Friday, November 5, 2010

The Chair That Nate Wanted and How It Became Chinese Red

First, thanks  to all of you who watched The Nate Berkus Show. 
And, a super big thank you to Nate and everyone at the studio who provided me with an exciting and a fantastic opportunity to showcase my style.  I even got a peck on the cheek from Nate and he said "When I saw the image of  her room I thought I was looking at the cover of a European magazine."

This is my chair that Nate loved.   How flattering is that?  But, I had to tell him that he couldn't have it.  I do change things around frequently though, and he gets first dibs. 

As for the chinese red color on the chair,  I am not a color specialist.  But, I always know the exact  color I want.  Translating that into a paint chip doesn't work for me.   In fact, that wall of paint chips is totally overwhelming.
I do have a trick that works for me every time.  I find an object that has the color I'm searching for and drag it to the paint store.  My inspiration for the red was the inside lid of this lacquered box.

I have a favorite guy at the Benjamin Moore Store in Germantown, MD.  He has a terrific eye for color and gets me an exact match every time.   That box is probably the smallest thing I've dragged in to him.  I've brought painted trunks, dresser drawers, small tables, chairs, fabric and scarves.  And, if you look at my first welcome post you'll see an orange flower pot next to the bench.  Yes, I brought him the pot, and voila, the paint color for the front door.  He's amazing.
If you can't find someone like Jamie, there is always a Color Consultant on staff who will walk to the wall of paint chips and pick the color for you without a moment of  hesitation.  Yes, they're that good.

Give it a try and let me know how it works



  1. A peck on the cheek! All I got was a handshake! :)

  2. Me too, I didn't get a peck on the cheek! SO jealous!

    Anyhoo, that idea of colormatching is super smart, K! Love it!