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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August 02, 2022 3 min read
It has been a whirlwind since Soft Summer Kara came to a class I taught on the science involved in Personal Color Analysis this past spring. She immediately booked a color consultation and hit the ground running in a concerted effort to create a professional wardrobe in spite of unique challenges.
Kara is the Director of Security Strategic Initiatives for a large financial institution and needs to dress in a more neutral, reserved and traditional way.
Much of the more structured, detailed classic attire in her industry is too overwhelming for her petite frame and preferred natural style. Read more about how she was able to stay within a budget but was willing to invest in the initial color analysis consultation, a capsule wardrobe package and a personal shopping trip with me.
June 29, 2022 5 min read
It is my pleasure to introduce featured Cool Summer, Haberdasher and Executive Clothier, Chuck Alf.
For over 20 years Chuck has been addressing the sartorial needs of CEO’s, senior partners, professional athletes, business owners, wedding parties and everyday people who want their clothing to look, feel and fit perfectly. Chuck's colorful personality and understanding of personal colors makes him unique in the bespoke industry.
Learn more about Chuck’s evolution in the custom men’s clothing business, some of his unique clients like the Buffalo Bills and how understanding his colors has influenced his business.
May 28, 2022 2 min read
I was so inspired when I met professional organizer, Light Summer Lorraine Bohonos. Lorraine immediately embraced her colors and revamped her entire wardrobe following her color analysis. It is not surprising given her passion for simple, streamlined living and the philosophies she promotes with the organizing business she founded, Home Free.
With an artist’s eye and true belief that your environment affects how you live, Lorraine works with each client to create the most useful, organized and beautiful space for them to thrive.
Read more about how Lorraine's color analysis has influenced her life and business in this month's blog. And take a peak at all her gorgeous Light Summer Sara Silvio jewelry.
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