my house paint colors

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

We all know how hard it can be to find the right color of paint for our house.  You bring home a trunk full of samples, but then they all suck once you hold them up.  Ugh.  I lucked out when I chose the color in this house.  I absolutely love it.  And, thank God for that because it covers every wall and ceiling in here.  The overall feel is white, but against the bright white trim you can tell it's a light gray.

The walls and ceilings throughout are all PPG (Pittsburgh Paints) Palomino Gray.  Trim is PPG White Chip.  I've included a lot of pictures so you can see how it changes depending on the time of day and amount/type of light it gets.  You can click on the titles to visit the rooms for more info and photos.

Kitchen cabinets are Sherwin-Williams Snowbound.  I'm sorry, but I don't know the black used on the kitchen island and master vanities, but it is another Sherwin-Williams color.

Shiplap in the kids' bathrooms is Benjamin Moore Simply White.  It's almost identical to the Sherwin-Williams Snowbound used on the kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities.

The mudroom and laundry built-ins are also Benjamin Moore Simply White.

Remind me how in love with it I am should I get a wild hair 10 years from now ;)

8 ceiling fans that aren't ugly

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ceiling fans.  Practical, but not always pretty.  The one in our master died during the insane storm the other night that dumped 16 inches of rain on Houston in 24 hours.  Power being knocked off over and over again must have fried it.  By the way, we are dry at our house.  So many surrounding us aren't.  Please keep those families in your prayers.

Since we were going to have to replace ours, I thought I might go a different route this time around.  In my search for a non-ugly ceiling fan with a light (which is much harder than it should be) I ended up finding a few that looked pretty darn good!  I even threw in one without a light because a) it's gorgeous, and b) not everyone needs the extra light in their space.  The best part of this round up is that a number of them are under $250.

one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight

Here are a couple of these fans in real homes, showing off how pretty the actually are.

I've already got the fan, just need to find the time to get it up.  Which one do you think I went with?  I think you'll be surprised ;)

secretary shelf styling

Monday, April 18, 2016

My husband has had his grandmother's secretary desk for years, long before we were married.  It's always been with us, but in six houses (good grief we've moved a lot) this is the first home where it has been in a main room and visible.  I've never spent any time styling it, mostly because I never knew what to do with it, but finally decided it was time. 

I'm sure there is a formula that would make this a no-brainer, but I don't know what it is.  I kind of created one on the fly.  I also didn't want to buy anything new, so I worked only with what I had.  

Best way to start is with a clean slate.  Take everything out.  Even if you plan on reusing some of the items already in there.

I started at the top with my taller pieces.

Added books to the center shelf.  I didn't want things too similar, so I laid some of the books flat on one side.

Added smaller pieces in with the books.  Instead of placing the turtle below the candlesticks, I flipped it to the other side so the white and metallic pieces on the two shelves are diagonal from each other.  

The bottom shelf is a little tricky.  Once the doors are shut, things get visually lost since our living room window reflects on the glass doors.  I used a grouping of white pieces on the left that would stand out from the dark wood and a photo with a lot of white space on the right.  The butterfly was a free image I downloaded from The Graphic's Fairy.  I can't find the exact one I used, but there are so many good ones!  I then added a cup with my grandmother's collection of silver spoons for another layer.

And that's it!

Wasn't quite as scary as I thought it was.  The hardest part is always getting started.

SOURCES:  Ethan Allen secretary - family piece (similar here) // zebra chair - thrifted (reupholstered in this fabric) // sheepskin // perforated ginger jar - Homegoods (similar here) // brass turtle // coral (similar here) // milk glass (thrifted) // free butterfly downloads // silver cup (Pottery Barn, no longer avail)



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