Weekend Reading

August 23rd, 2013

Wow how fast is this year moving along? I blinked and here we are at the end of August. The kids are back to school this week and I always have mixed feelings about it. I love the long leisurely days of summer but also welcome the structure and schedule. They’re excited to see all their friends again and it always looks like the group of them grew a foot in just a few short months.

indigo bunting calendar


We’re starting a house painting project next week over at the shelter home (the one where we remodeled this kitchen and this bathroom). The exterior is looking pretty sad so with the help of some volunteers and generous donations we’ll be making it over with paint and a few other upgrades, I’ll share some photos when it’s all complete.


And a few posts I enjoyed reading this week:

another beautiful parade of homes

16 projects for decorating a dorm

when designers make mistakes

an end of books

all of these lit based shows and series look great (thanks Jules)

one second on the internet

tycoons not leaving money to their kids

at bh&g this week: styling with wood stumps


Join me at the World Market Pinterest party on Monday for chances to win gift cards.

pinterest party

Details here.


Have a great weekend!

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Mixing Wood Tones

August 22nd, 2013

Wood has made a comeback, have you noticed? Well what’s true is that wood never went out of style (are you kidding, how could it?) it’s just that our tastes have changed.

We’re so over the heavily shellacked yellowish and reddish stains from past decades, remember those? What we crave today is more natural and more organic. Think less shiny, more exposed, the real and the raw. Letting the wood itself be the star, after all, it took nature decades to create that beauty so why not show it off. 

mixed gray patina and wood tones

tine k home

A reader wrote to me recently inquiring how to mix wood tones. Truth is, there are no hard and fast rules, the key is to mix them so that the wood finishes complement each other and don’t clash. There’s no secret formula, however these guidelines may help:

First, Avoid the Matchy Matchy. The “everything in the same wood tone” bedrooms and dining sets are a thing of the past. This bedroom set would work if the bed frame and armoire were a classic black or white and the dresser and end table were wood, but all of it together is just too much of the same thing.

matching wood tones in bedroom

If you happen to have one of these sets, no worries. Consider painting a piece or two in a classic shade (black, white, gray) to break up the set or replace one piece, say the bed frame for a softer upholstered version and you’ll achieve a less “matchy matchy” look.

White Makes It Alright. Wood is earthy, neutral by nature, and unpredictable in its grain, that’s what makes it cool. You can go crazy mixing the wood tones when you’ve got plenty of white to interrupt your medley and ultimately balance it all. I have a Pinterest board dedicated to this very idea, check it out here.

mixed wood tones with white

mixed wood tones with white

wood floor white walls

mixed wood tones in entry

lantliv / house beautiful / greige / light locations/ roger davies


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