Williamsburg Color- Unstuffed

May 23, 2013



I was very pleased to get this news!  The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has partnered with Benjamin Moore on a collection of 144 new colors– ” Based on original pigments developed more than 250 years ago, Colonial Williamsburg’s curators have re-created this rich, authentic palette.”  TREND MEETS TRADITION.

Take a look at a few of these colors, used in really fresh new settings not your mother’s (or grandmother’s house)!



Washington Blue and Cornwallis Red


Spotswood Teal, Everard Blue and Damask Yellow



Green Umber and Hardwood Putty

Damask Yellow



Carter Gray and Capitol White


Bracken Cream and Williamsburg Wythe Blue


Raleigh Peach



Gunsmith Gray and Mopboard Black 


Ewing Blue and Market Square Shell


Bone Black and Lamp Black

Carter Plum


Williamsburg Stone and Hardwood Putty


Williamsburg Wythe Blue, Palace Pearl and Claret

Tyler Gray and Palace Pearl

Tyler Gray and Palace Pearl



Greenhow Blue



So, I’m seeing some old favorites here but the palette has most definitely been “refreshed”.  I’m loving it!





The color I’m “dying to try”?   Definitely “Greenhow Vermillion”.





There are some great reds in the collection!


Am looking forward to getting some of these colors up soon…stay tuned!  For more background on the Collection..watch here:





all images via Benjamin Moore




“Tis the Season in Old Town”

December 12, 2011




Old Town, Alexandria… in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Just giving you a glimpse of how we “do the holidays”  in this quaint little part of the world.  Yes, we do have inflatable Snoopy snow globes and blinking reindeer displays on the “outskirts” of town but in the historic district, the decor is more of the natural variety.




Fresh and dried greens and fruit are used in abundance… think Colonial Williamsburg.




A store window festooned with pine and heather (love this one)



Magnolia, lemons and clove-studded oranges





Clustered green apples play off nicely against a red door



A nautical theme with bleached starfish, shells,  and pine cones




A simple swag of scotch pine and pepperberries



A chartreuse ribbon complements the black shutters




More magnolia love…



Sprayed gold pomegranates




And how sweet is this?


If you are ever in the Washington, D.C. area over the holidays….  Old Town (on the Potomac River) is a short ride on the metro but a nice step back into history (and away from…  the glitter).



Todd Healy