happy new year!

Merry Christmas

one of my faves from last year
wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year!
love, donna

Christmas Trees in Baskets




I'm in.

nailhead trim on...

Atlanta Designer Amy Morris added oversized nailhead trim to
these curtains  in a client's mountain home.
An interesting touch, isn't it?

I'm crazy about that bathroom AND this guest bedroom
from the same house.
Love how the black highlights the angles of the ceiling.
And those prints!
See the entire home at Atlanta Homes Magazine online.

the really tall fiddle leaf fig...


check out how awesome they look in a moss-filled basked (first and last photos).
Have a great fall weekend!

Down Pipe - a Perfect Dark Gray

Check out my dark side.
It's Down Pipe and I love it.
We used it on one large wall in the lobby of my husband's new/old office.
The building was built in the early 1920's as our town's original post office, so we wanted to incorporate a nod to the history of the building. 
 You can see I rolled up some of the building's original
blue prints and tucked them into a wire basket.
You might remember when I blogged about using these original
blue prints here and here
 Here's a glance at the lobby 'before'.
A little bland, there, wasn't it? 
 I really like how this light, distressed piece looks against the dark wall. 

We framed and stacked some blue prints in the adjacent conference room.
And painted the conference room ceiling Down Pipe, too.
Made a huge difference.
Big thanks to Bill Bates and Barry McElreath of Antiques on Augusta for helping me through.  
Down Pipe is their go-to and they knew it was just what I needed.
C'mon over to the dark side...I'd highly recommend it.

I've gone over to the dark side...

 I've fallen hard for one particular dark gray and I can't wait to show you how I used it.
I've always wanted to try a really deep gray, I just needed a little nudge.
Details soon...

"Gray is my neutral"


photos by Matt Ramirez for The Wall Street Journal
article written by Elisa Lipsky-Karasz
Interior Designer Ryan Korban's New York apartment was just
Check out the article to see how he discovered the color gray,
and what he pairs with it. 

Pottery Barn's Gray Picks for this Fall


Have you seen the gray selections in
Check these out:
Morning Fog 
Sherwin Williams 6255
Functional Gray
Sherwin Williams 7024
(My fave, I think...)

Iron Ore
Sherwin Williams 7069

What do you think?
Have you tried any of these...?

Glidden's Best Gray Paint Colors

wall color: Seal Grey from Glidden
wall color: Pebble Grey from Glidden
You guys are the best.
 And I know you love your gray paint colors.
I've gotten a lot of e-mail asking for a few gray color selections in paints available from home improvement stores.  
The good folks at Glidden were kind enough to send me a little information for you...

Seal Grey and Pebble Grey, both pictured above, are Glidden's top selling gray selections. (Notice that Glidden uses the spelling 'grey'.)   

Krim Danzinger, Senior Color Consultant for Glidden Paint says, "When decorating a bedroom, 'Pebble Grey' is a nice choice.  More and more the bedroom is where one wants to surround oneself with a sense of peace.  We are over stimulated by our busy days and we need a space of respite, a place to fall asleep quickly and soundly.  However, a grey selection is also a wonderful backdrop for a spark of color as well. 
'Seal Grey' is a beautiful expression of quietness in this seating area.  If rest and relaxation is on your list for the weekend, this is the area to enjoy reading your favorite book." 

Glidden's Tips for Grey
·        A grey selection is a stunning color to be used for a nursery color on an accent wall.  It’s the kind of unisex color that can be companioned with either gender.  A grey appears very calming and creates a wonderful contrast with yellows or pinks. 
·        Using a grey in your kitchen can be very welcoming.  This neutral can be a backdrop to those interesting materials that are also used in your kitchen such as granite, marble and stainless steel.
·        Grey, perfect for a “man cave” atmosphere, gives the man his personal space to enjoy.  Whether it is a collection of his antiques to a movie theatre area, this grey surrounds his environment with meaningful things.
My thanks to Krim Danzinger, Senior Color Consultant for Glidden Paint


layering. for fall.



art and mirrors...
you didn't think I meant clothes, did you?
have a great weekend!
see you on monday with some great new gray paint colors...

hanging art on the bookcase

I just can't decide how I feel about it...

charcoal gray...

...with brass-lined shelves. How's that for a home library?

a lil brown with your white...for fall


have a great weekend!