December 15, 2009

Life's too short for white walls!

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Why not start out the New Year by painting a room in your home?  While you can never go wrong with white ( it goes with everything)  it’s simply too boring to live with egg shell colored walls in an entire house.  There is no quicker, cheaper or easier way to give your home a make over than to repaint.  An instant mood enhancer as well.  While I believe you should always live with the colors you like, I think it’s wise to know how different colors affect you before choosing one.  Need some cheering up?  Choose orange.  Need help sleeping? Choose a cool blue or violet for your bedroom.  The way color affects us can also be from cultural influences. But it’s been proven that different colors really do affect the brain and our mood.

Starting in the New Year I’m going to do a color a day and post some great paint color choices for each colorway. But in case you feel inspired to paint right now- this is good to keep in mind.

YELLOW – Creates awareness and clarity, stimulates appetite. Energizes, improves memory, combats the doldrums.   However too much yellow can make a person feel irritable.

GREEN – Creates balance, contemplation, mentally and physically relaxing, balances emotion, creates openness between you and others. Spring green gives you a sense of renewal. Green can make a person in a bad mood worse.

PINK – Soothing and comforting.  Mistakenly seen as a feminine color. My son completely repels at anything pink as it has been overused for little girls rooms.  But great old European interiors used a lot of pink.

Interior design: Mary Mc Donald

Interior design: Mary Mc Donald

INDIGO –  Intuition /Imagination. Increases dream activity. But beware of too much as it can make a person depressed.

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ORANGE –  A natural mood lifter, gives joy, happiness, sociability, has a gentle warming effect and increases appetite. However too much orange can make a nervous person agitated.

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PURPLE – Encourages creativity and inspiration and promotes artistic endeavors.

Interior design: Emma Jane Pilkington

Interior design: Emma Jane Pilkington

RED – Excitement.  Encourages vitality, energy, courage and self confidence. Stimulates brain activity. Increases heart rate and blood pressure, improves circulation. Not a great color for a bedroom.

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BLACK – Promotes self confidence, power and strength. You have to be pretty bold to paint a wall black but with white accents it can be very cool.

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BLUE –  Encourages relaxation and health, suppresses appetite. Calms the mind, gets rid of nervous tension. Ideal for sleep for over active kids.  Who wouldn’t want to sleep in this room?

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VIOLET – Brings feelings of peacefulness and understanding, promotes sleep, suppresses appetite.

Katie ridder in Elle Decor

Interior designer Katie Ridder in Elle Decor

December 11, 2009

Cheap and chic for your home

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Sharing some awesome cheap and chic buys for your home.

Belvedere hanging lamp $69  www.zgallerie.com

Belvedere hanging lamp $69 www.zgallerie.com

Indoor/outdoor geometric rug 2 x 3 $ 56.95 www.outdoorrugs.com

Geometric rug $56.95 www.outdoorrugsonly.com

Pauline sofa in icy blue velvet $999  www.zgallerie.com

Pauline sofa in icy blue velvet $999 www.zgallerie.com

Portico mirror $269 www.zgallerie.com

Portico mirror $269 www.zgallerie.com

Maru table lamp $68  www.bellacor.com

Maru table lamp $68 www.bellacor.com

Mirage end table $ 199 www.zgallerie.com

Mirage end table $ 199 www.zgallerie.com

Circa pillow $39.95 www.zgallerie.com

Circa pillow $39.95 www.zgallerie.com

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Swirling circles mirror $ 199   www.lampsplus.com

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Emsley table lamp  $ 99   www.homedecorators.com

Zigzag rug $ 99  www.westelm.com

Zigzag rug $ 99 www.westelm.com

Glass link chandelier  $ 299 www.zgallerie.com

Glass link chandelier $ 299 www.zgallerie.com

Eadsarearugsky$1494x6$149

Eads rug  $ 149          www.homedecorators.com

3D chandelier$36Uoutfitters

3D Chandelier  $ 36   www.urbanoutfitters.com

December 5, 2009

Live Like you!

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Interiors affect your mood, your outlook, your emotional well being and even your future.  The style of your home, your possessions, the colors you live with all have an affect on you. In many ways your personal space is a direct reflection of your desires, hopes, and dreams. It reveals your beliefs about yourself and your view of the world.   By changing things in your home it can have a dramatic impact on your life.  Believe it or not – your home can be your greatest ally in achieving your potential!

