Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas and a Happy 2014!!!!

With the best wishes of love, peace, health and prosperity for everybody from

Isabel de Yzaguirre,
La Colorista.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Colours by Culture, an infographic.

Shared today in Google+ by Lori Sawaya, from The Land of Color, I picked this interesting infographic which showcases prefectly how colours have different meanings according to different cultures. This should be carefully taken in account for designers and corporations when creating new products, specially when dealing with clients that come from a culture other than ours. The image comes from Top Web Design Schools. Enjoy! 


Colors by Culture

Isabel de Yzaguirre,
La Colorista

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Colours and design in Feng Shui, the infographic.

Today I'm pleased to introuduce  a host post by writer and marketer Marcela de Vivo, who has created a wonderful infographic on Feng Shui. It summarizes awsomely this ancient art, that implies Colour and Design of the Home, while presenting some helpful advice aimed at avoiding troublesome issues in each area of it. Le'ts see what Marcela has to explain to us on this interesting topic:

"As Asian culture continues to gain popularity within western cultures, so does the ancient 3000-year old Chinese method of creating a harmonious environment, which is more commonly known as Feng Shui. When it is literally translated, Feng Shui means "wind and water," which is designed to promote vibrant health, wealth and overall well-being; however, the benefits will vary depending upon how well the energy, or "Qi," flows throughout the room, home, building or garden. For example, a Feng Shui home office requires an active, vibrant energy for increased success, while a bedroom will need a soft, sensual energy. In order to achieve these desired energies, you will need to follow the basic principles of Feng Shui  which are shown in the infographic provided by Soothing Walls below. Once you have defined the bagua (the energy map of your home), you can then begin to determine what colors you will use in each room and how to represent each of the five elements (fire, water, earth, metal and wood). While this may seem like too much to handle all at once, achieving a Feng Shui design for your home is fairly simple. The element of water, for instance, can be represented by adding decor pieces in various shades of blue, images of moving water, or having a small indoor fountain. Whether your focus is wealth, romance or good luck, the principles of feng shui can help bring the right energies into your home for whatever you desire."


I hope you have enjoyed this post and that it may be useful to you in some way or other. I'm not a Feng Shui expert but have read much on that subject, which has always been of my interest, and can consider it if you want it applied to your Home Design. For that, you can always contact me. Thank you so much to Marcela and best wishes to you!

Isabel de Yzaguirre,
La Colorista.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Colour Trends in the first half of the year.

According to what Tamsin Kingswell says in Mix Trends Newsletter, which  I'm subscribed to, the Summer is a good time to make an overview of colour trends as seen in the first half of the year.In Tamsin's words, "So far we’ve noticed metallics broadening out to include all things shiny (much on show at DMY), a romance with clear materials or those with just a hint of a tint and our love affair with green going ever deeper into the forest with a lovely, almost Loden-like shade. And we still don’t seem to have shaken off the collective passion for pastels and neons although at Mix our enthusiasm is waning fast. Instead we are waiting for a move towards darker, more sober colours that counterbalance all that candyfloss knocking about at the moment. "

From what I've seen in the streets here in the small Barcelona's area village where I live, I can confirm the love of pastels and neons among people, together with emerald green and floral colors such as pink, red and sunny yellow.


Cal Gavi, Moià (Barcelona).
Photo credits and colour  palette by
(c)-Isabel de Yzaguirre Maura, 2013.
www.lacolorista.com

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Vividly Colored Chairs: guest post by Mari from Arcadian Home

About a year ago, I published a guest post on "Decorating with Floral Art",by Arcadian Home. Today I'm very pleased to host AH again with a post on Vividly Colored Chairs, which suits perfectly my love of Color!
Isabel de Yzaguirre,
La Colorista.

Hello, lovely readers! 
I'm from Arcadian Home blog which is a wonderful place for home decor inspirations. There you will find lots of great creative ideas for everything from decorative trays to big wall art and much more. Today, we're going to talk about one of my favorite pieces of furniture. I love all things related to home interiors, but chairs are at the top of my list of furniture obsessions. I am especially fond of colorful chairs, so that's what this little visual tour is all about. Please enjoy! Thanks for letting me stop by to share. ~ Mari 

Monday, April 1, 2013

A project come true: The Four Seasons Mural for a School's yard.

