TIMELESS YELLOWS – NOT CALLED YELLOW

YELLOW is my husbands favorite color….

Our very first home was a sweet small brick home, with low ceilings and little light in the hallways. I  wanted to brighten the main hallways and chose a pale yellow. The color was called…”Yellow” something…maybe “Spring YELLOW”, I can’t remember….I wanted a nice light creamy yellow and that is how it looked on the card. I was so certain it was perfect that I did not even feel the need to put a tester swatch on the wall (BIG..BIG… MISTAKE). I could not wait to come home and see the beautiful hallway  inspired by this English Countryside Inn .

KESWICK HALL, KESWICK VA

KESWICK HALL, KESWICK VA

Unfortunately I walked in and was slapped in the face with a LEMON……It was so bright I needed sunglasses (maybe I am exaggerating a tad). We are not talking a deep rich gorgeous yellow like the  beautiful MONTICELLO CHROME YELLOW which I adore…..

MONTICELLO - ELLE DECOR

MONTICELLO – ELLE DECOR

…but no, OUR HALLWAY  was like the inside of a lemon.

LEMONY LEMONS PINTEREST

LEMONY LEMONS PINTEREST

LEMON SORBET DONE RIGHT!

LEMON SORBET DONE RIGHT!

We repainted immediately.

 I learned a valuable lesson …and  that was that MOST TIMELESS interior YELLOWS ….are actually…

NOT CALLED YELLOW AT ALL!

. HAWTHORNE YELLOW

HAWTHORNE YELLOW

Of the 10 best selling  yellows that Benjamin Moore sells…only one,

Hawthorne Yellow  uses the word

“YELLOW” in its’ name.

Hawthorne Yellow Front door from Pinterest

Hawthorne Yellow Front door from Pinterest

THE Remaining 9 are all beautiful ….

9 of the 10 most popular Benjamin Moore Yellows: Concord Ivory, desert Tan, Hemplewhite Ivory, Mannequin Cream, Montgomery White, Philadelphia White, Rich Cream, Weston Flax, Windham Cream.

9 of the 10 most popular Benjamin Moore Yellows: Concord Ivory, desert Tan, Hemplewhite Ivory, Mannequin Cream, Montgomery White, Philadelphia White, Rich Cream, Weston Flax, Windham Cream.

…but NOT called YELLOW. I learned that the yellow colors I like need to almost look creamy whitish in the can…then on the wall they translate to that lovely creamy yellow I wanted… LETS TAKE A LOOK….

CONCORD IVORY

CONCORD IVORY

CONCORD IVORY

CONCORD IVORY

WESTON FLAX

WESTON FLAX

WESTON FLAX

WESTON FLAX

philadelphia cream

PHILADELPHIA CREAM

PHILADELPHIA CREAM

PHILADELPHIA CREAM -ANITA HOLLAND INTERIORS

MONTGOMERY WHITE

MONTGOMERY WHITE

MONTGOMERY WHITE

MONTGOMERY WHITE THE GARDEN WEB

MANNEQUIN CREAM

MANNEQUIN CREAM

MANNEQUIN CREAM

MANNEQUIN CREAM

HEMPLEWHITE IVORY

HEMPLEWHITE IVORY

HEMPLEWHITE IVORY

HEMPLEWHITE IVORY – HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

desert tan

DESERT TAN

DESERT TAN

DESERT TAN

AND MY TWO PERSONAL FAVORITES….RICH CREAM AND WINDHAM CREAM

RICH CREAM

RICH CREAM

RICH CREAM

RICH CREAM

WINDHAM CREAM

WINDHAM CREAM

WINDHAM CREAM

WINDHAM CREAM..JUST LOOK HOW LOVELY IT IS WITH THE WHITE PORCELAIN…

DECOR PAD - I ADORE THIS WINDHAM CREAM LVING ROOM...!!!!

MORE WINDHAM CREAM …..LVING ROOM.   I ADORE THIS ROOM..!!!! THIS IS MY PERSONAL FAVORITE!!!

….our living room WAS painted a color with a golden undertone, very subtle but lovely…

CREAMY WHITE AKA SPRING IN ASPEN

CREAMY WHITE AKA SPRING IN ASPEN

MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - SPOONFLOWER FABRIC DRAPES

MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE – LIVING ROOM – SPOONFLOWER FABRIC DRAPES

WE RECENTLY CHANGED THE LIVING ROOM PAINT COLOR (AND ALMOST MY ENTIRE HOUSE!  – EVER SO SLIGHTLY TO A NEW COLOR WHICH HAS A TAD LESS GRAY..BUT STILL THE CREAMY WHITE COLOR –

SHERWINN WILLIAMS STEAMED MILK

SHERWINN WILLIAMS STEAMED MILK

SHERWINN WILLIAMS STEAMED MILK

LIVING ROOM PAINTED STEAMED MILK

LIVING ROOM PAINTED STEAMED MILK

ALL of these “YELLOWS” which are NOT CALLED YELLOW are timeless.

AND VERSATILE. They look great in combination with pale blues and sort reds, greens and pinks…even Black……they are warm and inviting and relaxing and cozy and can be appropriate for nearly all styles…be it ….Mid-Century Modern or Vintage or Cottage or Country or Arts and Crafts, Colonial Revival.

YELLOW AND BLUE KITCHEN

YELLOW AND BLUE KITCHEN

YELLOW AND BLUE

YELLOW AND BLUE

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE “GO TO” INTERIOR YELLOW???

have you ever had a yellow mishap?

