COLOR OBSESSION : MARINE BLUE

I am sitting on the beach… The rumbling ocean and peals of laughter punctuated by the high screech of kids in the waves… Nothing ahead but my Bitthday tomorrow to worry about and my favorite people in the world flopped out around me . In other worlds … Heaven .

I keep seeing MARINE BLUE… In front of me … Everywhere. I LOVE IT… A little (unless you are talking about the ocean) … Goes a long way …

I apologize for the absence of links but I have 1% battery on my iPhonE! Every image seen is on my … “And if it is BLUE PINTEREST  PAGE !!! Enjoy!

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Leslie

MONDAY MAKEOVER – KITCHEN CABINET TREND

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DEVOL KITCHEN

THE RECENT TREND OF DARKER LOWER CABINETS keeps PULLING ME IN….

MOUNTAIN PEAK WHITE

MOUNTAIN PEAK WHITE

OUR UPPER AND LOWERS ARE BOTH BENJAMIN MOORE “MOUNTAIN PEAK WHITE ” which is a color which works great with standard white subway tile.

Our KITCHEN ISLAND IS GOSSAMER BLUE

MY DIY "SCHOOL DESK" KITCHEN ISLAND -  painted Gossamer blue

MY DIY “SCHOOL DESK” KITCHEN ISLAND – painted Gossamer blue

STILL I am intrigued

WHILE  I still worry that it might Dwarf our kitchen…. THE ENTHUSIASM IS Catching AND I LOVE THE LOOK ..PAINT IS RELATIVELY CHEAP AND A Color trend like this, CAN BE AN AFFORDABLE makeover if you just do the painting yourself, AND Is a great way to UPDATE a kitchen which may be lagging behind the times…..or just needs a little PICK ME UP!!!!

HERE Are some BEAUTIFUL Examples which could transform yours!!!

ALISON BURKE VIA APARTMENT THERAPY

ALISON BURKE VIA APARTMENT THERAPY

STYLE BY EMILY HENDERSON

STYLE BY EMILY HENDERSON

DECORPAD

DECORPAD

Apartment Therapy

APARTMENT THERAPY

Hexagon Tile

PHOTO BY WENDELL T WEBBER THIS OLD HOUSE

Old country house

PINTEREST

Lifeingraceblog

LIFE IN GRACE BLOG

DESIGNED WITH CARLA ASHTON

DESIGNED WITH CARLA ASHTON

APARTMENT THERAPY

APARTMENT THERAPY

Apartment therapy

APARTMENT THERAPY

BHG.COM

BHG.COM

SARAH RICHARDSON HGTV

SARAH RICHARDSON HGTV – I love love love this kitchen!!!!!

THE INSPIRED ROOM

THE INSPIRED ROOM

BHG

BHG BRINGS YOU A NEW TAKE ON RED WHITE AND BLUE!!!

BETER HOMES AND GARDENS

BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS

SO MANY KITCHENS SO LITTLE TIME!!!!!

we are VISITING REHOBOTH BEACH IN DELAWARE FOR THE FIRST TIME! It is beautiful and the weather is amazing!!!

HAVE YOU BEEN HERE??? And if yes,  did you have any favorite places to go….things to so and see…food you ate..things to avoid???

it is a big week ….Thursday is my BIRTHDAY THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS!!!!!!

My Kitchen in Gossamer Blue and Stonington Gray

My Kitchen in Gossamer Blue and Stonington Gray

Leslie

PINK IS NOT JUST FOR LITTLE GIRLS!

MY FAVORITE INTERIOR PINKS…ALL BENJAMIN MOORE -CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT - AMBROSIA, BLANCHED CORAL, FROSTED PETAL, ORGANDY, PAISLEY PINK, PINK DAMASK, PINK INNOCENCE, PRISTINE, SOUTHERN COMFORTSHEER PINK, TISSUE PINK, AND WILD ASTER ………CENTER – PINK CLOUD

MY FAVORITE INTERIOR PINKS…ALL BENJAMIN MOORE -CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT – AMBROSIA, BLANCHED CORAL, FROSTED PETAL, ORGANDY, PAISLEY PINK, PINK DAMASK, PINK INNOCENCE, PRISTINE, SOUTHERN COMFORTSHEER PINK, TISSUE PINK, AND WILD ASTER ………CENTER – PINK CLOUD

I LOVE PINK…and even a few years ago it was difficult to find sophisticated pink fabrics and highly unusual to see a utilitarian room like a living room painted pink….of course that is unless you came to my house!

