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Wednesday
Apr042012

Image Inspiration! 

Hello! How's the week treating you? Our dining room has been on our mind a lot lately. Picking the right paint and curtains to match our Restoration Hardware table has been a bit of a challenge. The image above has been the inspiration but to mimic it exactly would make our room a bit too dark.

So, this is our table. It looks a bit more "gray washed" in person even though it's just raw wood. We have some linen and wood chairs that match nicely, also from Restoration Hardware, but that's where it's stopped. The room functions great, but it's a grab bag of styles and it's very unfinished. So where to start...

We hopped on over to another fun tool Glidden has for free online. My Colortopia allows you to upload a photo and pulls colors from their line to help you find exactly what you are looking for. In just a few seconds we found some pretty sweet options. 

We picked the same inspirational photo we have been starting at for months and were trying to find a great grey to use that didn't feel so dense. I am really loving the Glidden Seal Grey!

Have you guys used this tool? What were your results? Did you fall in love with the results on the first try or did you keep editing until you found something you liked?

I have been sponsored by Glidden brand paint to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday
Mar222012

Blogging, or Lack There Of...


Happy Friday! As you may have noticed, we have gone MIA, again. I have been struggling for a while about how to balance blogging, with clients, and a huge renovation I am working on with Emily Henderson. At the same time Joey's business has been booming and home projects have been on hold for the most part. We have some big plans and ideas we are dying to execute, but it's been hard to pick a start date. It took us about two and a half weeks to hang this painting above. Yep.

I am sure as you read this you can understand balancing is a pretty tough cookie. I have never been awesome at it. The past 10 years of my life I have had one mode, and that mode is work. We have planned, paid for, and canceled five vacations over the past three years. Not awesome. Work gets in the way of life a lot for us. We have made promises to ourselves to try and get 48 hour blips of time for fun between the obligations, and that will kick off with an awesome offer from a client to go to his Inn in Cape Code. We are super excited. He convinced me I needed to nights, so I may, in fact...relax.

Spring is officially here and our to-do list looks more like a short novel these days, so, no fear! A slew of exciting DIY projects are on their way. And to those who have popped over emails checking in on us, thanks for the love. We are alive and well! All's good! Just reorganizing life back to a place where we get to make home a priority again. xxoo

Wednesday
Feb292012

Color Hunting

Hello! How has the week been treating you? We have about 20 projects in motion at the same time. We are taking advantage of this above freezing winter as best we can. Lots of time has been dedicated to painting, and picking paint colors....Not only has it been hectic in our own house, but you can read all about the big 'ol Lake House project I am working on with Emily Henderson right here. Emily just picked out the perfect paint pallet for the upstairs of this amazing Lake House and it got me thinking, how does one pick a lot of colors for a lot of rooms and still have it flow? I have played it safe so much with all white while renting, and have been playing around a lot with paint since we moved. 

I have loved this image from fist site (coincidently on Emily's blog right now). I would have NEVER thought dark walls could look so fresh. I mean, I love kelly green, leaf green, any natural green really. And when you mix it with blues, I am sold even more. But this image of the gray and green strikes me because we have a Restoration Hardware wood table with gray tones and this situation is begging to enter my life. 

If you follow my Pinterest Home Inspiration board, you'll notice a pattern, as I recently did. I am drawn to colors in nature mixed with neutrals. Weird what you can learn about yourself when you can visually organize your thoughts!

If you are bold and want to flip the sitch above, below maybe more your bag. 

 

Reality looks a little more like this for us:

 

We have chosen grays and blues and will be introducing pops of more natural greeny colors. When looking back the color inspiration has come from some many places we have gone. We love the sky in the Caribbean, and blue blue ocean of my home town in south Florida. The leaves of the orange and mango trees in my back yard growing up. They winter gray sky's we now have in New York. And of course we are drawn to the beauty in central park! All that nature and stone mixed in with every glance!

Corny enough for you? It's true! Color plays a part in your life so much. I was excited to find out Glidden now has a fun new tool to help you find your color story! You may recognize a slew of lovely lady bloggers sharing their inspiration while you are there! After I took the 5 minute quiz, I wound up here:

                                  What's your Colortopia?




I have been sponsored by Glidden brand paint to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.