Leslie

MONDAY MAKEOVER – REFINISHING THE DINING ROOM TABLE

A few years ago…

when TWITTER was just getting started…..

I sent a TWEET to Mary McDonald...the designer……and asked her:

MARY MCDONALD

MARY MCDONALD

“Can I paint an antique wooden table?”

It was really only the top that I wanted to paint. “

AND Mary replied!!! ” As long as it can be taken off (IF) you ever want to – fine”

So I painted the top of our dining room table .

FAIRVIEW TAUPE DINING ROOM

FAIRVIEW TAUPE DINING ROOM

THIS SPRING –  I took the paint OFF – AND I refinished it, taking it back to the gorgeous Walnut wooden veneer top.

TOOLS AND PRODUCTS-

  1. A couple scrapers – a few sizes are helpful.
  2. THE “GOOP”. in this case called “GOOF OFF”
  3. Sander and sand paper – different grades.
  4. Protective gloves and eye-wear
  5. Stain – if you will be re- staining your piece.
  6. Varnish – or wax whichever you prefer .

This is a more laborious and tedious project than Truly difficult.

It just takes time and patience to do it right. AND you must take great care to protect yourself from the VERY DANGEROUS fumes of the paint remover. I highly recommend doing the work outside if you are able and if not ONLY work inside – IN A VERY WELL ventilated room. A mask does not protect you from the fumes – thought I still wore one -! and I was OUTSIDE! Also wear protective goggles. If you ever get a drop of the “goop” on your skin –  you will know why. IT IS INCREDIBLY CAUSTIC. It will give you a nasty burn .

Bottom line- Just be careful and while I love “shortcuts” this is NOT  a time to take them.

STEP 1- REMOVING THE BULK OF THE PAINT.

NOTE – MANY PEOPLE go straight to step 2 – and JUST SAND to remove the old finish and/or paint. Since I was the one to paint the 10+ coats of paint on this table..I knew sanding would not be  SUFFICIENT AND thus started by using a chemical paint remover.

Prepare the area. I covered the ground with brown paper to protect the grass and keep the chemicals confined.

Wear protective gloves when you use the “GOOF OFF.

You “paint” on the GOOP in one direction, with a big fat old brush (because you will want to toss it) lay it on nice and thick and leave it to do its thing.(your particular product will give you detailed instructions. READ and HEED.

Once it has bubbled up, you just scrape it off. It is actually quite cool!  This step might take two go-arounds for thick old paint. I was careful not to get the Goop on the legs as I did not want them stripped.

 

STEP TWO – SAND AND SAND AND SAND

This step is tedious. I have a few different Sanders, the one I liked the best for this was the ORBITAL SANDER.

DEWALT 3 Amp 5 in. Corded Random Orbit Hook and Loop Sander

DEWALT 3 Amp 5 in. Corded Random Orbit Hook and Loop Sander

EVENTUALLY – you will be down to the wood only. switch to the finest grade, and use steel wool if you like. making the top super smooth for varnishing.

SAND SAND AND SAND SOME MORE

SAND SAND AND SAND SOME MORE

WHEN SANDING IS DONE WIPE LIGHTLY MULTIPLE TIMES WITH WARM SOAPY WATER TO REMOVE DUST..

WHEN SANDING IS DONE WIPE LIGHTLY MULTIPLE TIMES WITH WARM SOAPY WATER TO REMOVE DUST..

STAINING AND VARNISHING

I chose NOT to stain my table. I loved the natural color and one of the reasons I had painted it to begin with is that it looked to dark for my home. I figured I can always stain later if I change my mind. The trickiest thing with varnish is getting it on and NOT getting tiny hairs and dust and itsy bits bugs in it. I always APPLY VARNISH in one direction . I varnished at the end of the day when the table was not under direct sunlight or heat as those things will dry the varnish too fast and leave BRUSH marks. The varnish needs time to lay smooth.

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THE RESULTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES…I LOVE THE WOOD!

REFINISHED TABLE!

REFINISHED TABLE!

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VINTAGE JOHN STUART WALNUT MID CENTURY DINING TABLE

VINTAGE JOHN STUART WALNUT MID CENTURY DINING TABLE

DINING ROOM  - PHOTO BY CRAMER PHOTO

DINING ROOM – PHOTO BY CRAMER PHOTO

START TO FINISH- THIS PROJECT TOOK ABOUT 3 DAYS.

AND IT WAS WORTH EVERY MINUTE!

XO

Leslie

THE LIVING ROOMS

Our LIVING ROOM is the heart of our home.

Everyone lives there. and it is the room I will miss the most.

I will never forget the day we first visited the house. It was snowy and cold and the house had been empty for 3 years. But she had great bones. I rounded the corner and looked the length of the living room and saw…the mirror.

THE MIRROR

THE MIRROR

Recently, my dear friend Sarah Cramer Shields (cramerphoto.com) photographed our living room…ENJOY.

LIVING ROOM #1 IS PAINTED SHERWINN WILLIAMS SEA SALT

LIVING ROOM #1 IS PAINTED SHERWINN WILLIAMS SEA SALT

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THE PINK CABINET - INTERIOR BENJAMIN MOORE PARADISE PINK

THE PINK CABINET – INTERIOR BENJAMIN MOORE PARADISE PINK

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“JEROME” – SOLD ON UGALLERY THE DAY AFTER THE PHOTO SHOOT!

