Living Room Revealed | ORC Week 6

Stick a fork in me, I’m done! Last week I didn’t know if we were going to pull it off. I even shared about the delay of our window treatments… but ya know what, we did it! Even without the window treatments, in my opinion, the living room looks pretty damn good.

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So, if you are new around here, we’ve been participating for the last 6 Thursdays in the One Room Challenge, which is a design challenge graciously hosted by Linda at Calling it Home, where 20 host design bloggers and countless guest bloggers transform one room in 6 weeks and share all the plans and progress along the way. It is intense to say the least, but worth every stress-filled moment once you make it to the end.

Here are a few before pics to remind you where we started:

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We transformed our living room with the miracles of paint, lighting and trim. It sounded easy enough when we started, and I can’t tell you how many times I was filled with excitement or tears throughout this process, but I am thrilled with where the living room is now. (I’ll be even happier next week when the Roman shades are up, but you can come back next week to see how those fit in.)

Without further ado, the full reveal:

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What do you think? I love hearing your feedback, so please comment below! It was a grueling process for sure, and the pictures really don’t do the space justice, but it is a bigger change that it looks, and we couldn’t be happier!

I know Brantley is happy to not have to hide in the bedroom while the living room is filled with noise and chaos, and I know P and I are thrilled the our living room furniture isn’t crammed into our bedroom anymore.

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The little things that we did, and the sheer work and effort we put into getting this room done, are huge! This living room project has made us love our little corner of the world that much more. And I don’t know about any of the other participants, but I’m going to have the best sleep of my life tonight!

My step-dad (Handy Dad as my mom and I refer to him) was an insane resource for us during this process. I wish he lived closer, but we talked on the phone almost daily with questions, tips, etc., throughout the challenge, and I really could not have done it without him and his advice and support. The local contractor and friend I do a ton of work with, Greg, was a huge resource for this project as well. He connected us with the floor refinishers, the lighting guys, a carpenter to help with the weird molding issues that we were unable to deal with on our own, the list goes on. My neighbor A, who came in with her muscle, not only kept me company while I worked on the room, but she was willing to get covered in paint to help me keep my sanity and my timeframe. And of course to Linda at Calling it Home, for not only hosting this great challenge, but for cheering us on through the weekly blog posts and on social media updates to keep us going especially when it was tough!

I’m so appreciative of all the advice and support from all corners… our tiny home has never looked so good!

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And if you think our space looks good at all, wait until you see the host designers revealed spaces. OMG, if you haven’t seen them yet, hop over here and prepare to be wowed. Once you recover from that, don’t forget to get back to the Calling It Home guest participant link up where other guest participants are sharing their reveal today too! There are some really incredible transformations floating around on the web today!!

Check back next week (or follow on any of the linked social spots below) to see the room truly completed with window treatments, and then a follow up post on the budget for this space, which I think it’s always helpful to see a real perspective of how the numbers break down. Thanks so much for following along, I hope to see you around the blog again soon!

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Benjamin Moore Color of Year and Trends for 2016

The color of the year announcement for each of the leading color experts in the industry is always a big time of year. it is something that we all get in a tizzy about and look forward to. This year Benjamin Moore announced the color of the year as Simply White, OC-117, and had this press release which if you have any interest in color and interiors I think both of those links are worth the read. I have to say that although many people were looking for more of a color, I’m not surprised.

Benjamin Moore 2016 Color of the Year 2016 Simply White OC-117

If you scroll through your favorite home decor Instagram account, flip through a magazine-be it modern, traditional, transitional, or otherwise, when you are looking at the decor images, you are seeing a vast array of whites. Whites in kitchens, whites in bathrooms, whites in living rooms, great rooms, and bedrooms. Whites are vastly used in commercial spaces, including boutiques, big box stores, and even restaurants; not to mention the use of white in the hospitality industry.

So at the end of the day, no matter how much you love color, whether it is bold or pastel, cool or warm, white is always there. It provides a base and neutral. Not only that but it works in such myriad of spaces (as suggested above) that it makes for the best base color to work with. And if you have a crisp neutral base, then you can add almost anything in the way you layer and decorate. Your color pallet can change seasonally and you can add different colors as pops to brighten things up and add interest from time to time.

One of my old professors in design college when I first started mentioned how the most common color schemes she would use were combinations of neutrals: whites, tans, grays, and then build from there, because if you have a neutral base, you can always evolve the design of the space without making major changes. Not a bad concept, although I must admit that I’m often of the mindset that it is only paint and you can always change it without too much hassle but I do understand the appeal of wanting to have a solid foundation of color that you don’t have to worry about changing.

