Seven on Sunday

Good Sunday morning to you. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Here the sun and beautiful skies have come out after a few dreary, rainy and cold days.  I have a full weekend planned and setting up for a luncheon I am hosting this week so plenty to keep me busy today. Here we go with my Seven on Sunday-

1 SHUTTER COLOR IS DECIDED!! Thanks to all who chimed in about my shutter paint color last week. I hemmed and hawed and something about my final choices was not quite right. So…….I kept on trucking and knew I would find just the right color.

It had come down to Silvermist or Nimbus Gray but I wanted something with a tinge more blue and a bit less gray.  Yes my husband thought I had lost it with the amount of time I was putting into it and yes, my persistence paid off.

I found “the one”. And  am100% sure about it. I even love the name, Nantucket Fog. As I started to do some research, it appears this is also a favorite of many designers.Here you go…..

And here it is on a piece of wood to get an idea of how it will look on a shutter, love it! Its a true blue/gray a little deeper than some of the others but I took. many’s advice about the strong fading sun and think this has just enough contrast.

2.THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DENTAL OFFICE Oh my…I have never seen such a chic dental office..have you? Mine sure does not look like this, this is downright dreamy!! Summer Thornton is the mastermind behind this beautiful office, incredible!!

I always have said if I owned a traditional office like a doctors office (or dental) that I would really work to make it feel like an upscale private home and that is exactly what she did…..brava to her!

Click here to see this incredible space and others.

3 OFF SHOULDER TOPS Loving this new style…so fresh and pretty, and they just scream chic summer dressing. I had to give in and buy a few to jumpstart my summer wardrobe. You dont’ have to wear them completely off the shoulder but these are all beautiful looks for warm weather dressing.

Ordered this, it is so darling and I thought the price was a mistake, $35.00 really? Click here

Got this a few weeks ago, love this color!!! A beautiful top dressed up or down. Click here

Love navy and white together and this simple navy peasant blouse is not only so reasonable but makes dressing a cinch, click here

Considering this one, love pink and with white slacks would be perfect for a daytime or even evening outing.  So delicate and feminine…beautiful! I have a few showers coming up and this would be perfect. Click here

4 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST. No theme in particular this weekend,  just a random group of fabulousness! You can see I had a hard time this week narrowing it down…..

My fave of this week is this gorgeous picture….it is a sure sign of a very devoted Enchanted Home customer!

5. FABULOUS PILLOWS. I have worked with Studio Tullia. and my backyard and patios in the summer are a testament to just how much I love their pillows!

Some of the new arrivals from Studio Tullia have me swooning and daydreaming about a little tweaking of my very own:) Click here to see more…

 

6. PROVENCE PLANTER MAKEOVER! So with the planting season on our doorstep, lots of us are starting to think about coming out of hibernation and the great outdoors. Of course that means sprucing up our patios and of the first impression people get….our front doors!

So happy the Provence planters are coming back in about 2 weeks! I love giving “Provence planter makeovers”. This is a recent one when a customer needed some direction on her front door. A beautiful home that deserved an equally beautiful front door welcome. The planters presently there were way too small and actually dwarfed everything around it. When it doubt go a little bigger, not smaller.

She wasn’t sure about the color Provence planter she wanted, but we both decided black was the way to go. So stately and elegant, and it accents her black shutters beautifully. Take a look at the mini Provence planter makeover-

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And even tried using two smaller Provence planters by the front door…..

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7. SUNDAY’S SURVEY The other day I had forgotten my phone aka my lifeline. I was heading to an appt. and already running late,  had no time to go back and get it and felt the anxiety rising in me about not being reachable. The shock and awe of realizing I had left it behind was telling:)  I contemplated turning around but didn’t because it would have delayed me and I couldn’t be late.

So the strangest thing happened, I went to my appt. anxiety and all, then ran a few errand afterwards and you know what? I LOVED the freedom it gave me,  I also loved the idea of unplugging (a happy accident) and taking in everything around me instead of hearing the beeps and rings go off and being distracted by my phone as is often the case.

There was something incredibly freeing about it and I really enjoyed the 3 hours or so that I didn’t have my phone. Make no mistake when I got back it looked like a mini airplane terminal with all the sights, sounds and lights going off at once from various people trying to reach me (and that includes solicitors). But I realized not only can I live without it but I actually liked being without it. And vowed to start doing this on a regular basis. Even if for an hour, it is good for mind, body and soul.

