Sunday, January 29, 2012

more black doors...

As you recall last weekend I started painting the kitchen pantry door Flint. 
I can't stop myself I now have 5 doors underway.  Since our home has an open concept when you do one door it makes sense to keep going!  So I am....

I would add if this is a project you are considering it's not for the impatient soul. 
When painting dark colors it takes many coats and is unforgiving.

Once the utility doors are complete and the walls are repainted Pumice.
 I'm loving this vintage barn flush mounted lighting to have hung over the red appliances.

We hope you are having a wonderful weekend.
I'm still painting!
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Friday, January 27, 2012

a Paris loft

Happy Friday... Hello Weekend!

This loft, located Place des Monges in Paris is amazing... the windows!
Interesting trend with lighting...

and another view...

I'm loving the lighting with this color palette. 
I wouldn't have thought of bringing in the shinny finishes with the masculine wall paint would you?

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sneak Preview....Painted Black

Oh how I love the weekends it's Saturday morning and out comes the ladder and away I go. Goodbye Silver Sage and here comes another wall of Pumice from Restoration Hardware.

  I have been dreaming of painted dark doors forever. Once the wall was painted I decided it was time to make my dream come true! SOOO... Here we go! 

Yikes.....No turning back now!


The first coat is completed on the pantry door.


The second coat is finished and another door is underway!


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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Bedroom Inspiration

At some point this year I will be moving back into our bedroom for another round of updating.
This picture really caught my eye.  What if I added a darker charcole mixed with different textures and salmon as an accent color? 

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What about a mirror like these hanging over our bed?
{I also love the finish on the table below.}


Could a two-toned bedside table be the look for me?

I hope your having a great weekend.
Guess what I'm doing?  Painting!

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Slight Color Change in the Hallway

The new year is underway and I'm so ready to start projects!  How about you?
This weekend with football games in the background I started a small job of repainting our hallway from a Silver Sage to a color called Pumice by Restoration Hardware.




The color difference is slight and hard to capture in our small hallway. However removing the blue/green and replacing with it with the blue/gray updated the house immediately. 

I plan to continue painting Pumice into the living room as well.  It should ground and tie the Flint, Charcoal and Gravel paint colors throughout the house.
I'm looking forward to get the transformation underway.
{after and in progress}

BUT first, after all these years of dreaming of a photo gallery wall I am going to do it!

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Exterior Lighting Ideas

This week I started researching ideas for replacing our exterior lighting.  I find it helpful to document items that I uncover while making decisions.

Here are few fixture examples I'm considering. There are so many different finishes, sizes, glass, price and shapes to select from. 

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From these photos:   This light is a favorite.

Restoration Hardware

  The contact address for this unique light is from London.

Interesting notes from The French House:

The French House searches for goods made by artisans and small family firms, who make products of enduring value and real beauty. The level of craftsmanship, care and attention these artisans give to their work is in danger of being regarded as a luxury in our rushed and mechanized world. Limited, small scale production of the kind we seek to foster, will surely be rendered obsolete by market forces, unless we choose to give it the support it deserves.

I do see a  common thread from todays "picks" the lantern style which gives me the direction I needed (no real surprise).  Next we will determine the correct size we need for our space. 
I hope you are all having a great weekend. 

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Daily Delight

On our current to-do list for the New Year is to replace the exterior lighting on either side of our garage. While sourcing for lighting I found this photo. I really appreciate the attention to exterior detail these days with “whatever” the style is. I admit the shutters and lantern in this photo caught my attention.
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Sunday, January 8, 2012

A Dream Kitchen That Stands Up Over Time

Tommy Symthe's kitchen completed years ago remains one of my all time favorite kitchens.  Tommy  is Sarah Richardson’s “design sidekick” in Sarah’s House for HGTV.  He discovered the large lantarn lighting before most of us had ever seen one.  What interests me most about this photo is the dark painted bottom cabinets mixed with the white on top.  He's then layered the cabinets with marble counter tops. 

It's a work of art
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