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

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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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The Decorating Way, Way Back: Decorating With What You Love

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.

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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.

Bob-Dylan-quoteThe decorative anchors of the fireplace mantel consist of two of my most treasured treasures.

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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.

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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.

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The design of the house was a natural fit for our American antique pieces .

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The dining room was painted in Sherwin Williams Mint Condition.

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The den was painted in Sherwin Williams Fired Brick.  The photos cast an altogether different color.

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This is the dining room in our present home painted in Fired Brick.  Lighting is key to true color reads.

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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.

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Good Things and Warm Temps: Spring Is In Sight

Our local weatherman just made my day with the forecast that pays- sunny with an expected high of 78 degrees. Can I get a spring is in sight! The first day of spring didn’t necessarily bring spring like weather to some, but let’s look at the iced tea, water and lemonade glass half full.  Good things and warm temps will come to those who patiently bundle up this week.

beverage stationWedding Chicks– Photographer: Fondly Forever Photography

Now that the weatherman and the calendar have established that spring is in sight, one’s thoughts naturally turn to spring break vacation, daycation and backyardcation destination ideas.  There’s places to go, people to see and parties to plan.  I received an email from our friends at Pinterest inviting me to create a place board of my ideal dawn to dusk daycation.  Any guesses where we’re going?

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Times have definitely changed and styles have evolved, but fun in the sun with our SPF50+ on is still highly recommended.

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What colors do you see in your spring into summer color palette future?

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This season’s color crush is brought to you by Sherwin- Williams Aloe and Sherwin-Williams Bunglehouse Gray.  I love any excuse to contemplate and coordinate bedding with spring and summer colors and textures.

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The Barbara Barry Poetical Celadon Collection is about as let’s spring and summer update inspiring as it gorgeously gets. If the color blue had a scent Pure Grace by Philosophy is it.  The fresh and light scent makes a nice linen spray, and it’s my summer in a bottle scent suggestion.

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An acquaintance of ours has recently purchased a beach property in need of a decorative update or two.  Too many miles between us and certain time constraints makes this project a prime candidate for my edecorating services. I’ve been perusing shops and sites for furnishings and accessories that say beach chic.  I’ll share the design board with you all soon. Your comments are always welcome!

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St. Patrick’s Day Spotlight On The Color Green

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!

Agates and GeodesNatural Beauty

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.

green-ball-american-pint-jarsGreen Ball American Heritage Collection Pint Jars available at FOOD52

The decorative power a well placed antique piece has over a space never fails to amaze me.

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Shade of Shamrock~
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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.
Cameron-Diaz-kitchenWilliam Abranowicz for Elle Decor 
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.

It’s Time For A New Dining Room Paint Color

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.

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I’m heading in the direction of a barely there classic color palette that will:

~ frame the flow of  bookend color from foyer to butler pantry

~bring the French inspired ooh la la factor to the space

~ allow a better showcase for the existing light fixtures

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Farrow & Ball Setting Plaster is working for me. The sample is en route and my fingers are crossed.

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What project Dave the Builder will be tackling on his summer vacation is no longer a mystery.  I’ll show you what else I have in mind later in the week. Think light fixture.

 

 

Adventures In Decorating Rental Property

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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“I Heart NY” is one of my favorite Sex In The City episodes. 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.

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This nautical inspiration from Cottage Company Interiors is a great example of how to implement a classic design with a fresh perspective.

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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.

Resources:

Target:

Mudhut Jute Sphere Table Lamp $44.99

Threshold  Brown Side Table $89.99

Threshold Nolan Bonded Leather Club Chair with Nailhead Accents in Espresso $197.99

Metal Porthole Mirror $89.99

Threshold Avington Banker’s Chair in Dark Tobacco $135.99

Threshold Desk $99.99

Ottoman $24.98

Threshold Fuzzy Throw in Red $14.99

Overstock:

Pharmacy-Style Floor Lamp $94.66

Kirkland’s:

Storage Bench $249.99

Art.com:

Adding Machine Framed Art Print $64.99

Online Fabric Store:

Richloom Weston Navy Fabric $$20.05 per yard

 

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!

 

 

Color Me Inspired: Choosing Paint Colors

Choosing paint colors can be a daunting process, but it doesn’t have to be. Exterior or interior painting is by far one of the most inexpensive, impressive, and immediate options for changing and refreshing home decor. I like to think of color as personality plus in a gallon, quart, or sample size container.  It can infuse a space with decorative drama, calming appeal, or high octane energy.  It is proven that color affects our mood and how we perceive the feel of the space we are in.

