Love for Color

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Decorating with Yellow

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All you need is a dollop, a splash, a pop—of yellow. I don’t have any personal desire to paint an entire room yellow or a house but yellow is a fantastic accent and it makes me happy to see the perfect execution of a yellow accent in a room. Case in point,           It certainly went well with yellow on the Indiana project, My favorite yellow accent is a stool. In a quiet, white kitchen–yellow barstools scream at you. But it’s a joyful, playful scream.   I’m on the fence as to whether or not I’d like to do a yellow wishbone stool in our home office makeover but I know I want a yellow accent and while I’m deciding enjoy the yellow roundup,   1. West Elm Ikat Bowl | 2. Dot & Bo Get to the Point Stool | 3. Schoolhouse Electric Studio Desk Lamp | 4. Fine Mod Yellow Shell…

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A Sunny SoCal Color Combo from West Haddon Hall

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Sarah, thanks for pinning this West Haddon Hall room from a recent Domaine Home feature. It got me thinking about color schemes in a predominately neutral room. If you are like me, then you love color and the thought of a mostly neutral room seems kinda crazy, like a lost opportunity. I understand that many people have problems that are the complete opposite of this (I co-blog with one and I also live with one.) I’m the type of decorator that needs to harness the power of editing. Which are you? This room popped into my feed though and I am drawn to it in a way that made me curious. Made me want to break it all down and pull out the scheme. There is such balance. I love the look. Those little pops of blue and orange, pulled from the Suzani draped over the back of the couch, give the room life,…

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My New Favorite Subtle Gray

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Like me, you may be struggling to find that perfect shade of super subtle gray. I know how very difficult this search can be. But search no more because I’ve sampled and identified two most excellent choices during planning of the Bennett kitchen project. I know how truly relieved you must feel now.  

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Blue House Revolution

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What happens when you zero in on a great exterior color combination and end up with a great transformation like the Indiana house renovation?   You ignite a blue house revolution in your small NC town of Southern Pines and blue houses start popping up everywhere. #belikemike #darkbluehouse             And for a couple of bonus points, John & Sherry painted their show house dark blue too.  

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Pretty Pantry Doors

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The door to the laundry room at the Bennett kitchen renovation is a newly installed pocket door. I’m thinking about painting it an accent color and I’m considering a bright, pacific blue like this fabric, Aqua is a big fan favorite as an accent color but I don’t think that’s right for this project. I want a more saturated, stand out color. Here’s the path that others have taken,   I really like this one,           This makes me want to go lime green,      

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Green Kitchen Cabinets

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Certainly blue, in different shades like navy and blue/grey, is having it’s moment for kitchen islands and lower cabinets but green–green is pretty happening too. Do any of these images set your wheels spinning? One person who pinned this kitchen said, I can’t get Bailey McCarthy’s kitchen out of my head, it’s fairly easy to see why she can’t–cause that is kelly and it’s high gloss. McCarthy’s kitchen was featured in Southern Living.   Another designer who chose to go green in her own kitchen is Erika Powell from Urban Grace. Erika had her cabinets painted a couple of years ago. I wonder if Erika ever considered painting the open shelving white?   Betsy and I are big fans of CA designer Kishani Perera, like the McCarthy design above this is also pretty freakin’ bold     You could go more on the camo, Army side of green which I whole heartedly support,…

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Grout Cottage: Interior Paint Colors

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I stayed relatively neutral with all of my choices because it’s not my living space– it was made to be attractive to all sorts of prospective tenants. I got to try out some new grays, Classic Gray and Moonshine. I especially loved Moonshine. Simply White is my new go to trim color and Woodlawn Blue was great for the bath in Apartment B. If you’re looking for a “greige” I’d test Classic Gray. If you’re curious about which colors went where, they will all be labeled on the posts about the individual rooms.

