“Skiff Waiting”

February 7, 2013



Had a late afternoon visit recently with a favorite client. Over a cup of tea, we had a little ‘catch up’ on the progress (almost finis) of her historic bungalow renovation.  I would say that any major design project is rarely a neat process– there are almost always surprises, delays, disappointments, and indecision. Spaces we inhabit are wrapped up with emotion– a messy business, for sure. But I must say that this project actually was (after MANY months) sort of “wrapped up” with a pretty little bow–and just in time for the holidays.



Skiff Waiting


The dust had settled, furniture returned and wreaths hung. And on Christmas Eve my client’s husband presented her with this sweet little watercolor. It shows their beloved dog, Skiff, waiting (for someone to come home) at the window of their newly painted front library. Skiff is certainly the star of this show but C2Paint ‘Savannah’  most definitely plays a supporting role!








The library is the center ‘cocoon’ space in this house with the new addition (open family room, dining room and kitchen)wrapping around it. We felt pretty strongly that this little space (original to the house) needed a strong + warm color to make it inviting and cozy. It was christened ‘The Savannah Room”.





A light neutral, Benjamin Moore’s Misty Air,  was chosen for the entry and staircase walls. The color is repeated on the ceiling of the library (above).





Benjamin Moore’s White Dove was used on all trim and casework throughout.











The real challenge was to choose a wall color for the main open space (kitchen, dining room, family room). Fixed elements were the soft white cabinetry and trim, the red oak+pine floors and exposed brick.  We needed a warm /versatile neutral and found the answer in the C2 Paint range:



I absolutely LOVE this color– a complex khaki whose undertones change with the light throughout the day.  Designer Whitney Stewart is also pretty crazy about it. She gushes, “This is it, a soft camel that has red and green and yellow in it. That’s why it goes with everything… When a color transcends itself to coordinate with so many different colors and still retains warmth, it jumps to that ethereal level. It’s a color you just love to be around. You would feel like a million dollars in a family room, a living room, a kitchen painted this color.”






On opposite sides of the main room are two small spaces (zen den and office). We chose greenish neutrals (Benjamin Moore Nantucket Gray and Dry Sage) to create a subtle shift from the more golden Enoki.








And a sweet little powder room gets a shot of Benjamin Moore “Tropical Dusk”— a beautiful complement to the greens and golds outside the door.





And as for Skiff?





He sat very patiently for this shot.  I’m know he’s happy that pesky hammering has stopped. And, perched high upon his throne in ‘The Savannah Room’,  he enjoys a  great “room with a view”– outside and in.





Looking for C2 Paint in the DC metro area ?  You can find this gorgeous collection of hand-crafted color  (and large samples) at Potomac Paint.



Tantalizing Teal

June 25, 2011


Who doesn’t love  “teal” –that watery mix of blue and green?  Somehow, I don’t have even a drop of this color in my closet or home.



Helen James


The designer Helen James used this saturated hue in this powerful image, based on the paintings of Vermeer. The combination of teals, greens and acid yellows is simply arresting.

In interiors, teal is often used in limited doses as an accent color but can be such a gutsy choice when balanced by  complementary reds and oranges.


House Beautiful


And here is GUTSY.  Designer  Rob Southern actually painted over mahogany paneling (gasp!) in this library with a high gloss teal– Benjamin Moore’s Bermuda Turquoise.  Light flooring and red accents make it work.



Kelly Berg


When the talented Kelly Berg of Arte Styling posted this photo of her home office I immediately filed it under “Perfect Teals”.  She used Benjamin Moore’s Rendezvous Bay on the walls.  Again the orange tone of the floors and furniture bring balance to the space. And take a look at that subtle ceiling color. Perfect, indeed.



C2 Paint



I’m dying to try this color- C2 Paint’s Luna .  This brand is the master of complex saturated color– they use finely ground artist-grade European colorants to create an unmatchable luminosity and depth.





Another gorgeous image from Lonny Mag.  This is the Hell’s Kitchen studio of designer Ben Brougham. The wall is painted Benjamin Moore’s Surf Blue.




Bermuda Turquoise, Rendezvous Bay, Luna, Surf Blue





Clifford Smith


And speaking of surf…all that blue/green got you thinking about water?  Dive right in.  Painting by Clifford Smith via Spanierman Gallery.