COLOR ON TREND – DEEP MOSSY OLIVE GREEN

Perhaps it is because I have lived long enough….

…..enough to get the sense of what colors have not been around for a while and are due for a reappearance…But even BEFORE I saw that DARK MOSS  was all over the runway at the FALL 2016 Fashion Week…I predicted it would be making a comeback…or should I say rather…be

“ON TREND” .

UK DESIGNER LUKE EDWARD HALL

UK DESIGNER LUKE EDWARD HALL

THESE DARK GREENS ARE WARMER THAN THE “PINES” AND THE “EVERGREENS” WHICH HAVE MORE BLUE UNDERTONES…

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

I LOVE THESE DEEP GREENS. HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF IT’S POWER AND APPEAL – THE SWATCHES DO NOT NECESSARILY CORRESPOND WITH THE ROOMS…BUT I LOVE HOW THE GREEN FEELS SO ALIVE!

COLONIAL VERDIGRIS

COLONIAL VERDIGRIS

PINTEREST - SPAMMY LINK

PINTEREST – SPAMMY LINK

JALAPENO

JALAPENO

JALAPENO PEPPER

JALAPENO PEPPER

ANTHROPOLOGIE LINEN EDLYN SECTIONAL SOFA -LOVE LOVE LOVE...IMAGINE IS A BLUSH ROOM!!!!!

ANTHROPOLOGIE LINEN EDLYN SECTIONAL SOFA -LOVE LOVE LOVE…IMAGINE IS A BLUSH ROOM!!!!!

MACOWECZKI - ADORABLE

MACOWECZKI – ADORABLE

HUNTER GREEN - has a bit less yellow than the more mossy greens but this, looks amazing.

HUNTER GREEN – has a bit less yellow than the more mossy greens but this, looks amazing.

 

HUNTER GREEN - THE AESTATE

HUNTER GREEN – THE AESTATE

HUNTER GREEN

HUNTER GREEN

HERB GREEN

HERB GREEN

GREEN DINIGN ROOM - GUMDROP

GREEN DINING ROOM – GUMDROP

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!

THIS OLD HOUSE - LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS COLOR FOR A FRONT DOOR AND MAY HAVE TO COPY IT!

THIS OLD HOUSE – LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS COLOR FOR A FRONT DOOR AND MAY HAVE TO COPY IT!

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LAYERS OF GREENS – LA DOLCE VITA BLOG

DARK CELERY

DARK CELERY

WASABI - APARTMENT THERAPY

WASABI – APARTMENT THERAPY

ELLE DECOR

ELLE DECOR

HEARTSWOON - BLUSH AND DEEP OLIVE

HEARTSWOON – BLUSH AND DEEP OLIVE

THESE GREENS PLAY VERY NICELY WITH MY FAVORITE COLOR THIS SEASON – BLUSH…MAKES ME ALMOST WANT TO PAINT A WALL DEEP GREEN! ADDA BUSH SOFA AND BAM!

GREEN

FARROW AND BALL CHALKE GREEN

FARROW AND BALL CHALKE GREEN

FARROW AND BALL CHALKE GREEN - THE SCOUT GUIDE

FARROW AND BALL CHALKE GREEN – THE SCOUT GUIDE

TIMSON GREEN

TIMSON GREEN

HARPERS BAZAAR TRIBECA HOUSE

HARPERS BAZAAR TRIBECA HOUSE

FOUND ON PINTEREST WITH LINK TO keltainentalorannalla

FOUND ON PINTEREST WITH LINK TO keltainentalorannalla

 

AVOCADO

AVOCADO

AVOCADO

AVOCADO

APARTMENT THERAPY

APARTMENT THERAPY

APARTMENT THERAPY

APARTMENT THERAPY – DEEP MOSSY GREEN IS A SPECTACULAR COLOR CHOICE FOR BOYS (AND GIRLS) BEDROOMS!

