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Last Thursday night, we were lucky enough to attend the ASID Color Theory seminar at the Denver Design Center.  The seminar was hosted by Decorative Materials, and the speaker was Feras Irikat, the Director of Design and Marketing for Stone and Pewter Accents.  It is safe to say we had our minds blown!  Feras was an incredible speaker who kept us interested and laughing the whole time, while also imparting invaluable knowledge about the psychology of color, and how we see and understand color in the world around us.  We learned SO many things, but today I just wanted to share a few of the very most interesting facts that Feras shared.

1.  No two people in the whole entire world see color in the same way.  The way each person views color is based off of a very specific mixture of the way their eyes see and their brains work, and also their individual life experiences.
Example: Nobody is born with a particular love or hate for a certain color.  Think about a color that you particularly dislike.  At first, you may think that it is just and ugly color,  but if you really think about WHY you don’t like that color, and consider where in your life you have seen that color and experiences you have had that would lead you to associate it with something negative, you might begin to understand why you have such strong feelings towards that color in particular.
Color Theory | Home on the Range

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2.  Each color is made up of a certain number of “ingredients”.  The more ingredients that a color has, the more difficult it is to pinpoint, and the more it can change in different lights.
Example: In the seminar, we talked about the color Khaki.  Khaki has a lot of different ingredients, so when you look at inside under artificial lighting, it may just look beige.  Then, when you take it outside into a different light, it can look green, or yellow or any other number of things.  This is why with more neutral colors, you might think something is a perfect match for another color, then get it home and take it out and think “what in the world was I thinking? This looks terrible!!!” This is one reason that lighting is so important in design.
Color Theory | Home on the Range

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3.  Colors have a huge impact on peoples’ emotions, and this is mostly due to how the brain sees them.
Example: The color red exudes a sense of power.  The color blue exudes a sense of trust and honesty.  Feras suggested that wearing one of these two colors to a job interview would trigger subconscious emotions in your future employer that would sway their opinion in a favorable way.
Color Theory | Home on the Range

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4.  The way we see color changes with age.
Example: Over time, our corneas begin to yellow.  This makes things that younger people see as blue instead take on a green hue.  This can be why different people may disagree on coordinating colors.
Color Theory | Home on the Range

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5.  Color names have a huge impact on the way people respond to the color itself.
Example: In the seminar, Feras used the example of Vera Wang’s line of professional apparel for women.  One season, she presented a line with a beautiful and unique color called “lilac”.  It didn’t sell.  At all.  A couple of seasons later, the exact same color was presented in a new line, this time with name “monster”.  Everyone had to have it.  Isn’t it funny how that works?

 

6.  Our subconscious is more alert and aware of our surroundings than we think it is.
Example: Here is a REALLY interesting video on how our subconscious works in ways that we would never even know.  It’s a few minutes long, but so interesting and definitely worth a watch!
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Altogether, we learned some really incredible things from the Color Theory seminar.  We would like to thank ASID, Decorative Materials, and also Feras Irikat from Stone and Pewter Accents for making this event possible!  You can find all of them on Facebook, and if you would like to see more about color and why we love it, visit us on Pinterest!

There is a lot going on right now at Home on the Range!  We have a lot of great projects that we’re working on, and we have also had about 10 different shipments of new inventory come in over the past few weeks!  There is some really incredible stuff that we’ve been unpacking, and today I wanted to share a few of my favorites (but by no means an exhaustive list).  All of these pieces are available for purchase right now at the showroom, along with so much more.  Come in and see all of our beautiful new things for yourself!

 

This is a barrel- and an end table!  I love this sooooo much, it looks even better in person.  It’s great because normal barrels are big- they just can’t really be used for tables unless you get super creative, but this barrel is the perfect size for between living room chairs, or as an accent in a bedroom.

Barrel end table | Home on the Range

Barrel End Table

 

We have all sorts of different twig lamps, in different sizes with different shades and colors.  These lamps are great because they are rustic and natural and perfect for mountain lodges and cabins without being too hokey.