BENJAMIN MOORE PINK CLOUD LIVING ROOM -

BENJAMIN MOORE PINK CLOUD LIVING ROOM – I am ready to bring the pink cloud back!!!

PINK CLOUD

PINK CLOUD

All that has changed and lovely new pink rooms and accents pieces and sofas and drapery and gorgeous fabrics are popping up EVERYWHERE !!

My most popular Pinterest board is “…and if it is PINK” ….here are some of my favorite recent and some not so recent bits of Pinterest Pink Inspiration!!!!

PINK MOIRE

PINK MOIRE

Pinterest

Pinterest

LIVING IN PINK - SF GIRL BY THE BAY- photography by armelle habib + styling julia green via home life.

LIVING IN PINK – SF GIRL BY THE BAY- photography by armelle habib + styling julia green via home life.

HEATHER A WILSON ARCHITECT

HEATHER A WILSON ARCHITECT

PINK YUMMY - NYLON PINKSY

PINK YUMMY – NYLON PINKSY

ROBERT ABBEY DOUBLE GOURD LAMPS IN PINK

ROBERT ABBEY DOUBLE GOURD LAMPS IN PINK

RIBBON PINK

RIBBON PINK

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image painted door - pink

PINK LADIES

PINK LADIES

COLORFUL DECORATING FOR SMALL SPACES- DOMINO

COLORFUL DECORATING FOR SMALL SPACES- DOMINO

PINK PEONY

PINK PEONY

Pinterest

Pinterest

Pinterest

Pinterest

PINK PEONY

PINK PEONY

Pinterest

Pinterest

Pinterest

Pinterest

...and a little pink house!!!

…and a little pink house!!!

Happy pink day to you!!!!

Leslie

2015 TRACI ZELLER CHARLOTTE CHEVAL Showhouse

I visited Traci Zeller,s

2015 Homearama Showhouse this week in Charlotte, NC.

Dining room withe painting by Kerri Steele

Dining room withe painting by Kerry Steele

Enjoy!!!

Traci Zeller 2015 Homearama Showhouse designed by Acadia Builders

Traci Zeller 2015 Homearama Showhouse designed by Acadia Builders

The grand entrance

The grand entrance

BELMONT greets you as you inter. The dining rom is to the right and the study to the left

BELMONT (36 x 48) greets you as you enter. The Dining room is to the right and the study to the left

The study is beautiful

The study is beautiful

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LANCELOT by me over the mantle in the living room  by Traci Zeller

SHERLOCK -36 X 36  In the entrance to the Master Bedroom sold the day I visited ( all of my paintings are for sale and on my leslidevito.com website) !

SHERLOCK -36 X 36 In the entrance to the Master Bedroom sold the day I visited ( all of my paintings are for sale and on my leslidevito.com website) !

Master Bedroom love love love the blue!!!

Master Bedroom love love love the blue!!!

Master bedroom

Master bedroom

Traci Zeller master bathroom and soaking tub!

Traci Zeller master bathroom and soaking tub!

Traci Zeller Showhouse kitchen

Kitchen

Off the kitchen and under the stairs is a "nook" where the dog crates will go. Every child that could fit...wandered into this space and I thought it was such a great idea for little ones - visible from the kitchen. Great for play and naps,,

Off the kitchen and under the stairs is a “nook” where the dog crates will go. Every child that could fit…wandered into this space and I thought it was such a great idea for little ones – visible from the kitchen. Great for play and naps,,

Backstretch and Pharoah in the mud rom hallway

Backstretch and Pharoah in the mud rom hallway

Laundry room with dog bath!! How awesome is that wallpaper!!!!

Laundry room with dog bath!! How awesome is that wallpaper!!!!

 Powder room off laundry room hall

Powder room off laundry room hall

"PEACHES"greats you as you go up the stairs

“PEACHES”greats you as you go up the back stairs

Kalmia and Moonshine greet you as you enter the upstairs via the back staircase

Kalmia and Moonshine greet you as you enter the upstairs via the back staircase

Traci Zeller the center painting from the INSPIRATION TRIPTIC just outside the boys room

Traci Zeller the center painting from the INSPIRATION TRIPTIC just outside the boys room

Traci Zeller this room is amazing! The pool table is the most gorgeous pool table I have ever seen!!

