Paint Choices–Always Test Them!

My painter is coming today and I just decided what color to use – yesterday.  I have spent so much money at Sherwin Williams on sample quarts.  I have to think of a way to use them elsewhere in the house.  A bathroom,  perhaps?

Right now, my walls look like this:


Each beige is labeled.  I have held up fabric swatches to them.  I have looked at them in the morning light, evening light and candle light.  I have agonized over the perfect beige.  Because basically, I get one shot.  I have 2 story walls and an open floor plan.  It has to be the perfect color because a “do-over” is quite pricey.  There will be very tall ladders here in just a short time.  And several painters.   If I had not tested them I would have gone with a color that is terrible for this room.  But it looks great on the paint swatch!  And then I would have had to live with it.  Terrible..But I’ve made the choice after sampling.

No going back now.  The color I finally chose is Softer Tan by Sherwin Williams.


It looks very dark here.  But on my walls it looks like this:


Kind of grey, but warmer than a grey.  I like it!  It will go with everything and lighten up the space.  Right now it is painted a soft gold, which is fine.  But it is original builder paint and has seen 12 years of wear and tear.  It’s time for a refresher!  I can’t wait to hang pictures and share it with you!!!!


Breakfast Area–Before & After


I redid my breakfast area at the same time as the kitchen and keeping room.  I have been waiting on some finishing touches – curtains, accessories and the like.  Now I am ready to share.

This is the before:


Just look at all that brown and the light fixture.  I think NASA is missing a satellite!  The space felt very dark and heavy even though there are windows along 2 walls.

And the during:


I had the built in buffet area spray lacquered in black.  The cabinets are glass front so I left those.  The inside of the cabinets were left alone as well.  The kitchen table I had bought was the same tone and I thought they would look great together.  I had also purchased a light fixture so I could get rid of that behemoth!  It was soooo overpowering for that small space.

Now my breakfast area looks like this:



I just love it!!!  The mixed chairs make it feel casual and comfortable.  The curtains are a great pop of color and tie in nicely with the keeping room.  The table is from Bramble Co.  The wicker chairs are from IKEA, although I haven’t seen them in a while.  The x-back chairs are from a local store called the Brass Exchange.


This beauty is the new chandelier.  It is the Lourdes chandelier from Ballard Designs.  It matches well with the Lucas pendant over the kitchen island.


I am thrilled with the way it turned out.  The space is so bright and cheerful.  It suits my family so well.  And the Food and Friends sign, from Pottery Barn years ago, is exactly what my kitchen is all about.  Family, too!


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Keeping Room–Before & After


I feel as though I just moved in to my house yesterday!  I’ve been working so hard on just trying to get unpacked, purging unwanted items and organizing this house for the way we live that I’ve forgotten to share with you all of the work that has been done.

This house has a keeping room (or hearth room or family room) which is a smaller family room right off the kitchen.  I love it!!!  It is the main gathering area for the family.  I can be in the kitchen cooking and still see everything and everyone.

Here are the before pictures.  As you can see, the built-ins were the same color as the kitchen cabinets and there was carpet.  Oh, and the walls were green.



We were going to keep the carpet and just let the kids and dog destroy it, but upon further inspection we found that it was already destroyed.  You can kind of see that it was much lighter under where the previous owners couch used to be.  And it smelled of their dogs.  Prince Charming and I agreed that no amount of carpet cleaning could undo that.  So, we decided to put in hardwood floors to match the rest of the house.


I had the bookcases painted in Creamy and Urbane Bronze on the inside, both by Sherwin Williams.  I love the way they turned out.  And check out the floors, pre-stain.  They added such a great flow to the kitchen and keeping room.  I didn’t realize what an impact they would have until they were in.  Awesome!!


These little wing chairs got a make-over for the keeping room as well.  I grew up with these chairs in my home and my parents gave them to me last year.  They sat in my garage last year while I figured out what to do with them.  When we moved, it was time for their big Ta-Da!  I had them reupholstered in a wonderful greige fabric I found at the Metrolina Expo.


Didn’t they turn out great!?


The medallion pillows I had custom made out of remnant fabric I found and yellow, iridescent burlap.  Who could pass that up?  The coffee table was a find on Rue La La and the rug came from


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Trim and bookcases: Creamy        Walls: Kilim Beige             Back of bookcases:Urbane Bronze

All paint by Sherwin-Williams.

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Battle of the Beiges

I am having a very hard time picking a favorite beige.  I know that the trend is white rooms right now, but I’m practical.  I have 2 small children and a large dog.  I need something that resembles the color of dried dirt.  Or food crumbs.  I prefer warm tones.  Cream is my favorite white.  And what matches cream better than a great beige, khaki, greige or tan?  I see these beautiful rooms in all of these tones, but I can’t pick a favorite.

Do I go lighter and more khaki?

Or darker and more tan?

Or trendy and greige?

I have narrowed it down to a few great colors all by Sherwin-Williams




Kilim Beige


Balanced Beige


What do you think?

The Beauty of Greige

What is “greige” you ask?  The actual definition from is “Not bleached or dyed; unfinished. Used of textiles.”  My definition is that it’s a cross between grey and beige and IT IS FABULOUS!  It is so fabulous because it can be warm or cool, it matches everything, and it comes in many different shades.  I believe it is so popular right now because of the popularity of burlap and grain sacks.  It is the exact color of burlap and grain sacks. 

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This room by Candice Olson is decidedly greige.  Look at the rug alone.  Shades of white, grey and beige.  And the grass cloth wallpaper, which is to die for, has many different tones of white, grey and beige. 


A front entry done in greige can set the tone for an entire house.  Is it grey?  Is it beige?  Luckily it can be both!  (image via pinterest)


I adore this home office!  So soothing and relaxing.  I’m not sure I’d get any work done.  Just look at how the greige bookshelves make the antique books stand out. 


I could do without the sheep’s head on my wall, but the wall color paired with the creamy couch is very cozy.  And here’s some burlap for all of you lovers out there!

Here are some beautiful greige colors from Benjamin Moore.


I love them all.  I’m thinking that Coastal Fog and Feather Down need to make an appearance in my next house.  How about you?  Are you going to go greige in 2013?