TERRAPIN GREEN

TERRAPIN GREEN

TERRAPIN GREEN

TERRAPIN GREEN

WALLER GREEN

WALLER GREEN

PINTEREST

PINTEREST

WINDSOR GREEN

WINDSOR GREEN

DEEP GREEN KITCHEN - LOVE!

DEEP GREEN KITCHEN – LOVE!

INTERIOR VIA APARTMENT THERAPY - IF PAINTING THE WALLS FEELS LIKE TOO MUCH...DO DRAPES!

INTERIOR VIA APARTMENT THERAPY – IF PAINTING THE WALLS FEELS LIKE TOO MUCH…DO DRAPES!

THIS DEEP MOSSY GREEN IS A COLOR I THINK WE HAVE NOT EVEN BEGUN TO SEE ENOUGH OF…I THINK IT WILL BE AROUND FOR A WHILE…IT COMPLEMENTS SO MANY OTHER COLORS AND CAN SERVE AS AN ALMOST NEUTRAL BACKDROP WHICH PUT WITH THE RIGHT COMBINATIONS.IT IS A COLOR THAT I AM NOT SURE WOULD WORK IN MY HOME BUT I MIGHT HAVE TO GIVE IT A TRY ON AN ACCENT WALL…IT IS JUST PAINT RIGHT!

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MONDAY MAKEOVER – CLIENT LIVING ROOM

THE A / Z FAMILY of 4 MOVED INTO THEIR DREAM HOME A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO.

This wonderful young family of 4 has already grown to 5 and will soon be 6! My goal was to give them a living room that would BE SAFE, BEAUTIFUL AND DURABLE for  little ones, while still bringing comfort and functional beauty for the GrOWN-UPS.

I had a great head start…the walls in most of the fist floor rooms are painted one of my favorite , AND one of THE most versatile colors – Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter.

REVERE PEWTER

REVERE PEWTER

THE DECORATING PROJECT INVOLVED THE LIVING ROOM, THE DINING ROOM AND THE STUDY. The current living room furniture  was less that a year old…was going to be relocated to the study. The rug and coffee table and rustic sofa table (all also almost new) would remain.

BEFORE - THE ROOM IS HUGE AND SPACIOUS. the existing furniture was to be relocated to the study.

BEFORE – THE ROOM IS HUGE AND SPACIOUS. The existing furniture was to be relocated to the study.

THE RUG AND COFFEE TABLE REMAINED…THE RUG MAKING A GREAT ANCHOR.

THE RUG WAS OUR POINT OF DEPARTURE

THE RUG WAS OUR POINT OF DEPARTURE. WITHOUT BEING TOO LOUD, IT CONTAINS SO MANY GREAT COLORS TO WORK WITH!

COFFEE TABLE AND RUG

COFFEE TABLE AND RUG

I wanted the furniture to be durable, and comfortable …as well as pretty. There is a HUGE kids playroom downstairs , so I wanted THIS to be the room where the adults could unwind…as well as the whole family. The sofa’s are by Four Seasons Furniture. They make the most beautiful,  practical , slipcovered furniture I have ever seen. The slip covers come off in sections – the arms, the skirt etc…so that cleaning is not a major issue. You can replace sections as need be…for example if the cat claws your sofa skirt but the rest is pristine, all you need to replace is the skirt!

I chose a Very classic and timeless flax colored Belgian linen in an ENGLISH ROLL ARM STYLE. .

FOUR SEASONS "ZOE" SOFA IN BELGIAN LINEN FLAX

FOUR SEASONS “ZOE” SOFA IN BELGIAN LINEN FLAX CUSTOM PILLOWS IN SARAH RICHARDSON BROOKHAVEN CORAL

four seasons zoe sofa

The CAMRYN chairs are upholstered in Sarah Richardson’s Denman Pool.The custom made accent pillows are in Sarah Richardson Brookhaven Meadow and Coral. I liked how all the colors coördinated in Sarah’s fabrics, leaving room to bring in more pops of color in the future.

