there is always work to be done. keep moving forward…and when in doubt
love one another. please.
there is always work to be done. keep moving forward…and when in doubt
love one another. please.
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER!
Tate heads back to school today. sniff sniff. But all good. Things and been wonderfully wonky with him home…and he is ready to resume his new life and I am ready to get a handle on 2016! In the meantime, here are the:
MOCH MAKEOVERS OF 2016
THERE WERE ALMOST A DOZEN INDIVIDUAL MAKEOVERS WHICH WENT INTO PHOEBE’S NEW ROOM…LOST OF NEW COLOR!
LIVING ROOM DRESSER MAKEOVER
“AMERICA’S OTHER AUDUBON” BOTANICALS
THERE ARE A NUMBER OF LITTLE AND ALWAYS BIG THINGS I WOULD LIKE TO DO THIS YEAR. I am contemplating putting some of the sideboards on Craigslist, thinning the herd of dressers and putting some fresh high gloss paint of the other beat up pieces. I have big ideas for one built ins that I will share in a few weeks and I also plan to finally share the home makeover I did for a client.
What makeovers have you done lately! Any on the horizon..I need inspiration! Share your ideas with me!
REFERRED TO AS
“THE EVENT OF THE YEAR FOR DESIGN BLOGGERS”
THIS YEARS DESIGN BLOGGERS CONFERENCE ~
IS ONCE AGAIN IN ATLANTA AND I AM ONCE AGAIN GOING!!!
QUESTION – WHO IS THE CONFERENCE FOR???
I was still on the fence as to whether or not to go again this year ….when I went on the site a few weeks ago and saw the speakers:
MY MIND WAS IMMEDIATELY MADE UP TO GO!!!!
Prior to attending my first conference in 2013…I was still trying to find my NICHE…(this is a BIG WORD in blogging) You need to know your NICHE so you can consistently direct your energies.
I still struggle with “Where do I fit in? AS AN ARTIST?
DECORATOR? ARTIST WHO DECORATES? OR Just a (super) fan of design.
ALL OF THE ABOVE!!!
ALL I DO know is that when I fell into this group…I felt the most “AT HOME”. Many of the designers have big names in the business and I must admit, I was a little intimidated…I did not want to seem like a poser trying to be a Designer…but I was welcomed with open arms as an ARTIST who complements Design and in the meantime I have expanded my Decorating experience with so much inspiration and guidance from my new friends! I CAN’T WAIT…!! Every time I have gone I get a little scared and excited and every single time I make amazing connections that bring friendships and work!
in FACT, LAST YEAR, on the way out the door, my friend Lisa Mende introduced me to the designer Traci Zeller who she shares a design studio with. Traci and I then collaborated on there 2015 Homearama design house in an Equine neighborhood and I painted 13 Horse paintings!
There is a special rate UNTIL January 24 if you are at all interested. I cannot say enough about how worth every penny it is! The connections alone are worth the price of the ticket!
Also, do not forget to nominate your favorite blogger for the Design Bloggers Hall of Fame Awards. Nominations for the Design Bloggers Hall of Fame are now open.You do not need to be attending. – hurry, nomination deadline is the end of the day (Eastern Standard Time) on January 15, 2016.
The awards will be presented live, and the inductees recognized during the 2016 Design Bloggers Conference at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta on March 7, 2016.
MAYBE I WILL SEE SOME OF YOU THERE! LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE GOING !!!
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!
I AM FEELING THE ITCH TO DITCH…
GET RID OF THE OLD…BRING IN SOME NEW…IF YOU WILL
ALLOW ME TO ELABORATE….
SEE, A FEW MONTHS AGO…
…….we painted the hallways.
The new color, Sherwinn Williams STEAMED MILK is fairly similar to the old color, Benjamin Moore Feather Down…just a bit creamier and less gray…it feels fresher. To paint the walls, years of photos and gallery walls..composed over time were dismantled…and I had every intention of putting everything back. But then…it looked so clean and uncluttered…looking at the old photos of the kids so little kind of made me sad and feel bit “living in the past-ish” and thus.the walls have remained bare…with the exception of a painting I put over the entryway console.
I have been looking for inspiration…here are some ideas…some I love and want to do..many I would love to have the guts to do..and some I just love….
and my absolute favorite…..
What do you think? Do any jump out at you? MAKE THE WHEELS SPIN? I am strangely NOT overwhelmed but instead just bubbling over with ideas!!!!
WHAT IS THE PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR????
“A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot
of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.
OR – WE COULD JUST WANT TO GO BACK TO 1994!!!!!
For the first time Pantone introduces two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity as the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”
I look forward to reading the responses to these colors. I am in love with them…they already figure heavily into my decor choices and my ARTWORK. I am right at home with these earthy pastels…and truly could design a million rooms around these colors…
I LOVE that this color combination…can be used in so many different styles. cottage, modern, eclectic, traditional , simple and clean…a little bit goes a long way!
