Chapter 1- Paint and wallpaper diaries

You will likely be hearing a lot from me about paint and wallpaper over the coming months (possibly stretching into years) so consider this a forewarning! We are just beginning and its a long, tricky and treacherous road but when you get it just right, its unbelievably rewarding too! So there will likely be many many “chapters” in my paint and wallpaper diaries to come.?



I will NEVER forget our first apartment, after just getting married ?and how I wanted it to have a country french feel (this was at the height of the shabby chic craze) ?and I was adamant about going for a soft blushy pink. Instead what I got was the perspective of living inside a ?bottle of Pepto Bismol, and?having to stare at that hideous shade of pink all day long. I had gone to work leaving the gallons of newly bought paint for the painter to use and came home to a monstrosity of pink overload. You are probably right now thinking, “well didn’t you think to do a test patch”? The honest answer to that is no, I thought at my ripe old age of?22, I knew it all…yes thought I possessed that sixth sense that can choose a paint color with the flick of a finger. Clearly I was wrong. Way wrong. Words cannot describe my reaction when I excitedly returned home from work…I was aghast, nearly fainted at the shocking almost neon pink that greeted me. Needless to say I had the painters back first thing the next morning to do “damage control”. Though I did spend the previous night in a fitful restless sleep trying to convince myself it had a certain charm, it was “a look”. Yea, as much charm as a bottle of Pepto Bismol. No thank you!



?Thankfully I have come a long long way since then. Learning that in fact colored walls are not really my thing (Perhaps that experience?traumatized me for life). I am much more of a neutral kind of gal and softly colored walls in earthy tones is much more my speed. I have had a lot of people email me about paint colors and several wanting to know the wallpaper name and manufacturers I posted on my Thursday house updates post.?So first I will give you that information and then moving onto what I have learned and am in fact still learning about paint and some “sure thing” colors.



?? ?REAR POWDER ROOM PAPER- Scalamandre’s Parapluie color Ivory, pewter on pearl gold.?It looks like its a brighter yellow than it is,its actually quite soft which makes it so pretty.

MASTER BEDROOM WALLPAPER ?Stark’s Tracy Andrew, Grand?Siecle in buff
(I photographed it upside down- just realized this)

Moving onto paint…………
BENJAMIN MOORE CLOUD WHITE A soft creamy white which is a favorite amongst many decorators, magazines, HGTV and countless other design gurus.

FARROW AND BALL POINTING (For the record this is their best selling color) Very warm and creamy.

NAVAJO WHITE BY BENJAMIN MOORE. Another all time best selling white, but for good reason. ?I have used this many times and its a great color, very neutral and really considerd to be a “safe white” when in doubt!

FARROW AND BALL ELEPHANTS BREATH This is a neat color, I would say it has a putty like effect to it. I saw it first at a designers showcase and took note because it was really pretty.

FARROW AND BALL These are four colors I love, soft earthy putty tones. From clockwise on the left, they are ?String, Stony ground, Chemise and Satin slipper.
A GRAY GREEN. If I get the nerve up to go with a little color, perhaps in a guest room or bathroom, and I want to go the green route..these two gray greens are really pretty, they are quite and subdued but give a hint of color. The top is Narragansett Green and the bottom is Stonington Gray.
A SOFT BLUE GRAY. Love this color, Farrow and Ball Parma Gray

