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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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        Colorful Eats: Mustard Roasted Chicken Thighs

        Colorful Eats: Mustard Roasted Chicken Thighs - JulRe Designs LLC

        In our current times, I hope that we all can recognize when we need to step away from it all to rejuvenate and refresh. I'm sensing that it's almost that time again for me. It's critical at any time to be able to take a few steps back from it all but especially now when the world is getting better but is still a bit chaotic and frenzied. So my wish for you everyday is peace and harmony - may you find you find your way to your own Shangri-la. And good food.

        Before I make any moves, I just had to share the Home Chef Extraordinaire's latest flavorful take on chicken. This time, he's using thighs but your favorite part of the chicken will do) and he's concocted a dish that's great for lunch or dinner and perfect for kid's meals. The taste key is the use of fresh rosemary. It adds a depth of flavor to the dish and with the spicy brown mustard, provides an aromatic tanginess that is oh-so palate appealing. As is always his custom, to keep the dish healthy and juicy, the preparation is done in an Air Fryer but this main dish can be prepared in the oven as well. While the dish itself is not extremely colorful, you must admit that the addition of steamed brussel sprouts and carrots all on my beautiful serving platter makes it all photo fabulous! You can find the fast, super simple recipe below:

        Mustard Roasted Chicken Thighs

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        Mustard Roasted Chicken Thighs

        (serves 4)

        PREP TIME: 3 MINUTES

        COOK TIME: 20 MINUTES

         

        Ingredients

        2 tbsp Dijon or spicy brown mustard

        1 tbsp maple syrup

        1 tbsp fresh rosemary

        ½ tsp onion powder

        ½ tsp garlic powder

        ¼ tsp paprika

        ¼ tsp salt

        ¼ tsp black pepper

        4 chicken thighs, bone-in, skin on

         

        Directions 

        1.  MIX together the mustard, maple syrup, rosemary, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl.

        2.  COAT the chicken thighs in the mustard glaze and set aside.

        3.  SELECT Preheat on the Air Fryer, adjust to 380°F, and press Start/Pause.

        4.  PLACE the chicken thighs in the preheated air fryer and top with any left over glaze.

        5.  SELECT Chicken, adjust time to 20 minutes, and press Start/Pause.

         

        Until next time, live a color-filled life!

        Love, Juliet

         

         

         

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          Color Collective: 10 Links to News & Hues, Vol. 5

          Color Collective: 10 Links to News & Hues, Vol. 5

           Your colorful links for this week are below:

            • I was asked a couple of times about the colorful serving platter shown in last week's spicy recipe that I shared. Here it is. (Amazon)
            • My home color consulting clients are overwhelmingly loving this soothing color for their renovations. (Benjamin Moore)
            • As if the color selection for these bed sheets wasn't enough, they are the softest I've ever owned that don't squeeze the life out of your wallet. (Amazon)
            • What the legendary actress, Cicely Tyson (who passed away last month) had to say in this Master Class back in 2014 about ending racism is poignant. (Oprah.com)
            • Here's some funny with James Corden (host of The Late, Late Show on CBS) and singer The Weeknd from the Super Bowl. (YouTube)

           

          Wishing you and yours a Happy Valentine's Day! Until next time, live life in love and color!

           

          Love, Juliet

           

          CLICK HERE to read the entire Color Collective series!

           

           

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          Colorful Eats: Fish on Friday

          Colorful Eats: Fish on Friday - JulRe Designs LLC

          So the super home chef/man in my life has another hit meal to share! As is his cooking modus operandi, this dish is colorful, easy to make, healthy and delectable. If you're in need of a delicious lunch or dinner idea and love fish, consider his appetizing recipe below. The secret sauce? Prep time is minimal and the Air Fryer gives the fish a perfect crispness without a batter. 

           

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          Salmon and Fettuccine Fiesta

          serves 2

          Ingredients

          1 lb salmon filet

          1 pack of refrigerated fettuccine pasta (we like this brand)

          3-4 garlic cloves, sliced

          ¼ cup diced onions

          ¼ cup diced black olives

          1 medium green pepper, diced

          2 tbsp olive oil

          ½ cup sundried tomatoes in olive oil, sliced

          ¼ cup black olives, diced

          1 tsp dried basil

          1 tsp dried oregano

          ½ tsp dried thyme

          ¼ tsp red pepper flakes

          1 cup diced tomatoes

          2 bay leaves

          Freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt to taste

          1 cup fresh chopped spinach (frozen spinach in a bag can be used)

          1 tbsp butter or buttery spread

           

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          Directions

          1. Saute garlic, onions and peppers in olive oil.

          2. Add sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, basil, oregano and pepper flakes. Stir and cook on medium heat for 2 minutes.

          3. Stir in fresh tomatoes and bay leaves. Cover pan with lid and simmer for about 20-30 minutes to create a sauce. 

          4. Slice salmon into serving sizes and season with salt and pepper. Take 1 tbsp of the sauce and drizzle over salmon.

          5. Place salmon in air fryer at 350 degrees for 8 minutes (for medium doneness). Alternatively, you can pan fry the salmon in a little olive oil.

          6. Cook fettuccine according to package instructions. Drain.

          7. Steam spinach until tender. Once done, season to taste and toss with butter.

          8. Serve by layering each serving with fettuccine first, spinach, salmon, then top with the rest of the sauce. Enjoy!

           

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

           

          Love, Juliet

           

           

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