REINVENTING PAINT: DRIKOLOR REAL PIGMENT PAINTS

 

I think we should start out the year with a post about a wonderful new product I unearthed quite by accident. On my last trip out to the West Coast, I was introduced to Rachel Lacy, a neighbor of my son and his family in Los Angeles. She is the creator of Drikolor, a totally new and fantastic way to make and mix paint colors…and I love this product.

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Having played in the interior design business for almost 30 years, one of my tenets as a designer is the belief that a great paint job makes a very big difference and is worth it’s weight in gold.  I always insist on hiring only the best painters available since there is no doubt that a great painter makes a major difference in the final results.

 

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I have tried everything from faux painting…which, I must admit, is effective in the right environment…and expensive European paints…which permit one to create a shellacked finish to walls and ceilings…as well as troweled finishes and the like on walls.  Now I have the opportunity to create with Drikolor!

 

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According to Lacy, all paints available in the market today use synthetic substances to create colors. Drikolor, on the other hand, utilizes natural pigments found around the world to create the colors in their palette.  Think of such exotic pigments as Champagne Chalk from France, Ochres and Umbers from Cyprus, Ultramarine Blue from Lazurite in Afghanistan, Bone Black from North America.  It all sounds pretty fantastic to me!

 

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Drikolor uses only the best quality materials to produce their richly pigmented palette of colors. Using these artisan pigments and combining them with other substances through their patented technology, they have produced paints with intense colors that can be used in home interiors, as well as on exterior walls of buildings made of cement and plaster.

 

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Not only are Drikolor paints  manufactured in such a fashion that they turn out to to be more economical than standard paints but they have also been given the blessings of several global organizations as safe for the environment.

 

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All of the pigments are packaged in simple, award winning white containers, surrounded by eye catching colorful packages.  These pigments are subsequently added to a base paint from a regular paint company recommended by Drikolor in order to guarantee the best results. The colors are guaranteed to be richer and stronger than ordinary paint and to react better with the different types of lighting in any room.

 

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Lacy and her team have given a great deal of thought to color theory and interior design theory which you can read about on www.drikolor.com.  Their approach to paint is so much more scientific and intellectual  that it captivates your interest and you begin to wonder why someone hasn’t done this before. They have even developed a unique palette of paints based on Le Corbusier’s architecture and designs.  Now, we are talking absolute chic…paint with a historical design reference!

 

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Although, Drikolor offers several white colors, they emphasize using stronger colors to create interest in small places, such as hallways and stairways.  I’ve always believed that people who use white paints for their walls are just lazy or afraid of color. Truth be told, color pulls together the elements of a room, as Drikolor  so clearly states on their website, and white does just the opposite. Hmmm…something to ponder…

 

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I am really looking forward to trying out Drikolor paints in my next project.  BTW the company has a relationship with Dwell and has developed a whole line of paints with them.  However, you can buy any one of their products directly on their website and they offer great customer support to help you find your comfort level with their fabulous paints.

Viva la differénce…especially in paint!

 

Ciao, ciao ’til next time!

 

 

 

HOLIDAY HOUSE NYC 2011

I was invited  to participate in the breakfast for the Press…yes I am considered a member of the Press…in order to review HOLIDAY HOUSE, a terrific designer’s event that donates all of it’s money to the GREATER NEW YORK CITY AFFILIATE OF SUSAN G.KOMEN FOR THE CURE, an organization that raises money for breast cancer research. This was a win-win for me, as: #1. I have been a supporter of this charity for several years. #2. I relish the opportunity to view the work of my peers, as I know how difficult it is to pull off something fantastic in such a short time.

The designers are allowed to select a holiday or special moment in their life as the theme for their room. All of the designers who participated should be given gold stars for doing the deed, and commended on their charitable efforts. I think everyone did a terrific job this year and you will enjoy seeing each and every one of the rooms.

What I would like to do now is to whet your appetite for visiting the house, so I am going to show you my favs and let me know if you agree.

When you enter the house you will immediately walk into the foyer which was designed by my good friends Benjamin Bradley and David Thiergartner. They did such a fantastic job of camouflaging a once grand limestone encrusted entry that I decided to take a video of the room so you could really appreciate their vision. What I loved primarily about their design is that not one “stone”…a bit of a pun,sorry… was left unturned. The theme is “Christmas …(with a Mediterranean Twist)” and every element in the room looks dezignlicious! Please notice in the video the fantabulous fruit, floral and ribbon installation around the passageways, all created and executed by this highly creative duo.

Do not fail to miss the piano in Charles Pavarini III’s room, “Opening Night.” Aside from being grand and beautiful it is one of those pianos that plays by itself…my kind of piano! It’s a Bechstein 190 Concert Grand Player Piano , and, according to Charles, you can connect it to every other possible electronic devise, including the TV, and have the most wonderful music playing throughout your house at the click of button! He also has some stunning pieces from John Salibello Antiques and two paintings by Charlotte Park from Spanierman Galleries that are superb.

James Rixner’s chocolate brown  and blood red room, appropriately called ” Valentines Day” is wonderful. The over sized area rug on the floor  from Tibetano is a big winner in my book, and the decor is highlighted with stylish red chairs and pillows and paintings that make the overall look perfect. It is all wrapped up in eatable chocolate walls and waiting to be devoured by your eyes!

If you want to see gorgeous walls done up in a custom paper in the most yummy flavor of purple head straight to Eileen Kathryn Boyd’s room. The name of the room is “Sunday Morning”, and the shades of purple and green make the room shine  and sing, and will put you in the absolute best mood. The furnishings are luxurious and you can instantly tell how talented Eileen is with integrating classic design and strong colors into a space.

