I began the first Living Well Newsletter back in the Summer of 2001 as a way to tell you about my new line of Full Spectrum Paints. It wasn't planned, but we created the first colors on June 21st, the day of the Summer Solstice. My whole philosophy on color stems from my belief that we were meant to live in nature, therefore the colors we use in our interiors should mimic nature, since nature is so healing. The original "Nature's Palette" of Full Spectrum Paints was inspired by the earthy colors found in nature. Since then, we created the "Ethereal Mists Palette" which is a much lighter, softer palette inspired by nature's seas and skies; followed by our "Magical Gems Palette" consisting of bold, gem-like colors created to turn small spaces, like the inside of cabinets and closets, into "jewel boxes".
Posh Palm Beach Store Brightens with Magical Gems Palette
Color is vibrational energy, therefore it has a powerful effect on our emotions, which is what makes color preferences very personal. One Posh Place, a furnishings store in the West Palm Beach area, was recently re-painted with eleven different Full Spectrum paint colors. Many of the colors they used, came from the Magical Gems palette. Since then, One Posh Place has sold a considerable amount of Full Spectrum Paint in those same vibrant "Magical Gems" colors (specifically Ruby, Sapphire, Amber, Emerald and Amethyst). Store manager, Billie Haffey, claims that since the store was painted, she no longer feels stressed and is much happier spending time in her newly painted work environment. Although she used some of the more soothing, natural colors; I can't help but think that it's the brighter colors contributing to her new found daily happiness.
Museum Benefits from Full Spectrum Paints
The Pitot House Museum in New Orleans recently re-painted using several of our Full Spectrum Paints. Pitot House is an 18th Century West Indies Plantation on Bayou St. John which houses the offices of the Louisiana Landmarks Society. When they made their color selections, I was surprised that many of our colors were considered historical colors and had been used almost two hundred years ago. When they told me they selected "Ruby", a vibrant vermillion, because it was the original color of one of the bedrooms, I cringed with worry. Although I have it inside my kitchen cabinets, I couldn't imagine how it would turn out on all four walls of a bedroom. Well, you can certainly teach this old dog new tricks. The "Ruby" is beautiful.
Noted Graphic Designer Enjoys Creating Full Spectrum Images
If you had to pick one color that says "color", I guess it would have to be red. After all, bright red is one of the most magnetic colors in the spectrum. It inspires passion and desire and is the epitome of vitality and energy. Therefore, I shouldn't have been surprised when award-winning graphic designer Anna Macedo selected it as the main color for Full Spectrum Paints' new promotional materials. I gave Anna a package of paint samples and no input whatsoever regarding the design. She chose "Ruby" as the dominant color of every printed image: brochures, cards, paint can labels - everything! I love her new designs so much, I scanned some of them and posted them on the website. Besides being such a talented artist, Anna is very intuitive, always knowing exactly how to create the image you are trying to portray. (Anna Macedo, Phone: (225) 635-0096, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). http://www.annamacedo.com
Wichita's Decorator Fabric Warehouse Chooses Full Spectrum
It's wonderful to be able to live in the woods, working from home, yet visiting with folks all over the country via telephone and email--all thanks to the internet, something that didn't even exist that long ago. One of my most enthusiastic paint customers has been renovating and decorating a new home in Wichita. Many times during our phone visits, she raved about the Decorator Fabric Warehouse, a "fabulous fabric store" in Wichita. Imagine my surprise when Jan Hoffman, the store's owner, called to ask if she could sell my paints at her store and fly me to Wichita for the weekend to meet customers and talk about color. I'd never been to Wichita, but since I've been living a "synchronistic lifestyle", I know that every opportunity that comes my way is to be taken seriously. Well, talk about being more than delightfully surprised. Jan's store has THE best selection of fabrics, fringes and trims I've ever seen in one location. Her talented design staff is most helpful and her prices are incredible. It's definitely worth a trip to Wichita just to shop for fabrics. Wichita itself is also quite "a find". The folks there couldn't be nicer and Jan and her husband Bob, give new meaning to the phrase "wine and dine". (Decorator Fabric Warehouse, Phone: (316) 269-3551).
Full Spectrum Paints Raises ICI Profile
ICI Dulux Paints whose world headquarters are based in London, England, manufactures our line of Full Spectrum Paints. ICI is the largest paint company in the world, since they bought Devoe, Glidden, Jones Blair and Fuller O'Brien. For over two years, we have been very successful at having the formulas for our paints faxed to the customer's local ICI Dulux Paint store so that their order can either be picked up at their local ICI store or delivered to the project site. However, since ICI is such a large paint company, many of their stores aren't even aware Full Spectrum Paints exists, and even the ones who do know us, don't take orders for our paints or keep our formulas on file. While any store can copy our colors, computers are only able to create formulas using 3-4 pigments at the most. Full Spectrum Paints are much more than great colors. Each color contains between 7-9 different pigments which when applied to an entire room, take on a luminosity and color relective quality that no other paints do. This is what makes our paints so special. It's the main reason (other than the prayers & visualizations I do) Full Spectrum Paints are often called "magical" and "healing".
Full Spectrum Paints in Architectural Digest
We have 44 "tried and true" stock colors. We've also created numerous custom colors and welcome the opportunity to do more, making them "full spectrum", of course. Most recently, we created colors for New York Designer Marc Charbonnet's stunning kitchen and breakfast room in Architectural Digest Magazine's "Rooms with a View of Central Park", an exhibition of 23 acclaimed international interior designers. The designer showcase is housed in the new AOL Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle and will be featured in the February 2004 issue.With the holidays right around the corner, we're offering "Full Spectrum Paints" Gift Certificates for paint and/or color consultations. Each Gift Certificate contains a beautifully packaged set of hand-painted samples along with a gift card (another Anna Macedo design) stating exactly what the gift entails. Prices start at $45. For more information, visit our online brochure.
We wish you the very best holiday season and hope your 2004 is everything you want it to be!
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