Online Coral & Aqua Bedroom Design

Written by Kelly on October 8th, 2014

I recently completed an online design plan for Carol on a new bedroom design that she said I could share. She is recently divorced and was looking for a beautiful and feminine bedroom to come home to.

I found a coral fabric that we used as a starting point for the room:

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So pretty! Carol wanted white bedding, so she is going to use this fabric as a duvet folded at the bottom of bed and possibly even window panels.

She already has a bedroom set that we incorporated in our plan:

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I gave her a couple different wall colors to think about and she decided to go with Benjamin Moore Simply White:

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Fabric for pillows on bed and on new white chair:

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A beautiful new mirror for over the dresser:

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And here is Carol’s new bedroom design board:

Carol Design Board

We love it! Coral and aqua is such a pretty color combination. I also suggested finding an old dresser that she could paint in a soft aqua color. Carol promised to send after photos which I will be sure to share with you!

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

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Return Of The Pumpkin People 2014

Written by Kelly on October 5th, 2014

Each year during the month of October, local businesses and individuals in Jackson, NH put together ‘pumpkin’ scenes in hopes of winning First Place and the People’s Choice Award:

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There are over 70 contestants this year. I have a lot of fun looking for them and then taking photos:

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I am always amazed at how talented and creative people are:

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Some scenes are straight out of the headlines such as the ALS ice bucket challenge:

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There are a lot of Snoopy pumpkin scenes this year:

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I love this one! Look at the details:

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So cool! Wouldn’t you like to make a pumpkin scene at your house?

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You can always find the latest movies pumkinized:

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Look at what else we came across in the mountains:

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What a special place for a wedding!

I hope you enjoyed as much as I enjoyed taking the photos. If you would like to see previous pumpkin contests, look here, here and here.

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Designer Tip When Ordering Fabric Online

Written by Kelly on September 30th, 2014

I miss the old days of going into a large fabric store and seeing and touching all of the many gorgeous fabrics, don’t you? I used to love to go and pick out my fabric for projects. I could touch it as well as see it.

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Our only local store closed and now I have to do everything online. Easy, yes. A lot of fabrics to choose from, yes. But….

Have you ever received fabric in the mail and thought that this fabric is nothing like you thought when ordered online? Much different than the computer fabric.

You know how I always suggest buying small paint samples to try before you buy a large amount? Well I also strongly suggest the same with fabric. Always, always order a memo to see what the fabric actually looks like. Do not pick paint colors based on the fabric yet or make any other purchases around this fabric until you have it in hand.

This happened to me just this week. This is the fabric I ordered online:

BH Silk Ocean

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I thought it would be perfect for a window treatment project I am working on. This is the actual sample of the fabric I received in the mail:

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Can you see the difference?! The actual fabric is much, much duller than the picture, and the blue is not even look like a navy blue.

Nothing like I had expected! Imagine if I did not order a sample and just ordered 8 yards based on the computer photo? Big trouble! I was so disappointed. Here is another example of fabric online:

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GH Fabrics

And actual:

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Can you see the difference? The online version’s background is gray and the actual fabric background is beige. The flower size also was not what I expected. Such a big difference between the two.

 *Designer Tip: When ordering fabric online, order a sample memo first! You will be glad you did.

One more example to convince you:

Online:

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GH Fabrics

And here is the actual fabric:

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Amazing how different they are!

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

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Best Front Door Colors For A Beige Home

Written by Kelly on September 27th, 2014

Looking for a front door paint color? One of my next home projects is painting our front door before it gets cold again. I want to find a color that will show off some personality!

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See the door next to the garage? This is the door we use most often and consider as our front door. You will notice the home is taupe/beige color and I have to find a color that works well with it. I started putting a photo list together to show Mr. Kelly a few different options and thought I would share a few of my favorites:

Sherwin Williams Naval Blue   via  

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Custom Mix Color  via

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Sherwin-Williams Candid Blue  via

red front door

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Sherwin-Williams Pickle via

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 Sherwin-Williams Indigo   via

All of these front door colors will work well with a beige/tan exterior home. A red or black door is stunning:

Behr Licorice Strip     via

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Sherwin-Williams Nifty Turquoise     via

Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain     via

So many different shades of blue work well with the beige.

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Sherwin-Williams Regatta    via

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Beauti-Tone: Direct Line 436  via

Just gorgeous! So many great paint colors to choose from. Which is your favorite? Here is a color I am obsessed with an the moment that might be a front runner:

moroccan blue

Pantone Moroccan Blue

I will show you our new painted door soon!

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

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