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Art: GABRIEL SCHAMAUntitled (Hexagons) 12 / 25, 2012, printmaking on paper, 18″ h x 12″ w – Purchase HERE  / Room: Alidad Interior Design – Islamic style: Library London – Found HERE.

Art: Tasty Treats by Cheryl Frey, Painting, Acrylic on Canvas, 12.0”h x 36.0”w – Purchase HERE. / Room: Villanova Residence – butler’s pantry – by Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd., Photographer: Tom Crane – Found HERE.

Room: AK DAVESDuh!?, 2010, mixed media artwork on stretched canvas, 16″ h x 20″ w x .5″ d, 3 lbs. 0 oz. / Art: Green and Yellow Guest Room by Cristi Holcombe, found HERE.

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The Rainbow Connection

It is amazing to see how color can enhance your day. Several ancient religions used to employ chromotherapy, or the healing effects of color. More recently, scientists have developed color mood theory and color psychology. The hues can affect our disposition, appetite, self-esteem, and spirituality. For example, blue represents peace, tranquility, stability and confidence. Black fills one with feelings of sophistication, mystery and depth. Green is soothing, youthful, and associated with fertility. But, in general, the human eye is (supposedly) most attracted to red.

But let’s get real, why choose only ONE color when you can have ALL the colors?

Image by Furbish Studio, found HERE.

Images by Roche Bobois Interior Design, HERE.

Image via The Selby, HERE.

Also in honor of Roy G. Biv’s mood influences, there is a new and exciting project going on worldwide called the “Let’s Colour Project”. Imagine the planet as a giant coloring book. Before we color in the pages with magic markers, crayons, or colored pencils, they are empty and grey…rather drab. Well, the Let’s Colour Project sees the world as a coloring book yet to be filled in! They say, “Grey is out. Gloom is gone. It’s time to live our lives in colour.”

Images courtesy of the Let’s Colour Project, HERE

The project, started in March 2010 in cooperation with Dulux house paints, and is working together with local communities, across the globe, and rolling up its sleeves to paint streets, hotels, houses, schools, villas, and squares. More than simply gentrification and renovation, the “Let’s Colour Project” aims to encourage local participation and collaboration. It wants denizens of a town to design and style their own communities! So far London, UK; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Jodhpur, India; and Marseille, Lyon, France; Sapron, Hungary; Casablanca, Morocco, and Paris, France have been colored in!  If you’re far and away from the aforementioned locales, do not fret, anyone can get involved! It doesn’t matter if it’s your bedroom wall or your local school. Everyone can be part of it. Read more about the “Let’s Colour Project“. So far 229,875 liters of paint have been donated to the cause!

Images courtesy of the Let’s Colour ProjectHERE
HOW CAN YOU LIVE IN A WORLD THAT ENCOMPASSES THE ENTIRE ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM?
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St. Paddy’s Day

(Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”)

I visited Ireland once in high school on a British Literature tour. We visited The Book of Kells, The Cliffs of Dover, Trinity College, Dublin, Killarney, and the original place where Irish Coffee was invented in Limerick County (which included waiters milking and whipping fresh cream on the side of the road). My favorite Irish authors include the classics: W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, Jonathan Swift, Samuel Beckett, and C.S. Lewis. However, my favorite contemporary Irish feminist and poet is Eavan Boland (READ HER NOW).

Rather than focusing on the traditional Irish Flag hues – Kelly Green and Orange – let us delve into a less literal approach for Irish interior design. I remember staying in several old B&B’s, castle lodging, Victorian inspired Hotels, and modern caravansaries. During my tour I passed hundreds of shaggy sheep, miles of peat moss bogs, and would sometimes find myself screaming, “HEATHCLIFF” across the moors (or was that Wuthering Heights? OK, I know it’s technically in Northern England but the Brontes are originally from Ireland). The emerald isle was gorgeous, but is not just GREEN colored – other than WITH ENVY for its beauty. Har har. Here are two of my favorite hotels and respectively, each space’s interior delights:

The G Hotel in Galway, Ireland. The Pink Salon image courtesy of Conde Nast Traveler, HERE. The g’s glamour is completely local: Mad milliner Philip Treacy, a hometown boy, designed this 101-room stunner.

The G Hotel in Galway, Ireland. The Grand Salon image found HERE.

The G Hotel in Galway, Ireland. Matz Restaurant image courtesy of Adventures of Brute Force, HERE.

The G Hotel in Galway, Ireland. The Suite image courtesy of Conde Nast Traveler, HERE.

The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin by Renaissance Hotels and Resorts in 2008 – “The grand dame of Dublin cultural society”, Image found HERE.

The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. The Constitution Room is where the Irish Constitution was drafted in 1922 under the chairmanship of Michael Collins. Images courtesy of Conde Nast Traveler and The Shelbourne, Dublin.

The Grace Kelly Suite in The Shelbourne, Dublin. Image found HERE. This suite is named in honour of the Famous Hollywood film star, Grace Kelly. Princess Grace and her husband stayed at The Shelbourne Hotel many times and had an attachment to room 270, with the finest view of St. Stephen’s Green of all city centre Dublin hotels. 

The Lord Mayor’s Lounge at The Shelbourn Hotel offers high tea service wherein the teabags are made of silk. Lord Mayors of Ireland take a stroll in this elegant, sunlight room during their inauguration.  Historical note: During The Easter Rising in 1916, forty British soldiers were garrisoned at the hotel. Consequently the Shelbourne came under regular fire. When fighting broke out on the Green on Easter Monday, afternoon tea was relocated to the rear of the hotel for safety.

HOW SHOULD I TAKE STYLE CUES FROM A COZY IRISH BAILE (that’s home in Irish)?

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