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Color in Review: Mystical Shade SW 6276 – Gray Decor

Mystical Shade SW 6276 - Inspiration Collage - Moon, Foggy Forest, Hazy Mountains, Misty Dock
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Ethereal Energy, Soft Shadows

Halloween hits different this year. That’s for sure. Channeling some spooky vibes with this inspiration for October’s color: Mystical Shade. This month, we are featuring Sherwin William’s color of the month for October: Mystical Shade SW 6276. In Color in Review, I curate a collection of items from artisans based on a featured paint color. Need to spruce up your space or need color inspiration? This series is made to inspire you to discover new color palettes and decor inspiration while showcasing items from black-owned businesses. 

Missed last month? Check out the Rock Candy curated collection here

In this post, I first discuss what paint colors coordinate with Mystical Shade SW 6276. Then I share information about each product featured in this color curated collection. Come check out these lovely items and support Black artists. 

  Mystical Shade SW 6276 - Inspiration Collage - Moon, Foggy Forest, Hazy Mountains, Misty Dock 

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Designer Spotlight: Art By Dina D Interview

ArtbyDinaD - Blue Abstract Acrylic Painting
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I am excited to continue the series: Designer Spotlight. Designer Spotlight features different artists and designers on the blog. Towards the end of summer, I had the opportunity to interview Dina, owner of Art by Dina D.  Dina is a painter and photographer based in the DC area. She makes abstract contemporary acrylic paintings that would spice up any kind of project. Dina can be found on Etsy at ArtbyDinaD and her photography site at dinadeephotog.com.

Dina’s art was featured in August’s Color in Review: Touch of Sand SW 9085 – Neutral Themed Decor. Check out the post to see her neutral artwork and the coordinating color scheme and decor. 

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Travel Palette: Sagres Portugal Inspired Color Palette

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Coastal, Textured, and Mystical

Taking it to the coast and reminiscing about these stunning views. This week’s travel palette is inspired by this breathtaking vista at Fortaleza de Sagres in Sagres Portugal. In life, sometimes you have to live on the edge. In this case, on the southwesternmost edge of continental Europe! Read on to learn about this prime sunset-watching location, and how I created this Sagres Portugal inspired color palette. After that, learn how this scene inspired this palette and how you can bring these dynamic yet relaxing vibes into your project or space.

The travel palettes series was created to expand creative horizons and explore the correlation between travel, inspiration, colors, textures, and design.

  Sagres Portugal Inspired Color Palette Sagres Portugal Inspired Material & Finish Palette 

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Color In Review: Rock Candy SW 6231 – Gray Decor

Sherwin Williams Rock Candy SW 6231 -Inspiration - Ice, Frost
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Icy Grays, Fresh Neutral

We say goodbye to summer as we wrap up September with another Color in Review. This month, we are featuring Sherwin William’s September Color of the Month: Rock Candy SW 6231 and gray decor. In Color in Review, I curate a collection of items from artisans based on a featured paint color. Color in Review may provide you that unique decor solution from black-owned businesses. 

Missed last month? Check out the Perle Noir curated collection here

This series highlights Black artists, creatives, and designers. Take a look to discover items from talented individuals and find some cool items to enhance your space and various projects!

In this post, I first discuss what paint colors coordinate with Rock Candy SW 6231. Then I share information about each product featured in this color curated collection. Come check out these lovely items and support Black artists. 

  Sherwin Williams Rock Candy SW 6231 -Inspiration - Ice, Frost   Light Gray Curated Collection - Home Decor Rock Candy - SW 6231

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Travel Palette: Quinta da Regaleria

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Lush, Green, and Earthy

Feeling those explorer vibes and forest energy. This week’s travel palette is inspired by this image from Quinta da Regaleria in Sintra, Portugal. We’re recapping another one of my top adventures in Sintra: this fairytale-like experience at Quinta da Regaleria. 

Want to find out how I created this Quinta da Regaleria inspired color palette? Keep on reading. First, learn a bit about this interesting site and then learn about the palette and colors. After that, I’ll share how to bring some green, luscious forest vibes into your space or project. 

The travel palettes series was created to expand creative horizons and explore the correlation between travel, inspiration, colors, textures, and design.

  Design to Five - Quinta da Regaleria Inspired Color Palette Design to Five - Biophilic Design - Green and Plant Finish and Material Palette

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Color In Review: Perle Noir SW 9154 – Black Decor

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Charcoal Tones, Sophisticated Contrast

Hey all, we’re back with another month of Color in Review. For this month, we are featuring Sherwin William’s August Color of the Month: Perle Noir SW 9154 and showcasing a curated collection of charcoal and black colored decor.

In Color in Review, I curate a collection of items from artisans based on a featured paint color. Is your space or project missing those final touches? Are you looking for some ways on how to take your space to the next level? Keep on reading. Haven’t viewed last month’s post yet? You can check it out the Touch of Sand curated collection here.

This series highlights Black artists, creatives, and designers. Take a look to discover items from talented individuals and find some cool items to enhance your space and various projects!

