Paint Ponder: Naples Blue

“Blue has so much depth.  With red you can quickly get too orange or pink, but with blue you can turn the dial 45 times and it will still be blue, ” states designer Palmer Weiss love for this hue.  Recently she pushed Benjamin Moore 2057-30 Naples Blue to an absolutely stunning level in client family room captured by House Beautiful.  Here are a few others that took on the color…

{1} Palmer Weiss in House Beautiful {2} Design Crisis {3} Concepts and Colorways {4} Design Sponge

Friday Happy Hour: Rancic’s Chicago Home

Who’s happy?  I’m guessing this couple is.  Bill and Giuliana Rancic just remodeled a 1880s brownstone in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood.  Like my hubby and I, the couple once lived there part-time.  It’s absolutely beautiful what they did with the place.  Take a look….

All photos from Traditional Home.

Portfolio Peek: Dining Room

For our lakehouse dining room, we started with the stumps.  They were so unique and soon afterwards Sally from Sanvig Sawmill found the perfect slab of cypress wood to place on top to make the table.  We added black bistro chairs from RH, a RH buffet and lamps from Currey and Company, and topped it all off with a beautiful French farmhouse chandelier from Bevolo that provided the perfect reflection into the mirror during dinner…

All photos from Michael Hunter Photography.

On the Job with C: Above the chest

Almost everyone has some type of table or chest against a wall that need to be developed.  Often times, we consider a piece of artwork, a mirror or shelves to add some drama.   It’s easy to get stuck in just considering one piece of art, but how about two, three or some other type of combo?  Here’s a look….

{1} Traditional Home {2} Atlanta Homes {3} Phoebe Howard {4} House Beautiful

Paint Ponder: Gray Owl

“Super class and sophisticated, but not boring AT ALL, ” state Emily Henderson of Gray Owl Benjamin Moore, OC-52.  “It’s a very, very warm gray – meaning that its still a cool tone because its gray, but has more yellow in it than blue so it doesn’t feel crazy blue.  Most of you who have experimented with gray’s know that they go blue very, very fast”.  Well said.  What do you think?

All photos from Pinterest.

Portfolio Peek: Classroom

My client is not only a savvy mom, but a home school teacher too.   As part of the lake house plan, she wanted a classroom to teach her five kiddos during the summer and part of the school year.  We opted for some old school Rejuvenation classroom lights, fun DWR Salt chairs, desks with the latest media equipment (and a view) and let’s not forget a rug for story time.  Here’s a peek at the results….

All photos from Michael Hunter Photography.


On the Job with C: Walker Zanger Tile

I have a love hate relationship with Walker Zanger.  I absolutely LOVE their tile, hands down. On the flip side, many of my clients almost faint when they see the price tag.  That’s where I come in, the middlewoman, suggesting ways we can use “at least a little bit of it somewhere”.  Last week we did just that, figuring out how to showcase it behind a range, but using simpler tile for the rest of the kitchen backslash and later on the shower floor but not the walls.  Here are some of my favorite tiles….

{1} Walker Zanger Paramount in Ecru {2} Veranda Walker Zanger Hollywood Grand in Calacata  {3} Walker Zanger Tangent Astral Nights Calacata {4} Walker Zanger Tangent Zephyr

Paint Ponder: Pale Powder

I always LOVE a soft blue bedroom.  An beautiful paint color to try? Farrow & Ball’s Pale Powder.  “If you want something clean and neutral but more interesting than white, try this whisper of a color that goes green or blue in different lights.  It adds character and a bit of age, it’s easy to live with, and it makes a smoother transition to the adjacent rooms, which are full of color.”  Designer Katie Ridder in House Beautiful.

{1} Decorpad {2 & 3} House Beautiful {4} House & Home

Friday Happy Hour: Hampton Designer Showhouse

No one quite captures summer like the Hamptons.  And this years sun-filled Hampton Designer Showcase is a true hit.  Located at 233 Old Sage Harbor in Bridgehampton, New York, designers transformed a barn style house into a warm coastal style home.  Here is a peek of what some of the top designers have done…

For a peek at previous showcase homes, see this one and this one.

{1} Barbara Page Home {2} Dyfari Interiors {3} Marlaina Teich Designs {4} Baltimore Design Group