I AM MADLY in love with this color combo…and head over heels with this room…
“As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.” PANTONE WEBSITE
I LOVE THIS COLOR COMBO! Especially when balanced with neutrals and natural organic fibers and textures, like woods and stones…these soft colors are beautiful…
If my life has a soundtrack…this song would be in the top ten most played and loved songs.
Decorating is not brain surgery…but it is also NOT always easy. All the choices…money being spent…possible directions to go. When at a loss…or floundering…or when
decisional paralysis has set in…pause…take a deep breath and ask yourself…one question…
What is my favorite color? This can be a good starting place.
p.s. I am switching over my blog from wordpress.com to wordpress.org. Nothing SHOULD change but if you notice any subtle or not so subtle differences bear with me…nothing else will be changing but my platform…I HOPE!
I AM AT A CROSSROADS WITH MY BLOG….
I FEEL LIKE DOROTHY IN THE WIZARD OF OZ
First of all…In case you are wondering..or worried…absolutely NOT on the table is abandoning the blog. I am NOT going anywhere. I love my BLOG and I love blogging. I love you guys and I have no intention of stopping. But I do feel like I am at a crossroads…time for a change…but what..and how.
which way to go?
When I started my blog, I was still working on my house, the kids rooms were changing as they were growing and documenting our journey was cathartic and self educating. Sometimes I simply started at point A and ended at point Z…and took you along for the ride. But I have to honor the fact that my life..and consequently MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE…is changing. My daughter will leave for college at the end of the summer…leaving me one child away from an empty nest. GULP. We will have more room..and I might have more time..but I am not sure that I will be investing that TIME in my home..but maybe more things outside the home. Things I could not entertain with three kids keeping me anchored in place.
HERE are some things I am thinking about:
1. RE DESIGNING the blog. Organize all for he DIY projects and color projects and OTHER LIKE PROJECTS TOGETHER…making it easier to navigate the archives…
2. SOMEHOW I want to be more INTERACTIVE…I feel like it is all ME and not enough YOU. I want to listen and address your questions …but I think I need a better mechanism for acquiring your questions ..something more than the comment section.
3. MORE DESIGN FEATURES – I want to explore the world of Interior Design and Decorating and share MORE ROOMS, MORE ARTISTS, MORE IDEAS.
4. I want to incorporate MY REALITY…into my HOME decor ideas…EVERYONE that has kids will be where I am SOMEDAY even if your WEE ones are pint sized…and there are so many things I have learned about my home and how I would design things differently if I could go back and start all over..knowing what I know and knowing how we have lived..in a REAL home. I want to focus on what matters most .. and share…what is a waste of your decorating dollars….and precious time . and talk about What are GOOD investments and what are NOT.
5. I WANT TO CONNECT people with people….I feel like we all have gifts…things we know and can share…I am not sure how I will put this into action…maybe a PINTEREST SHOWHOUSE or some way to connect not only to you…but I WANT TO connect WITH YOU AND
CONNECT YOU with each other….
ANYWAY. What I really would love to to hear from you? I know blogs have changed and the whole mechanism and impact of blogging is different now with so many other methods of social media to share…magazines are digitalizing but I do feel like there is a reason why i am here and why you are here and I would love to hear your thoughts. I am kind of begging here….on my knees…I really cannot move forward without knowing what you want to see, hear, learn…or maybe just just want eye candy and no more words…I cherish your feedback…so please please please…gimme some!!!!
…and lets venture down this crossroad together!
I LOVE COLOR
AND THE WALLS OF MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE HAVE REFLECTED MY SEARCH…NOT FOR THE PERFECT COLOR..BUT THE PERFECT BALANCE OF COLOR. THEY HAVE ALSO FOLLOWED OUR FAMILY THROUGHOUT THE MANY PASSAGES. FROM LITTLE GIRL PINKS AND BABY BOY BLUES TO A MORE SUBTLE BACKDROP TO ALL OF THE COLOR IN MY ARTWORK AND OUR FURNISHINGS.
ONE YEAR AGO..THESE WERE THE COLORS..
IRONICALLY…OR PERHAPS SURPRISING BASED ON THIS PALATE…MY HOUSE CONTAINS MORE COLOR THAN EVER..JUST NOT ON THE WALLS BUT INSTEAD THE FURNISHINGS. IT FEELS MORE CALM AND ALIVE AT THE SAME TIME. LETS TAKE A LOOK….
