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Goodbye, Gray Kitchen + A Possible (Temporary) Lighting Option

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Spring break is over and it’s back to reality. And that reality currently looks like this at my house…..

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YIKES.

I’ve loved our gray kitchen but as I mentioned in this post, I’ve been dying to lighten things up on that side of the house and….. I’m actually doing it! As you can see, the painters are here. It’s in the process of going all white! #soexciting

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I’m still on the hunt for the perfect lights for the island and I’m considering just plain paper lanterns if the search takes much longer. You know I’m a big fan of paper lanterns.  Don’t all of these look so fresh and light? I’m really into these dotted ones:

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I’m also thinking those white sconces by the sink need a glossy coat of orange lacquer…..

and that a brass faucet like this would do nicely…..

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If you know the source of this one or have seen something like it, please share in the comments.

So basically, this mini-makeover (which is how I described it to my husband) may not be so mini after all…. Oops.

P. S. I’ve been transitioning to a new feed service so I apologize for any broken links, etc. you may have experienced in your readers the past week. And if you subscribe to FTRB by email, please excuse any weird messages you may have been getting. I hope everything has been sorted out now and will proceed smoothly going forward. Thanks for your patience!

(Photos: 1.Heather A Wilson Architect 2.via Warm Decor 3.via Pinterest 4.via Pinterest – missing the link, sorry.)

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Zebra Wallpaper + Gold Ceiling Are Happening in Project Hallway

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It seems like all I’ve been talking about lately is Project Hallway and well, that’s probably because that is all I’ve been talking about. Usually I’m thinking about a million projects at once but I’ve been singularly focused on the hallway for some reason. It’s actually a much more productive way to work but I think it can get a little boring for you (and me) after a while. Well, it’s about to get a lot more exciting because decisions have been made! Very fun decisions, too, I might add.

First, I’ve decided on the wallpaper. Scalamandre Zebras! In orange! I’m so excited I can’t! stop! using! exclamation! points!

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I have been wanting to use this wallpaper forever, and I mean forever, but haven’t had the right occasion. I thought I was finally going to use it in blue or red for the WC in the master bathroom (another project) but when I saw the orange in person, I literally gasped. The shade of orange is just perfect – it’s that beautiful Hermès orange which is a little warmer and lighter than in this photo – and as many papers as I saw, nothing compared to it. Along with the fact that orange is what I call one of my house colors and that I’ve never seen the orange colorway used anywhere, it was a done deal. It had to go in the hall.

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This paper is a really popular choice for powder rooms…..

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and I love how Lauren used it in her hallway:

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but I haven’t seen it in orange anywhere. If you have, please let me know. I’d love to see!

Okay, so with a wallpaper that was not within the intended color palette, I had to reconsider the blue ceiling idea. (I did say I was only 99% sure!) The blue could have worked but when I put the wallpaper sample up on the wall…..

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I knew exactly what needed to happen. Gold. It was one of those instances when I just knew. And while we’re on the topic, let me say this is generally how decorate – by gut and instinct. I’m not one for rules and formulas. I think they have their place and are helpful for a lot of people but it’s just not my approach.

Anyway, here are some examples of what I envision:

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Looking at the wallpaper on the wall, I had a vision of a gold ceiling and that was that. Of course it’s not always that simple and clearcut but I love it when it is!

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I was really pleased with this idea but then immediately started to regret it because I thought a gold ceiling would entail gold leafing or finding the perfect gold wallpaper or something else more complicated. But then I came across…..

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Ralph Lauren Regent Metallic Paint. Metallic paints are tricky but this line seemed to have good reviews across the board. (I read a lot of reviews.) I called their customer service number to find a local retailer because very few places carry RL paints these days and they gave me the contact for the one shop here. (If you’re local, Paint Unlimited – no website). I went by and picked up some gold swatches then narrowed it down to these two colors:

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Golden Candlesticks on the left and Parlor Gold on the right. I chose Parlor Gold in the end because it was lighter and since paint tends to look darker on ceilings, I think it will work better.

Lastly, the built-in will be painted white. I considered a different color but there is plenty going on with the wallpaper and ceiling so white it will be. I’ve also been looking for the perfect lights to install against the gold ceiling and possibly a runner of some sort.

So that’s it. The makings of my dream hallway. And I promise this will be the last time you hear about Project Hallway until the reveal! Thank goodness.

(Photos: 1.Scalamandre 2,11.Elle Decor 3.Diane Bergeron 4.Liz Caan 5.Pop Sugar 6,9.Traditional Home 7.4th Floor Walkup 8,12,14,15.FROM THE RIGHT BANK 10.Vogue 13.Ralph Lauren Home)

 

Project Hallway: Blue Ceiling

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There is one last piece of the wallpaper/paint puzzle for Project Hallway and that is the ceiling. I’m 99% sure I’m going to paint it a light blue like in these examples.

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I’ve blogged about this house before but I still love it and especially how Ruthie Sommers used blue ceilings throughout parts of it…..