Here is a look at the color palette Benjamin Moore released for 2016 with their color of the year announcement:

Benjamin Moore Color Palette Color of the Year 2016 Simply white

They have selected 23 colors in total, of which 8 are whites or white-based tones (Paper White, Ice Mist, Simply White, Marscapone, Ballet White, White Heaven, Cream Puff and White Satin); 7 are soft or muted, more pastel hues (Morning Sky Blue, Gray Owl, Lemonade, Enchanted, Kittery Point Green, Luxe and Weimaraner); and 8 that are more bright or bold offering a color pop or at least something with more depth (Banana Yellow, Ravishing Red, Patriotic Blue, Black Ink, French Press, Blue Echo, Gentle Violet and Royal Flush). Of all the colors in their 2016 palette, I have specified 2 of them in current or past projects and they were both of the white or white based family. What can I say, Benjamin Moore might have some inclination as to what they are doing when they talk color.

Do you have any white based rooms or neutral rooms in your house? Would you use any of the 2016 color palette in your home? Every time I see the announced colors of the year I feel so inspired and start itching to re-paint our condo. We only have one room that hasn’t been painted, but I think it’s fair to say that at least one of the painted spaces could you a fresh coat. Hmm….

All images shared in this post are from Benjamin Moore’s website and their color of the year 2016 announcement. Links have been provided throughout the text.

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Layering Our Bedding for Fall

When it starts to get a bit cooler at night, we call that good sleeping weather: weather in which you can open the windows, maybe add another layer to your bedding and really cozy in and get a good night’s sleep. I wanted to share with you how we transition our bed for fall.

Fall Bedding with White Sheets Quilted Layers and Neutrals

I change the sheets and the shams, keeping a good balance between the colors and textures by adding the quilted euro shams and a thin quilted layer, a favorite made by my mom. It is reversible and the sunflower side is perfect for the fall, not to mention that the blues and greens work perfectly in our bedroom color scheme. I keep the plush down comforter with the crisp white and greige cover folded at the end of the beds for when the nights get a bit too chilly and you need to pull up another layer to keep cozy.

This bed is so cozy and inviting that I never want to leave it in the morning to go to work!! How do you transition your linens in the fall? Do you add more cozy and quilted layers like we do, or maybe switch up the color of your sheets or duvet cover? I always love to see and hear what others are doing to keep cozy as the seasons change and the temps begin to drop.

Fashion Week Motivation

New York Fashion Week is in full swing, and if you are anything like me, you are stalking the fashion designers and fashion bloggers on all platforms of social media, filling yourself up to the brim with inspiration.

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This quote by Italian designer and one part of the duo, Dolce & Gabbana, is a favorite for inspiration, not just for fashion designers, but for all designers and really any person with dreams in life. Basically if you put your whole heart into something and throw all your passion at it, there is no reason you shouldn’t go far in life.

By the way, the background color of this graphic is Benjamin Moore’s Fashion Pink, I felt it was most appropriate!

I hope that whether you are following along with fashion week or not, this has you feeling inspired to follow your passions and put all your love into what you do.

Tile Obsessions

Doing what I do, it is only natural to be looking at tile all the time. Here are some tiles that I have found and can’t stop drooling obsessing looking at. This first one, I found while scanning for red, white and blue tiles a few weeks back.

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These tiles are so cool, they can be installed as shown above, running in a vertical pattern, or mixed with other tiles from the same collection. Click here for more on these gold verdiris tiles.

Second, these terrapin silver-metal tiles would make a great backsplash for your kitchen or add a great focal point to any laundry room. Click over to the tile bar for more.

Terrapin silver metal tile

Third, I love the soft yet graphic nature of these pretty patterned tiles from Mosaic House. Click here for more info and to see how they look in different colorways.

Mosaic House Tile

What trends have you been loving in tile lately?

Red | White | Blue | Backsplash

As we are officially leading into the Independence Day weekend, I thought it would be fun on this Tile Tuesday to talk about some fun kitchen backsplashes using our patriotic colors. (All of these images are saved on my Houzz Ideabook “Kitchen Tile” where you can find greater detail on each project and the materials.)

