DIY Graphic Metallic Painted Pots | Design Dose

I am a huge fan of simple DIY projects especially when they create such fun graphic items. Why spend tons of money when you can create something even more amazing yourself?

DIY Graphic Metallic Painted Pots | Design Dose.


The Psychology of Purple…

No one can argue that color doesn’t have meaning. Color is more than accent piece, wall coating, or throw pillow; it has a profound effect on our lives. Color can bring about a variety of emotions, affect our moods, and influence our behaviors.

Color has different meanings and values in different cultures around the world. Even in similar Western Societies, the significance of certain colors changes.  In the United States, researchers have determined that there is a consensus across the country on what effect individual colors have on the emotions, moods, and behaviors of individuals.

We covered the color Blue, Grey, Pink, and Green in the past color psychology posts. This week the color is Purple.

The shortest wavelength of light is violet, which of course is most commonly referred to as purple. Since Purple is a blend of red and blue, it comes in warm, reddish, more passionate hues and in cooler, bluer hues of complex plum and indigo. The psychological effects of the color purple are directly related to and dependent upon on warmth or coolness of the hue.

The blue hued purples can be seen as serene or calming and many perceive them as having a mysterious and spiritual depth.

The red hued purples demand more attention and can dominate a room and if used poorly may appear cheap, gaudy, or tasteless.

Purple embodies the balance of red’s stimulation and blue’s calm. This dichotomy can cause unrest or uneasiness unless the undertone is clearly defined, at which point the purple takes on the characteristics of its undertone.

“Oh, I love red. I’m very loyal to my colors. I love violet.” –Elizabeth Taylor

Purple takes awareness to a higher level of thought, even into the realms of spiritual values. It is highly introverted and encourages deep contemplation, or meditation.

Purple usually communicates the finest possible quality. It is a rich, deeply satisfying, complex color that can add real luxury to a room.

Being the last visible wavelength before the ultra-violet ray, purple has associations with time and space and the cosmos. Excessive use of purple can bring about too much introspection and the wrong tone of it communicates something cheap and nasty, faster than any other color.

Some of purple’s psychological effects are rooted in colors historical association with royalty and power in the Western World. This association derives from the fact that the color purple was so expensive that only very rich people could afford it. Purple color was originally ‘harvested’ at the coast, from the glands of the murex shellfish.

The color purple plays an important part in the Catholic Church. It is the color of penance and martyrdom. Painters have often used purple color for the dress of the Virgin Mary and Cardinals wear a reddish hue of purple as a sign of their office.

Purple does not often occur in nature, it can sometimes appear exotic or artificial.

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field
somewhere and don’t notice it.” –Alice Walker

With a sense of mystic and royal qualities, purple is a color often well-liked by very creative or eccentric types and is the favorite color of adolescent girls.

They psychological effect of purple can be physically uplifting, encourage creativity, and calm the mind and nerves.

Purple is the color of fantasy, playfulness, impulsiveness, and dream states. In its negative mode, it can suggest nightmares, or madness.

My living room….

Since moving from our apartment to our house, our living room has been in flux. I haven’t had time to have the walls painted but I did finally get everything placed. If you look closely, you will see little Rupert trying to get in on the photos. I have added in a few more mid-century inspire pieces since we moved into the larger place.

Design should never say, “Look at me.” It should always say, “Look at this.”

— David Craib

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These are hilarious and beautiful! I have a new love.


Tuesday funny: All The Things You Must Have Said To Your Children, In Poster Form. We ran across these absolutely hilarious masterpieces on DesignTaxi and felt obligated to share such comical pieces.

Iowa-based artist Nathan Ripperger has come up with a series of humorous yet adorable posters expressing the things he has said to his children. At the time, they may have been some serious situations, but looking back now, things that you might have said to your children seem pretty comical now.

If your words are still not going down well with your kids, perhaps these posters would be more effective? Then again, maybe not.

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Life got complicated…

When I started writing this blog, I had very high expectations and to be honest, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into at all. As many of you know, the process of writing a blog and trying to stay on top of marketing the blog and your business, working a full-time job, and maintaining a social life can be a little overwhelming especially if you loose site of your vision. Oil Tycoon, H.L Hunt once advised “Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.”