Twig Lamp | Home on the Range

Twig Lamp

 

We also have all sorts of new hurricanes and candle holders!  This tall cylindrical hurricane is one of my favorites because it can add an unassuming style to just about any space, and it’s easy to match with almost anything that is already existing.

Rustic Hurricane | Home on the Range

Hurricane Lantern

 

 

We have mirrors galore!  We don’t even have enough places to hang them all!  This hand finished carved mirror with gold accents makes a great statement.

Rustic Mirror | Home on the Range

Rustic Carved Mirror

 

Here’s another example of the variety of accessories we have right now- these come in three different bright (but still distressed) colors- red, yellow and blue!  We had one customer in earlier this week who commented how neat these would be incorporated into a tiered porch arrangement.  What do you think?

Vintage Lantern | Home on the Range

Vintage Lantern

 

We have carried these vintage bottles for a while now, but they just seem to keep coming in more unique and interesting every time!  They even come with dirt and liquid still in them and we clean them out before putting them on the floor- that’s how you know they’re for real!

Vintage Bottles | Home on the Range

Vintage Bottles

 

To see more of our new arrivals, stop in any time!  Visit our website for hours, location and contact information.  You can also stay up to date with us on Facebook and Pinterest!

Well, I think that fall is actually almost over here in Steamboat Springs, CO (too soon, too soon!), but it even though it was a short one, it was an incredibly beautiful one!  We had reds, golds, oranges, yellows, burgundies, peaches, pretty much any warm color tone that you can imagine.  Then, picture those colors dusted with a layer of brand new snow- it was spectacular!  As we begin to watch the leaves flutter to the ground, and as the air changes from “a little bit crisp” to “see your breath all day”, we wanted to take a chance to share some of our fall favorites this year- things that make us love and appreciate the season!  And, though mother nature has decided that fall is on it’s way out here in Steamboat, the season continues through Thanksgiving so at least there’s still plenty of time to take advantage of fall decorating and pumpkin spice lattes!

 

Acorns are such a great little decorating tool.  They really help to bring the outdoors in with a neutral color and natural feel.

Fall Decorating Ideas | Home on the Range

Image via Orchard Girls

 

Wool blankies!  And Pendleton wool blankies no less!  Need I say more?

Fall Decorating Ideas | Home on the Range

Image via Pinterest

 

The colors in these acorns are just beautiful, have you ever seen acorns in these colors?

Fall Decorating Ideas | Home on the Range

Image via Pinterest

 

This is a great rustic fall tablescape.  The flannel table runner looks fantastic over the burlap, and the sunflower adds such a pretty accent!

Fall Decorating Ideas | Home on the Range

Image via Cobblestone Farms

 

I would love to spend the fall here.  Right here.  With a Pendleton blanket.

Fall Decorating Ideas | Home on the Range

Image via Flickr

 

Great colors here!  They all tie in together nicely, and the mix of the rustic frames with the more transitional soft goods and accessories make a cute little space!

Fall Decorating Ideas | Home on the Range

Image via Pinterest

 

I just love this pinecone arrangement.  The colors and the leaves and the berries and the burlap are perfect for fall!

Fall Decorating Ideas | Home on the Range

Image via Etsy

 

One of my favorite autumn photographs

Fall Decorating Ideas | Home on the Range

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This is a great decor idea that could transition from fall to Christmas decor- love the unique use of cranberries and hydrangeas!

Fall Decorating Ideas | Home on the Range

Image via Southern Living

 

 

For more fall inspiration, or any holiday inspiration really, visit us on Pinterest!  You can also follow us on Facebook to have decorating ideas sent straight to your wall every day!  Or if you are interested in some one on one design ideas, contact us through our website, we would love to hear from you!  Happy Fall everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home on the Range is so excited to have been chosen as one of Mountain Living’s top 100 mountain interior designers again this year!  We love Mountain Living, we love designing in the mountains, and we love having been selected for this honor once again!  Thanks Mountain Living!

To see the full list of this year’s top 100, visit Mountain Living online!

