Saturday, October 29, 2011

Fall Colors

The New York area is so beautiful in the fall.  The gorgeous foliage provides inspiration to a host of colors that include shades of green, gold and red.  These warm autumn colors translate well into interior spaces (below are a few Benjamin Moore shades that do just that).   But tonight we are expecting snow and October snow is just out of's not even Halloween!

Some favorite fall inspired colors

BM Warm Sienna #1203

 BM Autumn Leaf #1131

BM Mountain Lane #488

BM Maple Leaf Red #2084-20

BM Acorn #1125

BM Heirloom Gold #255

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Idea Board- Family Room

Wall color:  BM Iceberg #2122-50

I have a wonderful client who has asked for some assistance with her family room.  Over the years, I have selected paint colors for various rooms in her home and I must say, the house is gorgeous!  She has fabulous taste and if I could take a decent photograph, I would post one.  Perhaps when her family room is all done, I can manage to take a photograph that will do the room justice.

Meanwhile, clients and readers of my blog have often asked why I don't have photos of my own clients' homes.  The bottom line is...... I am the worst photographer!!  I keep blaming the camera, when I know, it is most likely my skills or lack thereof.  So my goal in 2012 will be to learn to take better photographs.....that way I can post them to show how the right wall color can really pull a room together!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

2011 Color of the Year

Benjamin Moore has selected Vintage Wine as the 2011 Color of the Year.  This deep plummy brown is what's not to like about a color named Vintage Wine!

I recommend numerous shades of Benjamin Moore paints everyday to my clients, but lately the colors I've been suggesting are oddly named after food items!  Could this be because I've started my "countdown-to-my-BIG-birthday-diet" and subconsciously I have food on the brain?!?  Who knows..... either way these are great colors, so I thought I would share them with you!

 Macadamia Nut # 191

 Frosted Toffee # 988

 Dried Basil # 522

 Caramel Apple # 1042

 Baked Pretzel #1126

Latte #2163-60

 Butter Pecan # OC-89

Rhubarb #2207-30

Don't you love this room painted in Rhubarb?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Be Daring With Color

Quadrille, a wonderful fabric showroom in the D&D building in New York, has a plethora of gorgeous fabrics.  Besides the Quadrille collection, they also feature Alan Campbell and China Seas.  Recently, I received this image via email and love their quote... 

Their collection of fabric and wallpapers are a must see.  Here are a few rooms that showcase the collection.  And be sure to check out Quadrille's website to see a vast assortment of great patterns in fantastic colors!!

Images via Quadrille's website

Monday, October 17, 2011


Banquettes are a great addition to a kitchen. They are perfect to incorporate in kitchens when space is tight, plus they provide a nice cozy place to start and end your day.  Whether traditional, modern or rustic, these banquettes have loads of charm!

Country Living


House Beautiful

Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

Banquettes are not confined to dining areas....  I love this cozy nook tucked under the stairs!   

Sunday, October 16, 2011

For Hire

I've decided to hire a proofreader.  Apparently, I can't spell, type or read thoroughly prior to posting and undoubtedly there is always a mistake (thanks Maggie for catching the latest!) The job will entail proofreading my post prior to posting.  The pay will be......bottles of red wine!  Let me know if you are interested.  ;)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Head Over Heels for Headboards

I've been suggesting upholstered headboards (and beds) for a while now.  In addition to loving the look,  I like the notion that you can prop up in bed and lean against a soft surface. Here are a few headboard options that caught my eye.

Decor Pad

Headboards are so easy to customize..... with so many choices of shapes and fabrics, the options are endless!

Images via Raoul Fabrics & Calico Corners