{summer house wallcovering by thibaut}

Summer House Wallpaper by Thibaut

The past few dreary days has me longing for sunshine and a bright blue sky. Thibaut Wallpaper to the rescue! Escape to Summer House, Thibaut’s newest collection of coordinating wallpaper and fabrics. The flowers, simple shapes, paperweaves, and retro batik patterns will satisfy your longing for the return of the warmth of summer!

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{friday finds: from dots to daisies}


Back in 2011 I came across this honeysuckle, polka dot house on Anna Maria Island in Florida. Honeysuckle was the 2011 Pantone Color of the Year and the house was covered in polka dots. You couldn’t help but smile when you saw it. From the upkeep of their yard and house it was obvious the owners took pride in the awesome exterior paint job.


My favorite house is still my favorite house. It just has a new look. With an exterior remodel, new paint job and added landscaping, this house still makes my heart sing.



 Someone has a seriously good eye for color. Once again, the owners did an outstanding job with their color selections.

 I wonder what the neighbors think? How lucky they are?

{friday finds: it’s a paint party}



Apartment Therapy

I’m so in the painting mood! Maybe not so much painting an entire room one (yawn) color, but something along the lines of these very cool painting projects. Listening to the personable Kim Yeager share her tips and techniques from The Art of Junk seminars* Hirshfield’s has been hosting, certainly adds fuel to the creative fire. Also, Benjamin Moore’s brand new chalkboard paint is available in over 3,000 colors! Grab a Benny Moore fan deck and pick out a paint color for your chalkboard. So far I’ve tried orange, pastel green and violet. All look amazing. I’m waiting for that special piece to present itself so I can “do up” my own chalkboard. Hopefully it’s on the curb and free. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: green is the colour}

Apartment Therapy

Mixing it up with greens

via Apartment 34

Adore Home

House Beautiful

Do you get the vibe that green is starting to crowd tangerine tango out of the limelight and getting a head start on becoming the darling of 2013?

I do.

Green has steadily been making its way onto the color scene, and all of a sudden, it feels like it has exploded onto the scene. My eyes are just getting use to the intensity of kelly green, and people are already talking mint a.k.a. seafoam? Is it really time for seafoam to make a reappearance? Here’s a link to a “spotlight on seafoam” so you can be the judge.

 Michelle Lamb, trend forecaster, offered these observations from High Point this past April…”shades from Kelly and grass (incoming color) to mint (building momentum) and citron (established color), green was nipping at blue’s heels.” Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: bachman’s spring ideas house 2012}

Tablescape in sunroom

Welcome to Bachman’s Spring Ideas House 2012.

“A Relaxing Renewal” celebrates spring energy and renewal. It’s all about relaxing, organizing, getting together with friends and watching things grow.”  Read the rest of this entry »

{half-painted walls}

Paint It What I Tell You

Living Etc. 



Ikea Family Live

In Portugal it is traditional to render the bottom half of walls in wood. I have played with tradition and painted part of the walls instead. Shocking pink seems very bright, but when you only paint parts of the wall it makes a great backdrop for furniture.  Graca, homeowner featured on Ikea Family Live


 What do you think? Love it or leave it? My eyeballs are loving the breath of freshness and added layer of interest “painting outside the lines” brings to these rooms. Pulling the paint color down from the ceiling or wrapping paint around a door, showcases the use of paint in an unexpected way which is fun and tasteful.

 According to Remodelista, the wall in the last photo exemplifies a traditional French painted half-wall. What’s old is new again or a classic look never gone out of fashion? Either way, it’s very cool.

Are you trying to figure out which room in your home will receive a new paint job? Can I entice you with a couple of gallons of paint?

Purchase your paint at Hirshfield’s and save your receipt. Send a before and after photo of your room rocking a half-painted wall and Hirshfield’s will refund half of your paint purchases. Just kidding, we’ll refund the full amount.  The first one to submit their B&A photos will be declared the winner! One winner and one winner only.

P.S. Make certain to click on the sourcing links to catch all the great half-wall images.

{bits & pieces: orange cupboard}

I have pinned it, tweeted it (or tried to), and put it on Facebook. I’m in love with this orange cupboard from Lucy Interior Design, based here in Minneapolis. Imagine this same cupboard stained instead of painted. Yawn. I love what a coat of paint brings to the party.

{friday finds: benjamin moore color stories}

What do you want first? The great news or the not-so-good news?

 It’s here. Finally. The new color collection by Benjamin Moore. The line is named Color Stories and offers 240 brand new paint colors. Can you stand it? The not-so-good news is Hirshfield’s Edina is the only location with the Color Stories chip rack and pint sampling. It’s worth the trip, you’ll see. Read the rest of this entry »

{get your pink on}


 Happy Valentines Day!

What better day to showcase one of my favorite colors, “PINK.” Enjoy the eye candy and have a grand day. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: benjamin moore 2012}

Walls: Sharkskin (2139-30), ceiling: Wythe Blue (HC-143), trim: Battenberg (AF-70), stencil: Fresh Olive (2149-30)

Walls: Wythe Blue (HC-143), ceiling: Battenberg (AF-70), trim: Storm Cloud Gray (2140-40)

  Pretend you’re at the eye doctor; do you like room one, or do you like room two better? One or two?

Benjamin Moore showcases their 2012 trend colors in these fabulous room sets. One room, two different looks. It’s all about paint color changing the appearance of a room. Warm or cool? Traditional or contemporary? Right or wrong? Read the rest of this entry »

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