No matter where you live, we know that you have heard about the extensive damage caused by the floods “of biblical proportions” that occurred in Colorado two weeks ago.  In Steamboat (where Home on the Range lives), we were extremely fortunate to escape any damage, but we know that the rest of our beautiful state was not so lucky.  Today we would like to share a post from one of our favorite bloggers/vendors/friends, Dick Gentry.  Dick’s company Wesco Fabrics is based out of Denver, and so Dick himself has been a long time Colorado resident. His blog, Gentry Connects, is one of our favorites, and this week he posted a haunting yet inspiring blog that shows not only the destruction caused by the floods, but also the the strong spirit of Coloradoans. We would like to thank him for sharing his post with us to share with you.  If you haven’t visited Dick’s fantastic blog yet, today would be a great day to start!

The images in the below post really demonstrate the extent of the horror that folks here are still experiencing, and are only beginning to pick up the pieces.

 

Colorado Strong:

Colorado Flood | Home on the Range

Image via Gentry Connects

As Colorado’s devastating flood recedes, the extent of the damage in many areas is heartbreakingly apparent.  Through this tragedy we witness amazing stories of cooperation, heroism and perseverance. Friends and total strangers join hands to help. A Wesco Fabrics’ sales person, Steve Beard, energized his church in Jackson, Mississippi, to make donations.  People from gulf areas hit by Hurricane Katrina are coming to Colorado to help as they remember many from our state who once helped them in their time of need. It will take time to cleanup and rebuild, but we are definitely “Colorado Strong!”

Colorado Flood | Home on the Range

Image via Gentry Connects

Hugs of support.
Colorado Flood | Home on the Range

Image via Gentry Connects

This cleanup is a family affair.
Colorado Flood | Home on the Range

Image via Gentry Connects

The intrepid mailman delivers his mail.
Colorado Flood | Home on the Range

Image via Gentry Connects

A raging torrent.
Colorado Flood | Home on the Range

Image via Gentry Connects

Estes Park floods and is nearly isolated due to washed out roads.  Some residents are driving over the 12,000′ Trail Ridge Road.  Soon snows will close this route.
Colorado Flood | Home on the Range

Image via Gentry Connects

Heartbreaking damage.
Colorado Flood | Home on the Range

Image via Gentry Connects

The neighborhood lends a hand.
Colorado Flood | Home on the Range

Image via Gentry Connects

The evacuation effort continues.
Colorado Flood | Home on the Range

Image via Gentry Connects

Safety personnel throughout the state have been amazing!
Colorado Flood | Home on the Range

Image via Gentry Connects

A difficult job of cleaning up the mess!
Colorado Flood | Home on the Range

Image via Gentry Connects

Washed out roads near Boulder.
Colorado Flood | Home on the Range

Image via Gentry Connects

A road to nowhere.
Colorado Flood | Home on the Range

Image via Gentry Connects

A wet and lonely cow.
***If you are interested in helping click on this link:

Johnson Barsmall

Guess what?  We have some special news to share!  One of our projects was featured on Wall Street Journal’s “House of the Day” earlier this week!  The house, which is being sold by Peachy and Shel Johnson and is listed by our dear friends Darlinda Baldinger and Chloe Lawrence was not only a favorite project of ours, it was also an award winning project.  Lynne won an ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) Crystal Award for the beautiful library hallway in the home.

Johnson Library Hall 4

The project was a team effort on the part of Joe Patrick Robbins, AIA, Ken Kruse, the builder, and Lynne Bier, the interior designer, who all worked together throughout the entire planning, designing and building process to pick finishes and interior furnishings.  We will miss the Johnsons greatly and are sad to see them go, but we wish them luck and are proud to have had our work featured in such a well known publication as the Wall Street Journal!

Johnson Master Bedroom

You can view the full article and pictures here!

Hello and welcome to our 4th installment of Ask the Designer!  Our questions this week are all across the board

 

Question 1:

Carole asks: What are some good ways to incorporate rustic decor into a non-rustic house?

