NEUTRAL NOT BORING

I USED TO THINK THAT ANY “NON COLOR” WAS BORING. Then I started to accumulate THINGS – like furniture, lamps, rugs and accessories and I began to lean more toward a more neutral wall to allow all of the color in my “THINGS” to pop!

LIVING ROOM PAINTED STEAMED MILK

LIVING ROOM PAINTED STEAMED MILK

This NEW way of decorating (for me ANYWAY) – opened up the world of possibilities. No longer MY WORLD was a limited by color choices…and no longer was I RE painting my walls EVERY year. It was easier and more cost effective to swap out “THINGS” seasonally or when I grew bored of them, than to RE paint ALL the walls.

BOYS ROOM in the 2015 Southern Living Idea House - steamed milk

BOYS ROOM in the 2015 Southern Living Idea House – steamed milk

BASICALLY – I fell in LOVE with……

“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

SHERWINN WILLIAMS STEAMED MILK

SHERWINN WILLIAMS STEAMED MILK

STEAMED MILK (SHERWINN WILLIAMS)

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  “Neutrals”. Do not be fooled, some have the word “white” in their name BUT they are NOT whites.  They are all BUT ONE Benjamin Moore Colors, I tend to stick with what I know and what works…time and time again. 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.

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

BENJAMIN MOORE ASHWOOD - FOR THE LOVE OF A HOUSE

BENJAMIN MOORE 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.   

ASHWOOD - MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE DINING ROOM

ASHWOOD – MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE DINING ROOM

CREAMY WHITE AKA SPRING IN ASPEN

2. CREAMY WHITE AKA SPRING IN ASPEN

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!

HEY, HERE IS A FUNNY ANECDOTE. The home of Katie Ukrops  above was my inspriation for the colors I now use…and look at her home now – featured on the cover of House Beautiful this fall!!!

http://www.housebeautiful.com - KATIE UKROPS LIVING ROOM 2016

http://www.housebeautiful.com – KATIE UKROPS LIVING ROOM 2016

KATIE UKROPS LIVING ROOM 2016

KATIE UKROPS LIVING ROOM 2016

while this pink room above and the pink touches are what is featured…she still kept most rooms like this:

KATIE UKROPS LIVING ROOM 2016

KATIE UKROPS LIVING ROOM 2016

SO WHO KNOWS…NEXT HOUSE MAYBE? HA!

RIGHT NOW ANYWAY – NEUTRAL colors are the absolute perfect backdrop to the colors I use in my fabrics, art, lamps and accessories.  They are like a good partner who complements 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 10 years ago and I have NOT felt compelled to change my wall colors…nope, not yet.

EDGECOMB GRAY

3. EDGECOMB GRAY

EDGECOMB GRAY FROM perfectly-imperfectlife blogspot.

EDGECOMB GRAY FROM perfectly-imperfectlife blogspot.

EDGECOMB GRAY - YOUR NEST DESIGN

EDGECOMB GRAY – YOUR NEST DESIGN

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

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.

MARITIME WHITE

MARITIME WHITE

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MY UPSTAIRS HALLWAY – MARITIME WHITE

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 STEAMED MILK – THIS COLOR WAS USED THROUGHOUT THE 2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE WHICH HAPPENED TO BE LOCATED A FEW MILES FROM MY HOME. I FELL IMMEDIATELY IN LOVE WITH IT AND PAINTED MUCH OF OUR HOUSE STEAMED MILK . I LOVE IT. IT IS WARM, LIGHT, CREAMY BUT NOT YELLOW AND NOT TOO GRAY….

MASTER BEDROOM newly PAINTED STEAMED MILK

MASTER BEDROOM newly PAINTED STEAMED MILK

steamed milk and Table and Chairs

steamed milk and Table and Chairs

LIVING ROOM PAINTED STEAMED MILK

LIVING ROOM PAINTED STEAMED MILK (THE ROOM IN THE FOREGROUND IS SW SEA SALT)

2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE, LIVING ROOM MANTLE

2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE, LIVING ROOM MANTLE

There you go…my 10 favorite Neutrals AND STEAMED MILK!

Like I said, these color 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?

xo lesli

Leslie

CHRISTMAS TREE

I always look for a  silver lining..and in the case of our house remaining unsold…On the bright side…we get to have another Christmas here! Last holiday season we did not think or know that it might be our last Christmas here …

and so now going into this HOLIDAY SEASON…we are savoring each moment…cherishing the time…knowing this will probably be our final “My Old Country House” Christmas.

Having the kids home for Thanksgiving was pure Heaven.

