Interview with GelaSkins Artist Sylvie Demers

Interview with GelaSkins Artist Sylvie Demers


We're currently running a contest with the awesome folks at GelaSkins to see who will join them as their next artist. Earlier this year, we ran a similar contest and the talented COLOURlover that won was Sylvie Demers. Since her winning design was selected, Sylvie has become an artist with GelaSkins, and you can now buy her designs on their website.

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She was kind enough to answer a few questions for us and we're excited to share our conversation with you guys. Thanks Sylvie!

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COLOURlovers Interview with HOP Interiors

COLOURlovers Interview with HOP Interiors


Today we are interviewing a budding interior designer with an eye for style and a love for interiors. Make sure to check out her interior design blog and portfolio at HOP Interiors. Ok, let's get started.

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First up, why don't you tell the community a bit about who you are, what you do, how long you have been doing it, and your background.

Hi COLOURlovers ladies and gents! I am Mary-Ellen Paul, Editor & Founder of HOP Interiors. My creative interiors blog is my platform to share my thoughts, personal style and design aesthetic.

(Me with Interior Designer, Potter, TV Presenter Jonathan Adler)

What past experiences do you think have contributed the most to where you are now?

My passion for interior design has been an immense contributing factor. When you have the passion you are more likely to take the bold risks needed to succeed. Through my passion I am continuously seeking to develop my knowledge of interior design, taking risks with colour and exploring its effects.

What colors do you think we will see a lot of in 2012?

I think that bold strong colours will push through this year such as cobalt blues, bright yellows and fiery oranges and tangerine. In a contrast to that, pastels will start popping up, lots of sugary tones of pinks, greys and blues, will be coming through this year.

(Image credits – Main: trendenser.se, Top: etsy.com, Middle: farm6.static.flickr.com, Bottom: savedbythesouthernbelle.tumbr.com)

What patterns and trends do you think will be big in 2012?

There seems to be a lot of the iconic zig-zag Missoni style print which has segued into the interiors stratosphere. Simple prints with both bold and subtle colours will shine through too.

 

 Which colors, patterns & trends are you personally most excited about?

Cobalt and Navy blues are my favourite colours but I always enjoy designing with colours I’m not used to – taking me out of my comfort zone.

When you are feeling stumped, where do you turn for inspiration?

When I’m stumped I tend to take a break from it. I go through loads of magazines, tearing out anything that fits into my idea and then build upon that.

What is your favorite website or app right now?

At the moment I’m addicted to the Pintest app. I also adore decor8 as Holly is immensely inspirational. I use housetohome.com for inspiration for images for a particular space, be it the living room or the bedroom.

When decorating your home, what are the top three colors you turn to for the space?

What is your favorite paint color?

When decorating a space in your home it’s vital that you assess the space for its size and the amount of light it receives. The more light it receives, the cooler the shades, the less light it receives the much warmer the colour may be used (interior design 101). The colours I tend to use most are Night Jewels, Velvet Truffle and Cocoa Blush – colours from the DULUX paint range. However my fabric choices for my last interior project did encompasses rich reds and lush silver tones.

What's the best home design-related advice you've ever received?

If in doubt, always go back to the brief. The brief is the central core to any interiors project. When designing a space in your own home try writing a brief, detailed statement of what you want and don’t want to include in the project. This will be your blueprint to refer back to. There may be times when your eyes go into interior overload with so much choice out there, but if the products and colours you choose do not relate to the brief or the ethos of the scheme then it’s a no-no.

For someone that is just beginning down the rode to create a better home, what resources or advice would you give to them?

One of my mantras is that ‘a room must not only look great, but feel right’. The room must be right for you, it must be comfortable and feel just right for you. There are so many fads and trends but instead of going with the flow I would advise going for that is right for you and your home. When embarking on a better home or a redesign I would advice taking it one step at a time. It’s easy to get carried away and so my advice would be to slow down and take it room by room. If you are unable to do a complete redesign you can always add a few little changes to make a room appear brand new. For example, you can add a new splash of colour to your room or a change of colour to your fabrics and textiles. My blog will give you a lot of handy tips on making changes to certain rooms in the home.

