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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Painting an Interior Sky

  • Color
  • September 8, 2014

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

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Reese Renovates

Reese 1So Reese Witherspoon and her husband just purchased a home in Nashville this past July, and it looks like they’re going to be doing a lot of work. The early twentieth century federal revival home, located in the Oak Hills Neighborhood of Nashville, needs some serious TLC. Reese, are you in the market for a preservation consultant? Because I would be happy to help you with this project – just let me know. As you all know I am a big fan of Reese’s home in Ojai, California so I cannot wait to see what she does with an historic southern home. How about that wood paneled library – can’t wait until she gets that fireplace up and running again. These photos are courtesy of ZillowReese 7 Reese 3 Reese 4 Reese 5Reese 6Reese 2

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