Many of you had questions about my post on tear sheets - what they are, why I collect them, etc. Simply put, a "tear sheet" is design lingo for any image that one finds inspiring enough to tear out of a magazine - be it from an advertisement, photo shoot, etc. That is the beauty of a tear sheet - you can rip it out and keep it filed for future inspiration. Also, I must thank all of you who gave such great suggestions on how to keep them organized. I will definitely be taking a cue from your tips!
Here are some more of your questions from last week:
Q: I'm currently researching kitchen finishes and exterior paint colors and wondered if you might be able to provide some guidance. Thank you - Ingrid
A: Hi Ingrid. Let me suggest investigating the historical precedent of your particular type of residential architecture. For example, Colonial houses are traditionally painted in whites or bright yellows, whereas Victorians tend to break the mold with lavish, rich colors and cheerful pastels. Find paint colors that complement the architectural style.
Q: Do you have any favorite Australian designers? Also, I have mid-tone grey walls with a celadon green gourd lamp. What colors do you suggest with this combination? I was thinking mustards, biscuits, and burnt oranges. -Kassie
A: I have many, many, many favorite Australian designers. Australian Vogue Living has always been a point of inspiration for me, as well as Donna Hay. Regarding the color combination for your home, and the details you provided, I think your instincts are right!
Q: I enjoyed your post on lightening the floor in your NY apartment. I have a client with 40 year old pine paneling, discolored where pictures were hung - any suggestions as to getting an even shade? We can't sand as you did with your floors... Any suggestions would be of great help. Thanks. - Sheila
A: Hi Sheila. Unfortunately, I think it's going to be hard to get an even match for the already discolored spots on your client's wall. My first instinct was: Hang the pictures back up! This question may lead to a great future post on Flooring First Aid. Be sure to keep checking back!