AZ HOME 4

AZ HOME 2

I swapped out the knobs on the above sofa table. 

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The first time I saw this wall I knew it needed something Tall...with space for toy storage. The kids are still very young but eventually all of their stuff will begin to need a home. guess I will need one more basket come summer!

The first time I saw this wall I knew it needed something Tall…with space for toy storage. The kids are still very young but eventually all of their stuff that wanders in will begin to need a home.  This home has incredible storage but with kids..I think there can never be too many places to stash things! I Guess I will need one more basket come summer!

THE HUTCH IS BRACKETED TO THE WALL TO INSURE IT DOES NOT TIP.

THE HUTCH IS BRACKETED TO THE WALL TO INSURE IT DOES NOT TIP.

FOUR SEASON'S CAMRYN CHAIR IN DENMAN POOL

FOUR SEASON’S CAMRYN CHAIR IN DENMAN POOL. CUSTOM PILLOWS – SARAH RICHARDSON COTTINGHAM MEADOW. My goal was to keep it VERY simple, and classic but not boring…knowing that this family is just getting started. I left room for collections to grow, kids art to be featured and new colors to be introduced.

I HAD SO MUCH FUN CHOOSING ALL OF MY FAVORITE DECORATING BOOKS! THE WOODEN TRAY IS SMITH AND HAWKEN FOR TARGET

I HAD SO MUCH FUN CHOOSING ALL OF MY FAVORITE DECORATING BOOKS! THE WOODEN TRAY IS SMITH AND HAWKEN FOR TARGET

I LOVE THE OPENNESS OF AND LIGHT INHERENT TO THIS HOME.

I LOVE THE OPENNESS OF AND LIGHT INHERENT TO THIS HOME.

I GOT THE HANDCRAFTED "EAT" SIGN AT THE GREENWOOD COUNTRY STORE. IT WAS THE VERY FIRST ITEM I FOUND FOR THE MAKEOVER!

I GOT THE HANDCRAFTED “EAT” SIGN AT THE GREENWOOD COUNTRY STORE. IT WAS THE VERY FIRST ITEM I FOUND FOR THE MAKEOVER! THE KITCHEN WALLS ARE BENJAMIN MOORE STONINGTON GRAY

GINGER AND GUS LOOK DOWN UPON THE FAMILY!

REMEMBER GINGER AND GUS? THIS IS WHERE THEY LIVE NOW...AND I CAN NOT THINK OF A BETTER HOME!

REMEMBER GINGER AND GUS? THIS IS WHERE THEY LIVE NOW…AND I CAN NOT THINK OF A BETTER HOME!

AZ HOME 9

YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY BASKETS! I LOVE THE MIRROR ABOVE THE FIREPLACE. THE DAY I STUMBLED UPON THAT…WAS A GOOD DAY!

I LOVE BUILT INS - FILLING AND STYLING THESE WAS PURE JOY! I LEFT ROOM FOR THEIR COLLECTIONS TO GROW!

I LOVE BUILT INS – FILLING AND STYLING THESE WAS PURE JOY! I LEFT ROOM FOR THEIR COLLECTIONS TO GROW!

BUILT-INS

THE BUILT-INS WERE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE DIMENSION AND CHARACTER…AND ALSO – STORE BOOKS! THE BOTTOM SHELVES ARE KIDS FRIENDLY…WITH LOTS OF GREAT READS FOR STORY TIME AT ARMS REACH.

AZ HOME 3

FOUR SEASON'S CAMRYN CHAIR IN DENMAN POOL

I LOVE THE COZY  LITTLE NOOKS!

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The client texted me the morning after the installation and told me she felt like she had woken up to a dream. I am so happy that her home now really feels comfy and relaxing as well as beautiful. I can’t wait to she you the STUDY and DINING ROOM NEXT WEEK!

SOURCE:

GET THE LOOK!

