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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!

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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 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.

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...

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...

You know the year is winding down when the rain settles in, pumpkin spice is everywhere, and you start seeing Christmas decorations in the stores. (My first sighting of lighted trees, and subsequent sighing, was about two weeks ago at a big box store which shall remain nameless. Heaven help us.) But the end of the year als...

Are you ready for this?  Gold, yes, I said GOLD(!), is back in fashion for the home again! Most people, when you mention gold decor, shudder and think of the harsh, cold, brass of 80’s light fixtures and cabinet hardware, or your granny’s antiqued dark gold lamps. Well, I was with you until I started seeing how it could d...

If you’ve been kicking around long enough, you notice that there’s nothing really new under the sun in décor or fashion. They’ve just put a different twist on an old fad and served it up again.  (High-waisted “mom jeans” any one?!)  Waaay back in 2016 when “Rose Quartz” was named Pantone's color of the year, my exact t...

If you’re planning any sort of design project for your home, no matter what size, I highly recommend that you create a color board for yourself before you purchase ANYTHING. And NO, it doesn’t have to be all fancy and framed and professional. The important thing is seeing everything all at once so you can tell what’s workin...

Every year, Pantone, the global authority on color, forecasts the next color that’s going to be a big influence in the design world. This color is going to show up in home decor, fashion, beauty, advertising, etc. For 2017, get ready for…

Ever thought about decorating your home for Christmas in your favorite color rather than the traditional red and green? Here is a rainbow of color inspiration for your holiday decorating!

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