a word person; colors can confuse me.
I've had bare white walls
to hang art on. I've spent many a rainy day feeling that the
universe was smeared with too much gray. I've hid that I'm not
sure what color periwinkle is. I'd never hazard a guess about
what three or four colors might look nice with peach.
That's why Mary McMurray of
ART FIRST was such a treasure when I wanted to repaint four rooms
in my fifty-year- old Irvington home. I told her that I like
roses and blues; teals and yellows make me bilious. I sensed
that some color would bring out the lovely red in my oriental
carpet better than the creamy off-white that bored me after 18
My consultation with Mary
seemed to go well. She had color chips, a terrific portfolio
of exciting and sometimes daring ideas. She listened
attentively and asked what I used my rooms for, when I used them,
and how I wanted them to feel. Two days later she returned with
suggestions for how to paint my rooms.
I gulped. These colors she
laid on the table challenged every notion I had about ceilings
and walls. Then I decided that her solutions were not only beautiful,
they were brilliant. I asked her to figure how much paint I'd
need so I could get started.
Four months later, all the
rooms are finished. I'll confess to an intense moment of doubt
when the first swatch went up in the living room, but I had faith
and forged on.
The feel of rightness of the
colors she chose has drawn comment from every one of my guests.
I have never felt more at home in my home.
You bet I hand out her cards!
She brought warmth and grace to a home I dearly love."
Tricia K., Portland Oregon