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Portable Paint Palettes

portable paint palette using spoons from Fired Earth Paints

Creating a mini version of a color scheme will help connect the decorating dots.

When you hear there’s a new fan deck available from your favorite paint company does your heart skip a beat? There is something about holding one in your hand, seeing all the beautiful choices available at your fingertips and asking yourself “which room do I need to repaint?” The next time you decorate remember to make a portable fan deck of your color palettes. Sure, many of us have used the notebook method or (worse) the toss-it-all-in-a-tote where it all becomes a jumbled mess.

Jane made this paint specification chart for her contractor when remodeling their apartment kitchen.… Continue Reading

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Mustard Yellow Kitchen

mustard yellow kitchen cabinets

Taking a chance on an unusual color combination creates a dream country kitchen.

Canadian House & Home designed a five-star space in their 2011 Princess Margaret Showhome.  To-the-ceiling cabinets are painted No 7 Octagon yellow from Farrow & Ball.  The color is a nice contrast to the honed CeasarStone counters and matte black CornuFe range.  A stainless steel farmhouse sink is paired with a Franke bridge faucet.  Soft cream tiles are also taken to the ceiling to balance the upper cabinetry.  An open island provides space for prepping while the table gives guests a place to gather.  Simple pendants are a reproduction of enamel fixtures that are more often found in barns. … Continue Reading

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Powder Room – Act Three

Italian magazine cover from the 1920s

It’s a tiny space (25 sq. ft.) but the mirror falling down required me to repaint and rethink the accessories.

After three paint colors and a Powder Room Mirror Fail due to a rusted screw, the space is finally complete. There’s a color change that’s difficult to capture in photographs so I decided to provide a video tour of the changes. The video shows “after” plus details. Some “before” photos and notes follow.

Here’s the history. The very first wall color was seafoam green, to coordinate with aqua on the inside of the salvage door. Three years ago we repainted in acid green [top left photo], actually Farrow & Ball Green Ground but that turned radioactive at night.… Continue Reading

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7 Upgrades that Transformed My Kitchen

new laundry closet with Bosch Axxis front loader and condenser dryer

Key things we changed and the difference each one made.

In the summer of 2009 we upgraded the small kitchen (14’ x 8’) in our 1924 apartment building.  Nothing had been changed since 1986 when my husband moved in and installed new appliances. The previous tenant had combined the kitchen and dining room, which opens onto the entry as well as a hallway to the bedrooms and is visible from the front door.

I wrote about the old kitchen at various stages before, during and immediately after construction. But now that it’s 99% finished – my new rug is down but window shades are still temporary – there are before and after photos to illustrate the 7 key areas we improved and the difference each one made.… Continue Reading

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Alabama Stone Cottage Details

50s TV dog lamp turned into a side table lamp

A closer look at the accessories in the home of our Shopping Editor, Allison

Our two-part virtual walk-through of Allison’s stone cottage was designed so everyone could appreciate the highly original living spaces she has worked so hard to create. If you haven’t yet seen the main rooms in part one, the elegant French Gray Island kitchen, or the more private spaces in part two, I suggest taking that path – if only to put this next dozen photos into context and make them even more enjoyable. However, many people like to eat dessert first!

As I spoke with Allison about various objects in the photos of her house, it became clear that her love of accessories and texture are what helps make it so distinctive.… Continue Reading

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Alabama Stone Cottage II

white demin slipcovered sofa

Our room-by-room walk through of Allison’s house continues

Our tour of Allison’s lovely stone house on a lake in Alabama continues with a walk through some of the private spaces in the 5-bedroom home that our very own blogging partner and her husband built on 4-1/2 acres. If you missed part one of the tour, you might want to start there — a good deal of background is included.

While it is considered a European cottage in general style, Tulsa architect Jack Arnold’s design was expansive enough to work for Allison’s family with three children and a host of pets. When the children moved on to their own places, she simply repurposed their furniture and found herself with that much more room for guests.… Continue Reading

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