A Perfect Gray Blue

November 16th, 2010

Do you have a signature color?  The one hue you turn to time and again that brings you happiness, soothes your soul, and brings you constant comfort?   There is such a color in my world, and it is the perfect gray blue.  The color that brings to mind a hazy afternoon in Provence, or a cloudy day on the Côte d’Azur.  (I’m guessing, I’ve never been, but a girl can dream!)  I swear, every time I see a well executed combo of white and dark wood with a beautiful gray blue, I completely melt like buttah!

Whenever I hear designers talk about their perfect ‘gray’ or ‘blue’ I’m all ears, but my personal quest for the perfect gray+blue continues.  It can’t be too blue, or it looks like a baby boy’s pastel nursery.  It can’t be too gray because it will feel lifeless and devoid of color.  Capturing the perfect shade of gray blue is a tricky thing I tell you.  It has to be just right!

Enter this little dresser I found at the local thrift.  Definitely in need of some love, and with such lovely curved drawers, I couldn’t pass it up!  It became the perfect specimen to test yet another shade of gray blue.

Here’s the sweet little dresser ‘Before’:

honey dresser before


And After:

cg dresser gray blue


Here’s the quick play by play on this charming dresser.  It was pretty sad when I found it and had taken some abuse, but at $40, I still couldn’t pass it up.  Perfect shape!  It could have been restained if I had sanded it down, but I decided to paint instead.


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Cliffs and Cable Cars

November 15th, 2010

What a weekend!  I haven’t seen such amazing weather on a visit to the City by the Bay in a long time.  79 degrees and perfect!   Short sleeves and no sweater in San Fran?  Rare indeed!  What a great time we had playing tour guide for the in-laws.  Here is the gorgeous view from atop Fort Scott, looking towards the Marin headlands.

golden gate bridge


On a beautiful day in San Francisco, it’s fun to take a driving tour past famous stops like the Palace of Fine Arts or Coit Tower.   Personally, I love to drive the neighborhoods and admire all the painted Victorians!

gray san francisco victorian


green san francisco victorian


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Personalized Stamp GIVEAWAY!

November 12th, 2010

Hello!  I’m so excited for this weekend, aren’t you?  Sunny skies, fall leaves, and visiting in-laws.  We’re whisking them to both Sonoma and San Francisco all weekend long, should be lots of fun.

The winners of the Vintage Pearl giveaway from last weekend are . . . .

#211:  Kelly:  “I’d choose the bitty blossoms and add a charm.  We just had our first child (a boy named Bradley) and so I’d do 3, my initials, my husbands and Brad’s.”

#844: Melissa Martin  “Pregnant with Twins and would love the dainty name necklace! Would be perfect!!”

Congrats ladies!

Now for this weekend’s giveaway, and I must say magnificent timing for this one!  We’ve all got holiday cards to send, so wouldn’t a personalized address stamp be just perfect for you?  

Kelly of Purple Lemon Designs has the most wonderful Etsy shop filled with personalized stamps, Christmas and holiday cards, printable stationery and journals.  She just sent me the most perfect stamp for us for our Christmas card and party invitation! 

purple lemon 1

OK, so we’re not the Hamlins and we don’t live in Tennessee.  But if I showed you my actual stamp with my home address, you’d show up on my doorstep and force me to take you to my favorite thrift store.  I know you. 

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