Monday, August 4, 2014

Color Prediction (Not) with Susanna Salk and Sandra Espinet ...

Hello, Hello ... I have so much to share you better tighten your bootstraps ... or use your toes to grab on tight to your flip flops!

Last week I had the pleasure of attending Design Camp in Las Vegas.  If you can imagine 325 Interior Designers, design students to celebrity designers.  All gathered in one (big) room to be inspired by one another, learn about new trends both in design and social media, and my favorite part ... meeting new and re-connecting with old friends to inspire one another.  Let's face it ... Social Media Rocks.  But NOTHING beats one-to-one relationships!

Thank you Lori and Kelly !

Here we go ... 
Up First.  Color Trends.

First Up ... Susanna Salk who shared images and the stories of the spaces she collected for her newest book Decorate Fearlessly.  I have a huge crush on her ... she is so down to earth, so talented and I am convinced that she and I could be fast friends!  
She has the wonderful gift of making everyone feel that way!

The book celebrates Fearless Design ... Going for it and making it work!

No, not everyone can do this and make it look this good.  
The message here, however, is ... design for you or your client with what you/they love and bring it together without some pre-conceived idea that everything has to be "on-trend".

 You like dark, brooding, full spaces ... Go For It.

You want light, open, spacial designs ... Go For It.

And say, perhaps you want giant palm trees in your bedroom ... 
well, by all means Go For It.

But notice the design ... if you are going to do it .... DO IT!
Don't skimp!

The takeaway.
There are no rules.  
Trends, yes.  No Rules.

We were also treated to Sandra Espinet.  Yeah, I'd like to be her friend as well!

She has traveled literally everywhere.  It started when she was very young and moved everywhere with her family. Her love for travel has just grown stronger as she continues to search the World for inspiration and items to bring back to use for clients homes. 

And her new book, The Well Traveled Home, will delight your senses with her travels and how she brings her well traveled vision to her spaces.  

Sandra is inspired by colors she sees in culture, and she brings those colors back to her clients to create new spaces.

She doesn't follow the trend, she creates the trend.
What is not to love about THAT?? 

So Ladies and Gentlemen ... Go for It.  Do what feels best to YOU.
Keep it FRESH by all means ... but don't hold back!

Very Freeing ... don't you think!

Making the World More Beautiful.  One Room at a Time.



  1. This is the perfect Monday morning inspiration post!! So glad you had a great time my friend.

  2. It is freeing! I love this message and so envious of your time at Design Camp! Thanks for sharing and can't wait to see more! Go big or go home, right? Have a great week. xo Nancy

  3. Oh my must of had a great time...cant wait to hear about more details!

  4. What a wonderful experience! Love the advice! Hate design "rules" and if it works for you, go for it!

  5. How fun to be inspired by them in person, Kim! I think you design like this already! :)

  6. Sounds like fun! Now I may be going to Design Camp myself!

  7. This sounds like such fun and such inspiring images. Love!

  8. You sound really recharged...sounds like a great program. At my ripe old age, I know there are really no rules...glad they are teaching young people this. Have a great weekend.

  9. Amen! It's really about following your gut and what you love that matters, I love that mantra in my home too!

  10. AMAZING houses :) I can move in tomorrow haha

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  11. Wow, sounds like an inspiring program and such a fun time!


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