Exterior House Painting: Inspiration and Some Basics

historic blue home

Image: Flickr

Between the mental check list of repairs, the anticipated expense and time, not to mention choosing the best colors, painting the exterior of your home can feel like an insurmountable task. Whether you are a DIY-er or hirer of others, you will need money, patience, the right products, and inspiration.… Continue reading


Frank de Biais interior

Image courtesy of Frank de Biasi Interiors

Pink for Guys (http://colorchats.benjaminmoore.com/2012/03/pinks-for-guys/) was one of my favorite blog posts, and I felt the time was ripe for a sequel. There are few colors like pink that elicit such a spectrum of opinion from people of all ages.… Continue reading

Rooms with Views: How to Frame the Scene with Color


Frank Lloyd Wright built Fallingwater for Edgar Kaufmann and his family. It is surrounded by 5,000 acres of Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s Bear Run Nature Reserve. Image: Jane Dagmi

I visited Fallingwater several weeks ago and fell in love. As I toured the house, I tried to hang on the docent’s every word, but more often than not found myself imagining what spending the night at Fallingwater might have been like.… Continue reading

Ode to Indigo: A Timeless Blue with Lots of Swagger

indigo crayon

Indigo is both a color and a dye. As a color, it is nestled on the spectrum between blue and violet. As a prized dye, “the blue gold,” it is extracted from the shrub-like Indigofera plant.

indigo at home and indigo in fashion

Images (top): Curated Style, Live Breathe Decor; (bottom) Gap, Caroline Tomlinson

I may be one of the last bloggers on earth to wax on about the bewitching beauty of Indigo, but I’m cool with that because the color has proven longevity.… Continue reading