Valentine’s Day Color Your World Gift Ideas

February is on the calendar, a twenty-eight day filled month busy with several notable dates to celebrate.  Special attention however, is laser-focused on the 14th day of the 2nd month of the calendar year.  The celebration of love comes bearing Valentine’s Day Color Your World Gift Ideas for the one or ones you love.

Friends, family and that special someone- love is all around.

Valentine's Day themed paint colors

1. Sherwin-Williams Red Obsession SW7590  ||  2. Valspar First Kiss c1220 ||  3. Sherwin-Williams Heartthrob SW6866 ||  4. Valspar Lovely Love Song 2009-4  ||  5. Valspar Sweety Pie 1008-4B ||

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The color spotlight beautifully beams on the color palette of red and pink joined hand in hand with complementing shades .

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Let’s look at a few Valentine’s Day Color Your World gift ideas beginning with Valentine’s Day gifts of wine and roses.

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The Million Roses

Classic candy treats for your sweet.

Fannie May Valentine's Assorted Chocolate Heart

Fannie May Valentine’s Assorted Chocolate Heart

Share the love by hosting a home sweet home celebration built for two, or a Galentine’s Day get-together, or a Friends 4ever soirée.

You get the Valentine’s Day at home idea.

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For Her:

Be it real, faux or fashion, you can’t go wrong with jewelry.  Tap into your inner Carrie Bradshaw for Valentine’s Day with this Forever New Sterling Silver CZ Love Bolo Bracelet.  This inexpensive fashion piece is pure Valentine’s Day fun and proves love is all around.

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Pair it with these not so inexpensive, but oh so Valentine’s Day fabulous earrings.

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Diamond Halo Stud Earrings (1/3 ct. t.w.) in 14k White Gold

If fashion faux is more your thing, these Rhodium over Sterling Silver Stud Earrings from JTV is the style ticket.  I have this exact pair, and they never fail  to pull the look together.  The price is right, and the look is fashion jewelry fabulous.

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For Him:

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Stuhrling Original Men’s Ascot Quartz Leather Strap Watch

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Hickey Freeman Textured Cuff Links

I like unique ideas for Valentine’s Day cards.  Waterlogue is an app that masterfully transforms your photos into watercolor works of art. Photograph a subject, upload to Waterlogue, choose a filter and voilà – a to you, from me unique keepsake Valentine’s Day card. 

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Why celebrate with the one you love for just one day?   I’m thinking Valentine’s Day Color Your World Gift Ideas getaway!

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Paper Source

I find the Travel + Leisure Incredible Romantic Getaways in Every State guide an excellent source of travel inspiration.

Ultimate Sinatra

Music and travel, music and travel (to the tune of Love and Marriage)- Ultimate Sinatra leading the travel playlist along with these gift of travel essentials for him and her guarantees a memorable Valentine’s Day getaway to be celebrated in cool and romantic style.  Audio books travel well, too.

“Are we not like two volumes of one book?”

~Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

 

Now for the travel goods good stuff:

HEX Aspect Duffel Bag

HEX Aspect Duffel Bag

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Contigo® SnapSeal 20oz Stainless Steel Travel Mug

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Alligator-Embossed Leather Golf Ball Case

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Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio

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Dr. Carver’s Shave Butter

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Lacoste Lerond Leather Sneaker

“I want to leave as soon as I can.  

I think I was born with a suitcase.”

Sherman Alexie

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MIA TORO  24in Love Hardside Spinner Trolley

Wrapped up in Valentine’s Day beauty makes one ready to brave the elements of winter weather drenched in soft, yet striking color.

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American Trends Women’s Fall Winter Scarf ~Blanket Wrap Shawl 

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Style + Comfort= Chic Travel Footwear
Ralph Lauren Jeorgia Gingham Slip-On Sneakers

Bath and Body:

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Falling In Love

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Roses et Reines Eau de Toilette

Set the night or day to music.  I ordered this exact speaker because of the color.  Yes, the color.  It packs a mighty look and a mighty sound.

