The Color Blue – How memory of colors can influence your environment.

The Color Blue                                                   – How memory of colors can influence your environment.

Fountains

Villa D’Este Rome – The Avenue of 100 Fountains

Living in Italy as a 6-year-old with my parents had a profound effect on my creativity and craving for history and tradition. Since then, I remember the smell of moss at the Villa D’Este Rome (The Avenue of 100 Fountains), the color and texture of Pompeii, the grandeur of La Scala in Milan, the historical towns of Positano, and the canals in Venice.

PompeiiThe ruins of Pompeii

There was one item that my mother, Emilia, had brought me at the Vatican that changed my perception of the color, blue. It was a light blue colored rosary bead. I wasn’t sure how to use it, but I was intrigued by the pristine and innocent color. It was these moments at the Vatican when my mother gave me this rosary bead that caused this color evolution for me.

Rosary Bead

The Blue Rosary Beads.

Now, this color triggers a sense of enlightenment, tradition, family, curiosity, tranquility, beauty, and happiness.

There were two opportunities that I was able to use blue as the primary color for a residential and a workplace project. I then had to visually explain why this was the right choice and how this scheme related to their space.


My residential client purchased a lovely home in the Woodlands, Texas. Both are career professionals that value family time and entertaining with friends, so the focus was to redesign the dining room into a special and inviting space.

Before Shot of Dining Room

My clients dining room before renovations.

The dining room is in the middle of the house that has a wall filled with large windows looking into a courtyard. Therefore, there was a good amount natural light. I wanted to introduce a damask wall-covering from Cole & Son which had a reflective silver imprint that would help reflect the natural light. We then traveled to Houston and New Orleans for Italian and French 1900 century antiques and lighting that had soft natural tones with ornate details. Th rug and accessories were sourced at the Decorator Center Houston.

Dining Room, Texas

Dining room with blue colors – Schumacher fabric window treatment, Cole & Son wall-covering.

I recognized that their dining room had to have a sense belonging and an attraction that appeals to special moments. Blue was the perfect color for this scenario. The design would be a blend of history, culture, vitality, and sophisticated styles.


My client Pike Electric wanted a space where everybody could be open to discussion and ideas, and to problem solve. Even though Pike Electric’s logo is blue, it was important that I structured other shades of blue to balance the darker tone. My source for axillary furniture that had the perfect blue fabric was from Andreu World, one of my favorite sources for commercial projects.

JimSink30

JimSink1

Pike Electric – Winston-Salem, NC

This is an example of how memory of colors effects our environment. My perception of blue has transcended into the lives of others, now influencing their interiors that represent a higher level of wellbeing to build fond memories for the future.

AA

7 Steps to Clarity for a Designer

7 Steps to Clarity for a Designer

Aussie Designer -

Great balance and contrast from Australian Design firm – Regina Levine Design Office

What makes a designer unique is his/her ability to see what other people don’t.  How you can visualize space and be connected to the environment enables the right choices in balancing, contrasting, emphasizing, harmonizing, and uniting objects within an interior space. However, to have this objection you need a certain level of clarity in your life to excel.

As a sport scientist and designer, I have had the experiences to understand the physical requirements to be a competitive athlete and that is to have control of your body and mind.

regina levine

Emphasizing and uniting objects from Australian Design firm – Regina Levine Design Office

7 Steps to Clarity for a Designer by Angelo Adamo

  1. Find a purpose – You need something to aim for that be achievable, like finding a balance in life that makes you happy.
  2. Exercise – Your body needs to feel fit so that your mind can take control of your emotions. Exercise at least 20 minutes 4 days per week with your heart around 85% (125bpm average).
  3. Get into Aromatherapy – Improve your sense of smell. If you can adapt aromas with memories of the past, then you are able to help the client trigger memories. Design to Create Memories is my approach to successful designs and the sense of smell is a main contributor to achieving to remember positive memories.
  4. Listen to Music – Get inspired by sound and rhythm. Find a tune that you can visualize yourself succeed in and progress.
  5. Diet and Drinking – Control what you eat and drink, especially alcohol, which is a depressant. Let your body dictate when you are hungry and not the day. Just because its lunch time doesn’t mean that your body is hungry.
  6. Speak to family and friends – Talk to people that you feel at ease with. Discussion is a form of therapy which could quickly resolve issues that you are facing.
  7. Get a new outfit – I can still remember that my oldest sister taking for the first time at the age of 16 years old, to a men’s boutique store and finding the outfit that represents the person I was then. Dress yourself with confidence and pride.

These 7 steps will guide you to better visions and more clarity as to who you are as a designer and in life. Life is too short.

AA

Song for Clarity  is from Tycho – Horizon (Poolside Remix)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAgQiTYwByQ

Centering a room with a Lantern Pendant

Centering a room with a Lantern Pendant

I have noticed a trend in 2018 the use of metal lantern pendants.  The design of open rooms are driven by the use of natural woods, stone, and cooler colors for residential and commercial interiors.  A metal lantern provides a neutral palette with enough texture and density to balance an open room.  Finding the right lantern could be a struggle so I browsed the websites of my primary trade dealers that I rely on for quality and unique light fixtures.  Below are not top selections of lantern pendants from Circa Lighting, Hinkley Lighting, Arteriors, and Visual Comfort.  Visual Comfort and Circa Lighting have more lantern pendants to select from and there are typically 3 finishes available (aged iron, gilded iron, polished nickel).  My favorite is Thorton Pendant by Arteriors.

AA

 Hinkley Lighting –  Clarendon Pendant (top left), Quentin Pendant (bottom left), Tinsley Pendant (right)
Arteriors  –  Thorton Pendant (top left), Mara Pendant (top right), Edmond Pendant (bottom)
Visual Comfort –  Plantation Lantern (left), Desmond Lantern (middle), Darlana Lantern (right)
Circa Lighting – Westminster Lantern (left), Star Lantern (left center), Neimann Weeks (right center), Greggory Lantern (right)

Top picks in May – Serena and Lily

Top picks in May – Serena and Lily

I could spend hours on the Serena and Lily’s website (www.serenaandlily.com).  Earthy and neutral colors and vintage patterns will allow you to mix and match with majority of their product line.   You can’t beat the variety of pillow selections from solid colors, embroidery, fringe edges, and patterns.

There is a come back of natural rattan and woven materials which Serena and Lily does very well.  You can custom set your dining table with corner benches which are now in fashion.  There are also quality table lamps that can be displayed in all rooms of the house.

I will definitely be using Serena and Lily in my current residential design and I am looking forward to show you how I position these selections very soon.

AA

May Picks 2018

 

A – Ross Dining Bench

Settee

B – Vintage Olympia Pillows
Pillows 1
C- Mason Swing Arm Sconce

Swing Arm Lamp

D – Huntington Baskets (Indigo)

Baskets

E – Abbott Table Lamp

Abbot Lamp

F- Cove Rattan Lanterns

Lanterns

 

G- Riviera Counter Stool

Stool