East #36: Sara's Watermelon Theory

East #36: Sara's Watermelon Theory

Aaron Able
Oct 13, 2008

Name: Sara
Location: Washington, DC
Type of Home: rowhouse
What inspired you to use color? Hygge, which means something like cozy in Swedish, and also pleasure, warmth, and good company. We went a little crazy with color, but used a couple of simple rules. We used what we call the "watermelon theory" of color where the outside is one color, there is white where the surface is cut, and then the interior is another, more intense color. Perhaps we went a bit far, but it can be like living inside of a well-made toy - very hygge. And our kid's many real toys, always underfoot, fit in nicely...

Color Tip: A simple color palette, used consistently, works in a small house. For example, we used either pale yellow or light gray on all of our walls and painted all of the doors blue.
Colors Used: Benjamin Moore eco-spec in cream silk (light yellow), lemonade (more intense yellow) and harbor blue.

Fall Colors Introduction -------------------------------

Welcome, everyone, to our Fourth Annual Fall Colors Sharing & Contest. We're looking for the most beautiful & colorful home in the world and sharing all of the great ideas we get with our readers. This year we're amping things up and hoping to do things better than ever. There are two basic phases, the Sharing Phase and the Voting Phase...

1. Sharing Phase - you comment, judges decide

The 40 best, completed entries will be posted on a daily basis for three weeks. You can view them all at anytime via our new, improved contest pages under ALL ENTRIES. During this time your comments are VERY IMPORTANT as our six judges will be choosing 16 finalists from each region based on comments and their own colorful opinion.

2. Voting Phase - you vote till you drop

Starting October 20th, finalist voting will begin on a daily basis through our new bracketed voting system, which will pit our 16 finalists against one another until only one remains. Sound exciting? We hope so.

Best, Maxwell

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