Designing the Perfect Guest Retreat

Your guest bedroom should be as inviting and comfortable as the other bedrooms in your home! There are so many details that you can add to ensure that your guests have a wonderful stay, such as plush furniture, boutique bedding and luxurious small touches.

Everything from wallpaper, draperies, and other soft details will make the room feel cozy and warm. 


It's in the small things when it comes to creating an environment your guests are sure to remember. These include placing a table lamp next to the bed with a glass for water. Fresh flowers are always a nice touch. Give your guest some fun reads about things that are local (local books and magazines are always a hit).  Always provide your guest with extra blankets. Many people sleep cooler than others and oftentimes guests will not want to as you for another blanket. Give them the option to cozy if if needed.


Having a side chair or a place to put their luggage is key. Guests shouldn't have to live out of their suitcase while on the floor. Make it easy for them to access their belongings. Providing your guests with a mirror is an added bonus. Since sometimes you may have a full house, it is key to have a place for them to get ready without having to go to the bathroom area.

I like to place a bottle of local wine and some snacks in my guest bedroom when I have visitors. It gives a nice touch and provides your guests with something to nosh on in the later hours. 



Ultra Violet: 2018 Pantone Color of the Year

Rich and pensive, Ultra Violet is reminiscent of existential energy, the mystery of what the future holds, and the new discoveries of the past and present. It reminds us of the night sky, dark but endless, full of mystery.


Why Pantone Chose this Color

With everything happening in our world at the present moment, Pantone color researchers thought it necessary to remind ourselves of our sheer presence on earth and the vast endlessness of our atmosphere. Ultra Violet is cosmic, rich, and timeless.

Our Favorite Ultra Voilet Uses in Interior Design


1. Using rich purples make a bold statement as an accent. This gorgeous bedding truly brings forth a timeless, rich look to this elegant bedroom. Rich purples tend to pop when placed in an otherwise neutral color scheme. 


2. Even the tiniest purple accents in a space can make a very bold statement. This otherwise very white bathroom stands out with just the pop of color of its hand towel. 

3. Ultra Voilet in Commercial Design. There's no doubt the guests who visit this elegant restaurant will never forget the gorgeous, sophisticated upholstery on the dining chairs. What a statement!

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Ultra Violet in Fashion


Reminiscent of the Victorian Era followed by the 1920's rich purples always manage to make a fashion comeback. We are seeing this beautiful hue in every aspect of the runway, from hair color to couture. The beauty of this otherwise considered feminine color is that it truly works for both genders and truly makes a haute statement!

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Fall Decor Trends 2017

Well, it's officially Fall! We are seeing that some trends that were making their debut last year are now going out of style, and new ones coming in. There are many design trends that we will see this year, starting in the fall and here they are.

1. Dark Paint.  There is nothing richer or more classic than a saturated, darker color palette, specifically when applied to a wall color or furnishings. We are also seeing beautiful dark cabinetry, window treatments and decor that really make a statement!


2. Woven Textures. Wicker, wool, and other woven textures will give your space a warm, welcoming and organic appeal. Baskets and woven decor bring the outdoors in and create a rustic, traditional look.


3. Velvet. Velvet is a classic as it gets. The easiest way to incorporate this plush upholstery into your interior is through furnishings and window treatments. Velvet has been around for centuries and creates a timeless, sophisticated look.


4. Blush Color.  Soft blush colors are being seen all over the design community and there's a reason why. Soft pinks have a calming effect and create a both feminine and elegant look for an interior space.


5. Brass. Brass is back! We are seeing it presented in more of a bronzed, brushed style as opposed to the shiny golden that was so popular in the 80's and 90's. It seems that this time around, designers have mastered how to incorporate this beautiful finish into their themes.


Color Trends of 2017- What's Haute

Vibrant blues and warm colors are what's trending in the design world, according to ELLE Decor and we can see why. The more saturated a paint color is with white trim or details, the more it seems to pop and the more intense of a focal point it creates.

As you can see in the above interior, a vibrant complementary color scheme really makes a statement that is both elegant, sophisticated and timeless.  We're seeing brass and gold as accessories make their return to the design front, and they pair beautifully with the color schemes that are trending.

