"Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons." ~Al Hirschfeld
Our lead designer, CJ Knapp, ASID has refused to put down her crayons, and we're glad. She says it is a box of newly sharpened crayons that has always inspired her. Since she was a child, she has been obsessed with the complexities of color, and she continues to use this passion when designing for her clients.
CJ believes color can make or break a home, reveal the depths of our personalities and dramatically affect our moods. She also uses the science behind color to manipulate the perception of a space. She states, "it is a common misconception that color will always make a room feel smaller. Sometimes I use color to widen, shorten, heighten or promote intimacy and ambiance within a space."
What makes a room? The right color. What breaks it? The wrong color. In a world full of infinite color combinations, it can be overwhelming choosing just the right one. CJ has found great inspiration in her travels. From the Midwest to the Northwest, England to Japan, she has appreciated great variety along the way. CJ says the grass changes from a warm, yellow-green in the Midwest to a cool, blue-green as you travel north. Wow! That's perceptive! Crossing the pond, CJ adored the combination of stone buildings adorned with flower boxes creating bright pops of color on grey backdrops while veering off the beaten path in Piccadilly Square. Charming fruit stands on Portobello Road have also continued to influence CJ. In Japan, she spent hours at a market pouring over thousands of obi's to find a handful to bring back to clients. CJ loved certain color combinations within these textiles. More inspirational color combinations from Japan came in the form of food. CJ loved how the Japanese used great restraint when selecting size, shape and color to fill (or barely fill) a plate. She has adopted this minimalistic principle in some of her designs.
Since color has the power to reveal our personalities, CJ's first question she asks her client is, "What is your favorite color?" If they can't answer, she immediately asks to see inside their closet. Here, the colors they are instinctively drawn to will be represented. Sometimes, we don't realize how much we love a certain color until someone points it out to us.
Of course, we had to ask, "So...CJ...what is YOUR favorite color?"
"I like a beautiful sapphire blue, especially in velvet, where you can see the light dance around on the folds. This hue combined with a sophisticated coral and a great neutral...not a boring, greyed-out taupe, but a rich neutral tan...all of that...that's my favorite color."
The Staff at Savvy