Traci Zeller this room is amazing! The pool table is the most gorgeous pool table I have ever seen!!

Pool table Traci Zeller

Pool table Traci Zeller

Traci Zeller Boys Room and two parts of the INSPIRATION trip tic

Traci Zeller Boys Room and two parts of the INSPIRATION trip tic

Traci Zeller Guest room

Traci Zeller Guest room

Traci Zeller this space has Traci's touch of practicality and whimsy!!!

Traci Zeller this space has Traci’s touch of practicality and whimsy!!!

RENEGADE at the top of the front stairs . The area had tow working desks and is open to the upstairs living room/loft space

RENEGADE at the top of the front stairs . The area had tow working desks and is open to the upstairs living room/loft space

Traci Zeller girls room is adorable!!! This bed is off the chain!!!!

Traci Zeller girls room is adorable!!! This bed is off the chain!!!!

THIS IS BUT A MEER SAMPLE OF THE BEAUTY THAT IS THIS HOUSE!!!! I hope that those of you in the area can visit..it is well worth it and I have been so inspired!!!! thank you for including me TRACI ZELLER!!!!!

 

 

 

Leslie

SUMMER RE-RUNS – MY FAVORITE NEUTRALS!

SUMMMER RE-RUNS TIME !!!!!

 ” My 10  FAVORITE Beigey-Gray NEUTRALS”

ALL BENJAMIN MOORE COLORS: 1. ASHWOOD, 2. CREAMY WHITE (AKA SPRING IN ASPEN), 3. EDGECOMB GRAY, 4.FEATHER DOWN, 5. FRENCH CANVAS, 6. LANCASTER WHITEWASH, 7. MARITIME WHITE, 8. OLD PRARIE, 9. SAILCLOTH

ALL BENJAMIN MOORE COLORS: 1. ASHWOOD, 2. CREAMY WHITE (AKA SPRING IN ASPEN), 3. EDGECOMB GRAY, 4.FEATHER DOWN, 5. FRENCH CANVAS, 6. LANCASTER WHITEWASH, 7. MARITIME WHITE, 8. OLD PRARIE, 9. SAILCLOTH….

AND

10. TITANIUM

10. TITANIUM

YES, I know,  these colors, in this configuration, look almost identical.

In real life they are each unique, with subtle and non intrusive undertones …These 10 colors are my favorite Beigey Gray type “Neutrals”. Do not be fooled, some have the word “white” in their name BUT they are NOT whites.  Not to be confused with the GREYED down whites either – these are TRUE NEUTRALS. They serve as an excellent backdrop to the bright happy colors we all love so much right now….and are anything but boring!

They are all Benjamin Moore Colors. I have used 7 of these colors in my current home. Ashwood – Dining Room, Feather Down – Entryway, Creamy White/ Spring in Aspen – Living Room, Maritime White – Upstairs hall, Edgecomb Gray – the Sleeping Porch AND Titanium – Dining Room table.

FEATHER DOWNA ND YOUNG MISS CLARA WHEN WAS HERE FOR THE YOUNG HOUSE LOVE HOUSE CRASH...

BENJAMIN MOORE “FEATHER DOWN” AND YOUNG MISS CLARA WHEN WAS HERE FOR THE YOUNG HOUSE LOVE HOUSE CRASH…

These colors are the absolute perfect backdrop to the colors I use in my fabrics, art, lamps and accessories.  They are like a VERY GOOD FRIEND who HIGHLIGHTS your best traits…provides the necessary balance and lightness while letting you shine. All I know is that after what felt like a  lifetime of changing colors every 8-12 months…I brought these colors into my home 5 years ago and I have NOT felt compelled to change my wall colors…nope, not yet.

They are not for everyone…but they work great for me!

ASHWOOD - MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE DINING ROOM

1. ASHWOOD

ASHWOOD - FOR THE LOVE OF A HOUSE

ASHWOOD – FOR THE LOVE OF A HOUSE

FOR THE LOVE OF A HOUSE - ASHWOOD

FOR THE LOVE OF A HOUSE – ASHWOOD . Her Living room is painted Ashwood (above) and the dining room is painted another amazing neutral….Benjamin Moore Halo – OC-46.  I HIGHLY urge you to visit this blog, if you are a fan of beautiful homes and neutrals. She has done neutrals throughout her beautiful antique farmhouse…in combination with natural organic elements…stone, wood, glass and metals..and the marriage is beyond perfect…She has given me untold inspiration.   