Answer:  Great question Carole!  There are so so so many ways, and a lot of them depend on just how dedicated and ambitious you are!  Probably the very best way to incorporate rustic decor is through accessories.  Accessories are a great way to add any style you want to a home because they can contribute so much character, yet they are also temporary, so if or when you ever want to change them out it’s an easy process!

Rustic Accessories | Home on the Range

Image via Pinterest

 

Rustic Accessories | Home on the Range

Image via Pinterest

 

 

Light fixtures are another great way to add a rustic feel to a home without a massive overhaul.  Though you may not notice it consciously, lighting and light fixtures make one of the biggest impressions on a space.

Rustic Lighting | Home on the Range

Image via Pinterest

We actually did a blog post pretty recently called “5 Steps to a Rustic Room” that I would love to share with you in response to this question.  It features ideas big and small that you can implement to give instant “rusticness” to your non-rustic house.  You can pick and choose the ideas that work for you, and if you do make any of these changes, we would love to see pictures of them!

 

Question 2: 

Sandy asks: How do I organize a scrap book/bonus room, 25×24, help!

Answer: I love to organize things so much, so thank you for asking this question!  It gave me time to think about all of my favorite organization ideas, and now I’m excited to tell you about them!

My favorite tip for organization, especially in a small space, is to hide things in plain sight.  Although it sounds like you don’t have too small of a space, you can still use this tip to your advantage.  Rather than filling the room with large cabinets, shelving or closets, consider adding a knitting chair with a basket of yarn next to it, or a large craft table with drawers/storage underneath, like this one:

Craft room organization | Home on the Range

Image via Home on the Range

Another thing that looks great in crafty areas if you do want to keep everything perfectly organized and hidden, is to use unique furniture case goods/storage pieces rather than cheap plastic Wal Mart specials.  Think about how eclectic your craft room could look with a rug in the middle and mixed dressers, cabinets, armoires, etc around the wall?

Craft room organization | Home on the Range

Image via Pinterest

Use space above and below these pieces too by strategically placing baskets, buckets and crates that can be filled with supplies.

Craft room organization | Home on the Range

Image via Pinterest

Craft room organization | Home on the Range

Image via The Green Children

 

Remember that you are not trying to achieve a stark interior with a place for everything and everything in its place!  My favorite rooms are the ones with lots of character, and lots of STUFF!  The more you put in your room, especially if you love it, the more eclectic your space will be.  On that note though, remember to make it into a space that you want to work in.  If you hate seeing any clutter at all, you probably will want to go a more synchronized, matching route.

Craft room organization | Home on the Range

Image via Within a Quarter Inch

Craft room organization | Home on the Range

Image via Pinterest

 

Or if, like me, the more you see the more inspired you are, then a mix and match craft room will be just the ticket.

 

Question 3: 

Susan asks: I have old venetian blinds in my condo.  The windows are small, but I want to do something new.  Ideas?

Answer: When recommending window treatments, I always check these things first:

  •     Is there a view you need to frame? Is it high – like a mountain peak, or low – like a lake or valley.
  •     Do you need privacy – are there other buildings, people walking by etc.
  •    Is it for a bedroom?  Do you need black out or is light filtering fine?
  •    Do you want to be able to see out of the window, or can you block part of the view?
  •    Do you have enough depth in the window for inside mount treatments, or do they need to be mounted outside the window
  •    If outside the window, do you have room above the window, and to the sides for rods and stack

 

Once I have the answers to the above questions then we can look at options that will work for each scenario.

 

For a condo – or really any home, a Silhouette can be a good option.  They have ultimate flexibility of being up all the way, down and tilted open to block glare and provide some privacy, but still not feel closed in, and all the way closed for either room darkening capabilities or simply full privacy.  They come in a multitude of fabrics and colors and just recently unveiled a new cordless easy rise version.  I love that because I always hate to see all of the cords hanging down in the window from window shades!  http://www.hunterdouglas.com/our-products.jsp?so=tn#/P_1/

 

If you have a lot of windows and don’t want to go around raising and lowering shades all of the time, then drapes or curtains are a great way to go.   As long as you have the room to mount the hardware and stack the drapes back off of the window, then they provide the convenience of one or two easy tugs to cover up those windows!  They also provide opportunity to add pattern and color to a room.  There are so many wonderful drapery styles that we will leave that for another post!

