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Color Case Study: Blue Hues


I think we're due for another installation of a color case study.  Today I'm focusing on one of my favorites - blues.  I never used to be big into blues, but I'm really drawn to them nowadays.  Shocker, right?  I mean, take a glimpse at my paint colors, and that's pretty obvious.

The more I work with blues, the more I realize and appreciate what a great neutral they can be.  Think about it - pair a blue with orange, green, red or yellow, whether a bright or muted hue, and it works.  Never mind how well it plays with neutrals - a navy with a gray - true love.

Mysterious - Benjamin Moore

Certain shades of blue emit such a feeling of tranquility, I think that's part of their draw and appeal.

Stony Brook - Benjamin Moore

Iceberg - Benjamin Moore

Woodlawn Blue - Benjamin Moore

Bold hues of blue are equally striking.  This peacock blue is just fantastic, isn't it?

Jade Garden - Benjamin Moore

Windsurf - Behr

Tropicana Cabana - Benjamin Moore

Restoration Hardware - Dusk

Cedar Grove - Benjamin Moore

There's always the option to take the color to the cabinets.  These laundry room cabinets are the same color that I have on my family room walls- Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore.  (The wall color is Silver Sage by Restoration Hardware - looks much more muted next to the Palladian Blue, doesn't it?)  Silver Sage is also a timeless color that I featured on my Go Green Color Spotlight.  Love it.

Totally different feel on the cabinets vs. the walls.

I love a blue kitchen island too.  

Gravel Gray - Benjamin Moore  This really takes on a blue tone in this kitchen, doesn't it?

I can't track down the island color in this kitchen, but isn't it gorgeous?  Such a fun, beachy vibe going on in here (even though the house is located in Seattle).  I think I would have to have a beachy feel in my home if I lived in a rainy locale like Seattle.

This bathroom vanity is actually Wrought Iron by Martha Stewart.  It reads a bit navy as well.  What a stunner!
Source: I Heart Organizing
This is a custom vanity in every way, including the color, but it was too beautiful not to share.  And that copper sink is fantastic!

And let's not forget blue as an exterior paint color option.

Naval - Sherwin Williams

Blue Note - Benjamin Moore

Make sure to pay a visit to The Creativity Exchange today.  I'm talking about fresh front door colors!

Have a great day!


5 Things I Love + 1 Thing I Don't

Happy Friday!

I hope you've had a great week and are ready to cruise into the weekend.  Ours will be filled with baseball games!

For this Friday, I'm going to share five things I'm loving, but one thing I'm not.  Just to keep it interesting. :-)

The Search for The New Old House
Did anyone see this article in the Wall Street Journal about building "the new old house"?  Historic charm with modern day functionality.  Really interesting.


Cinnamon Roll Waffles
These are so easy and so delicious, I find myself stocking up on cinnamon rolls when I go to the grocery store these days.  They're super fast too, which I love.  A nice addition to breakfast if you're in the mood for something sweet.
Garnier Skin Renew 5 Second Blur Skin Smoother
Let me just say that this stuff lives up to its claims - it's amazing!  I'm a big fan of primer by Smashbox, and this stuff feels very similar, but for a third of the price!
Outdoor Fireplaces
We had a landscape architect come out to look at our pond, since we're looking to replace it with an outdoor fireplace.  So, I have fireplaces on the brain.
I got sucked into watching this series, and am hooked.  It's way gory, (which I don't care for), but the underlying end-of-the-world story is so compelling.  It really makes you think about a lot of moral and ethical dilemmas in a completely different context.   I'm convinced I'm not made for apocalyptic situations, and wouldn't have made it beyond season one.

Here is the one thing I'm not liking right now.  The song, "Selfie".  I heard it on the radio for the first time this week, and it was stuck in my head for hours.  If you haven't heard it, consider yourself lucky.  Me no likey.

So, what's your 5+1?  I'm tagging Cyndy, from The Creativity Exchange, Lisa, from Shine Your Light, and Andrea, from Oak Ridge Revival to give me theirs!


Confessions of a Corporate Dropout


I hope you had a great weekend and are ready to hit the ground running this week!

I'm feeling a bit reflective today, as it's the one year anniversary of my dropping out of corporate life.  Instead of "leaning in", I'm "leaning out", and I couldn't be happier with my decision, even though it was much more difficult to take the leap than what I would have imagined.

My kids are now 15, 13 and 8 and life. is. busy.  Not that it isn't busy with smaller kids, but it's a different kind of busy, if that makes any sense.  Our evenings don't belong to us, but rather, to baseball games, football practices and Girl Scout meetings.  The work of raising children has changed from being physically intensive - diaper changes, late night feedings, and playing dinosaurs - to emotionally charged, dealing with hormones and homecoming dances, driver's licenses and dating.

Upon my departure from corporate life, one of my friends said, "I think it's one of the great myths of motherhood that your children need you at home when they're little.  I think they need you even more when they're older."  First off, let me say that I am in no way diminishing being home with your kids when they're young.  I took extended leave when my kids were born and worked part-time when they were little, so I could spend more time with them.  It is important, valuable and meaningful, and I still miss the days when my kids were toddlers and I was the center of their universe.  That time in life is exhausting, both physically and emotionally, and I don't think you can fully appreciate it until you are looking back, reflecting upon it with some perspective.  I think my memories of that time are much more blissful than I felt sometimes while I was actually living it.  

But, the stakes become even higher when your kids are making their way through adolescence, and the decisions they make can have long-term repercussions.  

I have learned some things about myself this past year too.  You have a lot of ideas of what life will be like, moving from corporate life to home, and those ideas don't always pan out the way you think they will.  
  • I'm a procrastinator.  I used to blame working for not getting things done, but in all reality, I put things off, plain and simple.  I work best under pressure.  Why is that??
  • I stink at meal planning.  Or maybe I just have overly finicky kids, because I have a hard time pulling together a dinner that makes everyone happy.
  • Laundry in my house will never be fully complete, regardless of how much time I have to do it.  If you pay me a visit, there will be dirty clothes in my laundry room.
  • I envisioned tapping into my creative side on a daily basis, painting furniture, writing amazing blog posts, finishing all of those projects that have been on my to-do list.  But daily life gets in the way, and the days are much shorter than I imagined they would be.  And a I still have a work-in-progress garage sale desk in my garage.  
  • On most days you will find me in my workout clothes since it doesn't make sense to shower early in the day since I'm going to be running around, working on projects, in the yard, etc...  I swore that wouldn't happen.  However, let it be said that I do shower every day. :-)
  • After a year, the bon-bon jokes from my family have still not gotten old.
Let me finish by saying that I am extremely grateful to be home now and thankful that I have a supportive husband who pushed me to think of life outside of the corporate box.  

I'm excited at the opportunity to pursue new things.  Things that I love.  Tapping into my creative side through design consulting.  

Getting my hands dirty painting cabinets or working in the yard.  

Volunteering at my daughter's school at a time where she's still excited to see me, grabbing my hand upon my arrival.

Life is good.