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!

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