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Archive for February, 2010

  • 02.10.10 

    Dare to live colorfully

    We DARE you. Go ahead, defy the social norm. Dare to live colorfully. Here at Company C, we challenge ourselves every day. It’s easy to get caught up in mundane day-to-day activities. It’s hard to put down your Blackberry. Time eludes us all. We know. That’s why we dare you to unearth and truly embrace Colorful Living.

    Sara Joncas - Create Your Own Adventure

    In January, we announced a Facebook contest asking you, our fans, to post a photo and short description illustrating what Colorful Living means to you. What a refreshing few weeks we’ve had here at Company C! Through reading your posts, we reaffirmed that we all share the same vision–to be inspired by the joys of Colorful Living every chance we can. Thank you for being so bold!

    All that said, it was very difficult to choose a winner because there were so many uplifting responses. Not to mention that Colorful Living is meant to be personal; each one of us sees the world through a different lens and has a different outlook on life. Our focus was on the posts that embodied Colorful Living as a lifestyle. So, drum roll please…

    Mary Kate Goodwin-Kelly - Go out on a Limb

    The winner of the 6′ x 9′ rug of choice is Sara Joncas, who believes “Colorful living is… Creating your own adventure.”

    And drum roll again…so many posts were so inspiring that we couldn’t help but choose runners up, who will receive a 2′ x 3′ accent rug of choice:

    Mary Kate Goodwin-Kelly “Living colorfully entails going out on a limb every once in a while.”

    Brenda - Energy for Creativity

    Brenda “Every day, I have authentic color in my life. I am an art teacher of young children. Through their artwork and their energy for creativity, I am happily surrounded by color!”

    Make Colorful Living your standard. We dare you.

    Have ideas for future Facebook contests? Post your ideas on our wall at

  • 02.04.10 

    What is Colorful Living?

    Our tag line at Company C is “designs for Colorful Living.” We’re often asked how did we come up with this statement?

    Just before starting Company C, Walter and I listened to a cassette tape —Live Your Dreams by Les Brown. We both love design, love business and love to travel… so how could we live our dreams—and create a business out of them?

    I can remember listening to the tape as if it were yesterday. Our son Alex was 6 months old (he’ll be 17 next month!) and we were traveling in our white Isuzu Trooper on our way to our family cottage in western Massachusetts with our golden retriever, Major, happily catching air out the window. We listened intently to the tape and were very inspired…that trip set in motion our dream to create our business—Company C!

    Walter and I both love adventure. Traveling. Living in the great outdoors. Skiing in the Rockies. Kayaking on Frenchman’s Bay in Maine. Cooking fabulously colorful meals (Walter). Mixing paints by the ocean (me—and trying to make a painting out of them!). And we share these adventures with our two teenage sons, friends and family. So living colorfully needed to be an important part of our business.

    We love color and it’s our signature at Company C. Our design team experiments with many color combinations every day. We add adventure to the combinations, always keeping them fresh.

    Colorful Living has a double entendre for us! So…Dream…with your mind soaring to the sky, imagine what you can create.

    What’s Colorful Living mean to you?

    Chris & Walter Chapin