Month: October 2013

Agree Or Disagree?

October 30, 2013



I went to lunch today at a restaurant where the ceilings were all painted black. What’s up with that? I have never seen a ceiling painted black. It felt like I was in a cave!

This room below is a bit brighter but to me the ceiling looks so low and crowding:



I think the room would look so much better if the ceiling was painted white above. Have you seen any ceilings that were painted dark black? When I came back to the office, I had to research black painted ceilings. I do like a darker trey ceiling here, but not black! I think it brings the ceiling down and the look does not feel cozy to me at all:





Agree or disagree?

Ideas For That 10% Color Pop

October 28, 2013



When putting together a color scheme for a room, I always try to follow the 60/30/10 color rule:



60% of the room’s color can be the wall color.
30% of the room’s color can be the upholstery/window treatments.
10% of the room’s color is can be an accent piece or a floral arrangement.

I wrote an article here about the 60/30/10 rule if you want to read more. An easy way to understand and remember the rule is to think of it as a man’s suit:


60% of the outfit’s color is the slacks and jacket,
30% of the outfit’s color is the shirt,
10% of the outfit’s color is the tie.

So when a favorite client of mine recently wrote and asked if I could suggest any ideas to help her finish the room after she just received her new custom furniture:


I know her well enough now that when I suggested bringing in navy blue as an accent color, she was happy and excited!

A few common ways to bring in the 10% accent color of navy are accessories such as pillows, picture frames, rugs, lamps, books, trays and vases. I also like to bring in a colored throw in a room to warm it up as well as bringing in the color.

One idea I mentioned that was new to her, was to also bring in a garden seat for her living room in a navy blue:

blue stool


blue garden stool


They are easy to find and not used just for gardens anymore:



garden stools miles redd


Do you try to incorporate a 10% pop of color in your room design?

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

Moving On

October 25, 2013



You will not find any decorating or color advice here today. This is all about me! I am super excited and nervous about a decision and I have to share before I burst!

My husband and I have come to a new stage in our lives. Our son Kyle moved out (graduated in May and got a great job, thank you Jesus), and now we find that we can move on and do whatever we choose!


We do have to stay in RI for about another year, but not in this condo. It is nice, but we want something different and more private. So… I want to show you our two choices we have right now to move into: Here is the first:


It is located on a huge lake with beautiful sunsets. Here is the inside:




Ok. Here is contestant number two:

It is located on a large reservoir also with beautiful sunsets:




Here are a few inside photos:



Very nice. Modern and clean. This is the one my husband likes best. Of course he does, he has no imagination. I do really like this condo, but look what you can do with the first participant:

white panel2

white panel3

white panel4


A little ‘Magic of Paint’.

Thoughts my friends?

Agree Or Disagree?

October 22, 2013

short window treatment

I realize window treatments are tricky, but if you do not want your treatments to look out of date, do not let the curtain bottom dangle in the air like the photo above.

Or like this:

curtains  Ideal Home Magazine

Or this:


The reason I am mentioning this again is because a new client I am working with did not know this. She said that she sees them in other homes! I also still see them often in homes that are listed for sale.

It might be confusing to some especially when the shorter treatments are still available to purchase:

short window2

I think it is a disservice to homeowners to sell short window treatments!

And please do not be afraid of the fabric catching on fire. In all my years of decorating and all of my research, I have never heard of window panels catching on fire because it was on top of a heater vent.

My advice is if the window can not use full length panels, a shade might be the best solution.

Do you agree or disagree that window treatments should reach the floor or not hang at all?

Aren’t Trey Ceilings Grand?

October 19, 2013



I have not worked with many trey ceilings in the past until recently. This week alone I had two colors consultations with trey ceilinged rooms. One was in a new contemporary home:

catherine bedroom

And just today I started working on this dining room trey ceiling below:

allison trey

I have never had a trey ceiling,  but I really love the drama of the architecture:



Depending on your preference, there are so many different ways to paint this area:





Some homeowners like a lighter trey ceiling:



Which are beautiful, but the trend now seems to be a darker ceiling at the top:



Love, love, love this room:



Another option is to paint the trey ceiling the same color as the walls:





Which is your favorite way to paint the trey? I have to say that I really like the darker color. Look at this beauty:



Wow! Don’t you think trey ceilings can be dramatic and grand?

Linking up at Serenity Now Blog here. Great ideas- check it out!

Simple Pumpkin Centerpiece

October 16, 2013


Isn’t this pumpkin hut so creative? It is a local farm stand where I buy my pumpkins every year:


I stopped by today to get a good size pumpkin for a centerpiece I had seen on Pinterest that I loved:

pumpkin centerpiece

I love going to this farm stand to buy fresh fruit and vegetables because they have so many different and unique items. After selecting my pumpkin, I grabbed my clippers and raided the neighbors yards:


I didn’t want anyone to see me so I was laughing at myself trying to cut fast and run! I just crack myself up sometimes.

Here is my beautiful pumpkin:


First, I cut off the top of the pumpkin, then I carved out the inside so I could place a vase:


I filled the vase with water and flower preservative:


And then started filling my vase:


The only issue I had was knowing when to stop:


Simple, quick and fun. Perfect! Have you enjoyed creating any projects this Season?

Linking up at Serenity Now Blog here. Great ideas- check it out!