Pantone Color of the Year 2015: Marsala

pantone color of the year


Pantone has announced it’s 2015 Color of the Year, and it’s Marsala. This beautiful and warm reddish-brown earthy color is a slight deviation from the brighter jewel tones in the past few years. But it’s not surprising since I’ve seen design embracing rich, dark colors that incorporate depth to a homes color palette.

According to Pantone:

Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.



marsala chaise from Houzz

Marsala Chaise on Houzz


marsala pouf from Houzz

Marsala pouf from Houzz


Marsala is a versatile color to incorporate into your decor since it pairs well with jewel tones (navy, emerald), the trendy grey as well as light, neutral colors.

Because of its burnished undertones, sultry Marsala is highly compatible with amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range.

Add elegance to any room by incorporating this rich and welcoming hue in accent pieces, accessories and paint. Marsala’s plush characteristics are enhanced when the color is applied to textured surfaces, making it an ideal choice for rugs and upholstered living room furniture. Here are some examples of Marsala from Houzz, let me know if you would like some ideas for incorporating this subtly seductive shade in your home.



Design for a Difference

I am excited to apply for the Design for a Difference contest from the International Design Guild. This fantastic contest will give one designer the opportunity to spend $25,000 to makeover the space of a local non-profit of their choice. The design process will be professionally shot and produced to premiere on and other online sites. Mark Brunetz, Los Angele celebrity designer who I recently met, will also be here (if I win!) to collaborate with the team every step of the way.
The local charity that I’m submitting is Attention Homes, who spend all of their time and resources helping youth in crisis by providing shelter, structure, and access to crucial services so that homeless and displaced youth can become stable, independent members of our community and achieve their potential. If you’d like to volunteer or donate, please visit their website.

Attention Homes’ Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) shelter provides street outreach, day drop-in and overnight shelter to homeless youth. At least 213 homeless youth can be found on any given night in Boulder County and we have the only shelter for them, with only 16 beds. Over 50% of homeless youth report that their parents either told them to leave or knew they were leaving but did not care. These youth are called throwaways. Youth who leave their homes do so because they feel that it will be safer to live on the streets. Often they are victims of abuse or neglect and suffer from mental illness and substance abuse. Homeless youth differ from homeless adults because they are victims of their situation. They have been abandoned or mistreated by those who should have protected them.  

Most first steps for help are at their day drop-in center where youth come to get food, take showers, do laundry and access supportive services. The day drop-in center is located in a basement and consists mostly of a large open room. It is dark, bare and unwelcoming.  If I could update this space, it would make youth feel at home, safe and comfortable so they are willing to access further services and move into the overnight shelter. Attention Homes and I believe that every youth deserves a safe home, and this new design would help provide that to them. 

It would be an honor to work together and create a warm, inviting and safe environment for the homeless youth in our community. I’ll keep you posted on the contest results!


“Best of Houzz 2014”!

Haven Interior Design of Denver Receives

“Best Of Houzz 2014 Award”


Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users

Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals


DENVER, COLORADO, February 4, 2014 – Haven Interior Design of Denver, Colorado has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Haven Interior Design who has been in Colorado for 10 years now and specializes in collaborative, personal and affordably sophisticated design services, was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2014” badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.  

“I am thrilled to be chosen by the Houzz community as an award winner for customer satisfaction. I take great pride in my attention to detail, project management skills and listening closely to my clients. These all combine to help transform a client’s idea into a beautiful reality, coming to life in a seamless way.” 

“Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home building, remodeling and design professionals, empowering them to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Haven Interior Design among our “Best Of” professionals for customer satisfaction as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”


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About Laura Hodgson

Nothing makes me happier in my work than knowing I’ve helped create a home where you can truly relax, be yourself and enjoy your surroundings. I sincerely believe that coming home to a beautiful, personalized space after a hard day’s work is revitalizing. That’s why we’re called Haven.

As your interior designer, my goal is simple: to collaborate with you to design a space that truly reflects your tastes. I consider myself an editor of sorts, helping you pick and choose what works for your space—and your lifestyle.  As such, I bring my experience, connections, and knowledge of materials to each project. Then I mix that with insight and a fresh perspective, so each project results in an environment as unique as its client. The best projects are those where everyone involved feels that we are a team with the same goal—a beautiful space that becomes your haven.

Not only do I help you visualize the final project, I work hard to ease you through the design process. I want you to enjoy having the design done as much as you enjoy having the final design. This is supposed to be fun!

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