

Lucky for me, Pantone LLC declared Pantone 15-5519 Turquoise as the Color of the Year for 2010.

Lucky, because I love the entire blue-green spectrum.

It is flattering to everybody.

 

Each year Pantone Color Institute®, creates standardized color palettes used in the graphics, design, cosmetics and fashion industries. As per the color experts, the color turquoise evokes a soothing feeling of a tropical paradise, and positive, relaxed energy.

 

 

Beautiful.

 

I love it.  I love it.  I love it!

 

 

Dianne Ross

Interior Designer / Phelan’s Interiors

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Iowa in January means MANGO!

 

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Right! It is almost over – January that is.   It’s been too many days without a ray of sunshine. Everyone is a little grumpy. So the word I am offering up today is “mango”! 

“Mango is my favorite color” a client said to me today, “Show me some fabrics with that color.”

That challenge made me do a happy dance. I got happier as the day progressed. Who would have guessed that simply looking at things colored mango could pull you out of the winter doldrums?!

 

So , here are some mango photos for your pleasure!

1970 Dodge Challenger in “Go Mango-Orange” custom paint!

 

 

The fashion brand name “Mango”

 

 A painting by VERONICA LAWLOR  entitled “Mango Memory”  www.veronicalawlor.com

 

 

Now, to tie all these images into a blog about interior design! Look at this dynamite kitchen!

 

Hello,  Mango colored wall decals! Are your feet doing the happy dance yet?

 

Really? Did anyone realize there is an airline named “Mango”?  Really.

Have a week filled with color!

 

Dianne Ross

Interior Designer/ Phelan’s Interiors

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A Touch of Heat: PINK, not Red

As promised, this week we are looking at how to add a touch of heat to a black and white palette. I’m suggesting to think pink!

 

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 Hot pink is making inroads, again, into home decor.  Shocking to the eye at first, it soon asserts itself much like the flavor of the pink pepper – when used sparingly – it is warm with a lingering romantic after taste!

The hue is delicious.

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                                              Room setting at Phelan’s

 

So, here is a strategy to fire up a  palette without totally burning it up. Here are two more groups of accessories available on our floor.

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Think pink.

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 Add a magenta pillow to your sofa.  Add a fuchsia orchid anywhere.  Add electric-pink stemware to the formal dining table.  Add a handful of pink peppercorns to your Lucite pepper grinder.  Add a touch of heat. 

Show off!

 

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Be warned: Hot pink is dramatic. It is confidence.  It is ego. It must be controlled. In the era of Hollywood Regency design, this one color demanded a presence of front and center on the set, and yet when used with restraint, never stole the show. It simply added a touch of heat!

NEXT WEEK

If the hue of  hot pink doesn’t add enough heat for your decorating style, stay with me because we will burn it up with lipstick red . . . caliente! 

If you have photos you’d like to share of your successful hot ( pink or red) decorating ideas please send them to me. I’d be pleased to post them.

If you are in a dilema, let me help.

 

Dianne Ross

Interior Designer / Phelan’s Interiors

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HUES of SHOES

photo: Scott Dingman

 

This is the one! Really. It’s my inspiration piece. I promise.

My designer told me to simlpy find a piece that I love and go from there. She said I would love the end result if I pick something (that I already love) to inspire me. Something. Anything.

 I said , “Do you mean a piece of art work, like a painting?”

She said, “Anything.”

I said, “Maybe a lamp?”

She said, “Anything. Do you love your lamp?”

“I love my shoes! Call the painter!”

She said, “I’m just sayin.”

 

 

                                                              “Set me free why doncha, babe?”

                                        Diana Ross

 

 

Dianne Ross / Interior Designer

Phelan’s Interiors

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