Last Chance for Christmas

Merry Christmas Eve!  Are you ready?  Surprisingly, I made enough space over the last week or so that I actually AM ready.  Presents bought and wrapped.   Halls (and everything else) decked.  Portions of Christmas Eve dinner ready – the rest will be soon.  

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It’s not perfect up in here.  I swear.  I didn’t do Christmas cards or Christmas card photos – first time since I’ve had children.  Yes, I’ve had a little guilt over that – my kids were shocked and disappointed that I didn’t do them.  I’ve done some really awesome Christmas cards – I used to even do handmade ones.  Not this year.  I did get my picture made with Santa, though!

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Tonight I’m hosting a Christmas Eve dinner for fifteen people (thankfully, I’m not doing all the cooking!).  As I am writing this morning, there is actually a very light SNOW falling outside my window. Pretty amazing after a weekend of temperatures up to 74, but that’s a Tennessee winter for you!

Before I go, here comes the Shameless Plug Alert:  If you have a special someone who you haven’t found the perfect gift for, my video classes (paint color and furniture arrangement) are available for easy gifting:

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You’ll be able to print out a pretty gift card with an access code for that special someone (or maybe even yourself!) to the video decorating class of your choice.  It’s quick and easy, and you won’t even have to make a last minute run to the stores today!  Now back to what’s important:  my wish for you is that you spend your Christmas with people who love you.  I appreciate all of you who show up to share a little bit of my life, even when it’s via this blog.  

 

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 Have a merry, merry Christmas!

 

 

 

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – At the Southern Living Idea House

Tuesday I spent a magical evening at the newly decorated Southern Living idea House at Fontanel where the builder, Castle Homes, gave VIP guests (including me!) a special private tour. It feels as though the Christmas season has begun in Nashville!

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Dreaming BIG


We all have them, right?  Those almost-too-big-to-dare-dream kind of goals, the ones we hope to achieve but never really expect to?  I’m not much of a dreamer – I’d say I’m too practical for that.  But in the course of a pretty normal and mundane week, I met one pretty big goal in my decorating career.  

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Design Trends at Kings’ Chapel Parade of Homes

Whether you’re a design professional or simply a lover of home and decor, there’s nothing quite like a designer home tour to get your mind churning and creative juices flowing.  This weekend I attended such a tour in the King’s Chapel area of Arrington, TN.   This was my favorite home exterior – I just loved the European, old-world vibe of the dark trim and white painted brick, as well as the storybook shutters and the half-timbering.

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King’s Chapel, Arrington, TN

 

I noticed several design trends that were apparent throughout this parade of homes that I thought you’d be interested in hearing about.  It was no surprise to me that the kitchens featured painted kitchen cabinets, typically with a bit of a glaze over the finish.  [Read more...]

Nashville Color Expert Announces: Benjamin Moore’s 2013 Color of the Year, Lemon Sorbet

Benjamin Moore‘s 2013 Color of the Year is Lemon Sorbet 2019-60.  

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Benjamin Moore Lemon Sorbet 

 

Fresh off the heels of 2012′s top pick, Wythe Blue, Lemon Sorbet is a fresh optimistic color that works well with other popular clean colors.  Notice this is not the yellow-gold popular in the late 90′s and early 2000′s – it’s a crisp, clear pastel yellow.  Here’s an example of the color in a child’s room:

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 “It’s the perfect partner for the emerging palette of freshened, polished pastels that promise to be favorites in the coming year. Additionally, it’s the ideal transition color as we move from the more vibrant spectrum and mid-to-deep tone hues that we’ve been experiencing in home furnishings and fashions.” explains Sonu Mathew, Color Chats writer and Benjamin Moore’s senior interior designer.  Click here to read the entire Color Chats article.

 

I think it pairs well with watery blues and greens, like the updated surf-and-sand palette I posted the other day on The Decorologist Facebook page:

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 Benjamin Moore 2013 Color Trends

 

So does this mean you slather this exact yellow color on your walls?  The Decorologist would advise against it – this clear color will read lighter and brighter once up all over your walls.  It’s a bit too clear, almost fluorescent to use as a wall color in a living or dining room.  Instead, check out Windham Cream HC-6, Weston Flax HC-5, or Philadelphia Cream HC-30 as more livable alternatives.  

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 The Decorologist’s Weston Flax Dining Room – Photo by Melanie G Photography

 

I’m dying to know what YOU think about Benjamin Moore’s 2013 Color of the Year!

