Wednesday, November 30, 2011


"Reflection, Oak Island" by Ellen Thayer

First Friday art walk is a great way to spend a night out and enjoy Maine's vibrant art scene.
You are invited to a new exhibit featuring the work of Maine artist Ellen Thayer of Maine Island Treasures. Over 20 original oil paintings and several driftwood sculptures will be on display. Appetizers and wine will be served.
Hope to see you there!
Regency Mortgage, Custom House Wharf Office,
94 Commercial St, Suite 201, Portland, ME
Friday, Dec 2nd, 5-8pm

Monday, November 7, 2011

Happy Monday!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Notes from a Maine Interior Designer-Freshening up the Fireplace!

Tiling your fireplace surround is a little change that has a BIG impact.
It can update an older fireplace without being a large demo project, or add style to a simple existing fireplace.

glass tile with a hint of metallic
Diamond shaped travertine
classic subway tile

Fiore Interiors works with a broad range of tile manufacturers and design styles.  What changes do you hope to make this winter?

p.s. Denise this post is for you!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

When a Maine Interior Designer chooses paint color...for herself!

Chameleon Design....
Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue HC-147
This month I am finally working on a project of my own (which never happens). My bedroom. Of course I have all my fabrics and concept pulled together already. Narrowing the color down today.
I like colors that have depth and interact with light.  Enter the lovely shade of blue above....

This color is rather popular with designers. I specified for a client's living room in the west end of Portland, Maine last year.
This is not the simplest color to work with, it REALLY depends on the lighting in the space. Large amounts of natural sun make it appear quite vibrant. Examples below:

Rooms with LITTLE natural sunlight will see the color appear more demure blue-gray. Examples below:
photo by garrison hullinger interiors

Light is the most important factor in choosing paint color.  I don't receive much natural sun into this specific room, the color will appear rather mellow similar to the photo above. Prior to moving to Maine, I would not have chosen a color for the walls. I preferred beige, grays, or a mix of the two. However New England winters are sorely lacking in color and are LONG. Using more color inside meets the fundamental need for balance and makes those harsher seasons more beautiful.

As always, I will be using low VOC paint. If you do not know why that is important, let me know asap!

Fiore Interiors is a full service Interior Design company in Portland Maine. From simple paint color consultations to large renovations-we design spaces that are both functional and beautiful.