Tag: blue and green

Weekend Project – Redesigning My Bookshelves Again!

August 13, 2012

This past weekend I wanted to finish this project I have been working on for a while now that I just can’t seem to get right. Could this be my lucky day? Let me take you through the changes these bookshelves have been through in the past couple years.


And after painting:

You can read more about finding the right gray undertones to paint here.

Then I saw a photo with a cabinet built under the shelves just like mine. I purchased a standard kitchen cabinet at Home Depot and painted the same color as the shelves:

I was happy with them for awhile until I started my living room redesign a few months ago and then I wanted something more! This redesign is being built around this fabric that I have loved forever:

Fresco- Greenhouse Fabrics

So when I saw this Amy Butler wallpaper at Joss and Main:

I knew what was going to help these shelves look even better:

And then I decorated with a few of my favorite things:


I am loving them again! I love to style them different ways with different accessories, but for now I proclaim them finished! (except for the lighting I want to put in the back.) 🙂

What do you think? I love wallpaper behind shelves, don’t you? Do you find yourself redesigning your home over & over again like me??

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

Beautiful Appleton

July 13, 2012

Every once in a while, I come across a great color and product that I am so pleased with I want to spread the word!


I have found another such color in my travels. Remember my post about California Paints here? California paints contacted me and asked if I would like to do a color project together. I was just getting ready to paint my office so the timing was perfect!


The reason I chose this blue-green color is because in all of the pictures of offices I have seen painted, this blue-green color was always my favorite:

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After I sampled the paint, I decided to also use this color to paint the ceiling. While looking at the color, I wanted to make it a little lighter, so I mixed the Appleton color with white (half and half ration). When the paint dried, you could easily tell that the ceiling is a little lighter than the walls. This is a look that I really love. Here is my office painted in California Paint Appleton:


Isn’t the color so pretty? I added a few accessories to show you how well the Appleton works with so many other colors:


I was recommended to use the interior latex ‘Super Scrub Interior.’  The product has exceptional stain resistance, superior stain release and unparalleled performance and durability. To be perfectly honest, the paint went on so smoothly. Really nice. Dried quick too!


If you can picture the BM color Palladian Blue with a cross of the BM Wyeth Blue, that is a very close representation of the CP Appleton. A little less green than the Wythe Blue but a little more green that Palladian Blue. Doesn’t that color sound perfect?!

So if you are looking for the perfect blue-green color for your walls, try California Paint Appleton. You will thank me! Do you think you will give Appleton a try? It is color tested and looks beautiful!

If you need help choosing colors for your home, contact me today.

Candice Olson’s Five Favorite Neutrals

May 19, 2012

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Candice Olson

Beautiful. Natural. Modern. I have always been one of Candice Olson’s biggest design fans!


I love her style and use of color. When Candace came out with her list of her five “Go To” Benjamin Moore colors, I could not wait to check them out. As soon as I found them, I pinned them to my pinterest color board. And there they sat! Then I heard someone comment on the colors yesterday and I realized I have not even taken a good look at them yet! Have you?



You can tell by her designs that she loves working with natural materials in her designs such as wood, stone, linen and wool.

A lot of the colors that she uses come from items that you see in nature. Her color list was chosen around colors such as stormy skies and misty, watery greens. All of these color choices are from Benjamin Moore.


Nimbus Gray, a cool gray-blue which reminds Candace of stormy skies that can be used as dramatic color or serene. 

Gray Mirage- 2142-50, a serene misty gray-green that Candace loves. Works well with many different colors. This color looks beautiful with your wood floors and trim.

Pale oak OC-20 is a beautiful natural beige color, that Candace likes to use with natural stone such as limestone and travertine. Pale oak is a very light neutral with a slight blush (pink/red) undertone.

Niveous OC-36 is a gorgeous cream hue. It is a warm neutral with yellow undertones that works well with natural elements:

And last but not least- Cloud White OC-130.

Ms. Olson did comment on how she loved to work with Niveous for the walls with Cloud White on the ceiling and trim.

I love this:

beasley atlanta living room

I tried to find photos of her rooms that the color name was listed to share but I could not find any.

Love this too!:


Love them all!:

Aren’t all these rooms so gorgeous? I think I will take a closer look at her neutrals and maybe consider using them on my next project. What do you think of her go-to colors? Do you use any of them regularly (beside cloud white)?

All photos from www.candiceolson.com

If you need help choosing colors for your home, contact me today.

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Pink Is A Big Girl’s Color!

May 8, 2012


Andrea Anthony Brooks

Remember a little while back when I wrote about finding a new color for my office here?  I loved all the office photos from Pinterest that show the rooms in pretty light blues and greens. I decided Ben Moore Palladian Blue was my color choice until someone from California paints contacted me and asked if I would like to do a color project together!


California Paints

I love their Timeless Trends 2012-2013 color collection which I wrote about here:

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Reminisce Coastline

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Pop Tech Pheonix

Meanwhile, my friend Andrea Anthony Brooks had her home showcased in At Home in Arkansas and I just fell in love with it!:


Isn’t it beautiful?? Her rooms helped me break out of my box with all the blues in my home and I decided to work with the California Paints Pop Tech palette which includes a beautiful pink Art Deco:


And my accent color will be a deep Spanish blue (of course I have to have a blue!) called Jazz Age:


Thank you Andrea for your inspiration and helping me think out of my blue box. I love all of your color choices and how you brought your traditional décor into the mix to make it a colorful, inviting home with lots of depth and character! Just gorgeous my friend!!

This weekend I am going to follow my own advice and paint a poster board in the color Art Deco to see how it will look in my new office. I will let you know how I make out!

Have you thought of using pink in any of your rooms? Don’t you just love Andrea’s home?!

If you need help choosing colors for your home contact me today.

