Category: Exteriors

Helpful Tip For Exteriors

February 20, 2016

A suggestion I want to share with you because I have been noticing it everywhere:

small star

And that is under-sized exterior wall decorations. Can you see that little gold star in the photo above?  It is too small for that large wall. I do like the larger star they used:

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Review of Gray Undertones

February 3, 2016

Undertones. We have learned enough about color to know we can not ignore them. But I have found that knowing the undertones of a color makes the color selection process much easier and less stressful.

So I thought I would do a little review as a reminder of the undertones of gray. Gray is still very popular right now and we should be aware of what makes up the color so we can be educated when choosing a color for our home.  Gray has the undertones of blue, green, violet and taupe:

Blue Undertone Grays:

The most popular grays with blue undertones are Coventry Gray HC-169:

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Quick Update on New Home Build

December 9, 2015

I just wanted to give you all a quick update what is happening at the construction site for the new home build. In the last couple of weeks, a lot of work roofing and siding has made a big difference:

ray work exterior

Love the way they made the chimney box. Looks so great! Here is the back:

RAY HOME BACK

The owner is very happy and excited. He is also stressed out because of the two month delay we had to wait for town permits and everything is not as finished as he would like before his tax season begins. (He is an accountant).

Here is looking down from the open second floor into the great room and breakfast area:

ray framed

Master bedroom:

ray master

So much easier to visualize rooms now and I am having fun planning design ideas for each room.

I am a little disappointed that the stone exterior front will not be done until the Spring. Because of the New England weather of course.

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It is coming along nicely. It is going to look fabulous! I will keep you updated. Thanks for stopping by!

My New Painted Front Door

August 11, 2015

Painting my outside door has been on my to-do list for over a year. At first, it was the actual color to be selected that had me stumped, (too many great colors). Then the long winter prevented me from doing anything outdoors. So now, I am pleased to present my new painted front door:

blue door

I call it the front door because this is the door we use all the time. The real front door is over here:

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No one would be able to see my pretty painted door over there!

Anyone that guessed I would be using blue for my new door- congratulations! You know me well. I chose SW Naval 6244 . It is one of my favorite blues.

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Here is an old before picture of the door:

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How about that view? Do you like our red truck we bomb around town in?

The blue door now brings color and interest to our home! So happy how it looks.

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The white wreath I used for Summer looks ok, but I think a colorful Autumn wreath will look fabulous!

Do you have a painted front door?

 

How Was Your 4th?

July 6, 2015

What did you do over the summer Holiday weekend? I enjoyed reading on my porch most of the time,( The Innocent by Harlan Coben, good book and great author) The weather was gorgeous! DSCN8379[1] I did a few small indoor projects, but most of my time now I like spending outdoors in my garden: DSCN8382[1] DSCN8385[1] We enjoyed fireworks every night from our deck over the weekend: DSCN8359[1] DSCN8343[1] DSCN8349[1] DSCN8351[1] DSCN8364[1] DSCN8339[1] DSCN8342[1] So much fun trying different techniques with my camera! And we saw beautiful sunsets: DSCN8316[1] DSCN8318[1] That is another thing I love spending my time on outdoors- taking pretty pictures: DSCN8386[1] DSCN8328[1]  Indoors, I do have a bedroom project that is coming together nicely: DSCN8372[1] We had a great weekend relaxing in New Hampshire. How about you? Are you enjoying the warm weather? Life is precious. Enjoy everyday! Kelly  

Valuable Tip When Selecting Exterior Colors

May 18, 2015

One of the best places to begin your search when selecting an exterior paint color, is Benjamin Moore’s Historical Color Palette: historical colors

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There is a reason why Benjamin Moore’s Historical Color Palette works so well for exteriors: amherst gray2

via  Amherst Gray HC-167

This palette of 174 time–honored colors are based on research completed by the US Parks Service who analyzed colors on historic buildings throughout the United States which was inspired by the colors found in 18th and 19th century architecture. Most of the colors analyzed were exterior colors, so it makes for a great standard exterior palette. They are classic, inviting hues that continue to serve us well today. danenport Tan

via Davenport Tan HC-76

copley gray

via   Copley Gray HC-104

If you look at the Historical Colors just for their value, you will notice most are a mid to deep value. templeton gray

via  Templeton Gray HC-161

Benjamin Moore's kennebunkport green HC-123

via    Kennebunkport Green HC-123

The historical colors also work because they are toned.  They have enough black, gray or oxide pigments to ground them and not be too brilliant. This is important, especially for exterior color selection, because the of the large expanse of surface and the amount of natural light, the color will naturally intensify or if too light wash out. Another excellent reference to look for exterior color is the Williamsburg Color Collection. Another great selection of tested and true colors. If you need help selecting an exterior paint color palette, contact me today.