Editor In Chief, Tamara Stephenson

Editor In Chief, Tamara Stephenson
Hi, It's Tamara. Welcome to my blog where I've been writing about what I love since 2010. I bring daily inspirations about interior design, travel, fashion and entertaining fodder to these virtual pages pulling from my expertise as a professional interior designer and co-owner of fabric and wallpaper company, root cellar designs. From my days at Parsons School of Design, to growing my fabric and wallpaper company every step of the way, I have lots to share. All things design inspire me, and it's been my pleasure to share these unique experiences with readers. I write about how to create a happy, well decorated home by sharing sources, inspiration, ideas and sometimes my quirky philosophy on the subject. I am excited to note that Nest by Tamara blog has been voted #1 interior design blog in the top 100 blogs, notable blogs to watch, and many other mentions, features and awards. Ten years later, my passion for writing here has not waned. My travels take me to all corners of the globe in search of beautiful, artisan-made, unique design. Occasionally, I offer a few of my talented friends the opportunity to guest post on a niche subject, but otherwise the blog is all my voice and perspective. All photographs are my own unless otherwise credited. For inquiries, please reach out to me, TamaraStephenson1@gmail.com Happy Nesting, XO Tamara

COLOR STORY: The Familiarity Yet Freshness of Pink & Green

What We Love About  Pink & Green For The Home

Katie Shelter, Domino magazine
Mario Buatta, AD magazine (below)

Ever since those very first days in kindergarten with crayon in hand, I've been fascinated with color and their combinations.  Later, in elementary school, I learned about the color wheel and which colors work well with one another- this set me on the path to a life-long passion for color.  Pink and green may have been my very first color crush because while I was away for summer vacation my mother surprised me by painting the wood floors of my tiny bedroom in a deep, dark shiny maroon/pink then trimmed the woodwork in a fresh white and painted the wood floor white, then decorated my bedroom with varying shades of dark and light pink and shots of leaf green.  I found the pink and green comforting.  It was the 1970s when shocking color was all the rage but the preppy nature of pink and green comforted.  This color combination is seen all throughout nature in gardens and botanicals. I remember back in college when I read about the famous interior decorator Mario Buatta (the Prince of Chintz) and saw this beautiful dining room he created which graced the pages of Architectural Digest magazine complete with floral toile and regaled in pink and green.  This inspired me years later to go to design school at Parsons School of Design to practice interior design as a profession. From then on, pink and green became my go-to for interiors, my familiar friend.  There is something wonderful about a pink sofa with supporting colors to add to this dramatic decision.  Today, my living room in New York City is a pink, green and yellow combination- quite a bold trio and in our pre-war apartment with high ceilings and beautiful trim (but not much natural light), the color gives us a needed focal point to accentuate the detailing.  I painted the walls an emerald green and the dramatic color story goes on from there. 

Today as a textile designer, color is literally my career.  Creating and designing and offering fabric and wallpaper collections to like-minded interior designers has become our daily job.  Offering up new combinations and new designs to mix with the old, allows our designer clients to stay relevant and continue to offer their homeowners something fresh.  

The last decade I've moved on to other color combinations - but I'm back to pink and green.  The nuances of these two hues do not limit themselves to the duo of shocking pink and Kelly green (although that's fun)- from sage to pale, whisper pink there are nuanced combinations of these two hues to bring to our interiors in sophisticated ways. 
Shop root cellar designs' pink & green home textiles, Color Story page

In our studio at root cellar designs we are now offering 2021 Color Story, a bi-monthly look at new color combinations and offerings in our collections.  These suggestions are in the hopes of inspiring designers to think outside the box while incorporating our line of textiles and wall coverings to their design projects.  

Happy Nesting
XO Tamara

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