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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January 25, 2023 5 min read
I observed grace under pressure in a high pitched environment when I met this month’s Bright Winter feature: Cindy Christi at the United States National Pageant several years ago. As founder of Cindy Christi TV, Cindy helps CEO’s, Speakers, Best Selling Authors, On-Air Personalities and Pageant Contestants fall in love with their brand voice, so they can step into the spotlight and lead their legacy with confidence, clarity and ease.
Our roles at the pageant were aligned in helping the contestants andNational Titleholders shine on stage and throughout their reign. Cindy’s professionalism and ease in front of the camera and steadying presence onstage set the tone for contestants and the pageant as a whole.
It was clear right away thatshe was a Bright Winter when I started draping her. Wow! She truly (comes to life/steals the show/lights up the room - you pick) in the right pops of color.
Learn more about Cindy’s color-filled journey and how applying her perfect shades elevates her brand, business and homelife in this month’s Colorful Lives blog.
January 04, 2023 4 min read
The past year I had the fortune to get to know an amazing couple who uniquely embraced growth through color and brought much inspiration to me personally and professionally. They worked as a team with me to modify their wardrobes, redo their closet and bring all they learned during their color consultation into other aspects of their lives.
In October, I introduced you to Warm Autumn, Erin Sirianni and now it is my pleasure for you to meet her Cool Winter husband, Danny. While Danny's coloring is dark and cool, his personality is warm and open. As a Realtor and business owner of Sirianni Realty, he understands that real estate decisions are made visually and viscerally. He saw immediately the value in wearing flattering and harmonious colors and promptly incorporated it into his approach to his business.
Read more about his journey in this month's colorful lives blog.
November 30, 2022 4 min read
It is my pleasure to introduce Dark Winter, Meg Casebolt, founder of Love At First Search, an agency that guides small online business owners, especially female entrepreneurs in creating search friendly websites and strategic content. She helps her clients to optimize how they show up in search results in Google, Youtube, etc - Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
I learned to start by identifying the core essence of my business, to choose visuals and words that would be send out a clear message in an appealing way and how use all the tools to help viewers see me clearly and navigate around my site effortlessly. It is so similar to how I help my clients understand their coloring and style with special tools to authentically maximize a natural look in the simplest, most streamlined way.
Meg and I both help our clients to be seen! Read more about Meg's journeys with her color analysis and how it has influenced her online image.
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