I was SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE ALL THREE OF THE KIDS HOME TOGETHER!!!!

I WAS SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE ALL THREE OF THE KIDS HOME TOGETHER!!!!

CHARLIE LOVES HAVING THE KIDS HOME! HE WALKED AROUND YESTERDAY, AFTER THEY HAD GONE BACK...LOOKING SAD.

CHARLIE LOVES HAVING THE KIDS HOME! HE WALKED AROUND YESTERDAY, AFTER THEY HAD GONE BACK…LOOKING SAD.

BEAN SLEPT

BEAN SLEPT

We got our Christmas tree earlier than usual so that the kids could help decorate.

MUFFIN IMMEDIATELY MADE HERSELF AT HOME!

MUFFIN UNDER THE TREE

MUFFIN UNDER THE TREE

THE KIDS CAME HOME AND DECORATED…ALWAYS AN ADVENTURE!

THE TREE IS UP!

THE TREE IS UP! CHARLIE STANDS GUARD WHILE BEAN SLEEPS ON THE SOFA.

THE ROOM LOOKS SO BEAUTIFUL. IN ALL THE 12 YEARS IN THIS HOUSE WE HAVE NEVER PUT THE TREE IN THE SAME PLACE TWICE!!!

we have lived in my old country house for 12 years and our Christmas tree has never been in the same place twice!

OH CHRISTMAS TREE!!! YOU ARE SO VERY PRETTY!

CHARLIE IS SPORTING A NEW “WAHOO” COLLAR!

CHARLIE AND HIS NEW COLLAR!

CHARLIE AND HIS NEW COLLAR!

I DROVE PHOEBE BACK TO SCHOOL TODAY. SIGH. THE WEEK WENT TOO FAST. MUCH TOO FAST. BUT SHE WILL BE HOME IN 3 WEEKS. TATE AS WELL. AND ONCE AGAIN OUR HOME WILL BE NOISY AND FULL OF LAUGHTER AND CRAZINESS!!!

The wahoos may have lost but Charlie is still a winner!

The wahoos may have lost but Charlie is still a winner!

3 CHEERS TO ONE MORE CHRISTMAS IN MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE!!!

Leslie

BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING 2016

I will be spending my day watching GILMORE GIRLS with my daughter, Phoebe.

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But, as we all know, o/Users/leslidevito/Desktop/en.jpgne does not need to leave the house, much less the sofa… to shop!

So if you would like to make a dent in your Holiday shopping…or treat yourself to a great bargain…read on!

ABERCROMBIE & FITCH

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ABERCROMBIE AND FITCH – 50% OFF ENTIRE PURCHASE!

AMERICAN EAGLE

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American Eagle // 40% off

DATE: 11/21-11/29

// 50% off all sweaters, shoes and cozy accessories

AMAZON

YOU CAN GET IT ALL HERE!!!!

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AMAZON HAS SO MANY DEALS!!! TOO MANY TO COUNT YOU GOTTA CHECK IT OUT!

ANTHROPOLOGIE

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I LOVE ANTHROPOLOGIE

ANN TAYLOR

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Ann Taylor  // 50% off Sitewide and In Store 

DATE:11/23-11/25

CODE: celebrate

BANANA REPUBLIC

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Banana Republic // 50% off 5 regular-priced items Sitewide

DATE: 11/24-11/26 (online) 11/24-11/28 (in store)

// 50% off Sitewide and In Store

BERGDORF GOODMAN

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BERGDORF GOODMAN – 40% OFF SITEWIDE

BODEN

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Boden // 30% off + free shipping and returns

CATSTUDIO

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Coach // 30% Off select styles

DATE: 11/18 Early Access; 11/19-11/27

CODE: THANKS2016

// 50% off the Edie handbag

CRATE AND BARREL

DASH AND ALBERT

JCREW

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J CREW – 40 % off your entire purchase!!! CODE “HOLIDAY”

KATE SPADE

LOFT

LILY PULITZER

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MINTED

Minted // 15% off no minimum, 20% off $150+ on holiday

DATE: 11/23-11/27

CODE: BF2016

NIKE

PATAGONIA

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NO, they have no “deals” but YES, in an incredible move, all of their profits today will be donated to grassroots enviromental groups. That is enough for me to do my shopping there today! Thank you PATAGONIA!

ROSEGAL

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YOU JUST NEED TO VISIT THIS SITE…SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AND DEALS GALORE!!!!

