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Orange

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I have been getting such great feedback from everyone on my blog -thank you! One of your questions yesterday was about using orange in decorating and well, it is one of my favorite colors! I find that the best way to use orange is in small doses. It is such a powerful color that you don't need a lot to make an impression. Here are great examples:

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This is a room that I styled for a magazine story about leather.  Believe it or not, this is actually a set that we created here in our photo studios. The rust color of the leather insets of the cabinet doors and the vase of Icelandic poppies (as well as the occasional book spine) provide what I think is a beautiful and sophisticated addition of orange to the color palette of the room.

1 This is a room that I styled for a magazine story about leather. Believe it or not, this is actually a set that we created here in our photo studios. The rust color of the leather insets of the cabinet doors and the vase of Icelandic poppies (as well as the occasional book spine) provide what I think is a beautiful and sophisticated addition of orange to the color palette of the room.

Orange looks great with blue. The bedroom in this picture is cool and sophisticated. The orange ribbon trim on the roman shade as well as the orange velvet pillows and bench upholstery keep the room from appearing gloomy and unfriendly.

2 Orange looks great with blue. The bedroom in this picture is cool and sophisticated. The orange ribbon trim on the roman shade as well as the orange velvet pillows and bench upholstery keep the room from appearing gloomy and unfriendly.

Yellow and orange together are cheerful beyond words. We took an outdoor garden table, had it painted, and used it in this charming breakfast nook. The orange welting on the cushions and stripes on the modern take of a cafe curtain enhance the effect.

3 Yellow and orange together are cheerful beyond words. We took an outdoor garden table, had it painted, and used it in this charming breakfast nook. The orange welting on the cushions and stripes on the modern take of a cafe curtain enhance the effect.

I love painting simple paper lampshades. It is inexpensive, not time consuming, and gives you a real decorating statement. The heavy linen and beautiful Matelassé bed cover are perfectly matched to this country bedroom.

4 I love painting simple paper lampshades. It is inexpensive, not time consuming, and gives you a real decorating statement. The heavy linen and beautiful Matelassé bed cover are perfectly matched to this country bedroom.

September Celebration

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Martha Stewart Living, September 2005. Photo: Maura McEvoy

I can't help but feel absolutely delighted when I stumble upon another blog and see work that we've created here at Martha Stewart Living! One such instance occurred yesterday while I was browsing "The City Sage," a blog authored by San Francisco-based writer, stylist and personal chef, Anne Sage. Her post, "September in the Details," celebrates some of the wonderful interior designs our Decorating and Home department has put together as a team. What's more, Anne's post is not just a quick write up of our work! She takes the time to use our photographs to demonstrate lessons in decorating, and showcases work that spans over many years and many magazines - from our most recent September Decorating issue to Blueprint magazine.  I hope you enjoy her blog as much as I do.

Thank you, Anne!

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Martha Stewart Living, September 2009

Floor Molding Options

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1 This is the "floating wall" effect that is throughout the apartment. As you can see, it's far from perfect. I think it's best to just cover it up.

Another view.  It's pretty bad.

2 Another view. It's pretty bad.

Here is the inspiration image that my friend William from MR Architecture + Décor showed me for the gallery reveal style floor molding.

3 Here is the inspiration image that my friend William from MR Architecture + Décor showed me for the gallery reveal style floor molding.

This is another image from William from World of Interiors, December 1997, photographed by Ivan Terestchenko.  See how the base molding matches the floor finish.

4 This is another image from William from World of Interiors, December 1997, photographed by Ivan Terestchenko. See how the base molding matches the floor finish.

This is a straight on view of the 3/4

5 This is a straight on view of the 3/4" Wenge sample that Craig made for me. I really like fact that it just blends into the floor.

Close up view of  the 3/4

6 Close up view of the 3/4" Wenge sample.

The 3/4

7 The 3/4" Wenge sample shot overhead.

Here is the 3/4

8 Here is the 3/4" primed sample. If I choose this one, it will be painted the same color as the wall.

The 3/4

9 The 3/4" primed sample close up.

The 3/4

10 The 3/4" primed sample next to the 3/4" Wenge sample. Each one would give a totally different look to the apartment.

The 1/2

11 The 1/2" primed from above. A little less substantial than the 3/4" sample. I worry that it wouldn't provide enough protection for the wall when vacuuming. I'm pretty crazy with a the vacuum.

The 1/2

12 The 1/2" primed sample close up.

I placed the 3/4

13 I placed the 3/4" primed sample and the 1/2" primed sample at a corner for comparison. I'm really leaning towards the 3/4" size.

Another corner view.

14 Another corner view.

An overhead view of the 1/2

15 An overhead view of the 1/2" primed sample next to the 3/4" primed sample. It's just a 1/4" difference but it really changes the look.

The 3/4

16 The 3/4" and 1/2" Wenge samples on a corner.

The 3/4

17 The 3/4" and 1/2" Wenge samples from overhead.

The 1/2

18 The 1/2" primed and Wenge samples side by side.

Now that my floor is done and looks fantastic, it's time to think about base molding. While the apartment's floating walls create a more modern aesthetic, the edges have not been wearing well and dirt has been getting trapped in the gap. It's a problem and I want to eliminate it. I called my friend, William Clukies, who works at the firm MR Architecture + Décor here in New York.  Check out their website, www.mrarch.com  to see some of their work. I asked his advice as I have always admired his clean, modern look.  He suggested trying a detail that they have used before at the firm that approximates a “gallery reveal”. It's simply a ¾” by ¾” square toe bead. He said they usually try to match the toe bead to the floor finish so it is made from the same wood as the floor.  In my case, Wenge. However, a paint grade wood could also be used to create different look.  William also recommended having a few pieces of the molding mocked up first to see if I liked the proportions.  I contacted Craig, my flooring expert at Haywood-Berk, and asked him to make up some samples of molding in a few different sizes, both paint-able and in the same finish as the floor.  I decided to try the 3/4" x 3/4" size as well as a 1/2" x 3/4" size.  Now, I just have to decide which one works best.