Month: June 2015

Looking For a Soft Yellow

June 30, 2015

Hi Kelly,

I hope you can help me! I have made so many trips to the paint store this week and every light yellow I bring home, it shows up bright and scary when I sample on the poster board! Would you have any suggestions for a quiet, mellow yellow? Thank you!

I decided to help her because she said that she sampled the paint colors with a poster board. Smart girl! Especially when it comes to yellow. Yellow is a very difficult color to get just right.

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After speaking with her, I knew what she was looking for. She wanted a very light yellow for her living room. A barely-there yellow.

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My advise for a barely-there yellow would be a white paint color with yellow undertones. Such as Linen White:

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I love these kitchen cabinets in Linen White:

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Isn’t this color beautiful?

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There are other beautiful yellows but none so soft. There are also other whites with yellow undertones, but I think Linen White is just perfect. Give it a try Amy and let me know what you think!

Summer Outdoor Table Settings

June 27, 2015

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So gorgeous! And like I have said before, you too can make beautiful place settings if you PLAN.

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It’s all in the details:

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blue & white

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blue table

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How can you not be inspired by this beautiful and simple table?:

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Love, love, love! I hope you have enjoyed looking at these photos as much I as I did collecting them. Does this inspire you to set yourself a beautiful table?

New Condo Redesign

June 24, 2015

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I am starting to feel a little more accomplished settling into the new condo. We are not living out of boxes anymore which is a good thing. Just a few more things to hang on the walls and I am done!

Here is the kitchen area when we moved in:

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And after:

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Living Room:

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I basically used all of the same furnishings from the old condo for the new living room. Now the room feels more comfortable and homey because our stuff is here.

Bedroom Before:

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After:

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I found the quilt set on Joss & Main for less than $100.00. Aren’t the turquoise window panels pretty? I found them at Target! I think they make the room.

And somehow, during all of the unpacking, this row ended up on my kitchen counter:

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Can you tell which one is not like the others? 🙂

We are now open for summer parties! Yay summertime!

BM Color Capture App

June 22, 2015

Have you tried the Benjamin Moore color app that helps you select paint colors?:

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I wrote about this app here when it first came out in 2011. I actually forgot all about until recently when trying to figure out the best shade of blue to work with this comforter:

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I used my phone to download and it is a super easy app to use. There are clear instructions on how to take a photo and then how to use the picture to find the colors of your object:

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I always like to try a few times to see if I get different colors. I knew Stunning 826 would be a good match as well as Old Navy 2063-10:

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I was pleasantly surprised at one color name I would not have thought of:

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Ben Moore Gentleman’s Gray 2062-20. A beautiful turquoise blue.

Another option I like is Twilight:

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What I also like about this app, is you can tap anywhere on your photo, and the color palette will adjust:

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Pretty amazing. I think it is a good tool (plus it’s free!) An excellent place to start looking if you have no idea where to begin.

My adventures this past weekend in NH:

We saw a Mother bear and FIVE babies in my front yard!! So cool. This was the best picture I got:

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Happened so fast. I sat on the deck most of the next day with my camera and of course they never came by again. Then I see this:

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Baby squirrels!

We had a lot of clouds this weekend:

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Clouds moving in!

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Nature is so beautiful. Hope you enjoyed!

Painted Back Bookshelves

June 19, 2015

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via      Benjamin Moore HC-142 Stratton Blue

I am working with a local client and we are now moving into the living room for our next project:

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I feel there is a real lack of color in the room with not much personality. Besides painting the walls, how would you try to bring in color?

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If you thought about painting the backs of the bookshelves, I agree! I mentioned this to the client and he was not familiar with the idea. Some people  need ‘visuals’ to help make a decision.

So here are a few ‘visuals’ for him to look at (we agreed on blue):

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via      Benjamin Moore Bachelor Blue #1629.

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via    Glidden’s Regal Wave

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via   Benjamin Moore Buxton Blue HC-149

A couple colors I would like to use but can not find a bookshelf photo, is Benjamin Moore Dior Gray 2133-40:

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And Benjamin Moore Stormy Sky 1616:

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Both so beautiful with white trim! Do you have any favorites?

Have a wonderful summer weekend everyone!

Spring Tablescape Photos

June 16, 2015

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I found these photos I had taken a couple months ago of a Spring tablescape I had made:

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I worked hard taking the pictures because the scene was just so beautiful:

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Every time I would come in the room, I would smile and say, “It looks so pretty!” The pictures are far from perfect, but I think they are pretty good and I wanted to share with you:

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What do you think? Do you like taking photos of your stuff? I really enjoy and want to get better and better!