Month: July 2012

To Shade Or Not To Shade?

July 29, 2012



For years I have argued and disagreed with my husband regarding putting blinds on our front windows:


How could I ever consider covering up this beautiful view?:



Well, after seeing how the sun has damaged my furniture,rugs and wood floors in the last couple years, I guess I did have to reconsider my original position on my no-blind rule. So we agreed to research to see what was available that would work functionally to keep out the strong sun as well as helping to insulate in the summer and winter. Looking aesthetically pleasing was so important to me. I did not want to cover up any part of the windows and I did not want my view outdoors being affected.


My husband and I shopped around and we decided to work with a local company  Budget Blinds. I have used them in the past and have been very pleased. They are always professional and competitively priced with a large inventory and colors to choose from. Plus, they really know their window treatments!


At our consultation with Budget Blinds, he came out to our home and measured and showed us different options that would work well with our windows.


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We decided on the cellular/honeycomb shades for their light filtering abilities and their insulation properties. I was sold on them because they can be stacked high on the window and you could hardly tell they were there. Function and beauty!

There were many colors to choose from. As much as I love color, I knew that I wanted them practically invisible so I chose a color as close of a match to my existing trim as I could:


And in only two weeks later, they were custom made and installed!


I really like them! The top windows had to be motorized(another remote control!). They are keeping out the sun when necessary which was important. And look, you can hardly see them when they are closed!:



What do you think? I have design plans to someday hang window treatments in blue like this:


Love, love, love! Wouldn’t that look so nice? We also had shades put in the office area:



The sun was killing everything! Well, now we will not have that problem anymore!:


So my husband and I have finally come to an agreement- we love our new blinds and we are glad we had it done! Questions or comments?

If you need help with your window treatments, contact me today.

Are Terrariums Making a Comeback?

July 21, 2012


Remember how popular making terrariums were in the 70’s? They were so easy and fun to make:

Lately I have been seeing them again all over the place and do they look great!:

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You can be so creative with them! I decided to give it a try myself because I love how they look and they seemed super easy to make. There is a ton of information online on how to build your own terrarium if you are looking for ideas and inspiration.

Here are the items you will need to build your own terrarium:

  • Glass containers with or without tops. I spoke to someone at the florist store and he suggested not to use the kind with lids or covers if you are just a beginner because they are easier to take care of without having to monitor the terrarium. You have to make sure it does not get too moist (condensation will form on the glass, and mold and fungus might appear on the plants and in the soil).


  • Gravel, sea glass or beach stones
  • Activated charcoal– You can find at fish pet stores. I found mine at Wal-Mart:

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  • Plants –I found cute, miniature trees at a local garden nursery. The best place I found succulents for price and selection was at Lowes.


  • Sterile potting mix
  • Sheet Moss.  I found mine at a florist shop.
  • Decorative elements (optional)

Easy Instructions:

* The first layer in the bottom of jar is the small gravel used for drainage.

* Next, I sprinkled a little bit of the charcoal over the gravel which also helps drainage and to control any odor that might occur.

* Then the next layer is the sheet moss. It holds everything in place plus it is great for holding moisture.

* Next is the garden soil. The plants and roots are not large so you do not need more than a few inches of a soil layer.

* Insert your plants. Try not to have them sitting against the glass or to be much higher than the container. Then put in a little more soil and tamp down to hold the plants in place. I finished mine by sprinkling crushed stone of top:

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Then spray-mist with water lightly. That’s it!

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To care of your terrarium, you only need to mist well once a week. Making terrariums can be quick, easy and doesn’t have to be expensive. And they look really cool and unique! They were so much fun that I made four of them!

Have you noticed seeing more terrariums lately? What do you think of them?

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

Sherwin-Williams Chip It!

July 16, 2012

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Have you read about the new Sherwin-Williams ‘Chip It!’?  Very quick and easy to use, you can upload your own photos or find a picture you love online and Chip It! to find the Sherwin Colors to best match the photo.

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It’s based on the Pinterest idea. You add a Chip It! button to your bookmarks or favorites, and you are ready to go!

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Here I uploaded my blog heading:

Want to see even more colors?


Excellent! You can now find the colors that inspire you while surfing the web to help make paint color selection easier! Here are a few examples from the Sherwin- Williams website

Warning! This can be addictive!:

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I really like that you are able to save your photos and colors together at

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Pretty cool, huh?

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I uploaded this table setting I love:


And in less than one minute my results:

More colors:


Very quick and easy! I suggest you start here to learn more about it and to begin to use!

Have you tried Sherwin-Williams Chip-It! yet? Have you had good results? Another toy for us girls!

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

Beautiful Appleton

July 13, 2012

Every once in a while, I come across a great color and product that I am so pleased with I want to spread the word!


I have found another such color in my travels. Remember my post about California Paints here? California paints contacted me and asked if I would like to do a color project together. I was just getting ready to paint my office so the timing was perfect!


The reason I chose this blue-green color is because in all of the pictures of offices I have seen painted, this blue-green color was always my favorite:

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After I sampled the paint, I decided to also use this color to paint the ceiling. While looking at the color, I wanted to make it a little lighter, so I mixed the Appleton color with white (half and half ration). When the paint dried, you could easily tell that the ceiling is a little lighter than the walls. This is a look that I really love. Here is my office painted in California Paint Appleton:


Isn’t the color so pretty? I added a few accessories to show you how well the Appleton works with so many other colors:


I was recommended to use the interior latex ‘Super Scrub Interior.’  The product has exceptional stain resistance, superior stain release and unparalleled performance and durability. To be perfectly honest, the paint went on so smoothly. Really nice. Dried quick too!


If you can picture the BM color Palladian Blue with a cross of the BM Wyeth Blue, that is a very close representation of the CP Appleton. A little less green than the Wythe Blue but a little more green that Palladian Blue. Doesn’t that color sound perfect?!

So if you are looking for the perfect blue-green color for your walls, try California Paint Appleton. You will thank me! Do you think you will give Appleton a try? It is color tested and looks beautiful!

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

Warming Up With Neutrals

July 10, 2012


A few months ago, I received a call from a homeowner who needed help choosing colors for her home. Pat, the homeowner, had many collections in her home that she has made and also collected over the years:

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All of her furnishings were in great condition and were going to stay. This made my job easier since I just had to select colors for existing furnishings with my large color samples from Maria:

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We started in the living room and I used the largest upholstered piece in the room to begin looking at colors. Pat and I had decided at the beginning on the consult that we were going to use warm, soft neutrals to bring everything in the room together and also to highlight her collections.

Living Room before painting:


Living room after painting with BEN Moore Monroe Bisque HC-26:


See how the room looks softer? Monroe Bisque is a soft, yellow beige that matches perfectly with the cream flowers in the sofa.


If you are seeing green on the walls in the photos, you are not mistaken! Depending on the light and time of day, Monroe Bisque can look green at times.

Pat carried the Monroe Bisque into the hallway:


Here is a before picture of a sunny breakfast room:


After painting with Ben Moore Palladian Blue HC-144:


Such a pretty room! I suggested using a large mirror on the wall across from the window to open up the room and bring the light in.

Below is a picture of the den before:


And after painting Ben Moore Santorini Blue 1634:

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So pretty after painting:


Below is a before and after picture of one of my favorite rooms in the home. I used the quilt on the to select the color for this room. Guest room before:


Guest room after:


We used ben Moore Georgian Green HC-115 (one of my new favorite colors!). See how the wall color just makes the whole room come together? That is the magic of paint!

Thank you so much Pat for sending me the pictures! I love to see the after photos after a color consultation. I hope you all enjoyed! What a difference a little paint can make!

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