Whoever has followed me since three years ago maybe remembers a  post on a Mural Project for Josep Orriols i Roca School's yard. The School is located in Moià (Barcelona, SPAIN).

I published the project for the first time when I had been working on it for about nine month, and I had serious doubts about its being  painted because of economical crisis in Spain. But luckily parents were very willing to see it done, and to let their sons and daughters have a more colourful School, no matter what it might cost. They organized events to collect money and provided all the colours that I had specified, whith the sponsoring of our local Paints Store. 


Today I can say the mural has come to life and am offering a view of the whole process until its completion.

The initial goal was to have some of the concrete walls of the yard decorated, and we chose the one in the sight: 


La Colorista, 2010.

My project aimed at representing the colours in the natural landscapes around our village all along the Four Seasons of the Year, in the same order that we experience them since the School Term begins: from Fall to Summer. Colours were picked from photographs shot in Moià's surroundings, and the proposed design was this one:


The Four Seasons' Mural, Isabel de Yzaguirre Maura
(La Colorista),2011.

Monday, March 4, 2013

The meaning of Colour in Marketing. And in Interior Design.

A few days ago I found this interesting Infographic on the meaning of colours applied to marketing. I'ts a good brief that can be perfectly applied to Interior Design. And since color increases readership, recognition and comprehension, I hope it will be helpful for you. Enjoy!



Isabel de Yzaguirre, 
La Colorista.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Good networking practices in LinkedIn.


Dear readers of mine:

today I want to comment something that happend to me recently in LinkedIn. I write blog posts when I can and try always the content to be of interest. Then I share it in my groups trying to develop a good conversation. Lately I wrote two posts publishing interesting Houzz tours with my comment, and posted in my groups. I've always had a positive groupal behaviour, I think: I've been respectful and have tried to make my contribution to others...


Isabel de Yzaguirre, IdY.
La Colorista.

It happens that I publish my content from Bloggers directly to LinkedIn, and I've stated that slide presentations don't show when linked. Instead of that, my photo and Bloggers profile was shown, though I linked to the post. I usually had been posting my content in Color related groups, but since I belong to many Interior Design groups, I thought my posts on Color could be of  interest. And I must state that I had a great and very welcoming response, and a great contribution of fellow Interior Designers on developing conversations on Color. If you scroll down in my blog, you will see that I wrote two of this posts with Houzz content lately. I had a great feedback in general, but had a bad surprise as well. Having had a comment in a group, and wanting to thank it, I came to discover that I had been blocked there! I was shocked, I admit!!!

Then I discovered that my latest posts showed my photo and Bloggers' profile instead of the post content. Could this be the cause why someone flagged my contribution? Could be, of course. But it happened only two times before I realized my mistake, and nobody warned me through any kind of comment or private message, which is the procedure I think should have been followed. Simply put, someone flagged me once and I was blocked! I wrote to the group owner to explain myself and ask him his reconsidering my  being blocked in this Interiors group, but I haven't had any response. I understand group owners are busy, and I understand that spamming is annoying. But I didn't mean to spam the group at all. In fact there were many people interested in what I posted and that engaged in a very interesting conversation, where everybody shared his/her thoughts on the subject. And I wasn't given a single chance when flagged by someone. 

So here go my thoughts: I revised what could have happened and detected the possible cause of the blocking. And the lesson I've learnt: if you post a link from your blog, be careful to do it with an interesting introducing question on the subject, that can begin an interesting conversation. Be careful not to be too showy of yourself or not to seem to be too showy. Even if you think you are behaving correctly, make sure nobody can think on the contrary, for we never know enough about others' level of sensibility.

For me it has been a very unpleasant experience, since I've always tried to be kind to everybody and never post negative criticism on  other people works, posts and blogs. But this happened to me and I've tried to learn from this experience. I'd love to know your thoughts on this question and I hope that this can help others as well. Let me finish with  my best wishes for a wonderful Year 2013 to everybody, which I didn't before for personal reasons.

See you soon with more posts on Color and Interior Design!

Isabel de Yzaguirre,
La  Colorista.