If you love the style of T.V.’s Mad Men . . .

Norwalk unveiled yet another flashy, and yes, sophisticated look at April’s market featuring the cosmopolitan flair of mid-century modern. Watch the video to see many of the audacious fabrics and styles.

 ME?

I am absolutely MAD about a certain Benjamin Moore blue-green color called 

Wythe Blue.

And, guess what? It’s the color of the Draper foyer! See the photo above. This color is so wonderful that entire articles/blogs have been devoted to it!

Suffice it to say that Norwalk has not neglected the aqua-ish shades in the Mad Men collection.  I will post more photos of this color later – why? because I am having technical difficulties today. arrrrgghh.

But check out this perfect paint color and all the looks from Norwalk. I promise – if you are a Mad Men fan, you are going to lose your mind.

 http://youtu.be/2Bc5jh2rs9k

 

If any of you have used Wythe Blue in your home I’d love to see your photos – and I’d love to post them!

So, “girls” – slip into your stilettos, tie a happy apron around your waist, and get cooking!

 

Dianne Ross

Interior Designer/Phelan’s Interiors

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Honeysuckle – HOT HOT HOT!

 

Last year’s Pantone color of the year was turquoise because of its calming effect (much-needed after a tumultuous 2009). This year, they’re forecasting a way more vibrant color: Honeysuckle! According to Pantone Color Institute Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman, “In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues.” (Ariel Kaiser)

So, what DOES the color “honeysuckle” look like? According to pantone it is a hot pinkish-coral! That works! But many people see yellow or orange when they hear the word “honeysuckle.”     

Here is a sample, a tempting snack, if you will, for your eyes. Prepare for Honeysuckle 2011!                 

interior photos by rhonna designs

I am SO ready for honeysuckle! Thank you, Pantone!

 

Dianne Ross

Interior Designer/Phelan’s Interiors

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Turquoise – I just can’t get over it!

 

I posted this about a year ago, but it is one of my favorites, so enjoy all these yummy images!

Better Homes and Garden photo

 

I loved last week’s post (COLOR) so much I couldn’t let it go. Looking for photos online of all things turquoise I stumbled upon a blog called House of Turquoise. Check it out, but before you go there, here we go again! There should be something for everybody today.

 Enjoy!

I want this kitchen.

and the York wallpaper shown below. . .

Here’s another remarkable room.

 

 

 

Skona Hems shares this room with us.

 

 

Peonies and a book – simple.

Pretty – from another blog called Centsational Girl.

(the seashell is a green turbot)

 

 

And here’s a lovely little bauble from my own garden taken 4 or 5 years ago.

This guy I photographed as he strutted his stuff on a Texas farm.

Now  “just for fun!”

 

 

 

 

 

And today’s finale:  turquoise Gibson Guitar SG Special!

 

 Thank you, Pantone, for 2010 Turquoise!

 THE END!

Dianne Ross

Interior Designer

Phelan’s Interiors

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SOMEBODY STOP ME!!!

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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HOLLYWOOD REGENCY DESIGN

 

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Told you so.

This is it  – 100 percent over the top – Hollywood Regency design revival in full bloom. Always opulent and ever eclectic, always theatrical and expectedly daring, this style is not for the faint of heart. Captain Milktoast does not get a ticket to this show. Sometimes this style is brushed with whimsy and fantasy , like in the abundant use of light fixtures as seen in the photo. But you have to admit, it is dazzling.

From the 1930’s and continuing through the 50’s (now referred to as Mid-century) Regency styling epitomized glamor, wealth, and lavish collections that identified the early Hollywood era. Elements of Lucite, lacquer, chinoiserie, bamboo – painted or natural, mercury glass, wild color schemes, flamboyant feathers, and …

Well, name something glamorous and it was in!

Clean architectual lines were paired with the frill of rocco. And, of course MIRRORS MIRRORS everywhere. Global Views is a company favored by Phelan’s for their wonderful selection of mirrors. At High Point market they introduced an elegant montage of 7 octagaonal mirrors, finished in black lacquer and edged in silver, AKA: Regency revival. 

Today the revival is just as bold and as fresh as ever, not to mention terribly interesting! Scroll down to the previous post and you’ll see another interpretation from the swank unrestrained era called Hollywood Regency. 

 

Dianne Ross / Interior Designer

Phelan’s Interiors

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PS  Readers, take a look at my blog “Towel bars suck.”

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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Easter Eggshell Paint

 Happy Easter to Everybody who has been in these shoes!

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