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UNITEK Aluminium Wireless Stereo Portable Bluetooth Speaker in Rose Gold 

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Camera 

Snap a souvenir photo from your adventure and frame it for a lasting memory.

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5×7 Jeweled Photo Frame

You’re on a mini vacation. Utilize this style power of the baseball cap for the drive home.

pink-baseball-hatPink Suede Baseball Cap

Thoughtful Valentine’s Day Color Your World Gift Ideas tokens of color crush, delicious delight, pattern play and weekend getaway glee fill the heart with Valentine’s Day I it fun.

The Very Right Of The White Kitchen

Pristine. Classic. Fresh. Timeless. Color trend with traction.  It seems the love affair between kitchen design and decorating and the very right of the white kitchen (or nearly all-white kitchen) is going stronger than ever.

white-kitchen-marble-countertopsKnock It Out of the Tuxedo Park Perfect!  Elle Decor

Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2016 Simply White is simply an excellent choice for your anchor, primary or accent kitchen color consideration.

The Very Right Of The White Kitchen

Choosing to go with a white or nearly all-white kitchen is by no means a color sellout.

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Modern accents such as the Tom Dixon mirror ball pendants in white hot off the presses metal finishes give good glam.

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A white kitchen is anything but boring, uninspiring or underwhelming.

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The color white in company of designer, winter, off and ivory shades and tones invariably makes a lasting color impression.  Let it capture the life and the heartbeat of the space.

evans2Birmingham Home & Garden

Immersed in natural light from floor to ceiling, the kitchen in this historic Livingston, New York, home features antique architectural elements. The kitchen cabinets are fashioned from antique windows, and the well placed pendant lights, center island lantern and black and white tile flooring only serves to further enhance the predominately white color palette. Unpretentious in design, this white hot kitchen is farmhouse fabulous on steroids.

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Highlighting the effectiveness of natural light coupled with distinctive Louisiana architectural elements, this kitchen-dining space combination becomes the design feature of this custom home from award winning St. Tammany, Louisiana Highland Homes.

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The rich natural accent colors present in the decorative wood beams and flooring play well to the white countertops, striking center island chandelier, kitchen cabinetry and custom range hood.

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No natural light to be found?  Fret not. white-kitchen-lighting-fixtures

Gorgeous kitchen lighting options in white will infuse the white kitchen with light and style in white hot color palette perfection.

white-kitchen-colorsStyle at Home

When selecting kitchen materials, the color white continues to dominate the field.  Feast your eyes upon the examples below.  Gorgeous, gorgeous, and did I mention gorgeous?

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A hand-glazed white ceramic subway tile backsplash brilliantly paired with Carrara marble makes a striking decor follow-through.

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White ironstone china stands out from the  gallery wall in decorative sync with the herringbone pattern reclaimed elm hardwood floors.

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Complementing colors and accents come together to produce a stellar focal point while supplying all the contrast needed to make a bright and bold, white hot white kitchen statement.

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I’ve looked at well over sixty pictures for this post, and this one from Apartment Therapy never fails to impress.  I love the clean lines and distinctive design.  The theory of less is more applies here.

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Size does matter, but it is not always the design feature afforded the space. The kitchen in this New York studio apartment demonstrates how proper design can result in optimization of space and function.  Big or small, that is the desired design result of today’s working kitchen.  The custom cabinetry is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Dove Wing.

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It may only be the base on which you build your color palette, but the color white commands and keeps the attention of a space.  It is the neutral of choice.

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“White has stood the test of time because it’s clean and fresh.  And those two words — clean and fresh — are classic words for describing a great kitchen. There isn’t a better way to approach design.”

 Mick de Giulio


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The white kitchen (or nearly all-white kitchen) is still going strong.  Does the clean, fresh, crisp and pristine look of the very right of the white kitchen (or nearly all-white kitchen) continue to appeal to your design and decor taste?

