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TSV This Saturday 3/17 from Luminara! Believable Beauty

Last Reply by rar3 1379710777.237 | Started by Sharon Hanby-Robie in For the Home Talk, Candles, TSV Talk

Henry David Thoreau shed a little light on the subject of design when he wrote, “Always the laws of light are the same, but the modes and degrees of seeing vary.” I love this quote because it shows just how important and how complex light really is. As the light of day changes, shadows move and change color as well. Our goal is to find the perfect light for painting the most beautiful spaces within our homes. Lighting is the single most important aspect of our lives. It affects our mood, our ability to see and perceive beauty, and the appearance of colors. And no light is as beau... Continue Reading

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The Pulse of Color

Last Reply by healing hands 1331941829.103 | Started by Sharon Hanby-Robie in For the Home Talk, Hosts & Personalities

I recently had the opportunity to attend Benjamin Moore’s Color Pulse 2013. This is always exciting, because they travel the world looking for the latest themes and ideas that they think will influence color trends for the next year. Color is the second strongest emotional trigger, so whether we’re aware of its influence on our lives or not, the affects are real and powerful. Benjamin Moore identified four major themes that are currently affecting style and color: Flow, Cycle, Animate, and Connect. These four themes intersect—creating a relationship that occurs through ... Continue Reading

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Focus on One Project

Started by Sharon Hanby-Robie in For the Home Talk, Hosts & Personalities 1317955841.36

This past weekend, I took my goddaughter, Lexi, shopping for her birthday. It didn't go well. Our first mistake was going to the mall. After three department stores and two specialty stores, we were still empty handed and exhausted. It was a simple case of visual overload and too many choices. I guess one of the reasons I love QVC is they make it so simple by editing the choices for me! Their buyers do all the hard work. I can enjoy the shopping experience instead.  As a designer, I can remember feeling overwhelmed by choices when I first began my career. How on earth do yo... Continue Reading

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New Color Forecasts

Last Reply by AnikaBrodie 1314926285.857 | Started by Sharon Hanby-Robie in For the Home Talk, Hosts & Personalities

As an interior designer, color is an important part of my life. From as far back as I can remember, I've been intrigued by color. Even my dreams are filled with rich, vibrant color! So I always look forward to each season’s new color forecasts. For fall 2011 through winter 2012, there's a burst of new seasonal tones. The premier color forecast organization, The Color Marketing Group, recently met in Taipei for their conference. The two most-important colors they've chosen are Limbu and Bolt. Limbu is a truly luminous color of yellow that simply glows. Symbolic of celestia... Continue Reading

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Textile Details

Started by Sharon Hanby-Robie in For the Home Talk, Hosts & Personalities 1310016423.55

Fabrics are an essential element to an interior designer. We gravitate toward their color, touch, and texture. Textiles are an indispensable part of our lives. We rediscover their caress every day, whether in table linens or bed and bath fabrics. If you've watched me on QVC, you know that I can't keep my hands off the products I present. As Hermine Mariaux of Home Textiles Today put it, “From colorful to calmly sophisticated, home textiles are the first and the last thing we touch to our skin and use to brighten our home environment.” So how do you know whic... Continue Reading

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Chic Collectible Décor

Started by Sharon Hanby-Robie in For the Home Talk, Hosts & Personalities 1307073159.94

As an interior designer, I believe that our homes should tell the story of our lives. Therefore, I've always encouraged my clients to fill their homes with things they love. Decorating with collectibles is a natural outlet when you're a dyed-in-the-wool collector like my husband, Dave, or my friend, Jan. For them, things that have a sense of the past are a passion. Jan loves American-style splatter wear, quilts, signs…anything that's old American in style. My husband started collecting antique children’s toys and books as a child. Big Little Books and Hubley toys are his passion,... Continue Reading

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Backyard Vacation

Started by Sharon Hanby-Robie in For the Home Talk, Hosts & Personalities 1303917870.86

It’s that time of year when we start talking about summer vacation. But this year, the conversation seems a little different — it's more about whether or not to actually go somewhere for vacation. I just spent a glorious week at home with my two little nieces. It made me realize that as I think about all the great getaway vacations we've taken, the memories that seem to endure most are not so much about where we went — they're about the people, family, and friends who joined us. Based on that thought, I had to ask myself, why not plan a backyard vacation instead? Backyard v... Continue Reading

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American Style

Started by Sharon Hanby-Robie in For the Home Talk, Health & Fitness, Hosts & Personalities 1301426821.313

What defines American style? After working as an interior designer for over three decades, I think that American Interior Design is a style as versatile and unique as the people in America. I moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1980 and was intrigued by its history. The area was part of the William Penn Charter, granted Penn by the king of England. Lancaster was named for Lancaster in England, and it appropriated the red rose, symbol of the House of Lancaster, the British royal house. Lancaster was chartered as a borough in 1742. It was the capital of the American colonies when Philadelphia w... Continue Reading

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Did you know that there is an Academy Award for Color of the Year?

Started by Sharon Hanby-Robie in For the Home Talk, Health & Fitness, Hosts & Personalities 1299681674.623

Well, they don’t actually call it “Academy Award” – but it’s still a big deal. The Nominees are: Benjamin Moore Vintage Wine: A smoky tone which combines the comfort of a brown with the luxury of purple. Vintage Wine first got our attention on the fashion runways of New York, Paris and Milan, and its impact is just as magnificent in the home. Pantone Honeysuckle: A Vibrant, Energetic Hue – a color for all seasons. It is Courageous, Confident and Vital. It is the color for a brave new world. Its bold spirit of Honeysuckle will infuse you, lift you and c... Continue Reading

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Hottest Trends from Las Vegas Furniture Market – Exciting!

Last Reply by CharlesGalbreath 1298319120.773 | Started by Sharon Hanby-Robie in For the Home Talk, Hosts & Personalities

That’s how I feel after a few days at the signature market event highlighting trends and top product picks for the first major total home furnishings market of the year. As an interior designer the most exciting trend is that color is finally back! It was one of the distinguishing factors of this Market with color dancing throughout the home furnishings complex. Splashes of color in decorative accessories are a quick and simple way to communicate and a way a way to add an accent and make a statement in your home. Purple will register high on the popularity scale this year, as will den... Continue Reading

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