Friday, September 7, 2018

Hue Are You? with Jeffrey Johnson

Welcome to HUE ARE YOU




A weekly blog series exploring different creatives' views on color and its use in interiors, art and design. We will dive deep into their obsessions with color. How and why they use color. You will get to know their stories and you may even gather some tips for using color in your own home. What is better than learning from the experts!





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Hue Are You? 

Designer Spotlight: Jeffrey Johnson






Born and raised in Mississippi, Jeffrey grew up loving fashion but transfered that love to interior design in 2008. He focuses mostly on contemporary interior design projects from Nashville to Dallas to LA. His design style encompasses the design of interior spaces for impeccable lifestyles. He is intrigued with how people are living and thrives on using textiles, furnishings and lighting to collaborate on a distinctive hues and complementing styles. 

He is one of this year's Style Spotters for the International Highpoint Furniture market where he selects and reports on the latest trends in the furniture industry. Jeffrey is full of style both personally and in his interior spaces. Let's take a glimpse into his world of color.....


Susan Jamieson:  What one color represents your design style? 

Jeffrey Johnson Blue is very evident as it resonates many of the cool colors I tend to apply in the design style.  The color reflects water and sky and that itself automatically a naturally soothing color.  Also, the color gives many of us the calm and quiet effect that we need in our lives in the today's world.  Soft blues can help you relax and switch off after a long day.







SJ: Do you use color as a dominant role in your designs or as an accent? 

JJThe Gray color offers the stability of blending with colors and textures very well.  I love using the challenge of gray by finding the finding the right shade of grey as a warm gray with a brown/red/yellow undertone, a cool gray with a green, blue or purple undertone and a neutral gray with the middle of the path grays with no undertones.   




SJ: How do you feel about matching colors in a room? 

JJ: To apply the monotone layer of one color in many variations of shade and texture will show off the stunning space quite well and yet it is never overkilling using the fact of using one color in the monotone setting.  You don't get to see this very often; however, this is an opportunity to show your design skill set and make a compelling statement in a very undermining aesthetic environment.






SJ: What color represents your personality? 

JJBlue to the tea.  I am a water person, and it reminds me of the benefits of blue applies to the mind and body.  The blue character matches my personality to the symbolization of trust, loyalty, wisdom, and faith.






SJ: What color comes to mind when you talk about: 

Your favorite City ....... Amsterdam - I think of the color Blue and the Delftware resembles the color, culture, and history

The House You Grew Up In ......... 70’s Traditional Spanish Style Home on the lake.  Yellow countertops and brown panel wall were the main colors Last 





Fabulous Dinner You Had ........ Ravioli Rosa - Homemade ravioli filled with ricotta cheese and spinach in a pink and green at Tra Di Noi Restaurant in Malibu




Your favorite Flower ....... Hydrangea  Pink, the soft and rich color.





Your favorite season ...... Fall is my favorite season, I love the colors ranging from orange, yellow, and burnt red.  It is like no other seasons. Even the Fall brisk cool air brings memories of the Fall colors


Your Favorite Art ...... Anything related to water and movement by Christopher Martin - https://www.christophermartingallery.com/  I love all the ocean blue shades 


Your Favorite Room in Your Home ..... The monotone of all blues in the Living Room



Your Favorite Beauty product .... Beach Body Scrub by Bobbi Brown - Sand Color make me smile and how it feel good to your feet. 



Your Favorite Article of Clothing ...... I think of Nantucket when I buy the color, Lobster reef, from Vineyard Vines.

SJ: Name a color you never use? 

JJ: Green

SJ: Name a color you use frequently? 

JJ: Grey





SJ: If you could pick a name for a color what would it be? 

JJ: Dutchie Blue





SJ: Do you have a pet? What color reminds you of him/her? Do you have a nickname for this pet? 

JJYes, two chocolate labs.  The brown colors remind so much of the 70's and how much the color dominates our everyday lifestyle to this day.  I love brown when it comes to wall paint color.  I did that in my home office in Dallas.  It was a very light gray and it was tough to be motivated and work, so I changed it to a dark brown color wall.  Best decision I ever made.




SJ: What is the Now Neutral? 

JJ: White




SJ: What is your prediction for the next big color trend? 

JJI am not sure why I would say this, but pink in many variations of soft tone shade would be a thriving factor of classic and elegant setting.






SJ: What are the best color combinations? 

JJGreen, Gray, Cream





SJ: Best advise when it comes to picking paint colors? 