A MOSSY GREEN. If I was to get bold and go green I would want a beautiful muted mossy green. Something old world looking. This Benjamin Moore color, Aganthus (even the name is old world) is gorgeous…check it out in the room below.
A TUSCAN SUNSET.I have always loved rooms that look like they are part of a sunset, those that take on a gorgeous warm apricot colored glow. Its bold and brazen and I am not sure I would do it but if I were to take the plunge, one color that’s a proven winner is Benjamin Moore’s Soft marigold. Proof is this splendid bathroom right out of Tuscany!
WHITES AND OFF WHITES. We all need them, have them and want them. Who doesn’t love the perfect creamy white wall..not too stark but not too yellow. Benjamin Moore seems to have that covered with a few best selling “whites”. You think all whites are the same until you start looking, then you never look at white the same way ever again! Some of the tried and true favorites are the best selling colors below. They are practically fool proof!
1.Ivory white. 2. White Dove 3. Decorators white 4.Atrium white 5. Acadia white 6. Elephant tusk
I think Benjamin Moore’s best selling white of all time is one we all know well…Linen white
Another very popular BM white is White Dove
Only when you see all these whites together do you realize how many variations and undertones there are in this color. So its wise to pick up a pint, do a “test patch” and see how it plays out in your room with your light. It can look like a totally different animal from one room to another!
So lets now overwhelm our senses..enough paint talk for today. What are your tips on choosing paint color? Do you have a favorite? Any disaster stories of your own? I would imagine we have all had one or two! Hope you have an enchanted Friday…..

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Chapter 1- Paint and wallpaper diaries

You will likely be hearing a lot from me about paint and wallpaper over the coming months (possibly stretching into years) so consider this a forewarning! We are just beginning and its a long, tricky and treacherous road but when you get it just right, its unbelievably rewarding too! So there will likely be many many “chapters” in my paint and wallpaper diaries to come. 

I will NEVER forget our first apartment, after just getting married  and how I wanted it to have a country french feel (this was at the height of the shabby chic craze)  and I was adamant about going for a soft blushy pink. Instead what I got was the perspective of living inside a  bottle of Pepto Bismol, and having to stare at that hideous shade of pink all day long. I had gone to work leaving the gallons of newly bought paint for the painter to use and came home to a monstrosity of pink overload. You are probably right now thinking, “well didn’t you think to do a test patch”? The honest answer to that is no, I thought at my ripe old age of 22, I knew it all…yes thought I possessed that sixth sense that can choose a paint color with the flick of a finger. Clearly I was wrong. Way wrong. Words cannot describe my reaction when I excitedly returned home from work…I was aghast, nearly fainted at the shocking almost neon pink that greeted me. Needless to say I had the painters back first thing the next morning to do “damage control”. Though I did spend the previous night in a fitful restless sleep trying to convince myself it had a certain charm, it was “a look”. Yea, as much charm as a bottle of Pepto Bismol. No thank you!

 Thankfully I have come a long long way since then. Learning that in fact colored walls are not really my thing (Perhaps that experience traumatized me for life). I am much more of a neutral kind of gal and softly colored walls in earthy tones is much more my speed. I have had a lot of people email me about paint colors and several wanting to know the wallpaper name and manufacturers I posted on my Thursday house updates post. So first I will give you that information and then moving onto what I have learned and am in fact still learning about paint and some “sure thing” colors.

    REAR POWDER ROOM PAPER- Scalamandre’s Parapluie color Ivory, pewter on pearl gold. It looks like its a brighter yellow than it is,its actually quite soft which makes it so pretty.

MASTER BEDROOM WALLPAPER  Stark’s Tracy Andrew, Grand Siecle in buff
(I photographed it upside down- just realized this)

Moving onto paint…………
BENJAMIN MOORE CLOUD WHITE A soft creamy white which is a favorite amongst many decorators, magazines, HGTV and countless other design gurus.

FARROW AND BALL POINTING (For the record this is their best selling color) Very warm and creamy.

NAVAJO WHITE BY BENJAMIN MOORE. Another all time best selling white, but for good reason.  I have used this many times and its a great color, very neutral and really considerd to be a “safe white” when in doubt!

FARROW AND BALL ELEPHANTS BREATH This is a neat color, I would say it has a putty like effect to it. I saw it first at a designers showcase and took note because it was really pretty.