I am in the process of reworking this blog, my website, and my business plan. Lately, I have been more focused on other people’s priorities, helping them reach their goals, and achieve their vision. In many ways, this has caused me to loose sight of my own vision. I am getting back on track and working on my own priorities and this blog is definitely one of them. I am not making any grand promises about how often I will post or what I will be posting about but I would love your feedback via Twitter or Facebook. Let me know what you want to see, what you think is missing from the blogosphere, and feedback on what I am working on and towards.

And we are back……


After a long break, I know it is time to get back to writing this blog. I haven’t written anything in a long while because I simply haven’t felt inspired. I have spent the day today looking for inspiration. I have shopped online, read some books, watched a bunch of TV, and read some blogs. Here is are the blogs that make me want to write again…..


Get the look from Style Guide: Earthy Modern


I promised when I wrote the Style Guide: Earthy Modern post that I would show where you can find all the pieces to make the space for yourself. You may recall that High Fashion Home sells part (sofa, chair, coffee table, lamp and curtains) of the look for about $5350. I am finally getting around to showing you how to get the look for a little bit less.

Starting with the artwork, the sample room has both London and Paris Maps for art. I couldn’t find Paris but love Rome just as much.

London Canvas Wall Art, $250.80 from Decor Universe

Rome Canvas Wall Art, $250.80 for Decor Universe

The window panels are fantastic Teal or Sky Blue Silk Dupioni. I think these Splash Blue Panels are perfect and they are on sale!

Splash Blue Silk Dupioni, $34.99 - $54.99 each from West Elm

The sofa was an easy substitute for me. I have said million times how much I love the Corona sofa from Macy’s. It is similar but a strong contrast to what is shown in the inspiration picture. I love it even more for an Earthy Modern space because it is a tweedy material which is a little more earthy than the silky fabric on the sofa and chair shown.

Corona Sofa and Chair, $739 - $899 from Macy's

 I didn’t really see a substitute for the amazing lamp in the inspiration room. So I went with the original….

Miramar Glass Sphere Table Lamp, $419 from High Fashion Home


I struggled with the end table but found one that I love even better. It has the same shape and and even more earthy style.

Teak Wood Square Bahamas Block, $212.99 from zEarth

I love a good shag rug.

Lounge Natural Shag Rug, $699.00 from CB2

Now for the biggie, that teak root coffee table is absolutely beautiful and unfortunately can be extremely expensive. The original is $1499 while this one:

Sierra Coffee Table, $599.99 from Key Decor

 The other side table was also a challenge. I kept finding similar tables but never the right finish. I like this one….

Metal Round Table, $49.99 from Bed Bath and Beyond

My selections will create a beautiful unique room that has the feel of the beautiful Earthy Modern space from High Fashion Home where you get the sofa, chair, coffee table, lamp and curtains for $5350. My selections would cost you about $4231 and that will get you everything shown.

Style Guide: Country Casual

Country Casual is perfect for people hoping to create a rural retreat in the urban world. This style is comfortable and welcoming but still elegant. The use of balance and proportion are extremely important due to the use of mismatched pattern and furniture from various periods. This style is very similar to shabby chic but is often a little more polished. The Country Casual style looks generational: it gives the impression that items have been collected over time.

The Basics:

  • The Country Casual Home expresses an open, easygoing approach to life.
  • This style is marked by a  love unique finds and mismatched beauty.
  • An appreciation for a pretty mix of relaxed pieces, like painted wood or weathered furniture, lovely florals and other patterns, lots of throws and pillows, mementos and bunches of fresh flowers that give the Country Casual home a unique sense of breeziness and charm.
  • People who love Country Causal feel happiest when their home is well organized. When their house is in order, their minds feel clearer.
  • Rather than a lot of meaningless objects or overly-designed items, they are happier with a few well-placed things.
  • Their home is truly their respite from a busy life.
  • Try to avoid letting things into your home that you don’t really love.

The Country Casual look is comfortable but not luxurious, pretty but not fussy, familiar but not boring. Country Casual is timeless and is completely at home in houses made of brick, timber or stone. Texture and hand are very important in the Country Casual style. Stone and warm wood, rough baskets and soft wool, velvets and homespun linens are all fanntastic textures that would be found in Country Casual Homes.

Colors tend to be a little more complex and impure. Patterns are mixed with abandon—gingham checks with herringbone, florals with twalls, or damusk with plaids.

The casual placement of accessories and artwork create a lived in look as does the mix matched furniture and beautiful textures and patterns. The key to creating this look in your home is to find pieces that you love in various patterns and place them casually while keeping a keen eye for editing. There is a fine line between Country Casual and busy so make sure to edit thoughtfully.