Choosing Interior Paint Colors: Ellen Kennon and Full Spectrum Paints

Ellen Kennon, color expert and founder of Full Spectrum Paints, is one of the best contacts for anyone who will ever paint a room again.  Featured in Architectural Digest Magazine and numerous other well known publications,  House Beautiful  included her in their list of  “three of the best” color consultants.

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Her paints are blended from the 7 colors of natural sunlight and closely mimic nature’s elements such as sky, water and stone, with seemingly infinite variations of color combinations. Standard paint colors are usually a blend of two or three pigments that includes black, which absorbs light. Ellen’s paints omit black and have a broader range of pigments that reflect a broader range of light and coordinate more easily with the colors and furnishings around them. They are chameleon-like in their ability to pick up colors from adjacent materials and to change character as the light changes. Also, because of the absence of black and the perfect balance of a full spectrum of pigments, they don’t tend to turn muddy or lose their character in low light conditions.

This just seems too good to be true: using a free telephone consultation, her in-depth knowledge of color and the moods they evoke and the Virtual room painter, one of the hardest choices– color choice– is made effortless.  Even more, all paints are low-VOC and the Lifemaster product is VOC-free (perfect for people with allergies) and  certified as a  “green” product by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Once you order the paint from their office in St. Francisville, Louisiana, Full Spectrum will  fax their special formulas to a store near you where they will tint the paint and have it ready for you to pick up.

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(L to R: Sandy Lagoon, Classic Marc, Jaunty Jen, Silk Road Plum, Barry's Babylon, H2 Ahh!, Ginger Ale, Dean's Dream, Perret Ivory, Pearl, Tiffany Taupe, Powdered Pebbles, Cloud, Juliet's Potion, Amy's Sarasota Sand & Morning Yellow)

Ellen’s blog is full of great posts on color and the depth of what they evoke. For instance, I  found an especially interesting post called “Living Well” and was fascinated by the spirit behind the colors we choose to surround ourselves with,  as this excerpt states..

Cool colors, the blues, greens and grays, cause a centripetal action which brings one into himself, promoting relaxation and introspection. Soft, cool colors can be used to make a small room seem larger and actually even lower the thermostat!..
Green, for instance, is the most healing color of all. It falls in the middle of the spectrum, therefore it brings balance. It soothes and promotes mental endeavorsBlue, representative of the energy of water and sky, is also a great soother. However, the wrong shade of blue can be a sapper of energy.”


New York designer, and my good friend,  Marc Charbonnet often turns to Ellen and Full Spectrum whom he says “‘can match anything. . . and she always comes through.”

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If you are an artist, this video segment from CBS Sunday Morning features artist Hunt Slonem,  using ‘Summer Brights’ collection in the Ogden Museum exhibit as well as colors used in his plantation home, Lakeside:

Ellen is a dear friend from my New York and Louisiana days.  Writing this makes me want to “sit and visit”.

Saturday Shopping with 1st Dibs

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Waterfall Desk with Striped Laminate Design
USA, 1970’s

Lobel Modern

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Arturo Pani Sofa
Mexico, 1965

Downtown

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Four-Door Copper and Enamel Cabinet by Kwangho Lee
Korea, 2010

Johnson Trading Gallery

Vintage Longboard
United States, 1960’s

Dual

Karl springer chaise

Pair of Dowelwood Chaise Longue Designed by Karl Springer
USA, 1980’s

Downtown

le corbusier armoire

Armoire by Le Corbusier
France, 1949

Sam Kaufman

Folding screen by Joaquim Tenreiro
Brazil, 1950s

R Gallery

Architectonic “Box-Kite” lamps by Goerge Nelson
USA
1950’s

Lost City Arts

Large Floating Room Divider made Takashimaya NYC American 1981
USA, 1980’s

The Warehouse

Rare Seven Foot Sculpture by Paul Evans
USA, 1964

Todd Merrill Antiques

Red Dining table
France

Twenty First/ Twenty First

Naomi bookcase by Ettore Sottsass
Italy, 1985

Wright Now

Friday Fashion with 1st Dibs-Vintage Couture

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France

Madison Avenue Couture

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1974 Norma Kamali Black Leather Hat
United States

Rare Vintage

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Clyde Smith/Donna Mehalko
USA

Noir.

Fabulous Oversized French Sunglasses
France

Katy Kane

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1920’s-30’s Eastern European Embroidered Blouse

Regeneration

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Henri Bendel Opening Advertising Campaign – Horst P. Horst/ 6 Ph
New York

Noir.

Zandra Rhodes
United Kingdom

Resurrection

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Yves Saint Laurent Cashmere Cape with Dyed Silver Fox
France

20th Century Couture

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Oscar De La Renta
Silk satin chiffon leopard print caftan

Resurrection

Nepal & India-Top Luxury Destinations with Abercrombie & Kent

Nepal was among the “Top Places to Go” as suggested by the New York Times in their “Top 31” List of 2010, and made it through the cut when Abercrombie & Kent dwindled it down to their “Top 12” list.  I will be doing a series of posts in the upcoming months that feature these irresistible Top Places to See.  Most of them will describe  packages that combine luxury with authenticity and are customizable to meet your desires by Abercrombie & Kent themselves; here are four such stunning possibilities.