FARROW AND BALL These are four colors I love, soft earthy putty tones. From clockwise on the left, they are  String, Stony ground, Chemise and Satin slipper.
A GRAY GREEN. If I get the nerve up to go with a little color, perhaps in a guest room or bathroom, and I want to go the green route..these two gray greens are really pretty, they are quite and subdued but give a hint of color. The top is Narragansett Green and the bottom is Stonington Gray.
A SOFT BLUE GRAY. Love this color, Farrow and Ball Parma Gray

A MOSSY GREEN. If I was to get bold and go green I would want a beautiful muted mossy green. Something old world looking. This Benjamin Moore color, Aganthus (even the name is old world) is gorgeous…check it out in the room below.
A TUSCAN SUNSET.I have always loved rooms that look like they are part of a sunset, those that take on a gorgeous warm apricot colored glow. Its bold and brazen and I am not sure I would do it but if I were to take the plunge, one color that’s a proven winner is Benjamin Moore’s Soft marigold. Proof is this splendid bathroom right out of Tuscany!
WHITES AND OFF WHITES. We all need them, have them and want them. Who doesn’t love the perfect creamy white wall..not too stark but not too yellow. Benjamin Moore seems to have that covered with a few best selling “whites”. You think all whites are the same until you start looking, then you never look at white the same way ever again! Some of the tried and true favorites are the best selling colors below. They are practically fool proof!
1.Ivory white. 2. White Dove 3. Decorators white 4.Atrium white 5. Acadia white 6. Elephant tusk
I think Benjamin Moore’s best selling white of all time is one we all know well…Linen white
Another very popular BM white is White Dove
Only when you see all these whites together do you realize how many variations and undertones there are in this color. So its wise to pick up a pint, do a “test patch” and see how it plays out in your room with your light. It can look like a totally different animal from one room to another!
So lets now overwhelm our senses..enough paint talk for today. What are your tips on choosing paint color? Do you have a favorite? Any disaster stories of your own? I would imagine we have all had one or two! Hope you have an enchanted Friday…..

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Chinoiserie Charm…..so chic!



Chinoiserie Chic…..






?But first, a reminder!?

Yesterday,I announced my very first giveaway to be held on Feb. 18th… ?and what a giveaway it is!



Safavieh Home Furnishings

has generously donated this brand new fabulous french occasional chair!

(Retails for $395)


Gorgeous painted Provence chair, ideal for a living room, dining room or a dressing area.
?(The picture is a little blurry, working on getting a clearer one but here is the link to get a great picture and be able to zoom in and get the details…?http://www.safaviehhome.com/product_info.php?cPath=6_44&&noborder=noborder&newPath=44&products_id=2695
Information on how to be eligible is at the bottom of this post





Good morning! I absolutely love, love, love chinoiserie. It is so elegant, timeless and regal looking. I hope to use it in my dining room and formal powder room. ?I have looked at Gracie, Paul Montgomery, De Gournay,Stark and recently met with Audrey Sterk, a talented artist from Nantucket who I am also going to consider to complete these rooms. I also had the good fortune to visit the Gracie studio and speak with them at length about their beautiful work and get a tour of their showroom and their ?many fabulous offerings. Still family owned and run, they employ a few dozen people ?who run the production department. I wish I had brought my camera but this was before I knew I was going to have a blog! I saw many many fabulous things.

?I have over time, collected many images, from books, magazines and the web that are “inspiration pictures” for the look I am after. So without further ado….here are some of those pictures, all to me, so very beautiful. They give a room a sort of magical quality. ?I have included sources where I know them, but several of these pictures I have had for a while (well before I had a blog and knew I would be using them:) Do you have a favorite? Would love to know which!




