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Top Searched Paint Color

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

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If you were to guess what is the number one searched color on my blog, which color would you guess? Navy Blue?

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A pretty emerald green maybe?:

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Those might be my top guesses. The number one color searched on my Restyling Home By Kelly Blog is Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC-172:

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A soft greenish gray, Revere Pewter works well in any room of the home:

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I have been writing this blog for almost three years now, and today it is still the top searched paint color both daily and over all time:

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And then the other day, a reader wrote and asked if I would please post a few pictures of rooms painted with Revere Pewter. So these are for you Alexis!

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I love this gray paired with black:

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I am glad to have Revere Pewter as one of my large sample boards, because it still is a favorite neutral of mine and I find a lot of my clients are attracted to it. A light gray with warm undertones, this classic shade creates a unifying look that works well with both contemporary and traditional design. I have found Revere Pewter is perfect for an open floor plan:

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So, if you are searching for Revere Pewter to see if this color will work in your home, I think you found a winner! Grab a sample and give it a try!

Have you used Ben Moore’s Revere Pewter in your home? Do you love it? Or not? Are you thinking of using it Please share your thoughts with us!

If you need help selecting paint colors for your home, contact me today.

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From Drab To Fab!

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

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Don’t you just love it when you receive a happy email? This is the email I received yesterday that made my day (my week!):

I just wanted send you a quick note to let you know that I’ve really been enjoying your blogs and that you inspired me to do a quick little “color” project. My front door has been white for 10 years (I can’t believe it’s been that long) and I decided to paint it yellow! I wanted a natural shade so I used a yellow autumn leave from my yard to help choose a color. It’s Behr’s “Spiced Butternut”. Here are the before and after pictures:

Before:

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And after:

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Stunning! What a transformation. The house was very pretty before but look at the after photo! I give her a lot of credit for taking a chance and painting the front door such a bold color. That takes courage!  And look at the end result of taking a chance:

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A front door with personality! An ordinary home transformed to the prettiest home on the block! Fabulous!!

What do you think readers? Do you think her daringness paid off? Thank you so much for sharing Missy!

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

                                                                Kelly

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Whitewashed Ceiling and Beams

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

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I had not really noticed whitewashed ceilings and beams before my daughter moved into her new home. I had posted pictures of her bedroom ceiling here with  wood beams and my friend Nancy @ Sea Rose Cottage wrote in a great comment “A wash of color of the beams may be nice too. French Linen mixed with a little water applied over the surface would give it a driftwood feel. Good luck with the project!”

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Such a great idea! So I started looking around at examples of whitewashed ceiling and beams:

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Then the more I kept reading, the more I began to get confused at all the different terms! Whitewashing? Pickling the wood?  I figured out that whitewashing is basically the same procedure as pickling. Whitewashing/Pickling is a technique that allows you to brighten your wood without hiding the grain pattern. The difference is that whitewashing is using pine wood, where as pickling is the same procedure used but on oak wood. Here is a good article from DIY that explains the differences here.

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Note that whitewashing is not to be confused with painted white ceilings and beams:

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The difference is whitewashing uses paint mixed with water. Here is a photo below of a painted ceiling (not whitewashed):

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I think they are both beautiful! I think the question before you decide which would work best in your home is “Do you want a more rustic look in your home?”  If the answer is yes, then I would suggest a whitewashed technique:

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Or do you prefer the more contemporary ‘cottage’ look:

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Then the all white painted ceilings would work best for you. Which look appeals more to you? Do you like the look of the whitewashed wood? Or do you prefer the all white painted ceilings? Love to hear your thoughts!

If you need help choosing colors for your home, contact me today.

                                                            Kelly

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NYC Baby!

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

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I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I was fortunate to be invited to yet another party for my daughter Meg’s wedding coming up. I do not remember having a weekend planned by my friends to be taken to NYC to party just because I was getting married. Do you?

It was a bachelorette party and it was a blast! We took a train into Penn station, (only a 3 hour ride) Saturday morning. The minute you come out of the station, I love how you are amazed at all the action going on around you.

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I have only been a few times, but I absolutely love it! Everywhere you look there is something going on. So many people, so many stores, so many restaurants and so many different sights! My eyes just can’t stop trying to take it all in.

Meg’s friends said I could bring a couple of my friends to celebrate and celebrate we did! The afternoon was for sight seeing and going to the spa. We stayed at the Empire Hotel (I would recommend to anyone, very clean and beautiful):

The rule for the night was to dress all in black with the soon-to-be-bride in white. The younger girls thought it was great but my friends and I thought that it is hard enough to look good at our age without having to wear all black. :) We started at Tortilla Flats- a NY hangout with Mexican food and all you can drink in 3 hours for $60.00. Woo-Hoo!

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Then off to the Meatpacking District and drinks at the Biergarten at the Standard Hotel:

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Then to a bar named Brass Monkey that was so packed I was nervous up on the 3rd floor. That was a crazy place! We walked around the city in the meatpacking district after that and met some really fun people. Then on to dancing from 2:00 am to 4 am at our hotel’s rooftop club:

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The next day we took a cab to do some NYC shopping:

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We ate a delicious brunch at a restaurant we found along the way. So good! Then we walked around Central Park for over a hour. I thought it was so cool how the city skyline shows through the trees:

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I am so glad someone planned this beautiful park for the city. It was a lot larger than I thought! We were so fortunate to have a 70 degree day full of sunshine. Then we walked to Union Square:

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See the set of stairs in the middle? That is where we sat and people watched. Very interesting. We watched a homeless man walk by us with his shopping cart. He then stopped and decided to brush his teeth in the middle of the square. He of course had to spit out his toothpaste right in the grate in the middle of the walkway. Very interesting. No one seemed to notice but us.

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Then it was time to head back home. What a great time we had! I always said that if I was super rich, I would love an apartment to stay in the city overlooking Central Park. Not to live, just to visit every once in a while. I love that the city is so alive! Have you ever been? I strongly suggest if you have never been to NYC- go and visit for a few days! It is very easy to get around the city and the people are nice- really! Interesting, but nice. So many things to do!

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Thanks for listening! The big wedding day is November 10, 2012. Only 19 more days! It is coming so fast!!

Kelly

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