Sherwin-Williams 2018 Color of the Year

Sherwin-Williams has announced its 2018 color of the year and it is being met with a lot of enthusiasm.  It is both rich and dramatic, and I love it!  It brings together a beautiful balance of green and blue and can be used in a variety of settings, depending on the mood.

In a home office, it can inspire creative thinking, while in a bedroom can invite meditation and calm.

This color, Oceanside, can be universally used across many design styles, including mid-century modern, contemporary, transitional, to traditional.  It can also pair well with yellow, bright pink, pale blue, and gray.

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Master bath remodel

This was our recent master bath project and we assisted the client with all recommendations from start to finish.  All the finishes are marble.  We added a backsplash because she had three young children who like to splash in the tub.  We enlarged the shower by eliminating a linen closet, and then added the elegant touches like the chandelier, sconces, mirrors and silk folded valance.

Here are some before photos.

 

 

Here are the after photos.  It’s a dramatic improvement, don’t you agree?

 

 

 

 

May 2017 Show house – Alnwick Hall

May is always show house month. A grand estate or historic home and property that is generally in a distressed state is chosen to be redecorated and restored to its previous grandeur by interior designers who bid for the chance to do a room.  This year the “Mansion in May” in New Jersey was Alnwick Hall – the Abbey at Morris Township and there were 41 interior spaces plus several garden areas.  So many were so beautiful, it was hard to pick a favorite.  The ceilings, too, were jaw-dropping!  What do you think?

 

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Biltmore Estate in all its Grandeur

We recently visited the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, which has been on my bucket list for quite some time. I was not disappointed. I especially love seeing all the fabrics and window treatments of the rich and famous from that era of long ago. The ceilings are also a work of art in many of the rooms, as seen here. The first photo is of the grand dining room. Here are a few photos of some of the treatments.

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Monet’s home and gardens

On a recent trip to Paris, I was thrilled to visit Giverny and Monet’s home and gardens. I loved seeing the décor and moldings and the rich French-influenced themes, of course!  Blue and yellow is still widely used in the French country style of today, although the blue tones have changed through the years.  Notice the variety of tile motifs used on the backsplash and around the kitchen.  Even though it was October, the gardens were still blooming, and there were interesting flowers that I had never seen before.  Both the home and gardens were so inspirational!

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Ceilings

IMG_5253The ceiling in any room is considered the fifth wall.  Why paint your four surrounding walls and ignore your ceiling?  A ceiling color can tone down a dramatic wall color, or bring drama to a quiet color on the walls.  When you have tray ceilings with molding, that is the perfect opportunity to introduce an accent color to that area.  Vaulted ceilings also should be considered for color.

On my recent trip to Vegas for the Window Coverings Expo and Builder’s Show, I couldn’t resist taking a photo of this ceiling in one of the hotels on the strip.  Now, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this for a client’s ceiling, but it certainly was eye-catching!  And fun!  And in the right setting, it works.