Tag: fabric

Restored Love

November 28, 2011


See my old hope chest? My parents gave this to me as a graduation present when I was 18 years old. A hope chest is what us girls all got as a gift around our 18th birthday so we would have a place to store what we would buy to prepare for our wedding and future household.


These advertisements sought to equate the ideal of domesticity with a Lane “Hope Chest,” in which a young woman stored clothing or home furnishings in anticipation of marriage. This was summed up in the company’s tag line: “The gift that starts the home.”

Lane advertisements reached a high point during World War II, persuading thousands of GIs leaving for overseas to purchase a Lane Hope Chest for the sweethearts they were leaving behind. Ads combined romantic images of men in uniform and their fiancées with patriotic slogans and the well-known face of national spokeswoman, and symbol of all things American, Shirley Temple.

I have used my chest all of these years to store all my cherished items: wedding mementos, all my children’s special items and many other important memories. I still love my chest but knew it was past time for a makeover:


This is the fabric I found earlier this month that I loved:


Of course I wanted to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint– it makes the project so much easier! I choose the color Old White. No prep needed, I just unscrewed the top:


Here it is after the first painted coat:


I wanted to keep the antique brass hardware not only because of the cost, but I thought they looked good together with both the fabric and the off white paint:



All finished painting:




So pretty! What a difference!

Here are some of my special loves in my hope chest:

My son’s blankie that my mom made for him:


My daughter (who is getting married!) holding my wedding veil:


Awwww.. Here is a picture of my Christening hat:


Do you have a Hope Chest? What do you keep special in yours?


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Fabric Workroom Visit

November 4, 2011

Have you ever been to a fabric workshop? I am in absolute heaven as soon as I walk through the door:


Look! Everywhere you turn there are more fabric books to look at:


I love, love looking through all the books. Most fabric workrooms are open and available ‘to the trade’ only, meaning that you need to show identification as well as a state identification sales tax number. Each state has different requirements to obtain a sales Id number. If you are interested in obtaining, I would call your state tax office to inquire. At this particular workroom in Providence, RI, you must be ‘in the trade’ to browse here and purchase fabric.


Why go through the bother of visiting and purchasing from a workroom? For a few good reasons – not only do you get to pay wholesale cost which is considerably lower than the retail price, but you are able to see the latest and hottest fabric trends and colors, you can also borrow any books for a few days to bring home and you can order fabric samples right there quickly and easily! How great is that!

Each fabric workshop is unique in that each have their own fabric collections that they represent. This shop had Kravet, Duralee, Robert Allen,  Carole and many others. I seem to always be drawn to the Duralee fabrics because of all the great colors and patterns they use. This fabric below (and above) is from the new collection of Eileen Kathryn Boyd. So gorgeous!:



The reason for my visit this particular day was to look at fabric for window treatments for a client’s dining room. I had to work with this fabric below that was on her chairs:


I actually had a good idea of what I was looking for and I found rather quickly:


And then I was able to relax and browse through a few books for ideas, inspiration and fun! Here were two of my favorite books I brought home:

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I love this blue fabric:

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Another project I am working on is refinishing a old hope chest. I think I will use this fabric for the top. Don’t you just love it?

So if you would love to browse through fabric books, you should check out your local fabric workroom. Have you ever been to a workshop? Do you enjoy going?

If you need help finding the perfect fabric that goes with the perfect wall color, contact me today.

Color Extraordinaire Eileen Kathryn Boyd

August 24, 2011

Have you noticed the bold and beautiful design work of interior designer Eileen Kathryn Boyd is everywhere lately? Her rooms are so full of life, so well designed, all in such great color proportions.

Isn’t the room above gorgeous!! OMG. Love, love, love.


She blends traditional with modern, throws in some bold color and magic is made! Eileen is known for drawing her inspirations from the fashion runways and bringing them to life on her showroom floor as well as inspiring bold works of art.

Wow! Love it!

I bet you have noticed her fabrics in the Duralee ads:

Her work reminds me of Susan Sargent whose bold, bright use of color and fabric I have always loved:


Her home, that was featured in Lonnie Magazine in December 2010 is just beautiful:

living rooms - turquoise blue silk ribbons holiday decor wreaths chippendale secretary desk turquoise blue chiars pink pillows  Eileen Kathryn

Pretty amazing isn’t she??  Just gorgeous.

So fresh and exciting don’t you agree?

To see more of Eileen’s design work, visit Eileen’s website- ekbinteriors.com

Eileen’s blog- eileenkathrynboydblogspot.com

Comments? Do you like her designs and boldness with color?

If you need help making your space come alive with color, contact me today!

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Review of the Ben Moore Color Capture App

June 20, 2011

Over this past weekend, I thought I would give the Color Capture App on my new iPad a test run to see how it worked.

This application is simple and easy to use! You can ‘capture’ (take a picture) of something you would like to find the colors of  the product and the image will upload into the program to start.  You can also use a picture from your photo album you have saved and upload it into the app.

I am thinking of painting a dark blue color behind my bedroom screen, so I started with trying to ‘capture’ the blue in the bedding.

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Very quickly the app gave me a couple great color suggestions.  Depending on the  light/brightness of the photo, you will receive various color readings.  It is up to you to determine which color is the best match.  *An important note: to find the best results, you should have Ben Moore color fan decks with you to be able to  check the color suggestions against the captured object (in my case, it was my comforter).

