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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.

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…..

Guilford green and blues

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…….

Guilford green and navy
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.

Guilford green color family
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

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

The Berry Family

Guilford green and berry
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!!

Guilford green combinations
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.


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.


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.....

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.


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.


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.


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


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Make Mine Pretty Please!!



12 Pretty Ideas for Halloween

Halloween can be scary, fun, and frightening, but this girl likes her Halloween to be pretty. 

I have never enjoyed the scary side of Halloween so I am always on the look out for the non-scary side of Halloween.

Also Halloween can be a bit over done!! If you are not doing the Haunted House for the neighborhood, may I suggest......


Let me show you some of the ideas I found that are appealing to me…….

Lace Candles

Black and white lace covered candles, elegant, pretty and appropriate for a Halloween house.

Elegant Halloween Centerpieces Decorating Ideas
A trip to the thrift store might be in order to find some pretty black goblets for votive holders.

Elegant Halloween Centerpieces Decorating Ideas
Simple cans covered in Halloween paper covers become a pretty centerpiece when flowers are added.

Elegant Halloween Centerpieces Decorating Ideas
Black and white with  a little sparkle added always looks elegant in my book.

Truly Fine Art
I really need to take a trip to the Thrift store!

Black and White for Halloween
Some matte black paint, and a black crow will make any book shelf ready for Halloween.

Imperfectly Beautiful

Now this is what I call an inviting Halloween entrance! Two things I might eliminate..... 
the fleur-de- lis and the spanish moss around the base of the pumpkins. Spanish moss always looks dead and unappealing to me, but that is just me.

Black and White for Halloween
There are so many free printables on line, I am sure this would be an easy one to do. How about this hanging on the door instead of a seasonal wreath?

Veiled Pumpkins
A little more black lace makes these white pumpkins, “Pretty Pumpkins!”

Speaking of pretty pumpkins!

Diamonds are a girls best friend! Even on a pumpkin!
Diamonds are Pumpkins best friend!

Good Life of Design: The Pretty Side Of Halloween
Just add your address to personalize your elegant pumpkin!

For more Halloween ideas go to my Pinterest boards:

Hopefully this post will give you a new and pretty perspective on Halloween….. 

The Pretty side of Halloween!!