Category: Kelly’s New Home

Sampling Bedroom Wall Colors and Sneak Peek of Our Living Room

March 21, 2020

Hey everyone! I hope you  (and your loved ones) are staying healthy and taking care of yourself during this difficult time. I thought I would share a few decorating projects I have been working on at home:

Choosing a paint color for bedroom wall:

bedroom wall before

I love our new bedroom that has lots of space, but it seemed to need some drama, something bold to showcase and highlight the room so we decided to paint the wall behind the bed. I wanted to find a color that would bring out the light green in the comforter:

bedroom colors

Because colors show up lighter on walls than paint chip sample, I thought Benjamin Moore Scenic Drive 697 would be a good color to start with. Following my own rules I preach to you all, I stopped and picked up  a sample can and painted a poster board with Scenic Drive:

scenic drive

I did love the medium color with the dark wood of the bed, but I wanted to try a step up lighter to sample- Ben Moore Pleasant Valley 696:

BM Pleasant Valley

And here are the two samples together. Pleasant Valley is on the left:

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samples

Pleasant Valley is the winner! Trying to take full advantage of my husband being home, he said he would paint this weekend- wow! Mike had a great idea- we are going to call the paint store, if they are open, and order the paint on the phone and pay for it. We will let the store know we are on our way to pick up and they can leave it outside by the door for us. Trying to keep going in this crazy time and have to be creative with thinking.  I will have after pictures of the bedroom next week to share.

Project Three: Last weekend I got Mike to paint one wall in our living room. (He is my hero lately!)  The same problem I was having with needing some interest and drama in the bedroom, I really felt it in our living room. Just kind of boring. I thought about wallpaper:

all modern Tia Peony Floral and Botanical Matte Peel and Stick Wallpaper Tile

But it was going to be soooo expensive and time consuming. Plus I thought it might be too busy for the room.  Paint to the rescue! I am loving pinks and navy lately so why not paint it pink? haha:

navy sofa

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I absolutely love it! Very subtle and beautiful. Mike likes it too. Here is a concept board I had fun putting together for our living room decorating plans:

My living room colors 2020

Here is a sneak peek of our progress:

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I just ordered the fuchsia pillows today online. Can’t wait to share when room is completed!

I hope you are enjoyed! Let me know what you think of my color choices, love to hear! Thanks for stopping by.

Stay safe my friends!

Kelly xo

My Navy Painted Ceiling

February 29, 2020

I finally rounded up my husband to help me paint the ceiling in the dining room and I just wanted to share:

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living room

We used SW6244 Naval in a flat finish. I am so happy with how the room is coming out:

dining vignette

living roome

dining close

dining close up

vignette dining

AND I wanted to show you how we fixed up the little room in the front:

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room above

 

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So much better. LOL If you would like to see the before, click here.

I am really proud of the online color consulting project I finished up this past week:

laura rose

 

Look at how pretty these plates and cups I found at Home Goods:

pink plates

new plates

Pink! My new favorite bestest color!

Have a great week everyone!

Kelly xoxo

A Few Project Updates

February 15, 2020

Hey everyone! I seem to be really busy lately, but I’m not sure with what exactly. I have a few different projects going on at my house, like setting up cozy little corners and pretty vignettes:

cozy corner

bedroom corner

dining room corner

dining room centerpiece

I am thinking of this wallpaper for an accent wall in the living room:

all modern Tia Peony Floral and Botanical Matte Peel and Stick Wallpaper Tile

What do you think? So pretty. The living room needs something interesting and I think this will bring some color and personality to the room. I really am into pink lately!

I choose SW6244  Naval over BM Navy Blue HC-154 for my dining room ceiling:

naval

They both would work, but I liked the blue in the Naval better with my area rug. There are several nice blues that could work on these color strips!

I have been working on an eDesign living room project for a client:

Revere Pewter Concept Board

Ben Moore Revere Pewter Concept Board

She already had a similar sofa and I just helped her fill in the blanks in the room. She is very happy with it! Yay.

Here are a few before and after shots from an online color consultation I did:

BEFORE:

Tom kitchen before

Everything in the room was staying as is for right now, so I choose a paint color that would work with the cabinets, green countertops and flooring.

AFTER:

Tom kitchen after2

Such a big difference, don’t you agree?:

BEFORE:

Tom kitchen before 2

AFTER:

Tom Kitchen After

The magic of paint!

Are you working on any indoor projects? I can not WAIT for the warmer weather to be outside doing projects. My husband and I are supposed to paint dining room ceiling this weekend. 