NO COLOR HAS SWEPT ME AWAY QUICKER OR MORE COMPLETELY THAN SHERWINN WILLIAMS “STEAMED MILK”. FROM ACROSS THE CROWDED SOUTHERN LIVING SHOWHOUSE OUR EYES MET…..(I am being silly) I DISCOVERED this BEAUTIFUL AND VERSATILE COLOR THE 2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE. DECORATOR EXTRAORDINAIRE, BUNNY WILLIAMS, EMPLOYED IT THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE, STUNNING AND ALLOWING THE WALLS TO ACT AS A QUIET BACKDROP TO THE BEAUTIFUL FURNISHINGS
AND I HAVE USED IT IN MY HALLWAYS….
THE LIVING ROOM…
THE DINING ROOM…
OH MY GOODNESS…I FORGOT THE SHERWINN WILLIAMS SEA SALT IN THE OTHER “HALF” OF THE LIVING ROOM..CONNECTED MY POCKET DOOR!!!
THE MASTER BEDROOM AT THE SOUTHERN LIVING SHOWHOUSE
THE WALLS OF PHOEBE’S BEDROOM AND ALL OF THE TRIM IN THE HOUSE EXPEPT THE KITCHEN IS BENJAMIN MOORE CHANTILLY LACE…
COOPER’S BEDROOM WENT FROM A DEEP BLUE TO BENJAMIN MOORE HORIZON..A VERY PALE WARM GRAY..AND CHANTILLY LACE TRIM..
THE KIDS BATHROOM IS OCEAN AIR WITH ACCENTS OF “CORAL GABLES”
THE LAUNDRY ROOM IS IN STRIPES OF OCEAN AIR AND MOUNTAIN PEAK WHITE…
THE MASTER BATHROOM IS PALLADIAN BLUE…
THE KITCHEN IS MOUNTAIN PEAK WHITE WITH THE SMALL AMOUNTS OF WALL PEEKING OUT NOW PAINTED…YOU GUESSED IT..STEAMED MILK!
I REMEMBER THE PROCESS OF CHOOSING A “RIGHT” WHITE FOR THE KITCHEN AS AN INTENSE, CONFUSING AND OFTEN OVERWHELMING PROCESS. FINALLY, I CONSULTED THE TRUE COLOR EXPERT – MARIA KILLAM – WHO SUGGESTED “MOUNTAIN PEAK WHITE” AS BEING A WHITE WHICH LOOKS GREAT NEXT TO STANDARD WHITE SUBWAY TILE. I KNEW I WOULD HAVE ALOT OF SUBWAY TILE IN THE ROOMS (KITCHEN AND BATHROOMS) WHERE THE WHITE WOULD BE AND THAT WAS THE TIPPING POINT. I HAVE NEVER LOOKED BACK!!!!!
FINALLY…AFTER 140 YEARS OF BEING UNPAINTED AND EXPOSED TO THE ELEMENTS…WE HAD THE EXTERIOR OF OUR HOUSE PAINTED SIMPLY WHITE. WHO KNEW IT WOULD BE THE 2016 BENJAMIN MOORE COLOR OF THE YEAR!!!! SIMPLY WHITE IS A GREAT COLOR…WITH AN EVER SO SLIGHT TOUCH OF YELLOW..BUT NOT A CREAMY WHITE IN ANY WAY…A GREAT COLOR AND PERFECT FOR A HOUSE EXTERIOR!
THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE ARE ACCENTS OF ALMOST EVERY COLOR…LOTS AND LOTS OF PINK!!!!
LIKE I SAID…I LOVE COLOR!
THANK YOU VISITING MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE..HAVE FUN PLAYING WITH COLOR AND MAKE SURE TO SHARE YOUR COLOR QUANDRIES WITH ME!!!
THERE ARE ABOUT 8 HOURS LEFT..in this year, 2015
YEARS have whole personalities, like people. And when they come to a close and the time to sum them up arrives, some years are easier to put in a nutshell, some are more interesting, busier than others.. some are tornadoes of change and drama …. some are beloved, sweet and simple. But ALL have a personality.
There are years where you receive the passport stamp of MILESTONE MOMENTS…, marriages, births, deaths, divorces, big moves and job changes..years that as they wind to a close often elicit a “we made it!” high five…or a simple sigh of relief and a readiness to turn the page.
There are years of LOSS. I lost an immediate family member is 2012 (My Father), 2013 (My sister-in-law Maura), and 2014 (My Father in Law) …those were years of navigating the stages of grief and though LIFE carried on, creativity happened and many smiles and happy moments spontaneously erupted and joy ensued…always…in the back of my heart was a tender place.
Holes where they had been.
Time heals and life carries on. 2015 will go down in MY LIFE’S HISTORY as one of the
BIGGEST YEARS OF JOYFUL CELEBRATION. I’ll take it!
MY FIRSTBORN, TATE COLTRANE, GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL AND WAS ACCEPTED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA…WHERE HE BECAME A FIRST YEAR IN AUGUST.
