Month: May 2015

Philip Jeffries Grasscloth Wallcovering

May 28, 2015

I am in absolute love with the wallpaper line of Philip Jeffries grasscloth:

turq grass cloth

turq gc


Isn’t the turquoise grasscloth just gorgeous in this above bedroom? I love all of the different colors available:

gray grass cloth


emerald grass cloth


Quite a statement room with the emerald green! Very cool.

Or you can use grasscloth as a quiet neutral:

neutral grass cloth


brown grasscloth


I have really fallen for this look. Grasscloth isn’t much harder to install than standard wallpaper, but if you’re going the DIY route, keep a couple of things in mind. First, grasscloth is heavy, so you’ll probably need an extra pair of hands. It comes in single (36-inch) and double (72-inch) rolls. The size you choose will depend on the size of your walls and the number of seams you want.

blue grass cloth




blue gc bedroom


turq gc living room


Gorgeous! I am going to definitely use Philip Jeffries grasscloth in a new project soon. I hope I have inspired you to think about using in your home! Don’t you just love it?

Moving Stuff? Try Bags Instead Of Boxes

May 25, 2015

My neighbor friend gave me the best idea the other day. She knew I was moving and had to pack up and  she suggested instead of gathering boxes of odd sizes and shapes to move all my stuff, how about using TJ Maxx bags?:


She had recently helped a friend move and someone gave her the idea. She said that they work like a dream! You can pack so much in each bag and the bags are fairly sturdy. How easy is carrying pots and pans in a bag instead of packing into a box? Or plates?


No need to worry about having to get the right width and height of a box to carry things. Everything can be crammed into a bag! LOL

Think of all the shoes you can carry!


Books too! So much easier to carry a bag and unload.


A great idea for all you stagers carrying props and accessories:

l room

Well, you get the idea. I already went to TJ’s and bought 12 bags. I will let you know how they worked out when I move this week! What do you think of this idea? Bags easier?


Pottery Barn’s Spring/Summer 2015 Color Palette

May 23, 2015

pb colors 2015


The new Pottery Barn Color Palette for the spring and summer of 2015 has been announced. Such pretty colors! I thought you might enjoy looking through a few inspirational photos of the colors selected. A few of my favorites:

SW Naval

via SW Naval

sw carefree

via  SW Carefree

sw 2015


Wall colors shown above from left to right: SW 6070 Heron Plume, SW 6248 Jubilee and SW 7006 Extra White.

sw exta white

via  SW Extra White

sw extra white

via  SW Extra White

sw domino

via  SW Domino

sw heron plume

via  SW Heron Plume

sw sassy green

via  SW Sassy Green

sw denim

via  SW Denim

sw porpoise

via  SW Porpoise

Quite a few great colors! Loving Naval and Denim the best. Not surprising for me, is it? I just love the dark blues.

I hope you are enjoying your Memorial Day weekend. Be safe. Be happy!

On The Road Again

May 20, 2015

on the road


I am moving again! We have been in this nice place for the last year and a half:


With beautiful views:

condo view


The reason for the move is that we were just renting here in RI and the owner sold the condo. So we were told to go! (Not so dramatically).

starburst mirror

Here is a peek at our new place:

new condo NS

I will be trying to use what I own now to decorate the new place. I don’t mind the decorating part, but the moving part is a pain! Hope to share new pictures with you soon. I will keep you updated!

Thanks for stopping by.

Valuable Tip When Selecting Exterior Colors

May 18, 2015

One of the best places to begin your search when selecting an exterior paint color, is Benjamin Moore’s Historical Color Palette: historical colors


There is a reason why Benjamin Moore’s Historical Color Palette works so well for exteriors: amherst gray2

via  Amherst Gray HC-167

This palette of 174 time–honored colors are based on research completed by the US Parks Service who analyzed colors on historic buildings throughout the United States which was inspired by the colors found in 18th and 19th century architecture. Most of the colors analyzed were exterior colors, so it makes for a great standard exterior palette. They are classic, inviting hues that continue to serve us well today. danenport Tan

via Davenport Tan HC-76

copley gray

via   Copley Gray HC-104

If you look at the Historical Colors just for their value, you will notice most are a mid to deep value. templeton gray

via  Templeton Gray HC-161

Benjamin Moore's kennebunkport green HC-123

via    Kennebunkport Green HC-123

The historical colors also work because they are toned.  They have enough black, gray or oxide pigments to ground them and not be too brilliant. This is important, especially for exterior color selection, because the of the large expanse of surface and the amount of natural light, the color will naturally intensify or if too light wash out. Another excellent reference to look for exterior color is the Williamsburg Color Collection. Another great selection of tested and true colors. If you need help selecting an exterior paint color palette, contact me today.

Exterior Grays

May 14, 2015

One question I am asked often is if I have any good recommendations for an exterior gray paint color:

amherst gray1

via     Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray HC-167

Gray for exteriors is very popular right now. And for good reason- gray is a classic color that works with any exterior color scheme and combination. I think gray works best with white trim or a lighter version of the color.

If you are trying to decide which gray to paint, a good way to start would be to decide which gray undertone do you think will work best with your exterior.

Grays with blue undertones:

stonington gray

via       Stonington Gray HC-170


via    Ben Moore Storm AF-700 (yes, undertones are blue!)

smoke embers

via   Ben Moore Smoke Embers AC-28

* Remember that if you want blue exterior walls, you have to pick a blue-gray color to prevent it from looking like a baby blue.

Grays with green undertones:

Nantucket Gray

via   Nantucket Gray HC-111

Same color as above- Nantucket Gray HC-111:

nantucket gray2

via    Nantucket Gray HC-111

Lighting makes such a huge difference- be sure to sample day and night!

sag harbor gray

via   Sag Harbor Gray

edgecomb gray2

via   Edgecomb Gray HC-173

sandy hook gray

via     Sandy Hook Gray HC-108

Charcoal grays are beautiful with white trim:

amherst gray

via  Ben Moore Amherst Gray HC-167

charcoal gray

via  Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal HC-166, Trim:Pure White OC-64

Ben Moore Chelsea Gray during the day in sunlight:

chelsea gray1

via  Chelsea Gray HC-168

And here not in direct sunlight:

chelsea gray2

via    Ben Moore Chelsea Gray HC-168

Please don’t forget to sample the color day and night! If you need help choosing your exterior paint colors, contact me today.