Warmer color palettes consisting of reds, browns and oranges are making their comeback as well. While the common gray interior is still very popular, we are seeing the design world take a turn into warmer schematics and colors.


Vibrant blues and greens reminiscent of color palettes in the 1930s are debuting on the design front. Peacock color schemes are trending and make a gorgeous statement in all types of interiors. 

Authentic Home COLOR Paint


Choosing the perfect paint color is essential to creating spaces that speak to ones’ spirit. Once the paint COLOR foundation is in place, the other interior design and home décor accents easily come into focus. Selecting the right paint color can be an overwhelming process due to the unlimited number of paint color choices available.










Kathy recognized the  need to simplify the paint color selection process and created a fine-tuned selection of 75 home paint colors grouped by “mood” palette – FreshElegantSereneRegal, & Playful. Simply select the mood that speaks to you, then mix and match paint colors within that palette for fail proof results.




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Radiant Orchid-Still the COLOR of the Year


Radiant Orchid is the 2014 Color of the Year as announced by Pantone early this year. We’re still enjoying the color very much and think it’s a perfect color for spring.  We wanted to show you how to incorporate it into your home easily without making too much of a commitment.


As always, pillows are the easiest thing to change at home but adding some curtains and/or stools creates a beautiful living room.   This regal living room in purple adds some brightness with Radiant Orchid poufs.      

Simply add a lamp to a blue living room for an instant trendiness factor.Pillows and throws look perfect in a grey, pink and red living room.   This trendy living room of muted colors emphasizes Radiant Orchid with a lovely placed blanket.Add Radiant Orchid to the bedroom for an instant update.

Could A Can Of Paint Save Your Relationship?

Another question to ask is “Who in the relationship is more afraid of color”? “Who in the relationship is afraid of change”? “Are you both ready for a transformation of your homes aesthetics and yourselves”? These answers will help uncover some blocks to creating your home of your dreams, your own Authentic Home.

5 Easy Steps To Selecting The Right Paint Colors For Your Home

After a decade of creating custom paint color palettes for clients, my answer to this question is yes! Selecting the right paint color for your home is often an overwhelming experience and then add in a couples differences of how they want a particular room or an entire home to look and feel. Finding the balance between the masculine and feminine when it comes to paint colors is often a give and take process just like any relationship. I have experienced all types of people living in a variety of homes and have witnessed a range of frustration and anxiety that often comes with selecting the right paint colors.

From the novice or “DYI” homeowner to the busy mom who is passionate about home decor, everyone wants to find a paint color they love and that works in their space. Yet there are so many paint color choices available that it is overwhelming and a frustrating process.

My goal is to help people overcome the obstacles that often times takes over when selecting paint colors. I’ve created the Authentic Home COLOR Paint tm line that is minimal paint color palette consisting of 75 colors. I’ve arranged my colors into 5 “mood” palettes for easy selection and arranging. Since color evokes moods and feelings I thought it makes sense to have a starting paint of the 5 mood palettes each consisting of just 15 colors per palette. Viewing 15 compatible paint colors is not as overwhelming as looking through a fan deck of 3,000 paint chips as your eye can experience each of the 15 colors since they all are of similar color tones.

1.  Feel First

Determine how you want to feel in your space first. This will help you stay focused on your overall look of the space you are about to paint. Review the Authentic Home COLOR Paint “mood” palettes.










2.  Review your home’s existing elements

It is important to understand your homes natural flow, or lack thereof, when trying to create a cohesive look and feel. Being aware of the architectural elements that you want emphasize or detract from is important and needs to be taken into consideration.

Unless you are remodeling and selecting new cabinetry, flooring and countertops, you most likely need to work with these existing elements and need to consider the undertone colors of each. Evaluate the undertone colors of each element for a guide in selecting the right paint color that will enhance all of these elements and not detract from them. A considerable part of any home remodeling budget is taken up with purchases of cabinetry, flooring and countertop materials so it is important to bring these elements to life and a cost effective way to do this is with the right paint color.