What do you think? Do you regularly “unplug” or is it just unimaginable? I will be curious to see what you have to say on the matter……


That’s a wrap, thanks as always for stopping by. Tomorrow is delivery day of the huge container of porcelains, that is always an exciting day! Wishing you a wonderful day and a great end to your weekend!:) Until next time….

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Bluff Diaries Chapter 15

Good morning. Hope everyone is well and enjoyed a wonderful Easter holiday. Bet you weren’t thinking I would post another chapter so soon, neither did I!  On the PB side of things, everything is really moving along at a nice swift pace. Brick chimneys are almost up and cannot wait to see them done. We went with the pierced chimney detail which I just love.

Starting to firm up kitchen details, bath flooring and lots of other fun and exciting things.Thanks to all for weighing in on the outdoor porch flooring options. Turns out we could not use brick in the front as we could only use up to 1″ stone and the brick we used for the house does not come as a brick flat. Then we realized by using outdoor rugs on the back porch, there won’t be a lot of “floor reveal” so took that expense and will put it into millwork indoors. Hoping to get down there in a few weeks.

Today is all about a decision that needs to be made pronto, shutter color. I am tossing and turning and just when you think choosing a light blue paint is a piece of cake, you walk into a paint store and realize it’s a whole world unto itself:) Plus doing this from afar does not make it easier, if I were there, I would probably be able to. make it much faster.

I am leaning towards 1 or 2 colors here and hoping by doing this post, you can help me winnow it down!

So this is the exterior color (a soft ivory) with the roof color (a pale soft silvery gray) I want pale blue/gray shutters. Just keep this color combo in mind as you scroll along…..

These are pictures I gathered over time from my “blue shutter collection”,  a few are darker and a few lighter.  I want something in the soft gray/blue family.  Would love your opinion as I narrow it down and soon make a final choice-

All colors below shown are Benjamin Moore. Ready to put on your thinking caps?

PICTURE 1

CHOICE 1 ( BEACON GRAY ) TOP

CHOICE 2 ( SILVER MIST) BOTTOM

PICTURE 2

 

 (TOP- BLUE VEIL) TOP

CHOICE FOUR (BOTTOM- GLASS SLIPPER) BOTTOM

PICTURE 3

 

CHOICE FIVE (TOP- NIMBUS GRAY)

CHOICE 6 (BOTTOM- GENTLE GRAY)

Here they all are-

 

Confused yet? Welcome to my world:) OK your turn to choose your two favorites-


 

After a while they start to look alike but I think I have it narrowed down to two. I look forward to seeing what you all have to say. Thanks for your input in advance!

GORGEOUS crystal/brass lamp flash sale started yesterday (ends tomorrow) click here to see it.

That’s a wrap.I will be paying close attention to this poll as this decision needs to be made in the next day or two.  Thanks for stopping by, until next time……

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My first official DIY (and definitely not my last)!

Hi? there friends, so this is the big week of the Ronald McDonald showhouse! I am both excited and admittedly a little nervous, OK maybe a lot nervous. Praying my space comes out as beautiful as it is in my mind and on paper (thanks to the gorgeous rendering from PVE). I am thinking positive and trusting it will all work out.

Many of you have asked about this is so for anyone? in the Long Island, NY area….click here for more info.? It is such worthwhile cause to come out and support. You can attend the Ronald McDonald gala Thurs night or come Fri-Sunday to view the spaces, where every single item in each space will be for sale.

As every single item for the showhouse is a donation and stays there to be sold, one relies heavily on donated items. I was incredibly lucky to have had the generous support of many, and I will be doing a follow up on the finished room along with the wonderful donations and companies that made it happen.

The fabulous renderings of my space by PVE-

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One of the things I needed for my room was 6-8 antique gold brackets to hold ginger jars. I priced them out and they were $180 and up for nice quality brackets. I didn’t have any inexpensive resources for them so put my thinking cap on. I decided (obviously on a day I was in a handy mood) to buy unfinished resin brackets and take it on to finish them myself. This is coming from me, a non DIY’er.

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So after returning from the hardware store equipped with a few different colored spray paints and an old beach towel,? I went to town and what I ended up with lets just say is not exactly what I had in mind-

I referred to this as Trump gold. One of my readers took offense to this name, I can tell you in all honesty this was never meant to offend and in fact one look at his apartment, and I can tell you even “the Donald” would be proud that this gold bears his name:)

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This one was better but too flat and too subdued. Didn’t think it would pop on the mossy green walls. Needed more depth

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Return to the hardware store. Read comments on my blog and get advice from “those in the know”. Go back to hardware store. Again, got Design Master’s Gold Medal this time….

