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Grand Hotel Entrances

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

                                          Hotel Mulia in Jakarta

                              Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & SPA, Rome

                     Entrance to the Al Qasr Hotel of the Madinat Jumirah, Dubai

                                              Lotte Hotel Moscow

                        Dariush Grand Hotel, Dariush Square, Kish Island, Iran

                                               Wynn Macau, China


                                  Kelebek Cave Hotel, Goreme, Cappadocia


                        Burj Al Arab, Dubai, the only 7 Star Hotel in the World!

mauritius resort

                 Mauritius Island, 500 miles off the east coast of Madagascar.

Vacation anyone?

I love looking through these beautiful photos and hope you do too!  We can dream if we want to, right? ;)

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Benjamin Moore’s New Color Gallery

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Wouldn’t you love to find a place online where you can not only look through 3,044 paint colors (very quickly!) for inspiration and ideas, view best selling paint colors and also find great color combinations to go with your choices? Well now you can!

    Benjamin Moore Color Gallery

You really have to see for yourself  how amazing and fast this website is! While searching, if you look under the ‘options’, there is a menu bar that lets you select a color family, color collecton and even current trends.

                                                       Storm AF-700

So say that you were looking at my blog and saw this picture above from House Beautiful and fell in love with it. The color was listed and you wanted to see more details about the color. Go to Color Gallery and in the search box type the word ‘thunder’. Click on the correct color and a page will come up with more information about the paint color you would ever need.

My favorite element is where Ben Moore will show you color combinations that work well with this color.  For instance, for the color “Storm”, two great color combos that are shownare:




Love the green with Storm.  Here is another example:

                                               Old Navy 2063-10

Great Color Combinations:

          Chalk White / BM 2126-70

                                                                     Chalk White / BM 2126-70


            Chalk White / BM 2126-70

Chalk White / BM 2126-70

Pretty cool huh? You also have the options of  saving color to a favorite file folder, to share the color with others, email the color, or even print it.   Visuals are great.  But, you still must sample the colors at home. Different lighting, color looks different on the computer blah, blah, blah…

Try it out below and then get back to me what you think.  Have fun!

If you need help choosing the perfect wall color, contact me today!

Other topics you might enjoy:

Peek At The New Ben Moore “Color Stories”

Benjamin Moore Introduces New Color Palette

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Obsessing Over Tablescapes

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Okay.  I am going to admit it.  I am just obsessed with tablescapes lately!

Rebecca Moses

Tablescapes, vignettes, setting a table, decorating a table, centerpieces.  I just can’t seem to get enough!!

Martha Stewart (these are paper flowers!)

Did you know that the word ‘tablescape’ is not even a word in the dictionary? Even Microsoft’s Word says that the word does not exist.  I think that they need to get with the program!

cg table setting 2Centsational Girl

So this past weekend, I thought why don’t you try to make a pretty table Kelly??  I decided to start with a smaller table in my kitchen nook.  This is what the table has looked like for while now:


I took out a few of my little accessories to see if I could use any of that first.  What was I thinking dragging all this stuff out!


Last week for my birthday, I treated myself to a little shopping spree at Pier 1.  I picked up a set of small plates on sale for 1/2 price for $3.50, four placemats @ $4.95 each, napkins @ $2.30 and four napkin rings for $3.95 each. Then I stopped at the Christmas Tree Shop and spent about $12 on a bunch of small accessories! Take a look at all my findings:


I had white plates already,



Then I just played with putting accessories in the middle of table until I liked the look.


I did not want to put silverware out but if you are looking for a guide on how to set a proper table, Solutions , an online and catalog store that sells ‘products that make life easier,’ offers a detailed article here.

I thought it was fun to do!  And I get to smile every time I walk by.  Even my husband, who does not care much about decorating, keeps saying how nice it looks. Yay!


I can tell this might be a new hobby for me!

Just wanted to show you my favorite Pier 1 purchase the other day:


Don’t you just love it?  I saw him from across the store- knew I had to have him right now!  I love finding those special items that make me happy.

Comments? Do you like to decorate your tables? I would love you to send pictures of your tablescapes to share!

Inspiring Spring Tablescapes

Beautiful Extraordinary Chandeliers

Bringing Back your Dining Room, Part 1 AND Part 2

Christmas Tablescapes

Even More Christmas Tablescapes Ideas

And if you want to learn how to make your own Tablescape from scratch: Christmas Table Centerpiece 101

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Rooms Painted in Ben Moore Paint Colors

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Don’t you love looking at room pictures when they actually list the paint color?  I do. Although you are still looking through the computer screen, you get a much better idea of a color rather than just looking at a small paint sample.  Here are just a few of my Benjamin Moore favorites:

Kendall Charcoal HC-166

 Chalk White 2126-70 9 (a light gray)

Love this blue:

 Van Deusen Blue  HC-156

Merlot Red 2006-10

Bittersweet Chocolate 2114-10

Come Sail Away 846


Richmond Bisque Ext. RM

 Iceberg 2122-50

 Blue Seafoam 2056-60

This next color Storm is getting really popular as more people are noticing it:

Storm AF-700

Overcast OC-43

Nightingale AF-670

Love, love this navy:

 Old Navy 2063-10

All of the photos above were taken from House Beautiful.  Below are a few of Pottery Barn’s favorite Ben Moore paint colors:

Benjamin Moore® Aura® Paint - Monroe Bisque Monroe Bisque HC-26

Kabash AF- 640

Santorini Blue 1634

Simply White OC-117

Manchester Tan HC-81

Spanish Red 1301

Hawthorne Yellow HC-4

Morrocan Red 1309

Stone Brown 2112-30

Sandy Hook Gray HC-108

Da Vinci’s Canvas 208

I hope these photos have helped you visualize what the paint colors will actually look like in your room and help narrow down your choices to a favorite color, or feel, to your room.  This post and photos has actually helped me figure out a whole color scheme for a guest room I just started working on again.  I am so excited! I love when it just clicks!  I will write you all about the room redesign.  Another day, another story.  Stay tuned.

Comments please!  Did you find a new color you love?

P.S.  I do not work for BM.   I just have worked with Ben Moore colors for so many years now that I feel comfortable suggesting them to you because I know they have really great colors and a great consistent formula for the walls.

Benjamin Moore Introduces New Color Palette

Benjamin Moore Historical Color Chart

The 20 Selling BM Paint Colors for 2010

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