apple green studio


Hi, I'm Julie, Chief Executive Empress of my little apple green design studio.

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When I'm not out visiting a client or searching for just the right  product for a project, I can probably be found in my happy little studio (painted the perfect shade of green), busy drawing up new ideas for a cool kitchen or a "spa-licious" bathroom. I like to share the fun stuff I find along the way!



Have you ever had an epiphany about something and suddenly the clouds part, the sun comes out, and the angels begin to sing? Well, it happened to me one day when I was thinking about why some white painted rooms look “meh” and others look amazing. If you’re like me (and a lot of other people), at some point in your life yo...

If you couldn't make it to my last Field Trip Friday, I thought you might like to see a few photos of the Portland Japanese Garden and the Umami Cafe.  The trip was inspired by an article in Architectural Digest featuring the 50 most beautiful coffee houses in America.  Not sure how a tea house made it on the list, but...

Has this ever happened to you? You can’t put off your paint project any longer, so you head down to the big home improvement store where you’re confronted with a WALL of paint samples. You take home a fistful of those little cards with color chips the size of your fingernail, and with much agonizing, narrow down your option...

If it’s about time to paint your front door, why not choose an interesting or unexpected color that puts a smile on your face when you come home every day? But before you go rushing down to the paint store, here a few things for you to keep in mind when you’re choosing that perfect color.

Choosing color combinations for decorating your room can be intimidating. Which colors go together? Which colors DON’T? How do you know if they’re going to look good or not? The foolproof method for creating beautiful color palettes for a room is knowing how to use a color wheel.

Pantone isn’t the only one to predict what colors might be popular this year. Just about every major paint company has their own favorite, and I've pulled together a little collection of the ones I thought were the most interesting. And get ready. Because if paint colors are any indication, we’re in for a bold ride thro...

Last week I was planning on having a bunch of photos to show you of a new home construction project I’ve been working on for almost two years now. Although the house isn’t completely finished, the homeowners, Chuck and Jacque, who’re relocating to Portland from California, went ahead and started moving in a couple weeks ag...

If you’re staring at an empty space on your wall or bookcase or table, a clock might not be the first thing to come to mind, but pick the right one and it can be a great accent piece in your room.

I was looking for lamps for a client’s bedroom this week and while I was busily pinning pictures on her Pinterest board and discussing options with her, it occurred to me that you might like to know the secrets to choosing the right table lamp.

Every year, Pantone, the global authority on color, forecasts the next big color that’s going to be an influence in the design world. You can expect this color to show up in home and event decor, fashion, beauty, advertising, etc. over the next year or two. Get ready for Pantone’s pick for 2018’s color of the year:  “Ultra...

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