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Not Such a Mundane Monday

I have recently found (meaning this past weekend), that I have a true gift for wedding coordination and planning. My brother is getting married next summer and have been recruited as the ‘wedding coordinator’ (loosely used). I have NO experience what so ever, but it is coming quite naturally to me. I am having so much fun as well. I am well aware of the fact that I personally know the bride and the groom is my brother and that alone makes this ‘job’ 100% easier. No bridezillas….yet. However, if I decide to continue on this little adventure and take on another bride or two, the odds are that one of them will be a b*tch.

Here are some great websites that are popular to the bridal community and have been helpful to me thus far.

and…. SignOnSanDiego.com

Ceremony Magazine

Wedding Paper Divas

IntoDesign, Inc

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Color of the Week

Grass Green.

I am growing quite fond of the grass green color. Every time I drive by a field of grass and smell that odor, it takes me back to the wondrous time of my childhood and all the soccer games that I had either played in or watched from the sidelines. To me this color is refreshing and wholesome. In this modern day and the environment being on everyones minds, grass green could not be more appropriate.  Love it!

Green is a color, the perception of which is evoked by light having a spectrum dominated by energy with a wavelength of roughly 520–570 nanometres. In the subtractive color system, it is not a primary color, but is created out of a mixture of yellow and blue, or yellow and cyan; it is considered one of the additive primary colors. On the HSV color wheel, also known as the RGB color wheel, the complement of green is magenta; that is, a purplecolor corresponding to an equal mixture of red and blue light. On a color wheel based on traditional color theory (RYB), the complementary color to green is considered to be red.

The word green is closely related to the Old English verb growan, “to grow”. It is used to describe plants or the ocean. Sometimes it can also describe someone who is inexperienced, jealous, or sick. In the United States of America, green is a slang term for money, among other things. Several colloquialisms have derived from these meanings, such as “green around the gills”, a phrase used to describe a person who looks ill.

Culturally, green has broad and sometimes contradictory meanings. In some cultures, green symbolizes hope and growth, while in others, it is associated with death, sickness, envy, or the devil. The most common associations, however, are found in its ties to nature. For example, Islam venerates the color, as it expects paradise to be full of lush greenery. Green is also associated with regeneration, fertility and rebirth for its connections to nature. Recent political groups have taken on the color as symbol of environmental protection and social justice, and consider themselves part of the Green movement, some naming themselves Green parties. This has led to similar campaigns in advertising, as companies have sold green, or environmentally friendly, products.

Found everywhere in nature!

Color of the Week

Yellow!

I believe that I have done yellow before, but I am just so inspired be yellow this week from the beautiful weather we have had. I love the sun and the sunshine. So here are some inspirational pictures to inspire summer!

Friday’s Found Fun

I am loving this wall treatment. You can really style any home with this mid-century modern influence.

Check THIS site out to shop.
Here is another inspirational picture. This shows that any decor can take on this idea…not just mid-century modern.

Color of the Week

Bronze.

Do you see a pattern! Silver then gold and now bronze.

One more finish that is popular for lamps, knobs, faucets, and other accessories. Now, the confusing part about all this are the details. Blacken bronze, Tuscan bronze, etc. Companies have managed to come out with different variations of this finish/color. It all depends on your personal taste. I personally prefer the blacken bronze.

Bronze is a metal alloy consisting primarily of copper, usually with tin as the main additive, but sometimes with other elements such as phosphorusmanganesealuminium, or silicon. It is hard and brittle, and it was particularly significant in antiquity, giving its name to the Bronze Age. The word Bronze is believed to be cognate with the Italianbronzo and Germanbrunst, perhaps ultimately taken from the Persian wordbirinj (“bronze”) or possibly from the Latin name of the city of Brindisi (aes Brundusinum -Pliny).

History: The discovery of bronze enabled people to create better metal objects than was previously possible. Tools, weapons, armor, and various building materials, like decorative tiles, made of bronze were harder and more durable than their stone and copper (“Chalcolithic“) predecessors. Initially bronze was made out of copper and arsenic to form arsenic bronze. It was only later that tin was used, becoming the sole type of bronze in the late 3rd millennium BC. Tin bronze was superior over arsenic bronze in that the alloying process itself could more easily be controlled (as tin was available as a metal) and the alloy was stronger and easier to cast. Also, unlike arsenic, tin is not toxic.  

Indian Hindu artisans from the period of the Chola empire in Tamil Nadu, used bronze to create intricate statues via the lost wax casting method with ornate detailing depicting the Gods of Hinduism mostly, but also the lifestyle of the period. The art form survives to this day, with many silpis, craftsmen, working in the areas of Swamimalai and Chennai.

In antiquity other cultures also produced works of high art using bronze. For example: in Africa the bronze heads of the Kingdom of Benin, in Europe; Grecian bronzes typically of figures from Greek mythology, in east Asia; Chinese bronzes of the Shang and Zhou dynasty — more often ceremonial vessels but including some figurine examples.

Bronze continues into modern times as one of the materials of choice for monumental statuary.

Bronze is also a finish that is used for outdoor furniture and is even used indoors as well.

Color of the Week

GOLD.

Well, last week I have posted a blog about the ‘color’ silver, so what other color would be appropirate than that of the color gold.

This color can be deemed as glamor and status. It holds a high standard in our society today. I am not a huge fan of gold (I prefer silver), but ever so often a little shine is needed! Gold looks wonderful with turquoise, bright yellow, and “highlighter” pink (along with other bright hues). Great for hardware on drawers, and in lamps/sconces/chandeliers, etc. In my eyes, if this color is used too often, it can start to look ‘cheap’. Also look out for the golds that have a more pink tone to them and ones that closer resemble bronze (if bronze is what you are looking for, than use it.).

