37 posts categorized "video"

January 14, 2011

George Oliphant and Benjamin Moore Give Design Solutions To Those In Need

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Can you imagine your job involving design, helping deserving people, and having your own show to spread the word on your work? 

Meet George Oliphant...He's the namesake of the show George To The Rescue!  An Emmy Award winner, George is full of energy and excitement and has a great job with NBC.  His show, George To The Rescue, started out in New York, but is getting picked up by several NBC stations across the map. 

George and his crew receive thousands of requests from deserving people in need of design.  I had a little time to talk with George about one of his projects on site in Chicago.  It's just one example of how George and the show are literally changing people's lives.

This family has three special needs kids who were sharing one cramped room.  Working with a fun, efficient, and fabulous team, George renovates a garage into a sensory room and sleeping space for two autistic brothers and gives the third brother, a cancer survivor, a room of his own.  And on a personal note, we filmed this on a special day.  It was George's wedding anniversary and he was miles away working on this house.  I asked him if that was hard and he said it's challenging sometimes, but helping those in need is always worth it in the end.

Catch a glimpse into how George makes it all happen here.

If you're wondering what paint George used, it's Natura by Benjamin Moore-- the zero VOC paint that is zero VOC in any color.  Cleaning out our environments and starting fresh is great, and using environmentally responsible options to create beautiful and functional spaces is even better!  George was already using Benjamin Moore and when we found out about it, we struck up a great relationship with the team!

Besides George To the Rescue, George also has a segment on LX TV's (NBC in New York) Open House.  If you're in the area, tune in to George on Sundays at 8:30am, EST. 

This Sunday, George and Carl (from Benjamin Moore) will showcase a young couple's New York City apartment.  I picked the nature and sea inspired palette to help give the space youthful and energized personality that compliments how the homeowners live.  Let me know what you think!


Write to [email protected] if you want George to come rescue you or someone you love!

Learn more about LX TV"s Open House

August 10, 2010

Designer's Favorite Colors Will Become Yours Too


If you haven't seen House Beautiful's 500 Favorite Paint Colors yet, here's Newell Turner's take on why you need this color bible.

Smart and savvy designers are sharing their fail-safe and favorite colors for you to pick up and bring your space to life.  Here are some of the manyBenjamin Moorecolors cited in the Bookazine.


Larry Laslo calls out Appalachian Brown 2115-10 when he says "Brown is the new neutral"


Jarret Hedborg says about Tangerine Dream 2012-30 "It ain't white, honey.  It's a wonderful, glowing Luis Barragan color, an orange that doesn't look silly"


Todd Klein loves the name and color of Come Sail Away 846 


Jeffrey Bilhuber says Van Deusen Blue HC-156 has "a lot of dignity"


Brad Ford likes Bright Yellow 2022-30 as a more relaxed yellowElephantpink_dollop

William Diamond tells you how to use "Elephant Pink 2087-70 and Benjamin Moore White to create a flattering warmth in any room" 


Steven Gambrell raves about Horizon 1478

Go out and get your copy before they're gone and get a head start on your fall makeover projects!

Find more about it here: House Beautiful's Bookazine 

July 28, 2010

Color Added: Why Kitchens Crave Fun Color and The Best Paint

Just above the golden statue of Prometheus at Rockefeller Center, House Beautiful's Kitchen of the Year 2010 has been transformed into Bar 30.  I was the last speaker at the Kitchen last week as we wrapped up a whirlwind of excitement tied into the kitchen and deck designed by Jeff Lewis.

Here are some clips from my talk on Color, Paint, and Kitchens:

Natural Monochromatic Style

What's In That Colorant?  A Real Zero VOC Paint

Go For Color!

How to Select Color with Stainless Steel

Pick A Sheen, Any Sheen


Be bold with Color in a Kitchen.  There's usually relatively little wall space, so make the color really count!

Make sure all your finishes in the kitchen are highly durable and will stand the test of time, spaghetti sauce, and steam!  Use Aura Bath and Spa (low VOC) when you want a highly durable paint that will cover well, dry fast, and work in a kitchen in any color and sheen.

Use Natura in your dining rooms and seating areas around a kitchen for a Zero VOC solution that's available in ANY color.  Your Green Paint can be blue or yellow or red or...

If you're using monochromatic style to create a soothing atmosphere, remember to use contrast (darker/lighter) so it's not blah, but aaaahhh...

What are your best Kitchen Tips?  Learn more about Kitchen Of The Year here.


June 25, 2010

Darryl Carter: Tips On Picking Color Like A Design Pro

By the time we sat down to film the second interview, I felt like I was simply talking with an old friend who happens share my belief that design illuminates space.  Darryl Carter is very forthcoming about what works and what doesn't work in these short videos.  You'll be flipping rugs and looking for antique corbels once you hear his thoughts.
I took our conversation to heart.  Even as a designer, I struggled with the idea of "ruining" my dining table with signs of wear and tear.  My talk with Darryl and his book The New Traditional made me remember that imperfections are really what make for character. 
Over the weekend I smiled to myself as I saw a big group of our friends crowded around the dining table telling stories.  Change isn't easy, but often, it's worth it.  I didn't use a tablecloth or place settings, but I have to admit, I did put out coasters.  One step at a time, I suppose...
In what quirky ways do you design or find color for a space?

June 23, 2010

Darryl Carter: Demystifies Design For All

So many people think working with an interior designer is only about deep pockets, high brow ideas, and feeling like you live in a museum.  This may change your mind. 
Of course, interior designer Darryl Carter is no stranger to exclusive clients, impressive projects, and recognition for his great design work.  But have even one conversation with him and you'll find he is also a gracious host who doesn't use coasters, that he values friendships, and that has a smart sense of humor about...pretty much everything.   
Earlier this year, I shared my opinion about his book, The New Traditional and recently, he and I sat down to talk about the designer secrets and discoveries he reveals in its pages.  Not only did he share his thoughts, he literally shared his home with us.  It was such a treat to talk with Darryl and see how his life reflects his ideas on refined yet relaxed design.

Check back in on Friday as I post more videos from Darryl Carter's home.