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The app gave me the color of midnight navy, 2067-10.  I thought it was a good suggestion.  I even looked through the fan deck to see if I could find a better match but I could not. You have a choice to look at the color in the strip or harmony. I really liked the feature of harmony because it gives you color suggestions to coordinate with your color choice.  I would not have thought to try green with the blue, but look how well green works with the bedding:

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So then I went on to something more complicated:

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The green read perfect:

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The brown and red came in as a perfect match:

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The teal was a bit trickier:

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It is not a perfect match but again I tried to find a better color sample and I could not. Maybe Ben Moore does not make that particular color and this was the closest match.

My next test was to find out if the app worked better or differently based on the brightness of the object.  I first ‘captured’ a picture in the sunlight:

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The colors were all reading beautifully:

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Then I tried the shade:

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The colors readings were not coming out very accurate in the shade.  They were reading darker which makes sense because the colors are darker in the shade. I  would stay with the sunlight/bright lighting for a more accurate match.

One last test.  The color capture app was working great with fabric, but what about with neutral wall colors?  This is how they all came out:

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The color above is supposed to be honeymoon af-345.  Same thing happened with alexandria beige hc-77. All gray.  Next I tried a wall painted raisin torte 2083-10:

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And it read as this:

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I tried with blues also, no luck.  It has to be the reflective value of the walls. The app was suggesting colors based on reading the walls as the picture came out- which was correct, just was not the same as the wall color.

My conclusions of the Ben Moore Color Capture app experience:

1)  I was really impressed with how well it worked with different fabrics. However, I was not impressed with the accuracy of painted wall colors.

2)  The color suggestions are most accurate when picture is taken in bright light or sunlight.

3) You should have the Ben Moore fan decks with you to check accuracy of color suggestions.

4)  The only problem I found that I was disappointed with was the combo and saving feature. I tried to save a few favorites and then when I tried to retrieve in ‘combos’, the program would automatically shut down and bring you back to your home screen. I tried to find support but could not find help anywhere on app or online.

5) I really liked the harmony feature.  It gives you other coordinating colors to work with that you might not have thought of yourself.

Overall, I really like the app and will continue to use with fabric.  Plus it was free! What more could you ask for when looking for help in selecting a paint color?

Comments?  Have you tried this app yet? Did you think it was accurate?

If you need help finding perfect colors for your home, contact me today!

Online Dining Room Color Help

June 13, 2011

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Last week I had an online color consultation with a sweet, young girl named Meg.  Her and her boyfriend had just moved into their first apartment and did not have a lot of money to spend. She had written to me asking if I could give her suggestions for her apartment dining room.


“I think any advice on how to clean up/brighten/freshen up the dining room would be great! We don’t really use it that often, but maybe if it was more welcoming, we would. We do have the Ben Moore color Cork (2153-40) painted in the living room.”


That is a good thing the landlord allows them to paint. Obviously we had to work with the cork color because the living room is so visible from the dining room.  The first color that came to mind was black.  Black and cork look so great together!  But I doubted she wanted black dining room walls.

One suggestions is to go lighter on the color strip to desert tan 2153-50 or rich cream 2153-60.

Desert Tan                                                     Rich Cream

Another suggestion would be the complementary color(the color opposite on the color wheel)of yellow-orange which would be a blue-violet color such as wild orchid 2072-40:

Wild Orchid                                                         Cork

I love the orchid but we will have to see what the boyfriend thinks!  Another color I think would work beautifully is a bluish gray called Solitude AF-545:

Pottery Barn-benjamin moore aura paint solitude

(Color here looks bluer than actual color)

I also gave her suggestions for great looking, but inexpensive window treatments:

Product ImageTarget- $19.99

Look at this great Dwell tablecloth at Target For $19.99 here:  Love it!!DwellStudio® for Target® Blossom Tablecloth - 90" Round


Saxon Table Runner and Four Placematsoverstock.com  $23.99

For future projects (when money allows), I suggested to change the chandelier lighting fixture to something a bit more updated:

Three Tone Leaves 13 1/2" Wide Black Swag Chandelier lampsplus.com-  $129.99 (free shipping)


George Kovacs Etched Glass Diffuser Mini Pendant ChandelierLampsplus.com  $130.91 (free shipping)

For this wall, I suggested trying the large black armoire currently on the other side of the room to this wall:


If that doesn’t work, a buffet or console table on this wall would be great with a lamp and mirror that will also work in her new home someday:

Avington Console Table - Dark TobaccoTarget.com  $119.99 or:

Lachlan Glossy Black Sofa Table Overstock.com  $104.99

Cut-Corner Square Mirror Edge 21 1/2" Wide Wall Mirrorlampsplus.com  $99.98

lampsplus- $69.91 (free shipping)

I also gave her a good tip for now and future use: The pictures you have hanging on the wall (below) should be brought together to make them more of an impact instead of just floating on the wall separately.  I usually suggest leaving a 2” space between them.


Do you see that funky crown molding?  This looks like an older home.  She has it decorated so cute!  I think painting the walls would be my top suggestion to really make the space come alive, and freshen and brighten up the room like she requested.  Then as the budget allows, purchase a tablecloth or runner that she loves and window treatments. I tried to give her different inexpensive solutions.  I remember when I lived in my first apartment, I could barely afford food!  I feel she has a good head on her shoulders that she trusted herself to pay for a consultation knowing that in the long run it will save her a lot of headaches, money and time.


If you need affordable help updating your space,contact me today!

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