Category: Exteriors

Favorite Benjamin Moore Exterior Color Photos 2020

June 13, 2020

Happy Sunday everyone! I just wanted to share some pretty pictures I have seen online of Benjamin Moore painted exteriors. Popular subject this time of year!

Revere exteriors

Ben Moore Revere Pewter Exterior

I love Revere Pewter paint as an exterior color as much as I love Revere as an interior color! Great color. And no, it is not going out of style or losing popularity anytime soon. The Simply White trim above is a bit bright for me. I would use White Dove as my trim color. Which trim color do you like better with Revere- Simply White or White Dove? No answer is wrong!

White is not my personal favorite exterior color for a home, (except for farmhouses of course!), but this is just so beautiful:Read More

Exterior Pinky/Orange Brick Color Consultation

June 6, 2020

Hey everyone! Happy Sunday. Hope all is going well with you. Such crazy times, hoping  and praying it all ends soon.

I thought I would share a recent online exterior color consultation that came out really nice:

Hi Kelly,

I will send you more photos with angles showing the siding, the front door area, and a pic of the brick with white paper beside it by mid-day today.  And, yes, we are keeping the brick as is to minimize the amount of painting. I am looking for color suggestions to cover – trim, siding, garage door and front door.

I’ve been struggling with this because my mom wants the siding to be grey (it’s her house & I’m helping her), but I just can’t see it.  I also don’t want to do a “beige” because I just don’t like “beige” (I think it tends to look dated), although I do like “tans”.  I’m open to doing something more vibrant on the siding to really make the house pop, but I definitely need a more neutral palette option too since that is what my mom is expecting.

And, just for context – there is a blue house right next door, and a dark grey house two doors down (so, don’t want to look like those). Other houses around are either just pink brick or off white.


dana before

And After:

Dana Front After

The existing brick was super bossy to work with! I knew right away we would have to work with a strong paint color to not be overwhelmed. We put together a couple concept boards to see how well the colors worked with the brick:

Dana option 1

Dana Option 1 concept

Dana After Paint


And the best is getting compliments like this from the client:

It’s the prettiest house on the block! You did a great job!!! Thank you!

You are so welcome! A challenge, but glad you and your mom are happy and it all worked out well.

Have a great week everyone!

Kelly xo



Inspiring Outdoor Spaces

May 9, 2020

Hey everyone! Hope all is well and you are hanging in there.  My saving grace for my mental health right now is that the weather is warming up here in New England, ( not today, May 9th, it is freezing out!) and I am able to sit outdoors.

Your outdoor space can just as inviting, comfortable, and stylish as your interiors, but it also offers fresh air and nature. Here are a few outdoor seating area photos to help inspire your imagination to make a happy space outdoors:



Tavola outdoor table


I love this idea: Read More

Another Front Door Color Option

March 28, 2020

It’s that time of year again. With the weather warming, we are turning our attention to the outside of our homes. Now that we are spending even more time at home, it might be a good time to get some of those projects out of the way!

This is also the beginning of my busy season for the year. I have seen a slight drop in color consultations online, (a complete drop-off for local  visits) but there still a few I have been working on. Here is one of my favorites:

Front door

Hello Kelly,
I understand you charge a small fee for a color consult. I’m okay with that. My question is that I am having trouble coming up with a color for my front door. We are changing the front door, so this will no longer be the door that we will be using. I want a color that will make my house look elegant but not  too risky.
We’ve considered using a dark navy blue or even black. The problem I am having is the color of the brick underneath the bay windows. The color of the brick will not be changed.
I’ve included a picture of the front and back of my home, so you can see the color of the deck which matches the shingles on our roof. The first picture is not a realistic color of the shingles. They actually match the deck

Lydia back yard
We are open to any suggestions!
Oh and the rails on the front porch will also be changed, depending on the color of the front door.
Thank you for any suggestions you may be able to provide.

Lydia front door

Such a beautiful home and yard!

My first thought was that a black door would be perfect. Even when I saw the roof in the back of the house and that it was not as dark as I thought, I still thought black was a perfect choice to work with the brick, siding and roof.

BUT.. .the more I looked at the front of their home and how very impressive it looked, I thought a strong, wooden stained door would bring even more interest. When I suggested it to the homeowner, she said that they had not thought about a stained door and really liked the option! This one below was my favorite and I think it is the one they are going to go with:

lydia door2 (1)

I have been seeing more and more stained wooden front doors and they are beautiful. Elegant. Works with many siding colors such as beige, gray, white and creams, yellows, greens, blues, stonework and even brick. One tip on the color stain you might consider- I would try to stay away from a cherry color because it may clash with siding color, (such as beiges) and also red brick.

Here are a few inspiring stained front doors:

Loma Lantern

Loma Lantern

An alder wooden door:

Meier Homes

Meier Homes

studio s

Studio S

Custom mahogany double doors:

Grande Interiors

Grande Interiors

Sears Architects

Sears Architects

JB Architecture Group

JB Architecture Group

Siena Builders

Siena Custom Builders

A mahogany door with a walnut stain:

Pillar & Peacock

Pillar & Peacock

I love the darker stains the best. Aren’t they all gorgeous? So if you are looking for a new front door color, take a look at the natural stained wooden doors. Very impressive looking! Don’t you agree?

PS If you are thinking of staining over a painted door, there are many DIY directions online you can find.

Stay safe everyone!


Kelly xo








Best of 2019 Posts

December 28, 2019

Here is a list in no particular order of reader favorite posts from this past year:

Top Home Trends I’m Loving for Spring 2019 (and a few I’m not!)

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The Only Five Trim Whites Paints You Need to Know



Exterior Color Palettes with Dark Trim


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Exterior Front Stonework

August 31, 2019

Do you have stonework on the front of your exterior? There are so many options to be considered to enhance the front of your home and stone can be a great way to add an interesting, custom look. Our architect we are working with assumed we were having stone installed on the front and I think it is because it seems every new home build is using stone for the front exterior. My first thought was yes, I definitely would like some stone work mixed in as well as painted siding. But then I started researching in depth looking through Houzz and Pinterest for ideas and inspiration for our new home and thought for the style of our home,  maybe stone would not be the best option. Our front exterior looks similar to the below photo, (although we did make quite a few changes):Read More