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Best Neutral Paint Colors

by Sarah on July 14, 2014, one comment

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.

grout paint sample side2sampling 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 less of a guessing game I’ve got a set of go-to neutral paint colors. This particular set contains all Benjamin Moore colors.

Best Neutral Paint

 

Paper White OC-55

This is a great subtle gray. If you need just a hint of gray, this is your color. It’s crisp and it can go modern or cottage.

paint paper white

Simply White OC-117

For the last year or so I’ve been steadily using Simply White for all my trim, cabinetry and millwork. It’s a relatively warm white but remains pretty crisp because the yellow tone isn’t overdone. It plays well every time even with walls that are painted white. I apply it in satin but I’m sure it’s great glossy.

 

Apt A Living Rm Trim Detail

Trim detail at the Grout Cottage

Suzy Dressing Room cabinet

Dressing room cabinet detail at friend’s Master Bedroom project

Moonshine OC-56

This is a warm gray that in the evenings when subjected to only interior light doesn’t turn lilac. I commonly use it in living areas and bedrooms but it will work anywhere.

paint moonshine YHL

White Dove OC-17

I’ve painted both kitchens and baths White Dove. It’s an almost infallible warm white that works well on millwork and cabinetry and makes for the perfect wall color for those white kitchens that we all love.

paint white dove

Stonington Gray HC-170

If you’re looking for a cooler, more traditional gray that stays consistent throughout the day and night, this gray is a good option. I’ve only used this particular gray in living areas.

Indiana living room after

Finished living room at Indiana Project

Healing Aloe 1562

Healing Aloe lives in that uncertain mix of blue, gray and green. It can go any of those three directions depending on the amount of light in the room. But no matter which direction it turns it always looks great. Although I commonly use it in bathrooms, it worked out surprisingly well in the dining room at the Connecticut house.

paint healing aloe

 Images in this post via The Estate of Things or Pinterest

 

 

 

HeffeHouse Coffee Table Solution

by Betsy Moyer on July 11, 2014, 4 comments

It’s done finally! We DIY’ed it.

DIY Coffee Table The Estate of Things 2

You may recall that Sarah did me a solid and helped to point me in the right direction. We knew that we needed something a bit more airy than the previous chunk of veneer that was in the room. Heffe and I agreed that our favorites were IN ORER, 1, 5 and 9.

Betsy's Coffee Table

We loved 9. So, with it as inspiration, we set out to design and build our own. I got it into my head that I wanted a worn weathered look, but short of finding the perfect amount of 2x2s in the wild, or burying them out in some sunny backyard for 23 years I was going to have fake it. We picked out the woods and the dude made me do all of the hard work like routing and sanding. (It was actually a really easy job.)

DIY Coffee Table The Estate of Things

I used a weathered oak stain made by MinWax, but only after taking a nod from the awesomest show Salvage Dogs and first torching it. That part was wicked fun. We picked out a little plumber’s torch, Heffe nerded over all of the options, and finally decided upon a little propane fueled flame thrower that would do the job just fine. It was $25 and it’s a pyromaniac’s dream come true. We will not let the little boy of the household anywhere near it.

DIY Coffee Table The Estate of Things 3

While we intended to build a top too, but I fell in love with the glass top so that we can look down into our table and enjoy our torch job! I was so pleased that after we set it up in the living room, we took a walk to the grocery store and I suggested to Heffe that we bring it with us… cause I wasn’t done simply staring at it. That, my friends, is the weird karmic power of accomplishment that DIY induces. It’s practically euphoric.

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Connecticut Ave Duplex: Venice Beach Inspired

by Sarah on July 10, 2014, one comment

I’ve just started a quick exterior renovation of a 1960s duplex that we’ll call the Connecticut Ave Duplex. It is a facelift project where we are only altering the exterior, no interior work just yet. This duplex is in a great downtown spot but it needs some character, charm and architectural dimension. Here’s our project,

West Conn duplex

You love it right?! Was it the turquoise doors that really sold you?

I’m working these elements around in my brain. The pressure is on and it’s order time. The project only moves as fast as your ability to have the decisions made and the materials sitting and waiting for hands to install the so I’m trying to stay on top of it.

West Conn Duplex

After this property was purchased, we knew that it would eventually need a renovation and so I began collecting images here and there when I saw something that might fit there. I pinned this image of the Venice Beach Eco Cottages very early on,

eco cottage

I pinned some more modern exteriors over time but ultimately returned to the Venice Beach cottage look. I researched bungalows and cottages in Venice further and found my inspiration. This all amounts to me turning a 1960s ranch duplex in North Carolina in to a Venice Beach cottage inspired duplex in NC.

Further inspirational subjects include,

beach cottage

 

columns

 

 

 

california bungalow

 

 

BHG ranch remodel

 

 

chevron trellis

 

dark beach cottage

 

ace hotel palm springs

Ace Hotel, Palm Springs

venice cottage

 

 

swedish dark exterior

The plan is starting to come together. The front of the duplex was demolished Monday and the framing started Tuesday. We’re on our way!

 

 

 

 

Shibori

by Sarah on June 24, 2014, one comment

One of my favorite parts of summer camp was getting to tie-dye my own t-shirt and wear it at the end of the week. My technique was a spotty mass of rainbow colors applied with ketchup bottles and I thought it was fantastic, my shirt was most definitely the best!

Shibori is a Japanese form of tie-dye and the most common dye is indigo although it doesn’t have to be. There are many different techniques that are specific to different regions in Japan and you can get on your Google box and look all of those up if you want to.

Shibori

 quilt / pillow / tea towel / throw / anthro sofa / stool / pillow

 

 

 

Etsy Love for Oh My Pillow!

by Betsy Moyer on June 13, 2014, no comments

Yesterday I posted up some Trina Turk pillows on the board for Kate’s Cottage Do Over, but realistically we can’t be dropping two hundred and fifty bones per toss pillow. I know it’s what we SAY we should do, but y’all – I don’t really do that. Not yet.

Here are a few totally affordable pillows for Kate’s space that caught my eye today. Oh My Pillow chooses really great fabrics, her product appears to be well made – and it’s totally more in the price range that doesn’t make you think – oh I’ll just buy the fabric and sew em up myself. (Cause I never actually will do the sewing.)

All pillows found on Etsy, here.

Etsy Love Oh My Pillow