If money was no object…..I would use this fabulous antique limited number of ?french motif collection of panels from Gracie..aren’t the colors amazing! (I can see this with rich green, gold and red billowy silk panels with soft lighting only from sconces and a gorgeous chandelier…while I am dreaming, make that a Baccarat chandelier!) Also love anything with pheasants
Architectural Digest (love this smoky blue-gray color, makes it look so old)
Incredible stair hall done in fabulous pale blue chinoiserie by Diamond Baratta Interiors

Vibrant purple chairs adorn this classic room with an ivory colored chinoiserie..proof that you can pretty much pair any color with a classic like this!
Soft yellow chinoiserie in front hall is very elegant and soft by Markham Roberts

Foyer of Tory Burch (Gracie Paper)
Soft colors in a master bedroom by Michael S. Smith
Gray chinoiserie is a twist on a classic in this transitional bedroom
Rich multi colored dining room by Greg Jordan
A pretty and muted chinoiserie graces the walls of Charlotte Moss’s study
Traditional meets transitional, great mix of the old and new with a burst of color!
Gold/silver leaf Stark chinoiserie gives an elegant look to this transitional dining room

Juan Pablo Molyneaux dramatic Chinese lacquered room in a grand Parisian apartment
Formal master suite gets dressed up with a pale green celadon
An opulent room in Ann Getty’s home
Opulent dining room by Diamond Baratta Designs
Stunning and cheery yellow sitting area is resplendent with yellow chinoiserie and balloon shades, what an inviting space! Diamond Baratta Designs

Blue and white looks spectacular against this gorgeous hand painted mural

A muted green chinoiserie gives an old world feeling to this dining room

Juan Paublo Molyneaux designed dining room?

Stunning light and airy dining room as seen in Traditional Home by Janet Simon

Soft chinoiserie is accented in the soft browns to accent the dark brown used on the chairs

Rinfret designs had this chinoiserie in neutral colors hand painted behind this tub surround….have never seen this but it looks fabulous!
One of my favorites..would love to remember where I found it! (If you know please tell me)
Dramatic chinoiserie in red painted by Lynn Rutter

Another view from the room I love, the colors are dreamy
Lynn Rutter hand painted this pretty little sitting area

One of my favorites…does anyone know whose this is or who designed this room? Love it!

This room is a classic in every sense…beautiful flow of colors

This is stunning…..the pale gray/green with a lot of ivory branches…beautiful!

Love the soft sage green

Aerin Lauder’s private dressing room, by Gracie in Elle Decor (its that gray/blue again..so pretty)

Taken in a private home…..love the metallic in the hallway, it reflects light beautifully

Thanks for looking..would love to know which is your absolute favorite! Now for the giveaway-

Be sure to follow me or subscribe to this blog to be eligible, you are automatically eligible if you are currently a follower or subscriber. For additional entries to win:



Go to www.safaviehhome.com and scoll down for links to their facebook and twitter:

  • Join?Safavieh on facebook and leave a comment on their facebook page on what your favorite item is from their site (one entry)
  • Follow Safavieh on Twitter (one entry)
  • Leave me a comment anytime between now and the 17th telling me what your favorite post is since I have been blogging about a month ago…..good luck! (one entry)


I will use random.org to pick the lucky winner….. this wonderful giveaway will take place on?

Safavieh’s warehouse



Have a wonderful day!

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Chinoiserie Charm…..so chic!

Chinoiserie Chic…..


 But first, a reminder! 
Yesterday,I announced my very first giveaway to be held on Feb. 18th…  and what a giveaway it is!

Safavieh Home Furnishings

has generously donated this brand new fabulous french occasional chair!

(Retails for $395)

Gorgeous painted Provence chair, ideal for a living room, dining room or a dressing area.
 (The picture is a little blurry, working on getting a clearer one but here is the link to get a great picture and be able to zoom in and get the details… http://www.safaviehhome.com/product_info.php?cPath=6_44&&noborder=noborder&newPath=44&products_id=2695
Information on how to be eligible is at the bottom of this post



Good morning! I absolutely love, love, love chinoiserie. It is so elegant, timeless and regal looking. I hope to use it in my dining room and formal powder room.  I have looked at Gracie, Paul Montgomery, De Gournay,Stark and recently met with Audrey Sterk, a talented artist from Nantucket who I am also going to consider to complete these rooms. I also had the good fortune to visit the Gracie studio and speak with them at length about their beautiful work and get a tour of their showroom and their  many fabulous offerings. Still family owned and run, they employ a few dozen people  who run the production department. I wish I had brought my camera but this was before I knew I was going to have a blog! I saw many many fabulous things.
 I have over time, collected many images, from books, magazines and the web that are “inspiration pictures” for the look I am after. So without further ado….here are some of those pictures, all to me, so very beautiful. They give a room a sort of magical quality.  I have included sources where I know them, but several of these pictures I have had for a while (well before I had a blog and knew I would be using them:) Do you have a favorite? Would love to know which!

