Saturday, January 07, 2006


Michael Parker introduced the world of Colorstrology (sponsored by Pantone), by Michelle Bernhardt, which asserts we are all born on a "particular day under a particular Sun sign" offering insight into our "personality and nature." Every birth date has an essence. I, being born on July 23, am "soothing, receptive, and nurturing." Here is more about me according to Colorstology:

“YOU have a restless spirit that craves adventure and challenge. You enjoy recognition and need to feel that you are at the center of things. Love and affection are important to you. It is important for you to remain open to new opportunities and experiences. Part of your growth comes from dealing with change and unexpected occurrences. Your personal color resonates with trust and knowledge. Wearing, meditating or surrounding yourself with Nile Blue helps ease self-doubt and supports you through times of transition.”

Okay, most of this is ringing true, except for maybe "soothing." The only problem is that Nile Blue is a teal color - ugh - and not one I'd ever consider to wear or paint on my walls. And speaking of walls, I am currently in the decision-making process of what colors to paint in our house.

Here are the three colors I'm considering for my downstairs:

luminous daze (a maze color)

stolen moments (a pale, Martha Stewartish sage green)

lazy afternoon (a shade lighter than eggplant)

What do these colors say about my inner-most self, I wonder?


Blogger Michelle e o said...

JB- We had a dishwasher disaster back in September. It was horrible, our hardwood floors had to be replaced and my studio was destroyed. While everything was torn apart we decided to do some other stuff. Like painting. We did the kitchen in a color that sounds like what you describe as light sage green. I couldn't find anything on the color charts I liked but the actual brochure cover was designed in a color perfect so we just took the cover in and they scanned it and matched it. We carefully took up the hardwood in our kitchen ourselves so they wouldn't just tear it up. Insurance paid to have the kitchen flooring replaced, so we used the old wood in the front room (it's like an extra living room). This room we painted "paprika" -- it sounds dark but there is a lot of light in the room and it goes beautiful with the oak floor. There's a bathroom off that room and we did that in the paprika but 6 or 7 shades lighter. It's a wonderful contrast. Other than the kids rooms most of the house is still white walls. I am enjoying the color. The studio/extra living room in the basement is all a color called "caramel sugar" - we did that a few years ago. This color is very relaxing and warm.

I normally only want to paint on canvas but to give my husband a break I did the cutting in. It's actually very relaxing once you get the hang of it!

Have fun with the colors! Remember you can always paint over them in a few years!

My living room is a color I call "Child" kind of a white with a fingerprint pattern especially dense near doorways and light switches!

12:36 PM, January 07, 2006  
Blogger J.B. Rowell said...

Sorry about your dishwasher disaster Michelle - but at least you got some positive changes out of it??? I love the sound of the paprika color. Caramel sugar sounds yummy. Who gets to make up these names? I want that job! I'm too familiar with the child white color, and I'm ready for something new . . .

1:58 PM, January 07, 2006  
Blogger Michael Parker said...

Hi JB -- my wife and I were amazed at how spot-on the colorstrology was in regards to our children! Amazing.

Have fun re-painting your home! Is Maze a light blue or light yellow color? When we re-painted, we chose a butter-yellow for the upstairs. When we put in our dark-wood floor, it will look awesome. Best wishes.

9:19 PM, January 08, 2006  
Blogger J.B. Rowell said...

Hi Michael - maize (I mispelled it - woops) is a yellow. It really would help if I could spell! Butter yellow sounds nice too. I checked out Colorstrology for my kids tonight, it was more accurate for my husband. It really is amazing - do you really believe in all of it?
P.S. Nice MiPO column . . .

10:37 PM, January 08, 2006  
Blogger Michelle e o said...

Butter yellow sounds delicious!

7:14 PM, January 09, 2006  
Blogger Michael Parker said...

Hi Julia, I don't believe in it, per se, But I am mindful that there is something intuitive about it. It really did pinpoint the defining-characteristics of my children. But hey, I'm not going to live my life by it.

I'm going out right now to look at the color Maize.

And thank you for reading my article! I appreciate it!

1:29 AM, January 10, 2006  

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