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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Bluff Diaries- Chapter 5

Hello! So here I am with another round of Bluff Diaries and some good news. The first two rounds of plan submissions got approved so we are well on our way. The plans are being submitted as I speak to the two builders we have narrowed it down to, landscape architect has been hired and things are rolling.

We are totally done with the interior plan so thought it would be fun to share it with you since I know many of you enjoy that kind of thing. We are still putting the finishing touches on the exterior. It’s a great plan in my opinion in that it is open living, love the wide front porches (especially the back) and there is room for everyone. Sure makes me realize that when a house is laid out properly you don’t need a ginormous home. I have a feeling we are going to really love living in this house.

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Today I want to divert a bit from the interiors (which is of course the most fun part) to the exterior. As we winnow down the process, we are having to think and submit our color choices to the board. I have a vision of a creamy white house with pale blue/gray shutters. The aluminum roofs are de rigueur down there and they happen to look really good. Occasionally you will see a wood shingle room which I also like.

We wanted to preserve the integrity of the true “low country” style while adding just a touch of Hamptons to it. I love a look of long windows with shutters, so pretty. As I start thinking more seriously about a lot of the  exterior features, I think I pretty much know what I am after. Today is all about my inspiration for the exterior, let’s go….

 

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This house above is a great example of the color scheme I envision for our future home,Home Bunch

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This is a beautiful color for shutters, Silver Gray by Benjamin Moore

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Another great example, love this! Belclaire House

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Really love the detailing on this house above, that railing!!!

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This is an example of the metal roofs that are so popular, like this color, Southern Living

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Isn’t this one fabulous front porch?

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Wood Shingle of wood siding….to be determined, have seen beautiful examples of both-

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This color light gray is what I am thinking for the roof-

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Madly in love with these carriage garage doors (painted in my colors of course) , if they can work with the budget, I would do these in a heartbeat!

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Another great example above

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Another beautiful color

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And you know gas lanterns are an absolute must! Bevolo

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Another beauty, Carolina Lanterns

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Who knew there are so many different shutter styles! Think I lean towards the raised panel or flat panel, a cleaner look

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LOVE this, this color is Dior Gray from B.Moore, this home is from Jack Arnold, did my research:)

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This beauty top and bottom is from the showhouse a few years back (when I first discovered Palmetto Bluff) these colors pretty much sum up what I am thinking…..

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Love the idea of either light herringbone brick or peacock pavers for the back porch-

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Kind of moving onto the “fluff” but surely the most fun part……I see two gorgeous  benches like these with some pretty pillows for the front porch, first impressions are everything! And down south a front porch is the first chance to make a great first impression.

White Pagoda Bench

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And a beautiful pair of planters with a boxwood topiary….

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These planters are from Authentic Provence Planters…so beautiful!

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Something along this line-

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Want to see how I can envision the front porch? Take a look….

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So that sums up in a nutshell what I am envisioning for the exterior details..of course there is much more to come but this is an overview. As we tweak the outside elevations, we are moving forward and my fingers are crossed that we will sign with a builder very soon and get this show on the road!!

If you missed the other “chapter”s on the top right of my blog where there is  a search bar you can type in “Bluff Diaries” and it will take you to the last four posts.

Thank you as always for stopping by, wishing you a wonderful day. Here it’s beautiful after a very stormy day yesterday which included a serious traffic snarl driving from the city, but it’s coooold today! Go figure:) Until next time…..

PS If you missed the post “It’s All Set” about the monthly tablescapes, you must check it out, click here

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