How to choose window treatments | Home on the Range

Image via Houzz

How to choose window treatments | Home on the Range

Image via Houzz

 

If you need privacy for someone walking by outside then a bottom up, top down shade is often a great way to go.  That way you can leave it halfway up and get your privacy, but still see out the top.  I love to use this option in a powder room window.  Guests don’t want to raise or lower the shade when they go into the room but if you leave the shade closed all the time, then why have a window?  In this case, just leave it halfway up all the time so your guests don’t feel “exposed” and yet you still get light and some view. 

How to choose window treatments | Home on the Range

Image via Houzz

 

 

How to choose window treatments | Home on the Range

Image via Houzz

 

If you need some privacy, but don’t need to frame a view, then stained glass can be a fun option!

How to choose window treatments | Home on the Range

Image via Houzz

 

Sometimes all you need is to block the glare on a television or computer screen and yet preserve your gorgeous views!  This scenario calls for solar shades.  They give UV protection and block glare at the same time allowing you to see through them to the view!

 

Thanks so much to everyone who submitted questions for this month’s round of Ask the Designer!  You may have seen our recent blog and Facebook posts announcing that Ask the Designer was actually featured in last month’s issue of Mountain Living Magazine!  How exciting is that?  If you have a question about design, decorating, organizing, painting, flooring, you name it, you can submit it to us through the comments on this blog post, or on our Facebook page!  We look forward to hearing from you and answering your questions next month!

Larger than Light | Home on the Range

Image via Home on the Range

How exciting!  We have been featured in another publication this month!  This time, Lynne was asked to choose a favorite light fixture and describe what she loved about it and how she had used it in design.  The interview is featured in the “Bright Ideas” section of the magazine, along with a picture of Lynne, and a photo of the room she used it in.  Thanks so much for the opportunity Larger Than Light, we love publicity, and sharing our favorite things with other people!  To see the article, click on this link.  You will find the Bright Ideas piece on page 5, but the rest of the magazine is also worth a read!

 

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Big news!  The “Ask the Designer” series that we have been doing here on the blog is featured in this issue of Mountain Living magazine!  We love everyone over at Mountain Living, and love reading the magazine (and looking at all of the beautiful pictures!) in every issue.   Pick up the July copy of Mountain Living- you can find our feature in The Latest section, where they feature fun, up and coming events and information from the mountain design industry.  Or, you can also check it out online when the digital edition comes out!

If you have a design question that you would love an answer to, join our Ask the Designer conversation!  You can post your question on our Facebook page, tweet us, or leave a comment here on the blog! We would love to hear from you with any questions that you might have.

Thanks again Mountain Living!

 

 

We were so excited to learn on Monday evening that Lynne Bier (the principal/lead designer at Home on the Range) was voted one of the top designers in Steamboat Springs in the 2013 Best of the Boat contest!  Lynne took second place in the contest (which had over 4,200 voters), coming in just behind Irene Nelson, who has been designing in Steamboat Springs for decades, and who Lynne considers to be one of her role models.  Needless to say, it was a proud moment for her, and for all of us at Home on the Range!

Best of the Boat logo | Home on the Range

The party, which was hosted by the Steamboat Pilot, was lots of fun.  The food was delightful, and so was the presentation… the video clips in between categories kept us laughing the whole time!  We want to say a big thank you to the Pilot for hosting the wonderful event, and an even bigger thank you to everyone in Steamboat (or elsewhere) who voted for Lynne this year in the Best of the Boat!  Steamboat is our home, and it has been a privilege to get to design here and to work with so many amazing people for so many years… and more to come!

Best of the Boat | Home on the Range

Thanks again Steamboat, and congratulations to all of the other winners!

You can read more about this year’s Best of the Boat here, or pick up the latest issue of Steamboat Living Magazine.

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