East #62: Sarah's "California Dreaming"

East #62: Sarah's "California Dreaming"

Aaron Able
Oct 15, 2008

Name: Sarah
Location: Swampscott, MA
Type of Home: one bedroom apartment with office

What inspired you to use color? I believe a home should be comforting and invigorating at the same time. Color should be used to unify the space, to make the eye flow from one part of a room to another; it should never be jarring. When I decided to paint, I wanted the wall colors I chose to compliment my favorite things: a vintage barkcloth pillow, a found seascape painting, a green ceramic lamp. I also wanted to modernize the space without clashing with the original mid-century pieces...

...I just finished painting last week and I couldn't be happier with the result. It's cozy and fun at the same time and no one says it looks like their grandma's house anymore! Kitchen: Inspired by the hospital in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Living room: Inspired Julianne Moore's makeover in Domino, as featured on Apartment Therapy. Bedroom: Inspired by my deep and abiding love of yellow.

Color Tip: When deciding how to decorate with color, pay attention to the colors of things you already own. Those are likely the colors you really love and you will be happy to live with. Also, the colors you are naturally drawn to are the ones which will best represent you.

Colors Used: Livingroom: Glidden Evermore, Tears of Joy Bedroom: Behr, California Dreaming Kitchen: Glidden Evermore, Country Cottage

Fall Colors Introduction -------------------------------

Welcome, everyone, to our Fourth Annual Fall Colors Sharing & Contest. We're looking for the most beautiful & colorful home in the world and sharing all of the great ideas we get with our readers. This year we're amping things up and hoping to do things better than ever. There are two basic phases, the Sharing Phase and the Voting Phase...

1. Sharing Phase - you comment, judges decide

The 40 best, completed entries will be posted on a daily basis for three weeks. You can view them all at anytime via our new, improved contest pages under ALL ENTRIES. During this time your comments are VERY IMPORTANT as our six judges will be choosing 16 finalists from each region based on comments and their own colorful opinion.

2. Voting Phase - you vote till you drop

Starting October 20th, finalist voting will begin on a daily basis through our new bracketed voting system, which will pit our 16 finalists against one another until only one remains. Sound exciting? We hope so.

Best, Maxwell

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