Do you remember the first time you picked paint colors for your house? I've heard so many stories about the timely process with multiple trips to your local handy stores, many weekends painting color blocks on the walls and frequent room check-ins to see how the light is working. All of that building on top of the last time I painted a room in college and choose a nauseating pepto-pink color...
This time around I've decided to stick with easy neutrals like greige, but even that is hard - subtle undertones, lighting of each room and the fact that painting a swatch on the wall isn't an option. After extensive research, I've netted out on the below, and would LOVE any input to help steer me in the right direction. After this a good post on 'how not to choose paint colors' may follow.
Wall Paint Color Inspiration Living Room
The living room is on the northwest side of the house, so it gets the cooler and harsher light. It was recommended to choose a color with a more yellow base over greens and grays, so I choose Dover White by Sherwin Williams (which seems to be pretty popular). Also went with a light color to help a darker room feel open and airy.
Dining Room + Sunroom
The dining room is on the south side of the house, so it gets a lot of warm, bright natural light while the sunroom gets exposure from all nearly all angles - N, S, and E. This was a tough one to choose, but I went with a cool gray color because I loved it's look in bright and indirect sunlight. I struggled between choosing Popular Gray and Worldly Gray, so would love to know if you have an opinion on the two colors!
I am taking more of a risk on and picking the same color for the northern and southern facing bedrooms and hoping the warmth in the beige can be picked up in both rooms. It's saturation is light enough to work and not feel dark in a northern room I'm hoping.
Other colors I really liked that were in the running were Aloof Gray and Shoji White. I went with a tip I saw about choosing a darker cooler when picking wall colors, which ruled these out because they are pretty light. I am really just shooting from the hip, so would love any input.
With tomorrow being the last day of 2014, let's take a look back at the top recipe, DIY and home decor posts for the year. Interested in seeing more posts on a certain topic in the new year? Please comment below.
A few weeks ago, we went to a friend's house who has a vaulted ceiling living room going into the kitchen. Not only does it add great space to a smaller room, but it allows for awesome possibilities with statement light fixtures.
Can't help but dream about the possibilities with the beautiful spaces.
I love the holiday time and this year made a point to soak up every second of it. We put our Christmas tree up right after Thanksgiving and started playing Christmas music just as early. So when Julep reached out to me to share how I deck my nails and outfit for the holidays I had to share. I love how the holidays and particularly New Years are the perfect excuse for metallic, glitter and sequins. I painted my nails white and added glittery gold in an arch on the nail beds. I'm obsessed with the look, and it was really easy to do. You just paint the white base first and add the gold with a french tip art guide or by hand. What You'll Need:Andrea, Brigitte, Base Coat, Top Coat.
Why'd I pick white and gold? It's my favorite pairing and can go with any outfit over the holidays. Here are some of my favorite metallic looks.
Plants are in - you're either a long time plant owner who knows there's more out there than succulents (plant people ARE the new cat lady) or you've pretty much killed every plant you've ever owned...and then you found succulents and snake plants (guilty as charged). There might be a third type...those of us decor fiends who spotted fiddle leaf fig trees on the pages of our worshiped magazines and we were determined to garden like our grandmas.
Plants are definitely cool whichever "type" of plant person you are and can make a great gift for the holiday season. Here are some great plant gifts ideas. I threw in a plant painting in case you or your gift receiver really are plant person type 2 (no judging)- because hey, pictures of plants are pretty too.
This really is my most favorite time of the year. The Christmas spirit, the holiday parties and the time with family is hard to beat. And for the more simple things in life...it's also the perfect excuse for sequins which are always a blast to wear. Here are some of my favorite jeweled and sparkly picks for the holiday season. And good news - a lot of retailers have continued on their Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals making it easier to splurge or dress for the occasion.
Anthropologie is my end-all-be-all favorite store, and has been for pretty much the past 15 years (one of the perks of having an older sister with good taste). For Black Friday/Cyber Monday, Anthro is offering an extra 20% off it's sale items. I just rounded up my 20 favorite picks and got out with two purchases of my own. Sometimes the sale at Anthro can be a bust with out of season styles, but they have some really great items on sale now for the season.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales are awesome, but with so many going on it's hard to pick and choose the best deals and honestly a bit overwhelming. With deals on pretty much all of my favorite retailer's sites, Black Friday/Cyber Monday are when I like to stock up on some of the bigger price tag items my closet needs for winter time. Outerwear, boots, handbags and beauty. These are my top contenders. Shop the image - it's clickable! Or find the links below.
ONE I love the color of this vest mix with black for a neutral look or navy for a peacock inspired outfit. TWO I am obsessed with these heels. The camel color is a staple and the gold rim makes them unique but classic. THREE Love the navy color and collar to keep your neck warm. FOUR These boots are a splurge. Despite the price, they are an international best seller and Stuart Weitzman boots are known for their comfort and quality. FIVE I love the look of this coat, the toggle closure and the mid-thigh length. Plus you can't beat getting a winter coat for $129! SIX Love the cobalt blue color and size of this bag.
SEVEN I am a big fan of booties, maybe even more than sandals. Like the uniqueness of the metallic color and the height of the heel for everyday. EIGHT I am a total sucker for holiday beauty packs, and Bobbi Brown is one of my favorites. NINE I could always use more versatile blazers. I like the length and the color of the buttons. TEN I just got these shoes from Target. They were a fun trip down memory lane as Sam & Libby shoes were pretty much all I wore growing up. They are cheap (even without the deal) and comfortable. ELEVEN Love the cut of these boots and I'm a sucker for suede boots. TWELVE I personally love two-tone jewelry especially when it comes to watches so you can wear this classic watch with gold or silver daily. THIRTEEN I am shocked this bag is from Target. It looks like an expensive handbag and it's only $24.99 before the deal!
SALES TO SHOP:
If you're a blogger too or love photography and are interested in investing in a professional level camera like a DSLR. Amazon has some amazing deals on Canon's this Black Friday. I have the Canon Rebel T3i with the 18-55mm lens and love it!