Month: December 2012

Master Bedroom Suite Redesign

December 31, 2012


I wanted to share an online design plan I have been working on for a young family. Elaine has just purchased new bedroom furniture and needed ideas to put together a beautiful bedroom retreat. Their new furniture is a beautiful dark wood similar to this photo below:

pb dresser


Their existing wallpaper in the room has a similar pattern to this:

Paintable Damask Wallpaper in White


So we wanted to be sure to work with this brocade pattern as a guide in our choices for the room. Elaine had also just purchased ivory bed linens which works well with our new design plan:

It is going to be beautiful when everything is in place! The home owner Elaine is very happy with all of the accessories we have chosen. The bedroom is so large that we are also planning a seating area to the side with a fireplace. It is going to be gorgeous and cozy!

I hope you enjoyed. Thank you for letting me share Elaine!

If you would like to find out more information about an online design plan, please contact me here. Thanks!

Product Sources


Two X-Base Bench-Vanity Stools

Two Merie Table Lamps

Rugs USA Homespun Moroccan Trellis Blue Rug

Sunburst Reflections 38″ High Wall Mirror

Leila White Clear Swag Plug-in Chandelier

Rita Tufted Armchair



Top Ten Reader Favorites For 2012

December 27, 2012

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Here are my top read blogs for the year starting with Number Ten:

Best Wall Color For Oak Cabinets


I still think green is a great color to work with oak’s yellow/orange undertones. Other greens to try that I love are BM Georgian Green HC-115 and Sherwood Green HC-118. Different shades of green, both beautiful.

Number Nine:

Top 20 Selling BM Paint Colors for 2010

white entry


This post was written on July 8, 2010 and is still very popular today.


And if you were wondering, yes, whites are still the top selling colors for Benjamin Moore.

Number Eight:

Are Greige & Taupe the Same Color?



Good post about seeing undertones. So many undertones, so little time!

Number Seven:

Benjamin Moore’s Best Seller Blues


Sarah Richardson

This post was posted in May, 2011. Best selling Benjamin Moore blues today are: Tranquility AF-490, Wedgewood Gray HC-146, Beach Glass 1564, Santorini Blue 1634 and Hale Navy HC-154.

Number Six:

The Magic of Paint – For Wood Paneling

white paneling


So easy to update and freshen a room with paint! Don’t be afraid to paint over the paneling.

Number Five:

Pottery Barn’s Spring 2011 Colors


Pottery Barn

Number Four:

Rooms Painted in Ben Moore Paint Colors


Kendall Charcoal HC-166

Everyone loves to look at photos that has the paint color listed.

Number Three:

Pottery Barn’s Spring 2012 Colors


We all love everything Pottery Barn!

Number Two:

Benjamin Moore’s Top Searched Colors


Shaker Beige-  House Beautiful

The colors are still on the top searched color list today!

Number One:

Best Wall Colors for Stained Trim



I love the look of the stained wood trim together with medium to dark colors on the wall.

What was your favorite post of 2012? My favorite was:

A Perfect Wedding Day


Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2013 is good to you!

Kelly xo

Celebrating Family Christmas Traditions

December 21, 2012


Do you and your family celebrate any special traditions each Christmas? Do you have traditions from when you were a child that you have passed on to your family?



One I have tried to keep with my family is Christmas Eve Mass. I feel so good being there and I love the joy I feel. But I have asked and begged to try to get everyone to go with me but I can not force them. So I pray for them instead. 🙂


One of my family traditions that I have continued with my own children is to ‘Open one gift on Christmas Eve.’ I do not remember if my parents had a hard time stopping us girls, but my kids beg me “one more, one more please!” So it usually ends up being two or three small gifts. I am such a pushover.


Another tradition I have kept from when I was a child, is to always have many different appetizers and different seafood dishes on Christmas Eve. Yumm!! We all love seafood!


One tradition I have started with my family is Christmas game night. We all love playing board games, especially when Dad plays. 🙂 Every year Santa brings at least one new game for the family.

We used to do a lot more things together when the kids were small, but now it is kind of hard to plan taking a car ride together to look at Christmas lights. I do really miss the making of the gingerbread houses.