Combining Classic Elegance With Modern Chic: The Color Palette Jackpot

Last week I featured the Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2016 Simply White.  Let’s keep the color palette conversation going, shall we?  Many decorating moons ago, the color wheel of decorating fortune landed on the color palette jackpot.  Jackpot of inspiration, that is.

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The decorating jackpot was, in fact, a realization which forever changed my way of thinking and decorating.  Combining classic elegance with modern chic in the places and spaces of the houses Dave the Builder and I were flipping met with the delight of the real estate buying public. That is one test, if passed, that will validate the design and decorating choices you are making.

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Transitional or traditional with a modern twist offers the best of both decorating style worlds.  I quickly discovered transitional colors play well with traditional styles and the traditional fall color palette.  Don’t get me wrong, I am totally on design board with the classic warm tones and colors generally associated with the fall color palette, but at the same time I don’t strictly adhere to the if it isn’t broke don’t fix it rule of thumb.

color-blocked-accent-chairsAnthropologie

Thumbing through fan decks, color chips and shelter magazines for color inspiration connected the dots between color as an accent and color as the focal point.  I believe we can all agree color anchors, emphasizes, enlivens and transforms a space.  For those times when a space calls for a powerhouse pop of color, may I present a collection of transitional colors or your decorating consideration.

fall-vivid-colorsTraditional Home  ~ Paint Colors Upon Request

Common, expected and (dare I say it) traditional choices can be a “safe” decorating choice, but at the same time a boring choice. I recently saw the image below and attached quote from Isaac Mizrahi on House Beautiful’s Facebook page.  I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Mizrahi if by tasteful he means boring.

“I’m all about exuberance. We only have one short life to live, and we shouldn’t waste it being tasteful.”

Isaac Mizrahi

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Try implementing an uncommon color choice into an otherwise common color situation.  Take a chance, folks.  Trying new things is what puts the fresh and fun in decorating.

fall-interior-paint-colors-antiquesOne Kings Lane ~ Paint Colors Upon Request

Let’s look at a around our house favorite, decorating with antiques.  When it comes to decorating with period antique pieces and the selection of complementing or even contrasting decorative accessories, my advice is to think outside of the crayon color box.  Neutral, schmeutral- pop the color to it.

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Vivid, strong and brilliant transitional colors emphasize and heighten the rich color pigments found in rosewood, mahogany, oak and walnut woods.

fall-tones Farrow & Ball Blazer ~ Behr Exotic Honey ~ Kitchen: Better Homes and Gardens

Color is and always will be an integral component to tying the total look of the space together.  I call it hitting the color palette jackpot.

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Benjamin Moore Color Of The Year 2016 Simply White

Benjamin Moore Color Of The Year 2016 Simply White is simply stunning.  One of the biggest decorating misconceptions is that in selecting the color white as an anchor or primary space color you are settling for a boring, uninspiring or underwhelming color choice.

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I am of the strong opinion that all color begins and ends in shades of white.

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The color palette power play made by Benjamin Moore Simply White is based in its clean, pristine and polished versatility.  Wall, trim, floor, cabinetry and furniture. Yes, yes, yes, yes and  a resounding yes.

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It may only be the base on which you build your color palette, but Benjamin Moore Simply White commands and keeps the attention of these spaces.  Allow me to point out how the fresh palette and layers of natural light wraps the space in warmth.

simply-white-dining-roomHuestis Tucker Architects, LLC

This entire space from floor to ceiling is painted in Benjamin Moore Simply White, proving the visual effectiveness of the color white.  No blending into the woodwork here- the rich tones and glorious golds of the accents and furnishings instantly attract the eye.

simply-white-breakfast-areaIn the Fields – Simply White

In my opinion Benjamin Moore got the 2016 Color of the Year: Simply White right. Thoughts?

