Southwest #21 Lori's Latin Lair

Name: Lori
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Type of Home: 1-bedroom apartment

What inspired you to use color? Looking for an escape from the dull & drab life of a middle-aged law student, I took up salsa dancing and fell in love with all things Latin. My apartment is a reflection of, and tribute to, my travels to Spain & Latin American. In fact I rented this specific apartment because the view from the French windows reminded me of Madrid. The main color scheme of red/yellow/blue comes from the Spanish flag. My kitchen is painted the same yellow as the church in the Guatemalan town where I studied Spanish-and almost married a local. The red silk chair reminds me of the bullfighters capes in Spain & Mexico. Black lace curtains lined with red satin in the vanity look just like the tango dresses I bought in Buenos Aires. If there was any justice in the world, I would have been born a Latina!

Color Tip: Since this is the first time I've ever lived alone, I was overwhelmed and scared by the enormity of decorating an entire apartment by myself! I started small, taking cues from things I already loved, like a piece of art, or a dress. I took my favorite nail polish to Home Depot and found a Ralph Lauren color to match. I painted the inside of just one kitchen shelf. It looked amazing! Thrilled and feeling emboldened, I decided to paint my living area red also. I bought 5 variations of red, painted big test patches on the walls and just lived with them, getting a sense of how each one looked and felt at different times with different light. I removed one "least favorite" color at a time, until I was left with the perrrrrfect red.

Colors Used: Walls: All my colors are Ralph Lauren. I love the depth to the colors, and the paint has great texture and coverage. The living room - dining room is Venetian Red. The kitchen walls are Moccasin (but Chamois is close), the built in cupboards are Armagnac on the outside and Amalfi Red on the inside (the color that matches my toe-nail polish). The vanity area also has Armagnac on the built-in drawers, and a turquoise that I can't remember :-( The bathroom is Capri Pink--which is not very pink but more coral/salmon colored. The bedroom is Claret.

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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

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