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“Upper Main Line Kitchen” by STUDIO Robert Jamieson

Using red for your backsplash can have two effects. First, when you have more traditional details and you add a deeper red shade, it can lean into that traditional feeling a bit more. The same goes for an all-white kitchen with a true red backsplash creating a country-chic feel. Lastly, depending on the tone and pattern of your tile, adding red can create a vibrant and bold focal point to your new space. Here are some red backsplash inspiration photos:

White is sort of the go-to when it comes to tile these days, and let’s face it, you can slap a basic white subway on any wall in any pattern, and you are sure to get a classic and timeless look, but isn’t that a little bit boring? I wanted to call out some other ways to play with white in a backsplash that are a bit more exciting (if you consider white tiles exciting..). Here are the white inspiration photos:

Lastly, let’s take a look at the blues. The varying hues of blue can provide a vast array of different looks in a space. From a classic cobalt to a bold tropical turquoise to a clean, crisp beachy blue or a soft spa-like feeling, blues can create so many different looks and feelings. Here are a few of the blues I found for inspiration:

So, what do you think? Would you be inclined to use more color in your tile choices for your next renovations? I have to say, I do love a clean white kitchen, but after looking at all of the stunning shades of blue and the varying options, I think I might need to find some clients who would love a more colorful selection in their kitchen tiles. I’m feeling inspired!!

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National Pink Day

Today is apparently National Pink Day. I found out while scrolling through my Instagram feed, and being the true lover of pink that I am, I just couldn’t let this one slide. So I thought I would quickly share some of my favorite pink paints across the board in honor of this day.

Farrow & Ball's Calamine.

Farrow & Ball’s Calamine.

Cinder Rose 246

Farrow & Ball’s Cinder Rose.

If you haven’t looked at Farrow & Ball before, they have wonderful colors. They feature a select range of curated colors that is truly lovely. I might even go so far as to say they are my current favorite paint manufacturer. They have a shade of pink called Calamine and it is so delicious. The color is soft and subtle, so much so that you may even be able to convince your husband to let you paint the master bedroom suite in this sweet little shade of pink. If you can’t see that pastel shade in your home, check out their Cinder Rose which is more of a dusty desert pink shade with great warmth and depth,

Benjamin Moore's Tickled Pink.

Benjamin Moore’s Tickled Pink.

Benjamin Moore's Peony

Benjamin Moore’s Peony

The manufacturer I specify the most in my projects is Benjamin Moore and they have a vast array of pinks to choose from. That said, I have a few favorites: Peony (2079-30) is a vibrant raspberry shade of pink, while Tickled Pink (2002-50) has more of a refreshing pink lemonade feel to it. Both are lovely, the Peony could be used in a small space to make a statement, and the Tickled Pink would be well suited in a little girls room or a guest room.

Sherwin Williams' Oleander.

Sherwin Williams’ Oleander.

Sherwin Williams' Dishy Coral.

Sherwin Williams’ Dishy Coral.

Lastly, Sherwin Williams is another mainstream paint manufacturer that has a lot of great shades and tones, where you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for. The pinks I selected from them are a bit more orange in their base, first with Dishy Coral (6598), which is very cheerful and warm, I could see this color in a lot of places. Similar to BM’s Peony, it could act as a surprising bold in a small space such as a powder room, mud room or laundry space, but I can also see it adding a great pop by way of a graphic detail in a master suite space. The last pink I’ve selected is Oleander (6603), which is a very soft fleshy pink that, similarly to F&B’s Calamine, could really be used anywhere. Though it reads a bit more pink, it is soft enough to still feel neutral. Try a color like this on your ceiling to bring the eye up.

What are your favorite shades of pink? Do you have a favorite manufacturer or distributor that you like to work with? Happy National Pink Day–hope you made it a pretty one!

Winter Neutrals

This season I have made a point to get out more. We have hiked, walked and wandered quite a bit, and through it all we have taken some pictures. I took one of the scenes from our hike a few weeks back and put in some Farrow & Ball paint colors that create a lovely neutral color scheme that could be implemented in your home or wardrobe year round!

Winter Neutrals Color Scheme

Are you a fan of these winter neutrals? The inset colors from left to right are: Blackened, Skylight, Plummett and Mahogany. Soon spring will be upon us, and we can bring some brighter colors into the schemes.

Motivation Monday {Live Colorfully}

I love this Kate Spade quote. It is so important to go through life in a colorful way. Of course, to decorate colorfully is my favorite element of the quote, but as a whole, the quote is perfect.

Life doesn’t have to be so cut and dry. Mix in some brights, some pastels, some jewel tones. Create a balance in everything you do. Create amazing memories and live colorfully!

It’s That Time Again

With December and the holidays also comes Pantone color of the year time. I love when the color of the year is released. So have you heard? 2015’s color of the year is…

(Photo courtesy of Pantone.com)

Marsala! What do you think? In the past years we have had a lot of bright and bold colors… I think it is refreshing to have a color introduced that can really play the role of a neutral. It is warm, with a gorgeous red base.

This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.

I agree Leatrice, wholeheartedly. I think it will play very nicely across the board from fashion through to interiors. What do you think? Are you a fan of Marsala?

I am so happy for a more subdued tone this year. After many years of bright, bold colors, I think Masala will prove more versatile and more usable.