Never Underestimate the Power of Great Natural Beauty

"Never underestimate the power of great natural beauty to bring you inspiration, peace of mind, and clarity of thought.
In nature, you find yourself." 
Wayne Dyer

Wishing you a Happy Weekend 

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Top 2 photos Eric Piasecki, Bottom Left unknown, Bottom Right Kjersti Berg

Patricia Gray writes about emerging trends, her inspirations, "What's HOT" in the world of Design, as well as sneak peaks of her work. 


Beige is Magic - Albert Hadley

"Beige is atmosphere. It's bisque, it's ivory, it's cream, it's stone, it's toast, it's cappuccino. It's, well, it's magic." Albert Hadley

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Yellow - Mimosa's Debut?

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Yellow tulips speak to me of Spring and the promise of sunshine. What could be more optimistic than that?

Pantone, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industry has selected 'Mimosa', a warm, engaging yellow, as the Color of the Year for 2009. It was selected for the view that the world is in a time of economic and political change and for the fact that yellow more than any other color represents optimism, hope and reassurance. "The color yellow exemplifies the warmth and nurturing quality of the sun, properties we as humans are naturally drawn to for reassurance," explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. "Mimosa also speaks to enlightenment, as it is a hue that sparks imagination and innovation."

While all the above testaments to the effects of yellow on the psyche are so true, yellow is a color that is a tried and true favourite and has been used abundantly throughout the annals of time. Although I don't subscribe to the fickle market trends of color ......thank-you very much Pantone for your re-packaging and re-marketing of the color Yellow and for giving it it's year of fame!!


Sunset in Morocco taken by my girlfriend Ann on her desert safari expedition 2007.

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Yellow lanterns on the Island of Giudecca for the famous Rendentore fireworks celebration 2008

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Albert Hadley was using yellow in his designs in the 80's

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David Hicks (left) used yellow in the 70's

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Conran has introduced a yellow velvet for this sofa (left) just in time to catch the yellow wave. A yellow ottoman at the showroom of Dennis & Leen in Los Angeles that I was attracted to on a visit in 2008 (right)

Nate Berkusimage Yellow tufted ottomans (left Nate Berkus, right KWID)

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Yellow toss cushions and trim on draperies add a lively spark to these rooms. EKB Interiors

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Jeffery Bilhuber's famous library using the iconic yellow of the National Geographic magazines

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Yellow in large scale abstract artwork

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Yellow wall coverings KWID


Framed wall paper panels by the fabulous Maison 21


Bold & graphic yellow stripes in this bathroom


Yellow for draperies

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Fabric and trim from my files for a Master Bedroom I designed in the 90's

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Clarence House Silk draperies

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Yellow Bedding

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Yellow paint for walls. Benjamin Moore's St Elmo's Fire is a great yellow with just a touch of green in it.

Benjamin Moore's St. Elmo's fire yellow has a hint of green via Washington Post Sept 11Design Within Reach AC Chair


Yellow slipcovered dining chairs Vicente Wolf


Yellow lamps were starting to show up in abundance in 2008

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Jan Showers lamp (left) Michael Devine fabric (right)

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One of my favourite pieces of artwork by Kenton Nelson View as a slide show below............

What do you think? Is yellow a color you will want to introduce into your home in 2009, or will you be content to let others use it?

Click here to read a post I did on the color Yellow February 2008

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Weekend in Vancouver

Brockton Point Light House at Stanley Park

It's days like this that I really appreciate living in my beautiful city of Vancouver.  For those of you that have never been here we are surrounded by the majestic Rocky Mountains and the Pacific ocean.  When it is not raining and the sun shines everyone is out and about, and Stanley Park is a favourite destination of mine on sunny weekends.  I hope you enjoy the pictures.


View of Lions Gate Bridge towards the North Shore

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Third Beach at Stanley Park looking towards West Vancouver


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Sea Foam


Some of my favourite rocks


View towards Horseshoe Bay and North to Whistler


Sunset over English Bay



Even though the sun was shining it was a cold day and Nicole is glad to be back in the car with the heater turned on full blast for the ride home.

DSC01226Coal Harbour view towards North Vancouver


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