Color Blocking

Posted By Jill-LA | Oct 12, 2011 | 7 Comments | Category: Art, Color, Design Inspiration, Fashion

{original artwork by Jen Ramos of Cocoa & Hearts and Made by Girl}

I was out shopping the other day with a friend, when we came across these Kate Spade handbags (below) and noticed the use of color blocking, a trend I have seen making a comeback in fashion. I think it makes an interesting use in architecture, art, interiors, and fashion!

Loving this Kate Spade handbag!

When I see color blocking, I always think of the artist Mondrian.

The work of artist Piet Mondrian.

And also the work of Le Corbusier, which I blogged about before here.

A feature in modern architecure.

A crossover into fashion.

The Fall 2011 LookBook on features an entire collection dedicated to color blocking.

I had also seen this shirt at ZARA.

And these ballerina flats, too.

Now I miss my Color Theory class I took year’s ago in design school!

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Pink + Yellow

Posted By Jill-LA | Aug 14, 2011 | 3 Comments | Category: Color, Decorating, Design Inspiration, Living Rooms

Pink + Yellow = love this color combo!

Originally featured on Apartment Therapy Los Angeles.

For more pics, view here.

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Color Punch!

Posted By Jill-LA | Jun 12, 2011 | 12 Comments | Category: Color, Design Inspiration, Fashion

Lately I have been seeing interiors (& fashion!) that are infused with punches of bright, bold colors – loving these bright and cheery colors!

Pops of color in these colorful kitchen cabinets!

[via 2Modern]

Pretty palette!

[via Design Milk]

I’ve noticed even neon is making a comeback!

[via Lucas Allen]

A glossy plum colored built-in bookshelf!

[via Elle Decor]

And if you don’t want to go bold on the wall, consider a punch of color with accessories, like this purple area rug.

[via Style at Home]

Even the Victoria’s Secret models look hot in bright colors!

How could they not, right!?

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Le Corbusier Collection Paint

Posted By Jill-LA | Nov 06, 2010 | 3 Comments | Category: Color, Designers, Paint

When imagining the work of Le Corbusier, vivid colors may not come into play.  Most photographs of his work were in black and white.  Our perceptions of early Modernism — at the Bauhaus design school in the 1920s or the purist villas that Le Corbusier was building in France — are shaped by the photographs taken at the time, which were all in black and white.  But, in fact, modernists interiors were much more vivid than that and Le Corbusier happen to be a gifted colorists who used rich, vibrant colors in his interiors.

Black & white photo of Le Corbusier building in Berlin.

Le Corbusier building in Berlin, with color.

Le Corbusier apartment building in Marseille.

Le Corbusier Center.

Developed from the 1920’s and onward, the 63 shades are super vivid.  Apparently, the paint is made from natural mineral pigments (non toxic), including lapis lazuli and “green umber from ancient sources on the island of Cyprus.”  Most paint manufactures today produce their colors from industrious pigments.

There is also a book available, a 174-page book titled “Le Corbusier Polychromie Architecturale” available on Amazon.

Article via

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Color Punch

Posted By Jill-LA | Jun 12, 2010 | 3 Comments | Category: Color, Design Inspiration

Loving the look of crisp white interiors infused with punches of bright colors.  Feels so summery!

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Pink & Chic Rooms

Posted By Jill-LA | Feb 14, 2010 | 6 Comments | Category: Color, Design Inspiration, Holiday

Happy Valentine’s Day!

{Here are some rooms that are pink, chic, and inspiring for a romantic day!}

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Color Inspiration

Posted By Jill-LA | Jan 06, 2010 | 1 Comment | Category: Color, Design Inspiration, Paint

I was just looking at the website Devine Color for inspiration on a color palette for a client project and came across their “collections.”  A wonderful assortment of colors grouped into collections that are aptly named.  This is such a great site for finding inspiration and color resources.  I have actually featured it before and continue to come back to the site as a great resource.  Here are the collections in groupings, take a look at the site for the names of each color per grouping.  Hopefully, you will find an inspiring color palette!



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Room of the Day

Posted By Jill-LA | Dec 21, 2009 | 10 Comments | Category: Color, Decorating, Designers, Magazines


Interior designer Mary McDonald has done it again – producing a bold and theatrical room full of vibrant color and dramatic details.  In this living room for a movie-mogul client, she created an old-Hollywood glamour. Colors consist of high contrast black, yellow, and offset by a deep taupe.  Symmetry reigns in this living room with pairs of lamps, tables, & chairs – anchored by a big pouf.  Check out the rest of the project and read the interview here at House Beautiful!

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Rocket Man

Posted By Jill-LA | Nov 11, 2009 | 4 Comments | Category: Celebs, Color, Designers, Magazines


What do you get when you mix Sir Elton John, his partner David Furnish, and interior designer extraordinaire Martyn Lawrence-Bullard? A very chic LA pad! Check out these photos featured in the December issue of Architectural Digest.

Both Elton John & his partner wanted a place that was very LA, something very ’70’s and reminiscent of the building’s architecture, and as quoted “Boogie Nights.”  Sir Elton wanted a period vibe as a backdrop for his art & color photographs and aside from that – color.  That says the man – who is himself very colorful!  And as Elton’s partner states; “Martyn takes your taste and gives the most gorgeous, sexiest version of it,” says Furnish. “Not having a template style, he’s a true collaborator.” I think that’s a great quote and couldn’t agree more – this space really reflects who the clients are.


The living room with sweeping views of the city.


Love the Kelly green painted wall and dark floors.


The 1960’s chandelier is from the Grand Hotel in Milan.


Elton’s colorful office space (and so happy to see he is a Mac user)!  Definitely a chair for the one and only “Rocket Man!”

[To see the full spread pick up a copy of the December 2009 issue of Architectural Digest which also includes the homes of: Kelsey Grammer, Patricia Heaton, Magic Johnson, Donna Karan, Ralph Pucci, James Burrows, Carole King, Elie Saab, and more!]

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Orange + Black

Posted By Jill-LA | Oct 31, 2009 | 4 Comments | Category: Color, Design Inspiration


Keeping with the spirit of Halloween, the colors orange and black look fabulous together year round…


Orange wallcovering with black trim and black framed pictures.


A balanced room with orange as an accent: the chair seat cushion, the orange side chair, a few orange throw pillows and a mix of black & white drapery panels, an area rug, and a pillow.


Orange walls, a black lampshade, orange throw pillows, black background on the artwork, orange ottoman, dark wood, and a few black accessories = the perfect mix of orange + black.


Pretty in orange and black: orange background color on the wallcovering with a few black accents, table lamp base and bedding.


Modern take on orange and black: orange bedding + black walls with orange accents.


Retro glam: orange grasscloth wallcovering and black textured window treatments mixed in with a pair of retro orange covered chairs.


Eclectic orange:  artsy orange screen in front of a black marble fireplace.


A dark floored entry with orange globe lighting.

These orange + black rooms surely don’t scream Halloween (no pun intended).

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