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Peppercorn

“Peppercorn” by Sherwin Williams (#7674)
This rich hue strays just slightly from a pure black, hinting at a steely blue.  This color takes the edge off of black, feeling “designed” instead of “settled.”  I’m painting one of my client’s mantles this color.  How’s that for unexpected?  What are you doing with color that is out of the ordinary?
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Practically Eco: Bamboo

If you’re contemplating replacing your floors, you might consider bamboo.  Here’s a crash course in this eco friendly alternative:
Bamboo is eco friendly because…
  • It can be harvested every 3-5 years (versus 50-75 for hardwood)
  • It produces twenty five times the amount of product hardwood can in the same lifespan
  • It is the fastest growing plant on earth
Bamboo looks like…
  • The color spectrum that can be achieved in bamboo is nearly limitless.  The color in bamboo is made darker by heating the material until the sugars within it brown.  This process reduces the strength of the material.
  • A medium colored bamboo sits at about 1200 on the Janka scale for flooring hardness.  This is right between oak and pecan.
  • It is more dimsionally stable than hardwood, expanding and contracting 50% less than hardwood.
  • Bamboo is exceptionally durable, especially stranded bamboo, which is coated with resin and can even be used commercially (in banks, hospitals, etc).
 Stranded Bamboo
I have a lot of people come into our store looking for hardwoods with a diverse palette of woods and stains.  This look is beautiful and mimics this aesthetic, without sacrificing ease of care and sensitivity to the environment

The Colors of Stone

Don’t just think earth tones when you think of natural stone. Here are just a few natural stone with some great colors!

Live next to a beautiful Colorado lake or river (or wish you did?!)? Bring some of that beauty into your home with Sodalite Blue Granite. Who needs a Van Gogh painting on your wall when you can have it on your countertops!?
Then some of my personal favorites, Green! A pretty neutral color, it can make a huge statement with the movement throughout the stone.

Maybe red is your color; you might just love Rojo River!


Don’t hesitate to use color even for a small splash here and there. Try any of the granites above on your island while keeping your perimeter countertops a good neutral tone. Or a splash of color on your vanity top to bring a smile to your face every morning! Enjoy the beauty of natural stone and know there is no other piece like it in the world! I would love to find a place for nature’s artwork in your home.

Fresh Picks: Inviting Ivory

“Inviting Ivory” by Sherwin Williams (#6372)

This neutral has just the right undertones for selling your home in no time.  It will evoke that “warm” feeling buyers are scouting for, without committing them to stick with your color scheme.