Why Won’t This Fabric Work?

Written by Kelly on July 12th, 2014

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When I saw this Robert Allen fabric, I was excited to finally find a fabric for my kitchen that I loved:

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Isn’t it beautiful? I love the colors and this fabric would have made perfect chair cushions. BUT, when I laid the fabric sample on the new countertops:

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I saw that it would not work. Can you tell why the fabric is not working well with the countertop?

This photo shows why better:

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The background of the fabric is beige, the countertop is white! The ‘dirty’ beige was not even noticeable,(the background looked white) until I compared and put it against the ‘clean’ white. I will need a fabric with a white background, not beige, to work together with the rest of the room.  Another great example why you should always try a sample of the fabric or paint first before purchasing.

That is too bad because I really loved the fabric. Back on the fabric hunt! Have a great summer weekend everyone!

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Great Wall Color For Light/Medium Kitchen Cabinets

Written by Kelly on July 10th, 2014

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Five years ago, when we first moved into our new NH home, all the walls throughout the home were plasterboard white. Loving color, I wanted to paint the walls right away to make it my home. I was in love, like everyone else at that time, with the warm Autumn color palette:

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Around the same time, Benjamin Moore introduced their new Affinity colors and I fell in love with the color firenze AF-225:

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A very warm and neutral terracotta color. Our kitchen cabinets are maple which is a close color neighbor to oak. Look how nice this color works with our wood cabinets:

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The terracotta color enhances the wood tones. I have always loved the combination.

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Now we are starting a kitchen redesign. New countertops, new backsplash and now I want new paint! I really looked and thought back and forth if I should change it because it worked so well. But, everything else in the kitchen is going to be new, so why not a new wall paint color?

I never hung window treatments above because I could not find fabric that I loved enough. Someday, (right, Mike?) I would love to put a banquette against the back wall and flat roman shade window treatments in a coordinating fabric.

So if you have been looking for a paint color that will work well with your light to medium wood kitchen cabinets, give firenze or another terracotta color a try!

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

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Target’s New Paint and Wallpaper Line

Written by Kelly on July 6th, 2014

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Has anyone tried any of the paint colors from Target’s new Devine paint color collection?

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A reader wrote and asked me if I had worked with the paint yet. I have read a little about the new paint and wallpaper, but I have never actually used. There are 24 paint colors to choose from and to complement the palette, Devine Color Prints and Patterns wallpaper designs are coordinated to the paint colors. Each self-adhesive wall covering can be easily applied, removed or even re-positioned.

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Devine Color was invented by artist Gretchen Schauffler and developed by Miller Paint of Portland, Oregon.

I did find out that not all of the colors can be found in each Target store, but all can be ordered online:

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The prices run from $4.99 for a 8 oz. sample, 1 quart is $22.99, 2.5 liters is $29.99 and one gallon will cost you $59.99. The reviews are mixed, one customer stated how wonderful the wallpaper was and another wrote that the wallpaper was very difficult to work with.

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I think some of the colors are very pretty and might try it on a smaller project.

I am anxious to hear if anyone has tried the new paint or wallpaper. Do you think it will be handy at times when running into Target for errands, you can also pick up a gallon of paint? What do you think?

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Fun Idea For Unused Birdbath

Written by Kelly on July 2nd, 2014

I was at the garden center yesterday and I thought this was such a wonderful idea:

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Love it! Such a imaginative idea for a birdbath that is not being used:

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I showed you the Fairy Garden I was impressed with the other day at Art In Bloom:

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Which I really liked, but the tiny garden within a birdbath- LOVE! What a great project to do with the kids also. Just find an old birdbath that you are not using because of leaking, etc.

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Another great use for a birdbath is as a planter:

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A Birdbath! So beautiful for the yard. The height of the birdbath just brings it up a notch. Think of all the vignettes you can make in your garden with plants layered at different levels:

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What do you think of the idea of using a birdbath for a garden? I have been inspired. I am going bargain hunting this weekend to find an old birdbath to make my own little garden. If it comes out nice, I will share. :)

Have a wonderful Holiday weekend everyone! Have fun and be safe.

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