The Gray Volume (Benjamin Moore Full-Spectrum)

September 30, 2011




It’s here!   Benjamin Moore has launched its new line of 240 full-spectrum colors online. Welcome “Color Stories” !




Colors are organized by hue  into “volumes”…Fluid Blues, Golden Fields, Violet Twilight, Fiery Sunset, Elemental Greens, Earthen Hues, Naturally Neutral and Shades of Gray. I’m most intrigued by the grays. Imagine grays without a drop of black pigment added…complex, nuanced, luminous.



Here are some screen grabs of  the “Gray Volume”…




Ally’s Earring”  …..”A single, heirloom pearl inspired this beautiful, warm neutral.  Radiant, elegant…both formal and casual in nature. ”  Absolutely beautiful imagery… professional designers may not need “stories” to inform their color choices, but I’m betting the busy consumer in the market for the perfect gray will be inspired by them. The images and descriptions do evoke an emotional response… “Tweed Coat”  is easier to recall than BMCC-315.



Is gray already on the way out?  NO… the perfect neutral will always be at home on the walls of our homes. It is classic, enduring and the perfect backdrop for other more vibrant hues like chartreuse, yellow and orange.


The paint deck (actual painted samples) will be available in November.  But for now, “wet samples” (pint-size cans in Aura eggshell finish) can be ordered online.




And take a look at “Bellbottom Blues”… hard to resist!


For more background on “Color Stories”, see my previous post, “Full-Spectrum Yum”,  here.



Maryland Eastern Shore (Part 2)

September 26, 2011



Moving further east across the Maryland Eastern Shore to the Atlantic … another little slice of paradise–  the home of my twin sister, Janet.




Janet lives on the water … a western view across the bay with killer sunsets.



She is remarkably talented at just about everything– decorating, photography, food, entertaining, gardening, and…gutting + filleting a fish on the dock in under 10 seconds.



She has a lovely gallery showcasing the spoils of her husband’s deep sea fishing exploits…blue marlin, white marlin… big game fish



Gorgeous summer slipcovers  (designed and sewn by Janet)



Fish and fowl…



A beautiful collection of  bronze wildlife sculptures by William Turner … blue heron



Maryland blue crab (my favorite)





LOVE her powder room… totally relevant Ralph Lauren wallpaper (extraordinary nautical detail) with trim in Benjamin Moore Maritime White



And a photo of her beloved dogs Molly and Hector at the bow.


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More Eastern Shore love….next post will be a little ode to Chestertown, Maryland.




Real Sot-Weed Factor territory.




Maryland Eastern Shore (Part 1)

September 25, 2011


Across the Bay Bridge


Wooden Canoes on the Chesapeake




Do you know of this little slice of paradise?  The “Eastern Shore” of Maryland = The Chesapeake Bay,  Annapolis, the Naval Academy, St. Michael’s, Easton, Oxford, sailing, crabs, ducks… history.



Yeah .. this is where my English degree starts fusing with design stuff.  John Barth’s “The Sot-Weed Factor“– a novel that rewrites the tale of  John Smith and Pocahantas is set in the 1680s and 90s in London and on the eastern shore of the colony of Maryland … It sets the scene ( minus the tobacco and Indians)



An idyllic country retreat/farm situated on a stunning point of land (with very large osprey nest atop the chimney)




A lovely screened side porch dedicated  to crab feasts


Steamed Maryland Blue Crabs


Steamed crabs… a food to try before you die.



Cozy interiors with heart pine floors and wildfowl aplenty—carved, printed and stuffed.



The real deal. The farm is used for serious duck hunting. Talking boots, waders, camouflage, blinds, fields of millet,






and dogs mucking around in marshy water



A gift to the “gentleman farmer”… a lifeguard stand painted  a pretty blue for watching sunsets



and for guests to take it all in


Bridge over Chesapeake Bay at Dawn


Thank you my dear friend, PB, for sharing your family’s bounty… across the Bay Bridge.



Next post– moving further east to the Atlantic ocean and more taxidermy … this time  FISH… big ones


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What’s New? What’s Next?

September 23, 2011



Popped into #WNWN “What’s New What’s Next”  at the New York Design Center this week.


Christine Pittel and Newell Turner


Hearing Newell Turner and his staff of senior designers at House Beautiful,  Christine Pittel, Shax Riegler, Orli Ben-Dor and Sabine Rothman talk about nothing but color was a blast!

Direct quote from Newell Turner–  ” What sex is to Cosmo …. color is to House Beautiful.”  Gotta love that.  Yes… it is clear that HB is committed to color.  They devote 2 issues per year to it. In fall, they do a “forward-looking/color  forcasting” issue and in spring, a “deep-dive” into one color.  Remember the March PINK issue?






And then there was the lively Ben Moore showroom itself




And the beautiful people there (Missoni for Target?)


Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo


Was great fun (as always) doing the 3D meet of fellow SM friends.  Here is  lifestyle and design blogger Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo @abcddesigns with iPad at the ready.


A few other showrooms were awash with luscious color…take a look


Alexi and Richard Knight



The kitchen design firm of Korts & Knight had a “soft opening” of their “little work in progress”. The floors swept me off my feet….color bravado for sure.  They were a high gloss epoxy in a luscious custom mixed melon/coral color. White cabinetry and touches of gray completed the uber-glam palette ( along with Alexi’s yellow dress). That is new!





And then there was GRANGE.  Does anyone do color better?  Belle couleur !



Orange and dove gray ~ swoon.  This was my favorite.




Carson & Co.


My last (and extended) stop was at the showroom of  Smith& Watson and the trunk show of Carson & Co. It is known for its colorful collection of lamps and decoupage, but I was immediately drawn to the exquisitely detailed fabrics




Carson & Co.


Carson & Co.



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Full- Spectrum Yum (Brimfield Part 3)

September 16, 2011



One of the real reasons that I made the trek up to Brimfield last week was to meet up with fellow design bloggers under the Daily Basics tent for a “tweet-up“.  One of the major sponsors of this event was… Benjamin Moore .




You may wonder what in the world do Benjamin Moore and the  Brimfield antiques show have in common?  Well… the  event was a fabulous cross-pollination of antiques, paint, fabric and design friends who love  it all… and like to tweet about it.


Lucianna Samu


choosing among oranges for striping a dresser


Here is the uber-talented designer Lucianna Samu showing us how to transform antique furniture with a coat (or 2) of paint and fabulous fabric . The Daily Basics has posted a great video on You Tube of Lucianna at work:



Benjamin Moore's John Turner


Lucky for us…Benjamin Moore chose this event to announce the late September launch of their new line of full-spectrum paint : “Color Stories“.   The range will include 240 new luscious full-spectrum colors and be available in their premium Aura line. And what, you may ask, is “full-spectrum” ?  There will be lots more pigment per can and a wider range of pigments (5-7) used for each color which yield a more complex and luminous result.  Black pigment is completely absent from this line…imagine a gorgeous range of complex grays…all mixed without the addition of black!  The color samples will also be actual paint on paper, rather than printed.


I can’t wait to sample these grays.


And these oranges

and these greens.


Nick Harris, Kelley Moore, John Turner




Look for the online launch of Color Stories on September 30….on a screen near you.