Color of the Year – Aloe

Color of the Year – Aloe

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This soothing green can be used in so many ways.  A modern lift to your media or living room pairs nicely with dark wood accents.  Aloe certainly finds a place in your beach decor as well.  Green, always reliable and a favorite of many, will find a place in most homes. Use Aloe or one of its many variations.

Oyster Bay

Kitchen Design & Ideas – Refurbished Counter Stools

Kitchen Design & Ideas – Refurbished Counter Stools

Interior Design

Cream paint lightens the look of these once dark counter stools.  Still to come, reupholstered cushions and a little dark wax to bring out the details.

Plain and brown but comfortable

Plain and brown but comfortable

 

These dark stools are ready for a change.

These dark stools are ready for a change. Paint is the easiest way to make a significant change in your decorating scheme.  Here for this project an antique white spray paint has been chosen.

Custom Window Treatments

Stools transformed with a little paint and a little vision.

Kitchen Interior Design

A lovely seaside kitchen, designed for the cook and their guests.

This light and airy, beach side kitchen is designed with the cook in mind and their guests.  Located in a beach community guests are welcomed and expected, and this kitchen accommodates everyone.  The cook works in the galley area while guests are comfortably seated at the island and/or the counter in their comfortable swivel stools, now updated in a lovely soft white.  With vegetable prep in mind, the island is equipped with a small yet useful sink, keeping everyone busy. The island and raised counter is ideal for hors d’oeuvres and snacks and the center island is perfect for lunch for two.  This no frill kitchen with its stock cabinets and Maytag appliances never disappoints.  It has a large pantry, corner lazy susan, roll out shelves abound, stem ware rack and glass front cabinet doors. It is always nice to have the upgrades but they are not necessary if the design and layout is working as it should.  This much enjoyed kitchen is a perfect example.

The paint color: Sherwin-Williams Silvermist

Color of the Year – Aloe

Color of the Year – Aloe

Color of the Year  from Sherwin - William's paint – Aloe

A soothing, cool green with hints of underlying blue. Pairs nicely with wood tones and white trim colors.

 

 

This soothing color will find a place in many homes.  This color pairs nicely with dark wood accents portraying a clean crisp, modern feeling.  Pair it with white trim for a cool and fresh trend setting look.  It fits nicely into any beach decor for a beach washed look. Green is a color loved by many.  We see it every day in nature in many different hues. Here are a few favorite variations on this color of the year, Aloe.

Oyster Bay

DR Chatroom paint Prairie Grass

English Country Room with Charming French Country Accents

English Country Room with Charming French Country Accents

View into finished room

View to finished room

This room makeover could not have pleased my clients any more.  They asked for a specific room, one designed primarily for reading.  They didn’t want a television, they wanted something traditional but interesting, they knew they wanted drapery and a valance of some sort so it would be formal but not “too formal.”  They did not want a coffee table and they wanted comfortable seating for each of them with the proper lighting.  The empty room offered much promise with its long windows and great lighting, crown moldings and wood floors.  I was delighted and inspired.  The inspiration for the color scheme was the beautiful barn that you could see from the front windows.  Sherwin Williams Sommelier Red, Natural Tan for the ceiling and Greek Villa for the trim were an instant success in this room.  Away with the old gold sconces and in came outdoor barn lighting for accent lighting on the wall and above the custom bookshelf.  An evening shopping trip brought in the upholstered furniture and another trip to find the accent pieces.  An antique Singer sewing stand was repurposed for the table between the windows.  Unable to find the french provencal bookcase elsewhere it was locally custom made.  Beautifully crafted and painted with milk paint it makes a statement and is fully functional in this room.  Seersucker pinch pleat drapes add the casual elegance that my clients sought.  Hard cornices custom made and designed with a european street scene fabric add interest, and formality without being “too stuffy”.  All in all this room was styled in english country with a french provencal flair and it now has the pieces and additions my clients love and now enjoy.

Custom cornice details

This custom, unique cornice features multi-colored cording to accent its shape.

 

 

View of custom cornice

View of custom cornice

 

Room before LDecor influence

BEFORE – View to room

Full view of room

AFTER – Full view of room with finished decor.

 

 

 

 

Outdoor Swing

Outdoor Swing

Outdoor Swing before treatment

A swing much loved and enjoyed.

 

Outdoor Swing After treatment

A favorite swing rejuvenated.

 

Drapery Hardware

Drapery Hardware

Wood Drapery Rod with Rings

2 1/4″ Select Wood Drapery Rod with Rings

 

C-Ring Traverse Rod

 

 

Kirsch Iron Rods

Solar Shades

Solar Shades

Sheerweave 5000 solar shades

These Sheerweave 5000 solar shades light blocking and attractive

 

Clutch driven or Somfy motor Solar shade with matching fascia

Solar shade with matching fascia. Clutch driven or equipped with a Somfy motor.

 

Solar shade beautiful light view

Beautiful light

 

Foyer – Before & After

Foyer – Before & After

Foyer – After Treatment

This beautiful door and the window above now feel connected and appear as one overall entryway.

 

 

Barrel Vault Ceiling

Barrel Vault Ceiling

This foyer was plain and stark.  The panels above the door were visually heavy and the surrounding trim felt thin and did not enhance this doorway.  The door and the half round window above appeared as separate entities.  The angular ceiling above seemed out of place.  However, this foyer held much potential.