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January 29th, 2012

Greetings all, it’s time for yet another round of ‘best of the blogosphere’ and this weekend Amanda and I teamed up to bring you some of our favorites, enjoy!

Here’s a clever way to turn your wedding song into artwork, just in time for Valentine’s Day.  Jesse’s tutorial is available at Scout and Nimble.

wedding song into art

 

Add character to your home with custom door casings. Erin will show you how simple this project is at A Charming Nest.

door casings a charming nest

 

Love the look of mirrored chests but wary of spending the big bucks to purchase one?  Here’s how to make your own mirrored dresser courtesy of Courtney at A Little Glass Box.

mirrored cabinet a little glass box

 

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Choosing Paint Colors for Walls (the Easy Way)

January 27th, 2012

As one of the bloggers over at My Colortopia, I get to answer inquiries and write articles about choosing color for the home, which really is one of my most favorite topics in the universe ever.  They asked me to write about my method for choosing paint color for walls so I’m going to share the easiest way! 

When you’re about to paint your walls something other than white or a pale neutral, I’m a firm believer in starting with something that will actually live in the space as a source of inspiration.  It can be a decorative object, a textile, something organic, a print or piece of art – anything you love that inspires you. Once you find that thing or that fabric, the easiest way to choose a paint color for the walls is to use that source of inspiration as your starting point. 

In my own master bedroom, I wanted a soothing gray with a hint of blue on the walls, so when I repainted it last year, I pulled my color from this Ikat toss pillow.

kates bedroom ikat pillow on sofa

 

Fabric or artwork is always a great place to start, but it really can be anything that you use as your jumping off point.  How about the pattern on this loose tea canister?  Your wall color can be inspired by an object just like this. Imagine medium gray walls with vibrant coral or tangerine and spa blue accents, gorgeous!

tea cannister paint swatches

To see a ton of inspiring color palettes, be sure to visit one of my favorite sources Design Seeds – a blog all about pulling color inspiration from both organic and tangible objects.  Also, be sure to check out the My Image Inspiration Tool – upload an image and palette will be generated for you!

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Hometown Paper

January 26th, 2012

I’ve written before about my hometown of Petaluma in Sonoma County, California.  It’s a really wonderful place to live, filled with antique shops, close to the coast and San Francisco, and we’re in the Wine Country too. A few days ago I was interviewed for an article in the local paper, and woke up this morning to see the feature!

kate riley argus courier

Greetings to my fellow Petalumans who are reading this today!  You can learn more about me here and browse the Project Gallery and Style Files for plenty of inspiration. Perhaps I’ll see you around town (I’m the gal with the paint in her hair). Thanks so much Lynn (and the Argus Courier) for the great article!

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