Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The search is on for Grey

Ok so it's no surprise...Grey is a huge color right now.  Every where you turn there is grey something or other.  It's status on the hot trend list does not sway my ever loving mind about this misted color.  Nope...not...one...bit.  I've been a fan for a long time, and I will not budge.  If it's grey, chances are it's on my must have list.

Have you seen the new wallpapers they are coming out with?  They vary in pretty colors and patterns, but of course my eye drifts right to the greys.

I have decided to incorporate it into my home with a choice in paint color.  I'm going out on a limb, and painting my entire back family room/kitchen combo a light shade of grey.  Currently it is beige.  My whole house is painted...beige.

As a matter of fact, I'll go ahead and show you what my home looked like when we first purchased it.  The paint color is the same, but the decor has changed a bit.

Please don't judge.  I had the blinds closed (don't ask why), and I barely had any furniture.

um...yeah...I'd love to say that everything in this photo is different now.  That the cabinets are painted and we have new floors, but that is just not the case.  The only thing different is that we now have stainless steel appliances and I've added new accessories for over the cabinets and countertops.

The plan is to paint these cabinets white.  I will be adding stainless hardware.  Adding a subway tile backsplash, and changing out the floor to a warm wood color (preferably one with a driftwood or barnwood appearance).  The window coverings are on their way out.  

I figure that with that warm wood going on, that I would need to cool down the space with paint color. A light grey is just the thing to do it.

Just look at all the choices here.  I could literally go on for days.  Panic started to set in, when I realized that the color grey I was looking for would be hard to find.  I want to tone down the beige and have more of a true pale grey.  Then alas!  I found this...

Hallelujah!! (Did you hear the angels sing?)

I found this photo at the blog AM Dolce Vita.  She was also on the search for the perfect grey and found it!  It is Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter.   She even posted pics with the lights on and off.  It's funny, but on the Benjamin Moore site the color looks more beige than grey so I never would have picked it.  Oh how happy I am that I found her blog, for now the search is done for me.  If you look over her blog you may get lost for an hour or two, but I promise you won't want to miss it.  Her home is gorgeous! 

I also found this post by my dear friend Jami at Freckled Laundry.  It just so happens that she is the Queen of Grey, and has the color down to a science.  So for those of you still on the hunt for the perfect grey...I recommend stopping there too.

Thanks for stopping in and hope to see you again soon!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

traditional homes and a winner!

Happy Sunday Lovelies,

Do you ever take a drive to other neighborhoods to look at the different houses?  When you are on trips, do you find yourself taking the long route so you can explore ?  We do this pretty often and honestly, I love it.  One of my favorite pastimes is taking a peek at someone else's home.

Don't get me wrong, I am A-OK with my house and I'm very grateful for all that I have.  It's not that I want these homes for my own.  It's something quite different than that.

It's an appreciation for the way that homes are built.  The different styles, landscaping, and details added by the homeowners.  It's almost like going to an art gallery.  My eyes take in every small detail and it inspires me to be creative with my own home.  After all, I can create my own masterpiece.

Lately I have been fixated on the traditional style home...

I think that the paint choices, white moulding, pitched roofs, and porches are what get me.  Of course the impeccable landscaping does help. They are seriously beautiful places to live.

White Picket fences and flowers only add more charm *sigh*

Having one lakeside really couldn't hurt...

The traditional home doesn't even have to be on a grand scale to get me gawking...

Small, quaint cottages will do just fine.

And now without further ado...

The winner of my Pottery Barn $20 gift card giveaway is....

Aubrey Laine!
I will be contacting you via email so I can get that mailed out to you.

Thank you to everyone who participated in my very first giveaway.  I wish I could send everyone a card.  But don't worry, there will be more giveaways to come :-)

Have a beautiful day!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

cozy kitten

Sometimes we don't have the words...

to express...

how much we adore...

kittens all bundled up...

in fuzzy white blankets <3

Have a pleasant day!
Don't forget to enter my Pottery Barn Giveaway here.

All my love,