eDesign: Modern in Rio

Recently I was contacted by a fantastic man, whom we will call V. V is beginning a new chapter in his life, and is building a new home to live in. He will be the sole occupant the majority of the time, with occasional visits from his children. He wanted to keep the interior modern, sleek and minimal, but still incorporate warm.

The architecture of this home is fantastic, and we wanted to let the surfaces be the stars here. In a smaller home, using upgraded building materials can actually be more cost effective – there is very little ornamentation required when everything is already beautiful!

V was drawn to the contrast of concrete and warm wood, and loved the idea of punctuating that combination with black-toned and raw steel metals. He was particularly concerned with what color to choose for his walls. Although he loved dark greys, V wanted to ensure there would be enough light in the space.

Here is a floorpan of V’s fabulous new home:


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This is an interesting layout from a design standpoint. The home itself is rectangular, with the cooking, dining and living spaces wrapped around the bedroom space.  In effect, it is a cube within a cube.

This offers us a way to incorporate the dark grey walls effectively. By placing the dark grey onto the interior and exterior of the bedroom wall only, and pairing it with a complementary grey-white on the remaining walls, we do several things. One, we enhance the architecture, emphasizing the well-thought out design. We delineate the public and private areas of the home effectively. We keep the lighter, outer walls in the areas that will be used primarily during the day, and the darker walls on the areas used most in the evening. We are able to bounce light through the living room and into the entry and dining area, where there will be little direct daylight. The electronics will be placed onto the darker wall separating the living space and bedroom, which will allow them to work in seamlessly, rather than contrast sharply against a pale wall.


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V loved this plan! He wanted to move forward, and also requested an accent color which would pair well with the floor tiles (already chosen) and “Frejo” wood, which would be used for shelving, cabinetry, etc through the space.

I put together this color board for Ivan, using Sherwin Williams selections, as it was readily available to him:


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The Freja wood, used for cabinetry, shelving, etc ranges in tone from almost blond to quite dark, often with orange undertones.

You can see the floor tile, while grey, skews quite warm.

Dovetail, SW 7018, Is the perfect warm grey to pair with the flooring/wood selection. We would wrap it around the outside of the bedroom “cube” and along the interior walls of the bedroom as well.

Snowbound, SW 7004, is the most beautiful pale grey-white. It’s modern and timeless. This would be used on the remaining walls and trim.

Robust Orange, SW 6628 would be absolutely stunning on the entrance door.


This was a color consultation, and so V and I did discuss furniture direction, just not specifics. Cognac leather would work very well here, perhaps in a lounge chair, as would the classic black men’s sofa that V preferred – on point, V!

It was a pleasure working with V. He knew what he wanted, was true to his own design loves, and will have a phenomenal home to begin his next chapter in. Recently received an eDesign rare treat – progress photos of V’s home during construction – Snowbound looking gorgeous on the walls – Thank you V!!






Increasingly I find myself working with male clients who have incredible design instincts, and am loving it. Hope you enjoyed! The posts have been rather sparse lately, but the sun is finally shining here, and must take advantage when possible, yes?

Cheers! am



International Color Day

Happy International Color Day lovelies!


In celebration of this most fabulous holiday,

let’s look at a few spaces with unexpected, super-saturated, fantastical color combinations

from my COLOR board on Pinterest…


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Maybe not what we choose for everyday life, but they do have swagger, yes?


Sometimes I just like to remind myself to push the boundaries a little…. x am


LOL Colors: New Site Provides Tool for Color Inspiration


Designer Mackenzie Child challenged himself to create a website for color palette inspiration, named Lol Colors. After learning and using wordpress to create this site (another story, hehehe), I appreciate the effort, and his result is beautiful and endlessly inspiring, but considering that he gave himself a 24 hour deadline to design the entire site – his result is exceptional.



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sigh. Another place to get lost in the dynamics of color 🙂  x am