Month: March 2013

New Bed = New Bedroom Design!

March 31, 2013

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It only makes sense that when a new bed is purchased, you should continue to redecorate the whole bedroom! Don’t you agree? 🙂

I knew you would back me up on this! My husband actually picked out our new bed. It reminds him of a bed we owned years ago that he has always missed. It’s style is British Colonial:

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I like that the bed sits up higher and that I do not have to deal with a bed skirt:

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I just purchased the white bedding that I will keep. I put a little design board together for myself starting with the fabric I ordered for the window panels:

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I am also going to use this fabric above to make a boudoir pillow for the bed. It is such an easy way to decorate the bed:

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Here is my plan:

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Since the furniture is heavy looking, I tried to lighten it with crystals, mirrors and other light accessories. I could pick so many different rugs but I think this one works well with the light and dark together. I love my new fabric! I will post pictures when room is complete. Soon I hope!

Any other suggestions my friends? I would love to hear your ideas.

Thank you!!

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Styled Nightstands

March 26, 2013

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Designer Emily Henderson recently hosted a contest along with Serena and Lily, to find the best styled nightstand. Which got me thinking…

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Do you decorate your nightstands? I don’t think that everyone thinks of it. I love to decorate mine. Like any other flat surface, it is a great place to put together something creative that makes you smile every time you see it. This is one in my guest room:

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There are no rules to make a pretty styled nightstand. Begin with the basic items: a lamp and a clock. The rest of the items are just accessories:

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Use items with different heights, sizes and shapes. This adds variation and dimension. Something big and short, something tall and thin … use a variety of sizes and heights to amp up the personality. Lamps, skinny vases, flat books, tall frames and flowers all look great:

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Bowls are great to use for taking off your jewelry at bedtime:

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I think a styled vignette on the nightstand makes the bedroom look more polished and pulled together.

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Do you agree? Do you decorate your nightstands? It’s not as easy as it looks, is it? I hope these photos have given you some ideas and inspiration. I just love looking through these beautiful pictures, don’t you?

Thanks!

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

Shopping At The Vintage Mills

March 24, 2013

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Yesterday afternoon, my daughter and I went to the Winsmith Mill Market in Norwood, MA. I had been anxious to go and check it out since I read my friend Susan at Country Design Home posted here where she had visited the mills and wrote what a great place to check out.

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The first stop of the day was ReMARKables which is a very, very large building filled with mostly vintage items plus a lot of other good stuff. The family also runs a clean-out company which is where they get all their inventory. I found some 45’s!:

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It was so fun poking through everything.

There were a couple stores that were not open this weekend, they are only open one weekend a month. But there were plenty of other stores to choose from:

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Here was a well loved little vintage horse:

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I don’t know why we got the biggest kick out of that ‘well loved’ horse!

My favorite shop of the day? Ramblin Rose Cottage:

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Above is a picture of the owner, Sheryl Rose in her adorable store.  I loved this:

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Antique frames with hand painted numbers inside! She had such unique ideas in her shop! This week I will share one of her simple and beautiful ideas with you that you will just love:

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And look what I brought home from Ramblin Rose Cottage:

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Sheryl Rose is all about making a deal and she sold me this vase with the flowers also for only $20.00! Pretty good, huh? So very pretty! I ended up buying an old crate also for only $5.00! And lots of her penny candy too!

You will have to go and check out all the stores if possible. Here is where you can get directions and hours (which is only open Friday, Saturday and Sundays). Such a fun day! I will share more soon. Did you get in any fun shopping this weekend?

How Important is LRV When Choosing A Paint Color?

March 21, 2013

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Recently a reader wrote and asked if I would explain what the LRV number was on the paint strip samples and wondered how to use that number when selecting a paint color.

The definition of Light Reflectance Value (LRV) is the total quantity of visible and useable light reflected by a surface in all directions and at all wavelengths when illuminated by a light source.(source) What does that mean?? Simply, it means the LRV number is to be used as a guideline for predicting how light or dark a color will look and feel once up on the walls.

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LRV is a measurement that tells you how much light a color reflects, and also how much it absorbs. LRV runs on a scale from 0% to 100%. Zero assumed to be an absolute black and 100% being an assumed perfectly reflective white.