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SOURCE LIST

LIVING ROOM #1 (Sherwinn Williams Sea Salt with Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace trim)

Furniture –    Sideboard, Wing-backs – Circa Charlottesville http://circainc.com

    Sofa – Greenfront http://www.greenfront.com

Durham Coffee Tablehttp://www.ballarddesigns.com/durham-coffee-table/356822

Pink Cabinet – Circa Charlottesville http://circainc.com (interior – Benjamin Moore Paradise pink)

Desk – Target – http://www.target.com/p/threshold-campaign-desk/-/A-14517906

Drapery –         Martha Stewart Faux Linen – http://www.homedepot.com/p/Martha-Stewart-Living-Hemp-Faux-Silk-Back-Tab-Curtain/202377568

Lighting –     Lamps – Roxie daisy, Charlottesville http://roxiedaisy.com

Chandelier – Layla Grayce http://www.laylagrayce.com

Rug –             Sea grass – Ballard Designs – http://www.ballarddesigns.com/seagrass-rug/380329

Pillows –         Targethttp://www.target.com/p/safavieh-ruddy-pillow-set-of-2-pink-18-x18/-/A-21400241

Pillow Collection – http://www.thepillowcollection.com

Pottery Barnhttp://www.potterybarn.com

Magazine Holdershttp://www.target.com/p/threshold-rustic-wire-magazine-holder/-/A-15023400

more on Living Room – http://myoldcountryhouse.com/monday-makeover-sea-salt-living-room/

LIVING ROOM #2 ( Sherwinn Williams Steamed Milk with Benjamin Moore Chantilly lace trim)

Furniture –    Vintage Sofa – Circa Charlottesville http://circainc.com

Belgian Linen Slipcovered “Caroline” Sofa – Four Seasons Furniture Greenfront http://www.greenfront.com

Coffee Table – Vintage (I have had this table since my footloose days in NYC. It Used   to be a dining table.We had it cut down to the a coffee table)

Sideboard – Circa Charlottesville http://circainc.com

Ottoman – Target – Reupholstered

Chair – Vintage Reupholstered

Drapery         Home Depot – http://www.homedepot.com/p/Martha-Stewart-Living-Rainwater-Faux-Silk-Back-Tab-Curtain/202507653

Rug –              Sea grass – Ballard Designs – http://www.ballarddesigns.com/seagrass-rug/380329

Artwork – Lesli DeVito – http://www.leslidevito.com, http://www.ugallery.com/ProductList.aspx?RC=1&Search=LESLI+devito

Lighting –           Lamps  – Robert Abbey http://www.lampsplus.com/products/robert-abbey-22-and-three-quarter-inch-pink-ceramic-and-silver-table-lamp__g6565.html

Chandelier – Vintage  Chandelier  from Ebay

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LesliHouse0066 THANK YOU FOR VISITING MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE. 

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Leslie

THE KIDS BATHROOM

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KIDS BATHROOM – sarah cramer photos

KIDS BATHROOM - photo Cramer Photos

KIDS BATHROOM – photo Cramer Photos

THE TRUE TEST OF ANY MAKEOVER IS HOW IS HOLDS UP OVER TIME. THE KIDS BATHROOM MAKEOVER HAS BEEN A SUCCESS ON ALL FRONT AND LOOKS AS FRESH AND HAPPY TODAY AS IT DID 3 YEARS AGO WHEN I GUT RENOVATED IT.

LETS TAKE A LOOK!

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(Some things do not hold up – sadly that adorable toothbrush holder fell onto the tile floor and broke – lesson learned!)

There were a few finishing touches to do and some changes I made…but I FINALLY got in there and snapped away last night!!!

BENJAMIN MOORE: GOSSAMER BLUE, CORAL GABLES, OCEAN AIR, MOUNTAIN PEAK WHITE

BENJAMIN MOORE: GOSSAMER BLUE, CORAL GABLES, OCEAN AIR, MOUNTAIN PEAK WHITE

The little coral/orange soap-dish I got at one of my favorite Charlottesville stores “O’SUZANNAH!”…and it was the catalyst behind the “changes” I spoke of. I LOVED how it complimented the Ocean Air Blue walls….and so…VOILA!

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Belle Foret Faucet and Coral soap dish

The mirrors, originally the same finish as the VANITIES/Consoles…were painted to POP!

…”CORAL CABLES” by Benjamin Moore.

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Galvanized sconces: LOWES, Mirrors painted Benjamin Moore Coral Gables

 If and when we move and IF I am called upon to RE-DO another bathroom – I would 100% get these vanities agin. They hold up great – the color is so beautiful and they have awesome storage. The tops are sleek and easy to keep clean. LOVE THEM!
MARTHA STEWART VANITIES FROM HOME DEPOT

MARTHA STEWART LIVING SEAL HARBOR 30 IN. VANITY IN SHARKEY GRAY WITH ALPINE WHITE TOP. HARDWARE IS POLISHED CHROME.

The sinks are nice and big, which works great with kids…. if they splash it usually just goes back
into the sink…I spied Cooper this morning rinsing his toothpaste spit down the drain…and it
made my heart swell!!!!
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I would do these lighting choices again in heartbeat!
The Galvanized Sconces above the sinks are ACTUALLY Outdoor fixtures I got at…
of all places LOWES!!!
They were a whopping $39.98/each!!!!
that I fell in love with at Barn Light Electric.

 

……and in fact….I added a custom made Galvanized Schoolhouse pendant…

 

KIDSBATHPENDANT FOR AN AFFORDABLE $130

from BarnLightElectric…

I learned SO many new skills doing this bathroom.

