Curating Colour 3

Fall + Winter Neutrals

Here’s something that’s a bit lovely, infusing interior design with personal styling and colour theory. Nancy Gandrud specializes in these three elements through her Boulder boutique design business—A Bit Lovely.

“I wanted to pursue my own creative passions in fashion, art and interior design and help curate an aesthetic in Boulder. After living in Los Angeles, New York and studying abroad in Spain, I saw the way fashion and design changed the way people felt about themselves and the world. I wanted to incorporate that sense of elegance and confidence in my hometown for clients,” says Nancy.

A Bit Lovely originated in 2008 as a creative outlet while working for New York designer Natalia Allen as a fashion blogger. Honing her skills for more than a decade working in the arts, and influenced by her classes at Parsons New School of Design and the Rhode Island School of Design, in 2015 Nancy founded A Bit Lovely as the design business it is today.

“My style is contemporary and elegant,” says Nancy. “My job is to design something based on a client’s needs and wants. If that includes a trend they love, I will incorporate it in a tasteful way. For myself, I do not follow trends. I think style is more lasting than trends.”

We couldn’t agree more.

In this spread, Nancy introduces a contemporary take on a fall colour palette, shying away from traditional oranges and reds and, instead, gravitating toward more timeless colours that can easily transition into other seasons as well. Rich shades of blue, soft gray, cream and gold accents are versatile enough that a deep burgundy can still make an appearance this season.

“I think navy and black is a classic combination, and I wanted to work off that. I like adding in a rich cream colour and gold accents to add balance and texture,” says Nancy. “The palette is timeless enough that you can transition it into another season by adding a crisp white or peony pink and not be stuck with a bright colour that you might grow tired of in a year or so.”

“Integrating some unlikely neutrals, a rich and complex blue,and some soft black into your wardrobe and home for fall is an elegant alternative to the traditional fall colours.”

Colour is a powerful element of design and, when used correctly, can transform a space. Embrace fall with this modern colour palette for your home and wardrobe.

Deep Royal 2061-10 – A complex and rich blue with more depth than a traditional navy.

Onyx 2133-10 – A soft black for details like a high-gloss front door or suede trim on heels.

Dior Gray 2133-40 – A non-white neutral that works beautifully on cabinets and walls.

Mascarpone AF-20 – A creamy non-yellow white to add some light. A very easy colour to live with, in your home.

*All Paints available from Benjamin Moore, Metallic Gold Dust available at Restoration Hardware.

Flowers | Fiori Flowers

Suede Rupert Sanderson Heels |

Brass Flatware Set |

Ofrésia Scent | Diptyque Paris

Gold Heart Mini Note Set |

Star Chain Bracelet |

Two Tone Clare V. Foldover Clutch | Willow

Magnifying Glass with Bone Handle | Julie Rhodes Interiors

Brushwork Paints | A Bit Lovely

Metallic Gold Dust | Restoration Hardware

M. Gemi x Goop Flats |

Buffalo Horn Salad Servers |

Paint Display | A Bit Lovely

Jinsoon Nail Polish |

Anna Bee Lissa Bracelets | Willow

Onyx & Bone Inlay Box | Julie Rhodes Interiors

Stella McCartney Bucket Alter Croc |

Prim & Proper Tote | Kent Stetson Handbags

Abstract Paint Display | A Bit Lovely