• The 2018 Pantone Color of the year is… Ultra Violet!

    ANNOUNCING PANTONE 18-3838 ULTRA VIOLET, PANTONE® COLOR OF THE YEAR 2018

    A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.

    Color of the Year 2018 – Quote from Lee Eiseman
    Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.

    Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.

    Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The color is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energizes the communities that gather there and inspire connection.

    https://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2018

  • Check out how Simply Amish adds Olde World style to their products below.

  • The Rules of Design: “There Are No Rules”

    Consultant: Christine Anderson

    Personal style: Preferring to work with classic clean lines, Anderson adds a mix of industrial elements along with texture and color to give her designs an urban feel.

    “I tend to bring in color and texture with my accessories, like mixing in metals or wood,” Anderson said.

    Hardwood floors and other rustic elements along with minimal window treatments such as blinds rather than heavy drapery add to the relaxed feel.

    “It’s the more warehouse feel,” Anderson said. “It’s a little bit more rustic but with clean lines.”

    Art plays an important role in design for Anderson, who incorporates sculpture, prints or other artwork or unusual pieces into a room to make it distinct.

    Decorating tip: Don’t confine yourself to a specific design style and don’t be afraid to mix and match.

    “In the past, we’ve had fixed categories of design from traditional to country, mission, industrial or modern, and that is no longer the case,” Anderson said. “Today’s rule is that there are no rules, and that is wonderfully liberating.”

    Thinking outside of the style box allows you the freedom to bring in artwork, photographs or other objects of personal significance.

    “The industry has been toying with the word transitional with a more modern look,” Anderson said. “But we’ve grown to the point that if you want grandma’s linen chest to use as a cocktail table, it’s an option. You can use the things that you love and mix it with other elements.”

    Favorite room design: A re-make of a living room in the home of Brian and Rhonda Arndorfer of Merrill.

    “They wanted the appearance to be totally different from what they had,” Anderson said. “They had an 80s or 90s décor.”

    The couple opted to go with clean, simple lines and a neutral color scheme highlighting the room’s main furniture, a mid-sized sofa and two track arm chairs with tapered legs. The furniture is offset by textures and color found throughout the rooms accessories.

    “I went with a neutral woven fabric for the sofa and the chairs,” Anderson said. “They have very simple lines.”

    Texture is introduced into the room with an over sized leather ottoman serving as a cocktail table, a woven throw and leather crocodile skin tray. An abstract floral oil painting above the fireplace pulls in the soft greens and tans placed throughout the room.

    Read the story from the June 2014 Issue of the You Magazine on pages 24 & 25 HERE

  • The 2017 Pantone Color of the Year is… Greenery!

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    Lee_Eisemann Pantone Color of the Year 2017 GREENERY

    GREENERY COLOR PAIRINGS

    Nature’s neutral, PANTONE Greenery is a versatile “trans-seasonal” shade that lends itself to many color combinations. As displayed in the 10 palettes below, Greenery is paired with neutrals, brights, deeper shades, pastels, metallics and even the enduring presence of PANTONE Color of the Year 2016, Rose Quartz and Serenity. These palettes easily cross over fashion, beauty, product and graphic design applications.

    https://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2017