The Palest of Pinks

July 29, 2011




Just a whisper of   ~ pink ~



Kristen Buckingham


That complex pale color you would find on the outer edges of a conch shell where the color fades just slightly from pink to buff.



Carol Felton




Elle Decor

And here, the pink shifts ever so slightly to violet…an ephemeral off-white from Donald Kaufman Color



Martha Stewart


Martha Stewart can get away with this….I have yet to convince a client to go this pink in a living room



Phoebe Howard


Phoebe Howard uses a gentle hand to create a quiet and serene space using just a hint of pink.




Victoria Pearson/House Beautiful



Wedding Bee

My top picks for the palest of pink in paints~




Benjamin Moore’s Antique White, Evening White, Onyx White

C2 Paint’s Sashay, Wink

California Paint’s Vanilla Blush

Farrow& Ball’s Pink Ground



Have a sweet weekend,  my dears.





Apartment Therapy at CB2 (gray+chartreuse)

July 26, 2011



Part 2  of the post about the fabulous Apartment Therapy DC Meetup last week. Part 1 was all about the  “gray + red/orange” palette that repeats itself in the CB2 Georgetown showroom.  Here is the second palette- the combination of  “gray + chartreuse” :










Definitely buying the squirrel pillow for myself.



Great “edgy”  color combination. Also fun with small doses of orange.  Works for me.  Like?


Apartment Therapy DC at CB2 (gray+red/orange)

July 22, 2011




What a  great turn-out for the latest Apartment Therapy DC event at the CB2 store in Georgetown this week!




Jake and Steven


So…. the hip, upstart little sister of Crate & Barrel is cool, indeed.


The conundrum…where  exactly does this leave Crate & Barrel?  Are they suddenly…uncool?   That’s probably a bit harsh.  Crate & Barrel has always been a visionary (in terms of  delivering edited, really great design to the retail world).   I was a huge fan back in the early 80’s when I frequented its flagship store in Boston (think Marimekko wall-hangings).   So I get what they are doing with CB2…and there is definitely a gi-normous sea change happening in the world of design.  I’m guessing a “generational” re-calibration and also a shift,  born of the recession (the “undecorate” movement and all of that with the emphasis on function, thrift and “meaningful” decor).  Whatever.. it is a shift and…a good one.






So…on to the good (visual) stuff.  As a color person (with a camera) my eye immediately began taking in the showroom vignettes. Lots of saturated color.  As I entered the showroom, I first encountered the industrial gray thing…with red/orange .




Note the red/orange hair. And the orange ball.



Fabulous rugs, including an edited collection of FLOR (next post).


I  also learned that the CB2 “philosophy” centers on these things (all really good):


  • design details
  • the “refined industrial” aesthetic
  • global texture
  • dramatic scale
  • one-of-a-kind-finds
  • small spaces
  • curated collections or “clusters”


“One-of-a Kind Finds”



And big kudos to CB2 for their “help-others” campaign.


And as I organized my photos for this post, they fell into two color categories.  The first is  gray/orange-red.






So here are the lovely servers from Cork Restaurant & Wine Bar who catered the event.  Orange details– were they styled?




So the palettes at CB2 are  bold and edgy.  And as I progressed to the back of the store, there was a shift to “gray + chartreuese” (next post).





Stay tuned~


Love u CB2!  Buying that fab “squirrel pillow” for myself and letting my “generation Y kids” roam for themselves. ; )




Cape. Cod.

July 15, 2011




Took a wee break this week and did a little road trip up to Cape Cod.  A dear old friend has a summer house there.  The thought of just an afternoon on her porch, maybe in the hammock, made the 8 hr. white-knuckled trip from DC up I 95 totally worth it.












My real reward?  A cool morning breeze through open windows with sounds of footsteps on crushed oyster shells and a golden retriever nosing her way through the bedroom door for a friendly wake up.






So, not going to divulge exact coordinates of this little slice of heaven…suffice to say it is historic and sweet–a close-knit summer enclave of weathered shingle cottages, bikes, and “sail & sizzles” by the community “yacht club”.   I did indeed unplug for a bit but found myself with camera in hand and brain  “adrifting” straight to those pesky little color and design things. Like






this perfectly pretty and casual little dining room–with just enough blue.




And a little more blue ~



And a little more blue complementing crisp white bead board, and the warm orange-y tones of old pine floorboards and antiques.




Whimsical touches from MacKenzie- Childs in a powder room




And a local artist ( hand-painted ceramics) in the kitchen



More porch love.






Thanks (again) and love to my dear friend, Lauren.  Bye-bye Cape Cod.  And sorry, Snookie!  You are NOT welcome here.


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Pale and Pretty

July 3, 2011



Occasionally I come across a house that stops me dead in my tracks. The atmosphere, the colors, the light, the scale, the textures, the flow…all just about perfect. This one popped up on Verdigris Vie and  I immediately headed over to the site of the designer Alison Boyer of Belmont Design Group and photographer Ashlee Raubach. Take a look.