Monday, November 29, 2010

fox & raccoon pillows

I love these pillows, which are by Push Me Pull You and are no longer available. Dammit!

photo from apartmenttherapy.com


I love these mugs too. Do you think Santa reads blogs?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

cashmere gray

Well, I went back to Benjamin Moore and told them that my paint sample didn't match the color of the chip. They put a dab of the sample paint onto the chip and once it dried, you could see that the two didn't quite match. It wasn't a big difference, but I knew there was a reason that the Cashmere Gray was looking a bit sky blue on our walls.

And then this was a bit strange... there was a pro painter there buying a singular can of paint. Benjamin Moore has about five million different colors, but this painter's can of paint was also Cashmere Gray. So the woman helping me took a dab of paint from his can and put it on the chip. The paint was a match. I went ahead and got a gallon.


Thanks to my baby's super long nap yesterday, I was able to paint walls around the bay window in the dining room. As I was painting my thought process went something along the lines of:
"I just love this."
"Gray? What was I thinking."
"This is really fresh and pretty."
"Crap. Gray is so trendy."
"I really think this will look great."

Well, I do think that it will look great and hopefully I'll be able to get some more painting done soon. This room is quite large, so it might take a while.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

woodlawn blue foyer

Today as I was bustling around I noticed the sun streaming into the foyer and thought it was time to get some better photos of how it was coming along. I had also just gotten some pretty flowers from Whole Foods. I would love to have flowers displayed all the time, but we just don't have very good places nearby to buy flowers! Whole Foods is close to 30 minutes away. (And I'd go broke very quickly if I were regularly buying flowers from them.)

Okay, here is a "before" shot from our walkthrough:


It is beyond strange to me that people enjoy knotty pine.

Okay, and here is the "after" which is really more of a "at the moment"...


I am so happy with the color that I chose: Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue. It is a little bit green, a little bit blue, and a whole lot of pretty up against both white trim and dark wood furniture. 


Eventually I hope to find a nice little lamp for this table and I'm thinking about what to do for hooks on the opposite wall.


And a shot from the stairs, because it is such an enormous relief to walk down the stairs in the morning and not have that knotty pine glaring back at me.

Friday, November 19, 2010

paint woes

So as I mentioned in my last post, I second-guessed myself about the color I initially wanted to use: Benjamin Moore Nantucket Gray. Our living room/dining room is a rather large room (well, in relation to the rest of the house anyway) and I didn't want it to be a glum space.

So then I latched onto the idea of Wythe Blue which I had seen mentioned on other design blogs and had heard nothing but praise for. I bought the little sample and as it turned out it really looked like a baby boy's nursery color. Boo! I wasn't pleased.

I went back to my paint chips and looked beyond the Ben Moore historical collection. I found Gray Cashmere. Light gray but slightly green. Okay. I bought the sample. I put it up and I actually quite liked it! But then I compared my sample on the wall to the chip itself and it seems a little off. Not majorly, but it definitely isn't a perfect match. The chip looks a smidge darker and grayer. Crap.


From top, Wythe Blue, Cashmere Gray, and Nantucket Gray

Cashmere Gray

I think I would be okay with a touch grayer and darker, but I'm bummed that I forked out my 2.99 to get a sample and I still don't really know what I'm going to end up with. Anyway, I like how pretty and wispy of a gray it is. I think it will make the space bright and happy.

Oh, the other big thing is that I've decided to paint the unpainted trim in the dining room. I know! Sacrilege! Well, I don't know how I didn't notice this before but the trim in the dining room is totally different from the trim in the rest of the house. It also looks like it has been stripped before. It just isn't that pretty. So now the windows will match the doorways and all will be well. And really I think practically any color looks great with white trim so it is time for me to just bite the bullet, right?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

pretty house

I'm mostly just reposting these photos for my own archiving. I saw this house over at Design*Sponge and I should just cry over the loveliness. The house is owned by a husband/wife designer duo from Brooklyn. It has great bones, which helps, but their use of color is just wonderful.

I've totally changed my mind about the living room/dining room paint color that I had selected. I was feeling really great about Nantucket Gray which is a decidedly muddy color. I worry that it will be too gloomy and drab which I definitely do not want. Anyway, there's been much more hemming and hawing over colors and much rifling through my Benjamin Moore color swatches. I'll post more on this and my (hopefully) decision soon, but my color crisis caused me to look through design blogs such as D*S and take note of what really catches my eye. It turned out to be spaces like this one - light, airy, with cleaner colors. A successful mix of old and new.


 They say that this paint color is Wedgewood Gray.

 I would just love to know what this paint color is. I want to live here.

