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Be Sure To Include Designer in ALL Design Decisions in New Home Build

February 25, 2018

I have recently began a new home design project under construction in Jackson, NH. The home is right down the street from me which is great:


The homeowners are requesting a rustic look with a bit of elegance. When I was contacted, I was ask to provide all design services in making the homeowners a ready-to-move-in home. From the plans:

dave plans

To making all of the inside design decisions. So, my issue with including the designer in ALL design decisions is this: I found out today from the builder that the home owner decided to stop at a local kitchen and bath store and chose cabinets and countertops for the bathrooms:

dave bath cabinets

The black bottom cabinet is the style door they chose. The cabinets will be made from knotty alder, the small, lighter wood piece above, in a natural finish. The vanity top is a Tempest Gold quartz.

All of the bathroom choices will be used in ALL of the baths throughout home except master bath.

The kitchen choices they selected are also knotty alder with a cappuccino burnt sienna glaze and highlight:

dave cabinets

I really like the kitchen cabinets and they do work well for this area. Would these have been my suggestions for all the cabinets and countertops? Maybe, maybe not.  I would have liked to work on the project with the homeowners selecting all items for the home.  They could have seen my vision, my ideas. Why I would chose this, and why not that. Maybe they dreamed of a gray/blue bathroom walls. Now, that color choice is out because of the bossy quartz. I would have liked to give them other options. But this is already decided. My job now is to find colors that will work with the countertops and cabinets. I also need to select tile for bath floors, tile for showers and also paint colors using the decisions they selected.

So working with the kitchen:

dave kitchen plans

dave kitchen

Nice open floor plan. The island is 11 feet long!

dave first floor

Selecting paint colors for the walls, here is my choice I think will work best with coordinating with the kitchen cabinets and countertops, plus work in open concept rooms, up and down the stairs and also the upstairs hallway:

dave revere

Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter. The rooms are sunny and bright and I think it will work really well throughout. I took my large sample board over to the home and it looks like a soft neutral gray throughout.

For the bathroom, there were not a lot of colors that will work with well both the counter and cabinets. This gold paint color :

dave gold

Ben Moore Tumeric AF-350 really looks nice with the granite. But I do not think they would like gold painted walls in all of their bathrooms. I tried several colors until I found the best neutral I think will work best with the cabinets and counters:


Ben Moore Muslin CC-110. A very soft neutral color with slight undertone of orange. Great color to use with yellow or orange based cabinets. Thinking of gold fixtures which are popular and will bring out the gold in the countertops. I will go over the paint color selections with the homeowners and let you know what happens!

It is going to be a beautiful new home. Plus, it is located right on a ski slope:


Image how fun it would be to sit and watch the skiers ski by!

A lot of design decisions coming up and will share with you as the process continues! Have a great weekend everyone!

Kelly xo

Color Crush: Benjamin Moore Collingwood

January 31, 2018

I think Ben Moore’s Collingwood OC- 28 is a great neutral color that is often overlooked for the more popular colors such as Revere Pewter and Edgecomb Gray.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Collingwood OC-28

Did you know that Collingwood is one of the most ‘true’ grays, (non-undertoned gray), in the Benjamin Moore color palette collection? It does have a slight undertone of purple, but in all of my years specifying this paint color for clients, I have never heard anyone ever complain of actually seeing purple in their room:



Unlike Revere and Edgecomb, (which are grays with green undertones with some beige mixed in), Collingwood does not change from gray to greige depending on the light in a room. It stays a true soft gray in all lighting.Read More

Master Bedroom ReDesign 101- It’s Time for You!

January 6, 2018

Have you updated your master bedroom within the last few years? Does your room always get pushed aside for other projects? Well, let’s make 2018 the year for you to refresh your bedroom retreat:

marsha-guest-room new

Maybe you only need a quick mini-facelift with updated accessories. January is home décor sale month so now is the time to purchase new items.

But if you are looking for advice for a complete bedroom do over, this post is for you!

Step One: The Bed.

The bed is the focal point/star of the room. You must make it a statement piece to get that ‘wow’ look for the room. How?

Headboard: Do you love your existing headboard? Are you ready for a change? Have you considered using a headboard only, no side rails or footboard? This is a great choice if your space is at a minimum. I have been suggesting upholstered headboards for bedrooms because they give you the best (modern, classic) look at many different price ranges:

marsha headboard


Look at the customer reviews to help narrow your search. Another reason I like using an upholstered headboard is that the fabric helps soften all the hard edges in the room, (walls, dressers, etc.) The color I suggest purchasing is an off white or ivory. Both will work well with both white bedding or beige bedding:



I try to steer away from beige headboards because beige has undertones, strong red or yellow, and may be difficult to find bedding to work well. Look how this headboard is ‘sticking out’ and clashing with the bedding:Read More

Just A Reminder

January 5, 2018

I just wanted to let you know that the January 2018 issue of my newsletter ‘Roominations’ will be published tomorrow, January 7! This issue is packed with great content:

* This month’s special post is for those who are looking to update their master bedroom suite:



* This issue answers this month’s Reader Question, “ Hi Kelly, I have a grey sofa and Brown lazy boy chair I’m trying to match a loveseat or 2 chairs do you have any suggestions please help.”

* In this newsletter I also share a few ‘Beautiful Bedroom Accessory Finds’ to finish off your bedroom redesign.

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Guest Room Transformation with Amazing Before & After Photos

November 11, 2017

Marsha, we have outdone ourselves this time with your guest bedroom makeover!  As always, working with you has been such a pleasure. I love how well we work together searching and finding the next perfect piece to our design puzzle. Your new guest room is just beautiful! :

marsha dresser mirror

Marsha and I have worked on several home projects online together in the past few years. She lives in Illinois, I am in New Hampshire. This time she was looking to update her guest room:


marsha guest room

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Review of Paint Finishes

July 25, 2017

This is an older post, but I thought since I have received so many questions from readers lately about which paint finish is best to use where, I thought I would post again:

I seem to get asked quite a bit, which paint finish/sheen should be used on the ceiling, walls and trim. Here are a few quick and easy ways I use to remember paint finishes:

all finishes


* Paint finish means the same as paint sheen.

* Another way to think of sheen is to think of amount of shine your want.

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