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COLOURlovers Interview with The Wedding Chicks

COLOURlovers Interview with The Wedding Chicks


The Wedding Chicks is one of the most fabulous wedding blogs around. Aside for always offering top-notch inspiration for planning brides, they also have a bevy of other great resources including free downloads and a shop filled with adorable goodies for your wedding day.

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For those of you past the wedding phase and onto babies, don't fret as they have created a fabulous baby blog, Onto Baby, featuring inspiring nurseries, baby showers and all things fabulous for a growing family.

First up, why don't you tell the community a bit about who you are, what you do, how long you have been doing it, and your background.

WC: We met when Amy photographed Jocey's wedding, we became fast friends and the rest is history. Jocey's background is in graphic design and mine is in photography. Together, we are the Wedding Chicks. Launched in March of 2008, The Wedding Chicks is a daily blog focusing on weddings, wedding fashion, wedding decor and DIY projects.


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What past experiences do you think have contributed the most to where you are now?

WC: We are both extremely ambitious and determined, I think that these traits were handed down from our parents. Jocey and I have a very similar work ethic and that makes for a really strong partnership.

What colors and color trends do you think we will see a lot of in wedding in 2012?

WC: We anticipate seeing more gowns in soft color palettes, such as blush pinks, yellows, and creams. We are looking forward to seeing brides with hair down embellished with a statement head piece. We think lip color is going to be huge as we adore a bride who braves a bold lipstick on her big day. We predict a more classic and refined look on the groom.


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What patterns and trends do you think will be big in 2012?

WC: We definitely think that the Chevron Stripe will continue to be big in design, as for weddings we think that patterns in bridesmaid dresses will gain some momentum.


Source: Molly Sims WeddingFree printable invitation suite by Wedding Chicks

Which colors, patterns & trends are you personally most excited about seeing?

WC: Personally, we go bananas over pastels and we are in love with color blocking.

What are your top three color palettes you love to see in a wedding?

WC: We are currently obsessing over palettes of:


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Peach, pink and orange

Red, hot pink and yellow

Light pink, yellow and white

What colors do you not often see together a lot, but would like to see more of?

We would love to see more palettes of:

mint green and gray

we would absolutely like to see an all shades of blue wedding, hint hint

How important do you think patterns are to a wedding design? What are your favorites?

WC: Patterns are definitely wonderful especially if the colors are cohesive and blend in with the theme it adds that little something extra. Can't get enough floral, stripe and chevron. We particularly love a pattern in the bridesmaid dresses.


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What's the best design-related advice you've ever received?

WC: Keep it simple.

When you are feeling stumped, where do you turn for inspiration?

WC: We head straight to Pinterest, as well as fashion and design magazines.

For someone that is just beginning to plan and design their wedding, what resources or advice would you give to them?

WC: Choose something that YOU like and stick with it. Work with a stylist to help you create the look and feel of your wedding. Don't worry about what others are doing, it's your wedding and it should be a reflection of you and your future Mr.

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COLOURlovers Interview with Cyd of The Sweetest Occasion

COLOURlovers Interview with Cyd of The Sweetest Occasion


Today we are taking a glimpse into the life of Cyd, founder of The Sweetest Occasion blog and Sweet Occasions Studio, a wedding planning and design company. Her love of color, patterns and textures, have given her the inspiration she needs to create some fabulous wedding decor.

Her blog is equally inspiring as she loves those less trendy and totally classic colors and designs. Follow Cyd on Twitter and make sure to take a look at her fabulous blog, The Sweetest Occasion.

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First up, why don't you tell the community a bit about who you are, what you do, how long you have been doing it, and your background.