Another question to ask is “Who in the relationship is more afraid of color”? “Who in the relationship is afraid of change?”  “Are you both ready for a transformation of your homes aesthetics and yourselves?” These answers will help uncover some blocks to creating your home of your dreams, your own Authentic Home.

For example if you have light colored oak cabinets in your kitchen it would not work to have a light yellow paint color on the wall. The wall color needs to emphasize the cabinet color. So in the light oak cabinet’s example imagine the paint color being a warm rust or brown color that would emphasize the oak knots in the wood grain and highlight the yellow cabinet color. And the same thing holds true for your flooring whether it is carpeting or hardwoods and for your countertops whether it is granite or Corian.


Most people cannot replace all of their furnishings when doing a remodel or painting project. So it is important to understand the colors in your furnishings fabrics as well as colors of your accessories. Is your sofa a neutral grey color that can be highlighted with a cool blue paint color on the walls? Can you pull out a Persimmon color in an antique art piece and paint the wall the Persimmon color so the entire wall is “a work of art”? Closely evaluate all of your fabrics and accessories colors that will remain in the room you are about to paint.

3. Select a foundation color

I like to use the analogy of selecting paint colors with women selecting a foundation makeup for their skin type. You need to find the right color that works with your skin type and it’s the same thing with selecting the right foundation paint color for your home.

I consider the foundation paint color the color that is going to move us from room to room so to create a nice flow throughout your home. A trick I like to use with clients is to have them stand at the front door and pretend they are a guest in their own home. Close your eyes for 10 seconds and then open your eyes. What do you see? This little trick with help you get in touch with what your guests see as they enter you home. Do you see a closet door and should we bring attention to that closet door with a paint color? Or does your eye go directly from the front door, through the living room, through the kitchen and straight out the kitchen window? If so how can paint color help us detract this energy to stay in each space? It is best to select a neutral foundation color that will move you from space to space which often times are the hallways and that work with your existing floor color. And neutrals don’t just have to be taupe color. A warm green or soft blue can also be neutral foundation color.

4. Select paint colors of similar undertones

Once you have the foundation paint color decided, you can then select each room paint color that is of similar undertone. A colors undertone is the colorant that is predominate. For example the color green can have a blue undertone, which would give a cooler effect to the room, or a yellow undertone, which would give a warmer effect to the room. Having the same undertone of colors throughout your home creates an even flow to each space and is very appealing to the eye.
I also feel that it is important to have paint colors of similar shades or tones throughout a home. We have all been in people’s homes where the paint colors didn’t make any sense and the bold bright colors are right next to softer tones or bright whites, Yikes! Choose colors of similar shades or tones for a consistent pleasing flow.

5. Sample the paint colors in your own home

Often times when you are ready to select paint colors, you are looking at small paint chips or a fan deck at a paint or big box store. Looking at paint colors in the stores is the first mistake since the lighting is often fluorescent and not the same type of lighting you live with in your own home.

I prefer to use large sample cards painted with each paint color on them. Color is affected by the colors used next to them so when you paint color samples on a wall, the new color will be affected by the existing wall color. Your existing wall paint color can distort the way you see the sample or prevent you from recognizing the new color’s undertones. It’s also easy to make a mistake in value and intensity.

Another reason to adhere paint sample cards is it usually takes 2-3 coats of paint to see the true color of the sample. That creates a paint build-up on the test area, which often remains noticeable after the walls are painted. If you paint sample colors on the walls and do not feather out the edges properly, you may see the paint swatches as relief marks. If the wall is porous, or if you use interior paint samples in a different sheen than your current wall paint, you may see the paint swatches showing through the new paint coat as dull or shiny blotches.

Also make sure you review and sample the paint in your own home, on several different walls & ceiling locations over a period of a number of days. The natural light will shift the paint colors and the experience will be different throughout the day and evening.

The goal is to create a paint color palette to love, to represent your true authentic self and to build upon for all future home décor and remodeling projects. I hope these steps help you in your paint selecting process. Relax and take your time selecting the paint colors that reflect you and your own Authentic Home. Enjoy the process and watch the transformation unfold!