So, if your home is a reflection of your soul, and can alter you future…why is it that so many interiors are uninspired, generic and even depressing?

Why not live like the unique human being you are?

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Maybe because when you rent an apartment or buy a house, you do what most of us do. You use whatever you have, or visit a well known retailer and buy something that makes sense.   A beige couch, a TV, a rug etc.   Then you can’t figure out what color to paint the wall.  You spend hours, days, sometimes weeks dwelling over what color to paint. And how do you choose paint colors that look good together in your home? So you opt for something basic and safe, or figure you can do it later – because you just don’t have time!!  Perhaps you live in a small town and you can’t find the right stores there.  Or when you do find places to shop, how do you find what’s you?

It can often be a daunting, frustrating task decorating your home.  So you do the safest thing…You order that couch everybody has so as not to make a mistake, and go on living like everybody else. Not living like you.

What if there was a place you could go for endless design ideas and solutions? A website where you could walk through professionally designed homes suited to personality types, and with the click of a button it all arrived at your doorstep a few weeks later?  Instead of a retailer selling you their one look you could find rooms with a mixture of furniture manufacturers, vintage pieces and one of a kind art by interesting up and coming artists.   You would be given paint color selections for every room, design advice on every page. And the design is completely free!

The idea of www.LiveLikeYou.com came to me after the economic crisis hit.  Great design should be available to everybody to enhance their lives no matter what budget. What better place is there to draw inspiration, find peace and let your life take center stage then your own home?

On www.LiveLikeYou.com you’ll find  an ever growing number of entry doors with different personalities, male, female and general identities like this…

HAPPY HOME

HAPPY HOME

MODERN WOMAN

MODERN WOMAN

STYLISH CITY GUY

STYLISH CITY GUY

UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN

UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN

Are you Glamour Girl, Stylish City Guy, Urban Cowboy,  Modern Marie Antoinette? Or do you want to live in a home inspired by your favorite movie  Mamma Mia or Under the Tuscan Sun?

Maybe you want to live in your dream style Earthy Modern or Bohemian chic.  The choices are endless. Maybe you’re 007, Single Mom or maybe you’d get a kick of living in a home inspired by the elegant characters on my TV obsession, Mad Men?

Bedside tables too expensive? Click on budget option.  That way you can decide where in the room you want to spend money.  Care about the environment?  Choose green option. We’ll have a custom vintage recycled chair designed just for you.  Need more options? We’ll create a special client area just for you.  Questions? We’re happy to answer as many as you have.

And most important…you’ll have fun!

5% of all sales go to selected charities. Each personality has their own. All charity links and info will be posted on the site and blog.

Remember your home is not only a reflection of you, but it also has the power to shape your future. When you make changes in your home, you may notice that your life can be transformed instantly and dramatically!

December 1, 2009

Welcome to the Live Like You blog!

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Photo: Jennifer Jaunsch

Hi friends,

Welcome to the Live Like You blog!

Since arriving to America from Sweden I’ve worked as a fashion model, actress, screen writer, producer and interior designer and I guess now…blog writer.   I want to share with you lots of amazing interiors, the latest and greatest in furniture, renovation stories and tips, my favorite homes and hotels, and tons of design advice and ideas to help you make your home great!

I guess you could call me a design addict. I admit to going to the super bowl with my face buried in an interior design book the entire game, and I don’t think I’ve been to a friend’s house without moving furniture around or solving a design dilemma (even if it’s in the middle of the night!)    I can even sit through a really bad movie just to check out the interiors or the color combinations… There are just so many ways to create amazing living spaces!  As my 8 year old son says “Mom you’re all about design, aren’t you?”

Not exactly, but using my love of design to improve people’s lives intrigues me.  Good design should be available to everybody, on any budget, to create a better life and environment for themselves.  I created the upcoming www.livelikeyou.com website to be able to reach lots of people, not just my design clients, making interior design free, purchasing easy, and aid people in living the way they dream of.   Sharing all things design, with some humor along the way I hope this becomes your obsession too.

I hope you’ll visit often!

Jill