POTTERY BARN

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SERENA AND LILY

TORY BURCH

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30% OFF $250 OR MORE CODE “THANKS”

VERA BRADLEY

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VERA BRADLEY – 50% OFF HUNDREDS OF STYLES

VICTORIA’S SECRET

URBAN OUTFITTERS

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Urban Outfitters // Buy one get one 50% Off ALL apparel

DATE: 11/23-11/25

one more bears mentioning, NOT because it is a commonly given Holiday gift but because THIS NEVER HAPPENS and I think Dash and Albert rugs are the best!

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TARGET

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AND WE ALL KNOW TARGET HAS EVERYTHING!!!!! AND THE DEALS WILL BE PLENTY AND ONLINE IS THE WAY TO GO!!!!

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SO HERE THEY ARE AGAIN:

ABERCROMBIE & FITCH

ANTHROPOLOGIE

ANN TAYLOR

AMERICAN EAGLE

BANANA REPUBLIC

CRATE AND BARREL

JCREW

DASH AND ALBERT/ANNIE SELKE

KATE SPADE

LILLY PULITZER

MINTED

PATAGONIA 

POTTERY BARN

SERENA AND LILY

TORY BURCH

LOFT

COACH

VERA BRADLEY

VICTORIA’S SECRET

URBAN OUTFITTERS

Leslie

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

I WISH EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU

AS SAFE AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

I HOPE THAT WE EACH CAN FIND GRATITUDE IN OUR HEARTS, JOY IN OUR SOUL

 AND TAKE A MOMENT TO GIVE THANKS FOR ALL THAT WE DO HAVE.

I AM SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE ALL THREE OF THE KIDS HOME TOGETHER!!!!

I AM SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE ALL THREE OF THE KIDS HOME TOGETHER!!!!

LIFE IS A GIFT.

I AM GRATEFUL FOR MY LIFE AND I AM GRATEFUL FOR YOU.

THANK YOU

XO

LESLI

Leslie

COMMISSION CHANGE

PET PORTRAIT OF JUNIOR MILAN

PET PORTRAIT OF JUNIOR MILAN

AS OF JANUARY 1, 2017

I WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTING COMMISSION WORK INDEFINITELY.

BUT

 IF YOU HAVE A CUSTOM PET PORTRAIT ON YOUR WISH LIST –

NOW IS THE TIME TO ORDER ONE!

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I WILL FILL ALL CUSTOM ORDERS PLACED PRIOR TO JANUARY 1, 2017. THESE WILL BE COMPLETED AFTER JANUARY 1.

THIS WAS NOT AN EASY DECISION TO MAKE. I HAVE ABSOLUTELY LOVED LOVED LOVED PAINTING YOUR PETS. I WILL MISS THAT CONNECTION AND I WILL MISS MEETING ALL YOUR “KIDS” –

 I WILL STILL BE PAINTING…LOTS AND LOTS OF DOGS AND CATS AND ANIMALS!

AND I SINCERELY HOPE YOU COME BACK TO SEE WHAT I AM UP TO!!!

THANK YOU, FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART –  FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT!

"JAKE" 12" X 12" CUSTOM PET PORTRAIT

“JAKE”

Leslie

SUPER MOON OVER MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE

"The last time the moon sailed this close to Earth was on Jan. 26, 1948, when it came 30 miles closer. The next time won’t be until Nov. 24, 2034, when the distance between the two bodies will be 40 miles less." FROM THE LA TIMES

“The last time the moon sailed this close to Earth was on Jan. 26, 1948, when it came 30 miles closer. The next time won’t be until Nov. 24, 2034, when the distance between the two bodies will be 40 miles less.” FROM THE LA TIMES

TONIGHT the moon will appear bigger and brighter than it has in 70 years!!!

HERE is a great description from the LA Times

I have a new camera!!! and I PLAN TO TAKE MORE PHOTOS LATER TONIGHT AND WILL POST THEM.

Leslie

OUR HOUSE IS STILL FOR SALE

My Old Country House

My Old Country House and Charlie’s tail. Ever my guardian angel – that dog is wherever I am. 

Our house is still for sale. There must be a name for this point in the process. When your house has been on the market for over six months, and you’ve passed  anticipation and excitement and exhaustion and have entered into just flat-out-done.

The view from my yard

The view from my yard

I consider myself a glass half full girl. And trust me,  I know it could be worse.  I am always looking for the silver-lining. I try not to take things personal. But when you have put every ounce of your heart and soul and sweat into your home, when you have loved her so much you started a blog to honor her – only to have prospective buyers pass judgment, and say they “just wish she had a first floor master…”

….well….It can wear an Optimist down.

