Saturday, October 30, 2010

chelsea gray

Elle Decor
Benjamin Moore's Chelsea Gray (HC 168)


On a recent tour of homes, I fell in love with a beautiful foyer painted Chelsea Gray. If you are considering a deep gray, give it a try... 

Friday, October 29, 2010

My grass is really green today....

Last night I dreamed we sold our house for a lot of money and moved into a huge old house in our former neighborhood (that I adored)  in another city. And guess what our first project was...? Re-doing a bathroom.

Picture this: really big sections of cardboard covered big holes in the plaster walls. Workers had to break all the fixtures just to make them fit in the wonky room. The plumber spent his weekends working on our bathroom because time there during the week just wasn't enough....

I ran out of the house screaming only to realize that we had no yard.

In my dream, I started sobbing and crying, "We made a mistake! I want my old house back! I want my old house back!"

People, let me tell you. Today I want to wrap my arms around my home and say, "I love you." I grumble and complain about parts of it all the time. And even more often, I wish so much of it was different. But this morning I woke up and realized how much I really love it.

the house I love
(taken at 7:30 this morning)

Wishing you a wonderful weekend in the home YOU love...

Donna

Thursday, October 28, 2010

textures...



The mixing and layering of textures.
Course. smooth. metal. fur. wood. paper.
It looks so easy.
But I know it's not...

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

inspiration and anxiety....


We are getting started on a master bathroom renovation in our 1940s cape cod home.

I. am. petrified.

Inspiration is all around me; yet getting exactly what I want on a budget is making me lose sleep at night. I expect some anxiety-ridden moments; but a lot of fun and excitement along the way. For me, the real pleasure will come when I'm able to add all the great personal touches at the end.

(Wouldn't make-up brushes look awesome in a few antique silverplate sugar and creamers?)  

Wish me luck....

Monday, October 25, 2010

rug love








I am loving these Moroccan rugs from J. H. Minassian. I love their colorless-ness. Did I just invent that word?
Here are a couple in rooms featured in Elle Decor:




Sweet.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

yummy neutrals....

Elle Decor, November 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

if your furniture is this beautiful....


...then your clutter is, too

Monday, October 18, 2010

how to start your week...








our first fire of the season in the outdoor fireplace....
all Sunday long...

Friday, October 15, 2010

Friday delights: charcoal gray cabinets



House and Garden




We had dinner at a friend's house last weekend. When I walked into the kitchen, I saw charcoal gray cabinetry.

If you have ever considered going that color, trust me...

 You need to go there.... 

Happy weekend, my friends...!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

interior doors


I have read and re-read Joni's recent post 'Updating Your Decor'. Great advice and insight. One thing I keep coming back to is her recommendation to paint interior doors high gloss black, especially if the doors are inexpensive/builder grade doors. I have a pantry door in my kitchen; its almost just like Joni's, above. It's a narrow door and is angled into a corner. Seeing Joni's door makes me want to update my door hardware and paint mine black...


black interior doors in Nate Berkus' office
william waldron, photographer

and here are a few charcoal gray options....

Elle Decor

source unknown

Have you painted an interior door black? 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

I want to live inside this man's head...





I'm captivated by these fantastic hand painted grisaille wall murals by Los Angeles artist Scott Waterman. His website is full of images of his beautiful wall paintings and you can also get a glimpse of his artsy and eclectic studio and home. And don't miss Scott's blog. His fun collages of interiors are the best....



Sunday, October 10, 2010

get the look...




Don't miss your chance to win one of these beautiful wooden bead necklaces just like the one Lauren is wearing. Hop on over to Kayce's blog and leave a comment to enter!

Friday, October 8, 2010

gray and camel

House Beautiful
photo stolen from Laura Casey

It's not a Fall thing with me. (Although Fall is my favorite season.) My love for this 'pumpkin pie'/raw sienna color is seasonless. That's it - on the sofa. Oh, and looky, a gray wall...

To me, that's the worlds most beautiful color combination. 

The room ain't bad, either...

My thanks to Laura Casey. I don't usually like to nab photos from others' current posts, but I just couldn't help myself... 

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

mirrors and frames


...the mirrors or the frames...?

Monday, October 4, 2010

a perfect pink...

 'gigi'

'holly'


'ella' (smocked)


'sophie' jumper

Please help me welcome Pears and Bears as a sponsor of a perfect gray. I'm delighted to have Kayce Hughes and her wonderful line of women's and children's clothing and accessories on board. And in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here are some pink selections from the Pears and Bears line.

I am the lucky owner of the 'gigi' dress in denim and I can tell you it's already my fall favorite. Please check out Pears and Bears and Kayce's blog.  You'll be tickled pink....  

Friday, October 1, 2010

aged beauty...



have a beautiful weekend...