Saturday, January 30, 2016

Selecting paint

If it wasn't hard enough selecting exterior paint, I've now decided to tackle the interior.
I'm looking for a white that's not too white. My trim is bright white and I want some contrast, 
but still white. You see how difficult this can be?

While visiting a friend today, she was having the same problem. Lucky me because she had several
draw downs painted from the paint store and several walls with testers in different light.
You know what that means? Cans of paint.

The one I was most interested in was Farrow and Ball Slipper Satin. So she gave me the can, and off I went.

erlying grey-green tones have a softness that creates a decorative scheme which feels as if it has been there forever.  Traditional neutral      Slipper Satin ...:

Here's some images with the color on the walls. The trick is to test it on my walls, with my flooring,
and lighting to see if it works.

GALLERY Understated Beauty Defines Architect Barbara Chambers’ Larkspur Home - San Francisco Cottages & Gardens - April 2015 - San Francisco:

The image below is the best picture I could find showing a good portion of the walls.
Notice that the trim is slightly a brighter white?
This is one of my favorite homes in Los Angeles. I'm hoping to achieve this look for the
interior walls.

Mark D. Sikes  his home:

Wish me luck. I'm test painting tomorrow.


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Troubled by the back patio...

Can I tell you all how troubled I've been thinking of how I'm going to finish this back patio?
We have so many rules. I've decided to dump the wood fence and opt for black iron. 
Stay with me here. The reason behind the decision is the green privet hedge that will grow on the inside and also act as a privacy wall. The tricky part is the front door. I plan on extending the fence along the front, and adding a white arbor and gate. I think the image below gives a good idea of the direction I'd like to take. Keep in mind that my goal for this little jewel of a home is to make everything look bigger and better than it is. Done with style and good choices.

An arbor covered walkway leads to the door of this stunning beach home. - Photo: Colleen Duffley:

Below is a picture walking up the the front door.
Phase one, done. Added a window and lighting, new walkway,
relocated the air conditioning and added a custom cover, poured a new patio, added 
new doors and hardware.

When you arrive at the front door, over to the left is where I see an arbor and 
fence. The fence will be extended along the the front of the walkway.
It will stop where the concrete pad is.
At least that's my plan...

Along the back I need to add a green wall. Across the fireplace I see another
arbor and gate. Growing up the fireplace I'd like to add a 
vine to add height. Bigger, and more, by good choices.
The ground will be a natural decomposed granite.

Ok here's where it gets fun. 
The image below is what I think I'd like to place where
I have a stucco wall to the right of the front door.
Adding height, and help defining style.
You can see it in the picture above on the very right.

Charlotte Moss | The tall, broad lattice in the background makes for an interesting backdrop instead of a lifeless wall.:

I love the mill work on the image below. I'd like to make sure that I have detail.

100s of Front Entrance Design Ideas  Thanks to

So far that's what's on my mind. The siding and paint have been 
scheduled for mid March. I'm iffy with the latest weather forecast.
El Nino is scheduled to be strong in February and March.
Oh well. Schedule and wait and see.

Once that's done I will feel like I've made real progress.
I will be able to landscape and see my vision come to life.
That's the best part.

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Random images of wanting

Random images of things that caught my eye on Pinterest the other day.
Good enough to talk about...

Color combo for chairs in gboro:

This little room is perfection. Everything is exactly they way I would like
to have it. I could stare at this for hours.
I dare you to find something wrong. You won't be able to.

I would dream To have a big dressing room with many clothes and shoes,All so only some as the others.:

The last, and I mean very last thing that will get fixed in the
house is my closet. Some owner in the past had enlarged the master
bed room, and turned a small bedroom into a closet. Not a bad use
of space, just done so completely average it's ho hum. When I get there, I'm thinking
of adding space by taking some of the hall closet. It would be so much better.
I'm considering hard wood floors, and redoing the lackluster closet system.
It could be very pretty...

Love the pattern but need it similar tones. i.e. black and navy . s-vintage-sputnik-light-owens-and-davis:

This picture caught my eye for one reason. The lighting. I'm constantly
considering the dining room lighting. It can make or break the room.
 No decision has to be made,
as  I will be doing the fire place, paneling and window treatments first.
I'm sure by then something will speak to me and I will feel confident
in my choice.

Until then....

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Let it snow

I'm happy to be home after three long weeks. Two with work travel, and one with walking phenomena, influenza A, and a fever of 102! I'm glad it's behind me.
As I sit and enjoy my morning coffee watching reports of the big storm, I'm enjoying the dark clouds and light rain. I almost feel a part of it, and a little ripped off with our forecast
of a 2016 El Nino who's yet to make an appearance.

Amazing Pictures Of 2011 Chicago Snow Storm ~ Snow not so pretty ~ I'm not ready for this kind of snow!!!:

I have scheduled the crew to start shingling the house mid March.
First the existing shingles are removed. Then the black paper. They add plywood,
wrap the house with black paper, the add new cedar shingles. 
This will take two weeks and it will include a new paint job.
I'm off to the paint store to try once again to select the perfect color.
I'm wondering if it exists. I originally wanted to change the color,
but have come to the conclusion that it best to leave it in the color it was meant
to be. Gray. Not my first choice, but the right choice.

Cape Cod cottage:

Inspiration, inspiration, inspiration.
I wonder what color this is?

georgianadesign:  Cape Cod residence, MA. Architecture - Sally Weston Assoc. Sean Papich Landscape Architecture.:

I hope you have a great Saturday!

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

White walls

Somethings happening.
 I'm loving white walls.
It may be the uber undertaking of my new home. I find myself dreaming of white paneled walls.
Molding and crown. Base and case.
These thoughts can consume my day. So much so, that I put a few pictures on my vision board.
I have a lot to get done this year, and everything matters.

I like the clean, light and bright feel.
The simplicity of it all.
I also like how color feels against the white wall when
adding art or fabric.

White wall with molding added to it...Nice ~!~  Vestibule Design Design, Pictures, Remodel, Decor and Ideas - page 10:

Never mind the wallpaper, check out those white walls!

[East Hampton house by Carmina Roth Interiors]:

I'm having trouble deciding on the style of panels.
I go from traditional to modern.

White Panelling hidden #storage!  Perfect for that small space in the kitchen to hide cookbooks! #prettyhiddenstorage:

This might be the way I lean. I can't decide.
I might have to call in the posse and get some feedback
from my trusted advisers.

Either way I go, I know the impact will be
dramatic. I just need to get it done.

Things have been on hold for a while, but I will be making some progress
as spring approaches.  I'm meeting the painter
next week and scheduling new cedar shingles and paint.

After that, the back patio...

Honestly, I can only focus on scheduling one thing at a time.

Until then, everything else is up for design grabs.

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

I can't believe we have the entire weekend ahead of us.

Everything's packed away. Cleaned up, and organized. 

Two days to do nothing and relax.
It feels so good before starting the work week.

Happy New Year!

This is one of the beaches I grew up on in Malibu.  Great place for families with a yummy restaurant right on the sand and calm waves for the kiddos.:

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