Thursday, May 13, 2010

Navy+Orange+Citron: New look!

Yesterday I discussed a change of plans with a client and how you must go with your gut. Well a couple of months ago while my professional site was being worked on I had a change of plans.


The color combo of navy, orange and citron kept popping into my head.


I always enjoyed the color combo in this room designed by Amanda Nisbet.

amanda nisbet office

In searching my inspiration files I noticed a tread of bright green sprinkled all throughout like in this room by Lee Kleinhelter in Atlantic Homes & Lifestyle.


You all know I’m having a huge navy kick and look it’s paired with orange too!


Jonathan Adler designed this space with pops of green and navy zebra!


Bamboo, orange and blue equal perfection by Erinn Valencich.


I always love a classic stripe and these are navy too!


Orange & Green!


More blue and orange!


Ah classic navy and orange from Domino.

domino navy and orange


This fabric by Celerie Kemble was what started my obsession on this color combo.hot_house_flowers

Beautiful orange walls with pops of navy via House & Home.



Citron green wall in the adjacent room and more of my favorite fabric and pops of orange by Caitlin Wilson.


All of these lovely images lead to a new look for Effortless Style.


It started like this:

mayproof { Designed by Front Porch Studio}


But last week I got a different an idea for the logo and we now have this:

effortlessstylemayproof { Web design by Front Porch Studio & logo by Two Brunettes}


To me picking a favorite is like asking a mother to pick their favorite child. I just can’t do it.


So here is where you all come in to let me know which one is your favorite option 1 or 2?



Images via 1. Amanda Nisbet, 2.Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle, 3. Maison Classique, 4.J.A., 5. Omniarte Design, 6. Terrain via Peacock Feathers, 7.Decorpad, 8. Home Sweet Home, 9. Domino, 10. Schumacher, 11. House & Home, 12. Caitlin Wilson

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Blogger A Perfect Gray said...

looks great, babe. the color combo is fresh and inspiring. my choice is number's younger looking.

May 13, 2010 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...


May 13, 2010 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger lime said...

#1--because #2 looks like too much "effort" for effortless style. #1 is much more clean, simple, and classy.

May 13, 2010 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger C.J. said...

number two works for me, it is happy, refreshing. I am using white, citrine and turquoise in my newly re done living room and I love it!

May 13, 2010 at 9:02 AM  
Anonymous Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

Beautiful! I love them both but I think #2 looks too busy and not quite as elegant - #1 is my vote!

May 13, 2010 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger Emily Ferris said...

#1! and loving the organge, green, and navy!!

May 13, 2010 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

#1. #2 is okay but looks like you are trying to hard- just a little too much.

May 13, 2010 at 9:08 AM  
Blogger Kerry @ First Time Fancy said...

I'm going to have to go with #1 - #2 looks a little too busy for me. The site is looking gorgeous though!

May 13, 2010 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger Flavia @ Estilo Home said...

My vote is for #1 because of it's simple elegance. Either way it's looking great!

May 13, 2010 at 9:19 AM  
Blogger Joi said...

#1 all the looks the part of your name..."effortless". #2 is much too busy for me. But as you said, go with your gut! : )

May 13, 2010 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

i like #1 the best! and LOVE the rest as well...the pics are perfect. With a name like 'effortless style' you don't want things to look overworked you want them to be 'effortless'.

All the best to you!

May 13, 2010 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger Hello Lover... said...

I love them both, 1 is simple and classic but 2 is much more fun and memorable, but I also thinks it might be a little too busy - I'd say number 1 unless you can tone down number 2 just a little, then I'd have to pick number 2. I'm sure this is really helpful (not). sorry, I tried.

May 13, 2010 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger Dobbygirl said...

Love the look - I love #2, but am afraid it might be too much. So my vote is with #1

May 13, 2010 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Definitely #1..but possibly change it to orange or lime green?

May 13, 2010 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger The Brick Cottage said...

SO excited for you! I can't wait until it goes live. Love the sneak peek! My vote is going to #1--I like its clean and classic look.

May 13, 2010 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Fran said...

Love where you are going with this - #1 - is my favorite. I agree w/Lime's comment - #2 looks like there is too much for an effortless style.

May 13, 2010 at 10:03 AM  
Anonymous AppleTree said...

I love the color combo! And #1.

May 13, 2010 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger amanda said...

I agree with everyone else- #1 is simpler and easier to see- you want people to see and remember the name. #2 is beautiful but too busy.