CREAMY WHITE AKA SPRING IN ASPEN

2. CREAMY WHITE AKA SPRING IN ASPEN

SPRING IN ASPEN AKA “CREAMY WHITE” is one of my favorite Neutrals. It has a ..well “creaminess” to it! It goes more toward Gold that Grey..but is no way a yellow. Great is large spaces, warms them up.

MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE LIVING ROOM CREAM WHITE AKA SPRING IN ASPEN

MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE LIVING ROOM CREAM WHITE AKA SPRING IN ASPEN

SPRING IN ASPEN KATIE UKROPS HOUSE

SPRING IN ASPEN KATIE UKROPS HOUSE – this home, in August 2008 Domino magazine started it all!

EDGECOMB GRAY

3. EDGECOMB GRAY

“EDGECOMB GRAY” IS  a true “Griege”…but warmer and lighter than Revere Pewter.

EDGECOMB GRAY FROM perfectly-imperfectlife blogspot.

EDGECOMB GRAY FROM perfectly-imperfectlife blogspot.

Justin Bernhaut for Domino via Flickr

Justin Bernhaut for Domino via Flickr (I LOVE THE DOG PORTRAIT!)

TRADITIONAL HOME EDGECOMB GRAY

TRADITIONAL HOME
EDGECOMB GRAY

FEATHER DOWN

4. FEATHER DOWN

HOUZZ

HOUZZ

KATIE UKROPS ENTRYWAY FROM DAUGUST 2008 DOMINO MAGAZINE - FEATHER DOWN - this home inspired my move to neutrals and I have NEVER looked back...

KATIE UKROPS ENTRYWAY FROM AUGUST 2008 DOMINO MAGAZINE – FEATHER DOWN – this home inspired my move to neutrals and I have NEVER looked back…

The Long View down the front hall

The Long View down the front hall

CREDENZA AND GALLERY WALL

CREDENZA AND GALLERY WALL

FRENCH CANVAS

5. FRENCH CANVAS

FRENCH CANVAS -BEACH HOUSE IN THE CITY
FRENCH CANVAS -BEACH HOUSE IN THE CITY
FRENCH CANVAS PINTEREST

FRENCH CANVAS PINTEREST

FRENCH CANVAS - BEACH HOUSE IN THE CITY

FRENCH CANVAS – BEACH HOUSE IN THE CITY

LANCASTER WHITEWASH

6. LANCASTER WHITEWASH

PINTEREST

PINTEREST – LANCASTER WHITEWASH

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MARITIME WHITE

7. MARITIME WHITE

MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE UPSTAIRS HALLWAY MARITIME WHITE

MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE UPSTAIRS HALLWAY MARITIME WHITE- I think this is one of my personal favorites of the favorites…but shhhhhhh don’t tell the other neutrals, they are very sensitive.

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MY UPSTAIRS HALLWAY – MARITIME WHITE

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OLD PRAIRE

8. OLD PRAIRE

SOUTH SHORE REDECORATING OLD PRAIRIE

SOUTH SHORE REDECORATING OLD PRAIRIE

OLD PRAIRIE - DECORPAD

OLD PRAIRIE – DECORPAD

SAILCOTH

9. SAILCOTH

PROJECT NURSERY SAILCLOTH

PROJECT NURSERY SAILCLOTH 

SAILCLOTH - DECORPAD

SAILCLOTH – DECORPAD

AND FINALLY

10. TITANIUM

10. TITANIUM

TITANIUM - PERFECTLY IMPERCEPTIBLE BLOG

TITANIUM – FOR THE LOVE OF A HOUSE BLOG – MASTER BEDROOM

There you go…my 10 favorite Neutrals

Like I said, these colorS are not for everyone. But I think they dispel the myth that Neutrals are boring. I find these colors perfectly beautiful. And Versatile And flexible. They quite simply…JUST WORK!

Do you use any of these colors in your home?

ON MY WAY TO SEE THE TRACI ZELLER’S CHARLOTTE HOMEARAMA 2015 TODAY!!!

Leslie

TRACI ZELLER AND THE CHARLOTTE CHEVAL HOMEARAMA OPEN

THE  HomeArama At Cheval OPENS TODAY!

