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Sara McLean

Color Blocking: 9 Clever Ideas to Incorporate Into Your Interior Design Plans

08/31/21 Sara McLean

Color blocking can transform your interior space into a stunning work of art. This painting technique has evolved over time and is now ruling Instagram feeds.

Vibrancy Lab Studio: A Candy-Colored, Picture-Perfect Photo Studio

08/31/21 Sara McLean

Nagel’s recent project for clients Chris Hernandez of CNH Photography and Geo Leon — co-owners of the photo studio Vibrancy Lab — was to design a downtown Los Angeles photo studio, and she treated them to magnificent eye candy.

Dazey Desert House: A Mid-century Modern Colorful Paradise

08/04/21 Sara McLean

​Set within the desert oasis of Palm Springs, Calif. is Dazey Desert House, a William Krisel-designed, Mid-century Modern home that is a vivacious example of bold desert design.

The Painted Arch: A Painting Trend Making Its Way through Social Media

08/04/21 Sara McLean

Many turn to social media to find the latest trends in design and one such trend over the past several seasons is the painted arch.

The Lure of the Summer Cottage Style

07/06/21 Sara McLean

Summer beckons us to enjoy and focus on the casual, yet highly personal, cottage design style known for its layered patterns and lots of color inside and out.

Change is Inevitable: Revealing Dunn-Edwards 2022 Color + Design Trends

06/08/21 Sara McLean

Each year, Dunn-Edwards explores five emerging palettes and design styles that reflect the outcome of our changing reality. Pulling inspiration from fashion, technology, art, and popular movements, we identify the key themes that are driving aesthetics forward. This is our time capsule for 2022.

Japandi Style Defined

06/07/21 Sara McLean

The juxtaposition of Japanese Zen-minimalism and Scandinavian functionality, Japandi creates a perfect fusion of form and function.

Exterior Color Palette Trends and Ideas for 2021

05/03/21 Sara McLean

As summer is soon upon us and many will stay close to home the next few months, home projects continue to be high priority. And as part of the research in color and design, trends in exterior color palettes provide added inspiration

Cottagecore: A Rural Design Fantasy Trend Takes Over Social Media

05/03/21 Sara McLean

Cottagecore, a term first heard on Tumblr in 2018 and frequently this past year, has captured the attention of many seeking an uncomplicated way of life.