May 13, 2010 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

LOVE the orange and navy! Awesome choice. I gotta say although #2 is great, I think #1 screams Effortless, so go with it!

May 13, 2010 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Isabella & Max Rooms said...

Follow your gut, but I like number one, the logo just reads more clearly and strongly to me. But then I'm drawn to simple lines vs. more complicated lines. Looking fabulous!!!!

May 13, 2010 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger 1 Funky Woman said...

I love the green chair in the first picture! I am loving orange and green lately what great colors and with navy, who would have thought!

May 13, 2010 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Elena said...

#1 is classic and elegant. #2 is too busy and not "effortless." the sidebar borders look great and I love where you're taking it. Nice work!

May 13, 2010 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger Elena @ white picket fence said...

Hey! I think #1 is clean and effortless! Can you do the green lime like in #2, looks fresh! Love it!!

May 13, 2010 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

I definitely like #1 the best, it's simple and classic and 'effortless' in my opinion!

May 13, 2010 at 10:48 AM  
Anonymous April D. said...

I like #2 because of the use of color/pattern in the title but I'm worried that you may get tired of it down the road. Also, if you want your label to remain consistent among your blog, business cards, notes, etc. I think #1 would work best. I can't wait for the new site and hope you have a fantastic trip!

May 13, 2010 at 10:54 AM  
Anonymous Sara said...

I am so inspired by this post! I am moving into a new place and have been drawn to blues and greens and now I know exactly what I am going to do.

My vote is #1 as well - its more timeless but I agree with other comments that the color needs to pop a little more.

May 13, 2010 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger white wave design said...

love #1. classic. i love the navy and orange... just changed my header to those colors a couple months ago :)

May 13, 2010 at 11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok. first. he orange shoes don't pop... as they blend in with the floor.....and the etagere competes with the art on the walls.... just the camera angle I think...
I would like to see a color in the photos repeated in the typography... to give some continuity and tie it together. just thinking thru this with basic art principles. I like the first one but needs to be a little bolder..maybe larger.the little oragne flowers look like clutter in the second one.
love you and your site!

May 13, 2010 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

#1 is my vote! It's classic and not too fussy. I agree with whoever said that #2 look like a lot of effort for effortless style. It's a bit busy.

May 13, 2010 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Katy said...

The first one. The second is two busy. If you want effortless, it needs to be simpler. If you like the look of the second one, just cut back on all the extra doodles.

May 13, 2010 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Abbie said...

#1... it's such a classic looking logo... and if you want to change it up later, you can always change the color. But, with #2, you would have to change the entire thing up probably if you wanted a change.

May 13, 2010 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Chic said...

# 2 is fun, but i'm thinking # 1 but its your site, I love the pics you've choosen - like your mix of colors!

May 13, 2010 at 11:52 AM  
Blogger Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

first of all, love the color combo — did a post on blue and orange this week and they're the colors for my school! second, go with number one! it's more "effortless" :)

May 13, 2010 at 12:02 PM  
OpenID said...

Love the color combo!

I like #1, but with your header tweaked...from a branding perspective, you need to keep your logo and look consistent for your customers don't get whatever your logo is, do that as your header (I think it was the same font as #1 but with curly brackets instead?). #2 is cute but a little busy in my opinion!

May 13, 2010 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

#1 is more elegant and classic, but I've been reading your blog for a while now and I don't think it really reflects your personality.

That said, I think #2 is too busy. Maybe without the floral touches? Or maybe with JUST the flower inside the O?

May 13, 2010 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Mary Catherine said...

Love your new blog look! #1 is my choice!

May 13, 2010 at 12:28 PM  
Blogger Tonya said...

Definitely #2. The colors make me happy just looking at them.

As some have mentioned they think it is a bit busy, but in my mind it shows that you have creative juices, which is what people are looking for in a designer. Also if you keep everything else very simple and user friendly it won't feel overwhelming.

I too think it goes better with your personality, though I haven't met you.

May 13, 2010 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger Alicia said...

both are great #2 is fun and fresh, but #1 is my choice, classy and chic not too busy allows you to focus on the design images and not the logo

May 13, 2010 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger mimi charmante said...

LOVE it! I hadn't ever thought to put these colors together but what a fabulous combo~
Fabulous blog - so glad I found it!

May 13, 2010 at 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Meredith said...

Love your inspiration photos! I vote for #1 because it does look more effortless. You could consider making the logo border or the word "interiors" navy for a bit more spunk too. Looks great!