I have to mention a tradition that I have never heard of before until yesterday when my daughter told me about it. It is the ‘Elf on a Shelf’ tradition. Year after year, children and adults alike are baffled by the mystery of how Santa really knows who’s been naughty or nice. After much urging by the elves and Mrs. Claus, Santa has allowed his biggest secret to be revealed in The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition. At the start of each Christmas season, the elf appears to serve as Santa’s eyes and ears, traveling back to the North Pole each and every night to make a detailed report of the day’s activities. Amazon.

New Girl Elf Gift Set Elf On The Shelf

They say, “Your kids will love it and it will keep them on their best behavior!” Do you have an elf on your shelf? Is this something new? I think it is hysterical but I bet it works!

Here are some fun facts and stats about Christmas traditions in the Christmas By the Numbers infographic:

Halloween By the Numbers

What are some of your favorite family Christmas traditions? I would love to hear them!



Enjoy your pre-Christmas weekend! I hope you are not too busy!


Inspiring Holiday Tablescapes

December 19, 2012



About this time, our attention is starting focus on what will be served on Christmas Day and how we want to lay out the table.



Beautiful china, special linen napkins and of course a simple but elegant centerpiece:





Look how beautiful, simple and creative:





I think the most beautiful table settings are those that use fresh greenery:







This arrangement is pretty, but where will you put the food?:



Some people are so creative:



Sandra Lee never disappoints when making an original table setting:


Do you dress up your table? I do, but when it is time to bring out the food I always remove the centerpiece and replace it with food. The centerpiece is taken off and put aside. I figure for anyone to be able to leave the centerpieces on the table during dinner, they must have a butler serving them on the side!

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

Winner of the Gilding Wax Giveaway

December 18, 2012


And the lucky winner drawn by random is:  Stacy Clough!! Congratulations Stacy!

Thank you all so much for entering. I wish everyone could win a prize!  Thank you Nancy for the wonderful giveaway!

Stayed tuned for more inspiring ideas to use with this special gilding wax!

Elegant Gilding Wax Giveaway

December 14, 2012



Isn’t this mirror gorgeous?! I just love it. My friend Nancy from Sea Rose Cottage, ASCP extraordinaire, recently posted how she made it here. I would love to make one and hang in the guest room. Wouldn’t that look beautiful and unique?:



Nancy used Empire Gold Gilding Wax to stencil the poem onto the mirror! For the lettering, she used Royal Design Studio’s  Springtime in Paris Stencil which Nancy now also carries in her store.


Nancy wants to celebrate the Holiday Season with a Giveaway!! She wants to give you a chance at a great gift idea for yourself or someone that loves to be creative and paint various projects! She is giving  an entire set of 4 waxes…1 of each color (Empire Gold, Kings Gold, Renaissance Gold & Silver). She is also going to add a stencil of Small Moroccan Arches which is just one of her selection of Royal Design Studio stencils in the shop. Total Giveaway Value is over $100!!



I would love to have this set! (I know, I know I can’t enter.) Thank you Nancy! Look how pretty this old picture frame came out after Nancy used the Empire Gold Gilding Wax on the details of the frame:



You can read how she painted this frame here.You can use French Gilding Wax to add sparkle to your projects by outlining the architectural details of furniture and other objects. It can be used on many surfaces including wood, plaster, glass and metal!:



If you are one that can not resist a bit of gold that adds such elegance to your projects, enter now!  To enter, you can subscribe to Nancy’s Sea Rose Cottage Blog or like Sea Rose Cottage on Facebook or write your answer to this question in the comments below. Question:

What project would you like to use the French Gilding Wax on?

Contest will be open until Monday December 17 at midnight. Good luck! The winner of the raffle will be announce Tuesday, December 18th.  (due to severe computer problems over the weekend, I have extended the contest deadline by one day.)

Thank you Nancy!

You can read more about the gilding wax, ASCP, brushes, books, stencils and more here at Nancy’s Sea Rose Cottage online shop. If you are looking for some last minute gift ideas for the painterly, Nancy just posted some great gift ideas in her post “Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Painterly” .


Have a wonderful weekend!