Sofas and Chairs – Four Seasons Furniture

Lamps, End Tables, Hutch  – One Kings Lane

EAT sign – Greenwood Country Store

PILLOWS – Pottery Barn and Custom with Sarah Richardson Fabric

Throws – Pine Cone Hill and Target

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ANTHROPOLOGIE DISPLAYS

I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT ANTHROPOLOGIE…EVERYTHING…

AND THE STORE BLOWS MY MIND!

A FEW DAYS AGO, I stopped by just to take a peek and my local store had done massive rearranging…as I wandered around…I came upon this brilliant book shelf…made from an old folding painter’s ladder!

ANTHROPOLOGIE LADDER SHELF

ANTHROPOLOGIE LADDER SHELF

I would love to work for Anthropologie, fly around the world, scoping out treasures and then turning them into Magical works of ART…love it. Have a Great weekend friends! February is over half way over..can you believe it? But that means that Spring is right around the corner!

I will give you THREE GUESSES as to which tow of these towels I have????

I will give you THREE GUESSES as to which tow of these towels I have????

Leslie

HOW TO PAINT A DRESSER

I have lost count as to how many pieces of furniture I have painted … 20 – maybe 50…PROBABLY MORE…lets just say ALOT.

DRESSER PAINTED ANCHOR GRAY

DRESSER PAINTED ANCHOR GRAY

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MONDAY MAKEOVER – MASTER BEDROOM MINI MAKEOVER

3 BIG things were bugging me in our bedroom

  1. CLUTTER -The bookshelves which really just stored books already READ books.
  2. COLOR – I wanted the colors to make more sense and the room to feel more cohesive.
  3. DRESSER – The DRESSER, purchased originally as a side board for the dining room…and which was a style I no longer cared for.

So I decided to do a MINI MAKEOVER –

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FOR THE LOVE OF A PET – CUSTOM PET PORTRAITS 2015

I love animals. ALL ANIMALS.

CHARLIE AND BEAN

CHARLIE AND BEAN

And painting them brings me an enormous amount of satisfaction and joy.  I am honored when you share your animals with me.Our pets hold the keys to our hearts. ALL they want…is for US to let THEM Love us. Thats it!

TATE AND FELIX

TATE AND FELIX

And Love us they do.

         I have included with each of these portraits,  one of the inspiration photos, in some cases two when I could not decide. These photos do not necessarily lend themselves to a “Portrait” (ALTHOUGH I would LOVE to start painting more abstract paintings, dogs leaping through the air, curled up asleep, carrying a giant stick)… in addition to my non traditional/traditional portraits of pets so let me know if you are interested! …but the photos you select, the ones that speak to you…and capture your pet….give me a HUGE peek into your pet’s personality and as I paint i look at them and I get to know them, their soft fur and sad eyes, droopy mouths, floppy and pointy ears.I truly am a tad sad when I finish and have to take the photos down. I miss them.

HERE THEY ARE

STELLA

BOOTS

TAGS

SHADOW

LILY

It always feels a little like Santa’s workshop when I am painting all of the pets for Christmas. Paintings are everywhere…!

HOLIDAY TIME IN MY STUDIO

HOLIDAY TIME IN MY STUDIO

GUS

SAMMY

FINN AND LILY

The LILY painting was separated and lost during shipping but recovered 3 days before Christmas!

COCO

JACKSON

GEORGIA

OLIVER

ELVIS

RUBY

OLIVER

 

 

SCARLETT

GYPSY

AUDREY AND BLUE

AUDREY AND BLUE

AUDREY AND BLUE

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FROM THE BOOK “DOG HEAVEN”

“When Dogs go to heaven, They don’t need wings because God knows that dogs love running best…

He Gives them fields. Fields and fields and fields.