JULY 18 – AUGUST 2

In their CREEKSIDE neighborhood, Cheval is honored to once again host the

TRACI ZELLER HAS DESIGNED ONE OF THE ARCADIA HOMES. I  was introduced to Traci at the design bloggers conference by my dear friend, Charlotte Designer Lisa Mende. Lisa and Traci share a design studio in Charlotte.  Traci told me about her work in progress, the CHEVAL Design House, and this unique EQUESTRIAN community. She thought my paintings would be a PERFECT finishing touch to her designs!

FOR REALS!!!!!

TRACI ZELLER IS A DESIGN GODDESS!

TRACI AND LIS DESIGNED THIS ROOM IN THE ADAMLEIGH SHOWHOUSE, FEATURED INTRADITIONAL HOME MAGAZINE.

TRACI ZELLER AND LISA MENDE DESIGNED THIS DRESSING ROOM IN THE ADAMLEIGH SHOWHOUSE, FEATURED IN TRADITIONAL HOME MAGAZINE.

TRACI STARTED BY SHARING HER COLOR PALATE AND SOME FABRIC CHOICES

TRACI ZELLAR FABRIC SAMPLES- TRACI HAS THE GIFT OF COLOR LAYERING AND PATTERN COMBINATIONS THAT ROCK!!!

TRACI ZELLAR FABRIC SAMPLES – TRACI HAS THE GIFT OF COLOR LAYERING AND PATTERN COMBINATIONS THAT ROCK!!!

MORE FABRIC  - I AM OBSESSED WITH THESE PALE PURPLES...THE LAYERING IS TO DIE FOR!!!!

MORE FABRIC – I AM OBSESSED WITH THESE PALE PURPLES…THE LAYERING IS TO DIE FOR!!!!

MY GOAL WAS TO CREATE ARTWORK WHICH LOOKED “DISCOVERED”…NOT TOO INTENTIONAL…BUT PERHAP A PIECE WHICH THE DESIGNER MIGHT HAVE STUMBLED UPON AND BEEN INSPIRED BY.

I WANTED TO MAKE THE PAINTINGS A BIT DIFFERENT FROM EACH OTHER – TO LEND DIVERSITY…IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE PROCESS…A CHANCE TO REALLY PLAY AROUND A BIT WITH COLOR AND STYLE…WHILE STILL KEEPING MY FINGERPRINT.

SHERLOCK

SHERLOCK

SHERLOCK -36 X 36  SOLD!

SHERLOCK -36 X 36 SOLD!

ONE OF THE FIRST I COMPLETED WAS “KALIA AND MOONSHINE” INSPIRED BY MY FRIEND MOLLY PETERSON’S PHOTOGRAPH OF HER HORSES. 30 X 48…

THIS THREE PIECE PAINTING WAS ONE I HAVE COMPLETED IN 2011, ENTITLED “INSPIRATION”  AND HAS BEEN “IN RESIDENCE” AT A LOCAL EMERGENCY VET IN CHARLOTTESVILLE….

 

TRACI SENT ME A PHOTO OF THE BOYS BEDROOM WHERE TWO OF THE THREE PIECES HAVE BEEN INSTALLED….I LOVE IT!!!!

TWO OF THE TRIPTIC ARE IN THE BOYS ROOM.

TWO OF THE TRIPTIC ARE IN THE BOYS ROOM.TRACI ZELLER DESIGNS, LESLI DEVITO PAINTINGS

THIS IS THE LARGEST PAINTING IN THE COLLECTION – “BELMONT” 36 X 48 –

IT  WAS PAINTED WHILE I WATCHED AMERICAN PHAROAH WIN THE TRIPLE CROWN!!

ONE OF MY PERSONAL FAVORITES IS “PEACHES” 24 X 36.
THIS ONE WAS AN “EXTRA” PAINTING  I TOOK DOWN TO CHARLOTTE BECAUSE TRACI HAD
FALLEN IN LOVE WITH
IT, BUT WHICH DID NOT REALLY FIT INTO THE COLOR SCHEME.

AS IT TURNED OUT – TRACI USED EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE 12 PAINTINGS I DELIVERED TO CHARLOTTE. I AM BEYOND EXCITED – HONORED – I CRIED WHEN SHE TOLD ME – I AM SO PROUD TO BE A PART OF THIS PROJECT AND SO THRILLED THAT MY ARTWORK IN SUCH A BEAUTIFUL SPACE!!!

PHAROAH - 30 X 48

PHAROAH – 30 X 48 THIS PAINTING WAS SO MUCH FUN TO PAINT…THE COLORS TOOK ME ON A WILD RIDE AND I JUST WENT ALONG FOR THE FUN OF IT!!!!