Howdy, fellow COLOURlovers! I'm Cyd Converse, founder and creative director of The Sweetest Occasion, a lifestyle and design blog that has been delivering fresh ideas and inspiration for weddings, parties and living a life full of celebration since 2008. We're all about adding a little sparkle to everyday life. I'm also an event designer and stylist, having launched Sweet Occasions Studio in 2008.

What past experiences do you think have contributed the most to where you are now? 

My formal training is an architecture so I have a classic design background. I have a lifelong passion for color, pattern, materiality and space planning which ultimately led me to the exciting and beautiful world of weddings. Plus, my grandmother was the ultimate entertainer and I inherited that passion from her. Even if it was just a group of us grandkids around the house for a weekend sleepover, she never served dinner without putting on her favorite earrings.

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COLOURlovers Interview with Melanie of You Are My Fave

COLOURlovers Interview with Melanie of You Are My Fave


Melanie created You Are My Fave as her creative outlet just 4 years ago. You Are My Fave combines the love she has for decor, crafting and weddings to create some fabulous inspiration for all. The pages of her blog keep you going because you just can't wait to see what else is in store (it also wears out that "Pin It" button with all those awesome photos). Catch up with her on Twitter @youaremyfave.

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Let's find out what inspires her, what keeps her going and what got her to this point.

First up, why don't you tell the community a bit about who you are, what you do, how long you have been doing it, and your background. 

My name is Melanie. I've been blogging daily at You Are My Fave for the last four years but I do a handful of other things too like throw parties and assist Design Mom. I'm also a pro at watching an entire TV series over the course of one weekend.

I graduated from college in the slacker major of Communications with an emphasis in advertising. After a series of unfortunate jobs, I started my blog and haven't looked back since. Of course the things I learned in my major have helped me with all this social media biz.

What past experiences do you think have contributed the most to where you are now?  

First, I think my parent's emphasis on work ethic has helped me tremendously. I had a paper route when I was only eight. Anyone who works for themselves knows it's not easy and if you don't work hard, you won't get anywhere.

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COLOURlovers Interview with Michelle of Studio M

COLOURlovers Interview with Michelle of Studio M


Michelle Jennings Wiebe is the owner and principle designer at Studio M, an interior design firm. Follow  her design musings on her firm’s interior design blog. And if you need a little inspiration or need some design advice, follow the studio on Twitter or Facebook.

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Now let's go ahead and check in with her on her favorite colors to decorate with and where she thinks home decor style is headed in 2012.

First up, why don't you tell the community a bit about who you are, what you do, how long you have been doing it, and your background.  

I am Michelle Jennings Wiebe, the President/Principal Designer of Studio M Inc., a national interior design firm based in Tampa, FL.  I began the firm 20 years ago, pretty much right out of college. I have always wanted to be an interior designer; even since I was a young girl, drawing floor plans and decorating glorious Barbie houses.  I went on to graduate from Florida State University, with my degree in Interior Design.  (Go Seminoles!)  I am also a chocolate connoisseur, a travel buff, and love a great pair of shoes!

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COLOURlovers Interview with Gabrielle of Design Mom, Kirsty & Altitude Summit

COLOURlovers Interview with Gabrielle of Design Mom, Kirsty & Altitude Summit


We are touching base with one very busy girl today! Not only has she built up a successful blog, a new company and one of the coolest new design conferences out there, she has done so while having a family of 6 kids! Truly an inspiration.

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One of her newest endeavors, Altitude Summit, has become of those must-attend conferences for bloggers, designers and artists of all sorts. If you haven't heard of Altitude Design Summit yet, you will soon. The panel of speakers are of the top talent out there, including the co-founder of Pinterest, Ben Silbermann, Editor-In-Chief of Martha Stewart Living, Pilar Guzmán, and a lifestyle and art editor at Chronicle Books, Kate Woodrow.

Let's get to chatting with Gabrielle Blair  and see if we can find out how she balances everything, how she gains inspiration and more.

Q: First up, why don't you tell the community a bit about who you are, what you do, how long you have been doing it, and your background. 

