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Sunday, July 5, 2015

When You Have The Wrong White Paint Color - Change It

As you all know, I have been repainting every room in my house (I know, really slowly), and I love most of it.  HOWEVER my living room sofa is an off-white and this particular white paint that I chose makes it look dirty.  Now I can camouflage it with lighting and accessories, but every time I look at it, it is just not good.  Time to get the paint out and repaint at least this one wall.  I originally painted it Sherwin Williams Reliable White - this is a really pretty soft white, nothing stark and nothing with pink or blue undertones.   As you can see in the photo below, my sofa has some yellow undertones, and the walls look gray.  The combination really isn't very good.


 This color looks amazing with the off-white sofa in the family room.  In fact it totally amazes me at how different the white looks in the two rooms.  

The family room is mostly windows so it gets a ton of light - - - -

and the living room gets most of it's light from the dining area window since the front is shaded by trees.  See how different the white looks in the two rooms?  Also do you see what I am talking about.  The sofa looks beige and dirty.  Not good.

If you look at the two rooms, the family room walls appear to have a yellow undertone.  I think that is from so much sun and the drapes.  In the living room the walls look like a soft gray.  The light totally changes the look of the paint color.
Ok, off to the paint store to find a color that will make this living room (and my sofa) look right.  It amazes me at how big a mess you create to paint just one wall.  My hubby brought in the shop light so I could see since it is a little cloudy outside.  Really bright isn't it?

 I chose one of my favorite colors, it is Violi Antique Lace from Lowes.  It is a beige with a slight camel undertone.  As you can see where the sun is shining in, you can't really tell one wall is darker than the other.

All done and the room put back together.  Like I said, it isn't obvious that this wall is different, but now my sofa looks white again.

 Here's a close up of the sofa next to the wall.  See, the sofa really is a creamy white.


 It still looks white with the lamps on too.  Ok, now I am a happy camper.  No more beige dirty sofa.





Do you struggle with whites  - off whites and creams?

Be sure to get all of your projects lined up for Inspire Me Tuesday.  Party goes live Monday afternoon at 3 PM CMT.  Can't wait to see you there.

I am joining the following parties:
                             Lou Lou Girls , Karen's Up On The Hill




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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th Tablescape

 The 4th always makes me think of 
"the Grand Ole Flag" and Yankee Doodle Dandy".  
I don't have a lot of red/white and blue, but I pulled together what I have to create an old fashioned country table.





God Bless America!!!

I hope you and your family have a fabulous 4th.

I am joining the following parties:
Addison Meadows LaneCraftberry Bush , Posed Perfection ,
 Katherines Corner , The Vintage Farmhouse , A Delightsome Life ,
Love of Family & Home ,  Between Naps On The Porch ,
 From My Front Porch To Yours , The 36th Avenue , Imparting Grace ,
 My Romantic Home ,   French Country Cottage ,The Thrifty Groove , 
The Charm Of Home , Chic A Shoestring Decorating,
 FindingFabulous ,  Rooted In Thyme , Jennifer Rizzo ,
 Redoux Interiors




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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Master Bdrm Final Reveal & Custom Euro Sham Tutorial

The last of the fiinshing touches have been put on the master bedroom makeover.  I have to say, I really do like it and it looks so fresh and inviting.  Black/White/Beige is one of my favorite color combos and allows me to add any accent color I like.  For summer, I used Raspberry Pink and I really like the sharp contrast it has to the neutral background.  A little unexpected and just plain fun.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

274th Inspire Me Tuesday

Welcome to the 274th Inspire Me Tuesday.  I love all of your wonderful linkups, so fun to see what everyone is up to.   We always have such a variety and that is what makes it so fun.   Here are a few examples.

Life Love Larsen shared her Summer Home Tour, you will love it, so fun and what a great mix of pattern, color and texture. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

What Is The Secret To Taking Those Glamour Shots

I think we all stop in our track when we see a picture that just speaks to us.  It could be one single thing or part of a room, but there is something about it that just says stunning - chic - amazing.   Now those in the know call them "Glamour Shots".  It can be about fashion, but the same term is used for decor and that is what I have been trying to learn.  We have some awesome bloggers that could rival any professional with how they style and take their pictures.  Every shot they share with us is a work of art.

Simple Details shared this shot of her living room in the summer home tour.  I have studied this shot to see if I could figure out what makes it so eyecatching.  I came up with several things - - -

1. It's a "tease" shot, she doesn't show us the whole room.
2.  It is full of color - pattern and texture.
3. It has a mix of ornate and modern.
4. It has a little bling. 

This is a shot that Monica Wants It shared.  What makes this unique --

1. It's a "tease" shot, she doesn't show us the whole cart.
2.  It is full of color - pattern and texture.
3. It has a mix of ornate and modern.
4. It has a little bling. 

This picture came from Charming In Charlotte's tour.  Do the same things apply here ----

1. It's a "tease" shot, she doesn't show us the whole room.
2.  It is full of color - pattern and texture.
3. It has a mix of ornate and modern.
4. It has a little bling. 

I think this picture of Tidbits & Twine's dining room has been pinned about a million time.  Do the same features apply here - --

1. It's a "tease" shot, she doesn't show us the whole room.
2.  It is full of color - pattern and texture.
3. It has a mix of ornate and modern.
4. It has a little bling. 

Ok, now I need to learn how to stage some of my shots so I can take better pictures.   I've been trying, but I really have a long way to go.  Here are two attempts




What are the tips and tricks you've learned?

Be sure to get all of your projects lined up for Inspire Me Tuesday.  Party goes live Monday afternoon at 3 PM CMT.  Can't wait to see you there.

I am joining the following parties:
                             Lou Lou Girls , Karen's Up On The Hill




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