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Rental Refresh Upgrades: The Comforts of Home

Continuing the rental refresh upgrades conversation:

Pulling back the reins on major decorative and design improvements to a rental is a financially sound practice if you are not renting to own, making improvements to the property in return for rent credit or taking up residency for the long haul.  Dave the Builder and I completely overhauled, remodeled, refreshed and spiffed up our first home, a darling mid-century cottage lease purchase property.  I loved the bones of the house, but the decor stood still somewhere in the 1950s.  In the beginning we remodeled and refreshed for the comforts of home sake with caution, choosing to update through lighting and color.  I cannot beat the color drum enough- it really is the most bang for your buck way to infuse style into a home.

kitchen_melissa-leeLove, love, love!  Design Sponge

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In the case of our son’s rental home, the kitchen is small but workable in regards to design, function and affordable possibilities.  Presently, the walls are painted red and the cabinets are white laminate with oak trim 1980s #throwbacks.  You know the ones!  Dave the Builder and I scrimped, saved and sacrificed to remodel the kitchen in our first house.  We thought this style of kitchen cabinet was the bee’s knees, and according to the kitchen design magazines and showrooms a whole lot of other people did too!

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Millennials love retro, and although everything old eventually becomes a new trend again, the dated oak trim will be modified with paint and new cabinet pulls added.   Since replacing the cabinets is cost prohibitive laminate it is!  As I explained to our son the pros of laminate cabinet fronts and countertops, he came around to the practicality of keeping the original cabinets in play. Laminate is a very forgiving surface to work with. The upkeep is minimal, and that works in any kitchen.  No need to throw the baby out with the bath water.

The Comforts of Home

Strategic pops of color and an accessories mix of warm metals with a modern spin will complement the neutral paint palette and introduce that new kitchen look.

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Please excuse the poor quality of these images. The combination of bad lighting and a cell phone camera gets you a color distorted photo.  The master bedroom walls are painted with Benjamin Moore’s Museum Piece.  The color in the above image is no where near the true color that is Museum Piece, so to my sources I go for an image that does capture the true color.

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Great color choice!

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Master bedroom furnishings and accessories with a hint of Louisiana coastal chic will literally offer the comforts of home.

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Final suggestions for decor accessories and furnishings lean toward DIY chic projects, hacks and thrifted treasures.  His girlfriend scored a great coffee table and reinterpreted the style with paint and embellishments.  Our style council agreed a chic credenza with a Mad Men mid-century interpretation will mix things up like a dry martini.

“By acquiring all of your furniture from different eras and places and things that are expensive and inexpensive, it will make your end product have a great spirit.”

Kelly Wearstler

The treasure hunt is on for one in all Don Draper glory.  A fantastic period piece in great condition that comes with the extra added bonus of a quality finish, impressive lines, scale and focal point presence to die for is out there, and a can of Johnson paste wax and a soft cloth will put the period at the end of the very stylish and on-trend sentence.

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I will end this post with an observation from my earlier Rental Refresh Upgrades post.  Does it makes sense and cent$ to make updates and improvements to a rental property?  Absolutely!  Focus less on the fact your new residence is a rental and more on the fact that your new residence is where you call home.  All things house that make a home come together to make the out of your own pocket rental refresh upgrades worth it in the name of the comforts of home, convenience and personal style.

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For Rent: Rental Refresh Upgrades

Today’s blog post is brought to you by the letter R for rental refresh upgrades. The conversation of late between mama and papa Places In The Home and our soon to be college graduate son heading up to the Great White North to begin his career has revolved around rental property viewings, interiors, exteriors, accents (eh?) and scads of all things house that make a home (rented or owned) furnishings.  This is the time of year when thoughts of apartments, condos, townhomes and single-family houses for rent and rental refresh upgrades begin to take center stage in the minds of college bound students, career starting college grads and newlywed couples.  According to recent real estate and business reports, millennials trend more toward renting than buying.

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The genius of internet listings, video viewings, real estate apps and Skype proves an essential tool in locating a property.  With a few clicks, well placed phone calls and virtual tours, our son has successfully rented a two story Victorian-era style home.  Now comes the fun part- the rental refresh upgrades.  He and his girlfriend are currently in putting a stylish spin on his new abode mode.  This is not our son’s first time at the rental rodeo.  He knows all too well renting comes with caveats, and property management firms have rules and code restrictions that must be adhered to.  Addressing the aforementioned right off the bat clearly defines the can and cannots.  Fortunately, the home owner is on board with the updates and rental refresh upgrades our son wants to do to the property.

