Threshold Taupe

“Threshold Taupe” by Sherwin Williams (#7501)

If you’re among the many who have accused gray of being cold, I hope this color will change your mind.  This color falls into the general category I like to call “french gray,” a color only designers can identify with because they used the Prismacolor marker this color while pulling all nighters in design school!  It’s a spectacular marriage of brown and gray in a soft, liveable neutral.

Homburg Gray

“Homburg Gray” by Sherwin Williams (#7622)

If ever a paint company has perfectly captured a color from nature, this is it.  Doesn’t this look just like the night sky when only a sliver of the day’s sun remains?  I found this color after driving home several evenings and thinking that surely some paint company had been genious enough to bottle the sky.

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Practically Eco: Countertops

Wanting to be more conscience about being green? Countertops are a great place to start and a quick update for any remodel. There is no better time to be going green; with so many manufactures trying to market us folks going green, there are many products to chose from!

Made from 100% recycled glass and concrete Icestone offers a unique and great environmentally safe product for you home. Receiving MBDC’s Cradle to Cradle Silver Certification for its durable surface and the production process used to produce it; Icestone defines green!


PaperStone is a sustainable composite material made from 100% post-

consumer recycled paper. While it will assume a pleasing, lustrous, rich-aged patina appearance over time, it is just one of wonderful characteristic of the material. Paperstone offers a variety of neutral, natural colors that can be used in many different styles of homes.

Recycled porcelain, glass, mirrors, industrial vitrified ashes and corn oil make up 75% of Eco countertops. With 10 styles and colors, I am sure one would be right for you! Eco is manufactured by the same company that produces the home brand, Silestone.

It’s all natural! Water is the only ‘chemical’ used to quarry and fabricate natural stone. Most quarries and fabrication shops recycle and reuse their water over and over again. Many quarries are out to preserve the land to what it was before they started quarrying the stone. Check out some of my previous posts to see a few more of your natural stone options.

Many of your green options will allow you to get LEED points as well. With so many color and style options, I am sure I can help find something that you’ll love!

Crabby Apple

“Crabby Apple” by Sherwin Williams (#7592)

I could have an entire fandeck of reds and never have exactly the one I was thinking of, but this one gets pretty close to the barn red I often describe to clients looking to add bold richness to their homes.

Be careful with red, though.  Red tends to excite hunger and keep people from feeling a sense of fullness.  Avoid it in the kitchen if you’re trying to drop a few pounds for New Years!

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Master Bedroom and Bath Lighting

Think about the last really great candlelight dinner you hosted.  Don’t you remember thinking that everyone you’d invited looked absolutely fabulous?!  Why was that?
The most most flattering light for people to look their best is soft, glows a slight pink, and lights them from beneath their chins. 

Let’s face it.  Master bedrooms and baths see a lot of skin.  If that’s the case, you want to make sure the light is as flattering as candlelight.  How do you mimic this in these private spaces?

Switching out your yellow incandescant bulbs for pink can make all the difference in the world.  These are just as easily found as their traditional yellow counterparts, just slightly more expensive, and the difference is well worth the extra attention to detail. 
Have your electrician switch your existing devices to be on dimmers so you can adjust the lighting easily.
Select low wattage bulbs and maximize the number of accent lights you have rather than utilizing overhead lighting.  I’ve never been one to create hard and fast rules for design, but a nice guideline is that every room should have at least three lamps.  Keep your bulbs between 40-60 watts and you’ll be pleased at the soft glow your rooms take on.
If you do have overhead fixtures, select things that are really fabulous.  Don’t settle for the ordinary or the overdone gaudy chandelier.  I’m doing a master bath right now that has spectacular vaulted ceilings.  It’s a rustic spa feel, so I’m putting this great light on a dimmer in addition to all of the very functional recessed lights over the shower and vanity. 
Who wouldn’t want to take a bubble bath with this on?!

I love using reflective surfaces in the bedroom to move light through the space.  Using glass lamps, antiqued mirrors or bedside furniture accomplishes this in a stunning way that only gets better with soft lighting.

Finally, color can make all the difference in the way light is perceived in your space.  I used to design healthcare spaces, and I always avoided yellows and golds because they changed the palor of skin to look sallow and sickly–not exactly the look you’re going for in your master bedroom!  Instead, select a neutral for your bedroom ceiling that errs slightly pink or peach.  This will make skin appear dewey and blush.

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