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  • Great tips on hiring a designer from Ruth Livingston, an award – winning designer in Tiburon California.

    In my over 30 years of experience working as an interior designer, I have come to appreciate the success of clear and direct client & designer communications. In this newsletter, I am pleased to share with you some of the pitfalls & how to avoid them.
    Common Mistakes People Make When Hiring An Interior Designer

    They’re All Here: Paint Colors of the Year for 2017

    The following article courtesy of San Francisco based interior designer and color specialist Jennifer Ott, was published on Houzz.com December 25, 2016

    There’s a bit of a consensus, plus a couple of interesting outliers, among paint companies' top color picks.

     

    Guest Bedroom Ideas

    The following article courtesy of Katherine Speas from Speas Interior Design was published in The Colorado Springs Gazette Home and Garden Issue on Saturday, January 28. 

    Photos taken by Paul Kohlman

    Having a comfortable and accommodating guest bedroom is important to many homeowners. People love to welcome family and friends with everything they need for an enjoyable and memorable stay. Designer Katherine Speas of Speas Interior Design in Colorado Springs shares her top tips for arranging the ultimate guest bedroom:

     

    What It’s Really Like to Live Through a Remodel

     We offer a few tips for remodeling newbies on what to expect and how to survive the process

      November 23, 2016
     
     If you’re thinking about remodeling or are about to break ground on your first renovation, odds are you probably know a bit about how the project is going to go. After all, you’ve watched a few TV shows, your cousin’s husband is a general contractor and the guy you sit close to at work tells you every detail of how his wet bar is coming together. So you pretty much know all there is to know, right? Not so fast.

    Colorado Home Trends for 2016

    9News recently featured Colorado Homes and Lifestyles Magazines editor at large Rebecca Gart She said that, “2016 is the year of simplicity and elegance for home design in Colorado”.  According to Rebecca Gart, here’s what's trending in homes across the state:

    1. Mixed lighting

    In the kitchen featured on the January 2016 cover, you'll notice industrial lighting over the island and an elegant chandelier in the dining room. "You don't have to redo your whole kitchen, you can just redo the lighting and mixed lighting is very on trend," Gart says. A change in lighting fixtures can make a big difference in your home.

    2. Unplugged family rooms

    Television is no longer the center of the home (The kitchen is, says Gart). The giant television set is becoming obselete, replaced by handheld tablets and devices. More people are opting for a quiet space that is relaxed and casual, perhaps filled with a sectional sofa perfect for laying on and relaxing. Large, open spaces have intimate areas for gathering with family and friends and playing games or chatting.

    3. Dramatic wall coverings

    Global Color and Design Trends from PPG Industries

    PPG Industries - a world leader in global color trends recently published a beautiful magazine titled “Odyssey - 2016 – 2017 Global Color and Design Trends”. This stunning publication has beautiful images of color and photographs along with unique information about 2016’s color trends globally across all markets.

    Here are a few highlights from their publication:

    Odyssey Trends

    The word Odyssey represents the adventurous experience in our fast-changing, unpredictable world that is keeping us excited and vigilant at the same time.

    2016’s overarching trend theme is Odyssey.  The word itself conjures adventures and discoveries but also the possibility of danger.  All that unknown keeps us alert, excited and valiant.  It is a thrilling time to be alive but definitely pushing us out of our comfort zone.  The four trends within Odyssey are: I/m Perfect, Hyper HD, Lucid Dreams, and Knights watch. 

    2016 Color of the Year Announced

    Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore have announced their 2016 color of the year and they are both a neutral white! Sherwin Williams chose Alabaster (SW 7008), and Benjamin Moore chose Simply White (OC-117).   2016 will be a year of classic white with pops of color.

    Here is Sherwin Williams announcement written by Jackie Jordan, originally published in Stir Magazine....

    Spice Up Your Entertainment Area with LED Lighting

    Do you have a space that you want to make more interesting? Consider installing some LED lighting.

    Speas Interior Design’s latest lower level remodel presented us with a unique design opportunity for lighting.  In the main entertainment room we used LED lighting which allows the client to play around with lighting schemes and illuminate this space in multiple colors to create whatever “mood” they want at that time.  The room can be colorful and fun, quiet and romantic, or a regular warm and yellow depending upon the situation. 

    Kitchen Remodel Costs: 3 Budgets, 3 Kitchens

    Speas Interior Design finds the following article from Houzz.com writer Bud Dietrich holds very true to what we can provide for you based on your budget. 

    What you can expect from a kitchen remodel with a budget from $20,000 to $100,000

    Learn what features to expect for $3,000 to $100,000-plus, to help you plan your bathroom remodel

    Benjamin Moore Announces Guilford Green As Color of the Year for 2015

    Making Use of Small Spaces

    Interior Designer Katherine Speas was interviewed for the following article written by Kim Cook.  Making Use of Small Spaces was published in The Colorado Springs Gazette's - Home and Garden Section on Saturday, July 5, 2014. 

    For many young people, a first apartment might be a cramped studio or a bedroom in a shared living arrangement. Juggling that room's living, dining and sleeping spaces requires creativity.

    Simple design can make small chic - and livable, said Kathy Speas, owner of Speas Interior Design. The clean, spare lines of minimalist design could be just the ticket.

    "Keep clutter to a minimum because if you have a bunch of little things everywhere, it'll feel cluttered, small," said Speas, who has decorated Colorado Springs interiors for 30 years.

    A few good rules of thumb from Speas:

    What is Universal Design?

    Universal Design means creating a stylish space that everyone can live in.  The idea is to design a home that fits everyone's need regardless of age, size, ability.  With age our ability and agility changes and often we find our home no longer suits our needs.  In the past this meant making changes that did not flow with the current design and stuck out as sterile and obvious.  Today, Universal Design means beauty and style is no longer compromised for comfort.  In fact, one would not realize they are in a home with Universal Design features unless they were pointed out to them.

    What are universal Design Features?

    Design Trends From Coast to Coast

    Enjoy the following article published on the Denver Design Center's Front and Center Blog this week.

    Living close to the middle of the country, we often hear how trends start on the coasts and move their way in.  The same holds true for design.  We thought it would be fun to see what designers in other states are seeing as the top design trends of the year.  Reaching from the California to New York City, and a few stops in between...here's what we are seeing from coast to coast from local design centers.

    Red decor can be stimulating, relaxing

    Just in time for Valentines Day, The Colorado Springs Gazette published the following article (2/8/14), written by Debbie Kelley. Our Designer Katherine Speas was interviewed for the article and her red touches to Jim Fry's house are featured in the article. 

    PANTONE REVEALS COLOR FOR 2014

    Radiant Orchid

    Pantone reveals Radiant Orchid (PANTONE® 18-3224), a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple, as the color of the year for 2014.





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