Designing should not be intimidating, but rather an exciting adventure. Do not fear color, pattern or style but instead embrace the subtle to dramatic changes to your home. Start with something you love, and end up with a comfortable and familiar living space!
Chicago Cubs baseball is painting a whole new picture this year! Winning has become a habit with this "all in" 2016 team. Whether or not you are a Chicago Cub fan or a Sox fan it is evident this team is well managed and the real deal this year. The Chicago Cubs have finally painted a winning picture.
Benjamin Moore is the official paint of the Chicago Cubs. There are three specialty colors to make your home feel even closer to the old ballpark.
First, Cubbies Blue SC-60, a bright royal blue found on the Cubs logo and its the color of the pin stripe on their uniforms.
Wrigley Field Green SC-62, a deep green , reminiscent of the Wrigley Field scoreboard and of course the famous ivy.
And finally, Marquee Red Sc-61, the color which spells out Cubs on all Cubs logos and merchandise, a bright cheerful red.
These colors are perfect for your man cave, sports memorabilia room or the biggest Cub fan in your life.
Good pitchers paint the corners but please paint your entire room with Benjamin Moore paint. You will love the coverage, durability and beautiful finish. Now let's hope our Cubbies can finish as the World Series Champs!
Decorate your own "House Of Cards", with Presidential style. The television show is very popular and so is the trend toward classic style. The Williamsburg style that touts trend meets tradition is classic, timeless, and stately. True Williamsburg design dates back to colonial Williamsburg which has always been classic American design at its best. Try painting a room with Benjamin Moore Capitol White (CW-10), Evening Blue (CW-585), or Palace Pearl (CW-50) and feel the historic sophistication. They are soft neutral colors, classic in tone and yet still can feel fresh and modern. Add wainscoting and deep base boards to your dining room or office to add elegance and sophistication.
Recently, I was fortunate enough to visit Georgetown in Washington and see first hand the elegant sophistication of exterior colors. The soft palettes of cream, grey and grey blue were dominate. Try using Gunsmith Gray (CW-65) for the outside trim color and contrast with Mopboard Black (CW-680) for your front door.
Shutters seemed to be the window solution of choice. They are clean, practical, and of course very historic in nature. Try Hunter Douglas 3 1/2" New Style Shutters in Warm Cream (652) for your windows. Choose the front tilt option for a true traditional look. Pair it with Capitol White (CW-10) and begin layering soft creamy colors throughout your home.
Wallcovering can also add another fresh statement to your home. York Wallcoverings just released a fitting book "Williamsburg", a lovely collection inspired by 18th century designs that can be used as an accent wall or for a complete historically influenced room. Try "Solomon's Seal" on one wall or if your more daring a whole room. It is a very soft floral wallcovering based on a set of copper-plate-printed curtains printed in England around 1775.
Try any or all of these ideas and enjoy the new "House of Cards" influence in your own home!
And now as we begin to look around at our yards and gardens, I can't help but recall the plush and lavish flowers and gardens in Ireland.
As we start our rainy season, let's remember just what rain does for our lawns and gardens. People complain about Irelands "continuous" rainy season but I think the trade off is worth it!
There is constant blooming of some type of flower and the greenest grass color I have ever seen. The nitrogen found in rain water must truly be the reason!
Let's cheer on those April showers!
March is a great month to go green! And I truly found fifty shades or more in Ireland.
Green has always been a favorite color of mine. It is a "natural color" found almost everywhere we look.
Green blends beautifully with other colors found in nature, but also stands up well on its own.
If you are a neutral grey lover, try pops of limey greens against your grey backgrounds.
Blend greens and pinks for a fun "preppy" look.
Deep hunter and sage greens are always very classic.
By using any shade of green you are really bringing the outside in!
Ireland trip ... next up ... interior colors!
“Baby, it's cold outside” … so let's take a look at interior colors.
Interior colors surround us at home and should be comforting and reflective of our personality. Soft pastels and warm whites serve as excellent background colors. Ireland's cozy interiors are proof of this.
The lighter, softer colors frame artwork, ceramics, and photography beautifully, allowing all your treasures to pop.
Deeper colors are richer and darker making them a perfect selection for a comfortable bedroom retreat.
Warm up and get painting.....
It may be known as the "Emerald Isle", but there are several shades of color found all around Ireland's beautiful countryside. I tried to capture some of those colors as I traveled around photographing some of the most lavish, natural, and almost magical beauty ever imagined. Being an artist and designer by trade, I felt compelled to photograph as many exterior and interior settings as possible. On my return, a co-worker teased about my close up and personal photos of real people’s homes. It turns out no one seemed to care and I am very excited to share some lovely design ideas.
Let’s begin with exterior colors and home details ...
Most people ponder for hours over painting the interior of the home. The exterior is usually secondary and most people choose very neutral colors for the exterior. What we should remember is that the outside should be welcoming and almost a sneak peek into what is inside. Let some of your style and personality show on the outside! I found this to be very true in Ireland. Many homes put a lovely punch of color on doors, window frames, and gates almost framing their homes in color. Do not be afraid to make a statement with a unique exterior color.
Stop in and check out Thibaut's newest wallpaper book "Resort". You will feel like you are on vacation all year long when you use one of these brilliant designs. They are rich in saturated color, yet very crisp and clean. The coordinating fabrics are fun and fresh too. You can use on one wall or design a complete room using this fabulous new book. Just say "Bon Voyage"!