Friday, July 3, 2015


Well here we are.....halfway through summer.  Hard to believe I know.  Color me happy because I am definitely looking forward to fall.

So I don't feel like I have to take 2 showers a day to feel fresh.  Just saying.

A few years ago when I decided to paint the exterior of my house white.... the only other color I was thinking of using was black or a really dark gray.  I think I might have gone there but only if I could have put on a cedar shake roof.....that wasn't happening:)  In my opinion I love wood tones with a dark color....that is a whole other post!

I pulled some dark exteriors to show you how good it can look.

Or you might just say....Sherry has definitely lost it.  And I would say yes....years ago though.

Let's start with some black ones.

Scandinavian Exterior by Montreal Photographers Jean Longpré

I love the brick fireplace....same thought as adding some pretty wood tones for contrast.

Transitional Exterior by Toronto Photographers Peter A. Sellar - Architectural Photographer

Contemporary Exterior by Vancouver Architects & Building Designers site lines architecture inc.

Check out this one and see the before under it!

Modern Exterior by Bloomington Architects & Building Designers Matte Black Architecture

So "ho hum" before right!
Modern Before Photos by Bloomington Architects & Building Designers Matte Black Architecture

Traditional Exterior by Victoria Architects & Building Designers jodi foster design + planning

One of my favorites especially with the metal roof.
Transitional Exterior by Asheville Design-Build Firms Carlton Architecture

Again..the stone and garage door looks great with the dark exterior.
Contemporary Exterior by Brooklyn Architects & Building Designers Actual Size Projects

Let's explore a really dark gray.  I like the green doors and white trim.

Traditional Garage And Shed by Palo Alto Architects & Building Designers helena barrios vincent aia leed ap

Transitional Exterior by Seattle Design-Build Firms RW Anderson Homes

LA designers Nickey Kehoe Inc.
BM Iron Mountain

Interior designer Laura Clayton Baker
SW Peppercorn

 Farrow & Ball's Off-Black is a favorite of designer/fabricators MADE LLC in New York. Photograph via Farrow & Ball.

 Ike Kilgerman Barkely

Style at Home

In case you get all brave this weekend I found some good paint colors on Remodelista.
Above: Top row, left to right: Benjamin Moore Sag Harbor Gray; ICI Grey Hearth; Dunn-Edwards Vulcan; Benjamin Moore Graphite; Benjamin Moore Bear Creek. Bottom row: Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain; Benjamin Moore Gravel Grey; Sherwin-Williams Peppercorn; Farrow & Ball Down Pipe; and Benjamin Moore Graystone.

Farrow Ball Off Black-57
Door-Blue Ground 210

And here are some great dark colors for your pinning pleasure....

551 East Design


Bynum Design
(1) SW Sealskin, (2) SW Black Fox, (3) RH Flint, (4) BM Wrought Iron, (5) BM Kendall Charcoal, (6) BM Jet Black.

BM Witching Hour

Who's in?

Finally while Cami was at Dog Days for the day I got to change out my pillows!

Still trying to work on my might be fall before I get time to tackle those:)

Alrighty....happy 4th of July to all of you!  I am one of the few who has no plans whatsoever.....and I am gonna roll with it.


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Tuesday, June 30, 2015


It's about that time when my inbox gets full from companies letting me know about their new items showing at Atlanta's Mart which opens next week.

Twice a year they open their showrooms for buyers to stock their stores with goodies so we will be tempted to redecorate.  

No urging there right:)

Since I am about to embark on 2 huge renovations for clients I am deep into looking for lighting and everything else!  Between them both I have about 12 bathrooms to put together......Yes you read that right.

Deep breath.....whew!

I was looking at Currey and Co website and saw some great new pieces that I am sure I will be seeing next week.

The Merton Chandelier
The Fairlight Chandelier
The Tidewater Chandelier
The Goldrush Pendant
Love the Midcentury vibe it is some inspiration.
Sarah Richardson

It could be used in either of these rooms....
House of Honey

Now for some that aren't new but are still favorites.
 The Soothsayer Chandelier

The Chantelaine Chandelier

The Saxon Chandelier....isn't it perfect in this room by James Douglas Interiors.  I love that it doesn't take up too much visual space.... 

The Basket Pendant
Which will add so much texture to a kitchen as you can see below.

 Kay Douglass
Coastal Living

And maybe you don't know that they carry some great mirrors also.

This would be great in a beach house....
 The EOS mirror

And sometimes you need a smaller round mirror.  This one is 21" round which could work nicely in a small bathroom.
The Aline Mirror

I love a round mirror in a bath since vanities have square angles so it adds some softness....

And I am in love with the Faux Bois shape in The Creekside Mirror. 

I could eat this bathroom.....chomp chomp.
Benjamin Dhong

I am sure I will be sharing all the goodies that I see next week!

A little husband sprayed this in our backyard since it was like being in the jungles of Guam trying to fight off mosquitos.

It really worked!  

I'm off to wake up sleeping beauty for a walk so I can wear her out for the day.  It's the only way.

I just heard on the Today show that modesty is "in" now with bathing suits.  At 63 I'll show them what modesty really is....shorts and a T-shirt.

Just saying.


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Thursday, June 25, 2015


I hate to sound like a broken record but it does seem like I am getting less done lately.  I forgot how much time I used to have to fluff up my house and think about decorating "before the new puppy".  I mean it's hard to accessorize when everything has to be put up high out of "destroy range".

It must be like having a toddler around so hats off to all of you mothers....I am amazed that you can style something and have time to photograph it.

Not happening around here.

Yesterday I was talking with a new client about her renovation and I guess I kept saying "all white....clean....fresh" a little too much and at the end of my conversation she said "but could we add a little color?"

Ha!  JK.

I sent her these pictures from my friend designer Cristi Holcombe Interiors and taken by photographer Christina Wedge.

Nice white kitchen but adding some color with fabric.

Same here....but adding color with that great blue vanity!
And a green one this time....

Go take a look at more of this project.

My neighbor threw away her outdoor pillows because they were yucky and moldy.  I scooped those suckers up and took them home.


 I put them in the washer [insert and all] with outdoor bleach purchased from Home Depot.  Added some detergent and put the setting on heavy duty.  After the first wash they were 85% clean.  I ran it through once more with NO detergent....just bleach.

Like new.

I rehung some pictures for a friend the other day...she was taking them down from one area and I was all pushy "like you need to hang them here".

FYI that large thing over the mantel is a wine root from Napa!

Strolling through ADAC the other day and ran across these great boutique fabrics in Travis & Company.

Cindy Barganier is a designer in Alabama and is responsible for these great fabrics!

I discovered a new app called SketchGuru

Love this light fixture from West Elm.....

Especially since it is my favorite color:)  All lighting 20% off right now.

Well it's time for the first walk of the day with Cami.....gotta go early before the heat gets too bad:)

Have a great weekend y'all!


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