Have a great weekend everyone!

Kelly xo

Tips and Tricks Using Fake Flowers

January 18, 2020

One of my reader friends, Hi Robyn!, asked where I buy all of my flowers I use for decorating. I think flowers, real or faux, bring a touch of happiness to a room.  They put a smile on my face when I see in a room. I of course would love my home filled with real flowers, but in the dead of winter like now, I will use faux with no problem because some look so real!

tulips

Faux flowers have come a long way! I remember when just starting out in business, it was very expensive to buy floral stems and arrangements that looked real. They all had a waxy, fake look about them. Remember that? And there was no online shopping  so you could only find them in a few select stores.

So where do I find my fake florals?

 

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I start looking in Amazon for everyday flowers because of variety, price and reviews. Wayfair also has a good selection:

floral Hydrangea and Rose Floral Arrangement in Glass Vase

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Pier1 is still one of my favorite stores for branches and floral stems:

pier1 floral

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Joss and Main is another great store for accessories:

Faux Hydrangea Centerpiece in Vase

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Ballard Designs greens and topiaries are beautiful also!:

olive branches

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olive

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Here are a few decorating tips when using faux flowers:

Tip: When shopping online, do a bit of research and always read the reviews!

Tip: The faux flowers made out of silk are the ones that look most genuine.

Tip:  Allow a few petals to drop. Real flowers shed, so let your fake flowers shed a few blossoms or buds on the table.

Tip: When using a clear vase with faux flowers, I think the ones that have water on the bottom look best.

Tip: Decorate with flowers that are all one color and type. Find one fake flower in the color you like and fill the vase or container with them.

Tip: Use a clear vase unconventionally with a single bud:

floral jar

floral in jar

TIP: Bend the stems.  A real flower does not stand perfectly straight on it’s stem. Bend the wire stems a bit so they will droop more like a real flower.

Tip: When filling a vase, too many flowers are better than not having enough.When there are not enough flowers used, it tends to make them look chintzy and cheap.

Tip: It’s the little details in a room such as pops of flowers that make the whole room look put together.

Tip: Flowers, including faux flowers, are one of a stylist’s best friend.

Tip: Using flowers helps tie a collection of items together. It’s all in the little details.  greens

There may be affiliate links in this post. At no extra cost to you, I may make a small commission and I thank you! I only add products I love and think you will too.

Tip: A good idea when making a large faux floral arrangement, is that the main flower you are using is in season. For example, you wouldn’t want to use poinsettias in your summer tablescape, nor would you want to put gerber daisy blooms in a vase in January.

Tip: Not a fan of planting fake flowers outdoors. Because of the natural elements around them, they really stand out and not look real. There may be afflite links in this post.

Tip: Keep it simple. 

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fushia flowers

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Have a great weekend!

Kelly xoxo

Week Two in the New Home

December 14, 2019

I can’t believe that of all the items I am having trouble finding for our new home, it is a new shower curtain for the guest bath. Guests are coming next week!  I am a pretty good accessory shopper but I can not seem to find the right one. I have been shopping local and online.  A friend commented on this photo I posted earlier in the month using two shower curtains:

shower curtain

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I really like the look and I thought it was a great idea until I looked at my shower wall. I think the purpose of the open curtains is to have something pretty to look at such as a window:

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Unfortunately, I do not have something pretty to view in my guest bath:

guest shower

I DO have a curved shower rod which I never even thought about before. Did you know a curved shower curtain rod will provide up to 33% more room in the shower?  They say that it helps keep the wet, sticky shower curtain further away from your body so it doesn’t “attack” you like it does in closer quarters!We will see.Read More

Moving Into Our New Home

December 7, 2019

Happy Sunday everyone! I wanted to write a short post letting you know that I am still around, (missed two weeks of posts) and that we have moved into our new home!

new home

Mike and I are now in a one-story home, half the square footage we have previously lived in. Downsizing is hard, (too many decisions to make about getting rid of stuff) but it is also refreshing and uplifting! For example, an armoire that was in good shape that we have moved six times to homes in the past and have hardly used, is now donated to someone that can use a dresser:

old dresser2

Great feeling. I have not had a chance to decorate much since I just moved in the day before Thanksgiving, but being so close to the Holiday’s, I am going to just do some fun Christmas decorating for now:

Christmas decorating

I am planning to do some painting soon I hope! What do you think about painting these tops of the tray ceiling navy blue?:Read More