Month: November 2014

A Relaxing, Happy Thanksgiving Weekend

November 30, 2014

I hope you all had a wonderful, long Thanksgiving weekend. Mine was great. Wonderful food, I started my Christmas shopping, visited with friends and family and best of all- I had time to read and just relax.

I wanted to have my Christmas decorating done this weekend in NH, but that is not going to happen. And I am not going to stress over it. Instead I spent time looking at Holiday ideas:

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This is THE best bow making tutorial I have ever seen. I love big beautiful bows and now I can make my own.

I love to make wreaths each year because they are so simple and beautiful:

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Every year I say I am going to try to make a boxwood tree:

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I have always loved them. I think decorating with boxwood is my favorite Christmas decoration which I wrote about here. It is expensive to buy the tree already made, but they do last a long time. This is pretty too:

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I have never gone crazy with a theme decorating our Christmas tree. It has always been simple:

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Most are handmade ornaments the kids made over the years:

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My treetop is always blessed with an angel I made with my Grandma Mimi years ago:

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Makes me smile every time I walk into the room!

Look at all the snow we had from Wednesday’s storm:

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Have you started decorating for Christmas? Do you have any special projects you would like to do? I am really looking forward to this year’s Christmas because we are all going to be together! Yay!

A Few New Favorite Decorating Books 2014

November 25, 2014

[pinterest]I found a few new design books just in time for my Christmas list. I love to receive new books and I think they make a perfect gift.

Here are some of my favorites coffee table book selections this year:

Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life by Erin Gates

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This book is on the top of my list. I love Erin Gate’s style and the photos in the book are beautiful:

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House Beautiful Think Small: Make the Most of Every Square Foot by House Beautiful

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Below is another of my favorites. Look how pretty even the cover is:

Sarah Style  by Sarah Richardson

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Sarah definitely has style!:

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Creating Elegant Interiors: Designers in Their Own Words by Melissa Mather

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This book got great reviews:

Flea Market Fabulous: Designing Gorgeous Rooms with Vintage Treasures by Lara Spencer

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Here is a great resource gift for someone thinking of redoing their kitchen:

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The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful by blogger Myquillyn Smith

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Just gorgeous!

One more book I thought would be interesting:

At Home with Madame Chic: Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life by Jennifer L. Scott

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Hmmm… Interesting!

Happy Thanksgiving my Friends! I hope you have a safe and happy Holiday!

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Christmas Decorated Front Porches

November 23, 2014

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I can’t help being excited about starting to decorate for Christmas:

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The Season is so short and I want to enjoy it all! One of my first and favorite projects for Christmas/Winter is decorating the front porch:

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I have been looking through a few inspirational photos and wanted to share. I know you love looking through them as much as I do!:

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From the dramatic:

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To the simple:

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All so pretty!

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Last year I decorated our NH front porch to enter a contest:

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And I forgot to enter! awwww…..

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This year I am keeping it simple and fun to do.

Have you started Christmas decorating at your house?

Color Tip For White Ceilings

November 19, 2014

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Did you notice that sometimes white ceilings look gray? Especially in the corners?

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If the ceilings were painted in a pure, clean white such as Benjamin Moore Decorators White, that could be the reason. I have learned to never use a pure white on the ceiling because the blue undertone will often appear gray and flat.

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Why? Because white has no where to go except to gray when the lighting is dim. And who shines a bright light onto the ceiling? That’s why ceilings can look so dingy even after they are freshly painted. Another clean white paint example is Benjamin Moore’s Pure White.

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Just a color tip to consider next time you are choosing a white for your ceiling. Have you ever painted a clean white and thought it looked gray?

My Color Aha Moment

November 16, 2014

[pinterest]I am always working to improve my color skills and practices and trying new ways to work more efficiently. One obvious color tool I work with often is my fan decks. They are great for quick reference:

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And when I need to show a larger color sample, I am blessed to have Maria’s large color boards! They are fantastic to work with clients:

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Since I have trained and earned my certification as a True Color Expert, I have continued to learn more about color skills these last few years taking classes, much reading and performing color consultations. And I have discovered that I continuously use the same colors I know will work in a particular situation:

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When conducting a color consult for a client, I certainly never look at colors that I have never used and trust. So… my aha color moment is that I am going to choose 150-200 paint colors total, that I have used and are trusted, and make myself color boards for just those favorite colors!

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I have my lists of best gray green paint, best whites with yellow undertones and all my beige colors broken down into undertones. Plus the best red paints, browns, and turquoise blues, etc. I am going to paint sample pages that will fit into a binder so that I will be able to look at my color samples quickly instead of jumping all around in the different fan decks.

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No more carrying around heavy color sample suitcases so I can leave a 3 x 3” color sample with the client. No more hesitating when choosing that perfect color for a client’s home. I will always have my favorite and best colors at my fingertips.

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I am still throwing ideas around but don’t you think it is a practical idea? Say I am looking for the perfect gray green paint color. Instead of going through all my fan decks to make sure I am not missing any other perfect gray greens, I already have pulled them out and have them in my collection. Big timesaver! Do you see any drawbacks to this process? Any other thoughts?

Wall Paper Love

November 12, 2014

[pinterest]I can not believe how much I am loving wallpaper again:

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I find myself visiting Cole & Son and Graham & Brown often, looking at the beautiful patterns and colors and wondering where could I hang wallpaper in my home:

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I went on the Graham & Brown site yesterday and learned that for the first time ever, a wallpaper was chosen as Wallpaper of the Year for 2015, Northern Rose:

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“Northern Rose was chosen from our design archive, the beautifully painted fresh design in vibrant pink and explosive blue with lush embellishments was picked as it represents the optimism that is spreading across the country as a whole, whilst retaining a certain British, vintage charm.” The company is based in London.

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I absolutely love it! I don’t know if it is the blue and pink colors or pattern, but I really want to use this somewhere. How about a car:

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Cute! I think it would look great in a bath or powder room. Happy and colorful! Or an entry would look fabulous, don’t you think?

Have you used wallpaper lately? It is easier to install these days and there are gorgeous colors and patterns to choose from. Important question: Does anyone know if it is easier to remove the new wallpaper today than in the old days? Does anyone remember that job?!