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Modern Round Metal Patio Chairs

10/15/2012

I was browsing around Old Time Pottery the other day with my mom, after buying a twin flat sheet for a playhouse I’m making Ali. (More on that later…) I came across these metal patio chairs, with a rounded mid-century inspired, eames-ish shape and knew I had to send Jason a picture text. We both loved the shape and color but they weren’t exactly cheap at $50 a piece.

They were pretty scratched up but the colors were still lovely. Because they were damaged, and obviously summer merchandise, I decided to ask the manager for a discount. Score! 15% off. I love a bargain! I got these two orange ones:

We think they’ll look wonderful in our new courtyard.

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New Home Update

10/10/2012

Over the weekend, Jason and I took our loose ideas about paint colors for our new house and nailed them down. Sherwin Williams has my favorite selections of colors. We have quite a few favorites of theirs through the years. We used Quietude in the living room at our last house for many years and loved it. When we were ready for a change, we painted over it with Greek Villa, a new favorite. We really liked the color of the nursery/kids room at our last house, Ellie Gray.

There are a few other reasons I love Sherwin Williams: 1. Color palettes for Photoshop that I use to mock up rooms and make inspiration boards and 2. they have a plethora of cool web tools to help with color selection including ChipIt! (where you choose a photo you like that’s online and it creates a palette for you), Color Visualizer (where you can try on different colors on a house or room that’s similar to your own) and ColorSnap (an app where you can take a photo of a color you like and it matches it to one of their formulas). This is not a paid endorsement for SW—however, if anyone at corporate is reading this, let’s talk!—I’m just a fan of their colors and their color selection products.

Blah, blah, blah. You’re probably just wondering what we picked for our house, right?

For Jason’s studio: Rushing River

For my office/laundry room: Melangé Green (see below…same as one wall in the kids room)

For an accent wall in the living room: Drizzle

For the hall bathroom: Window Pane

Sidenote: I’ve been wanting to use Window Pane for over 4 YEARS! I have had this file saved on my computer that long and I have no idea where it was from:

For an accent wall in the den: chalkboard (I don’t know if SW makes one, but that’s our plan)

For an accent wall in Ali’s room: Rosebay (and curtains, from her nursery plan)

For an accent wall in future kids room: Melangé Green (according to kids room plan, plus a random duvet cover we might use one day

And for the exterior, after much deliberation and 12 photoshop mock-ups that I emailed to Jason while he was in Oklahoma and Arkansas over the weekend (yes, we made all these decisions long-distance…) we have chosen:

Main siding color: Cast Iron

Accent color/doors: Restful


Help Us Pick a Paint Color – Follow Up

08/29/2012

Remember, the Help Us Pick a Paint Color for this Brick Ranch post? Well, Jeremy didn’t exactly go with the top pick on the poll, but I think it did help to influence his decision. The result is really nice. The house is the lovely Ellie Gray from Sherwin Williams. (Coincidentally the same color we had in the kids room at our last house.) The windows are dark gray with white trim. The foundation is dark gray. The front door is a lovely yellow-green from Sherwin Williams. I thought you might like to see how it’s coming together:

It looks bluer in the above photo than it really is. Here’s a close up of the colors (and the silver- and bronze-medalists for front door colors, to the left and right):

 

 


Help Us Pick a Paint Color for this Brick Ranch

07/18/2012

Our good friend and real estate guru, Jeremy Hundley, is in the middle of remodeling a sweet brick ranch our here in East Nashville. It’s getting a complete makeover inside and out and will be for sale in the next couple of months. Jeremy asked me to mock up some paint color ideas for the exterior of the house, which is currently an ugly peach-colored brick. I went a little crazy and came up with way too many choices. (I had a hard time choosing the top 6 to post here!)

Can you help us narrow it down? What is your favorite color combination?

Don’t get hung up on the front door design. It’s solid now…I was just experimenting with options. Also, it looks a bit naked without any landscaping. That will be remedied after it’s painted. Please choose your favorite overall combination in the poll below, but feel free to get specific in the comment section.

Thank you so much for your help!


Retro Appliances

03/13/2012

I saw this article about red refrigerators on Retro Renovation and it got me thinking… would I ever put a colored fridge in my kitchen? Red is my least favorite color but I started looking at Pam’s links and imagining the possibilities. Maybe a minty green refrigerator?

Or a sky blue?

What about a white vintage style? White would be kind of sexy alongside glossy white cabinets, dark countertops and other stainless appliances.

I have a feeling we’ll end up with stainless but it’s fun to dream. (The above models are around $3500. Yikes!) Here are some inspiring photos:

Source: bigchill.com via Martina on Pinterest

Source: bigchill.com via Martina on Pinterest

Source: bigchill.com via Martina on Pinterest


5 Gallons

04/13/2011

Guess who took advantage of Sherwin Williams’s 40% off sale last weekend?

You guessed it … We’re about to repaint the whole house. Almost. Master bedroom. Spare room. Living room. Kitchen. Dining Room.

In my unprofessional opinion, Sherwin Williams has the best color palettes of any paint brand. (Plus the Color Visualizer on their website is pretty cool.) We typically use Behr paint because it’s a bit cheaper but great quality. But 40%? That’s a good deal on some good paint.

In case anyone is wondering, it took us less than 30 minutes to decide on the 3 colors for those 5 rooms because we already knew what we wanted. White for the bedroom. Light gray for the spare room. White with a yellow-green accent wall for the living room – kitchen – dining room. After having NO white walls in the house for more than 4 years, we’re ready to go back to the basics.