Color Feature: SHADOW

As one of the first brands to name a color of the year for 2017, Benjamin Moore has recently chosen “Shadow”.  This deep, rich, purple hue is the ultimate shade of luxury.  If you’re looking to experiment with adding a little bit of a boldness to your home without going too “bright”, then Shadow may be the perfect color to test out!

I love that it adds such glamour, yet still has a subtlety that keeps the color practical.  What do you think of Shadow?  Is there a room in your home that would look great with this updated, bold look?  Here are a few ideas to get you started!

 

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore

 

 

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore

 

 

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore

 

 

York Wallcoverings

York Wallcoverings

 

 

Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan

 

 

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

 

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

 

 

Classic Home

Classic Home

 

 

Sferra

Sferra

 

 

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

 

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

 

 

Subscribe To Blog Via Email

Color Feature: Cobalt

Have a case of the “February blues”??  Here are some gorgeous, bright, and cheery blues to warm even the gloomiest February!  Blue may be our color for February, but I could use “blue” in any shade at any time of year.  Here are some of our Cobalt Blue finds in everything from paint and wallcoverings, to furniture and accessories.  I hope our “February blues” greet you with warmth and sunshine!

Champion Cobalt, Benjamin Moore

Champion Cobalt, Benjamin Moore

Dining rooms are the perfect place to try something a little bold.  I am crushing on these blue dining rooms.  Don’t you love the bold statement on the ceiling??

Champion Cobalt (Benjamin Moore) via My Interior Life

Champion Cobalt (Benjamin Moore) via My Interior Life

 

"New York State of Mind", Benajmin Moore

“New York State of Mind”, Benjamin Moore

 

Damasquerade Blue / Silver, Graham & Brown

Damasquerade Blue / Silver, Graham & Brown

 

Mix turquoise and blue for a little extra pizzaz.  These dining chairs from Wisteria are just the perfect shade of blue!

Louis XVI Dining Chair, Wisteria

Louis XVI Dining Chair, Wisteria

 

Add blue for a pop of color to brighten up a white dining set or a piece of furniture- always looks fresh.

Net Ceramic Accent Table, Pottery Barn

Net Ceramic Accent Table, Pottery Barn

 

 Hand-Dyed Shibori Sofa, Anthropologie

Hand-Dyed Shibori Sofa, Anthropologie

Chicken Feather Lamp (Blue), Bunny Williams Home

Chicken Feather Lamp (Blue), Bunny Williams Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue velvet is just regal, and on this bamboo bench it is absolutely stunning.  A perfect bench for the foot of the bed!

Gamine Hollywood Regency Silver Bamboo Navy Blue Velvet Bench, Kathy Kuo Home

Gamine Hollywood Regency Silver Bamboo Navy Blue Velvet Bench, Kathy Kuo Home

 

Design by Alexa Hampton is a personal favorite-  I love her timeless style but with a fresh, hip twist!

Serena Side Table, Alexa Hampton via Hickory Chair

Serena Side Table, Alexa Hampton via Hickory Chair

Pocket Vase, Global Views

Pocket Vase, Global Views

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love blue glass because it just sparkles perfectly in the light.  This vase is so pretty – reminds me of the ocean!

Regatta Vase, Crate & Barrel

Regatta Vase, Crate & Barrel

 

A Kolman glass piece in blue and gold…truly a work of art!

Kolman Artisan Glass

Kolman Artisan Glass

 

I want this guy for my Cape house!!

Distressed Whale, Cottage Coastal

Distressed Whale, Cottage Coastal

 

I found this one-of-a-kind antique cobalt blue campagne bed at The Bella Cottage.  The side folds down and can be used as garden bench.  Such a great find!!!

Antique Cobalt Blue Campagne Bed, The Bella Cottage

Antique Cobalt Blue Campagne Bed, The Bella Cottage

 

Do you use this beautiful blue in your home?  Send us your favorites!

Subscribe To Blog Via Email

My 5 Favorite White Paints!

As an interior designer, people are ALWAYS asking me what are the best white paint colors to use.  It may seem like a no-brainer, but there are SO many different undertones that can truly make or break the “white”.  So, here are my 5 favorite paint colors, and what I like to use each of them for!

 

1. “Pointing” – Farrow and Ball

Named after the lime pointing in traditional bricking, this hue is a soft, creamy white, almost like ivory when put next to a bright white.  “Pointing” actually has hints of yellow undertones and is GREAT for trim and moldings as it casts a beautiful shadow effect on moldings!

