color me rad

July 6th, 2015

…  or sweet…  or tranquil…  or sophisticated…  or cheerful…  or sporty…  (felt like I was naming off Spice Girls or the 7 Dwarfs for a second there…)

Summer is an awesome time to paint.  But when contemplating the options feels a bit like counting stars in the night sky, it’s no wonder that many are overwhelmed with the thought of it.   Regardless of whether you love or hate to paint, color can have a remarkable affect on us – not just psychologically but physiologically.

Few people realize that color affects our mood, our appetite, even how well we are able to concentrate or relax in a space.  Literally, color can make or break a room.   Need I also mention that 1 in 10 men are also color blind?

Because color can be so complicated, and because I know the difference the right color can make, a color consultation is one of my favorite services I offer.  I love being able to work with someone for what could be as little as an hour, and be able to provide them with peace of mind and confidence that they will love their color selection.

Is there a painting project on your To Do list this summer?  Call or write today to schedule your consultation.

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snippets of summer so far

June 29th, 2015

Holy moly – what a month!  I feel wonderfully blessed (and slightly delirious) after such a crazy start to summer.  Here are a few snippets so far:

It all began with the installation of a restaurant remodel I have been working on.

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Followed by a brief camping excursion celebrating my 2nd anniversary with my beloved.

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But there is little rest for the weary!  Catching up from any time off can be a considerable task -

especially when you work two jobs!!!

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Throw in the highs and lows of a bachelorette party, the loss of a friend, a birthday, Father’s Day, and my parent’s 40th wedding anniversary…

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And to top it all off, my little sister was the most beautiful bride only days ago <3

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That’s a wrap for now – stay tuned for more to come :)

lovin’ those outside spaces

May 29th, 2015

Once upon a time, outdoor furniture looked like this…

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this…

old outdoor 3and this…

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Jump ahead to summer circa 2015, the options for outdoor awesomeness are virtually endless.

Here a few of my favorite finds this year.

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outdoor bench outdoor pillow 2

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Sources:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

spring is in the air

April 11th, 2015

After a particularly tough winter here in New England, I don’t think I’m the only one who is READY FOR SPRING!   Give me sunshine!  Give me flowers!  Give me color!  Give me pleasant weather and cute sandals and iced coffee and spring cleaning!  Really?!  Spring cleaning?  You betcha.  I am ready to sweep away this filthy winter and make room for the inevitable mud and bugs of spring.

So what is on your To Do list ?  Here are a few springtime suggestions to consider:

Check for damage – how did your deck, siding, and roof fair the winter?  The endless onslaught of snow required many homes to have their roofs shoveled, possibly damaging shingles in the process.  Be sure to repair these areas sooner rather than later.

Wash your windows and treatments – let’s face it, washing windows is not what most consider to be a good time.  But it’s worth it!  Partner up and check it off the list – you will be glad you did :)  Take a moment to wash/vacuum your treatments too.

Declutter - I’m not sure any household is completely immune to stuff building up, falling where it may, quietly creating chaos in our lives.  Spring is an awesome time to tackle all that STUFF.  Trash, recycle, donate – you know the deal.  If it’s a keeper, put it where it belongs.   Overwhelmed?  Break it into baby steps by starting with just one closet, or set a timer to see what you can accomplish in an hour.

Add a splash of color – sometime around January I noticed that I was absolutely CRAVING color, but the answer doesn’t have to be paint.  A splash of color can come with an accent pillow on your living room sofa, a new hand towel in the bathroom, a flowering plant for your kitchen window, or a happy wreath to hang on your door.

Thanks so much for tuning in.  Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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nice to meet you Marsala

February 15th, 2015

Wondering what’s on trend for this year?   Let me introduce you to Marsala, Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2015.  Marsala is a deep, earthy red that is sure to please.  Not only is this color gorgeous with a variety of skin tones, making it an instant sensation in beauty and fashion, but a rich, sophisticated color that will add warmth and elegance to any home or interior.   Unlike other trending colors of the past (sorry Orchid 18-3224, you just didn’t cut it for me…), Marsala is an easy-to-live-with trend that is sure to become a classic.

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welcome 2015

January 20th, 2015

Yes, it is the THIRD week of January and I’m just getting around to my first entry of the new year.  So far it has been somewhat of an uncomfortable start to 2015.  Like many, I am looking ahead, setting goals, and developing strategies for success.  But in order to grow, I’m also taking an honest look back to see how I can learn from 2014.  It’s a bit of a weird space I’m in, and one I’m not sure how to describe.  In any case, here are some thoughts to celebrate and inspire the potential of a new beginning.

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so this is Christmas…

December 25th, 2014

Wishing you and yours a very merry holiday! <3

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blissful bedrooms

December 2nd, 2014

As we jump back on our tour of incredible spaces, let’s adjourn to the bedroom.

Essential characteristics for a successful space:    Think COMFORT – soft textures, pleasant lighting, cozy furniture.  Think RELAXING – chose colors and patterns that make you happy and peaceful.  Think PERSONAL – this is one of the most private and sacred rooms in your home.  Create a space to nurture and honor yourself.

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    Sources:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5

many thanks

November 27th, 2014

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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sensational stairs

November 25th, 2014

Stair systems can be pretty standard.  Rise, run, railing – end of story.  But that doesn’t have to be the case.  The following images illustrate how a staircase can contribute to the interest and character of a home.

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Sources:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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