MY SECOND BORN, , PHOEBE HOLIDAY, APPLIED EARLY DECISION AND WAS JUST ACCEPTED TO THE COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY WHERE SHE WILL BEGIN HER STUDIES FALL 2016.
PHOEBE ALSO WAS THE RECIPIENT OF THE EMILY COURIC SCHOLARSHIP ($5000) AT HER HIGH SCHOOL AND IN JANUARY WILL ATTEND A LUNCHEON WITH 7 GIRLS FROM EACH OF THE OTHER SCHOOLS IN OUR AREA AND ONE OF THEM WILL WIN $30,000!…
AND SHE WAS THE HOMECOMING QUEEN!
MY YOUNGEST COOPER ELLINGTON, GRADUATED MIDDLE SCHOOL AND STARTED HIGH SCHOOL……AND HE..AND I…..GOT OUR BRACES OFF!
I ATTENDED THE DESIGN BLOGGERS CONFERENCE IN LATE FEBRUARY AND ON THE WAY OUT THE DOOR, WAS INTRODUCED BY MY DESIGNER FRIEND LISA MENDE, TO TRACI ZELLER, A LOVELY DESIGNER WHO HAPPENS TO SHARE A DESIGN OFFICE SPACE WITH LISA. TRACI ASKED ME IF I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN PAINTING SOME HORSES FOR AN UPCOMING SHOWHOUSE SHE WAS DESIGNING…AND THUS BEGAN ON OF MY FAVORITE PROJECTS EVER! THE CHARLOTTE HOMEARAMA SHOWHOUSE IN CHEVAL.
IN ADDITION TO THE DOZENS OF CUSTOM PET PORTRAITS I HAD THE HONOR OF PAINTING…
IN AUGUST, THE ONLINE ART WEBSITE U GALLERY COMMISSIONED ME
TO DO 7 “CELEBRITY” CUSTOM PET PORTRAITS. IT WAS THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME. WE EVEN HEARD BACK FROM A FEW THE RECIPIENTS!!!
. ……I ALSO PAINTED ANDY COHEN’S DOG “WACHA” – JUST BECAUSE I LOVE HIM AND LOVE HOW WACHA HAS STOLEN SUCH A HUGE PIECE OF ANDY’S HEART…HE SENT ME A LOVELY THANK YOU NOTE…WHICH YES..MADE MY DAY!!!
ALSO, at the Atlanta Design Bloggers conference, I met the Queen of decorating herself, Bunny Williams. I introduced Bunny to my paintings and while they did not end up using any of my work in the 2015 Southern Living Ideahouse which was located 15 minutes from my home…I absolutely LOVED the house and was obsessed with the interior color Sherwinn Williams “Steamed Milk”! I visited the house twice and painted 2/3 of my house in “Steamed Milk”, I plan to do a TON of redecorating next year with this soft background as my template.
ANOTHER PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHT OF THIS YEAR FOR ME WAS COMPLETING A BIG DECORATING JOB. I WILL BE POSTNG THIS TRANSFORMATION IN MUCH MORE DETAIL IN THE COMING WEEKS…BUT I WAS HIRED TO MAKEOVER A LIVING ROOM, DINING ROOM AND A DEN IN A GORGEOUS HOME. THE FINAL INSTALLATION WAS THIS PAST MONDAY AND THE CLIENT SAYS SHE FEELS LIKE SHE IS LIVING IN A DREAM! I COULD NOT ASK FOR MORE!
WE HAD FAMILY FROM BOTH SIDES HERE BEFORE AND AFTER CHRISTMAS AND IT WAS PURE BLISS..SHARING TIME WITH THE ONES I HOLD SO DEAR!!! and not for a funeral!
FINALLY – I AM SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE COMPLETED ANOTHER YEAR HERE…ON THIS planet and on this BLOG…JUST SHOWING UP…IF NOT WITH AS MUCH REGULARITY AS I WOULD LIKE …ALWAYS WITH CONSISTENT LOVE FOR WHAT I SHARE AND WHAT YOU SHARE…YOUR HOMES, YOUR QUESTIONS, YOUR PETS…ALL THE AMAZING ANIMALS I GET TO MEET AND PAINT…I AM SO VERY BLESSED THIS YEAR WAS WONDERFUL!
IN CLOSING, I WANT TO SHARE SOMETHING I WROTE ON FACEBOOK A WHILE BACK
“I know the world is a ****fest right now.
I ache with worry that the world my children are going into is damaged beyond repair.
But I do believe in Love. I believe in Love with all my heart and I believe that one-act of kindness, small as it may seem…holds transformative powers. Love one another. Truly. Let the crap go. Forgive. Open your hearts and your minds . Let love in and leave your Love Stamp wherever you go. Be nice. And kind. I do believe in Love.”