March 09, 2022 3 min read
I am thrilled to introduce Marcia Sutherland Podhorecki. Marcia is a fun loving friend, a creative interior designer and lives an energetic life surrounded with color. After analyzing her colors as Bright Spring and learning more about her entrepreneurial spirit and various businesses, I was inspired to create this Colorful Lives Blog series. Her spontaneous nature and love of pops of color is evident in her wardrobe, her design sensibility and her home decor. She perfectly captures the spirit of the Bright Spring personality!
When I met Kerry nearly 10 years ago, I felt an immediate connection. Her father had been my personal and corporate attorney and he always said that we should meet, that we would hit it off. He was right in so many ways. I learned about her business and how colors really can affect how you feel, how you see the world and how you react to experiences and people.
I was anxious to have her do my colors and was very surprised to learn that I was a Bright Spring, as I was prone to wear browns and burgundies, blacks and greys. Once I sat in the chair and she began to drape me with the Bright Spring colors the transformation was immediate. We wasted no time going shopping for new, Bright Spring wardrobe pieces to embrace my newfound palette.
As owner of Quality Office Environments, I am fortunate to work with a talented and varied group of interior designers and architects and help them to select the best pieces of furniture, textiles, and color schemes for their diverse clientele. I am so fortunate to be exposed to the quality of design that these individuals produce every day. The selections vary based on the locale, the end users and the functionality, we could be working on a residential apartment building, a k-12 educational facility, a higher education campus or healthcare project. Color plays a significant role in design, what emotions you want to evoke, what impression you want to exude and how a space is to be utilized.
What I love about the industry today is the trend away from matchy matchy and toward a mix of patterns, colors, styles, textures and eras. It allows me to inject my personal taste and flair into each project. As a Bright Spring, I love color and energy and try to infuse that in every project. Being bolder makes a space unique and memorable, getting myself away from my old color stand bys into my Bright Spring has encouraged me to be bolder with my suggestions for clients and has resulted in their willingness to take risks and the rewards have been innumerable.
One of my biggest challenges is that furniture and interior color trends relate directly to clothing and fashion color trends. The manufacturers of furniture, textile and paints select a color of the year and it trends across all areas. Sometimes the color is not a color I particularly embrace, and I need to find a relationship to it and work with it to keep the interior current and on trend. I love listening to designer explain how they select the color trends each year and I am fascinated by the resurgent of colors that I used 30 years ago and a whole new generation is embracing a palette that I designed with out of college.
I have always leaned toward interiors using contrasting colors rather than the monotone approach, I love oranges and blues and often use them in the same space, I ground pieces with black legs to add weight and a bit of seriousness to my otherwise often whimsical selections. My home is full of color as is my closet, but now, every piece speaks to me and of me.
Owner of EM&N marketing, Inc - NYS WBE
Owner and President of Quality Office Environments - NYS WBE Office Furniture Dealership
Owner Not Dot Shop- Co-Op shop - a 13 member shop focused on upcycled products, locally made wares, jewelry, gifts, furniture and antiques
Trustee for Wadsworth Library – recently completed a capital campaign to add a children’s library
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May 03, 2022 3 min read
April 07, 2022 4 min read
It is an honor to introduce you to Warm Spring, Kathleen Pringle. Kathleen is the founder of Kathleen Pringle Group Inc, a Career Strategy and Executive Leadership Coaching business. She has spent decades helping her clients to empower themselves and their organizations.
Kathleen speaks to large groups often and understands the significance of personal branding. With her vibrant personality and radiant smile, she stands out in a crowd. She exudes confidence in herself, her business and any organization she is representing, especially when wearing her colors. Around Rochester, she is a "Roc Star".
Read more about how a empowered image has impacted her life.
February 01, 2022 3 min read 1 Comment
My life brightened significantly when I met Bright Winter, Deb French! She uniquely blends her passions for movement and the natural world with her work as a dance and yoga instructor and as co-owner of Pack, Paddle, Ski - an adventure travel business.
Deb personifies all that is Bright Winter. Her deep coloring is enhanced with her bright, colorful personality. She is swirling with energy and vitality and enters every situation like a breath of sunshine after a long winters gloom.
Read more about Deb and the way she has combined her passions and her unique perspective on the colorful world we live in.
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