On the Job with C: Pause


While I absolutely love, adore and cherish design work, the time has come for me to take a break.  It’s bittersweet, but in the end I know my time for now is best spent with my family, friends and the non-profits I serve.  I will still provide my best creative juices for my close friends and promise to remain dedicated to those special clients.  Unfortunately my blog, along with my usual “extra” clients, will have to be placed on the shelf for now.  As Lena Horne stated, “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it”.  Best.

Paint Ponder: Mocha Creme

This soft brown-gray might be the best neutral for those want the perfect sandy color. Benjamin Moore’s Mocha Creme works greats with chocolate brown (try incense stick 2115-20), soft blue (try beacon gray 2128-60) and even green.  Give it a roll as your next greige….

{1} Pinterest {2} Pinterest {3} Domino {4}  Pinterest

Friday Happy Hour: Tobi Fairley

While the summer was over long ago, I could live with the soft blue colors that remind me of the season all year round.  Designer Tobi Fairley did an amazing job with this palette in an old At Home in Arkansas magazine I recently picked up.  It’s still a fresh and clean combination, perfect for a beach house or that year round room you want to relax in….

All photos from At Home in Arkansas.

On the Job with C: French Blue Cabinets

“I love a white kitchen, but a soft blue is a very close second, ” I told my client asking for a tiny bit of color.  I love the calmness it brings to a space.  French blue or a cloudy muted hue, goes great on cabinets throughout and if you aren’t quite ready for that, try is as a base to island.  Here’s some inspiration to get you started….

{1} Pinterest {2} House Beautiful {3} BHG.com {4} At Home in Arkansas

Paint Ponder: Wythe Blue

Benjamin Moore’s historical hue Wythe Blue HC-143, was their color of the year in 2012.  I still love it. It’s very Americana and as BM accurately captured, “It has universal appeal, never goes out of style, and is overwhelmingly chosen as a color favorite across North America.  It evokes the sea and sky, physically clams us, and symbolizes trust and commitment.”

{1} House of Turquoise {2} Decorpad {3} Hiyapapaya {4} Hello Bee

Portfolio Peek: Pool & Patio

Sure there’s the lake, but nothing makes a lakehome even more perfect than an infinity pool.  Now the family can not only swim, but grab a book and escape to one of the amazing porches.  One relax on the rope day bed, while other can gently rock on the rocking chairs.  We love the herringbone brick design on the deck too…

All photos by Michael Hunter Photography.

On the Job with C: The Intern

I’ve been trying to slow down a bit….so last week I snuck away with a friend (in the middle of the day!) and saw the movie The Intern.  We have all fallen in love with pretty much every set Nancy Meyers has created, including one of the most requested kitchens from Something’s Gotta Give.  This set did not disappoint either.  In the kitchen, she embraced the up-to-date look with gray countertops, stainless steel appliances and that marble like synthetic countertop we all want.  I love the open shelving too.  Here’s a look….

All images from My Domaine.

Paint Ponder: Hazy Skies

“Paint everything one color — this elegant gray. It’s like a frothy latte. Not too dark, not too cold…just right,” reports Benjamin Dhong on Benjamin Moore Regal Classic Premium Hazy Skies OC-48.  “It will add a little architectural gravitas to even the saddest cabinetry. And if it feels too restrained, bring in lemony yellow, blue, and white.”  I’m loving it.

{1} Traditional Home {2} Home Bunch {3} Nine and Sixteen {4} Traditional Home