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It’s 18 degrees outside, but nothing is stopping me from breaking down the lights and calling the holiday season.   There is a point at which a mere glance at ANY decoration still standing makes me itchy.  Metaphorically speaking.

I love Christmas and all the beauty it brings, but seriously.   Suddenly, those piles of extra things, half opened boxes, books, shoes lying around the house are my worst enemy.

And I just want my mantle back.  Clean, almost bare.   It’s the whole New Year thing.   A fresh start.  Nothing excluded.

I’m like a maniac, leaving no stone unturned.   Reduce, reuse, recycle.  Yes, yes and yes!

It’s going to be bone-chilling cold for the next 7 days in North Carolina.  That means we will not see 40 degrees AT ALL.   That’s what those newscasters are telling us.  MIGHT get snow, so our lovelies are being released early from school today.  They’ll be here in less than two hours.   Can’t waste it.   I’m heading to the living room, wiping down my mantle, pouring myself a cup of tea and sitting my tush on the couch with a book for the next hour.   And maybe I’ll grab a 20 minute nap before the first one says “I’m hungry.”

Word, Meryl.



After The Rain

With all the negativity in the news these days I thought I would create something that speaks to beauty and love.  And it is almost spring.  A time to celebrate renewal and color!

I shot most of this video while walking my dogs around the neighborhood…it’s where I get lots of inspiration for color schemes!   The spanish moss shot is from a recent trip to Savannah, and that soft, white, fluffy rug is from Home Goods.  Honest Stephielou.

The short video is a twist on one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite movies this year, La La Land.  Hope it inspires you to see the beauty around you.



Any day now…

 Kale and Snow

Friends for life.

Crustaceans in Cary?

I’ve seen all kinds of critters on my morning walks here in Cary, North Carolina, but this is a first. 

That’s right. Some form of crustacean. Is it a crayfish, a little lobster?   How did it get here?  Cary is at least two hours from the sea. And yet,  on a rainy Tuesday morning, here he is, just walking down the sidewalk in the suburbs.  😳

My friend’s dog was equally curious.  She cautiously approached only to be greeted by a most definite warrior, ready to do battle. 

Not so fast!  

We took our cue and kept on walking.

Curious though. 

Where did you come from little fella?  Good luck to you little lobster. At least it’s raining today.  


Three Shades of Gray

Why bother with 50 when three shades of gray will do quite nicely?  We’re talking about paint color, of course.  🙂

My clients knew they wanted to lighten up their space.  For nine or so years, they enjoyed a home with rich colors, creamy cabinets and trim and lots of beige.  They were over it.

I gave them a  quiz to confirm their style preferences.   Turns out they lean more toward  industrial/contemporary/minimalists. No real surprise there. We talked and walked around.    It became clear they needed something on the cooler, lighter side.  Something that would zap those beiges and creams and that New Mexico look.

Three shades of gray to the rescue. 🙂

I chose a charcoal accent color on the backs of the built-ins and knee walls to add a little interest and keep all that light gray from feeling drowned out by all the natural light from this two-story room.   And because charcoal is dramatic, rich color.  Instant impact. Changing  all the trim from off-white to cool white completes the look.    A lighter gray hue in the common areas (kitchen, living rooms), a darker a slightly more greige in the bathrooms to work with those beige tiles and a darker accent color to bring some real interest to their space.

What was a beautiful house became even lovelier, fresher and more peaceful.

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Color Transforms Space

I’ve been organizing my “before and afters” for my color consulting business. Seriously, what fun! The comparisons are dramatic. I love before and afters.  Thought you might like them, too.  All the pictures are mine.  You are welcome to use them.  I don’t know how to write my name inside the picture box.  Anyone?

BEFORE…The room had no identity.  It was the room where you put stuff you’re not sure about. Even though the walls and ceiling were white, the room appears dark and kind of drab.IMG 6970

AFTER  (SHAZAM!)IMG 2299The room comes alive!  The color is “Buttered Yam AF-230” from Benjamin Moore.  It is now a home office for my clients.  You cannot help but feel energized when you enter this space.

A few more views… IMG 6964

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Desk is from West Elm.
I’m depressed just looking at this corner.
Same corner of the room. Paint: “Buttered Yams”, Benjamin Moore. Trim: “White Dove”, Benjamin Moore

The next comparison illustrates the influence a ceiling can have in a  room.   Most people don’t give ceilings a second thought, but I’m a ceiling fan.  Sorry.   I had to say it. Ron Barnette of Barnette Painting  will tell you he needs a neck brace because of me.

Check out this next before and after comparison.


Beautiful home, beautiful room, but my clients were tired of the blue and wanted something more modern.   Do you see the cream ceiling next to the white molding.  Not bad, but not quite the look they wanted.

AFTER: IMG 2526 2


Makes me want to stretch out with a cup of tea, a blanket and a  book. Going with a dark gray ceiling and pale gray walls actually warms up the space. The fire doesn’t hurt either.

Look for the occasional post of these before and afters.  Maybe someone will give color a chance.  I’m on a mission to color the world one post at a time.

Ok, not really, but kind of really.