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. She provides her clients many benefits through the work she does with them, but the most coveted are more time, more energy and less stress.
Read more about how Lorraine's color analysis has influenced her life and business. And take a peak at all her gorgeous Light Summer Sara Silvio jewelry!
A few of my clients had worked with Kerry and raved about her!
I am an artist and professional organizer so I love color and need order. In my personal and professional life, I strive to make all areas as efficient as possible and I realized that I was taking too long to get ready in the morning. I was really drawn to color analysis for the simple fact that once I was able to build my wardrobe and accessories from a specific color group, putting together outfits that look great and compliment my style would be quick and easy.
One of the bonuses in getting my colors done is I realized that I needed to wear less make-up when wearing the right colors. I used to wear a lot of red and black clothing and I was getting so washed out that I needed to compensate with heavy makeup. (my closet before)
Another bonus is how calm my closets and drawers look, it feels like I am shopping in a boutique designed for me! I now love looking at my closet! It is small but efficient! I can see all I have for a current season and I really enjoy the cohesiveness of it all.
After my color analysis I shop way less. As someone who loves stuff but also easily gets overwhelmed, it helped me focus and it eliminated a lot of options that were not right for me. I also use this system in other areas of my life, for example any luggage or travel related items I buy must be in blue and purples hues, linens in neutral tones, and kitchen and serving dishes in white, blue or gray.
As a true believer of less is more, I have shared with my clients the importance it has had in my life. I now wear all the clothing in my closet as before I was only wearing about 15% on a regular basis. Any system to help me speed up decision making and do it with confidence is worth its weight in gold.
Working with Kerry has been such a great experience, not only has she helped me, she has also helped make my mom’s, sister’s and many of my client’s lives so much better!
For help organizing your space, contact Lorraine Bohonos at Home Free
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September 07, 2023 6 min read
It’s a treat to introduce you to this month's colorful lives feature, Soft Autumn Tim Stich who is also my son!! Tim’s experience with shopping for clothing and wearing color is unique as I become a color analyst when he was quite young. When he and his sister Clare were little, I tried dressing them in bright colors with strong patterns as was the style then.....but even before learning about personal color harmony, I started to sense that the clothes overwhelmed them and began dressing them in softer colors and solids. I was even shocked the other day to discover when I pulled out his school photos that every single photo (even before I learned of his color palette) was taken in a Soft Autumn color. You can see how his life has evolved wearing the soft, earthy colors that suit his ruddy hair, freckles and soft blue/green eyes.
Over the years, he has mostly been very eager to wear what suits him and looked to me to help him distinguish soft autumn colors from the two seasons nearby - warm autumn and soft summer. We enjoy shopping together, especially now that he lives in Manhattan and the shopping is abundant. It can be a challenge to find his colors in sizes and style that fit but when its perfect, it feels great and he knows it. Read on to learn more about what it’s like to be a guy whose mom is a color consultant!
August 01, 2023 7 min read
I am so excited to introduce you the “entertainingly irreverent” (Associated Press) Soft Summer, Valerie Peterson. Valerie is an extraordinary storyteller in a variety of media including scriptwriting, screenplays, fiction, non-fiction and book publishing/consulting. I analyzed her colors years ago in Rhode Island at a girls weekend hosted by a mutual friend (color analysis and girls weekends make a great combo!). In the years since, Valerie has embraced her Soft Summer colors in spite of living and working in New York City where black is a standard and practical.
It was a thrill when her publisher chose a photo of my family for her wonderfully spirited book, Peterson’s Happy Hour. On page 46, you can find me with my family - brothers, Mike and Tim and my parents Marcia and J. Michael Jones circa 1970. The book features many more photographic gems and recipes for a fabulous social gathering!
In this month’s colorful lives blog, Valerie shares her journey with her color palette. As with all her writing projects, she is humorous, colorful and entertaining! She has kept in great condition and still uses the Sci Art swatch book that I provided back in those days!! Be sure to check out her large body of work on valeriepeterson.net and read more in the blog:
July 25, 2023 4 min read
While doing color analysis in Boston in June, I had the pleasure of meeting Danielle Burton and giving her a 12-Season Color Analysis. Danielle had recently experienced a 4-Season Color Analysis with a House of Colour consultant and was told she was a Winter. I was skeptical that she was any type of Winter (in the 12 season system, there are actually 3 Winters - Dark Winter, Cool Winter and Bright Winter). Her light eyes, natural lighter and soft brownish hair and skin tone were much more consistent with my clients who fall into the lighter seasons, especially Summer.
Since her hair had been highlighted, we covered it with a neutral gray cap to do the testing portion of the analysis, ensuring that the lighter color did not sway the results of the analysis. It was clear from the beginning that Danielle was responding more harmoniously to the cool tones even some of the lighter cool winter drapes which was consistent with her 4 season color analysis.
But, while she contrasted with any drapes that were dark and bright, she was softened and balanced by the lighter cool tones, particularly Summer. The dark colors brought out shadows under her eyes and the brighter colors overwhelmed her and brought attention to themselves. In the end, she looked lovely and perfectly balanced and harmonious in the Cool Summer colors!
"While I had a great experience at House of Colour, I do think they are missing out on a ton of research and color science by not including the 12 seasons and variants. The added layer of cool vs bright vs dark was a huge difference for me and really solidified which category I best fit”.
Enjoy reading more about Danielle’s experience with both systems and her reaction to her diagnosis as a Cool Summer:
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