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Fresh paint  rules the rental refresh upgrade playbook.   I ran across this quote yesterday and it really hit home.

“Color is the least expensive thing to put in a house.” —Ruthie Sommers

Color often gives the biggest return on your interior decorating investment. Paint is an instant update and covers a multitude of previous tenant color choice sins and the scuffs, streaks and uh-ohs made when moving out.  As a housewarming gift, Mr. Girlfriend’s Dad is painting the entire interior and key exterior areas of the house.  Going with a neutral color palette allows more breathing room in regards to accents and furnishings.  Landlords and property managers love neutral palettes, and come closer to approving the request for painting with this color choice.

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My inbox is experiencing a high volume of before, during and after pictures.  It’s exciting to be in the loop, share in the progress and to be asked to be a part of the process .

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Does it makes sense and cent$ to make updates and improvements to a rental property?  Absolutely!  Focus less on the fact your new residence is a rental and more on the fact that your new residence is where you call home.  All things house that make a home come together to make the out of your own pocket rental refresh upgrades worth it for the sake of your comfort, convenience and personal style touch.

Rental Refresh Upgrades

So worth it rental refresh upgrades good to go as in take it with you when you go ideas range from a programmable thermostat, stylish mirrors in bathrooms, accent rugs, light switch and wall plates, cabinet knobs and pulls, new shower head(s) and focal point light fixtures to exterior walkway lighting, planter boxes and a decorative mailbox.  Renting or buying, it really is amazing how a sense of personal style, displaying objects of individual interest and decorating with accents that capture and convey your personality makes a house a home.

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I’ll leave it there for today’s post and pick it back up with more pictures and suggestions for rental refresh upgrades.

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Who’s Ready For Summer?

Who’s ready for summer?  The first day of summer officially arrived yesterday. No calendar needed.  It was hot, it was outdoor living at its finest, it was an excellent party guest!  Summer is on tap.

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Dave the Builder snapped the pic of my brother’s freshly cleaned swimming pool right before he dove in.  A cool summer splash revives the mind and refreshes the body on a hot summer afternoon.  All winter long we wished for summer, and believe me, the great genie of hot with a huge dose of humidity granted our wish. Do be careful what you ask for.

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If summer means I get to color my summer world with tropical brights,

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fresh and green right off the farm to table seasonal vegetables and fruits,

farmers-market-summerEd Lester Farms ~ Coushatta, Louisiana via Janohn’s (Official FB Page)

and accents in the so summer appropriate classic color combination of pink and green then I say bring it on

pink-and-green-breakfast-areaTraditional Home

I am seriously considering developing a signature paint color in a stunning shade of pink to pay homage to my first true color love.  The name of my paint color?  I pink therefore I am.  I have a long history with the color pink. My first design and decorating endeavor dates back to the late 1960s, when my very brave and trusting Mother allowed me carte blanche with the paint color and wallpaper selections for my bedroom. The standout feature of this wallpaper was the texture. The colors and pattern design captured the flower child chic groovy sign of the times, but it was the the texture of this wallpaper that made an impression on me.

sweetie“Sweetie” by Inaltéra

I love the summer of 1968 movie With Six You Get Eggroll, starring Doris Day and Brian Keith.  Inspiration is everywhere, and evidently it was at the movies for me.  I don’t believe it a mere coincidence that my bedroom design and decorating choices closely mirrored the master bedroom of the McClure residence as shown below.

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benjamin-moore-sweet-16Benjamin Moore sweet 16 pink

Summer is a three month fest of vacations, outdoor living it up entertaining, interior updates and refreshes with summer colors, patterns and textures and relaxing on the patio, porch or deck with a cool beverage embracing the lazy days of summer.  Who’s ready for summer?

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