Did You Know? Informative and Useful Decorating Facts

January 19, 2019

I have gathered a few more helpful decorating tips that you may or may not have heard before. Some are just reminder guidelines, but are still working well and worth looking at again.

Did you know how well green goes with natural and stained wood? One great example is Ben Moore’s Carolina Gull 2138-40:

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So pretty. The trim is BM Misted Green 2138-50 and the ceiling is painted with Gray Lake 2138-70.  Green is still my favorite color working with natural/stained woodwork because green works so well with the yellow/orange oak undertones.

Did you you know odd-number groupings are more interesting than evens? Display frames or objects in threes or fives for an eye-pleasing arrangement.

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That is a good decorating rule to be reminded of! Look around your home- are you decorating in odd numbers?

Did you know that mismatched drinking glasses make great vases?  Group glasses together for a creative centerpiece:Read More

How I am Decorating Rental Home Using What I Already Own

January 12, 2019

I thought I would share a couple photos of how I decorated the rental we are staying in with our existing furnishings. Pulled pieces from different bedrooms, living room and storage to put together a few pretty rooms.  Might as well make it nice while we are living here!

Remember the spare room we had to fix for guests coming to visit here?

Before:

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I used our old bedframe that was previously in a guest room in our old home. Lamps I pulled out from storage, to work with carpet. The bedding and even window treatments are also taken from closets where I was storing them.

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Double Post! Readers’ Questions Answered PLUS Stunning Before & After Exterior Photos

January 5, 2019

I have not written a post in awhile, so I thought I would start the New Year off with an double dose of decorating fun! Here are a few questions I have received recently from readers:

Hi Kelly,

“This is what I am working with. I recently purchased a home that has emerald/forest green kitchen and bath counter tops the cabinets were a medium brown and had gold hardware. Since replacing the counter tops is not an option and I am working with them. I have chosen a grey almost slightly shaded brown for my cabinet color and have purchases a light grey for my walls which flows into my dining and den area where I have a large wall that has a rock fireplace with built inns. My problem is in the den there is chair rail molding not the pretty kind and taking it up is not on my want to do list should I paint the chair rail the same color as the wall to make the room flow or should I make them pop. I will be painting kitchen and hopefully funding some type of backsplash I am considering just going with hunter green subway tile and just going with it lol. “Also should I paint the built ins the same color as the walls or a contrasting color like the color of my kitchen cabinets also I want to brighten up the stone fireplace but not to much and am unsure if I should keep the fireplace mantel the original wood because I am adding a custom variated wood island in the kitchen area. I trying my best to blend it all together without it looking to log cabin style lol going for more farmhouse.”

Before photo:

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My advice for her back splash working with the emerald green counters, is NOT to buy a solid green subway tile. I think it will be too much green! Here are a couple ideas I would consider to work with the green counter tops for a back splash:

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A neutral back splash or a tile with a bit of hunter green in it would work best. Choose the one that will work best with counters and cabinets. I think your kitchen will look great after painting and adding a new back splash!Read More

Reader’s Favorite Posts of 2018

December 31, 2018

Hello everyone! Happy 2019 to you all. While I am working on new content for January’s Newsletter, Roominations, coming out later this week, I thought I would share my top ten reader viewed blogs of 2018 with you. I know you want to see them again! 🙂

Number Ten- A close tie!:

Color Crush: Benjamin Moore’s Wrought Iron

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And the tie vote for #10 is:

Color Crush: Van Deusen Blue

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I love finding great paint colors and highlighting them. A lot of color crushes out there!

Number Nine:

Gallery Wall Grid Style

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Hanging art grid style not only looks great, it also takes up a large space over the sofa, like ideas here, which is not always easy to do.

Number Eight:

Lessons On the Other Side of Buying/Selling a Home

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If you are thinking of selling your home, there are a few good ideas and suggestions included in this post.

Number Seven:

Another Home Project Completed

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My black wall- I love it!

