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No Longer Blue

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

It happens every few years, I grow tired of a paint color and I crave something new. After staring at three samples on the wall for a week, and after much study and discussion, two weeks ago we agreed to repaint our living room. Before, it was a lovely shade of blue gray which remained in the space for years (see it here) but we were ready for a change, something deeper, slightly more masculine but not too dramatic, just different.

One of my favorite tricks for when I’m tired of how a room looks (or what I recommend when friends complain of the same) is to empty it and look at it with fresh eyes. Often it’s just a new color on the walls or introducing a wall treatment that will give the space a whole new look and make you fall in love with it again.

empty living room

Years ago we added picture frame wainscoting to this space and I still love the way it looks, it fits the classic style of our home and adds an interesting architectural layer. We inherited the baby grand piano from Matt’s grandfather so the heirloom will be with us always. (The black on the piano inspired me to paint the French doors the same ebony shade, I’ll share those soon!)

This is my oh so scientific way of sampling paint around a room, it’s just a process of painting large swatches with the initials above that represent the color, and then staring at it for days and days at different times of the day.

gray paints on wall

In the bright morning light I loved Seagull Gray (right) by Glidden but by the afternoon it was way too tan. Wood Smoke by Glidden (left) was beautiful in the evening but felt washed out in the middle of the day. Rockport Gray by Benjamin Moore (center) won and that’s what we ended up painting in the living room.

I contemplated Rockport Gray in my powder bathroom after installing beadboard wallpaper in early 2012 and ended up choosing it for our living room instead, it’s a warm and elegant gray that adds just enough contrast. Our living room is a space you see just off the entry so the color needs to flow with the adjacent foyer and family room.

piano in living room

 

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Reading Corners

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

There’s this corner of our home outside our master bedroom that I’d neglected for a long time. I had a hand me down chair there for years but a month ago I upgraded with a tufted linen wingback that I had been eying for months. It’s now my new favorite spot!

It’s a little corner upstairs where I can look down the hallway to see what the kids are up to but also a place to get caught up on reading or my shows on the iPad (I’m halfway through Season 2 of Scandal and I’m hooked – so good.) 

tufted wingback reading chair

My brother-in-law has a gorgeous black leather Eames and my sister scored a near perfect cognac leather wingback at a thrift store for her reading corner (lucky!). When the babies were little, I had an upholstered glider just like in Gigi’s room where we would read every night and it was bliss.

Every home large or small deserves a great reading chair. Having a favorite place to sit for catching up on magazines, a novel, or Facebook updates on your laptop requires a few essentials: a cozy chair, a perch for your reading material and beverage (be it an accent or coffee table) and good lighting of course. I’m a throw blanket gal so I like having one of those to make the corner a tad cozier. Book storage nearby is a plus, lucky for me these bookcases in the guest room are just a few steps away. 

Reading corners can be created in all kinds of styles from contemporary to transitional to cottage. Here are a few other favorites to inspire!

corner chaise

wells & fox

reading chair 1

via Pinterest

reading chair in library

krieger architects

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