Archive for the ‘Violets’ Category

November 15th, 2013 No Comments

inspiration for your holiday table: mckenzie powell’s enchanting florals

Mckenzie Powell, floral and event designer based in Seattle, has such romantic and organically beautiful florals. Mckenzie trained as a graphic designer which clearly has an impact on both her floral and event design. Her blog is charming. It features so many of her elegant celebrations and snippets of her personality and travels. When I asked her what advice she had for creating holiday centerpieces Mckenzie told me, “While I obviously love a lush floral centerpiece, something on the simpler side can still be really lovely. One of my go-to’s is using a collection of small potted plants, a … Read more

November 12th, 2013 No Comments

Chocolate Bar Place Cards and Favors in One, Perfect for the Holidays

We did this simple idea a lot for holidays and weddings at Martha Stewart. Take your favorite (flat) chocolate bar and cover with a beautiful paper or wrapping paper and secure with double stick tape. To personalize, add a simple label with each guests’ name. Hershey bars are an easy choice but I love my friend Jessica’s chocolate company Woodblock Chocolate, chocolates handmade by her and her husband. (see our behind the scenes post visiting their factory) You can find labels like these at Staples stores and online and search the internet for free clip art to print … Read more

November 11th, 2013 No Comments

this week’s color palette: modern southwest

This week’s color palette was inspired by the watercolor of Lourdes Sanchez, a Cuban-born artist whose work has been translated into fabrics for leading designers. Her work can be found at the Sears Peyton Gallery. The Benjamin Moore colors I’ve selected are from top to bottom: Arizona Tan 2162-50, Dusty Mauve 2174-40, Autumn Purple 2073-20 an Hale Navy HC-154.

September 13th, 2013 1 Comment

How to plan the perfect baby shower (hint: start with the mom-to-be’s favorite colors)

An outdoor baby shower luncheon hosted by her best friends and family is any girls dream. White Peacock Events planned and styled this pretty shower, they said, “we wanted it to be girly and elegant”, and the talented Melissa Mlejnek photographed all the fun. (Don’t forget to hire a professional photographer for such a memorable occasion so you and your guests can just relax and enjoy!) What’s the best way to start to plan a party like this? By starting with a color palette. The momma to be’s favorite colors are gray and lavender so that became the … Read more

September 9th, 2013 No Comments

this week’s color palette: fall greens and wispy pink

When we think of fall, I think we all lean towards rust colors, browns and golden hues but with summer not officially over for another week or so greens are still so fresh. Michael George Flowers has beautiful greens available this week like these white anemones (with a touch of pink), green hydrangea and ornithogalum. Green spider mums, autumn hydrangea with roses and kale (pictured below) are a few more options for a beautiful fall arrangement. Benjamin Moore paint colors for this palette are from top to bottom: Wispy Pink 2005-70, Handmade Paper CSP-875, Green Thumb CSP-870 and Chimichurri … Read more

August 19th, 2013 No Comments

this week’s color palette: end of summer hydrangeas

This picture does not do the color of these hydrangeas justice. A combination of deep deep greens, a pale violet-blue, gray-blues and a bit of pale browns where the sun has burnt the edges make up this amazing color palette. Against an aged cedar shingled home with deep green trim- it is absolutely beautiful. This is one that I just stood back and was amazed at the different changing colors in nature. This is a gorgeous palette to start with for the exterior of a home or an interior of a home and/or a garden. This is also a sophisticated … Read more

July 11th, 2013 No Comments

having trouble selecting a paint color? benjamin moore color stories can help you

It always seems a bit overwhelming for everyone, even when you work with paints all the time, to select a color for your own home. We all crave inspirational photos to help us decide what look we want to create. I’ve posted about a tool before called Color Capture App from Benjamin Moore. You can take a photo of your own and let the app tell you what paint colors are closest to the colors in your photo. But there’s another place I go on the Benjamin Moore site to inspire me and guide in my paint color selections … Read more

July 8th, 2013 No Comments

this week’s color palette inspired by faded hydrangea / And benjamin moore announces the winning 20 towns from their main street matters contest

Some hydrangeas are so vibrant in color and others are very pale, washed out blues and lavenders, which is what has inspired our color palette this week. We scatter ashes from our fireplace around the soil of our hydrandreas to change the PH balance and the color to more of a blue.  But most all of your questions about planting and growing hydrangea can be answered on the United States National Arboretum webpage. Above we selected Benjamin Paint colors for our palette that you can use as a guide. And speaking of Benjamin Moore, today they announced their 20 … Read more

May 24th, 2013 No Comments

we’re loving these tubs for organizing just about everything!

TUBTRUGS containers have been our new best friends lately. From large tubs that can hold wood to all different sized tubs to hold toys, games, pillows, blankets, food… anything you want really and they come in great colors! Our last purchase was the little Microtubs for $2.50 each which we plan to use to hold each of the fixings on our Memorial Day sundae bar. Because they are food safe we think we can use them this weekend to hold dips and salsa too. They could also be great to hold the kids ice-cream, popcorn for outdoor movies, snacks … Read more

May 17th, 2013 No Comments

Benjamin Moore introduces a new paint line: The Williamsburg Color Collection

Exciting news for paint and design enthusiasts. Benjamin Moore and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation have collaborated on a new collection of paints, featuring 144 colors that were actual hues from the 18th and 19th century called The Williamsburg Color Collection. Together they researched historic paint production methods and relied on 90 years of paint research that has been done to recreate colors that appeared more than 250 years ago. Sales of the Williamsburg products support the preservation, research and educational programs of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit center for history and citizenship. This foundation was responsible for the restoration … Read more