Design Crush Studio
Design crushes. Working in the color and design industry, I have plenty of them. And the cool thing is, I never tire of discovering what awesome finds others are crushing on. To me it’s a fun way to discover new things, but I also believe it gives us a glimpse into the crushee’s personality. After all, our likes and dislikes are part of what molds us into who we are.
That’s why I’m introducing #designcrushstudio; a little peek into what makes me tick. You’ll have the opportunity to get to know me and my aesthetic a little better, and may find a new design crush (or two) for yourself. One thing I’m sure of is you’ll soon find that almost everything I come in contact with leads me back to my color and design roots. There seems to be no way around it. So without further adieu, let’s take a look at my current faves.
#designcrushstudio 1 – Green Eyeshadow
One of the silver linings of my personal aging has been a gradual change in eye color year after year. The significance of this is that I came into the world brown-eyed. Both my parents have the prettiest light green eyes and I was green with envy growing up because my eye color wasn’t as pretty (in my mind) as theirs.
While I have no idea why, my eyes have lightened and become greener through my adult years. Enough, in fact, that I recently had the supreme joy of listing them as green on my Driver’s License!!
Many make up pro’s suggest wearing purple eye shadows to enhance green eyes, but I’m here to tell you that greens can work as well.
Christian Dior’s 5 Couleurs Designer palette in 308 Khaki Design is one of those palettes. I’ve found that nearly every time I wear it, I receive compliments on my green eyes. Imagine how awesome that makes this former brown-eyed girl feel!
Because I love these greens so much, I decided to see how easily I could introduce them into home decor. Lucky for me (and you!) it wasn’t difficult to find this #designcrushstudio rug with colors that remind me of my parent’s eyes. So lovely, don’t you think?
#designcrushstudio 2- Slim Profile Handbag
Lately I’ve been carrying a very large handbag. I’ve always avoided large bags because I feared they’d make me look larger than I am. (How’s THAT for getting inside my head?)
Unless you’ve learned how to keep a large handbag in check while walking through crowds, church pews, or gymnasium bleachers you’re bound to inadvertently hit several people with it.That’s the very reason I fell so hard for this low profile bag. While it can’t carry a third of what my Dooney can, I need not worry about knocking down a small child.
My favorite Kate Spade bag features buttery soft black leather with gold accents; a look I LOVE. But, why stop there? Why not apply the look to a piece of furniture? And how about a piece that typically gets a bad rap?
It used to be that recliners were the ugly step-child of family room seating. Well, not any more. Now there are many beautiful selections to choose from, including this beauty from Pottery Barn. Take note of the sleek lines, soft leather, and brass hardware. A nod to my favorite handbag.
#designcrushstudio 3- Peaky Blinders
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by the Mob. Maybe it’s because I come from a squeaky clean gene pool, but I’ve always wondered what life might have been like had I been born into The Family. Crazy, right?
Anyway, I’ve been pre-occupied the last three weeks with watching all four seasons of Peaky Blinders on Netflix. WHAT-A-SHOW! From the first scene I was hooked. Hooked on the style, the music, the acting, the story line, and the big blue eyes of the lead, Tommy Shelby. In fact, I’ve said (many times) how easy it would be to drown in his gorgeous blue eyes…
Because I’m a happily married woman, I figure the less said about Tommy’s eyes the better. So, I found a floor vase that I’m crushing hard on INSTEAD of those baby blues.
#designcrushstudio 4 – Foo Fighters
As many of you know, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Viola Music Performance from DePauw University. I was raised on classical music and love it to this day, but things changed when I met my husband (whom I lovingly refer to as “the boyfriend”). The extent to which “the boyfriend” was familiar with classical music was nil, and I knew we had no chance if we couldn’t enjoy music together.
Rock music was a no-no in my family, so discovering that “the boyfriend” only listened to rock was a thrill. Just think. If I grew to like this forbidden music I could break a family law I’d grown up with and have no real law enforcement repercussions. For this goody-goody gal it was a win-win!
Fast forward 27 years and you’ll find that classical music is what I listen to when I want to relax. All other music pumped in through my car radio or iPod is rock. My rock preferences have expanded well beyond what “the boyfriend” introduced me to all those years ago, but we share a love of Foo Fighters.
My study of music made me quite curious as I listened to Concrete and Gold for the first time. “The boyfriend” purchased the CD for himself and promptly handed it off to me. In his words, “I don’t care if I ever hear one of those songs again in this lifetime”. I am quite the opposite. My initial spin of the album had me confused. The voices were what I expected, but the sound was not. I quickly realized this is a band changing their sound and making music for themselves, not the Billboard Top 40. Hallelujah!
Truth be told, I love all but the final song on the album. In fact, I enjoy the CD so much that I’ve not removed it from my car for the past two months. And, I’m showing no signs of doing so any time soon. It’s that good! The song I’m digging most right now is “Sunday Rain”. If you’re into reading album notes you’ll find that none other than Sir Paul McCartney plays drums on this track. How freakin’ cool is that?!
The title “Sunday Rain” makes me think of a lazy, hazy day, thus I set out to find something simple and beautiful. West Elm’s shimmering linen curtains in Platinum are that for me. How about you?
#designcrushstudio 5 – Pomegranates
I adore pomegranates. Their juice, the tasty arils, the fruit’s shape, and even their color (surprise, surprise).
In fact, I believe pomegranates are the sexiest fruit on Earth. After all they must be eaten naked at the kitchen sink, right? I’ve found naked consumption is a must unless, of course, you’re one that doesn’t mind donning clothes with telltale red splotches!
While red isn’t among my favorite colors, I have a healthy respect for how it can complete a room energetically. Thus far the color palette of this issue of #designcrushstudio are soft celery greens, sky blues, and gray with black accents. So how does pomegranate red fit in? Quite beautifully, in fact. Look how the red adds just the right amount of life to the artwork featuring the rest our color palette. It’s exactly what this color consultant needed to proclaim the palette as PERFECT.
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the inaugural segment of #designcrushstudio and I’ll share another soon. By the way, if you’d like tips on how to incorporate red into your decor, (like Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2018 Caliente) make sure to download your complimentary copy of my Color Trend Guide.