JJPick three shades of one color, slap the three shades of one color on the wall, and check the colors in the morning, afternoon, and evening.  It is the least expensive way of testing colors before making the final selection shade of color.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Bridget Beari Color Rule #10 - Test a Color in the Room Before You Buy!




Test a Color in the Room Before You Buy! 

As we have talked about before, colors look different in the store and on a chip. It is important to put a large enough samples on different walls in the room to see how the light affects the color and what other colors in the room are interacting with the wall color. 


These days all the paint manufacturers have what they call sample pots. Small pots of paint that cover about a 2' X 2' area. The only problem is the finish - not all finishes come in the sample pots. 

Here are some examples of people's attempt to visualize the color within a space. 

                                                              Painted on paper or board: 



Directly to the wall: 


Side by Side between trim


photo from Benjamin Moore website

Or side by side to select a certain value. 


All Photos from Pinterest

No matter how you do it, it is an important step in the selection process. Even the design professionals do this on every job or at least the good ones do!

Tip: Use nylon brushes for water base paints and natural brushes for oil paints. 

Happy Painting.....

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Bridget Beari Color Rule #9 - Take Clues from Your Closet

Bridget Beari Color Rule:


Take your Color Cues from Your Closet


Sometimes the easiest way to find your personal style is to look at the clothes you wear. This will tell you what colors appeal to you and how accessorized or simple your tastes are. 

For example, the picture below shows a girl in a Bohemian blousey shirt with multiple bracelets and necklaces. She also drives an orange VW Beetle. 



Below is a room that might appeal to her. Bright colors, patterns and bold shapes. It could also be very eclectic from places she has traveled. It is her look and her style. 


Good Bridget Beari Colors for this look would be: 

Trixie No. 22


Bing Bong No. 28


My own personal closet is more classic. I have mostly gray, white, black and some khaki. I feel more comfortable in these colors and around these colors therefore my house has similar colors. I love neutral but interesting textures. 




This foyer would represent the classic fashion color schemes. 



If you watch It's a Brad Brad World. You will notice that Brad Goreski- loves himself some plaid, color, and a bow tie. He is a mix of old and new but still classic and clean.  



His look might translate into a room like this: 


A classic look with pops of color behind the bookcase and traditional leather with modern detailing.

Try Bridget Beari Colors: 

Bababooey No.25


Rambo No 44


Sidebar: Trixie was a horse from my childhood horseback riding camp. We did a cowboy and indian play on horseback. I was an Indian and rode Trixie bareback  in full costume as we chased the cowboys. I was about 10. 

Bing Bong is the nickname of my cat BIng. We call her Bing Bong because she is so silly. 

Bababooey is the nickname Joe the BBD contractor gave my Sharpei Lulabelle. He is a big Howard Stern fan and Bababooey is one of the characters on the show. 

Rambo is the name of my neighbors wired hair dachsund. He rides on a Harley, dresses for Halloween, and is very vocal. We call him " the Man." Big like Rambo!!

Tip: Tone is how Intense, Bright or Dull a color is. 

If you are interested in a Bridget Beari Fan deck, they are available on line: 





Happy Painting.......

Friday, July 27, 2018

Hue Are You? with Libby Langdon

Welcome to HUE ARE YOU




A weekly blog series exploring different creatives' views on color and its use in interiors, art and design. We will dive deep into their obsessions with color. How and why they use color. You will get to know their stories and you may even gather some tips for using color in your own home. What is better than learning from the experts!





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Hue Are You? 

Designer Spotlight: Libby Langdon




  Libby Langdon is an interior designer, author, product designer and makeover television personality, as well as the creative force behind New York City-based design firm, Libby Interiors, Inc.  She is fast becoming known for her growing collections of branded home furnishings for Crystorama Lighting, outdoor furniture for North Cape and indoor/ outdoor rugs for KAS rugs. 

Libby’s interior designs and home products have been featured in leading shelter magazines: Architectural Digest, Traditional Home, House Beautiful, Better Homes and Gardens, Hampton’s Cottages and Gardens and is a contributing editor to House Beautiful magazine. Langdon has been a regular makeover design expert on NBC’s TODAY Show, HGTV’s Small Space - Big Style, The View, The Rachael Ray Show, FOX’s Design Invasion and NBC’s Open House.

 She’s written a book, Libby Langdon’s Small Space Solutions, and travels across the country presenting informative seminars to consumers, designers, and retailers about all things design. How does color play a part in her cool elegant style? Let's find out....