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I remain ever hopeful. Confident that the perfect family for our perfectly-imperfect home is still out there. Or maybe they have already been here…and will come back. It saddens me that the trend is so much toward new, new, new, newer and NEWEST.  Not to wax philosophical, but I think that it is a reflection on our entire culture of perfection.

But in my opinion, my old country house IS perfect. Just the way she is. Because she is real.

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I have always felt that I have joined my old country house on HER journey – rather than she on mine, for she will be here LONG after I am gone. Just as she was here long before I got here.

THE MIRROR

THE MIRROR

I love My Old Country House

Leslie

THE COLORS OF FALL – MOSS, MAROON AND STONE

FALL is my favorite season…and WHILE IT SEEMS to come later and later each year –  our mornings have JUST started being consistently crisp and cool and “sweater weather” is here!

BEAUTIFUL GLORIOUS FALL!

STONE AND BURGUNDY ARE GOOD FRIENDS! TEMPO DA DELICADEZA

STONE AND BURGUNDY ARE GOOD FRIENDS!
TEMPO DA DELICADEZA

This fall is no different than others…the usual colors abound –

REDS, MAROON AND BURGUNDY,

BENJAMIN MOORE COLORS: CRUSHED VELVET, DARK BURGUNDY, DINNER PARTY, CLASSIC BURGUNDY, MAGENTA, NEW LONDON BURGUNDY, ROSEATE, SOMERVILLE RED, WARM EARTH

BENJAMIN MOORE COLORS: CRUSHED VELVET, DARK BURGUNDY, DINNER PARTY, CLASSIC BURGUNDY, MAGENTA, NEW LONDON BURGUNDY, ROSEATE, SOMERVILLE RED, WARM EARTH

ROYAL VINTAGE SHOES - LOVE THESE!!

ROYAL VINTAGE SHOES – LOVE THESE!!

 

LONNY MAG

LONNY MAG

OLIVES AND MOSSY GREENS …

DARK MOSS )OLIVE, AVOCADO) GREEN - ALL BENJAMIN MOORE - AVOCADO, COLONIAL VERDIGRIS, DARK CELERY, WALLER GREEN, ALMER GREEN, TIMSON GREEN, HERB GREEN, WINDSOR GREEN AND TERRAPIN GREEN

DARK MOSS )OLIVE, AVOCADO) GREEN – ALL BENJAMIN MOORE – AVOCADO, COLONIAL VERDIGRIS, DARK CELERY, WALLER GREEN, ALMER GREEN, TIMSON GREEN, HERB GREEN, WINDSOR GREEN AND TERRAPIN GREEN

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PINTEREST 

VIOLET ART-DECO MARY JANE

VIOLET ART-DECO MARY JANE

TERRAPIN GREEN

TERRAPIN GREEN

TERRAPIN GREEN

TERRAPIN GREEN

FARROW AND BALL CHALKE GREEN - THE SCOUT GUIDE

FARROW AND BALL CHALKE GREEN – THE SCOUT GUIDE

MOSS SOFA - SADLY WHEN I FOLLOWED THIS LINK, IT SAYS THAT SOFA.COM HAS CLOSED IT'S US SHOP...BUT THE SOFA IS STILL GORGEOUS!

MOSS SOFA – SADLY WHEN I FOLLOWED THIS LINK, IT SAYS THAT SOFA.COM HAS CLOSED IT’S US SHOP…BUT THE SOFA IS STILL GORGEOUS!

DEEP GREEN KITCHEN - LOVE!

DEEP GREEN KITCHEN – LOVE!

TIMSON GREEN

TIMSON GREEN

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..and I am especially excited to see more STONE BROWNS than in the last few years…

BENJAMIN MOORE STONE COLORS (top left across) - STONE HEARTH, GOTHIC ARCH, STONE HARBOR, COACHMANS CAPE, FIELD STONE, MUSEUM PIECE, STONE, UPPER WEST SIDE AND STONE BROWN

BENJAMIN MOORE STONE COLORS (top left across) – STONE HEARTH, GOTHIC ARCH, STONE HARBOR, COACHMANS’CAPE, FIELD STONE, MUSEUM PIECE, STONE, UPPER WEST SIDE AND STONE BROWN

I LOVE THIS HOUSE – It is my design inspiration for our new house! Clean, warm but light and modern and traditional and classic and BEAUTIFUL!!!