"Poingting" No.2003-Farrow & Ball

“Poingting” No.2003-Farrow & Ball

 

2. “White Dove” – Benjamin Moore 

This is my “go to” white!!   This white is nice and creamy, and looks amazing on painted furniture and white kitchen cabinets.  I’ve used it on most of my trims and doors in my OWN home!  “White Dove” is not too stark, has slight gray and yellow undertones, and goes beautifully with grays and colors that have been “grayed down”.

I had an old bedroom set of my grandmothers that I just loved but it was a very dark mahogany.  I wanted to lighten it up for my Chatham beach house, and “White Dove” did the trick!

"White Dove" trim- Benjamin Moore

“White Dove” trim- Benjamin Moore

"White Dove" ceiling- Benjamin Moore

“White Dove” ceiling- Benjamin Moore

 

3. “Marble White” by Benjamin Moore

“Marble White” is a creamy white with yellow undertones that are SO evident it could be used as a soft yellow wall color!   This is a great choice for trims and moldings if you’re looking for something a little “less white”!

"Marble White" by Benjamin Moore

“Marble White” – Benjamin Moore

 

4. “Decorators White” by Benjamin Moore

A beautiful, crisp, TRUE white, with an ever so slight hint of gray.  I use this color a lot on trim for beach houses or contemporary settings when a crisp, but not too stark, white is needed!

"Decorator White"- Benjamin Moore

“Decorator White”- Benjamin Moore

 

5. “Simply White”  by Benjamin Moore 

It’s all in the name!  “Simply White” is a true white that is perfect for ceilings and trims that is not too harsh but has minimal undertones.

"Simply White" ceiling, trim, fireplace- Benjamin Moore

“Simply White” ceiling, trim, fireplace- Benjamin Moore

 

So, there you have it!  My top 5 white paint colors!  There are so many more beautiful whites out there – do you have a favorite?  Send us your choices!

To receive issues of upcoming blogs simply click on the link “Subscribe by email” at the top of this page, and don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook!!

 

Subscribe To Blog Via Email

Color Feature: Yellow

SHI_Yellow Room

Photo by Hayward Photography, Design by Susan Hayward Interiors

Weston Flax, Benjamin Moore

Weston Flax, Benjamin Moore

 

Weston Flax, Benjamin Moore

Weston Flax, Benjamin Moore

 

Nothing says “happy” quite like a gorgeous, vibrant yellow in your home!  We’ve chosen Benjamin Moore’s hue, Weston Flax HC 5, to inspire our color feature this week because we LOVE yellows, and realize that it can sometimes be a difficult color to weave into your living space.  So, say goodbye to the tired yellows you’ve seen before, and take a peek at our favorite YELLOW collection!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Dining

Lyon Square Back Side Chair  (Yellow Medallion), Palecek

Lyon Square Back Side Chair (Yellow Medallion), Palecek

Turkish Tile Salad Plates, Williams Sonoma

Turkish Tile Salad Plates, Williams Sonoma

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lyon Square Back Side Chair by Palecek is such a unique and lovely design.  I love the way they’ve paired different textures with such a gorgeous bold yellow color!  Try it with a grayed out wood table for a coastal look.  And of course, who wouldn’t LOVE sitting down to the table in that chair to a meal on these beautiful Turkish Tile plates?!

 

Yellow Scallop Bowl, Cyan Design

Yellow Scallop Bowl, Cyan Design

 

I love the way Cyan Design has used such a vibrant shade of yellow on a such a delicately sculpted bowl. This bowl will add the perfect pop of color on your dining table table.  Fill it with flowers, fruit, or use it as a serving bowl, or better yet, add nothing at all!  It’s beautiful on its own!

 

 

 

For the Living Room

 

Wallcovering W3089.416, Kravet

Wallcovering W3089.416, Kravet

 

If ever there was a PERFECT room of yellow, this would be it!  The wallcovering here has just the right touch of yellow to truly bring out the boldness of the pillows and the simplicity of the solid white sofa.  If you have neutral, solid colored furniture, this wallcovering would be great for you!  And Echo by Kravet has a coordinating fabric to bring the look directly to your upholstered pieces and draperies.