Susan Jamieson:  What one color represents your design style? 

Libby Langdon Blue, it represents my Easy, Elegant, Everyday Style. 





SJ: Do you use color as a dominant role in your designs or as an accent? 

LLI would say usually color is used as an accent in most of my projects, but that come from what will be timeless and so often they are worried they will tire of a color if it's a dominant part of the design. That being said I'm working on a wonderful project in Vero Beach where color will be front and center in each and every room, I love  when a client wants to go there!




SJ: How do you feel about matching colors in a room? 

LL: I don't really feel like colors need to "match" but rather play well together.  In every design I usually start with what I call a "connector" fabric, it's a multi-color print or pattern that weaves several of the colors l'll use in the space together, that becomes the springboard for the room’s palette.  This helps the client see we have a roadmap and something that's guiding the design. I also know if they like the color combo in the fabric, they will love the way I work with those colors on different items, and ultimately adore the room design.





SJ: What color represents your personality? 

LLI think it might be yellow, I'm a pretty perky, positive person and I'm always smiling and usually happy, sort of like human smiley face.  I was once referred to as a cross between a self- help interior designer and a bubbly life coach, I like that!






SJ: What color comes to mind when you talk about: 

Your favorite City ....... Sag Harbor - blue because it's surrounded by water and the sky goes on forever.

The House You Grew Up In ......... Brown- it was a gorgeous old English Tudor house with wonderful chocolate exterior woodwork and amazing stained mahogany paneled walls throughout the interior of the house.

Last Fabulous Dinner You Had ........ Pink- I made the yummiest fresh grilled shrimp from the fresh fish stand near our house and the color of the shrimp didn't look real, it was so fresh.

Your favorite Flower ....... H
ydrangeas - the cornflower blue color makes me swoon...my Mom calls that color "Libby Blue" because she knows how much I love it.

Your favorite season ...... Fall - orange, it's my husband’s and mines favorite time of the year, it's when we got married, we love the cooler temps and the romantic feel in the air. I love that back-to-school mentality, I always think it's the new year for me rather than January.





Your Favorite Art ...... Lime green- it may not be my favorite piece of art but it's the most recent one I've bought and it's a wonderful abstract hanging over the fireplace in our master bedroom. It's got all sorts of bright colors like hot pink, bright blue and I don't normally use lime green but I'm loving it as an accent in our room right now.


Your Favorite Room in Your Home ..... Tan- family room - this is where the life really happens in a house and people get to rest, relax, play games, watch movies, spend easy time together...I design so many family rooms with tan as a base neutral and I'm ok with that.  Rather than thinking its uninspired I like to think of it as creating a room when people can gather and feel like they are getting a big fat hug, kind of like putting on your favorite broken in pair of khakis


Your Favorite Beauty product .... White - Creme De La Mer is hands down my go to skincare product, I feel like I'm doing my skin a favor when I use it!


Your Favorite Article of Clothing ...... Cobalt blue - 2 years ago for Christmas my husband gave me this awesome fleece zip up Cubs sweatshirt, it was the year they won the World Series and I became a total Cubs baseball fan. It's at our house in Sag Harbor and that's where I get to wind down and relax and even if I'm working when I'm out there, that fleece is so comforting...I take deeper breaths when I wear it, now that's a fave article of clothing!


SJ: Name a color you never use? 


LL Rust and olive green...had to name two!






SJ: Name a color you use frequently? 


LL Blue






SJ: If you could pick a name for a color what would it be? 


LLMagic Hour






SJ: Do you have a pet? What color reminds you of him/her? Do you have a nickname for this pet? 


LLNo, still working on trying to keep our house plants alive!


SJ: What is the Now Neutral? 


LL Navy Blue








SJ: What is your prediction for the next big color trend? 


LLTurquoise






SJ: What are the best color combinations? 


LLRed/Gold/Black - Navy/Green/White- Spa/Tan/cream- Teal/Gray/ Navy






SJ: Best advice when it comes to picking paint colors? 


LL- Choose colors with more gray undertones than you think, it may look dull on a paint chip but a super clear, bright color on a paint chip can read like a kids playroom fun house when you actually get it up on the wall.  Also, don't paint a million test patches on your wall, you will never know what it looks like from that, if you're working with an interior designer trust them, they know what it looks like because they've probably used it a million times and can send you a picture of it in a room.  Otherwise look at your paint color and Google if you can see what it looks like in a space or see if the paint company has a virtual tool where you can see it in a room.  




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