LANCELOT WAS THE FINAL PAINTING IN THE INSTALLATION

LANCELOT 30 X 48 - THIS WAS THE LAST PAINTING FINISHED...AND ONE OF MY FAVORITES -

LANCELOT 30 X 48 – THIS WAS THE LAST PAINTING ….AND ONE OF MY FAVORITES –

LANCELOT IN THE LIVING ROOM - TRACI ZELLERS CHEVAL SHOWHOUSE -LESLI DEVITO PAINTING

LANCELOT IN THE LIVING ROOM – TRACI ZELLERS CHEVAL SHOWHOUSE -LESLI DEVITO PAINTING

STAY TUNED FOR MORE HIGHLIGHTS!!!!

Leslie

DORM SHOPPING – TARGET STYLE

 I HIT TARGET

AND HIT IT HARD

THIS WEEK FOR SOME DORM ROOM SHOPPING!!!!

THEY HAVE IT ALL FIGURED OUT….

IN ADDITION TO HAVING EVERYTHING AND I MEAN EVERYTHING TO MAKE YOUR DORM FEEL LIKE HOME – THEY NOW MAKE IT SO EASY TO GET IT DONE! YOU CAN BUY EVERYTHING ON YOUR LIST VIA THEIR COLLEGE REGISTRY – AND GET 15% OFF AND A $20 GIFT CARD!!!

CITYSCAPE COMFORER - THIS IS MY FAVE!

CITYSCAPE COMFORER – THIS IS MY FAVE!

YOU CAN ALSO SHOP ONLINE FOR ALL OF YOUR SCHOOL SUPPLIES ON THEIR EASY TO NAVIGATE SCHOOL SUPPLY SITE AND HAVE ALL OF YOUR PENCILS AND BINDERS SENT EITHER DIRECTLY TO YOUR HOME OR YOUR LOCAL TARGET STORE!!!!

I Filled my two carts! I highly recommend breaking your DORM shopping down into multiple trips. It is mentally exhausting! I have done the boring stuff for Tate - extension cords, hangers , mattress pad, storage bins and he is going to do the more personal items - lamp, bedding, and a chair!

I Filled two carts! And have made TWO trips!!!! I highly recommend breaking your DORM shopping down into multiple – digestible – trips. It is mentally exhausting! I have done the boring stuff for Tate – extension cords, hangers , mattress pad, storage bins and he is going to do the more personal items – lamp, bedding, and a chair!

ROOM ESSENTIAL GOOSENECK LAMP 

COOPER TRIES OUT THE CHAIR

LITTLE BROTHER COOPER TRIES OUT THE CHAIR

GOOD LUCK! TOMORROW I WILL POST MY REVISED/ UPDATED DORM SHOPPING LIST !!!

TARGET DORM SIGN

Leslie

THE OPPOSITE OF NESTING

  I could not wait to be a Mom. I was one of those people. Even as a teenager I had a pair of tiny KEDS sneakers hanging from my bulletin board. I was an elder-primgravida (I started a tad on the late side), so by the time I was expecting my first child… Time was of the essence and I was chomping at the bit to get started being a MOM.

BABY TATE AND ME

BABY TATE AND ME

Prior to the internet – back in the “old” days – family, friends and books were best source of information on up-to-date baby products. My copy of “Baby Bargains” was dog-eared and read cover to cover. Tate was due in late August and I had painted his room and set up the crib by April. I had the glider-rocker in place by May and I would waddle in and admire the freshly painted periwinkle and pale yellow walls and I would sit and rock and rock and imagine myself, my baby in my arms…It was pure bliss.

…fast forward 18 YEARS….

TATECOLTRANE

Now he/we are shopping for his freshman dorm room…His whole life has led to this moment…it is not as if any of this is a big surprise, but I do, I feel surprised. I feel like my heart and brain are on two opposite ends of the earth and I cannot connect them….try as I might. It makes no sense and of course, it makes all the sense in the world.   I could not be more proud of Tate….with his hard work and dedication to his dreams he made this one come true. If life and experience holds true, I know that… in time …this transition too will feel “normal”. But right now, right this minute…as I meander through the aisles of Target – the “DORM ESSENTIALS” list on my phone….and as I toss hangers and pencils and mattress pads into the cart…I feel…well, I feel Nothing. I do not feel joyful yet I don’t feel sad. I just feel strange and disoriented…like I am writing the “Dear John” letter in order to send it to myself. It is counter-intuitive to my heart…to pack him away…to say good-bye…so my heart has temporarily been rendered numb. Still, there is work to be done and stuff to be bought…so my brain is operating, granted we are in a “brown-out”...but it is operating, and working to keep HIM on track…get him where he needs to be. And I figure I will figure out the route home.