 

Crackled Coasters, West Elm

Crackled Coasters, West Elm

Firenzi Stool, Minton-Spidell (Avavilable at M-Geough)

Firenzi Stool, Minton-Spidell (Avavilable at M-Geough)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I stumbled upon these coasters at West Elm and HAD to share them with you.  Although they are simple, they are such a fun and EASY way to bring a bit of yellow into your living room this year!  And to go from the classically simple to the gilded ornate,  just look at this stunning Firenzi stool at M-Geough.  Truly a one-of-a-kind piece, this stool is just the perfect accent piece to add drama to your living space.

 

Mosaic Mirror, Opus Mosaics (Available on Houzz)

Mosaic Mirror, Opus Mosaics (Available on Houzz)

 

Mirrors are always a clever way to make a small room look larger, so try this handmade mosaic mirror in an entryway to expand your space!

 

 

 

For the Bedroom

 

Savannah Bedding & Duvet (Lemon), Pier 1 Imports

Savannah Bedding & Duvet (Lemon), Pier 1 Imports

 

Yes, we are in love with this style as you’ve seen from past blogs, but isn’t it just gorgeous in yellow!?  This duvet might be one of my favorites yet!  I not only LOVE its beautiful texture and design, but the soft pastel yellow is such a warm and cozy way to wake up to!

 

Lily Silver Silk Pillow Cover, Kouboo

Lily Silver Silk Pillow Cover, Kouboo

Matine Toile Drape, Pottery Barn

Matine Toile Drape, Pottery Barn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This pillow cover by our friends at Kouboo is a great choice for a throw pillow on your bed, sofa, or chair.  I love how the yellow accents instantly brighten the design!  And these Matine Toile Drapes will make your room seem sunny even when it’s raining!

 

 

How do YOU use yellow in your home or workspace?  Do you like the bolder hues, or more subtle pastels?

Subscribe To Blog Via Email

Color Feature: PEWTER

Revere Pewter HC-172 by Benjamin Moore

Revere Pewter HC-172 by Benjamin Moore

You may not always think of grey as the perfect accent color for your home, but we LOVE Benjamin Moore’s take on grey called “Revere Pewter”. Not only is this a fabulous color for your walls, but you can use this color as inspiration for SO MANY different pieces around your house! Just take a look at what this gorgeous grey can do for YOUR living space!

Revere_Pewter_Livingspace

revere-pewter-HC-172-entryway-on-traditional-homerevere-pewter-HC-172-bedroom-on-maria-killam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Bedroom

Rosette Quilt in Light Grey, Anthropologie

Rosette Quilt in Light Grey, Anthropologie

 

Haven's Harbor Night Stand, Stanley Furniture Coastal Collection

Haven’s Harbor Night Stand, Stanley Furniture Coastal Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using different shades of grey for your bedding and furniture can transform your bedroom into a soothing space to relax!

Kabibe Seashell & Beads Decorated Pillow Cover, Kouboo

Kabibe Seashell & Beads Decorated Pillow Cover, Kouboo

Summer Coastal Decorative Pillows, Pottery Barn

Summer Coastal Decorative Pillows, Pottery Barn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Living Room

Sullivan Mirror, Serena & Lily

Sullivan Mirror, Serena & Lily

Marcel Cabinet, Global Views

Marcel Cabinet, Global Views

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incorporate pewter into your living spaces by adding small accents like this simple mirror from Serena & Lily, or warm up the tones in your room with the Marcel cabinet by Global Views!  I LOVE the gold trim on this cabinet!!

Spinnaker Chair, Studio A

Spinnaker Chair, Studio A

These Spinnaker Chairs are FABULOUS!  Between the gorgeous color and unique design, these chairs would instantly update your beach house living room!  And don’t they look SO comfortable?!

Kravet

Kravet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Kitchen

Saarinen Dining Table, Knoll

Saarinen Dining Table, Knoll

Eclectique Dinnerware Place Setting, Williams Sonoma

Eclectique Dinnerware Place Setting, Williams Sonoma

Philadelphia Side Chair, Pastel Furniture

Philadelphia Side Chair, Pastel Furniture (Available at Wayfair)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aren’t you bored with that standard white dinnerware you find on every table?  Have a little fun with your kitchen table by adding different shades of grey on, around, and above YOUR table!  Gray is a great neutral that allows you to add other colors for a pop – try it with accents of yellow, turquoise or fuschia!

Large Rectangle Hanging Capiz Chandelier, West Elm

Large Rectangle Hanging Capiz Chandelier, West Elm

 

 

How do YOU use pewter in YOUR space?!  Share some of your ideas!

Subscribe To Blog Via Email