Midwest #18: Lucitebox's Kooky Kitschy Color

Midwest #18: Lucitebox's Kooky Kitschy Color

Janel Laban
Oct 13, 2008
Name: Lucitebox Location: Chicago, IL Type of Home: Rented Apartment What inspired you to use color? As a vintage clothing dealer, my job requires that I bring in "new" stuff all the time. I find that my energy slows when I'm not surrounded by lively, cheerful colors. I'm a bonafide pack rat who likes kooky, kitschy things. Many of my color combinations are lifted from 40s, 50s and 60s textiles.

Inspiration continued:My mom is a huge influence on how I decorate. She taught me how to find the good in old stuff from thrift stores, estate sales and curbside. My inspiration comes from my vintage paint-by-number collection, Pee-wee's Playhouse, outsider art, vintage souvenirs, Amy Sedaris's house, and comic books. When people come over and delight in discovering things in my house, I feel like I've succeeded in creating a fun, inviting place. I'm content to know that nothing here cost much money and I'm reusing things that might have otherwise been overlooked entirely.

Color Tip: You don't learn much by playing it safe. I've lived in many rental apartments over the years and each one has been very different, but always intrinsically "me." Find a color combination you love and give it your spin. You can do this with a high energy, vivid palette, or relaxed, calm neutrals--but you really have to know who you are and what you like to make it work. Try it! After all, it's just paint. I liken it to picking a dress for a cocktail party. If you've ever been to a party wearing a little black dress and gotten completely lost in a sea of black, you'll know what I mean. The whole party experience is vastly different when you step out in something colorful and daring. Truly. It is okay to stand-out from the crowd.

Colors Used: Sorbet, rye grass, primavera, timescape, novemberskies, buttercup, and the coral color is custom.

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 til 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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