Gold is a chemical element with the symbol Au (from Latinaurum, “shining dawn”, hence adjective, aureate) and an atomic number of 79. It has been a highly sought-after precious metal for coinage, jewelry, and other arts since the beginning of recorded history. The metal occurs as nuggets or grains in rocks, in veins and in alluvial deposits. Gold is dense, soft, shiny and the most malleable and ductile pure metal known. Pure gold has a bright yellow color and luster traditionally considered attractive, which it maintains without oxidizing in air or water. Gold is one of the coinage metals and has served as a symbol of wealth and a store of value throughout history. Gold standards have provided a basis for monetary policies. It also has been linked to a variety of symbolisms and ideologies.

Whereas most other pure metals are gray or silvery white, gold is yellow. This color is determined by the density of loosely bound (valence) electrons; those electrons oscillate as a collective “plasma” medium described in terms of a quasiparticle called plasmon. The frequency of these oscillations lies in the ultraviolet range for most metals, but it falls into the visible range for gold due to subtle relativistic effects that affect the orbitals around gold atoms.[6][7] Similar effects impart a golden hue to metallic cesium (see relativistic quantum chemistry). Common colored gold alloys such as rose gold can be created by the addition of various amounts of copper and silver, as indicated in the triangular diagram to the left. Alloys containing palladium or nickel are also important in commercial jewelry as these produce white gold alloys. Less commonly, addition of manganesealuminiumironindium and other elements can produce more unusual colors of gold for various applications.

Gold has been known and used by artisans since the Chalcolithic. Gold artifacts in the Balkans appear from the 4th millennium BC, such as that found in the Varna Necropolis. Gold artifacts such as the golden hats and theNebra disk appeared in Central Europe from the 2nd millennium BC Bronze AgeEgyptian hieroglyphs from as early as 2600 BC describe gold, which king Tushratta of the Mitanni claimed was “more plentiful than dirt” in Egypt.[32] Egypt and especially Nubia had the resources to make them major gold-producing areas for much of history. The earliest known map is known as the Turin Papyrus Map and shows the plan of a gold mine in Nubia together with indications of the local geology. The primitive working methods are described by Strabo and included fire-setting. Large mines also were present across the Red Sea in what is now Saudi Arabia.  

Gold also looks great on all skin types…..

Not Such a Mundane Monday

Hawaiian style can be very over done. I have a client located in Northern California who has recently purchased a home. This client is originally from San Diego and loves the San Diego laid back lifestyle. They both loved the beach and the style it lends itself to.

here is an example of a home that lends itself to the style of ‘hawaiian’ but is overdone nor is it suggesting something else. The colors are great and fun and I love the area rug. Great inspiration.

Color of the Week

Silver.

Silver is a beauty. This color is great for finishes on knobs, fixtures, lamps, and other accents throughout your home. This is color that I prefer for the finish in my own home, other than gold, or even bronze. This is the color that can be described for other finishes such as nickel, polished silver, and so forth.

Silver is a metallic chemical element with the chemical symbol Ag (Latinargentum, from the Indo-European root *arg- for “white” or “shining”) and atomic number 47. A soft, white, lustrous transition metal, it has the highest electrical conductivity of any element and the highest thermal conductivity of any metal. The metal occurs naturally in its pure, free form (native silver), as an alloy with gold and other metals, and in minerals such as argentite and chlorargyrite. Most silver is produced as a by-product of coppergoldlead, and zinc refining. Silver has long been valued as a precious metal, and it is used to make ornaments, jewelry, high-value tableware, utensils (hence the term silverware), and currencycoins. Today, silver metal is also used in electrical contacts and conductors, in mirrors and in catalysis of chemical reactions. Its compounds are used inphotographic film and dilute silver nitrate solutions and other silver compounds are used as disinfectants and microbiocides. While many medical antimicrobial uses of silver have been supplanted by antibiotics, further research into clinical potential continues.

Friday’s Found Fun

It is summer time and getting hotter! These are the perfect find for your summer beverages. Great for iced teas, lemonade, alcoholic beverages and more. The chalk board labels are the perfect summer time accessory for these items. You can find them at Sur La Table. Right now they are on sale at 20% off…so hurry! I am ordering one today! Can’t wait to squeeze lemons from my lemon tree and make some home made lemonade…maybe add a little Grey Goose! Ha.

Color of the Week

Cobalt Blue.

I have chosen cobalt blue this week for the reason that I am adding it to my home decor and design “updates”. My house is currently red white and black. I have had this color scheme since 2004, so let’s say that I am over it! I am ready for an update. Since I live at the ocean and love it so, I have decided to use that as my inspiration. Over the years I have collected many beautiful photographs of the San Diego ocean and its beauty. It has been hard to convince my boyfriend that a change is needed and cobalt blue will the that change. Taking the red out and replacing with blue, and taking the black out and replacing with a super dark brown and taupe color. I plan to keep the white accents around. So COBALT BLUE…

Cobalt blue is a cool, slightly desaturated blue color, historically made using cobalt salts. The world leading manufacturer of cobalt blue in the 19th century was Blaafarveværket in Norway, led by Benjamin Wegner. Germany was also famous for production- especially the Blaufarbenwerke of Schneeburg. The pigment is extraordinarily stable. Chemically it is a cobalt(II) oxidealuminium oxide, or cobalt(II) aluminate, CoAl2O4. The compound is made by sintering the stoichiometric mixture of finely ground CoO and Al2O3 at 1200°C. It was discovered by Louis Jacques Thénard in 1802. [1] Commercial production began in France in 1807. The first recorded use of cobalt blue as a color name in English was in 1777. Because of its chemical stability in the presence of alkali, cobalt blue is used as a pigment in blue concrete.