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This is a passage. He is everything I wanted him to be and oh so much more…he is ready, and I probably never really will be, but then…I am. Somewhere in there, my heart just does not know it…not just yet.

XO

Leslie

MONDAY MAKEOVER – FORMICA AND THE KITCHEN – TWO YEARS LATER

MOUNTAIN PEAK WHITE -  MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE KITCHEN

MOUNTAIN PEAK WHITE – MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE KITCHEN

I have often found myself thinking, when looking at beautiful NEW kitchens in magazines and  on blogs….on Instagram and Pinterest…

“Yeah, but how will THIS hold up over time?”  so….I thought….what better place to start answering those questions than on my OWN BLOG about my OWN

KITCHEN MAKEOVER….

KITCHEN AND THE LONG COUNTERTOP

KITCHEN AND THE LONG COUNTERTOP

What changes are still working and what purchases have not held up as well….

LET’S START WITH THE #1 QUESTION I GET:

“DO YOU STILL LIKE YOUR COUNTERTOPS?”

YES!!!!!!

WE STILL LOVE our FORMICA 180X CALACATTA MARBLE counter tops.

BEST OF 2014

BEST OF 2014

They still look fantastic and are mistaken for real marble every time.

We have had the countertops in two different edge profiles …AMORE and AEGEAN (often called PENCIL) If you have ever had formica you know that the laminate lays upon a base of pressed wood. With many edge profiles the laminate wraps AROUND the edge  completely and continues on the  underside(AMORE) AND others , the laminate stops at the bottom.

Formica 180x in Aegean edge...the laminate stops at the bottom and does not wrap around.

Formica 180x in Aegean edge…the laminate stops at the bottom and does not wrap around.

When the laminate does NOT wrap around this can allow water to gather under the counter top, especially right by the sink. For this reason, I would choose a WRAP AROUND  EDGE . To combat swelling of the wood, we primed and painted the underside of the counter in front of the sink with kitchen paint but still, it has absorbed some moisture.

MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE

MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE

CABINETS

The cabinets were the first stage of the two-year multi-stage kitchen makeover. After 4 years they do show some wear and tear, especially the cabinet that houses the trash can and the under sink cabinets…On the whole they look great and I would choose them all over again.

KITCHENAID COOKTOP AND RANGE HOOD

KITCHENAID COOKTOP AND RANGE HOOD

APPLIANCES

We have ALL KitchenAid appliances except we went with a Maytag dishwasher. We have loved our Double Oven and Cooktop. We had to replace our MAYTAG dishwasher and did so with an inexpensive  FRIDGIDARE which cost LESS than the NEW PART we needed to FIX the MAYTAG! The other disappointment has been the KITCHENAID REFRIGERATOR

WE CHOSE THE COUNTER DEPTH 19 CUBIC FT KITCHENAID FRIDGE FOR ITS COMPACT EXTERIOR SIZE AND ROOMY INTERIOR . HOWEVER, IT BEGAN LEAKING A FEW MONTHS AFTER WE GOT IT AND STILL DOES. WE HAVE A TOWEL ON THE FLOOR  24/7!!!! I have written for Kitchenaid on multiple occasions but to no avail.

WE CHOSE THE STAINLESS COUNTER DEPTH 19 CUBIC FT KITCHENAID FRIDGE FOR ITS COMPACT EXTERIOR SIZE AND ROOMY INTERIOR . HOWEVER, IT BEGAN LEAKING WATER A FEW MONTHS AFTER WE GOT IT AND STILL DOES. WE HAVE A TOWEL ON THE FLOOR 24/7!!!! I have written for Kitchenaid on multiple occasions but to no avail.

FLOOR

I PAINTED THE vinyl FLOOR with Benjamin Moore Porch and Floor paint.

PAINTED VINYL KITCHEN FLOOR

PAINTED VINYL KITCHEN FLOOR

 MY ONLY REGRET IS THAT I DID NOT DO IT SOONER!!!! IT HAS HELD UP GREAT WITH ONE RETOUCH LAST FALL WHEN WE WERE THINKING ABOUT PUTTING THE HOUSE ON THE MARKET.

