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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

FALL + BEACH + PUMPKINS + LIFE = CELEBRATIONS

   


Last week was what I would consider our first, “NORMAL,” week since before my sweet hubbies surgery and recovery. I think we are on our way back to normal, folks!!

"Normal is my new favorite word!"

On Monday of last week we celebrated a normal day, and my birthday by going to Half Moon bay for the day!! It was a perfect day for us.

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First we stopped at the Half Moon bay nursery, my favorite spot to buy plants and flowers. I needed some plants for the wall planter that is by my front door.




Once you step out of your car, you can smell the ocean, and the pine trees, the air is fresher and more crisp, and you know you are in Half Moon bay.


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When you enter the nursery you see table after table of beautiful flowers. It is so fun to stroll up and down all the aisles as classical music is playing in the background.

All the plants are very well taken care of, and look so fresh and happy. This is one of my happy places.

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This years fall color scheme is all purples and whites for my home. 

I used pansies, cyclamen and ornamental kale and a few white mums for good measure for my plantings in the front……

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Here is the planter after it got a fresh coat of black paint and new soil and plants……

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I added a couple of little white mini pumpkins that will work all the way into Thanksgiving! 

Don’t you just love these little guys? They always make me smile. Just like when I see a baby anything I smile.

The ivy wreath is a perfect addition for any season of the year. As you can see in the pictures of the nursery they have quite the array of topiaries to choose from.


 
 The ornamental Kale was so gorgeous I had to add just one to the planter. It was the perfect soft green and white….

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This planter resides on the right side of my front door, so it makes a nice welcome for visitors and for us too!!


I also purchased a beautiful blue/gray/green pumpkin for my porch. Since I don't do orange in my life these pumpkins, and the little white mini's fit perfectly for my home.


After a trip to the nursery we drove into town to our favorite small deli where they make their own bread and their sandwiches are always fresh and delicious.

On colder days I also get a small bowl of clam chowder to take down to the beach with us.

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We drove down to Mira Mar beach set up our chairs and umbrella and sat and watched the waves. 

There were birds digging for crabs, dogs chasing balls, and children body surfing and doing cartwheels on the beach. 

We were thoroughly entertained, and relaxed in our favorite place to be…THE BEACH…..

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When we got there it was chilly but it soon warmed up, and off came the blankets and jackets and shorts were the attire for the day.

No makeup, no hair-do, and I could not be  happier. Even though this was for my birthday the real celebration was the fact that we were there  living a normal life together……

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Dougie sporting his colors!! Under the sweatshirt is a polo shirt that also has a Giants emblem on it. 

I can not tell you how grateful I am that we got this day together, and it was a very normal, but still special day for us…..

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Dougie loves to take pictures of pigeons. I love the way the water is glistening like little sparkly diamonds.

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These little birds gave us quite the show, they would push their beaks down far into the sand, and catch little crabs. We watched them for a good hour. Busy little birds.

Right before the sun went down we walked up the stairs from the beach, and went to the Mira Mar beach restaurant, and had salad and their clam chowder, which I highly recommend, it was delicious.

We had a view of the ocean, and got to see the sunset.......

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All and all a perfectly

NORMAL day

with the love of my life!!!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Benjamin Moore's Color of The Year for 2015



Benjamin Moore has announced it’s color of the year!!

It is more in the neutral category this year because this color can go with so many different combinations of colors.

Just as in nature 
GREEN is a neutral

ben moore color for 2015 Guilford green

 Guilford Green HC-116

This green is a wonderful neutral that can go with so many other colors. 

That is no surprise to me since I have used a color very similar as a neutral on my kitchen cabinets, and even on the ceiling in my living room. 


I even have a wallpaper in my entry with this color as it’s background.

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Notice the color of the striped wallpaper in my dining  that resembles this color…….

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You can see that this GREEN is a neutral in my home and I mix it with black and white, and cobalt and white. 

Sometimes I throw in a dash of yellow, or pink, and even a lavender in my flowers that I bring into my home.
Mixing it with Blues…..

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I chose to mix this Green with the blue family in my family room……

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My family room is next to the GREEN in the kitchen and it is black and white and cobalt blue and white……….



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Benjamin Moore shows Guilford green mixed with many different color combinations…….

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It is stunning when used with black.


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In my own home I have used this green as a neutral in my entry hall with black and white.