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Weekend Resale Ready Home Staging

April 2, 2012


This past weekend I helped a new client, Eva, prepare her home to put onto the market for sale. She has a beautiful, sun-filled home that she just wanted me to ‘dress up pretty’ before it is officially listed on the market. Here is a picture of her kitchen before:


I had to work with this blue:


I found a great rug for only $14.99 at Home Goods:


Which I used to bring color in the room:



Eva also had a vibrant yellow bathroom:


That I calmed down a bit with a pretty shower curtain:


There was one bedroom upstairs that looked very old and dated. I had her paint the one room in the Ben Moore Palladian Blue color:


This color is so beautiful, it needs no other props in the room.


One area of the home I notice that is often overlooked is the closet:


Potential buyers do not want to see your old quilts, towels, mattress pads, etc. in the closet. Eva needed to keep just a few items in the closet. Instead of leaving the clothes all spread out:


I just brought all the pieces together and placed the best looking piece on the top:


The closet looks much neater now and shows how large it actually is.

I also laid a few bright Welcome mats at the home’s entrance which really brightened up the area (which of course I forgot to take pictures of). We spent under $100.00 for everything and I think it looks great.

Does anyone recognize this picture?:


It was left at the house stored away in a closet. I am so drawn to it. I don’t know if I love it or not!

Well, Eva is very happy with the way the staging came out. So that makes me happy! Best of luck for a quick and profitable sale Eva!

If you need help getting your home ready for sale, contact me today.

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Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

September 28, 2011


I have heard such great reviews about the Ann Sloan Paint Line, and I wanted to try it out for myself. I was instantly attracted to their claim of ‘no need to prime or prepare’! I also loved the idea of being able to paint  any surface such as wood furniture, plastic, clay, concrete, stone and formica furniture. As described on their website “Chalk Paint is a unique paint in 24 decorative and historical colors made specifically for painting furniture, painting floors, painting ‘blackboards’ and for giving walls a completely matte velvety finish.”

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French Linen                       Old White                            Paris Gray

It was a great pleasure to drive down to historic Bristol, RI. It was a beautiful day and it is such a quaint little town with shops right on the water. The owner of Sea Rose Cottage, Nancy, invited me to come to her store and work with the paints:


She had all different painted samples to get ideas from:

anne samples

Although there are only 24 paint colors, there are actually many, many ways to mix the paint together. You can mix the paint with wax or water to make numerous shades and different techniques of paint.


Their claim of easy is so true! You just paint the surface with your color with two coats, then rub two coats of wax on. That’s it! If you want an antique look, just paint on the dark wax and rub off until desired effect. Pretty easy! Below are two examples of finishing the wood with the dark wax:


What I also loved was there is no right or wrong way to do it. You paint on the color, then use one (or both) of the two waxes, clear and dark, and then just adjust the effects you want with a rag. I know I am making this seem very simple, but that is actually the steps you follow. The picture below shows the color Versailles shown in different coats as applied:


From right to left- 1) one coat color applied, 2) two coats color, 3) two coats color with one coat clear wax and the last on the left is two coats color applied with two coats clear wax, then buffed with a rag to a beautiful shine.

As stated on her website “Annie Sloan developed her now famous Chalk Paint to answer the need she had for a paint which would have many uses from acting like limewash to looking like old painted furniture and that had a good range of color that could be extended by the user. This paint is very easy to work with and allows people to be creative as one doesn’t get involved with the technicalities of preparation and it also allows you to change your mind without hassle.”

I chose to experiment with the French Linen:


Nancy told me the most popular colors are Old White, Duck Egg Blue and Paris Gray. French Linen is a new color in the collection as well as a Pure White color and a beautiful Coco color I loved.  

I had no idea these colors have been in Europe for 20 years. They have only been in the United States and Canada for one and a half years. Brand new really! I really think it is a miracle paint for getting that antique and vintage look! But, it also can be made to look very contemporary depending on the color and sheen you are looking for. Below is a mirror painted with Provence and then waxed. The molding held up to compare is painted with no wax (both treatments beautiful!):


I ended up buying a quart of the French Linen paint ($36.95), one tin of the clear wax ($29.95), one tin of dark wax ($29.95) and a few samples jars to experiment with. The dark wax should last forever because you only use such a small amount of it.

I can’t wait to start painting! I am going to start with a small wood table and then I will share with you. There is a great technique book that is easy to follow step by step written by Annie Sloan called ‘Quick and Easy Paint Transformations’ that you can purchase online from the Sea Rose Cottage  as well as all Annie Sloan paint and waxes. This special paint is only sold in about 70 stocklists throughout the United State and Canada. It can be ordered online and shipped right to your door.


Love it! Love new products, new experiments! I have invited Nancy to guest post in about a week to explain in more detail about the products and painting techniques. Stay tuned!

Comments? Have you had a chance to try the Anne Sloan paint? What do you think of it?

I love the way that they advertise their paint:

Why our Paint is Special

1. It’s the BEST paint for painting furniture by a long way.
2. You can use the paint by diluting it with water to make a wash to show the wood grain.
3. You can use it as an impasto ( thickly) – leave the lid off to thicken.
4. You can use it on any surface, indoors and out ( the outside of our shop was painted in it- perfect!)
5. No need to prime or prepare.
6. The colors are mixed intelligently and the web site shows how you can adapt your colors for your use.
7. It’s a girls’ paint, but boys can use it too.
8. It’s flexible so you can be creative and change you mind.
9. It allows your walls to breathe so it is perfect for cottage walls.
10. Extremely low VOCs so it is good for the environment.
11. Very little black is used in their manufacture so the colors are mixed with thought using a mixture of colors.
13. You can paint it on walls for a soft matt effect or wax it for a polished plaster effect.

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