Month: May 2014

Silver or Gold, Which Do You Prefer?

May 31, 2014

gold & white




Which finish are you more attracted to:

The glamorous and chic silver:

silver chest


Or the luxuriousness and warmth of classic gold?

gold chest


gold and blue


silver and blue


I seem to always favor silver and buy more accessories in silver than gold:

silver vignette


And look how pretty the combination of silver and gold is when done correctly:

silver & gold


gold and silver


I think both rooms look beautiful! Do you prefer decorating with silver or gold? How do you feel about mixing the two?

If you need help with color or decorating in your home, contact me today.

Why Does My Gray Look So Blue?

May 28, 2014

coventry gray


A reader wrote me the other day and said that she was so upset because her new gray paint looked like ‘blue’ on the walls. I asked which gray she used and she answered’, “Benjamin Moore Sterling 1591.”


I told her that I think Sterling is a very pretty gray, but it reads more ‘blue’ than gray once on the walls:



As I explained in previous posts, if the gray has a blue undertone, no matter how small, the ‘gray’ on your wall will look more blue than gray. A couple of other blue-gray colors are Coventry Gray HC-169 and Stonington Gray HC-170.

coventry gray2


If you were looking for a ‘grayer gray’ for your walls, take a look at Revere Pewter HC-172 or Thunder AF-685. They are more of a neutral, beige gray. No blue at all.

Revere Pewter:

revere pewter


Be sure to always test your colors on a large poster board before you paint the walls. Good Luck!

I know this is a review for many of you, but it is good to keep in practice!

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

Photos To Share!

May 24, 2014

[pinterest]Kelly Bernier 5 14 bedroom 4

Kelly Bernier Designs

I am happy to announce that I now have professional photographs of my work!

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Kelly Bernier Designs

Kelly Bernier 5 14 vignette 7

Kelly Bernier Designs

Thanks to the talented Eric Roth, who visited here and took gorgeous photographs:

Kelly Bernier 5 14 detail 1

Kelly Bernier Designs

Kelly Bernier 5 14 flowers 4

I am beyond thrilled to be able to show my work so beautifully:

Kelly Bernier 5 14 vignette 4

Kelly Bernier Designs

I could not wait to share with you all!

Kelly Bernier 5 14 portrait 1

The overall goal now of course is to be booked up with even more color and design appointments, doing what I love best!

Kelly Bernier 5 14 kitchen

Kelly Bernier Designs

What do you think my friends? Didn’t Eric do a great job?

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

I Disagree, David Bromstad

May 20, 2014



In the new June issue of HGTV home magazine, I read an article where David Bromstad, host of HGTV Color Splash, answered paint questions from homeowners. One of the questions was:

“What wall colors look good with dark woodwork? I don’t want to paint the trim that’s original to my house.”

David answered:

“Dark woodwork can be incredible, but only if the wall color majorly contrasts with it; otherwise it will look like a haunted house. That’s why I would go with white.The lighter the walls, the more high-end the trim appears.”

light walls2


This is where I disagree with the very talented David Bromstad. He is saying that you should use a white paint color for contrast to really make the woodwork stand out. But why would you want woodwork to stand out? ‘Hey, look at me’.

light kitchen


When I design a room, I select a wall color to bring the furnishings, window treatments, rugs and accessories together for a cohesive look. But if you have that much contrast between the wood color and the wall color, that is all you are going to notice in the room. If that is the look you want, then I would advise you to go for it. But just be aware, there will be a high contrast, wood-bossy look in the room.

wood and white kitchen


If you want your room to look together and cohesive, I suggest using a color that works with the wood. That’s why I love the greens with stained trim, here and here:

brookside moss


I think it looks natural and beautiful together. So I am really sorry David Bromstad, I do not agree with your white paint and dark woodwork combination. It is too high contrast for me. Readers, who do you agree with?

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

Eric Roth Is In The House!

May 10, 2014


It was my extreme honor and pleasure to meet and work with one of the top photographers in the country, Eric Roth. I have always been a big fan of his beautiful work:

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Eric Roth

Although Eric’s home base is near Boston, he travels often taking photographs for such design magazines as House Beautiful, New England Home, Traditional Home and Elle Décor.

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Eric Roth

It was a beautiful, sunny day in the mountains when Eric came to my home in New Hampshire last week. He came to take photographs of my design work for my portfolio. I want professional photos for a couple projects I am working on as well as having a physical book of my work that I can show potential clients.


He took interior photos and well as exterior shots, upstairs, downstairs and all my little vignettes he loved! Eric was kind enough to let me follow him all around asking him a million questions:

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I was a little nervous taking photos of the great photographer! Watch for Eric’s latest project in the new June issue of House Beautiful with photos for ‘The Bath Of The Month’!

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Dreams do come true! Eric Roth was in the house! I can’t wait to show you the photographs in a couple weeks!


I hope you all, (especially moms) have a wonderful Mother’s Day! You deserve it!

Weekend Ombre Project

May 5, 2014


A project I have always wanted to try is to paint one of my sets of stairs with something different and unique:


I had no trouble convincing my husband of my idea, even though is not always crazy about all of my painting ventures. 🙂

I showed him a picture on Pinterest and he agreed it was a great idea:



I needed to select another color that would work well with my top green wall and also Ben Moore’s AF-575 Instinct, which will soon be painted on a nearby wall:



I choose Ben Moore’s color strip # 090. The only problem was that there are eight stairs to paint and the paint strip only has seven colors:

color strip

I did not want the color to go any lighter or darker than the strip, so I choose In The Twilight # 1434 which color falls right between Irises and Amethyst Shadow:


I bought the smallest size available which is a pint. The paint store told me the small pints only come in a flat or eggshell finish. I thought I was going to do the stairs in semi gloss, but I am so glad now because I love the non-shine look of the ombre!:



That was my fun weekend project! How about you? Are you working on any decorating or painting projects right now?

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


Linking up over at Serenity Now blog! Come and visit for some great ideas!