ATLANTA HOMES

ATLANTA HOMES – C/O DESIGN CHIC

ATLANTA HOMES

ATLANTA HOMES

JACK ROGERS SADIE SUEDE BOOTIE - IN LIGHT GREY

JACK ROGERS SADIE SUEDE BOOTIE – IN LIGHT GREY (I CALL THIS STONE)

STONE HARBOR

STONE HARBOR

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BENJAMIN MOORE BEDROOM

GOTHIC ARCH

GOTHIC ARCH

ANNA GILLAR

ANNA GILLAR

MUSEUM PIECE

MUSEUM PIECE

STELLA - CUSTOM PET PORTRAIT

STELLA – CUSTOM PET PORTRAIT

MUSEUM PIECE - I LOVE THIS!

MUSEUM PIECE – I LOVE THIS!

STONE HARBOR

STONE HARBOR

LONNY MAG

LONNY MAG

UPPER WEST SIDE

UPPER WEST SIDE

DIANE BERGERON

DIANE BERGERON

FIELD STONE

FIELD STONE

NOTHING BRINGS A SMILE TO MY FACE LIKE BUFFALO GINGHAM!

NOTHING BRINGS A SMILE TO MY FACE LIKE BUFFALO GINGHAM!

KATIE UKROPS HOUSE BEAUTIFUL 2016

KATIE UKROPS HOUSE BEAUTIFUL 2016

STONE!!!

I CHALLENGE YOU TO NAME  a color which does not look great with STONE – Navy, Pink, Red, Green, Gold, White – and if you are so inclined – you can layer neutrals – I predict that STONE will be the new GRAY – warmer, a bit deeper and still a beautiful color that works well with others!!!!

Leslie

CUSTOM PET PORTRAITS – ORDER YOUR HOLIDAYS GIFTS NOW!

HOW IS IT THE MIDDLE OF OCTOBER ALREADY!!!!

THE DEADLINE FOR HOLIDAY ORDERS IS NOVEMBER 1

THUS – There are JUST 2 weeks left to order your

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CUSTOM PET PORTRAIT for

CHRISTMAS!!!

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GET YOUR ORDERS IN!

ALSO – THE SARATOGA POSTER IS ON SALE WITH FREE SHIPPING !

SAVE NOW! THEY MAKE GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFTS! ONLY $50

…. UNTIL THEY ARE ALL GONE!




THIS IS MY FAVORITE TIME OF THE YEAR! AND

I CANNOT WAIT TO MEET YOUR PETS!!!

Leslie

THE DINING ROOM / STUDIO

ONE CRITERIA for wherever we move is that I have an ART studio. But for now, I work in what was once and still sometimes serves as our DINING ROOM. This requires a fair amount of organization on my part.

THE DINING ROOM

THE DINING ROOM

When we purged to prepare the house to be put on the market, I ditched or packed away most of my linens. There are just 3 of us here now, (sniff sniff) so linens feel a bit elaborate most of the time.

DINING ROOM TABLE REFINISHED PHOTO BY SARAH CRAMER PHOTO

DINING ROOM TABLE REFINISHED PHOTO BY SARAH CRAMER PHOTO

The dining room table was painted (kind of a dumb move on my part) BUT this Spring I embarked in the arduous task of stripping and refinishing it. It was worth the time and effort – I love how it looks now.

A few years ago, I was shopping in Crate and Barrel and stumbled upon the LYLE dining chairs .  I   sent a TWEET to designer Mary McDonald asking her if she liked them. And she answered me!!!! She gave them a BIG thumbs up!!! I LOVE them. They are the real deal, and yes, a bit pricier than many you can find online now BUT …. The seats of most of the imitators are quite small 14″ x 14″ whereas the LYLE chair (19″ x 23″) are MUCH roomer for adult bums! The Lyle Chairs  are also incredibly sturdy…and do not tip easily – important with kids!

REFINISHED TABLE!

REFINISHED TABLE!

DINING ROOM

DINING ROOM

  • A while back I invested in hanging hardware ( WALKER DISPLAY) which works by hooking over our picture rail. It was a GREAT investment! NOT hammering nails  protects the walls and helps me store and hang multiple pieces of ART  (STRAIGHT) which are at various stages of completion.

leslihouse0104 NOW – THE ROOM FEELS SO SPARSE WITH ALL OF THE ART AT LEFTOVER LUXURIES – Seeing my pastel colored paintings on the charcoal gray wall (WOW) has got me pondering painting one wall of my DREAM studio with a dark color…I love how they POP!!!!

Life is a work in Progress and I love the way people are designing their homes to reflect more modern families. Sadly the Dining room is unfortunately a casualty of this change. Many homes have opted to meld the dining room into a multi-used space. In Our new home, IF we BUILD which is my current HOPE , will not have a dining room but instead a large kitchen with an HUGE table!

i LOVE this room!

i LOVE this room!

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