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Pottery Barn New 2011 Fall/Winter Color Collection

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Pottery Barn Colors Benjamin Moore Paint Fan Deck

Twenty six beautiful new Benjamin Moore colors have been chosen for the Pottery Barn Fall/Winter 2011 Collection.

Benjamin Moore® Aura® Paint - Van Courtland Blue                      Van Courtland Blue  HC-145

Parenthood” set decorator Julieann Getman

It is a biannual palette featuring colors chosen to coordinate perfectly with the latest Pottery Barn collection.  Below are examples of a few of the colors with photos:

Benjamin Moore® Aura® Paint - China WhiteChina White-Interior Room

View in RoomPottery Barn Paisley Bedding Ensemble – Red

Benjamin Moore® Aura® Paint - Jute   Jute AF-80

View in Room

          Very fresh and pretty!

Benjamin Moore® Aura® Paint - MysteriousMysterious  AF-565

James Leland Day

Benjamin Moore® Aura® Paint - Ice Mist          Benjamin Moore® Aura® Paint - Fernwood Green

Ice Mist  2123-70 (a light,light blue)                  Fernwood Green  2145-40

All photos were taken from the new Fall Pottery Barn 2011 catalog unless otherwise  noted.

Benjamin Moore® Aura® Paint - Bennington GrayBennington Gray  HC-82

Wood Gallery Oversized Mat Frames

Benjamin Moore® Aura® Paint - Linen WhiteLinen White- Interior Room

View in Roomlorraine tufted velvet headboard

Benjamin Moore® Aura® Paint - WeimeranerWeimaraner AF-155 ( a lot of red undertones)

View in Room

Benjamin Moore® Aura® Paint - Providence OliveProvidence Olive  HC-98


I found an old Pottery Barn Fall and Winter 2006 pamphlet and just for fun compared the two charts to see how many were the same.  Of course great colors will be repeated.  And remember the Affinity collection was not even introduced yet in 2006.  Guess how many were the same?

Benjamin Moore® Aura® Paint - Simply White                Benjamin Moore® Aura® Paint - Bittersweet Chocolate

Simply White OC-117                                        Bittersweet Chocolate 2114-10

Only the two above!

And my favorite (for today anyway!):

Benjamin Moore® Aura® Paint - Stonington GrayStonington Gray  HC-170


Beautiful soft gray with a touch of blue.  Love it!

To see the entire 2011 color collection, click here!  Which is your favorite? Do you like to look at these photos for ideas and inspiration?  Did you notice how many were from the Historical Collection?

If you need help with color selection, contact me today.


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Color Extraordinaire Eileen Kathryn Boyd

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Have you noticed the bold and beautiful design work of interior designer Eileen Kathryn Boyd is everywhere lately? Her rooms are so full of life, so well designed, all in such great color proportions.

Isn’t the room above gorgeous!! OMG. Love, love, love.


She blends traditional with modern, throws in some bold color and magic is made! Eileen is known for drawing her inspirations from the fashion runways and bringing them to life on her showroom floor as well as inspiring bold works of art.

Wow! Love it!

I bet you have noticed her fabrics in the Duralee ads:

Her work reminds me of Susan Sargent whose bold, bright use of color and fabric I have always loved:


Her home, that was featured in Lonnie Magazine in December 2010 is just beautiful:

living rooms - turquoise blue silk ribbons holiday decor wreaths chippendale secretary desk turquoise blue chiars pink pillows  Eileen Kathryn

Pretty amazing isn’t she??  Just gorgeous.

So fresh and exciting don’t you agree?

To see more of Eileen’s design work, visit Eileen’s website-

Eileen’s blog-

Comments? Do you like her designs and boldness with color?

If you need help making your space come alive with color, contact me today!

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I Quit My Day Job – Yay Me!

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

I really did it!  I have worked part time for as long as I can remember to help supplement my income while I was doing what I really love in my spare time: design and color. I have finally reached that point in which I truly realize that life is too short to not do something that you love every day. I love design and color- why should I fill my  day doing something that doesn’t make me happy?


I will say that I was very nervous and scared at first when I made the decision to quit. With the economy the way it is, what the heck am I doing? But then my sweet daughter Meg says to me, “ Just go for it Mom!”, that was all it took. She is so smart and is always my cheerleader! :)

Then coincidentally, within a week we sold our RI home which has been on the market for 14 months now!

The inspection was yesterday and we are just waiting for the results.  I am not going to start to pack until we know for sure we are moving.  Our goal is to move to our NH home full time within the next two years. My husband has an aircraft maintenance business here and my son has two years of college left. Getting rid of this house was a big step.  For now we are going to rent a nearby condo/townhouse to live in for a year.  More to decorate – yay me!

I am really going to miss this house. It has been 25 years we have lived here and raised our family. But… we are ready to move on and start a new adventure.  Now that I am not tied down anymore, I hope to be able to work here in RI as well as in NH.  I hope I will be a busy, busy designer and color consultant. I just love it!  So here I go…wish me luck!

I am so thankful and so happy!  Thank you God!


All photos from the amazing website pinterest.

If you need help making your home happy, contact me today!

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Pops of Bold Color

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

We have a terrific guest post today from the Arcadian Lighting Company. They are a great online resource for lighting and accessories and they wanted to share this article about pops of color in your home. Enjoy!

In a room with a neutral or all-white colored theme, pops of color can be a fun way to add a surprising accent.  Add little pops of color with an area rug, a side chair, an accent lighting fixture, or –a personal favorite—throw pillows.

Dabbing little pops of color is also great for those who want to experiment with color, but don’t quite know what colors and what accents would work best for their space.  Take a look at how these designs incorporate pops of color for a bit of inspiration to get you started!


Victoria Dreste Designs via Marie Claire Maison

Bright red tiles add chic pops of color in this spa-like bathroom above.  Replicate the look by lining the area around your tub or shower with red tiles, paints or wallpapers.


Apartment Therapy

Grey and white is the main color combo in this grown-up pad above.  But orange pillows, a throw and a rug add lovely pops of color.  Love how the pendant light adds an ambient light to the space, while the lamps in the windows create more of a warm glow.


Elle Décor

Yellow need not be mellow.  In fact, in this Florida home, the designer painted the walls in a warm beige color (think lightly toasted bread), upholstered the furniture in pale yellow fabric and added a dashing pop of primary yellow curtains.  The effect is a warm, airy and open space.


Elle Décor

This dining room is eclectic, to say the least.  With its mix of dining room chairs, art and unique ceiling fixtures, there’s nothing boring about it.  The color combinations, however, are still on the neutral side, and it’s the verdant green dining chairs that add pops of color.


Décor Pad

The bright, clean whites of this patio are accented with pure blue pops of color for a chic, Mediterranean feel.


Apartment Therapy

The deep, inky blue of this indigo Ikat print adds a sophisticated touch in this low-key living room.  Experiment with patterns and prints in different colors and remember that a pop of color need not be bright.  When they are deeper in tone, the result is sophisticated and chic.


La Petite Maison via Domino Magazine

Feeling really bold?  Try an accent wall!  Above, violet accents an otherwise neutral living room.  The curtains, the chandelier, furniture and textiles are all the same tone of grayish white.  But a violet pop of color is bold and beautiful in this traditional dining room.

Adding pops of color in your home can be an easy way to experiment with color or change the look of your home.

I hope you enjoyed the article and pictures as much as I did!

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If you need help adding bold pops of color to your space, contact me today.

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