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      Color Craze: Spectra Yellow and Flame

      Spectra Yellow and Flame - JulRe Designs LLC

      This duo brings passion, high energy, happiness and the joy of the Summer season. And with current temperatures not willing to climb higher than late Fall levels in some places, we could all use a little boost from the hotness of this color combo. 

      There isn't any reason why Summer can't be eternal. Spectra Yellow embraces happiness and throws it back out to you with full-on bright. Flame brings the heat and adds spice to the mix. Let's revel in this color mashup!

      But first, a celebratory colorful mocktail are on me! 

      Spiked Turmeric Lemonade

       

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      It is not my intention to rush the seasons here with this warm weather-centric style board. I'm just sharing a few special beach-worthy items in colors guaranteed to take the chill off when the time is right. Of course, if a trip to the Caribbean or some other hot location is in your immediate future, snap your favorites up now! SHOP my Style Board below:

      Spectra and Yellow Flame Style Board

       

      1.  Kerri Rosenthal Sunny Daze Hat 

      2.  Loewe Square Sunglasses

      3.  JulRe Designs Studio Serena Earrings 

      4.  Cirque Colors Crème Nail Polish - Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Non-Toxic Formula in Urbanized 

      5.  Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick in Tell Laura 

      6.  Eileen Fisher Sport Wedge Platform Sandals

      7.  CHLOE x MIFUKO Basket Crossbody Bag

      8.  JulRe Designs Studio Custom Biwa Stick Pearl Bracelet

      9.  CUPSHE Heart Attack Falbala Swimsuit 

       

      Until next time, may your life be filled with COLOR!

      Juliet's Signature 

       

       

       

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      Color Craze: 9 Must-Read Books for Every Color Lover

      Color Craze: 9 Must-Read Books for Every Color Lover

      When it comes to color, I haven't written the book but I sure have READ the books. One thing I know for sure, color is so much more than what can be gleaned by the naked eye. Color influences our perceptions, touches our deepest emotions, and moves our decisions.

      We have always existed in a color-filled world but we are rarely aware of the impact color has in our daily lives. Through books we can take a deep dive into the ways in which color has influenced our understanding of our global community, our differences and our commonalities.

       

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      From the sun-drenched beaches of the Mediterranean to the works of Impressionist artists, these books are both tools for expanded knowledge and simply yummy reads.

       

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      Curl up with these books for a little trip down colorful highways and byways or display them on a coffee table to entice your guests. Here are 9 favorites from my personal library:

      Colorful Craze: 9 Must-Read Books for Every Color Lover

       

      1. Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay - The author is a genius at expanding our knowledge of color through the ages.
      2. Pantone: The 20th Century in Color by Leatrice Eiseman - The quintessential book on how color has expanded our horizons from the "house that color built".
      3. The Rainbow Atlas: A Guide to the World’s 500 Most Colorful Places by Taylor Fuller - Travel takes on a renewed importance when you take in the beautiful bucket list places profiled.
      4. Black Is A Rainbow Color by Angela Joy - Not necessarily a book on traditional colors, per se, but one of the best children's books on skin color, race and culture written from a child's perspective.  
      5. Interaction of Color by Josef Alber - The literal bible of color theory, this book has helped shape my color career and continues to be a guide for my jewelry designs.
      6. The Colorful Kitchen by Ilene Godofsky Moreno - Plant-based foods never looked (or tasted) so good! A vibrant book of vegan recipes from a fellow New Jersey native (and somewhat of a neighbor).
      7. The Color Scheme Bible by Anna Starmer - A must-have book for a map to bringing new life to any room through color and other home decor inspiration.
      8. Bisa Butler: Portraits by Erica Warren - Artists who use color in a manner that evoke strong emotional responses are my jam! Bisa's work not only speaks, it shouts loudly and with passion.
      9. Flower Color Theory by Darroch Putnam - Ever wonder how floral artists create such seamlessly elegant flower arrangements? This book will have you heading to the nearest farmer's market or flower stand to grab a few bouquets to play with.

