Paint Ponder: Stony Ground

I’m definitely considering this for an upcoming dining room makeover.  Farrow and Ball Stony Ground No. 211.  “This beige may be neutral, but I swear it has medicinal, calming qualities — and it doesn’t require a prescription! You’ll emerge refreshed, with the energy to keep moving and creating. Bring in burnt orange, dark gray, or indigo blue,”  says designer Erin Martin in SFGate.  I couldn’t agree more…

{1}Pinterest {2} Editor at Large  {3}Domaine Home {4}Kate Forman


Paint Ponder: Glass Slipper

This is one of my favorite blues.  It’s very soft and subtle.  It works wonderfully for those rooms where you are looking for a calming and timeless look.  If you don’t believe me, ask Phoebe Howard.  As she said, “I’ve used this color so much that the paint chip is all bent and splattered with marks, like a cookbook.”  Well said.

{1} Phoebe Howard Bedroom in House Beautiful  {2} Family Room on Pinterest {3} Pinterest Kitchen {4} Living Room

Paint Ponder: Donald Kaufman White

The perfect white?  Designer Mariette Himes Gomez swears by Donald Kaufman’s DKC-5 in House Beautiful, “You know what my color is – white.  And it’s always Donald Kaufman #5.  I think there’s every color in that white.  It catches light and shadow and does a little magic thing around the edges of paneling.  My whole apartment is #5, from top to bottom, front to back.  It’s like Chanel No. 5.  You always feel good in it”.

{1} House Beautiful {2} House Beautiful {3} Swatch {4} Apartment Therapy

Check out Elle Decor’s summary of Kaufman’s paint expertise, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Paint Ponder: Texas Leather

This season always makes me think of brown.  Tis the season for warm colors.  Being that I’m from Texas and often have a requests for a warm brown paint color, I have a new recommendation.  Benjamin Moore’s Texas Leather AC-3.  It has an earthy warm feel, with a hint of grey undertone.  Works great in libraries, family rooms or wherever you want a cozy look.   It goes great with 1062 Baked Cumin and 1528 Early Morning Mist.  What do you think?

{1} Staircase on Pinterest {2} Nursery on DecorPad {3} Entry Doors from Blue Chickadee {4} Family Room in Elle Decor

Friday Happy Hour: Lacquered Walls

I have house envy.  A partner at my husband’s firm just completed an amazing house and I am in awe by the front library.  It’s covered in stunning blue lacquer.  I understand it took many, many coats of paint, but it simply takes your breath away.  While the process can be expensive, it sure makes a statement.  Here are some interesting lacquered rooms I love….

{1} Green lacquered in House Beautiful {2} This one features Tangerine Tango, Pantone’s color of the year  {3} Elle Decor featured these calming but stunning blue ones  {4} This brown is far from boring

Paint Ponder: Farrow & Ball

I love new discoveries.  Last week while I was ordering some client chairs at the Lee Jofa Showroom in Dallas, I found out that they now carry Farrow & Ball paints.  Headquartered out of Dorset, England, the company is known for making paint using only the finest ingredients and “age-old methods that have withstood the test of time and the passage of many a fickle fad”.    With over 132 highly pigmented paints, it’s a wonderful old world palette.  I particularly love Breakfast Room Green, Elephants Breath and Borrowed Light.   And don’t forget their fabulous wallpaper line inspired by 18th and 19th century designs.  It will give your powder room a whole new look.

Here are some rooms with a Farrow & Ball touch:

{1} Kitchen cabinets in “Pigeon” from Atlanta Homes. {3} “Hague Blue” from House Beautiful {3} Farrow & Ball storefront in Brussels {3} “Elephant’s Breath” from Pinterest

Paint Ponder: Sea Salt

I’ve started reworking my master bedroom and wanted a soft blue color.  Along the way, I fell in love with some Peacock Alley  bedding in a sea glass and needed something to work with it.  Enter Sea Salt SW 6204 by Sherwin Williams.  It’s light, cool and looks great against my bright white trim.  Just perfect for a restful room.  Here are some others who have tried it.

Images from Pinterest