OK....I saw another movie.  I guess you could say I'm on a roll.

This time it was American Sniper.  A few people told me it really wasn't a war movie but more of a story.  I don't really know what they meant by that because it WAS A MOVIE ABOUT WAR.

And it was intense people.  So be prepared....but also be prepared to walk out thinking Bradley Cooper WAS Chris Kyle.  

Crikey it was damn good.

I think picking paint colors can be one of the biggest struggles most people have.  When I post a before and after I get more request for the color on the walls than anything about the room!

Recently on a project that I have been posting a lot about I discovered a great gray color.

Sherwin Williams Repose Gray.

I had pinned this for inspiration....

to paint all of the doors in the we had to figure out the color.

These were all pretty but just not I suggested Repose Gray.

The day they painted was a very dark rainy day and at first the homeowner was convinced that it wasn't dark enough.


I took this to show how there really was a difference and that it would dry much darker.  Backstroking.....

It is pretty much the perfect pink or green undertones......

The doors have been painted along with the ceilings a pretty high gloss.

My friend Donna from Perfect Gray posted about it along with Cyndy from The Creativity Exchange

I have added it to the list of some of my favorite colors which are:

BM Dove White [warm and creamy]
BM China White [warm and grayish]

Dark Grays....
BM Kendall Charcoal

SW  Urbane Bronze

SW Iron Mountain

Favorite light blue....
BM Palladian Blue

Great Neutrals
BM Manchester Tan

BM Revere Pewter

These are just some basic colors that sometimes I start with....

Hope you have a rowdy weekend going all "super bowl" crazy.

I will be watching for the commercials only and of course just to be social:)

Shapaintpickingqueen....where is my tiara?



Since my life has been all over the place lately there is no reason I shouldn't let it spill over into this blog.

Some people strive with a full plate.... I on the other hand seem grasp with finding that balance point and struggle for the search!

So today there might be randomness up in here.....

A lot of decision making is connected with larger of them being countertops that will marry the tile floors, vanities and paint so you don't end up with a hot mess right?

Working on the upstairs laundry room the other day made that point seem ever so true!

The floors had been selected and installed along with the cabinets.  

 Here you can see the starting point.

Then we looked at wallpapers....
You can barely see that one wall [on the right] is horizontal planks painted SW Repose Gray.

The one in the middle Designers Guild/ Kuta won out for a couple of reasons.  It went well with the paint color and it's a small modern pattern so we can add some fun art.

This Cambria matched the cabinet color perfectly but I felt that over the years it might look dated and it kind of competed with the wallpaper....

Sometimes you just have to pull back to the basics.  I have preached to you y'all how  everything can't be the star/focal point in a room.

We went with [Cambria] Waverton.  That way if you took down the wallpaper or repainted the are left with the dark gray floor and neutral countertops with a splash of dark gray.  That can make life easy.

I am nothing if not practical.  

Did you know that Cambria and Benjamin Moore got together and created paint colors to match their product?

Check it

You can discover some great things on Pinterest huh?

On the subject of wallpaper....I came across some interesting ones yesterday from Andrew Martin

Doesn't this look so real?

Here are a few more....

All great for an accent wall to add some graphic detail in a space!

OK....I am quite pleased after reading this post that I managed to stay on point.  If my brain spilled out today there would be minimal structure of all of it's content. 


I'll leave it at that.

[as in explosion]



Holy smokes what a week!

Putting together a plan for a huge living space that needs almost all new furniture sucked the life out of me!  I am so used to working with certain limitations on most of my design jobs that to have an open playing field took so much more time.

Speaking from a design point of view I could almost start anywhere.....but where was that?

Well the colors of the kitchen was a good place to begin.....

Now listen...I can not give you all of the details of this kitchen until after the tour so be patient!

You know I am a neutral girl and my first instinct is to slap some cream and pale gray in this room and call it a day.


Instead I pushed way out of my box to include some of those deep colors....

These were just some of the fabrics I scored while walking the halls of ADAC.  Thanks Jenna at Lee Jofa for all of your help!

I will share more with you after the final selections.

There is progress in the kitchen....

In other areas of this home....
The master bath tile arrived.

To be mixed with these in a herringbone pattern....along the cabinets stain.

Check out this gorgeous tile in one of the girls bath....along with this in the shower area.

In another bath we have this....

And the vanity

These gorgeous cabinets in the laundry room were installed and we looked at several wallpaper choices.

We actually picked the middle because it matched the already painted walls.

The other 2 awesome papers will be used elsewhere:)

This bar setup in the man cave is killing me with all of the metal and that Kohler faucet!

I am so lucky to be working on this's exciting to stretch my design view but at the same time a little scary you know.....

What about your week?  Are you leaving skid marks getting things done.....

Thanks so much for all of the love on my first fashion post!  

A few asked about those black J Brand jeans the answer is yes they are high waisted but they also have a mid rise.

Thanks for checking in with me:)




So I went to a movie on Sunday.  Which is a big deal cause I have not been to one for about a year.

I saw Birdman.  It is not the movie to see if you are afraid of heights.  Like every scene was someone sitting on a ledge or about to jump off a ledge.  I spent the whole time looking everywhere but the screen.  

Don't get me wrong it was a good movie but even more the acting was ridiculous.  I can see why it is up for all of the awards....but it gave me angst.

Movies are not cheap anymore.  About 25.00 [movie and popcorn].  That is one reason my husband won't go with me.  I want my own bag and I don't share.  He doesn't understand that because it is more economical to get one large tub.

Nope.  His hands are like shovels and it becomes a race.  I can't take the pressure but more than that I find myself concentrating on getting my hand in the bucket than watching the movie.


So this is going to be my first fashion post.  No worries....this is still a design blog and always will be.  It's just that it took me a long time to define my style and quit buying things that hung in my closet so I thought I would share my wisdom with you.

Let's start with these....

J Brand Maria Photo Ready black jeans.  Hands down the best ever.  Yes...they are expensive but I wear them practically every day! [I have 2 pair].  They fit like a glove and do not fade.

I pretty much only wear these and regular jeans so that saves me a lot of money right there.

A white shirt is a staple for me....I have about a 100.  Nah.... but one whole section in my closet is all white.

I love Banana Republic no iron fitted shirts but they run small so I go up a size.
A pair of black ballet shoes.

I have these Cole Hann flats and they are so comfy.  I got them on sale and might buy another pair.

I am strictly a small cross body black purse kind of gal.  I like hands free.

I like this one from BR.  I never got into the large purse trend.

When I travel or need more space I use a bag like this also from BR.
I keep it basic.....

I love boots in the winter and I have both of these from Fry.  The tall ones are 5 years old and at the end of each season I take them to be shined up so they are ready for the next year!  Yes...they are pricy but I always wait for a 20% off sale.  Plus they will last.

I shop a lot at BR, J Crew and Madewell.  Here are a few great looks....

Surprise....all neutrals.

I recently purchased this scarf and shirt from BR.  You can always catch a "40% of everything in the store" sale....which I did!

The denim work shirt.....I might have about 10 of them....if my husband is reading....which he never does but you can bet [with my luck] somehow he will stumble across this post....I only have 2.

Goes great with white and black jeans.

Again more neutrals.  

I am sure it looks a bit boring to most of you but it saves me from standing in my closet....with that deer in the headlights kind of look.

It is a little like how I approach design....neutrals but then I can add some color and pattern with pillows.

Who knew.

Just to keep the design ball rolling .....this chair that I saw on Classic Casual Home slayed me.


Enjoy Tuesday.


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