Friday Happy Hour: Santa Barbara

Happy Friday!  I’m enjoying time with my fab hubby in beautiful Santa Barbara.  We are enjoying great restaurants, amazing drives and some spectacular wine.  The houses here are quite stunning as well.  I was hoping to run into Rob Lowe and be invited to happy hour here

Photos from Architectural Digest.

Porfolio Peek: The lakehouse exterior

Our photos are back from our Long Cove lakehouse and I’ll be sharing a few here.  We shall start with the driveup to this fun low-country home.  It even has a guest house for you lucky friends….

All photos from Michael Hunter Photography.

On the Job with C: Whitewash & Limewash Brick

You may remember my post back in August on painted brick.  It has become a very popular option with my clients.  And while you can paint your exterior just about any color, with brick there is no going back once you’ve done it.  Before painting, consider another technique called whitewash or limewash.  This can be achieved by using a thinner, more translucent mixtures that allows the natural color of the brick to show through.  Over time, it will provide a beautiful patina that will age nicely with the outdoor elements and can last up to 100 years.  Plus, it’s lower maintenance than straight paint which makes the commitment a little less stressful.  Here’s some inspiration….

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Paint Ponder: Tricorn Black

“I just want the shutters to be black”.  I often get that line when choosing colors for common house parts.  Blacks have quite a range when it comes to paint color.  They can go gray, blue, brown and even purple.  One of the most common black colors I use for exterior is Sherwin Williams 6258 Tricorn Black.  Looks fab on doors, trim and yes, shutters.  I also like it on furniture. Although I have never tried it, the hue would look stunning in an entry.   Check it out.

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