The Sunroom

Right off this room and through those French doors is our sunroom.


Last summer it received some love and attention. New windows, a bit of trimwork and some furniture. And, a first coat of paint in the white that our carpenter had just enough leftover from our exterior work. It wasn’t quite finished.

IMG_1555There was also the matter of this brick bully wall in the room.  The fireplace is on the other side so I will forgive this wall but it steals precious space and demands all the attention.  It’s very red and very bossy.IMG_1369 IMG_1368

If you know me, you know I love to paint brick.  I don’t touch the good stuff but uniform, bright red brick is not in the least bit safe around me.

And, so the primer went on this weekend.  It smelled up the entire house but was so worth the noxious fumes.


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Now for color.  Originally, I was dead set on white.  Pure white, creamy white, all one color – trim and all. Then I remembered Ashley Whitaker’s porch in House Beautiful awhile back.

House Beautiful

I know lattice is hot but that’s not what drew me to the room.  It’s that bright green that entices you to look out the windows and then on the flip side draws all that garden prettiness outside the windows back in.  I can’t go quite this bold on the walls as I have to consider my living room and the sunroom floor which is staying a brick red.

But I can go green:  Benjamin Moore Hollingsworth Green.

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It is a soft green with blue-gray undertones which is precisely what I need for it to make sense with my living room.  A couple of green throw pillows to connect the spaces wouldn’t hurt either.



I have to sleep on where to stop and start the paint as it relates to the millwork.  I think I need to treat the paneling as one unit and go green.  IMG_1537

Speaking of green – our apple trees are planted and about to get a little bit of flair underneath!   IMG_2188IMG_2187

Back with the sunroom after in a couple of days.  Just pray for me that this green doesn’t turn into a hospital green on me after I invest in the two gallons I need for the space.

Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year

Benjamin Moore recently announced their color of the year:  Guilford Green.  It’s a color I know well as I used it in our front entry and hallway as tone on tone painted stripes in our country house.

Benjamin Moore Guilford Green HC-116 in REGAL Select Matte

This is our entryway and front hall.  You can see the subtle stripes with the Guilford Green base. The darker stripes were the results of a glaze treatment.  We left that to an expert and it was amazing to watch as most of those stripes were done freehand without use of tape or a ruler.

That light fixture was next to be replaced had we stayed.


One day I picked up Gil Schafer’s book The Great American House at Barnes and Noble.  I opened up to this page and thought no wonder I like him!  His Federal style house features a very similar tone on tone stripe in what looks like Guilford Green as well.  Though, I suspect it is a Farrow and Ball wallpaper.


I tire of color easily and though I loved this green in our old house, I didn’t rush into using the same greens in our current house.  Guilford green is a silvery green and it worked well in our old hallway because it pulled in the outside.  Our hallway was a true center hall with doors front and back.  The verdant views called for green in the house as well.  As you can see from my pictures and from Gil Schaefer’s that this green pairs well with rust.  He used the rust in his chair while our rust color came from the brick floor and rugs.  By the way, I would highly recommend Gil Schaefer’s book!

Guilford Green would not have been my pick for the Color of the Year though.  Depending upon the light, it can read sorbet-like and a bit too hospital-wall-green.  On the flip side, it is different from all the grays and whites that we have been bombarded by these past few years.

I have been thinking about what my pick would be if I wielded such color power.

Mine would have to be  . . .

Dark Harbor

dark teal wall color - Benjamin Moore Dark Harbor (I believe)

Not sure about the smoking monkeys but Dark Habor looks great on millwork.

It’s a jewel box color that is equally as stunning in a flat or high gloss.  It is a rich color that looks wonderful with brass accessories and fixtures.  It would be a showstopper in a library and can’t you see the woodwork painted the same color? If painting trimwork dark isn’t for you, I would stick with a creamier white.  White Dove would pair well with this color as would Linen White.

If I don’t wallpaper my tiny little foyer, it may get a high gloss Dark Harbor makeover soon.


Week 11 Update

The house was abuzz with activity this morning. On Friday the bathroom looked like this:

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And as of this morning the bathroom looks like this:

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The sconces are in.  Look how well the shades coordinate with the drop cloths!  The other washstand was installed and the walls are now BM Wickham Gray.

Trying to stay out of the way, I took a couple of minutes to put more test paint up on the walls.  The dining room is the next room on the list, and I am leaning towards Titanium or Wickham Gray (like the bathroom).  My painter is voting for Titanium, I am leaning that way as well, though I have to make sure it will not read too green with our rug.