One thing I tackled was that when the tile was on the wall, the plugs were then too recessed INSIDE the wall. What I had to do was remove the screws holding the plug in and putting nuts behind them to bring the plug out 1/4 inch…it then enabled me to put the switch plate on…

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The white shower curtain and liner I got a TARGET.!!

The Pale Seafoam Blue shower curtain I made from a fabric from SPOONFLOWER called

“Beyond the Sea Ikat “by

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by the way…side note here…

SPOONFLOWER IS AN INCREDIBLE RESOURCE for unique fabrics…

I LOVE IT!
I absolutely am IN LOVE with the Belle Foret shower and faucet that I got at VINTAGE TUB…except, and this has nothing to do with THESE fixtures,
but I have learned something…the hard way of course…

KIDSSHOWER

There is a new law in effect and I guess if you get a shower installed now they all have to have the PRESSURE BALANCE VALVE
WHICH basically keeps you from scalding yourself if someone flushes…except…EXCEPT…it
apparently is a known fact that this does not work well with big old country houses with big old
pipes…
Initially, this change created LOW pressure issues,
but we were able to make some adjustments which accommodated for the Decreased Pressureand
now we have great shower pressure!!!! I love learning new stuff!!!!


Here is the little nook, and the Seal Harbor Medicine chest,
where gallons of hair products are stored and very little medicine lives. For some reason, I adore this
little nook. It just makes me happy.
The hooks on the door are from ANTHROPOLOGIE….
The room JUST WORKS, the space is smart and happy and the kids can be in there together getting
ready…
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KIDS BATHROOM SOURCE LIST –

VANITIES http://www.homedepot.com/p/Martha-Stewart-Living-Seal-Harbor-30-in-Vanity-in-Sharkey-Gray-with-Vanity-Top-in-White-SL30P2COM-SG/202931161?cm_mmc=shopping-_-shopzilla-_-D29-_-202931161&szredirectid=14666046272500094150810090302008005&gclid=CKGHif_nu80CFYJkNwodgBUFOw&gclsrc=ds

MIRRORS – http://www.homedepot.com/p/Martha-Stewart-Living-Seal-Harbor-23-in-x-28-in-Wall-Mirror-in-Sharkey-Gray-SLWM23COM-SG/202931167 Painted Benjamin Moore Coral Gables

Medicine Chesthttp://www.homedepot.com/p/Martha-Stewart-Living-Seal-Harbor-23-in-W-x-28-in-H-Surface-Mount-Medicine-Cabinet-in-Sharkey-Gray-SLMC23COM-SG/202931175

Faucetshttp://www.vintagetub.com/randolph-morris-victoria-widespread-bathroom-sink-faucet-with-metal-cross-handles-rmnab818mc-bn-s.html

Tub –  http://www.homedepot.com/p/Bootz-Industries-Aloha-5-ft-Left-Hand-Drain-Soaking-Tub-in-White-011-2365-00/100389007

Tub faucethttp://www.vintagetub.com/belle-foret-artistry-one-handle-pressure-balance-tub-and-shower-faucet-whro797wh-s.html

Toilet –     http://www.homedepot.com/p/KOHLER-Memoirs-Stately-2-piece-1-28-GPF-Single-Flush-Elongated-Toilet-with-AquaPiston-Flush-Technology-in-White/203075708

Lighting –         Sconceshttp://www.lowes.com/pd/Portfolio-Ellicott-13-12-in-H-Galvanized-Dark-Sky-Outdoor-Wall-Light/50106276

Pendant – Barn Light Electric http://www.barnlightelectric.com/pendant-lighting/vintage-pendants/stem-mount-schoolhouse-light.html

Wallpaperhttp://www.hyggeandwest.com

more on the kids bathroom – http://myoldcountryhouse.com/the-kids-bathroom/

Have a great weekend!!!
Leslie

SUMMER RERUNS – POWDER ROOM REVEAL

Tucked under the staircase…like Harry Potter’s room..is our 1/2 bath – Powder room. I completely gutted the room a few years ago. One of the most important decoration lesson I learned is that sometimes dark colors are exactly what tiny spaces crave.

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The Powder Room Makeover is complete!!

Come on in!
VOILA!
HANG UP YOUR TOWEL!
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Our children’s inability to properly hang up a towel in an ongoing source of frustration. We have tried everything , including TOWEL RATIONING..to no avail.  Last week it occurred to me that the kids are great about hanging up their coats…and I HAD an epiphany. The loops on the backs of jackets have revolutionized coat hanging and so I stitched a piece of grosgrain ribbon loop
….at the top left and bottom right corner of each towel…
I spied the Aged Brass bunny hook at Anthropologie and HAD TO HAVE IT!!!!

There was a very visible seam on the left wall. I planned to cover it with a mirror or photo, when my husband suggested trying to match the paint color and perhaps touch it up a bit. Skeptical, I took a wallpaper scrap to my Benjamin Moore store and they matched the color in FLAT paint. I painted the seam…and then touched up other imperfections (remember – the wallpaper pieces were remnants of a discontinued print). You absolutely cannot see any seams OR Imperfections now!!! Thanks Hubs!

THE CUBBY

I removed the sliding doors, to paint the inside of the cabinet, with every intention to replace them afterward. But loved the way it opened up the room.

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The open space made the room feel bigger and brighter and more importantly, gave useable storage to the room….I went around the house grabbing up items to style it with and I also picked up the two baskets at Target. The vase and book are gifts from Anthropologie, the pewter Bunny cup was a gift when Phoebe was born, and the Beth Mueller “Emerge” vase was a gift from my Best Friend Trish.

