HGTV x Benjamin Moore Color Project
HGTV came to me with an idea: to produce a lifestyle shoot that incorporated Benjamin Moore’s new 2017 trend colors in a way that shows readers how the paints could fit into a variety of places in their homes.
Do you always have flowers in your home? I know that I don’t. Which could be a side effect of “not taking your work home with you” or just as easily a smart decision with not that many surfaces in a small Brooklyn apartment that can hold flowers and Matchbox cars that are constantly whirling through the air courtesy of my almost-three year old boy. No flower is safe.
Although, if I DID want to decorate my home with flowers and if I DID repaint my walls with lush, saturated color from Benjamin Moore – then this is how the flowers would be styled. Monochromatic. It’s an easy, modern way to choose what blooms go in your home. This shoot I produced and designed is more on the conceptual side. I walked around the flower market meticulously matching the colors of nature to the color of a paint swatch. While you probably don’t carry a paint swatch of your walls in your purse, a good rule of thumb would be that red goes with red, pink goes with pink, blue with blue…so on and so forth.
So here you go my lovely people. Five of Benjamin Moore’s trend forecasted 2017 paint colors, five areas of your home, and five arrangements to liven up a space.
Tomato Tango + a dining room centerpiece
Dark Burgundy + an entryway
Pink Bliss + a bedside table
Midnight Navy + a front door wreath
Guacamole + outdoor planters
Pop Art Wedding Editorial at Dobbin St.
My fellow color-loving friend, Leah of Color Pop Events, asked me to do the design and flowers for a pop-art inspired shoot for My Wedding Magazine. She knew she wanted it pop art inspired, although didn’t quite know how to make that happen while still keeping the look classy, formal, mature, and of course fun and colorful.
I did a lot of research on the pop art movement by digging into my art history books from college. My student loans that I’m still paying for every month are actually useful! Imagine that! Everyone thinks of Warhol’s soup cans and Lichtenstein’s screen prints as quintessential to the movement and although those are both lovely and important works of art, neither scream “wedding” or “classy” or “relatable” to me. I’ve seen a bunch of editorial shoots of late that use something crazy as inspiration, say unicorns, and take that literally by just throwing a bunch of actual unicorns around. While cool, the everyday couple probably isn’t having a unicorn wedding.
When I get the opportunity to design editorial shoots, I like to use the inspiration in a way that couples can relate to and use on their own weddings. This means making items that can actually happen on a wedding day (no giant installations that would cost a million dollars or drink stations in fields) in a design aesthetic that is more relatable to the general public.
I decided to use one piece of art from the pop art movement as our main inspiration for this shoot. Warhol’s Flower series was it. It’s bright, colorful, full of flowers, and easily translated in a variety of decor items.
Here’s a bonus image of me doing my thing. Making super cool and pretty wedding backdrops since 2011, people.
And the full list of the talented creatives who made this happen:
In partnership with My Wedding Magazine / Coordination: Color Pop Events / Venue: Dobbin St. / Photography: Amy Gray Photography / Drink stirrers: California Luster / Jewelry: Suzie Saltzman / Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals / Hand Painted Backdrop: Hannah Lowe Corman / Linens: Nuage Linens / Cake: Hudson Cakery / Cookies: Sweet Dani B / Makeup: Pre-Dame / Catering: Brooklyn Grange
Bat Mitzvah at Sunset Terrace
Besides weddings, designing Bat Mitzvahs has become my absolute favorite thing that I get to do. It’s no surprise that 13 year old girls have a similar aesthetic to a few things that I love: shine, color, being unique, and personalized everything. Elizabeth’s Bat Mitzvah at Sunset Terrace at Chelsea Piers was no exception. She wanted pink, purple, shiny gold polka dots, fringe, and disco balls. And these things we gave her.
I designed Elizabeth’s mom’s 40th birthday party a few years ago. It was an honor to be able to have a part in another one of their family celebrations. Their true New Yorker style came out in the venues they chose: Lincoln restaurant for the luncheon and Sunset Terrace for the party. From Lincoln Center down to Chelsea Piers, we brought bright contemporary pops of pink and purple.
The party at Sunset Terrace was full of custom, personalized details. They said YES PLEASE to my crazy ideas of a custom polka dot dance floor and a pink fringe installation across the entire ceiling. We got a little kitchy with a mix of Yiddish and teenager-slogan custom made wooden text around the room. The flowers were kept simple, yet gorgeous, with big pink peonies in white geometric vases. And of course, some disco balls scattered around the room, because no party is complete without a few disco balls.
The images from January Stewart perfectly reflect the super fun filled day that Elizabeth and her family had.