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1. India’s Himalayan Kingdom of Ladakh
Explore the Kingdom with Tour Director, Vishal Ghai
Vishal, who has traveled the length and breadth of the Indian subcontinent and Nepal over the past 13 years. A specialist in Indian culture, history, religion and traditions, he enriches his guests’ experience with his knowledge and affable demeanor. Some of his renowned guests have included captains of industry and various dignitaries.  This journey is a Marco Polo Club Invitational Program.  Sandwiched between the towering peaks of the western Himalaya and the vast Tibetan plateau, Ladakh is the highest, least populated and most inaccessible region in India. Explore this fascinating area, a center of Buddhism encased by cultural riches.
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Advantages with Abercrombie & Kent
•    Experience the Hemis Festival, a rare opportunity for visitors
•    Meet the Oracle of Sabu
•    Sit down with a Ladakhi scholar for dinner and a discussion of Buddhism
•    Enjoy the fresh air and Himalayan views at your tented camp on the banks of the Indus River
•    Join a BBC correspondent for a walking tour of Delhi

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2. Expedition to Everest Base Camp

Both seductive and unforgiving, the snow-covered peaks are colossal, with dark, seemingly bottomless crevasses. Your expedition to reach Everest Base Camp is grueling, but worth every inch of the climb. Ascend thousands of feet, as the mountain’s majesty tests your physical conditioning and resolve each day. Your slow, steady climb reveals wild rushing waters underneath the Imja Khol River suspension bridge, a stunning rhododendron forest, terminal moraine and a rubble-covered glacier. Each night, your windswept teahouse and primitive furnishings feel like paradise to your weary body and replenish your  unrelenting spirit.

3. The Spirit & Spice of India is a 13- day excursion with 16 people max.  See Kerala’s backwaters to the Elephanta Island temples of Mumbai, the oasis of Lake Pichola in Udaipur and a breadth of cultures on this Connoisseurs journey that traverses India from south to north.
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Palace Suite Bedroom

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Pool at Devi Garh

Advantages with Abercrombie & Kent

•    Marvel at living, breathing art during a Kathakali performance in Kochi, the birthplace of this highly stylized dance form
•    Cruise Kerala’s rich backwaters on a private rice barge on a half-day tour, fully absorbing the local way to travel
•    View the incredible birds of Vembanad Lake in the early morning hours, when they are most active

•    Hear about India’s remarkable spices during a private lunch at a family-owned spice plantation in Kumarakom, hosted by the owners

•  Learn about Ayurveda during a lecture in Kumarakom that discusses this influential alternative medicine form

•  Meet and chat with villagers in the outskirts of Jaipur for a deeper understanding of life in the Rajasthani countryside
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Aravali Suite Bathroom- A True View-

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Al Fresco Dining

Rambagh Palace Exterior

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Rambagh Palace-Indoor Pool

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Rambagh Palace-The Jiva Grande Spa

4.There are also customizable Nepal Extension 6-day stays featuring options in medieval cities in Kathmandu Valley and game drives in search of elusive Bengal tigers, one-horned rhino, sloth bears and leopards.

Look for upcoming posts for more incredible destinations from Mysore to Patagonia.

ASID-Sustainable Design Summit-Tropical Hawaii

If you need a really good and positive excuse to get some sun and feel warm breezes, sign up for the ASID: Sustainable Design Summit in Honolulu, Hawaii.  The Summit is 3 days, March 11-13, 2011, BUT- you could always tell the spouse and kids it’s all week long.  I would never…but if I did

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Here’s where I would be ..poolside at the famous Halekalani Pool, made up of a million glass tiles. Conveniently, this is where the Summit is held.

 

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I would log a few hours here staring off the balcony of the Halekalani onto beachgoers and surfers below.  Looking at Diamond Head in the near distance,  I would plan to take a hike there.   I would take advantage of the hotel’s surfboard rentals and lessons or go for a sunset Outrigger Canoe ride.

I wouldn’t miss trying out the upscale Morimoto Waikiki restaurant recently opened by Iron Chef winner, Masaharu Morimoto. He buys fresh fish from local farmers and infuses his recipes with hints of India, France, Italy and Southeast Asia.  Sounds so interesting, my mouth is watering.

Maybe I would book a Dolphin Quest at the Kahala Hotel, or even get a little more adventurous and swim with the wild dolphins in the warm blue seas off Oahu. Check this dreamy adventure out here.

After this blissful week of education mixed with swimming with dolphins and sitting poolside at a luxury hotel, learning to surf, dining on sushi prepared by celebrity chefs and getting massages, I would hop on a plane feeling refreshed.  I would be ready to meet my family with open arms and tell them  about all I learned all week long at the Sustainability Design Summit and maybe even drum up a bit of pity for the days I had to spend inside listening to all the educational seminars while in such a beautiful and tropical location. Poor me.  And… “I can’t believe I forgot to bring my camera..

Unique Modern Outdoor Lighting

If you are starting to think about warmer days and brightening up your outdoor spaces, Y Living is a great online resource for unique and modern furniture, lighting and accessories.  We especially like the outdoor lighting they feature.
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Havana Outdoor Pendant LightDesign  Foscarini-by Jozeph Forakis
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The Havana pendant was selected by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York for its permanent design collection.
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Waterproof Floating LanternDesign /Metalarte-by Hector Serrano.
Be transported onto a floating mattress, stargazing in the warm air, dreaming.