Siding Colors

My husband and I bought our home about 3 years ago. The home was built in the 50s and it is a traditional two story colonial. Since the moment we bought the house we have really wanted to change the original aluminum siding. It has been such an eyesore for me and guess what?! We are getting new siding! I am so happy I could jump for joy. You would think me being a designer, I would know right away what color I would want to use, but when I was given the colors to choose from I had no idea what to pick. When it comes to my own home I am very indecisive. My first instinct is to do a gray siding with white trim and black shutters with a black garage door. I am a little hesitant though because our roof is an ugly reddish orange color and since it is a new roof that the previous owner’s had put on, it is staying, so I have to work with it. The safe option would be to go with a tan or beige, but then our house will look exactly the same as most of our neighbors. I am designer, so my house has to stand out a little bit ;) As I was flipping through the colors I came across this pretty green that I thought would look great, but I was nervous that my house will look too Christmas-y because the lower half of my home is red brick. Here are some pictures of homes with vinyl siding that I really like.

 

Now mind you, my home will look nothing like these homes even with new siding, but I think these are good images to show you what I am thinking color wise. Below are some of the colors I was thinking. These pictures show the siding with my beautiful roof color ;)
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Granite Gray
It is kind of hard to tell the colors from the pictures, but I am leaning toward granite gray. I think that would look nice with bright white trim. I will keep you posted with what I choose.

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Fall Jacket

After this weekend I think it is safe to say that fall has arrived here in Michigan! The temperature was in the mid 50′s and as much as I didn’t want to turn the heat on in my home, I had too!  I was not prepared for this chilly weekend and when it came time for me to wear a jacket, I found I didn’t have one for this in between fall weather. All of my jackets are heavy winter jackets built to keep me warm while I trudge through several feet of snow here in Michigan. So it got me thinking I need to get a new coat ASAP! I want something that is casual and that is not to heavy or too light. My birthday is coming up, so maybe I will see one of these beauties soon! ;)

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Kitchen Light Fixtures

My husband and I are in the process of renovating our kitchen and our light fixtures are something that need to be replaced ASAP!! The fixtures that are currently in our kitchen are really ugly brass fixtures from the 80′s. I am surprised I have lived with them for this long! Since we are on a tight budget for our kitchen, I have selected some fixtures that won’t break the bank, but are still designer friendly. I am leaning toward light fixture #1 for above my kitchen sink and I like #3 for in the center of my kitchen. What do you think, which lights are your favorites?
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Tilton Fenwick for Target

Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel dePedro Cunningham are the amazing interior design duo behind the design firm, Tilton Fenwick, based in NYC. Known for their bold use of color and pattern, Tilton Fenwick has brought their New Traditional style to Target and I couldn’t  be more excited. Take a look at some of their new pieces available online.

Tilton Fenwick

Ottoman, Headboard, Settee, Ottoman

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My Favorite Benjamin Moore Paint Colors

I hope everyone had a fabulous Labor Day, I know I did! I can’t believe summer is over, I love fall, but I wish summer lasted just a bit longer.  Last week, I told you my go-to Sherwin Williams paint colors and today I am sharing my favorite Benjamin Moore paint colors.

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What are some of your favorite paint colors?

 

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Blue and Yellow

Lately, I have been really loving the color combination of blue and yellow. It is such a fun color scheme that makes any space cheerful! Below are some of my top picks for blue and yellow rooms.

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This space was designed by Jenny from Little Green Notebook. I really love this use of yellow and blue in this room. There are slight touches of blue with a pop of yellow.

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Those yellow doors are amazing!!!

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My Favorite Sherwin Williams Paint Colors

As an interior designer the number one question that I get asked is what color I should paint my room or what is your favorite paint color. Every designer has their go to paint colors and today I am sharing my favorite Sherwin Williams paint colors. Sherwin Williams is a brand that I use all of the time especially for commercial interiors. Benjamin Moore is also a favorite of mine. I am going to do my favorite go to Benjamin Moore paint colors soon! Here is my list…

 

 

Grays

 

 

Tans

 

 

Brights

 

 

 

This was not a sponsored post, I just really like these colors ;)

 

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Scheming

Right now I am helping a client of mine redesign their family room. I stopped by the Michigan Design Center to pick up some fabric samples for my clients space. These are some color, carpet and fabric options that I tossing around…

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photo 2I really like this combo with the rug. The colors are fairly neutral, but the patterns make this combo very bold without being too much.

photo 3This color scheme is fresh, light and airy. I like this scheme with the lighter rug. I am thinking the bottom left rug.

photo 5This fabric is the same as the one above, it is just shown with a lighter carpet.

photo 4Again, same fabric just different carpet. It definitely gives this scheme a different feel. What do think? Which combo do you like best?

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Window Treatments

 Currently, I am helping a client of mine design their family room and I am starting to think about custom window treatments for their space. Their family room does not have a lot of natural light and the only light source comes from a large sliding glass door that leads out to their back patio. I am trying to convince them to switch their sliding door to some beautiful french doors, but I will keep that for another post. My client got me thinking about window treatments in general. Window treatments are very imporatant piece for any space. They provide a focal point, create interest, color, pattern, and texture. Any custom window treatment will really transform your space. I am not going to lie, custom window treatments do not even compare to store bought treatments, but custom is not in every-ones budget. If you can afford custom, I always recommend a client to go that route. It is one of the best investments that you can make for your space. That doesn’t mean that store bought treatments are bad, they just require a little more thought than just buying a pack of draperies and hanging them on your wall. You can also do some great and easy DIYS to make the store bought treatments feel more custom. One of my favorite things to do for store bought panel drapery is to add some sort of embellishment. Whether it be some beautiful greek key trim or adding a pop of color with a beautiful fabric to the bottom of the treatment. Those small details will really add some interest to your draperies. Another tip, if you are using panel drapery is to double the amount of of panels to each side of the window, so that it looks fuller than it is and creates a fuller stack back. Store bought draperies tend to be a little scarce in the amount of fabric that use and to have a custom feel, adding that extra drapery to each side really gives the draperies some body and fullness. My favorite place for inexpensive store bought draperies is none other than Ikea. I really love the Ritva Curtains and the Ikea Merete. They are sooo cheap and you can do some great custom things to them. Roman shades are a little trickier, but if you get a simple solid shade you can do some add some beautiful embellishments. 5dcb5071d550e54c42d02fa6c23a30b4(1.)

This was a custom shade with an embellishment, but you can easily do this to a store bought shade.

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Another tip for creating a custom feel is to hang your drapes high and wide. Erin Gates has some great tips on her blog.

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Design Update

Just another quick design update on the fun commercial space that I have been talking about. There has been some definite progress made since the first update I shared with you. There is still a ways to go, but things seem to be coming together nicely.

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