Last month I purchased one of the very best books I have found...ever... on how to work with color...and the irony is...
If you read the title you will be surprised and enlightened when you see that every page is full of color....
not to mention.... great design
The book is called
Color you can live with
Throughout the book, Stephanie shares her knowledge,
and love of color
in a way that make using color,
understandable and friendly...like Stephanie herself...
I had the opportunity to contact Stephanie...
and she was so nice to answer a few questions about her work and why this book speaks to so many people...
it has now been published in 11 languages...even Polish!
K: When I picked up the book, I thought it would be about rooms without much color when in fact is it just the opposite. How did you come up with the idea of the "new neutral" ?
S: I had become so tired of that boring beige look that everyone was using thinking that was the cool neutral way to go.
S: I had always felt that in every colour there was a neutral shade, a shade that would go with everything. I was determined to prove it and the book has exceeded all of my expectations-10 languages-all over the world-it seemed to fulfill a need!!!
K: Do have a favorite color? I steer clear of certain colors sometimes, but you have included so many different colors, used so beautifully in various rooms...
S: I love colours that have their base in nature, rather than artificial colours. If it has an edible name, you can be pretty sure it is a good colour-chocolate, mint, buttermilk saffron and so on.
K: Explain what you mean by using "dirty or "off" colors and why that concept works so well in interiors...
S: When a colour is too clean-too poster-to bright and and shiny, it can be very hard to live with. By dirtying or toning down or aging a colour you can obtain a much more elegant, vintage, livable shade...
K: You included 3 different swatch guides using grey...so is grey the perfect neutral?
S: Grey has been a colour of the moment for so many years now, it is almost a staple. I find it one of the easiest colours to live with and to wear and it is always elegant- always chic and always of the moment.
It blends so well with things like chinese red, coral, turquoise, bordeaux-anywhere you see it you love it. It is my favorite!
K: I love the swatch guides and think they could be used by just about anyone as a guide. Did you try to gear this book to the "non-professional" or who were thinking your reader might be?
S: I always try to be educational, helpful, practical, pragmatic and never pompous. Although I suppose my imaginary reader is a non professional, I have found that pretty much all of the professionals-be they curtain makers, designers,magazine editors-all have my books and use them frequently.
I also thought is was fabulous that you included flooring!! SO always over looked!
S: Those are wonderful, but also the grey as above and the edible shades of coffee,chocolate and buttermilk.
S: Experience.... flair... instinct... and things I relate well to.
It is not easy to find artists whose work I want to sell- I am always on the lookout...
A new book or project on the horizon?
S: Have you seen Perfect Palette? It's about paint colour... and doing very well
S: I want to do perfect pillows or cushions or what ever you call them in the US...
I feel it would be the perfect recession book, as when you can't afford to do anything else to "zuzz" up your home.... a few pillows will do the trick don't you think?
And what a selection one has today-every home company does them!
What a pleasure Stephanie!
and yes I love pillows....I so agree
So much fun for me,
she is interesting and thoughtful and current...
I love that about her!!!
Here is a link to Stephanie's gallery... which is just amazing and so very chic
You will love this book...I guarantee
~thanks again for stopping by~
And on a side note: your comments on my last post just amazed me!