A: I’m a former art director kept inspired by a blog called Design Mom, an ever-evolving site named Kirtsy, and a founder of Altitude Design Summit, which has turned into the annual place-to-be for some of the most talented bloggers, designers, and artists I’ve ever met. In my spare time, I’m a wife to Ben Blair and mom to six of my favorite children in the world -- Ralph, Maude, Olive, Oscar, Betty & June!


Source: DM family photo a: Photo by Blue Lily Photography

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COLOURlovers interview with Matthew Smith of Zaarly

COLOURlovers interview with Matthew Smith of Zaarly


Today we are chatting with Matthew Smith, currently the creative director of Zaarly. Known for his online persona as "whale," Matt has proven himself as a great designer and influencer in the field.

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Zaarly is a marketplace where you can ask for anything, set the price, and keep the community rooted by building local economy and helping each other out.

Follow Matthew on Dribbble and Twitter.

First up, why don't you tell the community a bit about who you are, what you do, how long you have been doing it. 

I'm the Creative Director at Zaarly, a place that's bringing business back to neighborhoods again, because life is better when you talk face to face, when you're not just a number. I've been drinking this kool aid for a little less than a year. Before that I owned Squared Eye for about 4 years. Before that I worked at a thrift store.

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COLOURlovers Interview & Giveaway with Jessica Sprague on The Art of Poster Design

COLOURlovers Interview & Giveaway with Jessica Sprague on The Art of Poster Design


Poster design is a really fun, inexpensive and unique way to explore your creative side. From the 1,000's of fonts, variety of poster sizes, and layouts, sometimes, it's difficult to know where to start!


Once you master your design techniques visit Next Day Flyers for fast poster printing at great prices.

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Today we are interviewing Jessica Sprague, design guru and owner of JessicaSprague.com. In February, Jessica is heading off a four week Poster Design course. She is also giving away not one, but TWO seats to this really awesome class! I couldn't be more excited about the class after taking Jessica's Subway Art class. I'm a busy mom, so I don't have a whole lot of time to join in a live class, which is why I love Jessica's classes- they are self-paced and available forever!

Follow Jessica: Twitter & Facebook

Can you tell us about yourself, how long have you been designing? Teaching? Do you have a job outside of JS.com?

In my former life I was a web & user interface designer for a software company, so I've been designing in some form or another for about 14 years. I started teaching digital scrapbooking, Photoshop, and graphic design in 2007 when I opened  JessicaSprague.com. Since then it is my full-time job, and I love it!

What three (or less) singular colors do you most identify with, why?

My favorite color is green - I love it in almost all of its shades from lime to olive. It's the color of growth and regeneration, of calm energy, of prosperity, learning, balance, and harmony.

If you had to describe yourself [currently] as a five color palette, what colors would they be? Could you provide me with HEX codes so I can create a JS palette for you? :)

I feel like I am a blue, two greens, and a red, coupled with a dark grey. Hex: aed835, d9ea65, 81c9c0, a90c19, a90c19

The greens I've already described. The blue is an ocean representing responsibility, stability, trustworthiness. The red represents fire and emotion, and the dark grey brings some gravity, but also represents the dark that balances the lighter, fresher colors.

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If you could be a shape, what shape would you be? (i.e. a polygon = triangle, hexagon etc...)

I would be a 5-pointed star. :)

 

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COLOURlovers Interview with Erin of Design For Mankind

COLOURlovers Interview with Erin of Design For Mankind


Erin Loechner is a writer, stylist and designer. She is a quirky girl with lots of style and a great swagger about her. Everything she publishes on her site, Design For Mankind, pushes the envelope just enough to keep you interested and excited about trends and styles. She has graced the pages of many magazines all the while keeping up with trends and colors on her HGTV.com segment.

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First up, why don't you tell the community a bit about who you are, what you do, how long you have been doing it, and your background. 

I'm Erin Loechner, a 28-year-old freelance design writer and blogger (DesignForMankind.com). I dabble into styling, consulting and rearranging the furniture of any willing party! I'm also an online personality for HGTV.com.

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