Name: Josh Takano Chambers-Letson
Location: Harlem, NYC
Type of Home: Teeny-tiny pre-war walk up rental apartment
What inspired you to use color? Living in a small Harlem apartment on a PhD student's dental-floss budget, color helps each room tell a story evoking international adventures and my mixed background. The bedroom is a watery sanctuary with blues based on cushions picked up on a trip to my parent's home in Seoul, South Korea. Natural and aquatic dressing combines to transform the room into a serene river(bed)...
...The living room is inspired by family's Japanese heritage, fusing the soothing tans, browns, and blacks of manuscript parchments with ceremonial reds. The office features golds and reds inspired by a print my mom found in Vietnam and peppers photographed in a Thai market, giving a rustic, intellectual feel to the little library. Finally, the kitchen's silvers and purples are based on a noodle cart I saw in a Bangkok night market, helping the room evoke the colorful and delicious midnight food stalls of Cambodia and Thailand.
Color Tip: Be bold and make unconventional choices. You may be surprised with how happy the results make you. When choosing colors, don't just go for a color that you like but don't have a real attachment to. Find a color that inspires deep and wonderful feelings and memories. If home is meant to be your sanctuary, let the color help you to tell a story about your life — both as it has been and as you want it to be. Don't worry about whether other people will like it because they're not living in your space, you are. Allowing color to help your living space tell a story can be the difference between a house and YOUR home.
Colors Used: 7 different Behr paint colors are used in my apartment. Bedroom: Island of Capri; Living Room: Desert Camel and Sand Dollar White; Office: Empire Yellow and Poinsettia; and Kitchen: Majestic Violet and Crocus Petal.
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.