Blue, Brown and Aqua Color Palette

The color spotlight for this week shines on the palette perfection brought forth by the calm, serene and often understated elegance of a blue, brown and aqua color palette.

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A tried and true color palette choice, a blue, brown and aqua color palette is not your average lock you down to basic run-of-the-mill color palette option.

Selections of varying shades work together to serenely frame a space regardless of decorative style.

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From the subtle shades of coastal blues and tranquil aquas to a bold turquoise paired with a warm Moroccan, the blue, brown and aqua color palette strikes a perfected balance of blended shade and tone culminating in flawless color palette execution.

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Working with classic color palette combinations as the decorating foundation and building from there allows for a fresh perspective in the grand color palette scheme of things.


Aqua, turquoise, Tiffany or Wedgwood- the many tones, colors and shades available in the current paint, fabric, upholstery and wallcovering marketplace reflects the popularity of this palette and how it fits in with the design and decorating styles and tastes of today’s decoristas.

Bold Statement

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High Impact


Reserved Elegance

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Adventures In Decorating Rental Property

During a recent all in the family design consultation the question how would mom approach decorating rental property was asked and answered.

arches at LSU campus


Our son is on the move once again in the pursuit of higher education and stylish digs, and thus begins our adventures in decorating rental property.

He has clear and concise idea of what he wants on the education front, but questions his decorative decisions on the latter.


I’m considering replacing my LSU Mom bumper sticker with a custom sticker stating “My son and my money and my furniture, home furnishings, and home decor accessories go to LSU.”

LSU mom

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.

It’s been established the living area and kitchen colors will remain as is for the following two reasons:

A neutral color palette in a common area works to your advantage.

gray paint colors BHG photo by Marty Baldwin

Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Marty Baldwin

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.

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.

nautical color palette

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.

bedroom floor 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.


We both agree the 14′ X 13′ bedroom is better equipped to do a core color decorative justice as a focal point color.

Enter the accent wall.


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

Moon River.

A red accent wall.

The charismatic Chris Noth as Mr. Big.

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.


Sherwin-Williams Hyper Blue SW 6965  is the one color he is set on.

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 ABC’s of decorating rental property, an all in the family affair, and I’m loving every stylish minute of it!



When The Pear Begins To Rot: A Kitchen Repaint Project

Our  kitchen repaint is nearing the final stages however, my accessorizing vision is not quite at 20/20.

When we started the initial remodel of our house, the color choices I selected really made an impression on me.

My tastes change, lighting becomes unflattering, and I begin to question my past decor choices.

Do you do that?

I have the luxury of not being on a time clock when selecting  the color, design, and decor of my own home.

The process is slow, thorough, and one I try to make right the first go round.

Do I get it right the first time every time?

Of course not.

“Re” is a big part of my design and decor vocabulary.


The color selecting process has purposely been at a snail’s pace.

I wanted a rich color to complement the countertops and backsplash.

The space is blessed with natural light, white cabinets and molding, and tile flooring that is a decorative chameleon.

With all that going for the space one big issue went against it.

The previous kitchen paint color, Anjou Pear by Sherwin-Williams, was beginning to rot.

Anjou Pear is a beautiful color, but it was time for a change.

Dave the Builder was surprised to find out the kitchen was the redo target.

This all came about with me thinking I wanted to change the color of the dining room.

The more I studied the space, sketched out the ideas, and walked by the dining room 900 times a day, the more I realized I did not want to change the color.

The second I came to the realization it was in fact the kitchen in need of a change, the master plan decoratively began to come together.


Hello, Curio Gray by Sherwin-Williams.

Ours was not an instant attraction, but my how you have grown on me.


I fought the good fight against a television in the kitchen, but as you can see I lost.

The electrical and cable outlets are leftovers from my parent’s kitchen-office combo design.

Dave did not move them when he remodeled the kitchen because he wasn’t sure what we would do with the space.

Instead of moving the outlets he has suggested we simply buy a bigger television.

A master problem solver, that Dave the Builder.

The eyesores outlets will be relocated sooner than later.

The point of the image is to show the new home of the architectural pediment and the new lamp.

I have an antique iron fence piece in mind to complete the look.

baluster lamp

An Italian iron lantern in storage is the light fixture I’m leaning toward to replace the current alabaster chandelier in the breakfast area.

Paint colors choices for the perfect lantern patina are narrowed to three~


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Decorative decisions, decorative decisions.

Stay tuned.


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