Wouldn't you just die for a nook like that?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

the great unveiling

Yesterday I got some seriously sweet news. The tree guys would be at my house at 8am sharp to remove the trees in front of our house!

They came early and were done by 9am. It was a little like Christmas morning for me.

Check this out.


Hellooo? Is there a house back there?


Ta da! A house! A house which now is in desperate need of some landscaping. Hmmm...

Also, the weird 50s remuddle in the front is now plainly visible. Oh well... Keep looking at the good parts, please.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

foyer sneak peek

Not quite done yet, but I thought a sneak peek was in order because it makes me feel like I've accomplished something. (Still have a second coat left on one wall and I have to paint/touch up the trim. I'm hoping to get it done this week. Perhaps that is wishful thinking.)

If you'd like to refresh your memory on this knotty pine monstrosity before, I'll direct you here.


It is Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue which has turned out to be just the pretty robin's egg blue I was looking for. Ahhh. I like how it is turning out even better than my inspiration pic.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New old knob

So I went ahead and ordered the closest knob that I could find after scouring the internet for several days. I've literally been dreaming about door knobs and five panel doors, so I'm hoping this puts an end to that. Really, I can barely imagine a less interesting sounding dream.

Here's the knob I ordered, complete with mortise lock. The knob itself is boring, but the backplates are similar and it was very reasonably priced. Maybe someday I'll stumble upon the matching knob and I'll swap it out.

As a refresher, here's what I was hoping to find:
Argh. That one is so much nicer. Crap.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Living room paint

Saturday afternoon we went to Benjamin Moore and picked up handfuls of swatches. I was very, very grabby. When we got home, one swatch miraculously stood out from the others: Nantucket Gray. It is a greenish gray from Ben Moore's historic collection, and I'm pretty stoked about it. I even picked up a little sample jar from Ace Hardware on Sunday. (I always forget Ace sells Ben Moore paints.)



Not the greatest photos, and I think this is one of those chameleon colors that really changes depending on the light (I think all grays are probably like this). Anyway, I like it, and I think it looks nice with the existing cream, which will be in two adjoining rooms. I'm leaning towards Wethersfield Moss (darker and greener) for the mud room.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Doors

(I've completely lost all creativity as far as post titles. Oh, wellsies.)

Yeah, so we went off to the door store today to look into replacing one of the doors into our family room. There are currently no doors on the family room, but we do have the two doors that used to be there stored in the garage. One of the doors is an adorable, slender five panel door which matches all of the other doors in the house. The second door, however, is a crappy slab with el cheapo hardware. And this is the door that is right off of the front hall! What were they thinking? Blah.

I propped it up to see if it is indeed the right size. Barf.

So we perused the salvaged doors at the door store and we are pretty sure we're going with one. It is $50, which sounds about right. They'll trim it down to match the door above for $15 so we're sure it will fit. Yay!

Then comes the actual work that I have to do. (I hate work!) I'll have to sand and lacquer one side of the door (the side that leads into the front hall) and then scrape, scrape, scrape and repaint the other side. I'm hoping to have the door specialists tell me exactly what to do, step-by-step, so I don't totally screw it up.

Meanwhile we need to get our hands on some hardware. All of the hardware in our house looks like this (Art Nouveau):

Or like this (Art Deco):

I'm partial to the Art Deco style myself, although you can see on the doors that have this style that they used to have the Nouveau (you can see the curvy outline surrounding the new(er) knob.)

Well, either way, I'm looking online and thinking that to buy a new set of either of kinds of hardware, or a new old set, is going to cost an arm and a leg. Bah! I can't find the exact type of Art Deco. I can find similar but in a different finish and with a different knob. Poo.

If anyone has a lead, I'd appreciate it.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Color

So I've been thinking that it would be a good idea to paint the large expanse that is the living room/dining room. Not a good idea in a "fun times" kind of way, but good in the sense that it would be better to do it before we anchor our humongous Expedit shelving unit to the wall and we should really do that soon.

As mentioned before, our entire home is painted a cream color. Pleasant enough, but way, way, way too much of it. Something about this cream color has paralyzed the paint-picking part of my brain and I'm feeling a bit at a loss.

I'm thinking a gray... but lately I've been wondering if I've stumbled into neutral territory where only the grayest of colors make me happy. Everything else scares me.


I posted this photo previously, and it is the only photo I have on hand which shows the living room. It also shows both the white trim around the windows as well as the natural wood baseboards. Something about those baseboards are throwing me off (but I will not be painting them).

At the moment, I'm considering Benjamin Moore (of course) Ashley Gray, Edgecomb Gray, or Revere Pewter. Ashley Gray is my most daring selection. It is fairly dark. I just worry about it with those baseboards. sigh.
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