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Julie Nolta

Hi, I'm Julie, Chief Executive Empress

of my little apple green design studio.

Welcome to my blog!

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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'Tis the (2018 Color) season

Oceanside blue painted walls

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 eye-rolling - - was about two weeks ago at a big box store which shall remain nameless. Heaven help us.)

But the end of the year also means it’s the season for the 2018 Color of the Year announcements. Lots of paint companies have their own picks and it’s always entertaining to see what color they think is going to be the cat’s meow in interior design for the following year.

Sherwin Williams is one of the first out of the box this year with their choice for 2018: a color called Oceanside; a deep gorgy blue with a hint of jewel-toned green.

Sherwin Williams Color of the Year Oceanside

It was fun to open an email and see this color because just so happens that I’ve been using an almost identical blue in a project I’ve been working on for the last few months, and I also happen to LOVE. IT. (This one’s for you, Pam!)

Oceanside's blue is more complex than just navy, and its transitional look can be used across many design styles, from mid-century modern to Mediterranean-inspired, traditional to contemporary, says Sherwin Williams.

Use it boldly on your walls in a den, living room or bedroom.

Sherwin Williams blue: Oceanside

Sherwin Williams Oceanside paint color in a den

Sherwin Williams color Oceanside in a bedroom

If large doses of strong color aren’t your style, try it as an accent color on cabinets, furniture, fabrics, or even your front door.

Sherwin Williams Oceanside on a front door

Just for fun you can see what Oceanside would look like in your own room by uploading a photo to Sherwin Williams’ online color tool called Color Snap. Or take any of their other paint colors for a virtual spin if you need some help deciding.

One of these days I'll do a round up of all the paint store’s Colors of the Year. But for the Academy Awards of color, my money is always on Pantone, the global authority who forecasts the next big color to influence the entire design world. I'll definitely share that one when it comes out.

Their color for 2017 was Greenery. But for now, I’m lovin’ me some Oceanside!

What about you? Does Oceanside make you want to grab a paint brush? Leave me a comment below - - I'd love to hear what you think!


Need help picking a paint color? Read here about how to pick a color you'll love. Or contact me and I'll make a house call. :-D


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