PRETTY POTTY
Who ever had the brilliant idea to start making toilets more attractive is a GENIUS in my book.

I mean, toilets are the centerpiece of most bathrooms, so why shouldn’t they have some style?

bathpotty I adore this TRESHAM toilet by Kohler.

It has similar lines to the Vintage inspired Pedestal sink and is very water conserving to boot!.

LIGHTING
I did not change the light fixture.

Just cleaned it up a bit. I love it. We got it when we first moved in. It is from REJUVINATION lighting and it is called the “ADRIAN” fixture. We needed a fixture that could be turned off right on the light itself, not with a switch.

SOURCES:
WALLPAPER- “DOLLFACE” in “PHOEBE” By Peyton Turner at Flat Vernacular
                          and Allen & Roth Paintable BEADBOARD wallpaper from Lowes
PAINT- BENJAMIN MOORE MOUNTAIN PEAK WHITE
SINK – “Pegasus Pedestal Lavatory” from VINTAGE TUB
FAUCET/TOILET PAPER HOLDER are from VINTAGETUB .
TILE – Hexagon tile from  HOME DEPOT
TOILET – KOHLER TRESHAM TOILET
MIRROR-  TJ MAXX years ago.
….if would like to go back and read the “making of” POSTS go HEREHERE and HERE and  HERE,

 

I look at this room and it makes me so happy. I proved to myself that I can do it! I tackled tasks I had never done like removing a toilet, a sink and the floors and I boosted my confidence by laying tile and hanging very complex wallpaper as well as the bead board wallpaper.

I DID IT!!! and I LOVE IT!!!

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WALLPAPER -FLAT VERNACULAR BEADBOARD - MOUNTAIN PEAK WHITE

WALLPAPER -FLAT VERNACULAR
BEADBOARD PAINTABLE WALLPAPER – LOWES – PAINTED BENJAMIN MOORE MOUNTAIN PEAK WHITE

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POWDER ROOM SOURCE LIST – 

Wallpaper – “Dollface” in “Phoebe” By Peyton Turner at Flat Vernacular

Pedestal Sink – http://www.vintagetub.com/pegasus-pedestal-sink-with-8-inch-faucet-center-drillings-pgfl19308w-s.html

 Faucet –     http://www.vintagetub.com/elizabethan-classics-centerset-lavatory-sink-faucet-with-porcelain-cross-handles-eccs05sn-s.html/

Toilet Paper holder –  http://www.potterybarn.com/products/sussex-paper-holder/?pkey=e%7Csussex%7C33%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C48%7C%7C5&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH

Floor –              Tile http://www.homedepot.com/p/Merola-Tile-Metro-Hex-Matte-White-10-1-4-in-x-11-3-4-in-x-5-mm-Porcelain-Mosaic-Tile-8-54-sq-ft-case-FDXMHMW/202647811

Tresham Toliet – KOHLER – http://www.lowes.com/pd/KOHLER-Tresham-White-1-28-GPF-4-85-LPF-12-in-Rough-in-WaterSense-Elongated-Comfort-Height-Toilet/999992126

Thanks for visiting My Old Country House!

Leslie

SUMMER RERUNS – MASTER BEDROOM MINI MAKEOVER

RATHER than to leave you with nothing to read…I have decided to re-post some of my top read posts…and I promise —I WILL BE BACK!

Hope everyone is off to a good summer.

Pray for Peace. xo

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3 BIG things were bugging me in our MASTER 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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Leslie

CLASS OF 2016 – THERE SHE GOES…

EVERYTHING I think to say sounds like a cliché.

“It goes so fast”…”I can’t believe we are here!”…”How did she grow up so fast?”

But times like these – they are the things of which clichés are made …these milestone moments. And within each home of each classmate – the processing takes place..the trying to digest the enormity of it all…and the moving forward because that is the only way to go and these kids..they are a going!

I only have one daughter…my Phoebe…she is the only daughter of an only daughter…both of us…do not have sisters – just each other. She calls me her “best friend” and I call her “my best daughter” and yes, she is my best friend too.

The heading to college part I am actually more at peace with … I have the luxury of one under my belt, Tate, and I know how amazing he has grown to be and I am so very excited for Phoebe to experience her version of this . She will only be 2 hours away. ONLY.

No, it is just the BIG-NESS of it all. This morning, as I walked past her bedroom and peeked in and saw her, still asleep with her cat Gus as sentry and bed companion…Phoebe tightly curled up on her side…a tiny lump the size of a pillow…I saw ALL the Phoebe’s…the red faced newborn, the standing  in her high chair, on her bike seat going down a hill – danger girl, running faster than the boys, laughing til she cried, guitar playing and chocolate loving and fruit despising soccer playing, losing too, too  many people …and staying so strong girl, and through it all … the smile,

….her smile, that smile which has greeted me every single day of her life…including the first day when she lay tucked under my chin and looked at me as if to say:

“Finally!!! Finally after all these years we meet…!”

….and it is not the moving on, not the growing up that makes me feel as if I have met truly my emotional match…it is that I will miss the smile and all that lies behind it, probably more, if I am being truly honest, than I will have missed any single thing in my life.

I don’t think I can write anymore.

Not today. I need to collect myself and smile back and be so very very proud…of my girl.

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All we have is right now – this moment – and this moment …is amazing!

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!!!

Leslie

PREPPY ROOMS

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DOMAINE HOME- MUST SEE SITE BEAUTIFUL!

