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paint colors used in our home

Paint is the cheapest, easiest and quickest way to make a huge impact in the look and feel of your home. I happen to enjoy painting which is probably a good thing because we change colors often.


The living room was all one color (the color on all the walls and ceilings when we bought our house) until we added that horizontal trim to help break up the expanse of wall. The lower portion was first a pretty blue, then dark slate gray and now a creamy white/gray.


My office received the painted wallpaper treatment a few years ago and I still love it. See the full tutorial here. The chalkboard wall is really more for looks since it is rarely used for writing on, but it makes a nice, simple backdrop behind my desk.


We painted our cabinets almost six years ago with oil based paint and they have held up really well. White paint is difficult to choose – there are so many options! – ours is a custom mix that matches the trim throughout our house. The top portion is a beautiful deep gray/brown that breaks up all the white.


I’m ready for a master bedroom update. This poor room has gone through several half-makeovers that never really came together. I’d like something soothing and clean and probably much lighter. The moody blue is a great color, though.


I was nervous painting the walls white in the boys’ room, but couldn’t be happier with it. The clean walls offset the perpetually messy floor (put three boys in one room and of course the floor will constantly be littered with socks, legos, books and baseball cards. I should just learn to accept it).

For a look at all of the colors we have used throughout our home, check out the updated paint colors page here.

Do you have a favorite go-to paint color? Please share!

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valentine touches to our home

Our house was feeling so bland since taking down christmas decorations. While I’m not normally one to decorate for Valentine’s day, it gave me the perfect inspiration to add in come color without going all the way spring (we still have six more weeks of winter!)


Warm touches of pink, orange, gold and red. Nothing over the top, but just enough to feel festive and pretty and less-bland.


A few sweet saying about love are scattered around as gentle reminders.




And some valentine treats in old silver bowls.




The living room feels much more feminine than usual – with pink pillows, flowers and ruffly details.



Simply by changing out pillows, adding a colorful throw and a few choice accessories, it is easy to alter the look and feel of a room. It’s one of the things I like the best about having neutral basics like our linen sofa (from andella home) and taupe tufted chairs (from ethan allen).



I sewed each of these pillows out of fabric I’ve been saving for a moment like this. The ombre pillow is made from a table runner, the orange geometric is from King Cotton, but I used the reverse for a less bold look. And the cutie heart pillow was a simple project inspired by this tutorial by Melaine at My Sweet Savannah.

The stag got a fancy new flower bouquet. I think this is my favorite part.


I just snipped the stems off of a few silk flowers and wired them together to make the bouquet, then wired them to the stag.


Just a few pretty updates to help celebrate this month of love.

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the start of a new room redo – painting over stripes

First of all, I KNOW! Me? Painting over stripes? It’s crazy. I adore all things striped.

Except this room.

The stripes were painted six years ago when this was originally the boys’ room. It has gone from their room to an office, play room, and most recently a pretty guest room for Paige.  The walls were dinged up and in great need of a touch up but I also was ready to say goodbye to the stripes.

Stripes on walls are still great – but I probably prefer horizontal to vertical. Here are some of my favorite inspiration photos.

The first step for removing the stripes from these walls was patching the many, many nail holes I’ve made over the past six years.


Here’s my opinion about putting holes in walls: do it. They are just walls and can be patched-up so easily. Don’t let the fear of nail holes stop you from making your walls reflect you. It’s all part of living where we live.

To fill holes, I use a glob of wood filler and smudge it on the wall with my fingertip. Wipe away the excess and let dry. Lightly sand with fine grit sandpaper to remove any bumps. If you are doing a larger area of wall, you may need to spray texture back on the walls, but for small holes you can get away with skipping this step.


When I painted the stripes, I kept the original wall color {relaxed khaki} and used white paint for the stripes. To cover over them, I painted just over the darker wall color to even out the walls and give them a nice undercoat. I started with primer and then ran out so used leftover latex paint for the rest.

As of last night, here’s what the walls look like:


I’ll get another coat or two of paint on the walls and hopefully the stripes will disappear!

This room is going to be Audrey’s new bedroom and I can’t wait to put something girly and fun together for her. Her nursery was a perfect room for her as a baby, but she’ll be four next month and it’s time to let her room grow up a bit, too. Why are we moving entire rooms? Because we’re just like that.

I’ll be back later this week with a design board for her new space and will show you progress of her room redo along the way.

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