HIPPIE CHIC: Five Ways to Decorate in 1960s Style

hippie color and style inspiration

“The hippies of the late 60s and 70s were not only experimenting with substances, but with fashion and color too.” –Lauren Whitley
Images: Curator Lauren Whitley (center) by Jane Dagmi

When I was in Boston recently, I went to the MFA’s “Hippie Chic” exhibit.… Continue reading

Just Add Paint

details of c.1910 house before color transformation

Details of an old cabinet and back staircase in a c.1910 house: The current homeowner is mulling over a future paint transformation. Photos: Jane Dagmi

Adding paint is one sure way to rescue tired, outdated, and just-not-you house parts that are still in fine working order.… Continue reading

Color Blocking…Where Simple Geometric Shapes Lead to Great Design

Cote Maison

Benjamin Moore colors: Purple Hyacinth 2073-40; Poppy 1315

Image: Cote Maison 

While on vacation recently, I visited MoMa, and felt a surge of color block love. My children, unfortunately, did not (see below right). So while they sat them down on one of the comfy leather benches and looked perfectly bored, I flitted through the contemporary galleries just long enough to visit briefly with Kelly, Rothko, Martin, etc.

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COLOR REVOLUTION: How to Use Reds, Whites, and Blues All Year Round

red credenza on blue wall

Benjamin Moore colors: Red 2000-10; Patriot Blue 2064-20

Image via Sensational Color

At this time of year, there is an abundance of red, white, and blue decorating ideas featured in magazines and blogs. Thematic summer decor takes full advantage of the comradeship of the three colors typically in an annual deluge of nautical-inspired cottages and flag-festooned farmhouses celebrating classic  American style where stars and stripes, and  lighthouses make regular appearances.… Continue reading