….here is my “PREPPY” PALATE:

preppy colors - any direction you go, these colors compliment each other - from top left all Benjamin Moore: Windmill wings, Caymen Blue, Downpour Blue, Poppy, Kelly Green, Yellow Lotus, Calypso orange, Coral Gables and Ribbon Pink

preppy colors – any direction you go, these colors compliment each other – from top left all Benjamin Moore: Windmill wings, Caymen Blue, Downpour Blue, Poppy, Kelly Green, Yellow Lotus, Calypso orange, Coral Gables and Ribbon Pink

check out this VINEYARD VINES ROOM in Nantucket!!!

PREPPY VINEYARD VINES ROOM

PREPPY VINEYARD VINES ROOM . I LOVE THIS! NOT TOO MUCH, JUST ENOUGH!

……I think too much of any ONE thing….whether it be a color or a style is not nearly as much fun as a more eclectic approach to life….and when I think of PREPPY in terms of interiors, what comes to mind are all of the same things I like about Preppy clothing –

….they are  “classic”, “Traditional”, “colorful” and most of all relaxed without being messy.

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bryn alexandra

I think  Preppy elements EXIST in many rooms which would not consider themselves Preppy….and thats okay…who wants to be labeled anyway!

BEING THE COLOR JUNKIE THAT I AM…I AM RATHER OBSESSED WITH NOT ONLY COLORS BUT COLORS IN PROXIMITY TO OTHER COLORS…HOW THOSE MARRIAGES OF COLOR MAKE US FEEL AND WHAT THEY COMMUNICATE..
HGTV - PREPPY KITCHEN

HGTV – PREPPY KITCHEN

.HERE ARE A FEW COLOR COMBOS THAT ALWAYS MAKE ME FEEL PREPPY…NOTICE THAT NAVY PLAYS A BIG PART…
NAVY GREEN
DIMPLES AND TANGLES

DIMPLES AND TANGLES

CORALNAVY
CAITLIN WILSON KISMET

CAITLIN WILSON KISMET

PROJECT NURSERY

PROJECT NURSERY

CAITLIN WILSON

CAITLIN WILSON

PINK AND GREEN

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"APRIL" 36" X 36" AVAILABLE ON UGALLERY - lesli devito

“APRIL”
36″ X 36″ AVAILABLE ON UGALLERY – lesli devito

DOMINO

DOMINO

HOUSE OF TURQUOISE

HOUSE OF TURQUOISE

ORANGE NAVY
HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

DIANE BERGERON

DIANE BERGERON

POTTERY BARN

POTTERY BARN

HOMESTORIES.COM

HOMESTORIES.COM

DECORPAD

DECORPAD

YOUNG HOUSE LOVE HMEARAMA SHOWHOUSE - AND MY PORTRAIT OF BURGER!

YOUNG HOUSE LOVE HMEARAMA SHOWHOUSE – AND MY PORTRAIT OF BURGER!

PINKNAVY

INDULGY.COM

INDULGY.COM

PHOEBE'S "OLD" ROOM - Photo taken by John Petersik of Young House Love for our HOUSE CRASH

PHOEBE’S “OLD” ROOM – Photo taken by John Petersik of Young House Love for our HOUSE CRASH

PINK AND NAVY

PINK AND NAVY

DESIGN SPONGE

DESIGN SPONGE

SOUTH SHORE DECORATING BLOG

SOUTH SHORE DECORATING BLOG

and of course because this is where it all started…. NAVYRED

THOMAS HAMEL

THOMAS HAMEL

AFTER ALL….WE ARE ALL INSPIRED BY SO MANY THINGS…HERE ARE SOME MORE

PREPPY INSPIRED ROOMS:

LIVING ROOMS –

ALANNA CAVANAGH BROOKS BROTHERS SUIT

ALANNA CAVANAGH
ART TITLED “BROOKS BROTHERS SUIT”

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

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DINING ROOMS –

HAUS AND HOME

HAUS AND HOME

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tria giovan COASTAL STYLE

inspired…

PINTEREST

PINTEREST

BEDROOMS –

CAITLIN WILSON VIA DESIGN SPONGE

CAITLIN WILSON VIA DESIGN SPONGE

…CAITLIN WILSONS TEXTILES LEND THEMSELVES TO THE PREPPY LIFESTYLE- THEY ARE CLASSIC, COLORFUL, EASY AND WORK WELL WITH OTHER PIECES…I AM IN LOVE WITH SO MANY OF HER FABRICS..AND RATHER COO COO FOR THE NEW ANCHOR LINE…

MORE CAITLIN WILSON

MORE CAITLIN WILSON

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SOUTHERN PI PHI

MY DESIGN CHIC

MY DESIGN CHIC

ASHLEY WHITAKER - HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

ASHLEY WHITAKER – HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

COTTAGE FENCE

COTTAGE FENCE

THE HANDMADE HOME

THE HANDMADE HOME

http://www.mydesignchic.com/2012/12/in-good-taste-anna-cordeira-design.html

my design chic    anna-cordeira design

BHG

BHG

PB TEEN

PB TEEN

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PREPPY IS ALL ABOUT FUNCTION AND EASE…CLASSIC STYLES, IN CONTEMPORARY HUES…CLEAN LINES THAT FLATTER EVERY SILHOUETTE  AND COLORS THAT COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER…BRING OUT THE BEST…IN EACH OTHER…AND SHOW US SOMETHING THAT WE MIGHT HAVE MISSED…

PINK YUMMY - NYLON PINKSY

PINK YUMMY – NYLON PINKSY

DO YOU HAVE PREPPY ELEMENTS IN YOUR HOME?