May 13, 2010 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

What a great post. Definitely #1. I think #2 looks like too much for something that is supposed to be "effortless."

May 13, 2010 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger LindsB said...

love love love the colors and your new look!!

They are actually close to the colors I am thinking of going with for my wedding. I want like a royal blue color, orange (of course) and a lime/citron/greenish color. What do you think of the combo for a wedding??

May 13, 2010 at 1:06 PM  
Anonymous Maggie Rose said...

I like the design of number one with the brighter color of number two! But mostly I adore the greek key, so if you keep that, I'm happy!

May 13, 2010 at 1:15 PM  
Anonymous emily posts said...

love option 1! Looks more "effortless"

May 13, 2010 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

beautiful, that nursery is stunning, love the rocker, so classy but also so unusual

May 13, 2010 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger Frances said...

Love the color combos, maybe a post soon on how to do orange with green and not look retro-rific? I like the first logo best, it's scrolly but not too busy, reads effortless.

May 13, 2010 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger Sugar said...

Number 1. #2 seems too busy. Overall, great look.

May 13, 2010 at 1:40 PM  
Blogger Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself said...

Good - I'm glad I am saying the same thing as everyone else. DEFINITELY 1!!

LOVE the color combination.


May 13, 2010 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger sara said...

Looking Great!! Am voting for #1, as it's cleaner design, is so fitting with "effortless style" ... Looks like a few agree!! Good luck!

May 13, 2010 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger C @ Project Pretty said...

Love the new color combo- much more "you"! :) I definitely vote #1- more classy in my opinion.. and as others have said- it looks more 'effortless'.

May 13, 2010 at 2:10 PM  
Blogger Hallie Smith said...

I agree with several other readers: though #2 is fun and colorful, it doesn't convey "effortless" the way the first one does.

So my vote is for #1.

May 13, 2010 at 2:17 PM  
Blogger Anna See said...

I love #1. It does, indeed, look like effortless style!

May 13, 2010 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

#2. It looks higher end, more professional. #1 is nice, but it reminds me of a blog header. #2 is more polished and stylish.

May 13, 2010 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Oooh, that's a toughie! I love them both,but think I like #1 better, simply because it's a cleaner look. Think the plaque could be a tad larger, though.
I absolutely love what she's come up with for you, and think in the end, it will have been worth the wait! ;)

May 13, 2010 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger Aesthetic Oiseau said...

I LOVE this color and blue are my college colors (go UVa!) and I happen to have paired them both with green for my living room! So chic :) I think my vote is for the classic look of #1!

May 13, 2010 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

If you like the Celerie Kimble fabric, you are love Sarah Richardson's latest "Sarah's House" episode where she renovates the Master Bedroom of a farmhouse. She used perhaps that exact fabric on a set of chairs in the room and they look fabulous... not too much navy in the room, but you should definitely check it out on the site :)

May 13, 2010 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Wow... I LOVE it!. The color combo is fab along with the greek keys and your pictures.. It's perfect.
#1 is cleaner to me #2 cute but busier.
Can't wait to see what you choose.

May 13, 2010 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger Renee ( said...

#1 is my fav!

May 13, 2010 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger .caroline armelle. said...

love #1!
it's clean and perfect!

i'm also obsessed with navy lately..
i'm re-doing my living room with it!

May 13, 2010 at 7:03 PM  
Blogger Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

Fabulous, I really love the first one :)

May 13, 2010 at 7:04 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

Love it Camila!!!! Such a beautiful incorporation of colors and befitting you. i like the first one best, I also love how she incorporated your work photos too, so lovely.

May 13, 2010 at 8:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would hire you based on #1!!!!

May 13, 2010 at 9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would hire you on #1!!!

May 13, 2010 at 9:42 PM  
Blogger Dallas said...

Number 1...the lettering on the second is distracting.

May 13, 2010 at 10:53 PM  
Blogger pve design said...

either way you go - you will always be "high heeled foot in the door" to me! :)
congrats on the progress------

May 14, 2010 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger lizziefitz said...


May 14, 2010 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger Kerri said...

I LOVE that orange phone!! Where can I get one of those?!

May 14, 2010 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger MandeeFoFandee said...

I love option #1! I think it's nice and clean and simple.

May 14, 2010 at 11:07 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Love them both but I would go with #1 and maybe make it larger. Love #2 but i think it takes away from the images, which is what it's all about!

May 17, 2010 at 1:48 PM  

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