If money was no object…..I would use this fabulous antique limited number of  french motif collection of panels from Gracie..aren’t the colors amazing! (I can see this with rich green, gold and red billowy silk panels with soft lighting only from sconces and a gorgeous chandelier…while I am dreaming, make that a Baccarat chandelier!) Also love anything with pheasants
Architectural Digest (love this smoky blue-gray color, makes it look so old)
Incredible stair hall done in fabulous pale blue chinoiserie by Diamond Baratta Interiors

Vibrant purple chairs adorn this classic room with an ivory colored chinoiserie..proof that you can pretty much pair any color with a classic like this!
Soft yellow chinoiserie in front hall is very elegant and soft by Markham Roberts

Foyer of Tory Burch (Gracie Paper)
Soft colors in a master bedroom by Michael S. Smith
Gray chinoiserie is a twist on a classic in this transitional bedroom
Rich multi colored dining room by Greg Jordan
A pretty and muted chinoiserie graces the walls of Charlotte Moss’s study
Traditional meets transitional, great mix of the old and new with a burst of color!
Gold/silver leaf Stark chinoiserie gives an elegant look to this transitional dining room

Juan Pablo Molyneaux dramatic Chinese lacquered room in a grand Parisian apartment
Formal master suite gets dressed up with a pale green celadon
An opulent room in Ann Getty’s home
Opulent dining room by Diamond Baratta Designs
Stunning and cheery yellow sitting area is resplendent with yellow chinoiserie and balloon shades, what an inviting space! Diamond Baratta Designs

Blue and white looks spectacular against this gorgeous hand painted mural

A muted green chinoiserie gives an old world feeling to this dining room

Juan Paublo Molyneaux designed dining room 

Stunning light and airy dining room as seen in Traditional Home by Janet Simon

Soft chinoiserie is accented in the soft browns to accent the dark brown used on the chairs

Rinfret designs had this chinoiserie in neutral colors hand painted behind this tub surround….have never seen this but it looks fabulous!
One of my favorites..would love to remember where I found it! (If you know please tell me)
Dramatic chinoiserie in red painted by Lynn Rutter

Another view from the room I love, the colors are dreamy
Lynn Rutter hand painted this pretty little sitting area

One of my favorites…does anyone know whose this is or who designed this room? Love it!

This room is a classic in every sense…beautiful flow of colors

This is stunning…..the pale gray/green with a lot of ivory branches…beautiful!

Love the soft sage green

Aerin Lauder’s private dressing room, by Gracie in Elle Decor (its that gray/blue again..so pretty)

Taken in a private home…..love the metallic in the hallway, it reflects light beautifully

Thanks for looking..would love to know which is your absolute favorite! Now for the giveaway-

Be sure to follow me or subscribe to this blog to be eligible, you are automatically eligible if you are currently a follower or subscriber. For additional entries to win:

Go to www.safaviehhome.com and scoll down for links to their facebook and twitter:

  • Join Safavieh on facebook and leave a comment on their facebook page on what your favorite item is from their site (one entry)
  • Follow Safavieh on Twitter (one entry)
  • Leave me a comment anytime between now and the 17th telling me what your favorite post is since I have been blogging about a month ago…..good luck! (one entry)

I will use random.org to pick the lucky winner….. this wonderful giveaway will take place on 
Safavieh’s warehouse

Have a wonderful day!

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