[Life Hack] Bring Your Color Schemes and Dreams To Life

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Life is like a canvas, and with each moment we fling technicolor paint onto it over and over again, haphazardly layering abstract vision onto linear paths; the continual result is a personal universe, vibrant and blossoming to the brim with color.  Fortunately, coloring the rest of our lives from our apartments, homes and dorm rooms to websites  and weddings is a bit more straightforward.  While an affinity towards individual colors is a simple formula of RGB, choosing the breadth of a color scheme can become slightly overwhelming – especially, apparently, if you’re me.  Every time I pick two colors I enjoy, then try and settle on a third I’m reminded that two is a party but three is definitely a crowd – so you have to choose right.  Enter: the internet.

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Thanks to some technological geniuses, there are a variety of apps that make the process essentially dummy proof and in the midst of my (re)search for help, I found a treasure trove of answers.  I was trying to paint two birds with one brush, looking to re-do the office in our apartment and wrapping my head around a color scheme for my wedding. Each came with their own monsters.  Back when I was a kid, my mom was redoing the inside of our house and after pouring through scraps of carpet and paint swatches for the living room and her room – she did, at that time, what I fathomed to be unthinkable: let me decide how I wanted my room to look.  Looking back on it, I’d have to say that light blue walls with pink door trim and a lavender carpet still stands as an eccentric expression of my fourth grade mind, a decision that I relive every blue moon when I go back home and visit. As for picking colors for my wedding, let’s just say this – though I’m most certainly a novice at this wedding game, I don’t plan on staying one but I do plan on doing this wedding thing only once – and doing it all sorts of right.

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For the wedding inspired, Wedding Wire has an insurmountable repository of resources – which includes a very simple decision tree for wedding colors.  Personally, I think they’re a good place to start, but beyond being a great jumping off point it’s nothing to write home about.  Instead, I would lean towards a tried and true favorite – AdobePaletton or ColourLovers, well – when they’re back online.  With Colour Lovers – you can create a personal profile, save your palettes and browse for ideas.  On the other hand, Paletton offers multitudes of preset ways to break down the color wheel – Tetrads, Triads, and Adjacent Colors – in addition to Freeform, plus you have the ability to export your information. I have to hand it to Adobe though, their site is beautifully ergonomic and allows you to upload your own images to create an easy breezy color scheme, but Paletton has my attention.

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The discovery of a stunning color combination is one thing, but an active and informed direction is quite another.   Kiss your interior decorating color woes goodbye because bless their hearts, the good folks at Sherwin-Williams went ahead and made a color app for their collection of paints called Color Snap for iOS.  You can also access the database via Android, or through their website.

For the iPad lovers, go and get your paws on ColoRotate – where you can work with a 3D render of the color scale to find your perfect palette. Even better? It can sync up with Photoshop.

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For good measure, if the curioisity is getting at your cat – try a book on color therapy, or Chromotherapy, and understand the colors on a more intuitive, intimate level.

What sort of ingenious methods have you used to curate your perfect color collection? Let me know in the comments below!

[Make Your Own] Record Bowls

Creativity is a trait that I think most of my friends and I share – we’re imaginative about the way we view the world around us and when when it comes to personal interpretation of the world and manifesting it into something else, I’d like to think each of us gives in a uniquely talented way.  When I was younger, I was into beading and bead work – and truth be told, I actually brought my tools to Los Angeles with me. I’ve picked up and put down crocheting a number of times, though my drawings can seem elementary to me at times the more I use my watercolor pencils and pastel sticks the more fun I seem to have with them. But there’s more to being creative than these very specific mediums; I’d like to think I’m creative when it comes to Interior Design, organization of my apartment and DIY projects.

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Websites like Pinterest and Instructables are always giving me crazy, fun and uniue ideas for the apartment, gifts and hostessing. Some of the ideas are amazing – like freezing fruit in ice cubes for a stellar and healthy Summer drink pick me up; and some of them prove to be more difficult, like the Cinco De Mayo inspired striped rainbow Donkey shaped pinata cookies full of M&M Minis.  Trust me, I tried and failed; and no, you can’t see the pictures.

When I moved to LA, my family gifted me with a great coffee table book called “Show Me How: 500 Things You Should Know“: it’s full fun and quirky things like how to roll sushi, dance the tango,  heal your body with accupressure points and tons of easy to follow DIY ideas.  So far, my ultimate favorite has been crafting old records into usable bowls. So, without further ado – let’s get to crafting!

Please note: No important records were hurt in this process.

Tools:

  • Vinyl Records from a second hand shop or hand-me-downs from a friend; if you can still play it and or enjoy it, you probably don’t want to melt it.
  • An Oven
  • 2 Bowls; one that can go into ovens: e.g. ceramic bowls, sauce pans for the stove
  • A Cookie Sheet
  • Oven Mitts

Steps:

  • Get your records on, or out rather.
  • Heat the oven to 225°F (105°C)
  • Wait for Ten minutes
  • Arm yourself with those oven mitts and take out the cookie sheet
  • Gently mold the newly malleable record to the shape of the bowl
  • Wait for another Ten minutes

And, voilà – you now have your very own record bowls;if you can find a vintage record of a favorite tune, it becomes a great gift for family, friends and yourself.

PS. Having an assistant doesn’t hurt….but sometimes, it definitely doesn’t help…