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From left: SW Comfort Gray, BM Titanium, BM Wickham Gray, FB Clunch, and BM Carrington Beige

While I was testing samples, our fencers arrived.  The old basketweave was hauled away and a new double-sided cedar fence is being put in.  Already so much better.

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The carpenters have been working on the closets for well over a week.  Our painter is going to do all these shelves and cabinets in oil.

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Update 12:8 C Closet

This is one of two new fixtures in the hallway.  The hallway was also painted this weekend in BM Edgecomb Gray.

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I will post more pictures soon. The house was so so cold.  The heat is off while HVAC installs the baseboards in the bedroom and bathroom.  I left when the thermometer got down to 56 degrees.  I am most definitely a fair-weathered blogger.

Record Keeping: Paint

We have no less than 20 cans of paint in the new basement that the former owners “gifted” us.  Meanwhile, this is a picture of us the weekend before closing on our house in the country.  It was 93 degrees and we were stirring kitty litter into gallons upon gallons of paint for hours upon end.  Most of the paint was paint we had been “gifted” as well.  We know the burden of inheriting paint, especially oil-based paints, so we do not pass along paint in our moves.  And, as we buy paint for this new house, I am mindful of keeping the waste to a minimum knowing eventually the leftovers will end up like the paint below.


My painter and I are working hard to use up what is in the basement in closets, but alas not all the colors are just right so I have been adding to the basement paint collection.  And, I need to do some book keeping as by next week I will have forgotten which room has which trim paint.

I have most of the colors chosen for the existing space.  Some are recent house repeats but most are new colors for me. My intention for the first floor is for the colors to move seamlessly from one room to the next.

Living Room:

Benjamin Moore ‘White Sand’, Trim and Ceiling ‘White Dove’

The only room painted and photographed. This color deepens as the morning sun fades.

The Library:

There is a small but charming room just off the front/side hall that has built-in bookcases and two large windows.  The room is flooded with light.  I nearly went with a dark color, but I put dibs on the room and I need light and bright.  So it was back to the drawing board.

Benjamin Moore ‘Carrington Beige’, Trim Sherwin Williams ‘Dover White’

The Dining Room:


I chose Farrow and Ball’s ‘Clunch’ for the dining room.  It is a beautiful, silky off-white that works well with the other first floor spaces. ‘White Dove’ for the trim.

Phoebe Howard – House Beautiful

And, moving up onto the second floor.

Bedroom No. 1 or The Office:

Benjamin Moore ‘Alligator Alley’, Trim ‘White Dove’

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This will be my husband’s space and the room is the 2nd story of an addition.  I call it the tree house room because of the jalousie windows on three sides. The windows are a bizarre choice for a northeastern climate but admittedly pleasant on a warm day.  We nearly ripped them out 2 weeks ago but the storms were found in the basement and now the windows are airtight and safe from replacement, at least for the time being.

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The room is flooded with light and the ceiling comes down quite low.  I figured the room could handle a darker, moodier color. The samples went up on the walls in the room today, and I am smitten.  It’s a gorgeous color.

Bedroom No. 2:

Benjamin Moore ‘Overcast’, Trim and Ceiling ‘White Dove’

This is such a pretty pretty color.  It is part green, part gray.


Bedroom No. 3

Benjamin Moore ‘Healing Aloe’, Trim and Ceiling ‘White Dove’

This is hands down one of my very favorite colors.  In brighter rooms it reads more blue and in darker spaces the gray and green tones pull through a bit more.

Traditional Home

Bedroom No. 4

Cornforth White

Farrow and Ball ‘Cornforth White’, Trim ‘White Dove’

I tried this color in all the bedrooms and knew it would end up in at least one part of the house.  It is a chalky neutral and reminds me of the pretty light that you get when you wake up to a blanket of snow on the ground.

Master Bedroom:

Benjamin Moore ‘Edgecomb Gray’, Trim ‘Chantilly Lace’

Edgecomb Gray has gray undertones but enough of the beige tones to pull out the warmer tones in the rug we plan to use in the space.

The Master Bath:

Benjamin Moore ‘Wickham Gray’, Trim ‘Chantilly Lace’


Hall Bath:

Benjamin Moore ‘Moonshine’, Trim ‘White Dove’

This is a beautiful, pure gray.

There are a few more paint decisions.  Namely the tiny front entry way and hallways on both stories.  The stair risers will get a coat of paint as will a number of doors in the house.  None of that is squared away quite yet.  The knotty pine in the basement will also get some fresh paint.

This week trimwork should be completed in the Master Bed and Bath.  Hopefully the closets, too.  More progress pictures to come.