The cutest house.

I had the pleasure of helping a really nice couple, who recently relocated from Chicago, color their new home. The house- an older, classically styled home with real square rooms (remember those?), fantastic moldings and trim, wood floors, etc…. You walk in and it just feels good- the abundance of warm, natural light certainly helps.

They are doing an overhaul (and a darn good one)- wood floors refinished in an espresso stain, 2 bathroom remodels, new fixtures, every room and all trim painted, etc… The best part? Well, there are many… but one that strikes me is the overall consistency in design that the remodel has brought to the home.

And the colors? They turned out well! We went with gentle, earthy, soothing, grayed-down tones by Benjamin Moore. We are really excited about the way the trim color turned out- we got it on the first try, and you know the whites? (they are tricky). A lucky break this time. We were going for a soft, slightly aged looking white (here it is)-

Here is a sneak peak of some of the rooms- please excuse the photos okay? They are still under construction, contractors and all :)

We had a great time working together and the project just seemed to flow. I will get back to you with pictures of the finished product, decorating and all!

Congratulations to the P’s on their beautiful new pad.


*{Mad for Moroccan}*

Have you been captured by HGTV’s House Hunters International by chance? I sure have! It is incredibly interesting to peak inside homes across the globe and appreciate the differences in style and amenities.

Last week I caught an episode taking place in Marrakech, Morocco in which a couple from England search for a vacation home. The places they viewed were just amazing! The bold, saturated color, the tile work, the elaborate bathrooms (gold bowl sinks and all), and my personal favorite- the dipping pools (right in the middle of the homes). A true feast for the eyes…

For a moment, it made me reconsider the clean, restrained, minimalistic style many of us (including myself) go for… What would your house look like if you just let go? Perhaps we’re not having enough fun?

p.s.- The red/orange, the cerulean blue- color heaven…

(thank you, Jeffers Design Group,,, Design Hole, Apartment Therapy, and for the photos)

In the pink.

Two dresses are on my mind today…

I am smitten with the utter simplicity of the dresses & hair as well as the slightly offbeat shades of pink that keep you interested. Quietly creative, love that!

Have you noticed peachy/pinks cropping up in fashion and decor? I like them paired with beige, violet, and brown- like an ice cream palette… They remind me of one category in the Benjamin Moore 2012 Color Pulse Presentation.

The “Escape” category describes a soft, retro, fantasy like feeling evoked by pearlescent and shimmery finishes applied to pastels paired with a ground color. We’ll see rosy pinks with carbon, lavender with brown, and pale green with camel. Roll the visuals…

One of my favorite artists, Wayne Thiebaud.

Love this Etsy shop! Peggy Wolf

Tickled pink? Couldn’t resist… What do you think?

(thank you,,,, Etsy, Ikea, and for the photos)

Talk the talk + walk the walk.

An abstract painting?

Not quite… Oh heavens, it’s a wall in our kitchen. See? I do test paint colors on the walls (to all the dear clients I beg :)

You would think I might proceed in a pretty, organized fashion- but the whole family chimed in and this is what we came up with. A gray mess? Well, it suits it’s purpose.

Here’s the scoop… We live in an open concept, ranch style home. My favorite features of the house include the nice big windows (sunny and bright), open feel, and high ceilings. My least favorite? That darn orange oak wood…sigh. I would like to paint it white in the future, but for now… it’s just orange.

In the meantime, I’m over the current beige we painted the walls 6 years ago and would like to refresh the look, starting with a new shade leaning towards gray. Anything with even a lick of blue in it just “embellishes” the beauty (lol) of the wood. So cold gray is out and taupe is in (a good compromise).

I think we have a winner- Benjamin Moore’s Brandon Beige. I liked it immediately, which I’ve learned is a good sign. If you’ve ever talked yourself into a shade, it never seems to end in contentment (been there).

As I mentioned previously- the couch I would like to purchase (Room & Board)…

Rug options- you could search forever (and I have)! Too many good ones (West Elm, Dwell Studio)…

A print or 2 from Etsy (behappynow)- I will frame them with white matting and simple metal frames…

A mirror…
This ottoman (since I can’t seem to get it out of my system)…
Maybe a dark accent wall near the fireplace (something like this from Carol Reed Design)…

Where is the color you ask? We will add a few bright pops for sure… maybe chartreuse.

I was feeling inspired by this house tour on House*Tweaking– love this place…

When the new look starts coming together for real- you will be the first to peak… I’m excited and ready to get moving!

If you need assistance pulling ideas together for a room update, contact me anytime ( I live for this stuff).

Room & Board, how I love thee…

I’m forever searching for the best design resources. (good) Art seems to be the most difficult to drum up (if you have ideas, do share). Furniture is tricky as well (sofas in particular). The large furniture stores have a few nice pieces swimming in the mix, but pricing seems excessive and leaves you wondering if the quality lives up?

Finding that balance between style, pricing, and quality is key and I continue to find the balance at Room & Board. Love this place! The minute I stepped foot in the store, I was in deep. There is hardly a piece one wouldn’t work to own. From year to year I still admire the same designs, which enforces the “good design is timeless” sensibility. Modern, elegant, classic style, ahhhhh.

The best part? The furniture is REALLY comfortable. You do not expect this from the sleek, clean-lined style, but somehow they’ve made it happen. I also hear customers raving about the customer service and long-lasting quality.

Keeping it real- some of the pricing is high (tables, rugs, throw pillows (they are tempting, trust me). However, I do find the sofa and chair pricing comparable to other stores and the quality far surpasses. We will be purchasing new furniture (for our living area) this year and I’ve got my eye on this beauty-

+ a few of these… (working on new paint colors too, will report back)

So if you’re on the hunt for fantastic, new furniture, take a look and let me know what you think! Room & Board.

(thank you Room & Board for the photos and West Elm, Anthropologie, CB2, and Room & Board for the pillows)