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Confessions of a Design Blogger

Bless me readers, for I have cheated, I have called in for reinforcements….

For Christmas, I asked for and received a PAINT CONSULTATION!


{Love the polka dots for Julia’s nursery by Sophie Burke Design via Desire to Inspire}

I am both thrilled and slightly embarrassed.  Thrilled that I will get an expert’s opinion on each space in our new house and its function, while also focusing on the flow of the whole house and how each color and room relates to each other.


{Thinking about Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter for the entry hall, staircase and upstairs hall}

And, slightly embarrassed that I needed and wanted a second opinion!  For better or for worse (and I have really only had one true paint disaster, and let’s be honest, peach is a color best left to nature), I have always picked my own paint colors.  Because this house feels more like a “forever house” than any of our previous homes, I thought I may give some extra planning and consideration to the overall color scheme.


{Love Benjamin Moore’s Proposal for Clare’s room via Young House Love}

I have had a few people independently mention and highly endorse, the Richmond-based and nationally renowned, Sunny Goode.  Once I heard her name, I realized that I actually have blogged about her products (stencils) and never really knew much about her.


{Thinking about painting the brick hearth in our den white, but keeping the wood mantle a natural wood color; image via Pinterest}

So, she comes to the new house and all of it’s disorganized and disastrous glory on Monday morning.  I am like the world’s most intense helicopter mom on parent-teacher conference day.  I have copious notes on each room and my ideas.  Sunny is going to be sending SOS smoke signals and waving the white flag after two minutes!   🙂


{Beautiful color for our bedroom via Pinterest}

I will keep you posted — she has been beyond sweet and flexible in our correspondence.  I  can’t wait to learn from her and work together on a great paint plan.  Stay tuned!  Happy weekend!

Lessons from Pinterest – Master Bedroom


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In reviewing my Pinterest bedroom board for inspiration for our new master bedroom, a clear design formula slapped me across the face emerged:

Cloud-like wall color +
Neutral window panels with woven shades +
White bed linens +
Gourd lamps +
Art or mirror above the bed +
Symmetry +
Mix of finishes and textures

Some of these images, I even pinned multiple times.  Wow, am I really that predictable?!  I obviously have my marching orders.  Stay tuned!

{All images from Pinterest}

Accent Wall Done Right

I have gotten a few questions about accent walls from y’all, and while I am typically not in favor of the concept, Erin has officially convinced me that accent walls can be (as she says) “amazeballs.”

If you have just emerged from life under a rock and don’t follow Erin’s blog, Elements of Style, add it to your reader STAT!  It’s one of my favorite daily reads.

To Paint or Not to Paint?


I have been debating about whether to paint this mantle in my family room a high gloss white or not.  Mental banter:

Pros: 1) Gives this late ’80s look a fresh update, 2) don’t really like the color of the wood stain, 3) the mantle would match the trim, molding and the chair rail, 4) the centerpiece of the room would have more interest and depth.

Cons:1) Once painted, it would be almost impossible to go back to stained wood, 2) resale value – would prospective homebuyers in Richmond, Virginia like the white?, 3) do I paint the brick too?, 4) cost — I think a professional would probably have to do the job for fear of DIY gone so wrong.

What do you think?  Complete my handy-dandy poll below!  Once you vote, the results thus far will be displayed:

P.S. I wanted to entitle this blog entry “Natty/White?”.  Haha.