Month: November 2010

Thanksgiving Holiday Tablescapes

November 18, 2010

Only a few days away from the Holiday madness!  I wanted to share some pretty tablescapes to help get you inspired and give you a few ideas to jazz up your table.

My florist friend Valerie from Floral Arranging 101, suggested to buy two or three mixed bouquets (all the same) at the grocery store.  Divide up the flowers by color and type and then color block (bunching like with like colors) an oasis wreath.  Color blocking flowers add more impact.  Then add small pumpkins on skewers, pods, millet sprays, etc. Then place candles in the middle.  This looks great on a round table.

Family Gathering Centerpiece Flowers

For a rectangular table, Val suggests using three to five short vases and color block (bunching like with like colors) them down the center of the table.  No taller than 10 inches, so your guests can converse over them.  Or use candles as below:

PS.  If you have not seen the flameless wax candles, check it out here.  Great idea.  They are made of vanilla scented wax and run on batteries.  They even have a timer on them!  They are available in 4″, 6″ & 8″ heights.

I love to run table runners side to side like this above picture instead of always down the middle.  Very pretty and creative.

 So simple.  So beautiful.

Pretty soon I can start posting about Christmas tablescapes like below: Yay!

I hope that I gave you some ideas to use for your big day.  Remember to enjoy yourself!

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

Choosing The Right White

November 15, 2010

Choosing the right white is as hard, if not more difficult, than which color to select. Don’t think you are alone with this issue!
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Or,  I am often asked, which white should I choose for my trim and/or cabinets?

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So I would like to share with you some designer tips I have learned over the years that you can use when you are looking for that perfect white for your home.

Look at Decorator’s White Int. Rm. for a warm white with yellow undertones; Linen White Int. Rm. has a warm beige undertone; and a cool white will have blue/gray undertones such as White Diamond OC-61.  An easy way to see the white undertones, is to use a large sample of Decorator’s White to put white samples next to help determine the underlying colors.

If you have white walls or cabinets, I suggest do not paint the trim the same shade of white.  You want the contrast between the two whites for architectural interest.  Again, sample the whites next to your existing white.  Also, I like to use different finishes for more of a contrast which I wrote about here:  Would you like that Shiny or Flat?  Flat is usually used for the ceiling, an eggshell finish on the walls and a gloss or semi-gloss on the trim.

You can use several tints of white in a room, but keep them in the same color temperature, either all warm whites or all cool whites.

If you are going to use white for your ceiling, be sure to use a ‘warm white’ if your walls are painted in a warm color, including red, yellow or orange. I recommend to use a ‘cool’ white if your room is painted in cool colors, such as blue, green or violet.

Cloud White OC-130 seems to be the top ‘white’ choice for designers.  It is also one of my favorites because it is so soft and works so well with other colors.  Other whites I love are White Dove OC-17 , Linen White,  Int. Rm, (a soft ,yellowy white) and Chantilly Lace OC-65 (a white, white).  Here is a picture below I am redesigning where we used White Dove in a semi-gloss finish for her white cabinets.  Just a beautiful white!

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 Be sure when you are painting your cabinets white, such as White Dove, your back splash and counter tops should also be white, gray or black.  If you are using a white with a yellow undertone such as Acadia White OC-38 on your cabinets, your counters and back splash should be a more of a creamy color such as browns, beiges and creams shown in photo below.

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Comments?  Any questions? 

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

Previous posts you may enjoy:

Sneak Peek at White Kitchen Redesign

Priority! Questions To Ask Before You Begin Redesign

More Questions To Ask Before Your Room Redesign

Top 20 Selling BM Paint Colors for 2010

Benjamin Moore’s Five Favorite Yellows

November 7, 2010

Benjamin Moore recently released the name of their top yellow paint colors*:

Benjamin Moore yellow paint color straw 2154-50straw (2154-50)

With its slightly orange undertone, straw brings a nice warm glow into a space, enveloping the room and making it instantly cozy.

Benjamin Moore yellow paint color hay stack 317hay stack (317)

A clean, pure yellow that reminds us of a sun-drenched day at the beach. Pair it with a soft green for a sense of calmness or a deep blue (such as yin yang 824) for a striking effect. 

Benjamin Moore yellow paint color hawthorne HC-4hawthorne yellow (HC-4)

This historical color is reflective of traditional architecture, but also works beautifully in modern homes. The slight gray undertone makes it usable in any room.

Benjamin Moore yellow paint color straw 2154-50vellum (207)

A vision of captured sunlight, vellum is a soft yellow with an illuminating quality that’s never overwhelming and always warm and welcoming. I just used this color vellum in an entryway and up the stairs in a large foyer (will post pictures soon.) 

Benjamin Moore yellow paint color honeymoon AF 345honeymoon (AF-345)

A golden yellow with brownish undertones, honeymoon can give any room a snug, cozy feeling. Depending on the lighting, it can be used as a rich, deep neutral beige.

About a month ago, I posted the blog ‘ Choosing the Right Yellow’  that discussed how difficult choosing the right yellow can be. The yellows that I chose were all yellows that I have worked with in the past and knew they passed the one main criteria test: no screaming yellow on the walls!

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These are my best yellows:



Remember that these color samples on the computer do not look like the real color.  Honeymoon is a soft yellow with a little brown- not that beige sample above.  Look how different my honeymoon looks to BM honeymoon.  Same color.  That is why I always push you to sample paint at home!

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This room above was painted honeymoon.  See how the sunlight changes the color in the room?  Honeymoon is a yellow that will work in both light and dark spaces.

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This room above is painted Hawthorne yellow.  I do think it is pretty, but to me it is screaming yellow on the walls.  I have found it is to bright for most clients who are usually looking for that softer yellow look.  Same for the haystack yellow below:

                                          Benjamin Moore yellow paint color hay stack 317

Pretty but also pretty bright!  I might want to test this for a baby’s room. Or maybe not,  because of over stimulating the baby!

So, are you thinking BM took my favorites, then added a couple others so we would not think they were copying? 🙂   Just be sure whatever yellow you choose that you bring it home and sample.  Only then will you know how the color will work in your lighting for your entry room, kitchen, hallway or living room.

If you need help choosing your perfect yellow, contact me today!


*Colors and descriptions taken from Benjamin Moore website.