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Design Master Gold medal works great if you are using a gold rub over it or if you prefer a subdued gold

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This glaze was great…Minwax Dark walnut (color 2716)

This time I bravely took a whole new approach. Armed with a new paint can and a? dark brown glaze, I? slathered on the glaze rather generously. Let it dry. Held my breath. THEN added the gold spray paint. Aha….we are getting somewhere.

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Then I realized I needed a bit of highlighting to create depth on the areas that were more prominent. I bought a few gold/gilding waxes and a little tube of the famed Rub n Buff? started playing. Finally with a bit of this and a little of that, got the result….this is the stuff dreams are made of.

I finally achieved the effect I was after and had in my mind but up until now was having a hard time making materialize. These are the “helpers” I really liked these two in the pot as they gave me the desired effect…..

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Gold Rush by Decorart is the top one and the one I used the most, second one was another Decorart color and finally Rub n Buff was the last one, much more potent

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I love all of them but my purely novice take is that the Decoart metallic lustre in gold rush was easier to work with, slightly less potent and didn’t try as fast. Rub n’ Buff is great but super potent and dries lightening fast which for a novice like me is not necessarily the best thing…I know Rub n’ Buff has a cult following so please don’t be upset with me:)

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I finally got it exactly as I had hoped…of course not without a few pair of spattered shoes, stained hands that make me look like a cement layer, a few mad, frantic darts running outside to save my drying brackets when it suddenly started to downpour, and certainly not without some worry that I might have bitten off more than I can chew.

But I don’t give up easily and the OCD in me makes me keep on going, I become obsessed when I want to do something and will it to happen:)? So I am? thrilled with this result, I have completed the six brackets but who knows, I might just keep on going:)

Then with a newfound “DIY swag”,? I decided that I can brave taking on not one but two small console tables. They were the perfect size for the small space but wrong color. I wanted an antique gold as that would really pop against the green walls.

So first I painted the consoles one light base color, in this case Annapolis Gray because I happened to have a near empty can of it in my garage. I soon realized this little project was a little trickier and about halfway through I was in near tears fearing I had ruined what I started and gotten too confident too fast.

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However once I added the brown glaze then the spray paint, I started to see these little tables were the little tables that could…..

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Added some of the glazed wax and lo and behold….I was achieving the effect I was after

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I took a very tiny amount of the glaze when all was said and done along with a damp paintbrush and gently “brushed over” everything to create a more antiqued look with a little depth

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Then as the paint Gods would have it…the table actually started looking good. Really good. Exactly as I had hoped good. A lot of experimentation later, with the blackened fingernails and stained hands to prove it, at last I got the desired effect on my tables!

Gratifying…heck yea. But let me remind you there is no “secret formula” and that it was just learning as I went, trusting my instincts (sometimes), taking deep breaths and making sure my steely determination did not waiver.

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And added this gorgeous Annapolis gray (Benjamin Moore)? to create a stone-ish looking top

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And voila played with a few blue and whites just to see how it looks and by golly, I am thrilled!

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The lighting in my garage is fluorescent so disregard the green cast here, will be much prettier against these mossy green walls!

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This might have opened up a can of worms…..I am kind of liking this. Now I get what the fuss is about…it was therapeutic I will not lie, playing, experimenting while crossing my fingers about how it might come out. There is a tremendous amount of satisfaction that comes with knowing you created something completely by your own two hands.

To recap on what I did-

Used a primer (any white primer will d0) I happened to have the gray/white paint in? my garage so used that

A few sponges and 2 paintbrushes

An inexpensive painters tray or large plastic/aluminum container

A dark brown glaze and a dish of water, plenty of paper towels

Design Master spray paint in a gold of your choosing

A? gold wax, either the ones I used or something comparable (Decorart or Rub n Buff)

A few pair of those thin plastic gloves you can buy just about anywhere

Invest $3.00 in a big plastic drop cloth….TRUST ME!

And a whole lot of patience, confidence and perseverance!

And that my friends,? is the story of my first official DIY! Thank you for stopping by, wishing you a wonderful Monday afternoon and start to your week. As it will be a busy one, I may not post again until Thurs. or Friday. Will be sure to share progress via my Instagram:) Wish me luck, until next time….

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P.S. Down to the end of the blue and white going going gone promo (ends tomorrow), some things are sold out but I have 1’s and 2’s left of several more. Click here for the details-

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P.P.S. If you missed my Seven on Sunday, click here (it’s a good one)!