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Jamie's "Darwinian Adventure" Room

Darwinian Adventure




San Francisco, California



Colors Used

elephant gray, natural wood color/bronze, plant green, red, some black & white and a dash of canary yellow.

Color Inspiration

The beautiful neutral wall color, which I call elephant gray, was painted when I moved in. It is such a fantastic base to work with. Keeping the foundation neutral {going for Maxwell's 80/20 rule of thumb}, I used an abundance of warm, natural wood and linen. For my color accents, I drew inspiration from the bold colors in the stained glass panels. The stained glass set the color palette for the large portrait I painted of my beau and I, as well as inspired vibrant green plant life, colorful birds, and gorgeous flower arrangements. The dinning room is essentially a simple/neutral backdrop to the most important accent of all - The colorful meals that are made with love and shared at the table {aw}.

Color Tips

As a very visual person, I find myself truly impacted by my surroundings. Colors can make or break an environment and my best tip would be to take time to interact with colors and investigate how they make you feel. Sometimes we see color combos that we love, but that doesn't mean it compliments our lifestyle.

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Comments (35)

This is one of my faves. I'm surprised it didn't get more votes!

posted by LittleMissSunshine on November 20, 2011 at 6:59am
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LOVE this room. My old house used to be in a similar style and I'm super jealous. What neighborhood are you in?

posted by Mama Gigi on November 2, 2011 at 9:25am
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I'm super excited to be joining the contest today and happy that you love my room, Mama Gigi! I'm in Pacific Heights area.

posted by MissBojambo on November 2, 2011 at 10:50am
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I've never written this before, but... house tour, please!

posted by MelissaDC on November 2, 2011 at 12:42pm
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LOVE it!! Love what you did with the silhouette pictures.

posted by HouseOnClintonAve on November 2, 2011 at 12:43pm
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Oh my. Gorgeous, original, personal.

posted by Juliet___ on November 2, 2011 at 1:02pm
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Wow. Amazing. Looks so rustic. I would probably prefer the gray just a tad lighter, but it looks stunning.

posted by rodjsr on November 2, 2011 at 1:15pm
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This is an amazing room. I hope the cats don't go for the bird on the lamp!

posted by gotard on November 2, 2011 at 1:32pm
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Thank you for sharing, my friends!

Until relocated to their lamp roost, my birds were constantly being attacked my my black kitty (not pictured), gotard. They all have tiny little teeth punctures :)

Will be sure to outfit you in colorful galoshes and equip you with a bright umbrella should you ever come for dinner, joseph23 :)

posted by MissBojambo on November 2, 2011 at 1:52pm
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Haha. Right on, Miss B! :)

posted by joseph23 on November 2, 2011 at 2:48pm
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Great room! But... ack! The cat on the table! lol I'm constantly giving mine heck for being up there. Anyway, you've got my vote.

posted by Cashew on November 2, 2011 at 5:35pm
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I love this! A lot of people on AT gravitate to gray because it's a wonderful neutral that makes other colors pop. I adore your choice of artwork and the little birds (I have similar ones!) too. Great job!

posted by AnnaMaria Stephens on November 2, 2011 at 6:01pm
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I love the giraffes!

posted by SimoneTheBlack on November 2, 2011 at 7:33pm
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HouseOnClintonAve, I painted the silhouettes of myself, my beau and 8 people {from any point in history} that we would like to invite to one fabulous dinner party. It's fun to have our dinner guests guess who the portraits are of!

Cashew, cats on the table is a battle I lost long ago - Thank goodness for tablecloths :)

posted by MissBojambo on November 2, 2011 at 7:38pm
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Love the combination of wood, dark gray, and the bright colors in the large picture. Very striking.

posted by RowRowRow on November 3, 2011 at 11:48am
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Love the coffered ceiling and the contrast with the white trim.

posted by Indigosailor on November 3, 2011 at 3:36pm
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Thank you all for your votes and comments!

Thorndale, The wooden floors, which are not documented well in the photographs, are a very dark espresso brown. We selected lighter wood furniture, with the intention of the pieces standing out against the dark floor. I am happy with what we have, but I like your idea of richer wood too :)

posted by MissBojambo on November 3, 2011 at 6:53pm
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i feel like a ghost when i see this ..and the litlle bird!!! laissez-moi rire!

posted by emiliep9 on November 3, 2011 at 10:59pm
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OMG ! Why hasn't anyone asked about that picture? Who painted it? It is absolutely fabulous!

posted by jasminesummer on November 3, 2011 at 11:49pm
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Thank you, jasminesummer! I painted the 4' x 5' portrait of my beau and I especially for that space, as well as all of the silhouettes. I heart Frieda Kahlo and the painting is my nod to her painting of herself and Diego Rivera which she also painted in San Fran. I'm a dork, I mean artist.

posted by MissBojambo on November 4, 2011 at 1:50am
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There isn't a single thing I don't LOVE about this room. I would vote for it in pretty much any contest AT could think of. :)

posted by Reeses902 on November 4, 2011 at 1:25pm
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Pretty, but I'm favoriting it mostly because I love that you don't mind showing the world that you let your cat walk on the table. I'm still in the closet about that :)

posted by tonia329 on November 4, 2011 at 6:15pm
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So thoughtful of you to say, Reeses902 :)

Baaaha, tonia329. I have three cats, but... they. own. me. Turns out whatever I thought to be mine, is actually theirs... including that table :)

posted by MissBojambo on November 4, 2011 at 8:38pm
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Love the room! personally not a fan of the silhouettes. But has a great feel to it. You got my vote.

posted by Sacha on November 5, 2011 at 2:57am
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Love your color combination and your sense of humor. Well done!

posted by judyhrob on November 7, 2011 at 2:10pm
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I signed in just to vote for your room.
So far lots of rooms have been nice, but this is my favorite by far!

posted by NiceSpydr on November 7, 2011 at 7:53pm
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@judyhrob Why thank you, my friend!

@NiceSpydr Leapin' lizards, that is a big deal! Thank you.

posted by MissBojambo on November 9, 2011 at 1:27am
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serene, yet quirky, I like that;)

posted by andreainmaine on November 9, 2011 at 1:22pm
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Nice balance. Very serene, but so interesting. Like the idea behind the dinner plates. You must have interesting dinner parties!

posted by kbfromlb on November 13, 2011 at 11:28am
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ok. I love the painting you made of you and your luv luv! that is sooooo flippin sweet!!!! I hate gray- but i love the room!!

posted by JodieAnn on November 13, 2011 at 11:34pm
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love the color choice and the painting works so well! :) Also love the details on your walls! (moulding)... :)

posted by mahzer&vee on November 17, 2011 at 2:47pm
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I know the contest is about color but it is your scale that I think is so right on. And I love the repeating silhouettes.

posted by carrol on November 17, 2011 at 7:33pm
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I'm surprised this didn't get more votes also. This was in my top 3 (not including mine); along with Sara's Smoke, Citron & Cream and Bernrds Red Eclectic Room. I love the molding, the juxtaposition of the fabulously elegant chandelier with the rustic wood table & furniture, and the bold use of grey.

posted by britabroad on November 21, 2011 at 1:07pm
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Thank you to everyone for the votes and comments! I too thought I'd go further, but I guess it wasn't in the cards :) i'm happy that we all got to see some really great and innovative rooms!

posted by MissBojambo on November 21, 2011 at 9:07pm
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I think this is my favorite room so far. And I agree with Melissa, HOUSE TOUR.

posted by Muffy St John on November 2, 2011 at 12:48pm
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