HOPKINS HOUSE… by Shanna Shryne

Organic & abstract shaped fixtures are a fun and playful way to bring light into a room. This handmade wood veneer light is a fabulous material that creates a supberb lighting effect. This light pulls out the aqua color in the wall covering, which is made from natural grasscloth & illustrates a fresh perspective with playful taste in design. Two elements that make up a perfectly blended beachy chic vibe.

Organic & abstract shaped fixtures are a fun and playful way to bring light into a room. This handmade wood veneer light is a fabulous material that creates a supberb lighting effect. This light pulls out the aqua color in the wall covering, which is made from natural grasscloth & illustrates a fresh perspective with playful taste in design. Two elements that make up a perfectly blended beachy chic vibe.

This home office is all about layering patterns, textures & color that work together in a variety of ways. The cork wall is both functional & interesting, the drapery treatments are bold & daring, the lacquered cabinets are sleek and modern, and the floor covering is warm & soft. Mixing and matching elements such as material, colors and patterns all give a playful and modern aesthetic specifically designed for this young family.

This home office is all about layering patterns, textures & color that work together in a variety of ways. The cork wall is both functional & interesting, the drapery treatments are bold & daring, the lacquered cabinets are sleek and modern, and the floor covering is warm & soft. Mixing and matching elements such as material, colors and patterns all give a playful and modern aesthetic specifically designed for this young family.



One of my favorite things when designing a home is to mix and match multiple design elements to get the ultimate texture. Everything from the watercolored patterned wall covering, agate light fixture, velvet dining chairs & faux fur pillows makes this room full of texture and interest. Design is a process of love, creating beauty & understanding clients’ needs.

One of my favorite things when designing a home is to mix and match multiple design elements to get the ultimate texture. Everything from the watercolored patterned wall covering, agate light fixture, velvet dining chairs & faux fur pillows makes this room full of texture and interest. Design is a process of love, creating beauty & understanding clients’ needs.


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The Art of Wall Coverings by Shanna Shryne

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Using wall coverings is a great way to express your fun side! A powder room is the perfect place to use to add color & pattern like this wall covering designed by Fornasetti.

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Pack your bedroom with a punch of tropical. Using a fun bold wallpaper will leave you feeling like you are on vacation every day. Check out this Wall Covering from Cole & Son.

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Try using a fresh geometric pattern to add new dimension to your space, like this wallpaper by Harlequin.

Wall coverings are a great way to liven up your home. Visit our website for more fun ideas and to book your personal consultation.

Photography by Lauren Pressey.

Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours Is BACK. by Shanna Shryne

Centuries after naturalists used it to define the colors they saw in the natural world, Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours is back.

Color swatches seem like a modern invention. Yet more than a century before Pantone and standardized paint palettes, there was Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours. And it’s officially been redesigned by Nicholas Rougeux into an online resource for all to use.

Published in 1814 by the painter Patrick Syme and geologist Abraham Gottlob Werner, Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours is a working dictionary aim to illustrate and identify tones found in the natural world. The book is complete with paint swatches accompanied by handwritten descriptions and examples of where a particular color can be found in the wild.

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For example, “Greenish Grey” or no. 15 “is ash grey mixed with a little emerald green, a small portion of black and a little lemon yellow.” You can find it on the “quill feathers of a robin” or “bark of ash tree” or “clay slate wacke.”

[ IMAGE SOURCE:  Greys ,  Robin ,  Clay Slate . ]

[ IMAGE SOURCE: Greys, Robin, Clay Slate. ]

“Red Lilac Purple” or no. 43, “is campanula purple, with a considerable portion of snow white and a very little carmine red.” You can find it in “light spots of the upper wings of a peacock butterfly”, red lilac” or “lepidolite.”

[ IMAGE SOURCE:  Purples ,  Butterfly ,  Lilacs ,  Stone  ]

[ IMAGE SOURCE: Purples, Butterfly, Lilacs, Stone ]

“Wax Yellow” or no. 64, “is composed of lemon yellow, reddish brown and a little ash grey.” It can be found in the “larvae of large water beatles”, “semi opal” or the “greenish parts of a nonpareil apple”.

[ SOURCE:  Yellow ,  Opal ,  Apple  ]

[ SOURCE: Yellow, Opal, Apple ]

While Werner's Nomenclature of Colours may seem like a relic of the past and a less than practical way of how color is defined today, there is still something intriguing about its definitions and specifications about the colors that surround us. Have fun exploring the 110 swatches of color here. See if you can find the color that matches the fur of a polar bear or human skin.

And if your feeling really like a design enthusiast, you can also purchase your own pocket-size copy here.