Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Color of Coco

Yesterday we said goodbye to our dog Coco.  She was a wonderful chocolate lab; a great companion with an easy going spirit.  Luckily she had a long happy life, living over 15 years.  I've always loved the color brown, maybe more than most.  So as a memorial to Coco, here are some rooms that showcase the color brown.  Chocolaty brown walls are my favorite.

 Phoebe Howard

Coco on her 105th birthday!  December 25th, 2010

Coco, as a puppy.  You were the cutest!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wish I Was There!

Well I guess they call this a "staycation"....I am home this summer wishing I was at the shore for a real, get-out-of-town vacation!  I found this great escape thanks to Coastal Living Magazine and just had to share it.  I love the beach-like interior colors.  Check out the shades of sky and sand used in this beautiful beach house, photographed by J. Savage Gibson. To see the complete article, go to

Wall color in Living Room
Benjamin Moore Huntington Tan HC-21

Just love the turquoise cabinets, a custom color by Carter Kay Interiors.

For something similar try
Benjamin Moore Crystal Springs # 764

Wall color in above room
Benjamin Moore Desolate OC-101

Wall color in guest room
Benjamin Moore Silver Cloud #2129-70

Happy vacation to all, whether you're home or away!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Bungalow 5

The New York International Gift Fair is in town and I can't wait to go tomorrow!!  On my list as a "must see" is Bungalow 5.  They have some of the greatest things!  I love their fun designs as well as their bold use of color.   Check out the items below, just a sampling of what they have to offer.  Email me if you are interested in ordering anything you see.  And don't forget to make time to peruse their website- Bungalow 5    

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Slice of Orange

color can make such an impact.  take a look at the pictures below to see how shades of orange can liven up a space.

I love this mudroom featured in this month's issue of House Beautiful.  the splash of orange really makes this mudroom come to life!

how would you like to start each morning with this cheery color? designer maureen footer used BM tangerine dream to wake up this space.  to see the rest of this house check out Traditional Home

to get this look at home try out
BM Tangerine Dream #2012-30

I love everything designer Tobi Fairley does!  recycled frames painted with sherwin williams "rejuvenate" along with seashells, makes an awesome focal point.  Here are a few more picture that show off her work and the use of the color orange.  To see the complete article click on Traditional Home
sherwin williams sw 6620 rejuvenate

this photograph shows just a peek of what's to come in this colorful chicago apartment designed by Melanie Elston.  check out the rest of the apartment at

this maryland kitchen designed by stephen o'brien uses just the right amount of orange against the green cabinets.   i love the open shelves against the pop of orange!  Check out Traditional Home for more

Thursday, August 4, 2011


i love the idea of creating exciting spaces with the help of wall paint. stripes in particular, are always fun.  check out the images below to see some creative use of stripes.

                  southern living

this fun playroom from southern living magazine demonstrates the use of horizontal stripes in varying widths.  love that the paint extends right up to the ceiling!  To see more, go to Southern Living

the above two rooms i found on  the painted walls really take center stage!

house and home

love the soft, subtle neutrals of this living room.  to see more information on this room,  check out house and home 

stripes take on a funky and mod look in this teenage boys room.  to see more, check out house and home