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A Few New Favorite Decorating Books 2014

November 25, 2014

[pinterest]I found a few new design books just in time for my Christmas list. I love to receive new books and I think they make a perfect gift.

Here are some of my favorites coffee table book selections this year:

Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life by Erin Gates

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This book is on the top of my list. I love Erin Gate’s style and the photos in the book are beautiful:

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House Beautiful Think Small: Make the Most of Every Square Foot by House Beautiful

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Below is another of my favorites. Look how pretty even the cover is:

Sarah Style  by Sarah Richardson

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Sarah definitely has style!:

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Creating Elegant Interiors: Designers in Their Own Words by Melissa Mather

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This book got great reviews:

Flea Market Fabulous: Designing Gorgeous Rooms with Vintage Treasures by Lara Spencer

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Here is a great resource gift for someone thinking of redoing their kitchen:

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The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful by blogger Myquillyn Smith

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Just gorgeous!

One more book I thought would be interesting:

At Home with Madame Chic: Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life by Jennifer L. Scott

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Hmmm… Interesting!

Happy Thanksgiving my Friends! I hope you have a safe and happy Holiday!

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Why Is It So Hard For Us To Design Our Own Spaces?

February 7, 2013

It is so true! Why do we all have such a hard time making decisions when it comes to decorating our own home?

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We are just starting to redecorate our master bedroom. My husband has found the bed of this dreams… so starts another decorating story.

The paint is staying because the ceilings are high and there is a lot of wall space in our bedroom, so I would not dare to ask my husband to change it! The wall color is Alexandria Beige- which I will always love because of the way the color changes in the light. Anyway, so we have the bed, the dresser, nightstands so all that is left to decide is the colors!

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Too many colors, not enough time! I start going one way with colors, then I see something else I love, so then I want that too! Does this happen to you too?

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I did narrow it down to two color schemes. I love yellow and gray together:

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But every since I wrote about navy and coral together here, I just keep thinking about how excited I get every time I look at the two colors together:

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I just love the combination. How could you not? :):

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Well, time to get lost online for a little while. Between Pinterest and Houzz, I can lose a couple hours very easy. Pictures can be such great inspiration for good ideas, don’t you agree? Very addictive though! I will let you know what I decided next week.

Best Wall Color For Oak Cabinets

June 10, 2012

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One question I seem to be asked frequently from readers is “What color works best in a kitchen that has oak cabinets? I cannot/do not want to change my cabinets at this time.” Which color would you suggest?”

 

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All woods have undertones. Oak has yellow undertones that we need to be aware of. If you want your cabinets to ‘pop’ off the wall, then I would suggest a  blue or violet color which is the complimentary (across the color wheel) color of yellow. But most people do not want their cabinets as the main focus of the kitchen.

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I also feel blue in a kitchen gives you more of a country look:

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As I posted in my blog Best Wall Colors for Stained Trim , I typically do not like to suggest using a white paint with lighter wood cabinets for a few reasons. One-white has different undertones that do not always work with the yellow wood. Secondly, I personally do not like the look with no contrast since it looks a little too pale for me.

Yellow seem to be the color of choice for many people that have lighter wood cabinets. Yellow might work but my but only concern with yellow is that this color doesn’t really create any personality in the room. Without any contrast, the room tends to look a bit too boring for my taste.

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So, what is my suggestion for a wall color when you have oak/light cabinets?

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So green is my first choice when looking for a great color to work with oak or light wood cabinets. My color advice is based on working with oak cabinets. The floors or countertops were not taken into consideration for this example.

Do you agree  green is the best color for kitchens with oak cabinets? I also like a few terra cotta colors but that is for another day! Comments?

1/2015 New:  Here is a link to a new kitchen design with oak cabinets, here.

Here is the terra cotta post if you would like to see other options: Great Wall Color For Light/Medium Kitchen Cabinets

You can see more color ideas here.

If you need help choosing the perfect paint color for your home, contact me today.

Sofa In Front Of The Window?

