The past month has been eventful for me! First, I was preparing for our Journey to Vieques, then I went to my parent’s house to help install flooring (story to come), and then I went to NJ for Maria Killam’s True Colour Expert™ Workshop.
Continuing education is a vital component in the ever evolving world of interior design. Fortunately, Valerie and I belong to the Interior Redecorators Network™, which has been an incredible resource for us.
The IRN’s focus is on education. We look forward to the speakers and tours at our annual conferences. Between conferences, we love having a network of counterparts to brainstorm with as well as regular trainings, covering all subjects related to our businesses.
Many of our members are certified True Colour Experts™. I finally signed up for the Maria Killam’s True Colour Expert™ workshop in Toronto at the end of May. When 8 of my IRN counterparts said they couldn’t go, but could go to the NY/NJ training during the 1st week of June, I canceled my Toronto trip and booked a trip to NJ.
During the workshop, we dealt with dated and modern palettes, so that we could hone our color consulting skills for clients who are not interested in upgrading their furnishings and only want paint colors. We also focused on solutions for homes that have clashing fixed elements.
Gina wrote a magazine worthy review of Maria’s True Colour Expert™ workshop on her blog, TRENDSlation, yesterday. It’s an excellent read!
The training was a whirlwind, I left exhilarated and exhausted! Since our training and certification, the girls at my table and I have not stopped texting pictures of clashing undertones and quizzing each other to refine our skills.
This is what was waiting for me when I got home:
Then I was off to a baby shower and back to my parent’s house to finish the floors.
Looking back at the class exercises, I recognized that they were interesting and challenging, but I didn’t fully understand their true worth until I returned to the real world of clashing undertones and started using the pages we worked on to identify violet grey undertones vs. blue grey undertones or pink beige undertones vs. very pink beige undertones… My new Colour Boards are fantastic, I have already been able to turn my mother into a color convert. We are moving her out of the dated Tuscan Brown trend into a newer more vibrant world, influenced by greys. Who knew?!
She is relieved to know that she can keep all of her existing furnishings. With nothing more than a simple paint tweak and a few accessories, her living room is going to look fresh and current.
If you want a great blog to follow on color and design, follow Maria’s! Go to MariaKillam.Com. And by the way, it is Maria’s Birthday today.