Month: September 2018

Color Crush: Benjamin Moore Horizon

September 29, 2018

I have been stressing out all week trying to decide on paint colors for our new home. Painter is on his way and I have not selected a single color! Sound familiar? It is always more difficult to select colors when it is your own place! First up to be painted is a guest room:

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We decided to keep the carpet for the time being.  I thought about buying new bed linens but the flooring is so bossy it really limited my options. I actually found a lovely white comforter I have and can use. So where else to start looking for color inspiration? Art is another good place to start and I have so much artwork from the other house, why not try to use what I already have? I love this piece and it works really well with the carpet:

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At first I thought I would bring in navy for window treatments, lamps, etc., but doesn’t the turquoise also look great?:Read More

Mixing Stained Trim/Doors With White

September 22, 2018

There are no pretty pictures this week my lovelies! Just a little lesson on one of the most common questions I receive from readers and that is  asking about mixing stained trim and doors with painted white trim and doors. I wrote a blog on this subject here a few years ago. Many homeowner’s wish to update their stained trim to white but they find it so overwhelming because there is so much of it throughout the home.

One solution I wrote about here, is to paint the walls, trim and doors all one color:

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Another idea I think works well for an updated look is to leave the doors stained, (which is expensive to change), and paint the trim around the door white:Read More

Do I Really Need a Dining Room?

September 15, 2018

Are dining rooms really necessary today? If you have a large family and love to have big dinner parties, I would say yes. But for us, Holidays are the only time we use the dining room.  We are always in the kitchen. The reason I am questioning this now is because of our new home. Here is how the previous owners had the room set up:

old dining room

But, I am thinking what a waste the room will be if it is only used once or twice a year.  Here is the room now, (remember we only moved a week ago haha):

new dining room

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The fireplace is in the middle of room, so if we kept as a dining room, the table would have to go in the middle of room to make the space look cohesive. Here are a few dining rooms that have a fireplace:Read More

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

September 8, 2018

My husband Mike and I moved this week from NH back to RI. After moving last December, (from RI to NH), we said that we would NEVER go through moving again. Never say never. OMG, it is so much work! I am living out of boxes right now and I don’t know if we will ever finish. That’s how I feel right now. I thought I would share some of the good, bad and ugly with you for a fun read.

The Good:

Our new house is very pretty:

 

The landscaping is beautiful:

And my favorite feature of the new home:

 

 

We have always wanted a built-in pool. Having a cabana is even better!

The previous owners just remodeled the master bath. Not exactly my taste, but I do like our new fancy tub:

Can you believe it costs over $8,000.00?! I have not used it yet, but I am hoping the experience is out of this world for that price.

The Bad:

The new home is much older than our house in NH. Mike and I are calling the previous owner a hacker because everything is done half ass. Plumbing, electrical, painting, etc. etc. Good thing Mike can fix anything- because everything needs  fixed.

The new $8,000.00 tub I told you about, it’s leaking .  Drip, drip, drip. Mike had to order a special, (expensive) part to see if it can be fixed.

I understand we bought a home with previous owners, but I hate having to clean everything, (even after professional cleaners came in). So much work. Nasty and gross.

The Ugly:

Here is an example of ugly:

 

This example is a great painting lesson. Never start painting and change the color in the middle of wall. Never. Ever. Do you think they put the swoop in because they thought it would blend in better? haha

One of the ugly spare baths:

 

BUT, the ugly can be turned into the pretty! A lot of work ahead of us, but think of all the fun I will have painting and decorating all the rooms! Has anyone else had the pleasure of moving into a new home lately? I will keep you updated on our progress. For now, I better get back to opening boxes and moving furniture:

 

Have a great weekend everyone!

Kelly

 

Color Crush: Van Deusen Blue

September 1, 2018

Definitely one of my favorite blues. This grayish blue paint color is from the Benjamin Moore Historical Collection and has been a preferred blue for many homeowners over the years.

I love seeing it used in a semi-gloss finish on cabinets:

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This color is a very popular color choice for cabinets in both kitchen and baths: (Do you see the difference in the color with different lighting? That is why it is so important for you to sample paint colors in your home with your lighting.)

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