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LRV is frequently included either on the back of the paint chips or is included in the color index in the back of the fan deck as Benjamin Moore does:

Keeping in mind that LRV runs on a scale of 0% to 100%, 50% would be a mid-value paint color. Fifty percent LRV is a commonly used guideline for residential interior wall colors. Below the mid-point of 50%, and you know the color will tend to be darker absorbing more light than it will reflect back into the room:

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Colors with LRV higher than 50% will be lighter and will reflect more light back into the room than is absorbed.

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Looking at the fan deck, you would think that the colors on the top have a higher LRV than the darkest color on the strip. That is correct:

The LRV numbers for this Benjamin Moore strip, from top to bottom, is 80.2, 67.6, 51.2, 32.3, 16.6, 12.0 9.6. The top color Candy Stripe, has a high number, closer to 100, so it will be lighter on the walls and will be more reflective. The bottom color on the strip is Candy Cane Red with a LRV number of 9.6. Meaning, it will be a dark color on the wall, with minimum light reflection. Here is a great example:

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The colors from top to bottom are Benjamin Moore 2087-70 Elephant Pink, 2079-60 Pink Cherub, 2079-40 Springtime Bloom, 2079-30 Peony and 2079-10 Candy Cane Red. Beautifully demonstrated high to low LRV.

 

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LRV is also used by lighting designers to calculate the number and type of light fixtures needed to give a certain amount of light for interior spaces. They use this LRV number as data to help figure out how many lights and types of lighting that will be needed in the room. The lower the LRV paint number, the more lights that will be needed in the space.

Well I hope I have helped explain what LRV stands for and how it can be useful when choosing a paint color. Another good tip to remember is to be sure that the LRV values are close in number when painting adjacent rooms so there will be good color flow.

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Lori Sawaya, Color Expert and Strategist has a great video that helps explain LRV –here.

Benjamin Moore offers a free online class-Paint Color & Lighting—An Online Color Theory Class if you want to learn even more!

If you need help choosing paint colors for your home, contact me today.

Using Dark Window Trim

March 18, 2013

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Have you noticed how widespread using dark trim for windows is becoming?

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They seem to be becoming more popular in all different parts of the country.

But for many people, the very idea of using black window frames in a bright windowed room runs counter to everything we think of when it comes to a bright room.

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“I am always asked if black will confine, shrink or overpower a room. But in fact, dark frames are great for bright rooms because they recede and demand little attention for our eyes as we take in the room and the view.” (Eve Ashcraft)

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“Light window frames actually slow your eye way down and keeps your focus on the things in the room longer. Which might be just the trick if your view is less than perfect. And even if your view is spectacular, sometimes it’s nice to feel the boundaries of a beautiful room, especially if it is cold outside.” (Eve Ashcraft)

As an example, think of a garden with a white picket fence: whitefence

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Verses a wrought iron fence. The white stands out and the black seems to disappear into the plantings.

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Do you think the white stops the eye, whereas the dark color just disappears?

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Very stunning and beautiful, don’t you agree? I do think the eye passes through easier with the darker trim. Which look do you love best, the dark or the light window trim?

If you need decorating help in your home, contact me today!

Best Selling Benjamin Moore Greens

March 15, 2013

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In honor of St.Patrick’s Day, I thought I would share with you Ben Moore’s top selling greens. I was actually surprised at the green selections, because it is more of a list of colors with green undertones, rather than pure green. Below are some examples:

November Rain 2142-60 :

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The above photos highlight an understated green with grey tones (or an understated grey with green undertones).

Saybrook Sage HC-114:

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Again, this color can be classified as a green with grey undertones, or a gray with green undertones. The color looks dark in the Ben Moore fan deck, but as you can see above, the brighter the room, the lighter the color will look.

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Gray Mirage 2142-50:

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Another greenish gray color, Gray Mirage is a favorite neutral of Candace Olson.

Here is a pretty sage green color:

Soft Fern 2144-40:

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Did you notice that all of these greens are cooler greens (not warm)?

Camouflage 2143-40:

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Camouflage is a pretty, very beige-green color.

Guilford Green HC-117:

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And last but not least:

Wythe Blue HC-143:

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A couple of my favorite greens right now?

Georgian Green HC-115:

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A beautiful color with stained trim and darker furniture.

Agave:

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Agave (AF-420), Eternity (AF-695), Solitude (AF-545)

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Agave works very well with oak cabinets!

Have you used any of these best selling greens lately? What is one of your favorite greens to use?

To see all of the greens and all of their other colors, visit Benjamin Moore’s Color Gallery.

If you need help choosing colors for your home, contact me today.