Wow, I had no idea the response to my colour wheel would be so profound. In just two days, we shipped 3/4 of the stock we had. So I quickly reduced the number of wheels I was offering to one instead of two.
I want as many people to have this wheel in their hands, so perhaps giving out two wasn’t the smartest decision I’ve made in a long time but I am happy that so many of my dearest readers, ya’ll who trust me, jumped right away and got two! I hope you give one to a friend and spread the love!
For those of you who are unhappy that you only got one, the copy always said ‘While supplies last’ and well, they did not last. Had I kept it at two, they would currently be SOLD OUT.
Well, not sold out, since they are free, but they would be GONE.
I also received some complaints about the ‘shipping and handling’ cost. Complaints that honestly, upset me given the blood, sweat and tears and money (almost $100,000) that have gone into the development, printing and packaging of this wheel.
And it’s FREE (except for the shipping and handling part). Did I mention that?
And, I do understand that until I had a business where I shipped out product, whenever I saw ‘handling’ I also wondered what the heck that meant and secretly scoffed at the price.
So here’s what it means:
These colour wheels were manufactured in America and will ship out of America. That means if you live outside of the US, you will still be paying American funds to have it shipped to you. If you’re wondering why it’s being shipped out of America (and NOT Canada), it would cost too much money to import them back into Canada and ship again at Canadian rates. That’s the SHIPPING part. They are being shipped (with tracking, NOT general mail) in a special, oversize envelope (which is another reason why it can’t go out in regular mail) out of a fulfillment house. This means, someone other than our office is physically picking up the wheel and labeling an envelope and sending it to you. That’s called HANDLING.
So, I hope you understand!
And don’t order the wheel, I don’t have many left, haha.
But here’s the link, if you really want one.
Oh, and for those of you who are anxiously awaiting the wheel with your colour chips in hand, remember that the COMPLETE list of my System for Specifying Colour will be found at the back in either ebook in my BONUS BOOK OF COLOURS. You have a small list on the landing page that helps you complete the wheel and make it accurate.
Okay, on to todays post!
White Guestroom eDesign; Before & After
Thank you to all my eDesign clients who have seen me before and after photos in the last few months! Here is another collection of photos from a guest room I helped with!
Here is her email and her pretty guest bedroom:
“I’m writing for two reasons.
The first is to say THANK YOU! I am so happy with the way my guest bedroom turned out, and the advice you provided via an e-design consultation proved to be invaluable. You gave me permission to buy a “white” upholstered headboard but noted that I should go with off-white if the end tables are off-white and layer in true white bedding to create dimension and to relate to the existing true white trim. This extra detail in your recommendation, along with instructions for how to order samples and select the closest match to the end tables, was so helpful and exactly what I needed to know. The end result is the calm, relaxing space I was trying to create that feels like a breath of fresh air.
And, thanks for all that you share on your blog! Fortunately, I discovered your blog before selecting finishes for our home and found it extremely helpful. You have managed to make something that could be overwhelming and ripe for expensive mistakes, simple, approachable, and fun.
Thanks to you, I love my kitchen and bathrooms and the timeless & classic aesthetic.
The second is that you’ve mentioned clients don’t often share “after” pictures as testimonial for how well your e-design process works. Well, I happened to have our house photographed because we plan to sell and build a new house closer to my parents; and thought I’d share pictures of the bedroom and also kitchen and bathrooms.”Jen from Chicago | Realtor: Sarah Leonard Team
Love the new, fresh look!
Wall colour: SW Shoji White
This was her inspiration photo! Design by Kate Marker Interiors
Why a blog with answers that don’t change with the wind is important
Lately, I’ve been obsessed with researching something online that I know nothing about. And I didn’t find any real answers that I could sink my teeth into no matter how hard I searched (for 6 months off and on).
It made me realize first hand, why people are so relieved when they find my blog. Because article after article is written from the same aesthetic and the same point of view. Photo after photo, example after example.
If you don’t have direction or you don’t have a good designer you trust, you just flounder around and spin trying to settle on ‘the answer’.
Where is the ‘you are here button‘, you ask yourself? This should be easier right?
So many people find me AFTER they have already made a bunch of colour mistakes because they didn’t take the time to figure out which colour was the right one BEFORE they made all the colour choices that they did.
One reader found my blog post about encaustic tile (obviously he was not happy with how it looked in his home which was why he was reading my post), and left this comment:
“We’re supposed to take advice from someone whose kitchen looks like the bathroom in my guest house? No thanks”.
Now of course if you don’t like my classic and timeless aesthetic, you’ll either move on and keep clicking or leave me a cranky comment just like this one.
And just so you know, comments like this don’t bother me anymore. When you’ve been writing a blog as long as I have, you’re just amused more than anything.
And when I receive emails with photos like this, it makes me so happy! Here are some more photos of Jen’s house designed by her just by reading my blog:
Classic and timeless design is here!
White kitchen, medium brown floors, marble backsplash and I even like the detail above the range! Very pretty and checks off all the boxes of classic and timeless design.
Photography by Emily Kennedy Photo
Don’t forget a wood stained vanity warms up a white bathroom nicely (above).
Thanks Jen for sharing your classic and timeless home with us!
If you’d like your home to fill you with happiness when you walk in the door, check out my eDesign services here.
If you’d like to learn how to choose and specify colours online, transform the way you see colour at one of my Fall Specify Colour with Confidence Workshops. Register here.