Monday, July 28, 2014

Nook Cottage: All moved in!

It's been a whirlwind few days as you can imagine - moving out and moving in. I really don't like the moving process. Packing things then unpacking them a few days later isn't like opening presents. But still, I had the help of the wonderful White Glove Moving & Storage in Bourne, MA who were charming and strong! And polite, even when I told them near the end of the truck loading that I was taking the two large (and heavy!) oriental rugs. They earned their money that day.

The outside of my new little cottage needs some work. Its a rental so I'm not going to be doing anything major. But it needs some cuteness and I'll show that soon. Meanwhile, here's the view out one side of my house - which includes the dining area and my home office.

Pretty spectacular, no?

I had previously written about my bedroom plans and was debating which green to paint the walls.

This is where it started.

This is my rendering of the walls in Ben Moore's Grenada Green.

It's darker than I expected, but I'm loving it! My grandmother's oriental carpet just fit in the room. I had to take the closet doors off because they wouldn't open over the rug, but that's ok. Meanwhile, I still have the velvet headboard and chair to come.

Watersedge by Aerin for Lee Jofa will be recovering an arm chair and a headboard.


And for the windows, this Drayton Park in Pear from Robert Allen.

More sneak peeks to come soon!

Meanwhile, my latest post on Williams-Sonoma Designer Marketplace has gone live: So You Want a Job in Interior Design?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Modern Vintage Design Studio - A new shop on old Cape Cod

Before I move off Cape this week, I wanted to go visit a new shop I'd heard about from my landscaper - who is the proud father of one of the shop owners.  Modern Vintage on Rte 6A in Sandwich, MA, is owned by Cara (textile design and sewing) and Kristen (furniture refinishing) who have created a lovely space filled with hand painted and updated vintage furniture, beautiful textiles (including adorable dresses for little girls) and small accessories. They also offer custom hand-painted signs and custom invitation design services, plus workshops and children's birthday parties. This week they are offering a Kids Sew & Craft Summer Camp. Creativity is just pouring out of these young women so definitely check out their website and do stop in when you're next on Cape Cod.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Outdoor Entertaining from New England Home magazine

I was honored to be asked to contribute some of my favorite outdoor entertaining items for New England Home magazine's Perspectives column in the current issue.

Here's the digital edition.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My new book!

Sorry for the bloggy silence. I don't know if I've shared this before, I can't remember, but I have been working on a book! I was hired to do the 6th edition revision and update for the longstanding book "How to Start a Home Based Interior Design Business" published by Globe Pequot Press. I believe I'd bought the 2nd edition back when I opened my business in 2002. Anyway, it's a handy "how-to" manual, one of a long list of similar books for various industries. Today was my submission deadline and I just sent it in an hour ago! What a relief. With everything else going on - selling my family house, moving and decorating my new house, not to mention keeping Mr. RoyRoy sane and entertained through it all - I've had a lot on my plate. Thank God for friends is all I can say!

I just found this on Amazon, it's already available for pre-order and the pub date is January 2015.  I'm not sure if this is the final cover art - I was hoping for my own work on the cover... But it's pretty. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Nook Cottage: Bedroom paint selection

So, as I posted last week, I'm planning the decorations of my new little cottage by the river which I've dubbed Nook Cottage (it's in Rocky Nook). The bedroom is currently beige, which will not do! Luckily the landlord is fine with me painting.  I suppose if he weren't, I'd have to come up with some creative solution to all the beiginess. 

So, this is my basic plan - a custom headboard upholstered with Aerin for Lee Jofa's Watersedge in green, which is a cut velvet in a strie'd chevron pattern on a burlap colored linen ground. 

My general inspiration is this Charlotte Moss space which I loooove. My original plan was for it to inspire my living room, and it still will, but now also my bedroom - because I do love it just that much.

We'll get to my living room, it is teeny-tiny, but am very excited about my new sofa which I just ordered yesterday!  Okay, so back to the bedroom.

I went over to the cottage yesterday to check some measurements and also to look at paint chips in the natural light. One thing that is very important to realize is that a photograph taken on an iPhone, then uploaded and shown on different screens will not render the paper paint chip color in the same way it does the fabric color. So, while in person, this strip in my Ben Moore paint chip palette looks perfect with the fabric, it's less so in the photo.

I posted this to Facebook saying that I was leaning towards Grenada green, but thought Forest Hills might be really dramatic.  Because of course I'm friends with a lot of designers on FB, I received several alternate suggestions. So, I thought I'd check them all out and share the process.

Grenada Green #432

I often like to look at other spaces that have used a paint color and Houzz or good old Google images is my "go-to" resource for this.

Any my rendering with Ben Moore Grenada Green #432:

Ben Moore Forest Hills Green #433

Probably a little too dark, I'm thinking.

Ben Moore Central Park Green #431

Central Park is slightly lighter than Grenada. I like this one too!

This is Ben Moore Landscape #430

A little too pale, but very pretty.

Benjamin Moore November Rain

Definitely too pale.

Ben Moore Castleton Mist HC-1

I used this color in my New Hampshire Farmhouse project. It was very pretty and lively in that space, but it's not right for my bedroom. 

I usually default to the Historic Colors on the chart, but I think that for this space and fabric, they are too muted.

(Again, the photo isn't rendering the colors correctly, but in person, the fabric is not as yellow.)

So, do you have a preference? I'm going to move onto paint sampling Grenada and Central Park, I think. Or just Grenada, the color my eye goes to first is usually my favorite one anyway...

I am still looking for fabric for the drapery. I thought I had one picked out, but it's no longer in production and the alternative they sent doesn't work. But, I need to get going on paint selecting so I think the fabric for the windows will be a later decision.

btw - it took me longer to create this post than it did to render the different colors in my design.