April 24, 2012

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When it comes to rearranging the furniture at a client’s home, I always seem to have a hard time convincing clients to put the sofa in front of the window:

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They are worried that the sofa will cover up too much of the window and block the view. But if you think about it, the average sofa is only 32″ inches tall and measuring up from the floor that is not going to cover much of your view or window.

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I actually think it brings your eye over to the view and makes the outdoors the focal point of the room:

 

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Here is a great example I found this weekend in my own home: When we first moved into our NH home a couple years ago, I placed the chairs facing the window to sit and look outside:

Makes sense right? But this weekend my new sofa came in (yay!) and against my family’s wishes, I put that sofa right in front of the window!:

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It is amazing how much the room opened up and feels so much more welcoming. And I love sitting so close to the window and looking out (yes, the red rug is going).

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So if you are thinking of rearranging your furniture in the living room, try putting the sofa back against the window to see if you like the look in your room. I am so glad I tried it. I really love walking in the room now because it feels so open and welcoming with a gorgeous mountain background.

Do you agree that the sofa looks lovely facing into the room? It is such a welcoming space now. I love it!

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

Top Five Tips to Understanding Beige Undertones

October 26, 2011

Minneapolis Interior Designers & Decorators Martha O’Hara Interiors

1) Determine the undertone. All beige colors have either a red/pink, yellow, green or orange undertone. Period. That’s all you have to understand and learn. The color examples I have chosen below have very obvious undertones to help you ‘see’ the color underneath.

 

stonehouse 1039  red undertones         shelburne buff hc-28 yellow undertones

 

Lady Finger  1045 orange undertones                      manchester tan hc-81  green undertones

2) Remember to Compare. The easiest way to see the undertones in beige is by comparing the color to another beige that you know the undertone is either red, yellow, green or orange. Illustrated above are good examples of the undertones. Pick up a sample of each and carry them with you to help you compare to each other.

3) Understand the color red. The most difficult beige undertone to work with is:

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Red. Those red undertones just do not play well with others! Especially pinky beige with yellow beige because the yellow beige ends up looking ‘dirty’ next to the pinky beige. I have found the best colors to work with a red/pink beige are browns, cream and dark blues.

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4) Know which undertones to mix to create a unified room. To create the best put together, coordinated look when mixing undertones is to keep the red undertones with red undertones, yellow with yellow, green with green and orange with orange undertones.

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5) Practice makes perfect! The good news is that after you learn what is not working in a room with the undertones, you will be able to correct the mistake. Take a look at your carpet (is it a pinky beige?) and compare it to the beautiful Powell Buff that you painted your walls. Now that you have learned that pinky beige and yellow beige do not work together you can easily ‘fix’ the whole rooms looks by changing the wall color to a pinky beige also, such as shaker beige hc-45.

So I hope this helped you understand beige colors and their undertones better. If you want to be a color superstar like me, 🙂 you have to take Maria’s True Color Expert workshop!

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Benjamin Moore’s Top Searched Colors

October 20, 2011

This week on Benjamin Moore’s facebook page, they posted a collection of colors that are the most online searched. And the winner is…..

Shaker Beige HC-45:

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This list from Benjamin Moore is again a list full of neutrals. In my post Top 20 Selling BM Paint Colors for 2010, I noticed the list was all whites and neutrals. It really surprised me until someone pointed out that it probably was paint that was bought for trim and doors. That makes sense. I’ve also listed the entire list of runner up colors with photos below. Are any of them surprising to you?

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  • manchester tan HC-81:

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Don’t you love to be able to actually “see” photos of the rooms painted before you make your decision on which color to choose?

  • monroe bisque HC-26 :

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                white dove OC-17:

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  • bleeker beige HC-80:

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  • revere pewter HC-172:

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  • navajo white 947:

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  • lenox tan HC-44:

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  • hawthorne yellow HC-4:

Are these some of the colors you have searched lately? Just be aware of the undertones my decorating friends!

And Benjamin Moore’s 2012 Color of the Year:

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wythe blue HC-143.  Such a beautiful color.

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

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