 

Me at the Flea: Bella Rustica 2012

It was a perfect weekend for the Bella Rustica Vintage Barnsale here in middle Tennessee. Great weather, great vendors, great venue!

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Bella Rustica Vintage Barnsale 2012

 

Bella Rustica was bigger and better than last year – more vendors and  a larger attendance, for sure.  Vendors included artisans, artists, collectors, upcyclers, entrepreneurs – you name it.  

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Vintage Barn on Milky Way Farms

 

There was so much to see – and so little time!  Well, the sale was 3 days long, but unfortunately I only had half a day to spend there.

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 trolling the vintage booths with Christiana from Ruffled Linens

 

The large stone barn hosted vendors selling handmade and vintage wares, but much of the sale overflowed to the surrounding field like this booth of 1970′s funky treasures.

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quirky treasures 

 

You can imagine how my head was spinning with ideas – this painted buffet would be perfect for one of my clients!

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 blue painted buffet

 

Not only was it a great place to find treasures for your own home, but was also an absolute wellspring of ideas for upcycling vintage objects. 

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Garden Art – “flowers” made from vintage dishes 

  

This booth devoted to jewelry and beads gave me great ideas for storing and displaying my own jewelry – vintage baking tins are perfect for keeping small objects separate!

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baking tins for jewelry storage 

 

Speaking of jewelry, I bought a wrap bracelet and ring as a present for my guitarist daughter. Much of this vendor’s goods were made from guitar strings – how cool is that? 

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guitar string jewelry

 

This little vintage travel trailer showed up again this year, a dollhouse for grown-up women . . .  if you follow me on Pinterest you know I have a little fantasy about owning a vintage airstream!

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My friends and I loved rifling through all the nostalgic schoolbooks and schoolhouse-themed wares in this booth.

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Chalkboards were EVERYWHERE at the barnsale – what a great way to post a schedule or calendar, or even to remind yourself of your family’s values.  I bought a small one in the form of a sign that I can hang on the door to welcome friends. DSC 0530 Me at the Flea:  Bella Rustica 2012

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Here I am with one my favorite finds of the day:  vintage turquoise lamps!

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fun finds!

 

I hate to haggle on prices, so my friend Glenna did it for me and snagged them for only $25 a piece!  

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Junk Sisters

 

 Next year I think I’ll hang out all weekend, rather than just rushing through in one day.  There was so much to see and enjoy.

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 Bella Rustica Vintage Barn Sale

 

My only complaint was the long wait in line for fried pickles.  I still have no idea what fried Kool-Aid is.  Anyone???

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I suppose you can fry ANYTHING

 

Of course, that gave me time out from shopping to talk to DIY bloggers Donna from Funky Junk Interiors and Sandra from Sawdust and Paper Scraps.  

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Bloggers Converge on Bella Rustica!

 

The day ended all too quickly, of course.  My girlfriends and I were pleased with our modest haul of treasures.  As we pulled away in my pal’s suburban, I realized that we totally had room for that blue painted buffet . . .  Ah, well!  

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shopping Bella Rustica with two of my favorite people

 

I’ll leave you with one more unique find – a vintage rhinestone pin I saw and HAD to have!  Never seen anything like it!  I know it’s a bit flashy, but . . .

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vintage rhinestone JESUS brooch

 

Later this week, I’ll take you on a tour of the FABULOUS Milky Way Manor.  Did any of you make it to Bella Rustica 2012?  Tell us what treasures you brought home!

Creating Heaven on Earth: The Right Paint Colors for Belgian Chic

To paint or not to paint?  That is the question and the debate between wives and husbands throughout the land.  Here is a stunning example of when painting the woodwork (and brick) is the RIGHT choice.

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 Painted Brick

 

This client knew what she liked – I mean she REALLY knew what she liked.  So why did she ask for a paint color consultation with The Decorologist?  Because choosing paint colors is a very tricky deal, haven’t you noticed?  My client and her family recently moved back to Nashville and found a house with a great layout in an ideal location.  However, the finishes were dated and harkened back to the late 1970′s.

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 1970′s Living Room

 

The paneling had (mercifully) been painted already, but the beams were orange and the brick fireplace dominated one entire side of the den as you entered.

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 Lots-o-Brick and Wood Beams – To Paint or Not to Paint?

 

My client knew her own taste and had furnishings that reflected that.  She knew that she needed the transformative power of the RIGHT paint colors to make this dated house her dream home.  You may need to take a deep breath to prepare yourself for the unbelievable change in this space after the new colors were in place and her furnishings filled the room:

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