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A couple of years ago on the eve of one of our trips out to America’s playground, I watched an interested show during Vegas Week on the Travel Channel.  The premise of the segment was how environment and interior design affects gamblers. Color plays a huge role in casino interior design, especially pertaining to the mood and behaviors of gambling guests. Blues are typically avoided due to their perceived calming effect, reds remains a popular color choice for the excitement factor, and purples evoke an intimate, warm, and inviting feeling.  Color holds the power to calm, excite, bore, and entice. It is a fascinating concept.

heirloom-tomatoesHeirloom Tomatoes~ Sherwin-Williams colors from top to bottom: Cherry Tomato, Daredevil, Quilt Gold, Luau Green, Real Red, and Auric

Color choices reflect our personalities and tastes.  Sure, there are implied and true rules for color selection in interior design.  Yes, smaller spaces appear larger when a lighter color is used, a softer paint color choice can be the better way to go in spaces with plenty of natural light, and a neutral palette is a focal points best friend.

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Between the walls of every space there is a colorful heartbeat. A color choice can come from a favorite article of clothing, piece of jewelry, home decor accessory or fabric, or a collectible.  I like this simple and logical principal- if a color makes a bold statement, the walls of a space can wear it well.

Schumacher IkatSchumacher Adras Ikat Print in Jewel~ Benjamin Moore colors top right to bottom: Exotic Red, Peony, Caponata, Mohair, Bavarian Cream, Abstracta, and Spring Purple

leather bound booksVintage Volumes~ Sherwin-Williams colors from top right to bottom left: Tricorn Black, Roycroft Copper Red, Cupola Yellow, Blue Mosque, Cerise, Spatial White, Gale Force, Auric, and Dutch Cocoa

 

When deciding what color to paint a space,  these are some of the things I take into consideration:

  • What is the overall feeling this space needs to convey?  Formal or casual?  Relaxing bedroom or high energy kitchen?
  • The visual flow and compatibility with the overall color palette.
  • Texture and sheen, or lack thereof.  Will it be flat matte or the soft sheen satin eggshell?  The glosses shine in the vein of durability- the choice range being the easy to clean sheen semi-gloss to the  woodwork, furniture, and high sheen, high traffic friendly high gloss.
  • Lighting.  A space blessed with plenty of natural light can support darker color choices.  Natural light will accent the prominent tone of the color. The color of the paint you see in the store will not be the color of the paint you see on the walls in your home.  Paint colors will cast different colors at different times of the day based on natural and artificial lighting (basically the same principal as photographing with natural light vs. night shots).
  • Small space + light colors= open up and say size.
  • Small space + the b&b principal (balanced & bold) = hello, gorgeous!

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  • Color is not just for walls. Painting a ceiling with a contrasting color or sheen creates a dramatic focal point that will spread the color love by guiding the eye to the wall color.
  • Hue you calling neutral?  White,  beige, black, and brown are no longer the only kids on the neutral block.  Flawless gray areas are considered a classic neutral.  A bold color can be the Switzerland of the space,  as long as warm and cool shades exist in colorful harmony while balancing the hue.

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All things do come together in a space to influence the whole of the look, and when the correct balance is achieved- look out!  A small space does tend to appear larger if lighter colors are used, but large patterns or bold colors balanced with the proper lighting can make a dramatic statement.  Painting is a great way to test the take a chance waters and step out of the decorative comfort zone. Most paint brands have paint samples for purchase.  Take the time to purchase paint samples of the color or colors you have narrowed your choice down to.

Roses~ Vincent van Gogh

Apply a couple of coats of the paint to an area on the wall you will be painting, allowing to completely dry.  Okay, turn on the lights, pull back the curtains or open the blinds, shutters etc… and let the light in.  Take a look, study, decide.  Hold that thought until later in the day when the light situation will be different.  Take a look, study, decide.  Now, hold that thought until evening when the light situation has once again changed. Take a look, study, decide.  The tones of the color will come to call at different times of day.  In other words, the color will show you how beautiful and right it is for you to live with at any time.

 

 

 

 

 

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Home Decor Gotta Have It List

Good Friday everyone!

I thought I would round out the master suite remodel posts with my home decor gotta have it list.  The home decor and home furnishings accessories treasure hunt is as fun as the finds, and I have had a blast searching and discovering  home decor wonders.  The gorgeous Thibaut fabric is a pop of color dream.

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A frog anything is always in order, and Butch the Bulldog has a face I can get a chuckle from.  I want to mount the iron goddesses to the wall as easels for a piece of art.  I’m contemplating using the corbels as bookends.  What do you think of the wallcovering choice for the master closet?  An  alligator and/or croc wallpaper is fittingly appropriate for Louisiana.  Please don’t assume I’m a swamp person, but I would be remiss if I did not add a “Choot ‘Em” to the alligator reference.  Click on the image to enlarge.

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Next week I will be featuring a guest post that I’m very excited about.  Be looking for it early in the week.  I hope you enjoy looking at  the items featured on the home decor gotta have it list.  Have a great weekend!