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Welcome to COLOR YOUR LIFE – Guest Blogger week! We have invited 5 vibrant contributors to the YOLO Colorhouse blog to write about how color inspires the creative work they do and beautifies the world we live in. Today’s guest blogger: Leela Cyd Ross, photographer/Apartment Therapy Photo Editor.

Comment on Leela’s blog for your chance to win a COLOR YOUR LIFE Kit – 1 gal of YOLO Colorhouse paint, set of YOLO Colorhouse fan decks,  and a 100% organic cotton canvas YOLO tote.  Your comment also counts as a $1 donation to Leela’s non-profit of choice, Planned Parenthood, a national organization that provides comprehensive reproductive and complementary health care services.

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Leela Cyd Ross is a photographer based in Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles, California. She’s also Apartment Therapy‘s Photo Editor, where she blogs about photography at the Super Photo Magic School.  You can view her work at and read her blog at

YAY for COLOR!  As a photographer primarily with people, food and interiors as my subjects, I am constantly looking out for color. For me, color is an added dimension to the within composition and it is a major story teller. Whether I’m setting up a plate of pasta with bright green peas against a contrasting orange backdrop or seeking out a bright neon pink object to include in a rather plain vignette in someone’s home, color is the thing that breathes life into a photograph.

Leela Cyd Ross –


Leela Cyd Ross –


Lately I’ve been inspired by neutral walls and furniture, with brightly colored accessories. I first started to see this color story within the pages of Swedish design books many years ago and it’s been interesting to see this palette trickle and morph throughout different countries and homeowners’ aesthetics. Light neutrals and whites such as IMAGINE .02 are a great base, providing a feeling of spaciousness and calm. With the addition of bright, fun colors such as CREATE .04, DREAM .03 and SPROUT .06, in accessories, accent walls or smaller pieces, you can create an ongoing, evolving look. I love low-commitment, happy colors, in my photo work and in my home.

Leela Cyd Ross –


Leela Cyd Ross –


Let me know how color inspires your daily life in the comments below — each comment counts as a $1 donation to my non-profit of choice (up to $100), Planned Parenthood, and enters you to win a COLOR YOUR LIFE kit!

– Leela Cyd Ross

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COLOR YOUR LIFE Kit: 1 gal of YOLO Colorhouse paint, set of YOLO Colorhouse fan decks, and a 100% organic cotton canvas YOLO tote