         

        Until next time, may your life be filled with rich, beautiful color!

        Love, Juliet

         

         

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        Color Craze: Limelight and Sulphur Spring

        Limelight and Sulphur Spring - JulRe Designs LLC

        You can depend on this color combo to bring the summertime sizzle. Limelight and Sulphur Spring bring new meaning to brightness! They're eye-catching but never gaudy. Always current and filled with the promise of life at its most vivid. 

         

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        We've been seeing variations of this color duo in fashion for years. Glowy neon yellow-greens have become a staple in activewear and accessories. I designed these Lemon Tree Earrings using these vibrant shades and will always have this palette somewhere within my jewelry collections. But I'm seeing it pop up more for home interiors lately and I love the trend!

         

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        I'll admit, I'm not brave enough to incorporate it into my home in a substantial way but I will use it to accent in an area that craves energy. The kitchen below has a proportionate balance that refreshes the senses and doesn't overwhelm. This highly functional room is a natural fit for such "health-conscious" colors.

         Green Color Schemes - Better Homes & Gardens

        image: Better Homes & Gardens

         

        Bathrooms are unsurprisingly another perfect space for colors that pop. I adore the floor-to-ceiling tiles as a bright focal point. Green and clean!

        Energy Green Bathroom - Elle Decor

        image: Elle Decor

         

        The color palette is so appealing that I've used it in our company branding and incorporated shades of Limelight and Sulphur Spring into my design studio. Although the slippers chairs you see below are no longer available, this one is a new favorite!

         

        JulRe Designs Studio

        image: JulRe Designs Studio, South Orange, NJ

         

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        If you're not filled with the audaciousness that the tones of Limelight and Sulphur Spring require, then I've selected 6 fab, fun home decor items that will let you dabble with these high volume shades without a huge, long-lasting commitment. Have fun shopping below!

         BADASH CRYSTAL Evergreen Vase - Macy's PHILIPPE DESHOULIERES Arcades Green Dessert Plate JONATHAN ADLER Carnaby Nesting Dish
        InterDesign Spa Rectangular Trash Can | Amazon Jamie Young Small Curved Pendant Light | Bloomingdales
        MEDARD DE NOBLAT Ikebana Mug - Bloomingdales

         

        For more color and home decor inspiration, check out my Color Craze: Limelight and Sulphur Spring board on Pinterest!

         

        Until next time, keep living a color-filled life!

         

         

        Love, Juliet

         

         

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        Colorful Closet: Seasonless Slip Dresses

        Color Craze: Seasonless Slip Dresses - JulRe Designs LLC

        I love a good slip dress. Whenever I see a really special one, I grab it. They are so easy to wear, figure flattering and widely size inclusive. Almost every womenswear brand has at least 1 or 2 in their offerings because they have become a classic fashion staple. I think designer Carly Cushnie did them the best so when I was late to the budget-priced and hyper colorful Cushnie x Target collab last Summer, I panicked. Fortunately, I was able to snag 2 lovely slip dresses, that have now become my absolute favorites, before they sold out. I wear both all year-long so instead of packing them away until the next warm weather season like you may be inclined to do, I work them into my wardrobe planning year-round. Scroll down to see all of the ways I make them work for almost every season!

        I hope you love the products I recommend! This post may contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. This helps support the blog and allows me to continue to bring you color commentary like this. You can find more about our site, privacy, and disclosure policies here. Thank you for your continued support!

