A Soothing Palette for 2018

The world is a dark place these days, and we all need a little comfort and calm in our lives amongst the discord. One fo the easiest ways to refresh your home and make it feel more like a sanctuary is paint. Yes, you may have to spend a whole weekend taping and rolling–but it’s so worth it when in the end you feel like you have a whole new room!
2018 is all about warmth– gone are the harsh, super cold greys and in with the more cozy neutrals. And brown is back–in grey or green tinted versions. Dramatic and rich, especially yin a dining room (and awesome paired with glossy whites!) Don’t worry, its NOT your late-90’s chocolate brown.
Here’s a paint palette I think will be popular for 2018– greens, blue, brown, beige, blush and even a deep fig. Colors that envelope or elevate your spirit.

** Tip: When Googling or looking on Pinterest for rooms in a specific color be sure to click through the links to confirm– sometimes other paint colors that are similar or menitoned withing the same post on a blog or magazine are the ones shown and not the one you are looking for!

My Favorite Paint Colors for 2017

Paint colors are always the number one questions you guys seems to have, and I think that’s because picking paint is really difficult! Luckily, repainting rooms isn’t the most expensive or hardest thing to do so taking a risk isn’t as scary as say, wallpaper or a sofa fabric! But you still want to love it and make sure it’s a color that looks timeless, whether it’s fun and bold or soft and soothing.
This coming year I’m seeing a lot of greens, blues and warm-based neutrals.  I’m kinda done with cold greys and more into those warmed up with a little brown.  I also see dark brown making a bit of a comeback- but in this case, cooled down with a touch of grey or mixed with a smidge of red/purple to make it extra rich!

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A Guide to White Paint


A couple of you mentioned needing some help finding a white paint that could give you the look of the home I posted on Monday.   It’s such a wonderful look, an all white room.  The way it gives a clean backdrop allowing your furnishings, art and architectural details to take center stage is magical.  But there are a zillion shades of white, which one is right? You don’t want something too sterile or too yellow- in fact even the WSJ did an article on the struggle of finding the perfect white paint. I thought I’d chime in with my tips for going all white.

Let’s start by talking about types of whites- there are bright, very true whites,  warm whites and cool whites.  Bright whites you will see a lot on trim, woodwork and cabinetry as it’s very clean and crisp.  Warmer whites can range from very light ivory or off-white to deeper creams and cooler whites have grey or blue undertones to them.

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Design Crush: Jeanette Whitson and Hague Blue!


I kind of flipped when I saw the cover of the new House Beautiful.  And the editors clearly felt the way I do about this room since they made it a fold out cover to show the entire space! The designer is self-taught Jeannette Whitson of Garden Variety Design. It’s a beautiful home with lots of traditional details that somehow feel fresh and new.


This kitchen is amazing- and making me think I should have painted the frame of my window the same color as my lower cabinets!


Where to start here? The light? The banister? The windows? The ceiling?


Best. Butlers Pantry. EVERRRRRR. Do you even SEE that sink?  And while taxidermy is not everyone’s jam, I love that it’s the mascot for her shop Garden Variety Design (you can shop yourself on 1st Dibs!)


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I have a soapstone sink JUST LIKE THIS in my basement waiting to be used in this way…..


Shall we venture outdoors? Yes, lets.

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OK, back to the blue room of my dreams….ridonculous. And the second I saw it I knew it was Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue because it’s my favorite paint color ever. It looks lighter in this photo than it really is, but it’s the most perfect navy with a dash of peacock blue ever created.  It’s so amazing it serves almost as a neutral backdrop to tones like orange, violet, tan leather, yellow….. you name it.


On top of the amazing paint job she used two of my all time favorite fabrics-Peter Dunham’s Ikat Stripe and  Michael Smith/ Jasper’s Indian Flower.  I seriously bow down to this room.

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Initially I thought it was so out there to do a sofa in the same navy as the walls but then I quickly found a few other images where designers had done the same thing!



And a few more images of Hague Blue (mostly high gloss) in use proving that it’s the most magical of colors!


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I used it in an small Beacon Hill home office paired with Osborne & Little’s Coronata Star on the ceiling….


I painted Andrew’s office similar shade and we love it- it’s a tiny space (as is the space above) and the dark color makes the walls recess instead of close in on you- so consider a dark shade like this in any of your small spaces!


Front Door Dilemma

Ok, it’s not the biggest dilemma, but just one I’d like to solve as I think it’ll add a whole lotta cheer to my house, which right now feels like a construction site covered in dust. I need something to pick me up when I pull into the driveway that helps me not miss the city so much.  We are going to be painting our shutters black but the front door I think should be a bold color (especially since it’ll be temporary as down the road we plan to replace it with a new one with side windows from top to bottom to let more light into our teeny tiny entry.) Oh, but what COLOR???

Here it is. Notice I have some issues with it currently (remove railings, find new lights). Forgot to note that I hate my screen door too. All in good time, my pets. All in good time.

I have long loved yellow doors. Especially on white houses with black shutters. So that was my first inclination.

BUT I also looooove chartruese-y green too!

And turquoise looks lovely with white and black and brass accents!!!

And then there is the basic, but beautiful black-  too boring but it is lovely.

Which one is YOUR favorite?  Either way I think I’m going to give the new Benjamin Moore Grand Entrance paint a try.  It says it mimicks the enameled look seen on all those gorgeous doors in Europe! I bet there are other applications this would be good for, like furniture!

All these images are reminding me I need topiaries too. And a BANANAS brass door knocker. Like this insanely awesome fox one from Ivy & Vine.  Or this elephant one from Etsy.