The Best Way To Choose A Color Palate (It's not what you think)

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I get asked all the time things like,

“…DO THESE COLORS GO TOGETHER?”

Or I’ll hear,

“… I DON’T REALLY LIKE ORANGE BUT MY PILLOWS HAVE SOME ORANGE IN THEM SO I’M LOOKING FOR A RUG WITH THE SAME SHADE.”

 
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Remember in elementary school when a friend would ask you your favorite color and you answered without hesitation and...

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Paige Hull The Vintage Round Top

This week I'm talking with Paige Hull of The Vintage Round Top, a beautiful retreat space in the heart of antiquer's heaven in Round Top, TX.  Paige and her husband Smoot have put a lot of love and soul into it, starting with a gut renovation of the first house, "No. 1450," and then adding another they call "Boho," and most recently two small cottages named after their children, The...

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New beginnings might be a cliche…

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But they aren’t just about 80s nature posters.

Remember those sickly cheerful posters of a generic photo of a seedling poking up from the ground with a caption that said something like “new beginnings”? As if that was supposed to make you want to do…

What?

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Yeah.

ANYWAY.

 

Old furniture can also have a new beginning with the right fabric and a...

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Steve Schrenk of Polycor Natural Stone Quarries

This week's episode is jam packed with information and inspiration.  I'm talking with Steve Schrenk, a sculptor and media director for Polycor, the largest natural stone quarrier in North America.  We cover a lot of ground, starting with Steve's training and his personal love affair with stone, and then he teaches us about the different kinds of stone you might want to consider using...

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Finding Small Scale Furniture for Older Homes

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Sometimes it's hard to find furniture that fits inside old homes.  That's because back in the day, there weren't Great rooms where the family cooked, ate and lounged all in one big open space.   Today's furniture has grown bigger along with its rooms over the years.  Plus there's the added issue of modern furniture not even being able to fit through the doorways of old...

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ORC Week 6: Private Den Reveal!

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Just a little backstory:

My intention for this room was to bring the desert, especially the New Mexico desert, into our home. I’ve been feeling very nostalgic for Santa Fe and its rocks and agaves and such, and have talked for years about moving there some day.

But given our youngest son’s learning disabilities and the special programming he’s getting here in New England,...

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ORC Week 5: Wallpaper (trial & error)

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I love, love, love my Hygge & West wallpaper! I had the pleasure of interviewing the founders of H&W for the Style Matters podcast a little while ago. I reached out to them because I have been a huge fan of their company for years. We talked about our mutual passion for all things wallpaper related and also about their new book, “Hygge & West Home: Design for a Cozy Life...

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How a Maximalist Became a Minimalist with Myquillyn Smith

Myquillyn Smith has figured it out.

You might know Myquillyn Smith as “The Nester,” or as the author of “The Nesting Place,” her first book, and the name of her popular blog. She has long subscribed to the belief that “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful,” to which I say, Amen! Well, she’s just come out with her second book, “Cozy,...

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ORC Week 4: Choosing Paint Colors

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Painting is my jam. Ask anyone who knows me and comes over to my house regularly that most rooms don’t stay the same color for long. For one thing, I get bored easily. But for another, I just loooooove experimenting with color! And I’m no stranger to choosing bold shades. In fact, one of the most revolutionary things I’ve done was go with a light, neutral gray for my living...

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Choosing Fabric with Jonathan Louis

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There were several things I was considering when choosing for our new sofa from Jonathan Louis.  It had to be both beautiful and hold up well to regular use.  Our current sofa's fabric aged very poorly.  It was some kind of micro-suede that started looking oily on the arm rests.  Also, the back pillows haven't held their shape and kind of mush down behind our backs in a...

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