Today we start rolling out our judges for you to meet. A varied mix, they cover the country and come from various parts of the design world. They also have their own opinions on what makes color great in a home. Kyra & Robertson Hartnett Location: Historic Brooklyn Heights, NY just steps from the Promenade Website: Twenty2.net
What's your favorite color? "We love colors in combination, so choosing one is hard. Right now, we are all about combining pale lilac, summer yellow and fresh pink - especially with silver as seen in our new Promenade wallpaper in hothouse (printed on matte silver foil)[see left]." What's the best use of interior color you've ever seen? "Russel Wright's home, Manitoga, in Garrison, NY. He used panels of laminate as cabinet doors in his kitchen and living area that he would change seasonally. The autumn/winter panels were a deep, warm orange and the spring/summer panels were a pure, refreshing white..." His home sits nestled in the woods, on a lake, and is rich with natural wood and stone (including a real tree that grows up through the dining area). These pops of seasonal color change help continue the illusion of bringing outdoors in. Apparently, he was inspired by the Japanese custom of changing decor from one season to another." Bio: We first found Kyra and Robertson when we came across their fabric and were blown away by the beautiful and subtle use of color. Since then (July, 2004), we've had the pleasure not only to get to know them at various trade shows, but also to watch their design company expand. Beginning with to-the-trade handprinted wallpaper, grasscloth and wallpaper, they have gone on to design new lines for DesignTex as well as starting their own successful line of wall applications, dubbed WallBands, and pillows based on their designs. These latter products represent affordable, retail-ready offerings that bring their great sense of style (and color) to a greater public. We are pleased to welcome these Brooklyn natives onto our august panel!