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I just love her style.

A couple more examples…..

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I’ve always liked blue ceilings but this shade of blue also happens to be what is on my dining room and master bedroom walls and I like the idea of that continuity.

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I’m considering using the same blue on the upper part of the foyer walls – the part above the millwork here:

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I thought of doing either this wall or the ceiling in a different color but as of today, I think just the blue will be enough. I reserve the right to change my mind though!

I’m headed out to look at wallpaper today so if I can find one to fit in with this scheme I’ve been putting together the past month, I’ll be placing an order and then scheduling the painter. Exciting times, people!

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Kitchen Mini-Makeover Ideas

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I know I have at least three house projects pending (at least that’s how many I’ve told you about!) but there’s one other little project that’s been in the back of my mind. Since I’ve been planning to call my painter for Project Hallway, I thought while he’s here, maybe it’s time to repaint the kitchen. Let me ‘splain…..

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Before we moved into this house, I had the kitchen painted. For new readers, here’s a little recap of the before and after:

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This was one of those rare occasions when I knew exactly what I wanted. I wanted a gray kitchen and I didn’t even have to think about it. And I’ve been very happy with it but, lately I’ve really been itching to lighten it up in there and go all white. The marble countertops are a caramel color and white cabinets would be a great complement. I know it looks like that’s what the kitchen was originally but in fact, the cabinets were ivory/cream, as were the walls which I had painted white.

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Anyway, I couldn’t find a singe photo with the same color marble, cabinets and walls so if you can imagine a combination of the three kitchens up top with this one below, that’s how I think it would turn out.

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I also thought it might be fun to leave the island gray or use a different color altogether. I’m 90% sure I’ll go all white but here are some nice examples of using two colors really well:

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So I’ve been mulling this over on and off but the thought of calling the painter makes me think now might be a good time to just do it.

And while I’m at it, I think I want to switch out the lights over the island to something like these pendants from Circa:

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I want this look but not exactly these because they’re made of paper. Because the stove is on the island, they need to be a material I can thoroughly clean. If you’ve seen anything that fits the bill, please share in the comments!

And now it’s time for me to stop creating new projects and actually start executing some of them!

(Photos: 1.Traditional Home 2.Unknown 3.Dresser Homes 4.Suzanne Kasler 5.House Beautiful 6.Neptune 7.Unknown 8.Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles)

Project Hallway: Wallpaper, Paint, Lacquered Walls and Some Decisions

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So continuing our discussion about the hallway/master bedroom entry area from last week (which I’ve dubbed Project Hallway….. thanks for all of your input. Most of you seemed to favor blue over red for the entry and I think I agree. The main reason for me is that it ties in with the rest of the house better but more importantly, it’ll give me more options for the hallway which we’ll talk about in a minute. As far as the shade of blue, I had originally thought something like cobalt but I’m pretty sure I want to do something on the lighter side like these…..

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And I know I’ve posted this room before and it may be a tad darker than what I have in mind but I have to add it here because it just kills me:

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It’s funny because while I was writing this, I came across an old post of mine from over a year ago where I talked about how I was drawn to bright blue but didn’t have the guts to use it. I guess it took me that long to work up the courage!

So that’s decision number 1. Blue lacquered entry to the master bedroom.

As for the hallway, this is what we’re dealing with:

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This is the same paneled wall just outside the bedroom entry doors you saw last week. And this brings me to the second decision I’ve made. This wall is going to stay white. The reason is you see this wall from the foyer which has white woodwork and I want the two to be the same. And before you ask, the woodwork in the foyer will always stay white. I change my mind about a lot of things but on that, there is no doubt. (I hope I don’t have to eat my words later…..)

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Here’s a view from a different angle so you can see the built-in. As you can see, I haven’t done a thing (other than having the shelves painted when we moved in) so it’s a total blank slate. That’s both good and bad. Good because I can do whatever I want. Bad because I can do whatever I want. Know what I mean?

So what brought all this on in the first place? A lot of things. But this beautiful hallway designed by Tom Scheerer played a big part:

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It is just to die for – like everything he does. So I’ve been collecting images of interesting hallways for some time and these are some of my favorites. As usual, they are all over the place with the only commonality being that they are all wallpapered.

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And to make my decision harder still, I’ve even been contemplating painting something myself!

But the good news is now that I’ve decided on white for the paneled wall and blue for the entry, that helps to narrow down my choices for the hallway. And it’s also helping me with a decision on the laundry room. Yeah, remember that? It’s actually one of the rooms you see off of this hallway so my hope is all of these little spaces will come together and there will be a nice flow between them like a beautiful symphony. Or at least a nice string quartet. So slowly but surely, we’re getting there, folks. It will all get done, I promise!

(Photos: 1.Domaine Home 2,3.NY Cottages & Gardens 4.Steven Gambrel 5.Tom Scheerer 6.House Beautiful 7.Lonny 8.Home Shoot Home 9.Unknown)