Friday, January 1, 2010

2010, A New Year with New Colors

There is no better way to start off the New Year then with color. I always look to Pantone color systems to see what their picks are for both fashion and home. This spring 2010 fashion color report from Pantone has some colors that I really like. And here they are:

The top pick is Turquoise Pantone #15-5519

2. Tomato Puree Pantone #18-1661

3. Fusion Coral Pantone #16-1543

4. Violet Pantone #16-3320

5. Tuscany Pantone #16-1219

6. Aurora Pantone #12-0642

7. Amparo Blue Pantone #18-3945

8. Pink Champagne Pantone #12-1107

9. Dried Herb Pantone #17-0627

10. Eucalyptus Pantone #15-0513

You can get more information by going to

This being the 1st of Jan. 2010 tonight is the night that HGTV shows off the new Dream Home in New Mexico. While looking at photos of the interior I noticed some similar colors used by the designers in fabrics and in paint by Sherwin-Williams.

Reflecting Pool



Svelte Sage


And Ash-Violet

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Decorations for Christmas

Everything is ready for Christmas, and I hope all of you have a Merry one.

The next few pictures are from a home of a dear friend that I did first this year with lots of help from her and her wonderful selection of decorations.

Love the glitter!

The next pictures are from my home that is always done last.Topper my Boxer is waiting for the presents to be put under the tree.

Dining Room

A few on my small Christmas trees, and a picture of some of my Boxer Puppies.

One of my favorite ornaments. I love the colors.

Wishing all a Merry Christmas

Christmas Eve and all is ready.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Who Will Save Her?

Do you ever have days that are planned with little time for distractions? Then that one distraction hits you and because it happened, you become obsessed and you do something that is out of character.

Case in point:

A weekend visit with friends in Louisiana. The Plan; hanging out, eating out, drinks, talk and more talk.


The scene; All of us piled in one SUV riding back from The Myrtles Plantation after a great meal. The 60’s music is loud, the talk and laughter is even louder and one poor soul keeps falling off the ice chest she is having to sit on. Our driver, the one that was always the chosen one, that doesn’t drink, but has one lead foot is speeding down a two lane rural road.

Then it hits, the distraction. Off to the side of the road is an open gate, a long drive up to a plantation that looks overgrown with vegetation and very spooky with just the moon light. I start counting the miles back to the rental that we are in for the weekend. The next morning it is hot and steamy and we do have plans for lunch, but all I can think of is seeing this plantation.

The out of character thing for me was not the going to see this property because I was going to see it. No it was the driving up to the house and getting down and knocking on the door in the heat and with all the weeds I had to walk through.


I didn’t see any posted signs, didn’t see a realtor’s sign, in fact I didn’t see a sign of life, well human life.


Shutters missing, weeds and leaves. If you look at the size of the front door, you can tell how large this home is.




The windows still had lace hanging in them.


At the top of the columns, I felt like something was watching me, a camera?


No, it was an owl that watched me. I felt like he was happy to see someone and maybe wanted to protect me from snakes that I’m sure were around.


No, I didn’t go inside, there was a broken window at the front door and these pictures were taken by putting the camera there.

By this it does show that the inside looks good compared to the exterior, and someone lived here not that long ago.





Iron under the front stairs.


There were many building on the property, including the all important Pigeonnier, that the vegetation was way to thick for me to get to.


There were signs that at one time there was pathways and gardens with places to sit, how sad it was not to be able to walk the paths and enjoy what once was there.

How could someone leave this grand home? How could they let it deteriorate after it has survived all these years.

I have yet to find out anything about this home, and yes, I am obsessed in doing so.

I hope someone saves her.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Changing the Look to builder’s Vanity

Who wouldn’t want a Master Bath with all the latest fixtures? Wonderful stone flooring, counter tops, shower and bath surrounds. A retreat, spa like, with every amenity you could think of to pamper both body and soul. Vanities that have the look and feel of fine furniture. I think we all have dreamed of such a room.  In remodeling a bath, it can be one of the most expensive rooms in your home to do so. Many times you have to enlarge the space to have all that you want . You might have to rearrange the fixtures that at present, are not working for you in their present lay out. Then there are the ones that are just out dated in their look, every thing works and they are in good condition, but so builders bland.

Many of us would want to start all over when it comes to our bathrooms, but it is expensive and takes many weeks for a change to happen. If you can’t spend the thousands of dollars it would take for that prefect bath, do the quick inexpensive fix of paint, new knobs, new lighting and maybe a little added trim to keep you sane till you can up date.

Such is the case with this nice sized Master bath. When this home was purchased, the walls in the bath were wall papered. That was the first to go and the walls were then painted. The color scheme came from of all things, polished small stones, a small painted iron and wood table, and gold Fleur-de-lis.


The paint color (large paint sample)matches the iron part of the table.  Benjamin Moore #1564 named Beach Glass.

The wood part of this table is painted a green that closely matches BM #474. The fabric for a chair seat and a round ottoman was chosen because the pattern’s scroll was that of this green color but with it’s iridescent quality changes to the blue and had the gold back ground.

A ceiling fan was removed and replaced with an iron and crystal chandelier.

Now on to the Vanity:


Well, we have all seen these, painted the same color as all the trim work in the house.

New pulls were purchased and had a wider spread so first thing was to drill new holes and fill the old. Sanding and priming came next.CIMG0470

 The Vanity and two medicine cabs were painted the same color as the walls.  Then just the fronts of the doors and drawers were Lime washed. *At this point you might want a smoother feel to the vanity and if so, skip the lime wash as this will add a texture to the finish. Also, plaster Fleur-de-lis were applied to the fronts of the medicine cab. doors.


The next part is where you want to work in a messy way with a buff color wash. Spread it on with a sponge brush and then wipe some of it off with a rag.  At this point it looks bad.



You will want to add more of the wash to the edges. I should stop here and say that if you need every thing to be in pristine condition, this might not be a treatment you want to try. This is an old looking paint treatment.


Add a gold metallic paint to edges and to any crevasses. Again, I didn’t want this neatly done, if you do, there are gold leafing pens that you can use.


This is the point that you might ask yourself “What in the heck am I going to do with this mess?”,Well there is more washes to come, so don’t give up and call a painter. Add more washes and wipe off the glaze till it has an old look.

I used two different color glazes for the wash, one in a buff and one in taupe. The taupe color that is darker was used on the outer edges of the doors and drawers and the lighter buff in the centers.

The finish look:


With new pulls in brass that adds a French look to the paint treatment.


The chair that’s cane seat had seen better days was removed. The dark stain was sanded and it was washed in a gold metallic paint then waxed. Webbing was used for the base of seat, foam and batting made up the seat cushion then it was upholstered in the fabric.

Other small changing to this once white master bath was the replacement of the ceiling fan with the chandelier, switch and outlet plates changed to brass, and a mirror that was framed with beveled mirror was framed in wood molding and also painted with the gold wash. The glass block window had plantation shutters installed.

In the Water Closet room the walls were plastered in the green color and a raised Plaster leaf frieze was applied and gold leafed.






This was a easy fix for an all white Master Bathroom that didn’t cost that much, and the time to complete was only a couple of weekends. This might not be the look you would want but it might help you to see that even if you can’t have that spa bathroom now,  There is always something you can do now to have that feeling.