        Cushnie x Target Slip Dress | The Color Lab Blog

        left: Dress: Cushnie x Target (no longer being sold but a similar dress here) | Earrings: JulRe Designs Studio | Necklace: JulRe Designs Studio | Shoes: Nine West | Hair: Shakeria at NJnaturalstyles Hair Studio

        right: Sweater: Lou & Grey (from a few years ago) | Boots: Nine West (available in black only, limited sizes)

         

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        Cushnie x Target Slip Dress | The Color Lab Blog

        left: Dress: Cushnie x Target (no longer available but lots of great styles available here) | Earrings: JulRe Designs Studio

        right: Sweater: Lou & Grey (no longer available) | Earrings: JulRe Designs Studio 

         

        Lou and Gray Slip Dress, Uniqlo Cropped Hoodie, Nine West Booties | The Color Lab Blog

        left: Dress: Lou & Grey (gone but here's a goodie!) | Earrings: JulRe Designs Studio | Shoes: Nine West

        right: Hoodie: Uniqlo (currently not available but this one is fabulous!) | Earrings: JulRe Designs Studio | Booties: Nine West

         

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        Here are a few more slip dresses I adore:

        TED BAKER Printed Midi Slip Dress

         

        TED BAKER Printed Midi Slip Dress

         

         

        TORY BURCH Embroidered Sheath Midi Dress 

        TORY BURCH Embroidered Sheath Midi Dress

         

        VINCE Satin Midi Slip Dress 

        VINCE Satin Midi Slip Dress - Nordstrom

         

        BCBGMAXAZRIA Asymmetrical Slip Dress - Macy's

         

        BCBGMAXAZRIA Asymmetrical Slip Dress 

         

        MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS Tie-Dyed Maxi Slip Dress - Macy's

         

        MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS Tie-Dyed Maxi Slip Dress

         

        Until next time, may your life be filled with an endless stream of COLOR!

        Love, Juliet

         

         

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        Color Craze: Colorful Candles Can Light The Way

        Color Craze: Colorful Candles Can Light The Way - JulRe Designs LLC

        I hope you love the products I recommend! While this blog post was not sponsored, it may contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. This helps support the blog and allows me to continue to bring you color commentary like this. You can find more about our site, privacy, and disclosure policies here. Thank you for your continued support!

         

        Candles could be the most underrated items in the world of home decor. Not only do they create a certain ambiance when lit (THINK:  romantic, relaxing, refreshing), their scents, if desired, can evoke passion, a sense of calm or high energy. The same with using color in candles.

        JulRe Designs Studio, South Orange, NJ

        JulRe Designs Studio, South Orange, NJ

        While white candles will always be readily available at all price points and will remain the standard because of their ease of placement within your home and their obvious versatility, there is something to be said about bringing them into full effect with the addition of color.

        Dazzling Dining Room by Pink Door Designs - Houzz

        Dazzling Dining Room by Pink Door Designs - Houzz

        Use a variety of colors and shapes to match your dining area’s contemporary or vintage design as a centerpiece on your dinner table or perhaps have a light fixture made from glistening, metallic or vivid, brightly contrasting color wax.

        Zen Bathtub Candle Wall - Houzz

        Zen Bathtub Candle Wall - Houzz

        Reimagine your bathroom as a private sanctuary for your rare moments of peace away from the hecticness of life by replacing your neutral colored candles with soothing colors like rosy blush pink, sky blue or mint green.

        Cluster them in ombre shades using a variety of heights. Select scents that are incredibly appealing and evoke emotion. Or go unscented. Get some stylish candle holders if you can't find candles in the colors that you desire. No matter where or how you decide to use candles, consider them in colors that give you an uplift or soothe your senses. They’ll create a warmer, more welcoming environment not only for those who you allow to visit your abode but for you and your family too!

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        I've collected a few of my favorite candles (and 1 gorgeous set of candle holders) in colors that I hope you'll love. Shop my "incandescent" finds below!

         ACQUA DI PARMA Yellow Colonia Cube Candle - Nordstrom

         LEMONGRASS CANDLES Blackberry and Wildflowers Botanical Candle - Houzz

         COLONIAL CANDLE Classic Taper Candles - Amazon 

        AROMATIQUE Valencia Orange Textured Candle - Macy’s

         

        BOLSIUS Unscented Pillar Candles Metallic Rose Gold Candles - Amazon

         

        PALM SOY Pillar Candles - Houzz 

         

        JONATHAN ADLER Monte Carlo Candle Holder Trio

         

        Until next time, may your life be filled with joy and color!

        Love, Juliet

         

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