SINK AND FAUCET

KITCHEN AND THE LONG COUNTERTOP

KITCHEN, KOHLER SINK AND ROHL FAUCET  AND THE LONG COUNTERTOP

LOVE them both still but I will say this…the sink does not drain as well as I think it should. I have blamed it on our crooked floors but I have nothing to compare it to. STILL I love the look, it has held up beautifully, I wash my paint brushes and dump paint in it daily and it washes out perfectly!!! I love all the brass that is around these days and might choose a faucet like my friend Suzanne did in here NYC cottage kitchen.

SUZANNE'S KITCHEN IS AMAZING. SHE CHOSE A SOFT YELLOW CABINET AND THE WALLS ARE CLASSIC GRAY

SUZANNE’S KITCHEN IS AMAZING. SHE CHOSE A SOFT YELLOW CABINET AND THE WALLS ARE CLASSIC GRAY..LOVE THE NEWPORT BRASS FAUCET!!!1

COLORS 

KITCHEN- MOUNTAIN PEAK WHITE, GOSSAMER BLUE, STONINGTON GRAY, OCEAN AIR

KITCHEN- MOUNTAIN PEAK WHITE, GOSSAMER BLUE, OCEAN AIR, STONINGTON GRAY

I am REALLY  liking the trend of navy and darker bottom cabinets,

….but in THIS KITCHEN, MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE KITCHEN I would do the EXACT same colors if I were starting from scratch . The room tends toward small, in that there are four walls, and no open floor plan , and the white cabinets keep the room feeling light and open and NOW.

KITCHEN ISLAND AND PAINTED VINYL FLOOR

KITCHEN ISLAND AND PAINTED VINYL FLOOR

KITCHEN ISLAND 

THE KITCHEN ISLAND STILL ROCKS …(AND ROLLS!!!) SOMETIMES I WISH THE TOP WERE A TAD LARGER BUT THEN THAT WOULD CAUSE OTHER ISSUES, SO ALL IN ALL, FOR THAT SPACE…IT WORKS. ONE DAY A WHEEL FELL OFF…BUT POPPED RIGHT BACK ON AND ALL IS STILL ROLLING!!!!!

MY DIY KITCHEN ISLAND - MADE FROM AN OLD SCHOOL DESK

MY DIY KITCHEN ISLAND – MADE FROM AN OLD SCHOOL DESK

NICE (RELATIVELY) CLEAN PEOPLE LIVE HERE!

NICE (RELATIVELY) CLEAN PEOPLE LIVE HERE!

OVERALL I STILL LOVE MY KITCHEN, YES, I still dream of a GUT RENOVATION but with one child heading to college and another Fall of 2016…I think my money will be (better) spent elsewhere.

FAMILY CIRCLE NOVEMBER OF 2012

FAMILY CIRCLE NOVEMBER OF 2013

FAMILY CIRCLE NOVEMBER 2012

FAMILY CIRCLE NOVEMBER 2013

XO

 KITCHEN MAKEOVER

KITCHEN MAKEOVER

Leslie

DORM ESSENTIAL CHECKLISTS

Our son, TATE had ORIENTATION AT UVA THIS WEEK!

He chose his classes, got his DORM and room assignment and has chosen a roommate (GREAT GUY) and it is time to get started gathering items for his DORM room!

PB TEEN HAS  a GREAT CHECKLIST TO HELP YOU NAVIGATE THEIR SITE TO GET STARTED…..(and if you sign up with a .edu email you can get 10% OFF)

and free shipping (code: freeship)

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OVERWHELMING? YES…SO LETS START WITH MY FAVORITE PLACE TO START…BEDDING

Tate is pretty easy to please and rather oblivious when it comes to decor…maybe “non-chalant” is a better way to describe his lack of concern, though he does have “taste”…he does not concern himself much with color or pattern but instead with comfort. In fact, the comforter he has used for over a year is an old PINK flower power one of Phoebe’s that she stopped using…he LOVES the weight of it and simply could care less that it is pink! I decided NOT to send that one to the dorm!

Hopefully one of these will work!

 

ANY FAVORITES???

I would love YOUR input…tell things your son or daughter could not live without…items NOT to bother with…It helps that we are local but I want Tate to be as independent as possible….

ORANGE NAVY STRIPE

ORANGE NAVY STRIPE – GO HOOS!

xo

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