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Blush & Bashful

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My finger, on the pulse of y’alls reaction to the Pantone Marsala announcement, well – it tells me that you aren’t so excited.  But what if we just pretend that what Pantone really meant to say was: Pink. The folks over at Dering Hall suggested it and I’m inclined to agree, so now it’s got me digging and thinking. I feel that it is at it’s best when its the blushy kind, not that alarming electric hot kind, but rather a dirty baby soft and warm shade is where it’s at. Y’all feel me? Jump in and then let me know what you think about all of this? This is how blush is presentedat the Riad Charai in Marrakech. It’s inspiring.   Justina revealed her new jungalow headquarters. I’m always excited when a blogger levels up and Justina didn’t disappoint with her big pink armoire. This ceramic elephant is a sweet little…

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The Very Best of…Front Door Colors

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This is our edition of the Very Best of…Front Door Colors— of course until there are more that surpass these in bestiness. This door is on an interesting modern Georgian farmhouse fusion, pretty wild combo I’ve always liked this simple modern entry The old Blueprint mag cover. Makes you want to go out paint your whole cottage white with a little black trim on the gables, get some modern steel house numbers and some of those barn lights from Lowes, and don’t forget your IKEA watering can to get all styled up for your photo opp. This is really tempting to me. I have warm brown shingles on my house with white trim and I’ve really been thinking about this, Before we could spruce up the Connecticut Ave duplex, I painted the front doors a color similar to this to shape the place up temporarily. It’s a stately blue. I know…

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Best Neutral Paint Colors

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If you paint enough rooms, you’ll have the fan decks memorized and you’ll have a select group of colors that almost always work. Your go-to paint colors. I’m pretty close to committing the entire Benjamin Moore Classic Colors fan deck to memory but I also have a few colors that I always try first because they look great in most settings. sampling exterior colors at Grout Cottage project I like complicated colors that don’t read clearly one way or another, is it blue, green or gray—it appears slightly blue in the daylight and entirely gray at night. Choosing paint colors is pretty challenging, it’s a sampling and trial and error based process– like when I painted the same house three times (not recommended). Exterior painting is trickier than interior in my opinion because so much of the house’s identity rests on the colors. To make the selection process a little…

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Grout Cottage: Samplin’

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This week it was time to do some color sampling on the exterior of the house and the interior of the upstairs apartment. The interior selection is fairly straight forward. I generally approach the paint color selection process in this way. I gather some inspiration via Pinterest, Houzz, blogs, misc interwebs Based on the inspiration and my personal preferences I choose a general color for a room, i.e. I’d like to paint the bathroom aqua blue, living area will be gray etc. Take some paint chips and the color wheel over and see how some specific shades look in the actual space Purchase paint samples and paint them on Live with things, re-visit at different times of day. Hopefully don’t have to repeat. So I’m at Step 4 of the process and this is what things looked like this week, This is the open kitchen and living area combination, there…

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Vanities in Color

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Colored bath vanities, in bold or neutral hues are whats happening and I’d like to get one of my very own sooner rather than later. Case in point-the greens,   the grays,   the blues, a lone black one or maybe its charcoal, Plans have been made for a colored vanity at the Grout Cottage. I went to Pittsburgh Paints and ordered a tinted gallon of a product called Breakthrough, it acts like a lacquer, wipe-able and is water based. Sounds like a dream coating. I’ll report back on it’s durability. all images via Pinterest

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Grout Cottage: Bathroom Choices

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Look what came in the mail, snowflake tile for the Grout Cottage. I ordered this because I’m about to do this, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams house in NC only in a bathroom sort of way with a painted vanity. Right now I’ve got my eye on Benjamin Moore’s Stratton Blue or Brewster Gray. They look totally different in the actual bathroom of the Grout Cottage but you get the idea. images via Pinterest

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Pass it Down

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I decided that I would like to give my oldest daughter DC my dollhouse that my grandfather Craig built for me when I was a kid. A dollhouse was actually on DC’s list in addition to the hideous hunk of fuchsia plastic the Dream Castle. But I can’t complain because I wanted a Barbie dream house so badly as a child, Kristin you know what I’m talking about here. After sitting in the my parent’s garage for almost 20 years, whaaatttt! It actually emerged from the depths in great shape. I guess I’d call it a Southern Colonial. The tan and brown aren’t exactly happening and it I thought it would be a pretty quick and easy task to give it a paint job. After some consideration I decided that I would paint it the original exterior color scheme for the Indiana project. Ben Moore’s Iron Mountain and a light…

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