In this post, I will discuss what paint colors coordinate with Perle Noir SW 9154, and then I will share information about each product featured in this color curated collection. Come check out these stunning items and support Black artists. 

   Sherwin Williams - Perle Noir SW 9154 - Charcoal Black Inspiration  Perle Noir - Curated Collection - Charcoal Home Decor

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Travel Palette: Pena Palace Color Palette

Pena Palace Inspired Color Palette
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Primary, Playful, and Vibrant.

Hold on to your hats. We’re traveling back to Portugal ya’ll. Oh yes, this week’s travel palette is inspired the Pena Palace in Sintra Portugal. Get ready for a Pena Palace Color Palette. Portugal is one of my all-time favorite places and visiting Sintra was one of my all-time favorite adventures. It was only a matter of time until I relived this amazing day, again. 

Pena palace is quite the inspiration with its vibrant colors, beautiful tiles, and overall magic fairytale vibes. Come with me on this journey and learn how to bring a little Pena Place into your space. 

The travel palettes series was created to expand creative horizons and explore the correlation between travel, inspiration, colors, textures, and design.

Pena Palace Inspired Color Palette  Pena Palace Color and Material Palette

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Color in Review: Touch of Sand SW 9085 – Neutral Themed Decor

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A Touch of Sand and A Splash of Decor

Hey all, I am excited to introduce another segment on my blog called Color in Review. 

In Color in Review, I curate a collection of items from artisans based on a featured paint color. These selected items could be just what you were looking for to take a space to the next level, whether it is for home decor or interior design projects.

The items selected are from Black artists, creatives, and designers. As I continue to use this platform to find ways to celebrate artists and creative POC, I am looking forward to providing diverse and unique items for your various project needs. I find much more joy and satisfaction purchasing artwork or decor from an artist, small business, or an artisan I’ve discovered while traveling. It creates a much more meaningful and curated space rather than having something mass-produced from a large chain store. You do have power in your purchase. You can help support local and small businesses, support artisans, and even help improve and empower communities across the globe.

This color inspiration for this curated collection is based on Sherwin Williams Color of the Month for July: Touch of Sand SW 9085. 

In this post, I will discuss what paint colors coordinate with Touch of Sand SW 9085, and then I will share information about each product featured in this color curated collection. Let’s support Black artists, amplify melanated voices, and make our spaces look amazing. Now that’s what I call a win-win.

Touch of Sand SW 9085 Inspiration - Beach, Waves, Dunes  Neutral Color Themed Decor

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Travel Palette: Duke Gardens

Cherry Blossom Color Palette - Travel Palette
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Soft, Light, and Earthy.

This week’s travel palette is inspired by this image taken at the Duke Gardens at Duke University. Walking through a garden filled with blooming cherry blossom trees was a springtime dream back in 2019 when I visited North Carolina. These beautiful blooms within the gardens were the source of this cherry blossom inspired color palette. I don’t know about you, but I have a sweet spot for flowers. There is something so peaceful, simple, beautiful, and calming about flowers. Especially when one is surrounded by nature. I can’t help but take a step back and appreciate our Earth. Thanks Earth, you a real one. 

Being able to visit the gardens while the trees were in bloom was just the cherry on top.  (I know, I know. You didn’t think I’d get through the post without at least one pun did you?) Learn a little bit about Duke Gardens and the process I went through to create this palette. Oh, and all the products featured are described and linked in case you want to bring some cherry blossom vibes to your next project. This palette is packed with newer products!  

The travel palettes series was created to expand creative horizons and explore the correlation between travel, inspiration, colors, textures, and design.

 Travel Palette - Duke Gardens - Cherry Blossom Inspired Palette  Design to Five - Cherry Blossom Inspired Palette

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Travel Palette: Featuring Mural “The Love I Vibrate”

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Colorful, Vivid, Powerful.

This week’s travel palette is inspired by the mural, “The Love I Vibrate”, located in the Boystown neighborhood of Chicago. The mural was created in 2018 by Andy Bellomo, Sandra Antongiori, and Sam Kirk. While walking around the city, this mural caught my eye due to its vibrant colors and organic mesmerizing swirls. I’ve had the fortunate pleasure to connect with one of the artists from the mural, Andy Bellomo. This week, I interviewed Andy to help share the story and significance of the mural. 

As I continue to build and expand this platform, I want to create a platform that helps share the voices of other creatives, artists, and designers of various backgrounds. During Pride Month, I have been reflecting on how to be a better ally.  As an ally, I am proud to use this platform to amplify LGBTQ+  voices and help celebrate queer people of color. 

See the interview below to learn more about talented queer POC in our community and how they are taking strides to enhance the culture and landscape of our city and communities. Be sure to check out the end of the interview for a list of several organizations you should check out and support! After the interview, I quickly discuss how the mural inspired my color palette, my finish palette, and showcase the materials featured. 

 The travel palettes series was created to expand creative horizons and explore the correlation between travel, inspiration, colors, textures, and design.

    

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