Category: Decorating Hints & Tips

Attention All Paint Testers! Before & After Photos

November 2, 2019

For those of you who are not testing your paint colors the correct way, you are just making an already stressful project into an even more difficult decision.  I know it is easier, I get that. But, when you test the new color samples by painting right over the existing painted walls:paint testing

You are not seeing the new color in it’s true hue. This is exactly what happened recently to a client who wanted to paint her beautiful, large, open concept new home:

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She knew exactly what look she was going for, but could not find THE color and was going crazy. She stated that she did not like the peach walls from the previous owner and had tested a few favorite paint samples she thought might work:

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So she hired me to help her find a perfect color. I gave her a couple suggestions of paint colors but I also told her, “Maybe one reason you are having a hard time selecting a color is how you tested the color. When you paint samples right on wall, the existing color of wall affects the color and will not be the same. The best way to sample is too paint a poster board, two coats like you will for walls, and move all around day and night to different spots. You should use a white plain piece of paper between sample and existing wall color so all you see is the actual sample color. More work I know, but pretty accurate. Be sure to put white paper between new color sample and existing wall color. That peach will really throw you off!

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After a few days she wrote:

Hi,

After you suggested the paint card it changed everything Lol

I went with Repose gray. I’m glad I did that!:

 

Before:

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After:

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Before:

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After:

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What a beautiful transformation! The magic of paint! I know I repeat myself over and over about testing the correct way, but it is that important. Please take the extra time and extra steps and you will be a color expert also! Let me know if you have any questions about correctly testing paint samples in your home.

I also wanted to share a new eDesign mood board I am working on in Photo Shop:

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Hard to learn but I am having so much fun with it. Have a great weekend everyone!

Kelly  xoxo

 

Top 10 Favorite Online Shopping Sources

October 26, 2019

I do a lot of online shopping for clients and have a list of go-tos when looking for furniture and accessories. What does it take to make the list of my favorite shopping places? In no special order:

1) Free shipping

2) Customer Reviews

3) Price

4) Sales

4) Individuality of Products

5) Good Customer Service

Ballard Designs:

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Thomas Round Mirror

Although I still love to look through their mailed catalog page by page for great inspiration and ideas, I usually buy online.  I have had my eye on this Thomas mirror, (just purchased for a client), and am going to find a spot somewhere in my new home for this beauty.

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Ananda Console Table

Anthropologie:

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Woodland Vases

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Mixing Traditional With Modern Farmhouse Style, Plus I’m Quoted in Apartment Therapy This Month!

October 19, 2019

If you could start from scratch with your interior, what style would you be? Since I am fortunate enough to be moving into a new home that has all white trim and clean interior lines which I love,  I really love the way the dark woods of older traditional furniture are used in the bright and airy interiors of the modern farmhouse styles:

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I like the clean, modern look but layering in a statement furniture piece brings in a beautiful accent to the white trim and furnishings of the modern look:

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It’s stylized approach to comfort and beautiful, simple design, evokes a spirit that’s warm and inviting, and the contrast brings a unexpected modern mix:Read More

Partial Window Curtain Rods, Yea or Nay?

September 14, 2019

What is your opinion of partial curtain rods? I am currently working online with a client who recently asked me, “What do you think of short rods?” “Not a fan”,  I wrote back  quickly, ( I wrote back the next day and said that I hope my comment did not sound rude!) I explained to her that just because I did not like the look, that doesn’t mean they won’t work if you like the style.

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I never even thought about using them in a room. I decided to take a look online and see if I was missing something.Read More

Decorating a Console Table for Fall

September 7, 2019

Do you have any of those tables you walk by everyday but hardly notice? I do. This is what my console table has looked like since June:

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Kind of sad to admit but I just let it go for the summer.  I am glad I felt like making something pretty yesterday and put in the effort.  It looks so much better! I actually made it up two ways to see which I liked best. One with colorful faux branches:console fall

 

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And then I tried using the last of the summer flowers in the yard:Read More

Fireplace Wall Design Ideas

August 10, 2019

Mike and I are in the fireplace wall design stage for the new home. I like to get a few ideas together to show Mike to help narrow down our final decision. (There is no way he is going to stand there and look at all the different photos I look at!). Although I loved our NH fireplace:

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I think I want something clean and minimal like the rest of the house will be. Although, a stone fireplace is beautiful:

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Martha O’Hara Interiors

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So many different colors and textures of stone!:Read More