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Love for Color

Pass it Down

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.

my dollhouse

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 blue accent like Wythe Blue,

iron mountain BM

wythe blue BM


Now finding a dollhouse family that is the right size and not creepy looking was a whole other challenge. I opted for this one but I think they will be a little on the big side but I don’t think DC will mind.


Green Envy

Green is everywhere– accents, wall color, wearable green and so good in different tones like British racing green, emerald, lime and softer mint greens.  My personal favorite right now is a deep, rich green.

steven gambrel green living room

Southern Living green living room lumbar pillow

Are you noticing any patterns with the use of green?

Madeline Stuart living room apple green

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Starry eyed

Sometimes when I’m looking at the shingled homes of the Hamptons or a white beach cottage in the low country, I slowly realize that my mouth is usually agape and I’m a little starry eyed.

I don’t really want to live at the coast but I looovve to look at beachy, cottage design.

I’ve got my fingers crossed that one day my friend Amanda and her husband will stop this renting business and build a house on the South Carolina coast. I’m hoping she will let me help her plan and decorate. Amanda I know you’re reading, please say yes. You have my solemn oath to nail it—within the confines of your budget of course.

coastal exterior color scheme2

I saw this home featured on the always lovely House of Turquoise. While most of the interior design is not my cup of tea, the exterior color scheme is really great, not neccessarily innovative but right up Amanda’s alley. Subtle gray stain, aqua blue front door and white trim…likey.

coastal exterior color scheme

Does this make you want to go to the beach or what?


What Will it Take?

How many examples do I need before I will commit to painting the tiny office upstairs a dark blue?

Exhibits 1-100, well not quite 100 but this is enough,

the estate of things chooses meg braff room

Meg Braff

navy blue living room Living Etc

Living Etc

navy wall klotz House Beautiful

House Beautiful

Although this room appears slate or almost black it is still a compelling argument for dark rooms

Kmldesign navy room


Navy & Cream room, via coco+kelley

via Coco+Kelley

Diane Bergeron navy blue living room

Diane Bergeron 

Navy Blue Wall & White Fireplace

and the most convincing for me is,

dark blue small room Black & Poole

dark blue2 Black & Poole

 Black & Poole

navy blue kitchen Plum Cushion

Plum Cushion

Blue Magic Navy-rooms

a little brighter blue but I had to include it because it is such a handsome room,

Crisp blue + white bedroom: Benjamin Moore 'Starry Night Blue'

David Jimenez


Trends: Navy Blue

Blue is my favorite color, specifically a watery, aqua blue. But recently the richness of navy has caught my attention.

Navy everywhere! Wall color, clothing, fabric, accessories, you name it. Shelter mags, show houses and bloggies alike are using navy. Illustration of point,

navy wall klotz House Beautiful

House Beautiful

paint hale navy

Benjamin Moore

Diane Bergeron navy blue living room

Diane Bergeron

Blue and Coral Amber Interiors

Amber blogged about the union of navy and coral, she put this board together, Amber Interiors

dark blue small room Black & Poole

dark blue2 Black & Poole

Black & Poole, via Elements of Style

the estate of things chooses bryn alexander march giveaway

Bryn is doing a March giveaway right now that’s filled with navy colored goodies

dark dining room

Kristen Panitch navy living room

Kristen Panitch, House Beautiful

stripe mandarin tee j crew

Mandarin tee, J Crew

ikat pillow Calypso Home

ikat pillow, Calypso Home

Simon Upton photog dark blue dining area

Simon Upton photography

navy chevron tray Jill Rosenwald

Chevron tray, Jill Rosenwald

paint samples

The tiny upstairs room/office/guest room in my house that will be navy blue very soon, sampled is Ben Moore’s palladian blue and midnight dream. I was trying to decide if I wanted to go aqua or step out and go dark and bold?


Color Combinations

I’ve been thinking about interior paint colors in my new house (which I know I haven’t shown you yet, its coming).

Let me begin by saying I love gray. Its popularity grew throughout 2009 and 2010, its an amazing neutral that can be moody, crisp, modern or sophisticated.

Gray is what I’ve chosen for the wall color in the master bedroom in the new house. Currently in the running (all Ben Moore colors),

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paint pearl gray

paint gray owl

paint paper white

Then purple began finding its way in to my thoughts as I was laying in bed staring at the walls, imagining them light gray. I like those deep shades of purple that seem to change throughout the day, those dark and earthy eggplant/brown/sometimes black hues. If asked I would tell you that out of all of the colors I like purple least of all.  As a side note, purple is one of Betsy’s favorite colors, she painted her office purple-see that here. We have always disagreed when it comes to purple.


Here’s a little recent purple that I liked-Bryn’s dining room . It turned out pretty great. It’s Martha Stewart’s Kalamata Olive.

the estate of things chooses bryn alexander's dining room

I’m also really in love with Kelly Wearstler for Schumacher’s Fern Tree print and I was thinking about incorporating this in some pillows on the window seat.

schumacher fern tree turquoise

and then I read Sarah Cole’s (from Farrow & Ball) color prediction for 2011 in the recent issue of Lonny,

Farrow & Ball color combo Lonny

I think that color combo might be a winner; light gray, soft blue and eggplant.Light gray for the wall color accent light blue and deep purple with fabric, accessories and bedding. The combo uses the faithful neutral gray, my favorite color watery blue/aqua and then I’m branching out a bit with the purple.

Speaking of paint–did you know that you can now buy paint from Benjamin Moore online and they will ship it to you?