Leslie

CATCHING UP

I HAVE FALLEN SO BEHIND WITH BLOGGING…that I have no idea where to begin …and it in some ways reminds me of when you forget to send a Thank-You note and the longer you wait the harder it gets to know what to say.

Since I live my life by lists these days I will use that format.

1. Our house is still on the Market. This process went from all-consuming and physically exhausting to baseline. The house is cleaner and more intact than it has ever been. I love living here…and after all the purging and de-cluttering – I love it even more. We get 24 hours notice for showings and when the call comes in…I become a whirling dervish of tidiness – I make all the beds, lay fresh towels (which I keep aside and put back after each showing , I Vacumn, dust if need be and the last thing I do is throw all laundry in the car followed by the dogs – Charlie and Bean! Muffin, our Wheaten Terrier just chills in her crate but Bean and Charlie bark too much for attention. I take those boys for a stroll or to the dog park and head back to a spotless house an hour later! The good news is that 90% of the showings take place while the kids are in school. But with summer coming that will change .

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2. Phoebe’s last day of High School is today and she graduates June 3rd!!! Sigh. BIG SIGH.

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Phoebe’s first day 2004 Phoebe’s last day – with little brother Cooper who is not so little anymore!

3. Tate finished his first year of college.I moved him out last Friday and in a blur…he was home for less than 24 hours and before he departed for his summer semester abroad in Costa Rica where he will be doing a Spanish Immersion class for 6 (now 5) weeks.

4. I have fallen in love – or at least “LIKE” with a house that I think would be perfect for the next 3 years and perhaps beyond. I am a tad superstitious, so I won’t go into too much detail, but I can tell you that there are MANY MAKEOVERS to do and it fills me with excitement thinking of making it our home. But first, we need to sell our home.

MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE IS ON THE MARKET

MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE IS ON THE MARKET

5. I was in a local magazine! Pretty fun…and our home, my swan song – will be featured on a prominent website TBA.

I have missed blogging but sit down to write …and I feel overwhelmed with the BIG LIFE moments that have surpassed the HOME concerns and I hesitate boring you with the little and BIG details of my life. I promise that I have no plans to stop blogging…HECK NO…but right now things are just so RIGHT NOW. I do have a few projects underway…or recently completed that I hope to share next week.

In the meantime – Thank you for hanging in with me. Hanging OUT with me. And for sharing this passage with me. Your support means more than I could ever put into words.

XO

Leslie

MONDAY MAKEOVER – SHARED LITTLE GIRLS ROOM

I JUST FINISHED DECORATING A SHARED GIRLS ROOM

FOR TWO LITTLE MUNCHKINS – STELLA AND LIBBY.

SHARED GIRLS ROOM=A ROOM TO GROW UP IN

SHARED GIRLS ROOM = A ROOM TO GROW UP IN. The BEDS ARE ACTUALLY BUNK BEDS!

I LOVE DECORATING KIDS ROOMS . THE POSSIBILITIES ARE VAST AND ENDLESS AND I LOVE GIVING A CHILD A FUN ROOM TO GROW UP IN!!!!

Over the years, decorating kids rooms and especially my own children’s rooms…I have honed in on a FEW KEY FACTORS that I think make the difference between a good and a GREAT room. Obviously storage and safety are baseline…kids need a safe place to play and keep their things neat and tidy-ISH. But often -COLOR is where things can go all WONKY. I have learned that SIMPLE is best.

I DO believe that a child should have some input…but when your child comes to you with four fluorescent paint swatches – YOU, the GROWN UP need to guide them and assure them that you will make sure their room is great…and then tuck those super bright colors away for accessories and finishing touches.

A BIG MISTAKE PEOPLE MAKE WITH KIDS ROOMS IS TOO FILL THEM WITH TOO MUCH – TOO MUCH COLOR, TOO MUCH STUFF, TOO MUCH TO DO AND SEE AND TOUCH… JUST TOO MUCH. KEEP IT SIMPLE!!!

HERE ARE MY PERSONAL TOP 5 INGREDIENTS FOR A GREAT KIDS ROOM

1.LIGHTING

SAFAVIEH "REGINA" LAMP - I LOVE THIS LAMP! IT COMES IN SOME GREAT COLORS . CHECK THEM OUT AT TARGET.COM

SAFAVIEH “REGINA” LAMP – I LOVE THIS LAMP! IT COMES IN SOME GREAT COLORS . CHECK THEM OUT AT TARGET.COM

1. GOOD LIGHTING CAN MAKE A ROOM!  LAMPS AND CHANDELIERS IN KIDS ROOMS THAT ARE NOT TOO “KIDDISH” WILL GROW WITH YOUR CHILD AND ADD STYLE AND LIGHT!!!…MY “MUST HAVES” ARE  A GOOD DESK LAMP AND BEDSIDE LAMP FOR BEDTIME – STORY TIME.

THE NEW TARGET PILLOWFORT LINE HAS DESK LAMPS IN A MULTITIDE

THE NEW TARGET PILLOWFORT LINE HAS DESK LAMPS with TOUCH ON OFF  AVAILABLE IN 9 DIFFERENT COLORS!

THE girls room had a great start with a sweet and feminine chandelier.

SHARED GIRLS BEDROOM IS A MIX OF PINKS AND CORALS - A SURPISING GREAT COMBINATION!

