I Need a Tan

joa doorHello Lacquered Lifers. Today I am going to share with you some of my favorite tans/beiges/taupes from Farrow & Ball. I love their neutral colors because the differences between the colors are so subtle. In addition, the opportunity to utilize the range of finishes that Farrow & Ball offers can really make these neutrals shine … or not … I am a big fan of Dead Flat.   Now remember, colors on a paint chip and/or colors on a computer screen never look the same as colors on the wall! Farrow & Ball offers these wonderfully small sample cans which you should ALWAYS purchase in advance of the gallons in order to test the color on your walls. Happy Painting. Joa's WhiteJoa’s White

Hardwicke WhiteHardwicke WhiteOld WhiteOld White
CordCordSavage GroundSavage GroundStony GroundStony Ground

Little Bunnies for the Table

bunny 6I have heard a lot of chatter throughout the blogosphere about the new Bunny Williams line for Ballard Designs, and when I finally checked in on it I was not surprised to find a treasure trove of entertaining pieces from one of the greats. While I loved the beautiful line of blue and white dinnerware (no surprise there), and the chic flatware, it was some of the smaller items for the tabletop that really got me excited. In particular the salt and pepper cellars and the place card holders …bunny 1I don’t know what it is about salt and pepper cellars, but I just love the concept. I love to use things like this on a typical night in with Mr. B. Don’t save all the good stuff for company! I love color of horn, perfect for fall, and the shape is wonderful. Bunny 2In the shape of leaves, these cellars would be great for a fall table – Thanksgiving anyone? Bunny 3And despite the fact that I was extremely pleased with my Easter table, these garden themed salt and pepper cellars would have been an amazing addition. Bunny 4Another piece that would have fit in extremely well on my Easter table. Or any springtime table for that matter. Bunny 5Finally, I’m pretty sure these gourd place card holders need to make an appearance on my Thanksgiving table. That’s right Lacquered Lifers, per usual I have started brainstorming my holiday table a tad too early. I’m really looking forward to Thanksgiving this year because my whole family will be joining us here in Charleston. I’m thinking of subjecting my Connecticut family to an inherently southern deep fried turkey … whaddya y’all think?

For more pieces from the Bunny Williams Collection visit Ballard Designs.

Across the World in Wallpaper

aranamiFarrow & Ball’s wallpaper collection for 2014 was inspired by traditional Japanese craftsmanship and are reminiscent of rural Japan. I am loving some of these new papers. One of the coolest things about Farrow & Ball’s wallpaper collections is that the papers are made using actual Farrow & Ball paints and colors, so you can have a wallpaper and trim combination that is pulls actual colors from the paper for your trim work. I think some of these new papers are really wonderful, both contemporary and traditional, as you can see in their architecture pairings in the photos. And the colors? Just fab.shouchikubai 2 Schouchikubaiyukutori 2Yukutoriamime 1Aranamiaranami 2Aranami
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aranami 3AranamishouchikubaiSchouchikubaiyukutori 1Yukitori

Wonderful Wasserschloss

Scan 6I do love a stark white interior. And you all know how much I love minimalism in an historic home. So this historic home checks some of my favorite boxes. This is a 16th Century German water castle, or Wasserschloss, located in the Lower Rhine area of Germany. Scan 7Originally built as a fortified structure surrounded by moats or other bodies of water, water castles were later transitioned into stately homes for the upper classes and the water surrounding them simply became part of the landscape design. While this home retains its moat, interestingly enough, today many of the moats and bodies of water surrounding these historic structures have been drained because of the damage the water causes to the foundations of the buildings. Scan 1In the sunroom, the owners Michael Packenius and Doris Zehr have added a reclaimed Versailles parquet floor and enlarged the windows so that they may be opened to the garden. Scan
Scan 5Scan 2The oven is a La Canche, one of my favorite brands. Scan 4In this photo you can see one of the early leaded glass windows of the castle. Scan 3Photos via Elle Decor Country Volume 4

Painting an Interior Sky

Good Morning Lacquered Lifers! Hope everyone had a great weekend. I apologize for the lack of posts at the end of last week, but my dear friend Hanna from gadabout came for a visit, and we were so busy catching up and watching the dogs catch up that I ran out of time. So sorry.

Today’s inspiration actually comes from an instagram that Hanna posted of the guest room on Church Street. One of the ladies from Southland Avenue had asked what the paint color in that room was (Benjamin Moore Colony Green), and had commented that it might be a good ceiling color for their bedroom. One of the things I have mentioned to you all here on the blog with some consistency is that colors almost always appear darker on your walls than they do on the paint chip, and that colors never look the same on the screen/paint chip as they do on the walls … so it is always best to use samples! Today I am going to give you three of my favorite pale blues for ceilings – all tried and tested by yours truly.

Icy BlueFirst up is Benjamin Moore Icy Blue 2057-70. This is the strongest of the three colors, and if you are truly looking for a ceiling that call out, “sky!” this might be the one for you.In Your EyesNext is Benjamin Moore In Your Eyes 715. This is a color with several different undertones, and those undertones will become more pronounced depending upon which wall color you pair it with. In a Long Island house I paired this with Benjamin Moore’s Navajo White OC-95 and with the windows thrown open the walls and ceiling of this room were a perfect backdrop to a casual coastal vibe. Patroitic WhiteFinally, my favorite, Benjamin Moore Patriotic White 2135-70. I used this at Church Street on the ceilings of the piazza and the guest bathroom. While it doesn’t seem very blue on the chip (or on this screen) again the color jumps out at you when paired. So the moral of the painting the ceiling story is – go paler than you think! If you find a blue tone that you love, either look for a color in the same done that is several shades lighter, or ask your paint store to add 25% white to the blue of your choice. Portraits, Interiors