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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Lost, destroyed, misplaced. These are not the words we want associated with the photos of our lives. A couple of weeks ago I received an email from my have camera, will photograph uncle with these blast from the past photos attached. Tears rolled down my cheeks for the memories and thankfulness to have these back in my life as we know it photo file once again, grainy finish and all. I have titled this blog post the decorating way, way back. For the hip and happening hashtag crowd, let’s go with #WaybackWednesday on this #ThrowbackThursday eve.
These photos were taken at our old house. Originally we purchased this house as an investment property, but it made financial and logistical sense (and cents) to just move into the property while we were in all out renovation mode with our present home. On this particular afternoon in early 2000 when these photos were taken, family and close friends gathered back at our home after the funeral of my maternal grandmother. My grandmother, a self-made woman and antiques dealer extraordinaire, taught me the world of antiques. I see her everyday when I glance at the many items given to us by her and proudly displayed throughout our home. Dave the Builder and I have always been big on including family mementos into our decor. Decorating with what you love makes a house your home.
The decorative anchors of the fireplace mantel consist of two of my most treasured treasures.
The vintage rose bowl was an anniversary gift from Dave the Builder. I spotted it in a friend’s antiques store and commented to Dave how I wished I could find one similar to it in our treasure hunting rounds. As soon as I opened the anniversary gift and saw the rose bowl I knew its new home would be on the fireplace mantel. Of course, this was before my graceful handling resulted in its chip and crack demise.
The Hull Magnolia ewer on the other end of the mantel was Dave the Builder’s paternal grandmother’s. When Dave and I first started dating he was using the ewer as a doorstop. A doorstop! Dave, this is an exquisite, mint condition piece of American pottery. Please visit your local home improvement store for all your doorstop needs. It is a sheer miracle the ewer did not end up like the rose bowl.
The den was painted in Sherwin Williams Fired Brick. The photos cast an altogether different color.
This is the dining room in our present home painted in Fired Brick. Lighting is key to true color reads.
Addresses, hair colors, waistlines and fashions have changed over the last fifteen years. Trends have ushered us toward painted furniture, neutrals as color and new traditional modern. If I had to do the interior of this particular style home all over again, I don’t believe I would change too much of the original interior selections. They say you can’t go back, but you can remain true to your personal interior design and decor style without apology or comparison. It’s called decorating with what you love.
Top of the morning to you on this beautiful and most appropriate day to shine the St. Patrick’s Day spotlight on the color green. May good luck and great design and decor inspire you today and everyday!
I am excited for the debut of the green Ball American Heritage Collection jars. With spring decor inspiration flowing, these most definitely will be on the gotta have it list. Fresh and green takes on a whole new meaning.
Glamour is served and served well in this Kelly Wearstler designed kitchen in the home of Cameron Diaz. Lacquered in a custom green paint, the look perfectly proves the point that not all kitchens are meant for white cabinets.
Interiors that incorporate the color green as the main palette choice or as a well appointed accent color will invariably catch the eye. Reason? The color green associates a natural beauty with a tangible balance. It’s a color that easily flows from space to space, shade to shade with the base elements of classic design and decor.
A tedious decor project I’ve been working on collided head on with my consulting duties last week. My schedule got crazy busy and caused a delay in my posting. Taking a break from the monotony of term sheets and contracts, I shifted my attention to an at home project long overdue. It’s time to choose a new dining room paint color. It’s no secret how much I love Sherwin-Williams Fired Brick, but with the lack of natural light in the dining room it is proving to be on the dark side. The lighting of a space (or lack thereof) is a crucial factor to consider in the selection of paint colors.
The color choice needs to complement the new kitchen paint color, Curio Gray. Considering the foyer wallpaper, drapes, and dark finish of the living room suite (not my fav, but it keeps the peace), I’m leaning towards the pink/red family of colors- one with a whisper, a scant hint of pink with a café au lait base. When done right, pink defies the connotation of frill and femininity so closely associated with the color. Achieving light, tone, and shade synergy is the trick. First up is Valspar Mesa Sand.
Paint color samples can fool the eye. I highly suggest purchasing a sample container ($2.98 at Lowe’s) of the color(s) you are considering and trying it out on the wall. Paint a large enough area of the wall and let the paint completely dry in order to get a good and proper color read.
Well that’s a big no go on the Mesa Sand! What a paint color sample looks like on a chart or in a can is very different from what it will actually look like on the wall. Mesa Sand looks to be the perfect shade of brownish pink in the first image, a peachy salmon with a brown base in the paint sample image, and a flat beige on the wall. On to the next choice.
During a recent all in the family design consultation the question “how would mom decorate it?” was asked and answered. The it I refer to is the townhouse our son will soon call home. He is on the move once again in the pursuit of higher education and stylish digs. Thus begins our adventures in decorating rental property. Our son has a clear and concise idea of what he wants on the education front, but questions his decorative decisions on the latter. I always chuckle when I see a bumper sticker declaring “My son/daughter and my money go to LSU.” I’m considering printing up a couple of custom stickers that declare “My son and my money and my furniture, home furnishings, and home decor accessories go to LSU.”
It’s important when decorating rental property to be fully aware of the rules and limitations regarding changes to the existing decor, but to also keep a personal stamp of style in mind. Color does just that. The color palette I’m suggesting consists of his all time favorite colors. Not quite nautical in nature, but close enough to glean inspiration from. It’s been established the living area and kitchen colors will remain as is for the following two reasons:
1. A neutral color palette in a common area works to your advantage. Neutral colors are wildly popular because most everyone lives well with them. With that in mind, it’s a safe assumption a neutral color palette in shared areas will reduce the risk of conflicting tastes with the roommate. Your security deposit dollars and post graduation time schedule thank you in advance for your consideration.
2. Introduce color through accent pieces and home decor accessories. It’s much easier to add and subtract on a smaller scale than to go big or repaint at this stage of the college housing game.
The decorative emphasis is on the bedroom. The floor plan offers enough space and full walls for better furniture placement. Windows are great, but can wreak havoc with furniture placement. Thankfully, this will not present a problem. Storage and a sufficient work area remain big considerations in the overall plan.
Let me share with you a renter/lessee tip. Before painting the interior or exterior of a property, obtain written permission from the landlord or property management firm. With written permission from the property management firm giving the okay to paint firmly in place, we’ve reached a color compromise of sorts. Sherwin-Williams Hyper Blue is the one color he is set on. We both agree the 14′ X 13′ bedroom is better equipped to do Hyper Blue decorative justice as a focal point color. Enter the accent wall.
“I Heart NY” is one of my favorite Sex In The Cityepisodes. Moon river, a red accent wall, and the charismatic Chris Noth aka Mr. Big made a lasting impression on me. That one red wall is captivating! Other than my gush, our son has no point of reference. Unfortunately, Dave the Builder does due to the years of overexposure to my obsession. Dave suggested the above image for visual reference. The decision has been made and we have a winner- a happy collegiate, a bedroom stylishly furnished, and one Sherwin-Williams Hyper Blue accent wall.
This nautical inspiration from Cottage Company Interiors is a great example of how to implement a classic design with a fresh perspective.
Dave the Builder insists on making a custom upholstered headboard. It’s a practical and affordable way to bring more color into the space and to create a striking look. One sheet of plywood, a jigsaw, upholstery foam, batting, upholstery fabric, and a staple gun will get the DIY job done.
For the next two months one thing is for sure- college decorating days are here again. This is a refresher course for me in the A,B,C’s of decorating rental property, an all in the family affair, and I’m loving every stylish minute of it!