A Few New Favorite Decorating Books 2014

Written by Kelly on November 25th, 2014

I found a few new design books just in time for my Christmas list. I love to receive new books and I think they make a perfect gift.

Here are some of my favorites coffee table book selections this year:

Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life by Erin Gates

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This book is on the top of my list. I love Erin Gate’s style and the photos in the book are beautiful:

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House Beautiful Think Small: Make the Most of Every Square Foot by House Beautiful

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Below is another of my favorites. Look how pretty even the cover is:

Sarah Style  by Sarah Richardson

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Sarah definitely has style!:

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Creating Elegant Interiors: Designers in Their Own Words by Melissa Mather

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This book got great reviews:

Flea Market Fabulous: Designing Gorgeous Rooms with Vintage Treasures by Lara Spencer

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Here is a great resource gift for someone thinking of redoing their kitchen:

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The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful by blogger Myquillyn Smith

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Just gorgeous!

One more book I thought would be interesting:

At Home with Madame Chic: Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life by Jennifer L. Scott

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Hmmm… Interesting!

Happy Thanksgiving my Friends! I hope you have a safe and happy Holiday!

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Christmas Decorated Front Porches

Written by Kelly on November 23rd, 2014

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I can’t help being excited about starting to decorate for Christmas:

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The Season is so short and I want to enjoy it all! One of my first and favorite projects for Christmas/Winter is decorating the front porch:

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I have been looking through a few inspirational photos and wanted to share. I know you love looking through them as much as I do!:

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From the dramatic:

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To the simple:

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All so pretty!

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Last year I decorated our NH front porch to enter a contest:

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And I forgot to enter! awwww…..

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This year I am keeping it simple and fun to do.

Have you started Christmas decorating at your house?

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Color Tip For White Ceilings

Written by Kelly on November 19th, 2014

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Did you notice that sometimes white ceilings look gray? Especially in the corners?

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If the ceilings were painted in a pure, clean white such as Benjamin Moore Decorators White, that could be the reason. I have learned to never use a pure white on the ceiling because the blue undertone will often appear gray and flat.

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Why? Because white has no where to go except to gray when the lighting is dim. And who shines a bright light onto the ceiling? That’s why ceilings can look so dingy even after they are freshly painted. Another clean white paint example is Benjamin Moore’s Pure White.

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Just a color tip to consider next time you are choosing a white for your ceiling. Have you ever painted a clean white and thought it looked gray?

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My Color Aha Moment

Written by Kelly on November 16th, 2014

I am always working to improve my color skills and practices and trying new ways to work more efficiently. One obvious color tool I work with often is my fan decks. They are great for quick reference:

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And when I need to show a larger color sample, I am blessed to have Maria’s large color boards! They are fantastic to work with clients:

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Since I have trained and earned my certification as a True Color Expert, I have continued to learn more about color skills these last few years taking classes, much reading and performing color consultations. And I have discovered that I continuously use the same colors I know will work in a particular situation:

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When conducting a color consult for a client, I certainly never look at colors that I have never used and trust. So… my aha color moment is that I am going to choose 150-200 paint colors total, that I have used and are trusted, and make myself color boards for just those favorite colors!

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I have my lists of best gray green paint, best whites with yellow undertones and all my beige colors broken down into undertones. Plus the best red paints, browns, and turquoise blues, etc. I am going to paint sample pages that will fit into a binder so that I will be able to look at my color samples quickly instead of jumping all around in the different fan decks.

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No more carrying around heavy color sample suitcases so I can leave a 3 x 3” color sample with the client. No more hesitating when choosing that perfect color for a client’s home. I will always have my favorite and best colors at my fingertips.

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I am still throwing ideas around but don’t you think it is a practical idea? Say I am looking for the perfect gray green paint color. Instead of going through all my fan decks to make sure I am not missing any other perfect gray greens, I already have pulled them out and have them in my collection. Big timesaver! Do you see any drawbacks to this process? Any other thoughts?

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