The theme of Jolie Korek’s room was “Chanukah” and I was told by Ms. Korek that many of the items in the room were donated by The Jewish Museum. The most fascinating thing in the room was a large floor mirror leaning against the wall with  a large TV screen in it showing scenes and information related to the Chanukah holiday. And there is also a new fabric from Romo on the club chairs made out of glass beads that is definitely a ‘numero uno.’

Suzanne Eason did a stunning room based around the theme of “Halloween”. Her inspiration was Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, “The Raven”, and she used a custom wallpaper by Trove to encase the room under a canopy of birds in flight. Her room is exciting to look at, and offers an up scaled adult interpretation of a children’s holiday. I particularly like her taking liberty and using  purple with the classic ‘Halloween orange’…maybe we should lobby for a change, and zsazs up Halloween a little????  Incidentally, that is a picture of Eason’s room at the top of this post…love the tile around the fireplace!

 

As we are approaching the season to be jolly and charitable, try and not miss this year’s Holiday House. The house will stay open until December 11, so there is plenty of time to go and see this little gem of a show house and participate in raising awareness and money for a terrific cause.

CIAO, CIAO ‘TIL NEXT TIME!

 

OBSESSED WITH “PINK…NEED TO SHARE SOME MORE!

Okay, second post about PINK this year, but don’t get nervous, this PINK obsession will be over by sunset, and I promise to move on. But while I am still feeling “in the PINK”…and before the summer ends… I wanted to quickly share with you some furnishings I think would go really flat if they weren’t in PINK …you can agree or disagree.

I promise this will be short and sweet…how appropriate is that? Plus, this go round I want to concentrate on things a little more Hollywood Glam in style and  then more Modern in theme, just to verify the power of pink in many different dezign styles and periods. Incidentally, the fabu sofa above is from the Phyllis Morris’ Circa Collection and is called the Regency Sofa…a perfect confection of style and class and way out there fabric color!  I bet “she’s” the center of attraction in the room, don’t you think? The  team over at Phyllis Morris is certainly not shy when it comes to dezign and is a real afficionado of PINK , especially since it suits their furnishings so, so well! Take a look at these two as well…yumaroo!

How Hollywood is the HOT PINK SATIN CHAIR?  It is just begging to be placed in a beautiful  bedroom and have some sexy blonde come sit in it! AND the DAY BED CUM BOOKCASE would fit perfectly in any guest bedroom…just adore the pink with the taupe and those polka dot pillows!

Moving right along with some more contemporary PINK IDEAS take a look at these clever pieces from KARKULA. What I like about these furnishings is that the PINK is  added value to the design. Clean modern lines portrayed in PINK give  zsazs to what would be more ordinary in white, grey, black or taupe, colors more common in contemporary furniture.

The furnishings below were all designed by PAOLO LENTI, and in my dezign book sing comfort, fun, and beauty.

ALADDIN LOUNGE

PICOT POUFFES

FRAME CURVY CHAIR

 

 

 

SHELL POUF FLOAT

JOY CHILDREN’S SEATING


And they have this super cool light called the CANOPY by OLUCE that comes in three colors…but you know my favorite, right?

And even  SWAN CHAIRS designed by FRITZ HANSEN get an unbelievable “face lift” from being dressed up in bright fuschia PINK… are they not the most delicious looking “swans” you ever saw?????

Okay, I am totally PINKED out…but hope you aren’t. Be brave and try a little PINK in your life. You might be surprised how happy your room looks, and how much better all the other colors and fabrics appear!

OOOPS…forgot one last pix that is sure to put a smile on your face and convince you that PINK is definitely in style.  I found it on the cover of a SHERWIN WILLLIAMS brochure that was sent to my office…and I think it says it all…

Ciao, ciao ’til next time!

IN THE PINK…COLOR OF THE SEASON!!!!

I must first state that I am not a color fashionista when it comes to interiors. In my mind, there are zillions of marvelous colors…okay maybe only millions…that make interiors magically sing. However, over the last few months I have been inundated by shelter magazines shouting about PINK! And, since we are now dealing with one of my favorite flavors in the world this is cause for me to jump on the color bandwagon and serve up some of my favorite PINK delights.

 

PINK is one of the yummy colors: too much of it is just as good as a touch here and there. Now you can’t say that for every color.
Both Interior Design and House Beautiful … a bit of the yin and yang of shelter magazines….recently featured covers highlighting PINK. Take a look:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bubble gum pink  walls! Pink is sexy….love it!!!  Just adore the fuscia chairs and touches of pink flavors scattered throughout.

And how about these PINK delights that I have seen recently in design magazines:

 

Rosy PINKS and whimsical traditional furniture look delightful together. Check out the flashes of purple flowers and accessories…a little magical touch!

In this transitional dining room PINK is the spark that cheers up the furnishings …and the guests!

Simply mad for the deep blue greens and citrusy yellows…and a PINK  fireplace…yowee!!! This room is a little retro-funky, homey and comfy looking…three great qualities in design.

 

Didn’t know PINK was so hot in Morocco but I love the mix…feeds right into my eclectic soul.

Okay are you getting into the swing of PINK??? Its pretty, sexy, powerful , bold, and gorgeous when done right. And forget that old wives tale about what is masculine and what is feminine … Have you not seen the successful men’s store on Madison Avenue called PINK? Besides , in my opinion, the favorite men in my life all have a highly developed feminine side… And are not one bit intimidated by PINK!  Hey, even a contractor I work with was wearing a pink striped shirt with his pale lavender sweater… Talk about total confidence in one’s masculinity !

Ciao, ciao ’til Monday!