photo8.2_purple frameThanks for visiting! My name is Kelly Porter and I’m a designer and the owner of Color Sizzle Studio (formerly Porter House Designs). I believe that God uses color everywhere everyday to inspire us and enrich our lives. Living without color is like living without air. Ok. Maybe it’s not that deep, but for me it’s pretty close. I love colors and I’ve witnessed over and over again how a coat of paint or colorful accessories can create an amazing space where people want to hang out. Great colors also make celebrations more enjoyable and remembered. Simply put — color makes us happy.  But I’ve also seen how many people struggle with choosing the right colors. That’s why my design philosophy is all about selecting colors that complement your style and express who you are. Selecting colors can be overwhelming for some people but it’s something that totally moves me!

Based in the Washington, DC – Baltimore area, I’ve worked as a designer and color consultant for over 15 years. Through my popular eDesign service Design Take-Out, I create color schemes and design plans for clients anywhere in the world!  My color and design projects include residential interiors and exteriors, and commercial spaces including restaurants, a bakery and a spa.KPorter_office_slider

I’m best known for the colorful design I created for my home office  — a space I called my ‘Mom Cave.’  It received national media coverage and started the ‘mom cave’ design trend after being featured in The Washington Post and on Apartment Therapy.  That was a few years ago but it spawned a huge design movement where women started (and still are) creating personal spaces and home offices for themselves that are feminine, pretty and artistic. 

In addition to my design business, I’m a freelance writer who has contributed to Sherwin-Williams’ website, STIR and the insanely popular design website Houzz.com.

I’m also married to an amazing husband and we have three incredible sons.

Contact me at kelly@colorsizzle.com if I can help you create an awesome color scheme, if you’re a do-it-yourselfer or business owner in need of design help, or if you’re interested in having me write design-related content for your website or publication.