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FROM THE ARCHIVE 14th May 2013

A quick post to show some of my latest tinkering!  This image was created with vintage flowers from The Graphics Fairy and my own backgrounds and textures. I do…

Source: Yellow Illustrates Happiness


A quick post to show some of my latest tinkering!  This image was created with vintage flowers from The Graphics Fairy and my own backgrounds and textures. I do love creating an image with rich, golden yellows.  As colour genius Karen Haller says, it’s the colour of happiness.  ‘Yellow can boost your self-esteem and self-confidence, leaving you feeling full of optimism and positivity.’  It certainly does that for me, Karen.

Linking to Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy

Take care and keep laughing!


Do you have a favourite colour?  And if so, is it a colour that works for you in all areas of your life?   The answer is probably no.  For instance, there are yellow paints on walls that uplift my spirits but wear the same yellow in a dress and I look dreadful.  I didn’t realise this disparity until I went to a cousin’s wedding some years ago and was appalled when I saw the photographs!  However, you will  notice that I use a fair amount of yellow shades in my art work and these are often the best sellers.

Anyone for Tea?

Anyone for Tea?

It is easy to go wrong when it comes to colour and what a lot of people don’t realise is just how important an effect it has on our lives.

One lady who does know this is Karen Haller, a colour expert who was born and brought up in Australia but lives and works in London.  Some refer to her as a ‘colour guru’ and I’m inclined to agree for while I’ve not had personal experience of her services, I am constantly captivated by the knowledge, advice and plain common sense apparent in her blog posts.  Whether you need help with interiors, branding your business or refreshing your wardrobe, Karen has the answers.  “For me, working with colour is a magical process,” she says.  “It is about taking the personality of an individual or a business, and drawing out the colours that represent their true self. When I combine this with creating beautiful interiors, I feel blessed to be doing something I love.”

Karen kindly agreed to let me publish a recent post from her blog concerning her experience of being interviewed for Dream Corner radio station.  Thank you, Karen!

Karen Haller

Karen Haller ©

Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting and being interviewed by Viv Oyolu, the creator and radio presenter of Dream CornerDream Corner is focused on women, and Viv’s goal is to spark or rekindle a dream or passion that any woman has had, and inspire them to do something about it.

Viv brings together a wealth of inspiring women who share their stories and experiences of realising their dreams. She interviews women from different walks of life, to talk about their journey to where they are now – self employed or in paid employment; with the aim that something will encourage a woman listening to think seriously about taking the first steps to realise their dream.

Viv’s warm personality and relaxed conversational style put me quickly at ease which was great given it was my very first radio interview.

During the interview, Viv asked me how I got started, what made me take the big step from corporate life to setting up my own colour & design consultancy with my top tips for anyone wanting to follow their dream.

We discussed all things colour, how I take the personality of an individual or a business, and draw out the colours that represent their true self. I focus on finding the authentic personality and bring it to life through employing colour psychology and holistic interior design.

Colour elicits emotions, it portrays how we are feeling and how we want others to interact with us. Usually subconsciously. We discuss how the big brands use colour psychology to get noticed and increase sales.  We also talk about the process taken by trend forecasters so the manufacturing of the next season’s trend colours hit the stores at the same time.

I have a couple of exciting projects being made public over the next 6 months and sparking Viv’s curiosity she’s asked me back, which I’m already looking forward to!

“Gosh! I can’t believe how much I learnt from Karen! It is not only what you wear, but the colours that can affect not only our business but personal relationships.  I see things so differently now, and willing to make changes to get the desired response I want.” – Viv Oyolu

This is the link to the interview with Karen Haller.  The interview is one hour.

Dream Corner airs every Thursday between 11.00-13.00 on ONFM 101.4 or  you can download from

Link to original post on Karen Haller’s blog here.

Take care and keep laughing!



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