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Color of the Week

Maroon.

Maroon is a dark red color, but I am sure that all of you know this information.

3 Interesting facts about the color Maroon:

1. Maroon is derived from French marron (“chestnut“).

2. The first recorded use of Maroon as a color name in English was in 1789.

3. At right is displayed the color bright maroon, i.e., the color that was designated as maroon in Crayola crayons beginning in 1949. It is a medium shade of maroon halfway between red and rose.

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Friday’s Found Fun

Leather.

I have been noticing a TON of leather lately. I have always loved the look and feel of leather and now it is in style.

Yesterday, I bought a pair of leather leggings and am on the prowl for a jacket and mini skirt. They are versatile. Leather can be used for a soft look or that ‘hard ass’ look you are looking for.

Despite what many people think, leather is actually very breathable. It is a natural fiber found in nature and is therefore breathable. However, leather is not exactly a vegan lifestyle that has also become quite popular in today’s society. The positive thing is that many manufacturers have had access to enhanced technology and can make synthetic leathers that have the same look and feel of real leather.

Here are some great images for your inspiration home or fashion:

Friday’s Found Fun

What time is it?

I am the type that always NEEDS to know what time it is. In my office, I have a clock on every wall. See, what did I tell you. Here are some weird, fun and even disturbing clocks.

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If I didn’t have a dog who likes to climb things (I swear he thinks he is a cat sometimes) and has nail that grow like weeds, and fur that seems to get into everything….I would have these stones somewhere in my house. If I did not have a space for them, I would make one. These can be found on Etsy (as well as other felted wool accessories), VivaTerra, and can even be found in some local decor and furniture stores.

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!

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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…..

Color of the Week

Let’s talk about a classic and always in style color: Black

Black is a color that goes with EVERYTHING. This color is the grounding color that every household and interior needs. It is really hard to avoid this color. Black is a classic and chic color.

Black is the color of objects that do not emit or reflect light in any part of the visible spectrum; they absorb all such frequencies of light. Although black is sometimes described as an “achromatic”, or hueless, color, in practice it can be considered a color, as in expressions like “black cat” or “black paint”. Black can be defined as the visual impression experienced when no visible light reaches the eye. Pigments that absorb light rather than reflect it back to the eye “look black”. A black pigment can, however, result from a combination of several pigments that collectively absorb all colors. If appropriate proportions of three primary pigments are mixed, the result reflects so little light as to be called “black”. This provides two superficially opposite but actually complementary descriptions of black. Black is the lack of all colors of light, or an exhaustive combination of multiple colors of pigment. A “black day” (or week or month) usually refers to a sad or tragic time. The Romans marked fasti days with white stones and nefasti days with black.

Friday’s Found Fun

Well, since I live in San Diego and am really trying to save some money I thought that I would let everyone know about some fun things to do in San Diego that are FREE. That is right…FREE!

The sun is shinning again and the weather is getting warmer… So here is a list of some great activities to do in San Diego:

1. Head to San Diego’s many beaches.

2. Visit La Jolla Cove.

3. Visit downtown San Diego’s Seaport Village.

4. Stroll through the 16½-block historic Gaslamp Quarter.

5. Mission Bay Park

6. Enjoy free organ concerts at 2 p.m. on Sundays at the Spreckels Organ Pavillion in Balboa Park.

7. Visit Old Town.

8. Bike or jog along Mission Bay Park’s.

9. Visit the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.

10. Stargaze outside the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park on the first Wednesday of every month.

11. Take a scenic, one-hour drive to Mt. Laguna.

12. Step back in time with a stop in Julian, and eat some pie.

13. Grab your picnic basket and head to Torrey Pines State Park.

14. The 59 Mile Scenic Drive allows travelers to take in all of the must-see places in San Diego.

15. Rollerblade, skateboard or bicycle along the Mission Beach Boardwalk.

16. Visit Mission Trails Regional Park.

17. Go scuba diving or snorkeling off San Diego’s shores and see spectacular creatures of the sea. La Jolla Cove is the best.

18. Go bird watching at the Torrey Pines State Reserve.

19. Stroll through Balboa Park. a

20. Visit other museums around town that offer similar free days. In its La Jolla facility, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is free on the third Tuesday of each month; the downtown facility is free daily.

21. Gather family, friends and firewood for a cozy beach bonfire at one of the beaches in San Diego County, including Coronado Beach, La Jolla Shores and Mission Beach.

22. Explore the tidepools in Point Loma.

23. Drive to the top of Mt. Soledad in La Jolla for breathtaking, 360-degree views of San Diego, including the gently curving La Jolla coastline and Mission Bay. Spectacular views of San Diego’s East County communities also await guests at the top of Mt. Helix.

24. Visit the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and experience the natural beauty of the desert.

25. Take a scenic walk along The Big Bay, San Diego’s “largest attraction.” With 27 miles of waterfront featuring bayside parks, marinas, hundreds of shops and restaurants, and miles of promenades and bikeways, the Big Bay appeals to all ages and interests.
—All this information was found on the San Diego’s website. San Diego.org

Other things that I like to do….jog around Miramar Lake (a 6 mile trail hike)

– View at the top of Mt Helix

– Bike the trails of Lake Hodges.

– I even enjoy walking through La Jolla Bird Rock residences and take a look at the homes.

-Walk along Sunset Cliffs at sunset.