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I’m Starting a Design Firm

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In light of my recent job search, I have been forced to sit back and re-evaluate what I want in life. What I’m good at. And one thing I know I can do is design: I’ve been working with my aunt’s interior design company since I was probably around five. By this point, I’m good with colors. I get textures. It all makes sense.

What I didn’t realize is that it would be so easy to do!

Okay, so “Design Firm” isn’t really the right term. It’s more like…Design Inspiration Hub. But that sounds weird.

You want the full story? Okay. Are you on Pinterest? If you are, you’ve probably noticed these pictures going around. They’re nothing but cutesy pictures with some color swatches next to them, from this website called Design Seeds. They seem to be intended to inspire anyone who is planning to redecorate a room or a wedding.

Well, it seems everyone on Pinterest is currently planning three weddings and redecorating two whole houses. I can’t say I’ve never pinned something from Design Seeds, but seeing 500 of their pictures filling up my page gets annoying. And I’m sick of the cutesy pictures. Why can’t they find beautiful colors in less adorable things? Gross things, even?

So when Siren wrote a blog post about how, despite the fact that some pictures she’d taken made her really sad, she had to post them because she loved the colors, I knew exactly what I’m going to do with my life.

Behold, Siren’s Dead Dolphin:


Decomposing Dolphin consists of a gray-blue ombre with a coral highlight and a neutral sand background. It would be the perfect color theme for a beach wedding, a nautical-themed nursery, or a comfortable living area in your home. The colors will evoke the feel of the slowly decaying dolphin without being too blatant about it, but you can always add a framed print of the dolphin to complete the look!

And why stop there?


Dog Vomit is a beautiful array of fall colors, which would be–need I say it–perfect for a fall wedding. Getting married in October or November? Look no further for your theme, inspired by an image from Raising a Puppy. It would also be perfect in the kitchen, brightening up and energizing your cooking space to entice you to cook some fantastic foods. I know I’m in the mood for ethnic cuisine right now! Who wants Indian?


You may have to tilt your screen back a bit to notice the delicate bone hue at the end of Mass Graves, inspired by a National Geographic photo of skeletons of soldiers and babies, but trust me when I say it’s worth it. Planning a garden wedding, and don’t want a super bright palate to contrast with the natural beauty around you? Mass Graves is the perfect neutral, natural palette–just make sure to order your dress in Bone! Not planning a wedding? No worries! Because the colors are so simple and pleasing to anyone, Mass Graves would be a wonderful palette for a guest room. And if you throw a lot of parties, why not decorate your main party room with Mass Graves? The room will look gorgeous on its own, and the neutral shades won’t contrast with any temporary decorations you put up!


Of course, neutral isn’t for everyone! This moldy salad, inspired by a photo from New York Shitty, creates the perfect palette for anyone who wants a natural feel with a POP. The yellow and tangerine colors here are two of Pantone’s top colors for Spring 2012, so you’ll be right on-trend using them to highlight your sage green ombre. The neutral brown and gray provide some variety, allowing you to stray from the bright hues you’ve chosen while still fitting perfectly within a color scheme! And where couldn’t you put this in your house? Kids would be delighted by the bright colors, while the greens would make a perfect background in a master bedroom. Looking for something fun to do with your bathroom? Look no further than Salad Mold!


And with Valentine’s Day coming up, how could I leave out this gorgeous pink palette? Inspired by blood spatter from a real crime scene in Bermuda, this palette screams love. Are you an NCIS fan? Have you heard that Pauley Perrette, who plays the lovable Abby, is engaged? Well I can’t imagine a better palette for her wedding–or anyone who loves pink (or blood)! Young girls would love to have their rooms decorated in these gorgeous pinks, or you could create the most romantic atmosphere in your master bedroom! Get ready for some passion with Spattered Hues!

When you design, remember how important it is to look for inspiration everywhere. Any image that catches your eye, no matter how beautiful or grotesque it is, can have some gorgeous colors hidden inside it! For this reason, I’m willing to help any of you lovely readers who need help with design. Do you have some redecorating you need to do, or a wedding to plan, and no ideas? Well, send whatever awful image you have to me at and I’ll respond with your dream palette. If I like it enough, I may even feature it here, right on this very blog!

Have you looked for beauty in anything disgusting recently? Or possibly found the perfect use for Comic Sans? Because I’m pretty sure I just did.


About Rachael

Hi. I'm Rachael. I realized one day that, even though I read a lot of books, I often have a hard time remembering them later on. I guess that happens when there's so much to try to remember! So I started The 50 Book Project, with the intention to read and blog about 50 new (to me) books in 2014. I read a lot of fantasy, but I'm trying to branch out and experience new stuff. Any questions? Suggestions? Let me know! Comment, or email me at

17 responses »

  1. This is so awesome.

    I totally want to do our guest room in Mass Grave. As like a subliminal message type of thing. Do you think it would work to discourage guests? I hate guests.

    And now I have to stampede back to my hard drive to find more gross images to send you. Oh happy day! This is like a dream come true for me.

    • I think the best way to discourage guests would be to do the entire house in these color palettes with big framed prints of each inspiring image on the wall. And I mean, like, BIG. You know they’ll go perfectly in the room because the room is designed around them, and the guests won’t be able to miss them, and then they’ll never want to come back! GET TO IT!

  2. hahahaha omg at first i was sad over the dolphin but kept on reading and then died laughing!! maybe that can be ur next inspiration 🙂

    • I do sincerely hope I don’t have to take inspiration from your dead body anytime soon! I just checked out your blog and love it, so I’d be sad for that to be gone. Thanks for stopping by! How’d you find me?

    • OH MY GOD YOUR BLOG DISAPPEARED. Is…is this a joke? Did you really die laughing? DID MY POST KILL SOMEONE?

      I…I couldn’t have known. I was just trying to be silly. Oh my god. My hands are blooded.

      Out, out, damn spot!

  3. How can I possibly say “Oh, Rachael” like I’m disappointed? This is the freshest, funniest blog I’ve come across in a long time. This post is HILARIOUS.
    -A new fan who visited from Siren’s place.

  4. I can’t stop laughing!!

    Visting from Siren’s blog.

    • Didn’t you comment on hers that you had a Pinterest addiction? I’m trying to get these to go around, and it’s just not happening. For some reason no one wants to repin a Dog Vomit Palette.

  5. If it wasn’t unethical or maybe illegal, I bet Mike and I could get some great pictures for you. You could have a whole series called specimen cup! I think sputum would have some lovely green and yellow tones! Love, Mom

  6. Rachael, this is so morbidly GENIUS. I love it!

    The Spattered Hues just scream out passion, they’re so perfect. Granted, they scream out passion CRIME, but nonetheless romantic and perfect for the season.

  7. I commented on Siren’s blog that Decomposing Dolphin would work in my bathroom. And actually, Mass Graves works in the rest of my house, which my kids refer to as, “SIGH. Beige.”

  8. This is a damn good idea.

  9. you’re a fucking awesome design chick. it’s about time you’ve found your niche – sooooo tired of flowery fussy cutesy RUBBISH.

    bring on the decomposing dolphin! gimme some salad mold!

    holy hand grenade i find your new work inspiring! 🙂

  10. Ahhh, I just found your blog and I absolutely love it! 🙂

  11. I personally seem to agree with every aspect that is authored inside “Im Starting a Design Firm Oh,
    Rachael.”. Thanks a lot for pretty much all the details.Thanks,Desmond


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