When a dog first arrives in Heaven, he just runs. ”

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THE FOLLOWING PORTRAITS

WERE PAINTED IN IN REMEMBRANCE OF DEAR FRIENDS WHO HAVE PASSED AWAY 

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BUCKY

THE MIGHTY MIGHTY BELL

MAGI

 

BEN

JACK

(I PAINTED ONE FOR EACH OF HER TWO KIDS AWAY AT COLLEGE OF JACK WHO PASSED AWAY LAST YEAR)

JACK (AND OLLY)

JACK (AND OLLY)

“The way to Cat Heaven is a field of sweet grass, where crickets and butterflies play!”

DEXTER

DEXTER

DEXTER

PAINTINGS IN PROGRESS

paintings FORM

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MONDAY MAKEOVER – PINK POWER

THE DECORISTA - PINK VEVET SOFA - AMAZING ART!

THE DECORISTA – PINK VEVET SOFA – AMAZING ART!

THE COLOR PINK

IS ENJOYING A BIT OF A POPULARITY EXPLOSION RIGHT NOW.

MAKES NO DIFFERENCE TO ME…I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED PINK AND I WILL ALWAYS HAVE IT IN MY HOME, EVEN IF IT IS “OUT”!!

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DECORATING CHILDREN’S ROOMS – 10 LESSONS LEARNED

SPEARMINT BABY

I ADORE THIS IMAGINATIVE NURSERY FROM SPEARMINT BABY

I Have three kids, Three TEENS to be exact. Ages 15, 17 and 19. They have grown up entirely too fast…their childhoods now tucked into photographs, videos and memories and their young adulthood beckoning…My oldest son is a Freshman in college at UVA and his sister heading to William and Mary this fall. :(

my three wishes came true!!!!

my three wishes came true!!!!

LIVING WITH ME, my children  had no choice but to live in a continually decorated / evolving home. In fact, my daughter’s college essay began with …

…”Coming home to the smell of a newly painted room…was my version of coming home to freshly baked cookies…comforting and familiar. “

What can I say? I LOVE decorating, I love color and once I figured out how (relatively) easy it is to paint a room..there has been no stopping me.

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MONDAY MAKEOVER – MASTER BEDROOM – BLUSH AND MINT

MASTER BEDROOM newly PAINTED STEAMED MILK

MASTER BEDROOM newly PAINTED STEAMED MILK

I LOVE TARGET

FOR A MYRIAD OF REASONS…

One of which is that when I am in the mood for a spruce – up or a new SPLASH of color….I can grab a few things at TARGET , inject a new color into my decor and still have money for Groceries!

THE ROOM – THE BEDROOM

THE ANCHOR – MY ANTHROPOLOGIE QUILT

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BUILT-IN BOOKSHELVES – TO DO OR NOT TO DO – BUILT-IN BOOKSHELVES ?

OLD HOUSES ARE WONDERFUL

FABULOUS even… and for all of my complaining,(mostly to my husband), and saying that I want to live in a brand spanking new house….it remains that if I am just driving around, the houses that catch my eye are ALWAYS old oneS. With big front porches and maybe some columns and tin roofs…painted white…I guess it is in my blood.

That being said, OLD houses come with a whole myriad of issues….and it takes a very brave AND CREATIVE Soul ( Money doesn’t hurt either! )to undertake the updating and renovation of one. In my old country house we  have pretty much kept the basic structure of our house intact. We were lucky in that only one other family and ever lived in this house, EVER, in its’ 170 year life the property has always been in one family (the Shirley family) , that is ….until the DeVitos came to Country! The Shirley family had updated the kitchen in the 1960,s and by update my guess it that prior to that it was not a built i kitchen but more free-standing stove and countertops. When we updated the kitchen we kept the original floor plan because one thing you will learn very fast is that CHANGING plumbing and electrical is where your big money goes and the SECOND you start to tinker with moving walls and sinks…all those wonderful surprises pop up. You know the old saying..”If it ain’t  broke…don’t fix it!”???

Well,  they were most assuredly talking about OLD HOUSES.

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