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This shows even more choices in  the Green family that Benjamin Moore is offering.

Next are the different color combinations that Benjamin Moore is showing to mix with  Guilford Green…
The Blush Family

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This combination would make such a lovely room. Beautiful colors in a living room, or a restful guest room.

The Berry Family

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Berry is a natural combination when it comes to Green. It is such a great color combination. 

I suggested this combination years ago for a clients home. 

We painted the homes exterior a very similar color to Guilford Green with white trim and then a beautiful berry color for the front door, it was such a cheerful house.

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Even natures greens and berries are beautiful together. Always look to nature for beautiful color inspiration!!


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Here is a perfect line-up of all the colors you can mix with Guilford Green!!

Now let your imagination take over, and see what combinations you like, or that you could use in your own home.

As with any declaration of Color of The Year, it is not going to work for everyone, it just happens to be my chosen neutral in my home. As trends go…….

“What goes around comes around again and again!!”

So with that in mind, always, always stay TRUE to yourself and what you truly love in your very own home!!!

BTW: Be sure and read Emily Clark's post about Guilford Green. She did some wonderful color combinations on her blog post. In fact her post is where I read about the announcement of Guilford Green being Benjamin Moore's 2015 Color of the year!
 
 
 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

How To Make A Sense-sational Home






One of my design philosophies is that it is more important how a house feels than how it looks. 

We can all make a room look lovely. We can copy a picture in a magazine, or buy everything out of a vignette in a store. 

However, to make a Home feel a certain way is , in my mind, Great Design. 

In my experience, how a house feels to those who enter, is what makes it a Home, not just a well decorated House.

One of the important things a Home should have in it are things that stimulate the senses: Sight, Smell, Touch, Hearing and Taste.

Below you will find a list of things that I like to have in my home for my guest to experience a peaceful and welcoming home.

SIGHT




I know this will be subjective, what is pleasing to one is not pleasing to everyone.  Generally speaking, a well appointed, tidy home is pleasing to most. This is where de-cluttering is key!

If it is night time, or the winter months a nice roaring fire is always an inviting sight. Candles will be pleasing to the eye, and to the nose if they have a delicate scent.



SMELL


Scents for the home will always be to the homeowner's taste.  Just make sure it is a pleasant scent and not over powering to your visitors.

 The scents above were found on a great blog  A Gift Wrapped Life. She is actually having a give away on these beautiful fragrances for the home by Charlotte Moss

I saw this darling idea on pinterest and this is something that anyone can do.....

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Small bowls filled with coffee beans and then you add the warmth of a vanilla scented candle to the mix and you have a home that smells like a welcoming, fresh brewed cup of vanilla coffee. 

Again, a very simple idea and easy to do. You could even do this last minute if you had to.


One of my favorite scents is Amber. I like to purchase it from Cote Bastide. It is a wonderfully warm scent for the colder months in Fall/Winter.



Fresh flowers that have lovely scents are pleasing to the eye, and the nose.  Paper whites, roses, lilacs just to name a few. Fresh flowers are always seen in my home, whether it is a single rose in a bud vase or a large bouquet on my table or counter in the kitchen. Flowers are just a requirement!

Keep in mind that a bowl of fresh lemons has the most refreshing scent or a wooden bowl full of fresh apples. It does not have to be fancy to be nice for the senses.



One big mistake a lot of homeowner do is to overly scent there home, make sure it is subtle.
Try to stay away from the large bags of potpourri that are artificial smelling and over powering.

TOUCH

Having soft and inviting textures in your home will only add to its appeal to all who enter. A nice fur pillow or throw is always a fun thing to wrap up in.

SOUND

The soft sound of a trickling fountain outside an open window is a wonderfully calming sound.

A very small bubbler can make a very soothing sound when the water hits the rocks. This little guy is on my back patio.


As you walk up to my front door you will be greeted by this happy dancing water. Not a big fountain, but it still is pleasing to the senses.

Soft music playing in the background can help make a home have a wonderful atmosphere. If you ever visit my home you will always hear soft music playing in the background.



TASTE

Offer your guest a simple cup of tea, coffee, or a cool glass of water with lemon.

It doesn't have to be anything fancy, just welcoming.


I would love if you would share some of the ways you  make your house a Sense-sational HOME


"Enjoy the Process" of: 

Filling your HOME with items that stimulate the Senses