Blues, Teals, Greens + Buttercream in the Kitchen

September 29, 2012



I’m currently working on a palette for an historic home in DC where we are using “color” on painted cabinetry.  Of course, many cabinet lines offer the option of custom color.  Crown Point Cabinetry even offers milk paint finishes and colors in the historic Farrow & Ball range. These images caught my eye. The cabinetry is classic but casual and the colors are soft and pleasing to the eye.



via Plain English Design




via Better Homes and Gardens



I’m also loving the used of “mixed” cabinetry here- saturated color on base cabinets with white and glass above.



via Better Homes and Gardens



Here, simple open shelving is combined with base cabinets painted in “butter”.



Studio Sarah Willmer via Houzz



And here, a lively combination of  Benjamin Moore ‘Stratton Blue’ on upper cabinets is paired with  ‘Pale Avocado’ below. The dark countertops, floors and ceiling make this combination sing.





via Plain English Designs



The last image of  cabinetry is from Plain English ( “bespoke” and from the UK, of course).  And the kumquats are the perfect dollop of complementary color.






Warm Nuanced Neutrals

September 16, 2012



Well, it’s almost mid- September (my absolute favorite time of year here in Virginia). Fall is in the air and I do welcome the change of scenery outside. The verdant saturated greens of the foliage start turning more murky then soften to golds, reds and browns by late October. The  woodsy view from my windows is really part of the whole color tableau of my home. Today, I took a few photos of the nuanced warm neutrals that I live with… and want to share.



I’ve always loved soft and quiet neutrals in rooms where I really want to relax.  This gorgeous lamp, found in my favorite Old Town Alexandria antiques store, Imperfections- Antiques and Great Stuff ,  inspired  the color choice for my bedroom walls, C2 Paint Bristle. Trim and ceilings were done is a soft warm white C2Paint Cotton 



Yes, I love birds. The canopy outside is home to cardinals, jays, woodpeckers, nuthatches, black-capped chickadees (and the occasional wild turkey).

And the calmest color of all and one of my hands down favorites is Benjamin Moore Dry Sage.  It is a toned -down grayed green– great with hits of gold and plum,  it is easy to live with and easy to love.