The Right White

For those of you who are done with Gray as a neutral, white is, well…. the new gray.

Maybe you feel white is too easy but believe me, once you come to considering this colour as a decorating option, you will realise it isn’t straight forward. Like all other colours, white can go in many directions. What undertone are you looking for? A cool white that has a nodding friendship with blue or green? Or are you looking for something with a warm undertone to combat gray, rainy days? Here are three whites from Benjamin Moore, which I use repeatedly.

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 Winds Breath, OC-24, Benjamin Moore. A soft white that works well with beiges.

 

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Winds Breath, OC-24, Benjamin Moore. A soft white that works well with beiges.

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Cloud White, CC-40, on the wainscoting and trim work. The “decorators darling” of whites, in previous decades. Very creamy, this is a very good white for rooms that want a little extra warmth.

If you are looking for a cooler white, I would suggest OC-51, Intense White or CC-30 Oxford White. (No images at this time.)

 

 

 

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Late winter Flowers

I have been rather preoccupied with work the last few weeks but with the weather being so glorious right now, I had to post these images.

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Due to a very mild winter, these cheerful violas have been blooming since mid January. I plant my containers up in the autumn when pansies and violas become available at the nurseries. They bloom for a few weeks and then keep a low profile till late winter or early spring, weather dependant.

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While not as showy as the big pansies, violas are fragrant. On warmer days, I catch their fragrance when I go in or out the back door – wonderful.

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Golden Lights, Golden Nights

A favourite lighting store of mine, Pine Lighting, had the following lighting on display, the last time I went in. I would love to use these fixtures in a new home………

I have a weakness for light fixtures, and a weakness for gold and sparkle too, in the right setting. Matte gold finishes are quietly working their way back into fashion and I am delighted about it. This finish is nothing like the artificial brass opted for in the 80s and early 90s. (I have seen more than a few people shudder at the mention of that 80s look.)

This new finish is looks warm and worn, more subdued than brass. I have seen the new gold  working with organic subject matter and surfaces, like the branches in the light fixtures below.

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Maxim Lighting -Manchester 6-Light Pendant

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Maxim Lighting -Manchester 3-Light Semi-Flush

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Golden Lighting Autumn Twilight Series

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Golden Lighting – Autumn Twilight Series

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Owls

I cannot go any further into late autumn without mentioning ornamental owls and accessories. They were everywhere last winter, and was advised on at least one occasion that “owls are very in this year”. Well they are still around for this winter.

Below are a sampling of owls, including one of the most popular light gray paint colours at the moment.

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Owl cushion – Urban Barn

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Ornament/Accessory – Urban Barn

Then we have Parliament Interiors, located in Gastown, Vancouver. Not only are they quite partial to stocking a few owl-centric items, they have the real birds in at least once a year for a visit from O.W.L.

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Accessories – Parliament Interiors

Old World Look in New Tile

I came across these tiles at Tierra Sol  in Burnaby a few weeks ago, when working on a completely different project. Cementine tiles look very much like salvaged treasure from an old villa, located somewhere exquisite in Europe. Made by Fioranese in Italy, Cementine tiles would be perfect for a farmhouse kitchen, a conservatory/sunroom, or perhaps wall tiles on a focal wall in a foyer. They are available in several colour ways but would also look good if mixed randomly.

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Gorgeous Bed Linens

Bella Notte Linens.

These are the most beautiful of linens. Made primarily from organic cotton and hemp, their overall look manages to combine sumptous elegance with casual ease. The textiles are so soft: each piece is garment dyed. If the look of relaxed, slightly rumpled linen, with trims of lace and velvet, appeals to to you, then do consider adding one or two pieces to your bedding. The prices are not inexpensive so a couple of cushion covers or a throw may be all you want to start off with. This bedding can be added to over the years. Bella Notte’s linens are made in the Bay area of San Francisco. I understand the lace is imported from Belgium(?)

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