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Everything Old is New Again!

Everything Old is New Again!

Several months ago, a darling client came to me to do a few updates. It happens, you know! She had an entire office full of traditional office furniture with all the necessary file storage, function and visual display options needed for the home office she and her executive husband share. But it looked dated and average, at best, in the pecan stain finish we found it in.

A fresh coat of paint to the room was the beginning. Sherwin Williams Wordly Gray brought things current and was the perfect backdrop for the Amy Howard Paint (we carry a complete line of colors) we used to reinvent all of the casegood pieces in the room!

You will find both classes on how to reinvent your own pieces, or our service of a professional to come to your home and do it for you through the retail store, Black-eyed Susan. We call this service Black-eyed Susan Painted Style! My trained and skilled staff member, Betsy Both, went on site for this office project and in a matter of days, we had the room restored, reinvented, and ready for my magic touch to place the final details. It’s a complete change!


My client’s husband is a big fan and collector of vintage vinyls. His collection is extensive and this is where I took my inspiration from to begin to put the personality into this room. You’ll see below the beginning of the a small bookcase, painted in a two-tone finish to spotlight generational photos, vintage books and the vinyl record jackets I selected.

I don’t mind telling you, I would love to adopt that hairdo Madonna is sporting!


Below is the finished bookcase. Note the smaller 45’s stacked pancake style on one shelf and one hanging above the two jackets to give just the right scale in height. My client’s husband was thrilled that his prized collection was used! It seemed the perfect way to personalize this office and add a unique theme to the room.


I used large plate hangers for these covers, selecting some favorites by taking color, interest and drama in consideration. (It helped that I’m a big James Taylor fan!) Tiny potted succulents, leather bound books and several personal sculptural pieces completed the work space.

Not shown is the current, stylishly hip and comfortable leather office chair, executive desk and new draperies in a gray and chartreuse ikat pattern. If you watch my Instagram account, I’ll post a photo of these elements soon!


A small lateral file was one of the pieces included in the painting project. I added a stylish and manly oil rubbed bronze lamp, several accessories and a darling baby photo of a now grown son to keep things personal and tender. I had the traditional frame painted in our Amy Howard Paint as well, to bring it into the here and now of the new room.



The re-invention of this home office was strikingly dramatic! It’s amazing what a few days of labor and this Amy Howard Paint can do. Come see for yourself and join us for a class to learn your own techniques for making changes in your own home. Everything old is new again!

Interior Design Trends in 2015: Juliana Ferrazzi on WWDB AM

Interior Design Trends in 2015: Juliana Ferrazzi on WWDB AM

Black-eyed Susan designer Juliana Ferrazzi joined Paul Russo’s Real Estate Today show on WWDB-AM to share interior design trends coming up in 2015. Listeners who tuned in last Sunday got an overview on color trends, mixing metals, and the kinds of projects underway at Black-eyed Susan right now! Listen in starting at 32:30 and again at 43:00 to hear Juliana guide this real estate advisor on what’s catching on this year in home decor.

Color Trends for 2015

Paul Russo: Share some of new trends coming out in 2015.

Juliana Ferrazzi: Let’s start off with color, that’s one thing people ask — whether you’re staying in your home and starting fresh or if you’re selling a home and want to make it appealing to new buyers. Grays and taupes, of course, have been popular, are a nice, calming neutral base, and that’s going to continue. So for anybody that’s been doing that, it’s still on trend and it’s going to be a great way to go.

Pictured: Mixed patterns with gray and taupe neutrals

Pictured: Mixed patterns with gray and taupe neutrals


Another great nice color combination is to go bright. We see some beautiful chartreuse, which is kind of a lemon-lime color, with turquoise. It’s a really nice combination – it’s bright and hip and lively, and really adds a nice dynamic mix. Another way to go, is we’re actually seeing some jewel tones come back, and they’ve been away for a while—meaning emerald and navy, or purple. Instead of those real specific brighter jewel tones, it’s taking those colors and keeping them rich and intense but making them more muddy for a sophisticated look—things like aubergine or maybe merlot.


Pictured: Juliana's take on Pantone's jewel-toned color of the year

Pictured: Juliana’s take on Pantone’s jewel-toned color of the year


Mixing Metals for 2015

Juliana Ferrazzi: Another thing is mixing metals. Anybody who’s been out there shopping and has seen it knows that gold is really on trend in 2014 and you saw it everywhere. In 2015, gold is still going to be on-trend, so if you still have brass chandeliers and you think oh gosh, I need to change it, don’t worry, you can hold onto it. (Unless it’s a really old look—then I would reconsider!) But you can mix matte gold or burnished gold in with it.

Pictured: Juliana's copper inspiration palette

Pictured: Juliana’s copper inspiration palette


In 2015, a big metal is copper. So it will be that beautiful, warm tone. You’ll mix that with different browns. It’s a really unique look, because if you already have that oil-rubbed bronze finish like a lot of people do in their faucets and their kitchen and bath, if they like that look already, they can start bringing in copper that brings sophistication to the earth tones.

Mixing Prints for 2015

Juliana Ferrazzi: Another thing is pattern. I’m a huge fabric girl, I love fabric, I love color. A way to really bring that all together is to mix those graphic, geometric prints and then offset that with floral. And when I say floral, I mean a little bit more abstract, not like your grandmother’s floral. So mix patterns, throw in some animal print. And wool– a really soft wool, almost like menswear. So for all you men out there who think interior design is all fluffy —that menswear with a polished, clean look is really happening too.

Pictured: Mixed patterns with gray floral, ikat, and a menswear houndstooth plaid

Pictured: Mixed patterns with gray floral, ikat, and a menswear houndstooth plaid


Hit Refresh for 2015

Paul Russo: Do you have any other advice or new trends coming up?

Juliana Ferrazzi: Ways to keep on trend, even some little quick things you can do, is changing your lamps and your mirrors, and pillows. You’ll see a lot of that happening right now — changing those old lamps and doing a drum style lampshade, bringing in a few mirrors with metal accents. And wallpaper, wallpaper is big, big, big. The updated patterns available now are hip and fresh — we say go for it.

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