Inspiration

Optimism + White Paint

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

There’s been an ongoing debate in our home for over a year about painting some dark wood cabinets in our casa.  We have dark wood cabinets in our master bathroom and dining room, dark wood countertops in our kitchen and dark wood treads on our staircase too – all of them I love and would never paint.

I love dark wood, especially juxtaposed next to crisp or warm whites – the contrast is divine.  The debate in our home has to do with the dark wood built-ins in our windowless family room, which feels like a cave much of the day. I am so drawn to the look of white built-ins in a living or family room space, especially flanking a fireplace.

See how nice they look?

white built ins bella mancini

Bella Mancini Design

 

white shelves living room

Globe and Mail

 

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Color Crush: Sea Green

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

I go through phases where I obsess over certain colors, and the color of the month for me is sea green – I’m totally crushing on it.  I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to paint my own walls or cabinets in this shade even though these spaces pull if off well.  Perhaps I’ll stick to fabrics and accessories, or even indulge in glass tile in a bathroom, but this hue is definitely on my mind.  

sea green walls and tile bhg

Better Homes & Gardens

design seeds matador tones

Design Seeds

sea green accentssources unknown

sea green building

M. Christine Duncan

sea green martha stewart

martha martha

pale sea green cabinets bhg

Better Homes & Gardens

sea green paint colors

Better Homes & Gardens

 

Sea what I mean?  What’s your latest color crush?

 

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The Quest for the Perfect Robin’s Egg Blue

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

I spent this weekend prepping and priming a dresser for a good friend in anticipation of painting it for her daughter’s room.  We’re sprucing up the space and repurposing some furniture and since the walls and daybed are white, I thought it would be absolute perfection if we painted the dresser robin’s egg blue. So off I went in search of the absolute perfect shade. 

I adore this color so much I even use a version of it as a background on the ol’ blog. It’s that blueish with a bit of green and gray shade that in my opinion just makes the world a better place. It’s not turquoise or aqua, but not pastel or too green either.  Kind of airy and watery but not as bright as Tiffany blue, and always so so pretty when done right. I’m a total sucker for anything painted robin’s egg blue.

Like this console.

morgan harrison home buffet

via Morgan Harrison Home

  

Or these floors.

armelle blog robins nest

via Armelle blog

 

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