Green With Envy

Green SmokeHave you ever been in a color phase? A phase where your eye seems drawn to a certain color way all the time? I’m currently in a green phase. Now don’t get me wrong, I am a blue person, but I am really loving green these days. Although not in clothes, never in clothes. As a person with olive colored skin I really just can’t wear green. With paint colors however, I am surrounding myself with green. So today, here are a few of my absolute favorite green paints. Tried and tested. Always remember, paint colors on computer screens do not necessarily look like paint colors on swatches, and paint colors on swatches do not always look like paint colors on walls. Always buy sample pots and test your colors! Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 3.09.26 PMFarrow & Ball Green Smoke (as seen on trim above)Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 3.02.40 PMBenjamin Moore Aganthus GreenScreen Shot 2014-07-18 at 3.02.51 PMBenjamin Moore Louisburg GreenScreen Shot 2014-07-18 at 3.03.03 PMBenjamin Moore Colony GreenScreen Shot 2014-07-18 at 3.06.14 PMFarrow & Ball Lichen

photos via Benjamin Moore and Farrow & Ball

Friday Before & After: Cooking in Connecticut

Kitchen 2It only took opening the garden gate to the 20 acres surrounding this c. 1795 home in Woodbury, CT for homeowner Nancy Fishelson to know that this was the one. And while a warren of rooms with low ceilings and very little light presented a challenge, Fishelson took it on wholeheartedly while paying deference to the 18th century farmhouse’s roots. After removing a brick wall and doing away with the small casement windows, Fishelson installed a bank of twelve over eight windows above the sink and countertops. Twelve over eight windows are some of my absolute favorites, and are both a period and regionally appropriate choice for an 18th century Connecticut Farmhouse. 
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Kitchen 4Aren’t the Fireslate sink and countertops beautiful? I am not usually a huge fan of manufactured stone, but this Fireslate looks extremely natural. Kitchen 1To widen the opening between the kitchen and living room, Fishelson used salvaged antique beams to complement the existing beams in the kitchen. For more photos of this successful Connecticut restoration, visit Country Living.

Photos via Country Living

Bathtub on the Mount

Chris Dyson 1I would like to spend some time in this tub, wouldn’t you? I love how architect Chris Dyson chose to put the beautiful tub on top of a Carrera pedestal. Typically when we see a freestanding tub like this one, it is completely freestanding. Mounted atop the marble this tub looks even more gracious and inviting, don’t you think? It doesn’t hurt that the tub and its mount are located in a beautifully restored room in a Georgian townhouse in London. For more on some of my favorite tubs, check out my post on Catchpole & Rye.

In the Garden

Gardening1. Chippendale Planter /2. Meyer Lemon Tree /3. Chic Gardening Tools /4. Attractive Watering Can /5. Terra Cotta Planter /6. Olive Tree /7. Copper Labels /8. Teak Planter /9. In the Garden by Stacy Bass

You all know that I am not the gardener in the family, that skill falls to my husband. He loves our garden and all its faults, enjoying the challenge of making things grow and keeping them alive and hopefully blooming. You don’t need to have a large outdoor space to have a garden of your own, all you need are a couple of pots and a watering can. So don’t be discouraged if you live in an apartment with no outdoor space. Pots of plants can be very happy on a fire escape. So today some of my favorite things in the garden and for the garden. Happy planting.