SHARED GIRLS BEDROOM IS A MIX OF light and bright PINKS AND CORALS –  GREAT COMBINATION!

ART

YOU KNOW I LOVE ART. Art is the thing that makes everything make sense.

THE GILRS ROOMS AND "MIA" BY LESLI DEVITO

“MIA” BY LESLI DEVITO

2. ART – I MAY BE PARTIAL BUT I THINK THAT NO CHILD IS TOO YOUNG TO HAVE ART IN THEIR ROOM. I like to choose special pieces that will surround them with color and design and not look too “childish” but still feel bright and happy in their rooms. Their art will greet them everyday and be a part of their childhood memories. ART is important.

THERE are so many affordable ways to find ART FOR YOUR CHILD’S BEDROOM. GOLDMINE Sites like ETSY,  MINTED  AND EVEN NOW PINTEREST offer thousands AND THOUSANDS of beautiful new and vintage prints which can be bought framed or unframed – and many can be personalized.

There are also dozens upon dozens of great ART sites, like UGALLERY , ARTFULLY WALLS, LOST ART SALON, ART.COM to name just a few which now which sell beautiful original art and prints, SO MUCH of which is great for kids rooms.

CHARLOTTE DESIGNER (AND A FRIEND OF MINE)   HOLLY HOLLINGER OF THE ENGLISH ROOM  BLOG first introduced me to ARTIST HAYLEY MITCHELL about a year ago. HAYLEY, also a Mom of 3 young ones brings her unique sense of style color and whimsy to her beautiful and  amazing PORTRAITS and in particular her special girl portraits .

SHE SELLS PRINTS OF THESE ON ETSY.

I chose “MADALYN” and “AGRAGENA” for over the girls bed and framed them in simple white frames with wide white beveled mats. The utilize plexiglass not glass which is a safer choice for kids room. With Plexiglass you just need to make sure you DO NOT use windex to clean them but just warm soapy water.

PILLOWFORT - "ITS A GIRLS WORLD" FROM TARGET

PILLOWFORT – “ITS A GIRLS WORLD” FROM TARGET

THE “ITS A GIRLS WORLD ” ART IS FROM PILLOWFORT FOR TARGET

LAYERS

I love layers in my clothing and layers in bedrooms.

I CANNOT GET ENOUGH LAYERS ON BEDS. QUILTS, BLANKETS , AND THROWS GIVE YOUR CHILD LOTS OF COZY LAYERS TO SNUGGLE IN.

I CANNOT GET ENOUGH LAYERS ON BEDS. PILLOWS, QUILTS, BLANKETS , AND THROWS GIVE YOUR CHILD LOTS OF COZY LAYERS TO SNUGGLE IN AND MAKE FOR GREAT PILLOW FIGHTS.

I LIKE MIXING IT UP. BRINGING IN COORDINATING PATTERNS AND COLORS. FLORALS AND SOLIDS AND DIFFERENT TEXTURES and weights .

LAYERS AND COLORS

LAYERS AND COLORS – the BEDDING IS ALL FROM THE TARGET PILLOWFORT LINE

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 RUGS

4. THE ROOM IS carpeted in a neutral, soft and durable, kid proof carpet by – SHAW FLOORS  BUT I always think that A GREAT RUG CAN ANCHOR A ROOM and be the perfect finishing touch.

DON’T BE AFRAID TO PUT PASTELS AND BRIGHTS TOGETHER. I OFTEN FIND THAT IN KIDS ROOMS, THE TENDENCY IS TOO PUT….

TOO MANY DIFFERENT COLORS.

The eye does not know where to look and the feel is over stimulating. Instead – try mixing different hues of the same color…for example the pale pinks wall and a deep pink patterned rug with a coral throw.

SHARED GIRLS BEDROOM IS A MIX OF PINKS AND CORALS - A SURPISING GREAT COMBINATION!

SHARED GIRLS BEDROOM

5. FURNITURE THAT LASTS 

Kids grow up much too fast. And when decorating smart and on a budget – Furniture that they can grow into is a better investment.

The BEDS I chose are THE “BELLAMY” BUNK BEDS by SMARTSTUFF FURNITURE. Right now the girls are too small for bunk beds but this allows for options down the road. I am a HUGE FAN of twin beds kids for sleepovers and siblings. These beds are solid and durable and will not be outgrown.

the "BELLAMY" BUNK BEDS from SMART STUFF furniture

the “BELLAMY” BUNK BEDS from SMART STUFF furniture

For the side table I chose  – THE CORAL CAMPAIGN SIDE TABLE , FROM LAND OF NOD . Combined with the SAFAVIEH REGINA lamp…they give an extra dose of awesome and elevate the look to “WOW” status!!!!

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AND AS THEY SAY

“THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING!”

THE GIRLS LOVE WHEIR NEW SHARED ROOM!

THE GIRLS in THEIR NEW SHARED ROOM! They look so tiny!

SOURCE LIST:

JENNY LIND BUNK BEDS – SMARTSTUFF FURNITURE

CORAL CAMPAIGN TABLE – LAND OF NOD

PINK TRELLIS RUG – LAND OF NOD

WALL ART – HAYLEY MITCHELL PRINT,

PILOWFORT BY TARGET,

LESLI DEVITO PAINTINGS AND UGALLERY

TABLE LAMP – SAFAVIEH 

DESK LAMP – PILLOWFORT BY TARGET

WALL COLOR – BENJAMIN MOORE PINK CLOUD

CARPET – SHAW FLOORS

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