Number Six:

Benjamin Moore’s Aura® Grand Entrance®

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Gorgeous front door colors!

Number Five:

Best Colors That Work With Revere Pewter

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Ben Moore’s Revere Pewter is still one of my favorite paint colors because of it’s ability to play well with other colors.

Number Four:

Color Crush: Benjamin Moore Collingwood

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A soft, beautiful neutral without strong undertones.  Works well with white trim and with stained wood.  A pretty perfect color!

Number Three:

Benjamin Moore’s 2018 Best Selling Blues & Greens

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Number Two:

Benjamin Moore’s 2018 Best Selling Neutrals

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A great list of neutrals that includes photos and undertones.

And the # 1 Top Voted Blog post:

Updated: Exterior Grays

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Exterior grays are still very popular going into 2019. Helping homeowner’s find the perfect gray for their exteriors was my busiest # 1 color consulting projects of 2018!

Happy New Year’s! Good luck for all the adventures you will be part of in 2019!

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Kelly  xo

How Much Would You Pay for the Perfect Accessory?

October 6, 2018

If you found the perfect accessory for your home, could not find anything better because it was so perfect for what you needed, would you pay anything for it?  I thought I was in the ‘Absolutely’ group until I found an item I really want to buy is above my ‘reasonable’ price range and I can not justify the purchase.

This is my story: I found THE perfect window treatments for the windows in my spare room project here.

I keep looking at them:

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Aren’t they so beautiful? So me.  They are perfect. Perfect color, perfect print, perfect everything. The problem is that they are  $793.00 per panel! Yes, you read that right. That is only for one. Is that unbelievable? No wonder I do not shop Perigold often, only when I have a high end client where money isn’t an issue. That client is not me unfortunately. I love them but I have to be reasonable. (But I want them!) So now that I found exactly what I want, I thought I would look around online to find similar, ( but not as expensive!):

I looked on Etsy and found these which are nice and colorful:

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The price for a pair of these are £318.82, which I had to look up in American dollars and the total would be $415.06 in today’s exchange rate. That is for a pair. They are a good width at 50”. Since I am using them only as decoration, there are blinds already installed, 50” is a good width to lightly bunch and hang on each side of the window for color and softness.

I found these window treatments at Overstock:

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I was considering this set, but they remind me of Spring too much. And I don’t like the peach in them at all. The price for two pairs, to hang two panels per side for fullness, is a total of $78.20.  It figures the ones I like least are the least expensive.

I do love these from Birch Lane:

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You know I love navy blue and navy would work well in the room. This weekend they are only $58.00 for the pair with free shipping.  Excellent price with great reviews. Decisions, decisions…..

If you were not aware, a lot of accessories and home décor at most stores are having big sales for the Columbus Day weekend!

I looked at Pottery Barn for my windows-  Good place to search if looking for solids- not patterns.

Wayfair has a large selection as does Joss and Main, but did not find anything I was looking for.

Pier One had nothing of interest.

Macy’s has a lot of different choices, but none that came near the original I was looking for.

Bed, Bath & Beyond also has a large selection, but nothing near my original Perigold look.

Do you drive yourself crazy like this when shopping online for yourself? I usually start searching at the bottom price items and work my way up to the most expensive. Oh, why did I have to see those first window panels from Perigold? haha Unfortunately, they have to be taken off the list. The Overstock pair is also off the list, just not crazy about them. I did order a sample of the Etsy curtains and I will see if they work well with the carpet. I will keep you updated.

Are you looking for new window treatments? I try to use panels in a room if possible for color and to soften the hardness of the walls and window. I hope I have given you a few online places to search. Remember this weekend is a good time to buy because of all the sales going on.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Kelly xo

Details in Decorating: Rustic Wooden Stools

October 2, 2018

These little stools add such a nice touch to any room:

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I like to style them a bit, but always keep room available for a cup or glass:

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Don’t they look great? Perfect for for any stylish setting.  I love using small stools as bed side tables in the bedroom:

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