Paint: Creams

Again, these are all Benjamin Moore colors and favorites of mine.  Creamy whites will lean yellow in certain light.  I have found these creamy paint colors work best in rooms with some direct light, where there is enough light to illuminate the tone.  Using creams in a dark room with little natural light does not let these lighter colors do their job.  In the darkest room in a previous house, I used Philadelphia Cream HC-30.  It was a medium yellow that when put up on the walls looked just like Elephant Tusk does in the below picture.  In a room with direct light, Philadelphia Cream is a true, sunny yellow.  As anyone who has put samples on a wall, direct and indirect light changes color dramatically.

Our new house has great light and most rooms have at least two exposures.  I knew we weren’t touching the living room so I had that painted way back in the late spring.  It is White Sand OC-10 and I love it in all lights.  We unrolled the rug one day to take a peek at how the room would come together and the it is proving to be such an easy color.


White Sand OC-10

Dream House Studios


Cream Fleece 233



Phoebe Howard Benjamin Moore Cream Fleece
Phoebe Howard


White Dove trim and Cream Fleece walls
Cream Fleece with White Dove Trim Phoebe Howard

Ballet White OC-9

Architectural Digest

Linen White 912


Elephant Tusk OC-8

Paint: Grays and Blues First

This post is half optimistic, half delusional as we are quite far from the painting stage, nevertheless I did want to hash out paint here as choosing the right color can be as complicated as it gets.

I typically lean towards similar colors in my rugs which means I like to keep the walls in the house in similar tones so the light remains constant as you move from room to room.  I am also constantly moving furniture and accessories from room to room, so it helps if there is a common thread between spaces. Of course, taste and trends dictate selection but over the years, I have noticed that I lean towards muted, cool colors.  I may mix this up in the new house though.

So let’s get started.  First, here are some of my favorite Benjamin Moore colors:


Healing Aloe 1562

Traditional Home

Quiet Moments 1563

Aquidneck Properties

Palladian Blue HC-144

via Pinterest

Glass Slipper 1632

House Beautiful


Wickham Gray HC-171

Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray HC-171
via Hirschfield’s

BM Horizon 1478

via For the Love of a House

BM Chelsea Gray HC-168

Architectural Digest

Gray Owl – OC 52

via CocoCozy

Rockport Gray -HC 105

neutral bedroom

Creams and Greens next!

Up to Speed

The house behind us was framed out and the third story has yet to be built. Apparently there is a walk-up attic which means this house will just keep getting higher and higher. Now I am not even sure a hedge of pleached trees will suffice.

Our planned 8-foot fence isn’t going to touch our privacy issues, so I have a phone call into a local landscape architect as we need a game plan. There will be a walk-out deck on the house as well which will look straight down into our backyard from above. We need trees.  Now.


We took out the tree just in time for digging to ensue.  We were alerted that trenching begins tomorrow.  They will be digging on the left side of this black temporary fencing all the way from the new house to the street out front.


Now that the oak tree is gone and the stump ground out, the garden restoration work can begin.  IMG_0644 As the HVAC work comes to a close, we will be left with a new heating and cooling system.  Unfortunately we are also left with this beast.  Nothing that a little fencing and landscaping can’t fix.


Even though this odd bump out will disappear with the addition, our window restorer was kind and motivated enough to restore the wood siding so it looked presentable in the meantime.  He spent the afternoon on the ground to tackle that basement window beneath the bump out.  It is a shame it’s tucked away as it looks pretty darn good for a basement window.IMG_0647

Meanwhile, inside there are holes open in walls for new plumbing.


Plaster dust in every room, on every surface.


And, as you can see the plumber and electricians have everything set up and ready for the walls to close this week.  This wall will include both sinks and the toilet.


This shower is being set up for a steamer.  The steamer unit will sit in the wall above the new laundry chute.  A laundry chute!!!IMG_0652

This is the opening to my new closet.  There will be a pocket door and an L of hanging and storage space.  More of the nitty gritty of the closet layout to come.


The is is the view from the new bed wall into the bathroom.  You can see where they left space for the inset medicine cabinets.  The windows are boarded up as they are being replaced soon.


And, a little something I have to take care of tomorrow.  The HVAC crew ran the ductwork in a shared closet between two bedrooms that looks like it may be easily damaged.  We removed the shelves today and will ask them to tuck the ductwork into the corner and then the shelves will be cut to work around the tubing.   IMG_0659 IMG_0660

And, Dr. Rettew’s ghost came knocking through the house again this windy afternoon.  Alas it was a westerly window that needs a bit of attention to quiet it down.


Another busy week ahead.  Tomorrow is Christmas Day!  14 weeks ago I applied for gas and tomorrow is the big day.  We are converting our heating system from oil to gas and the process can now commence.  Expecting the gas to take much longer, we had the oil tank filled to the halfway point on Friday- Friday!!!  Anyone know how to move oil from one tank to another?  What a waste!  We knew once we had the tank filled, PECO would suddenly move us to the top of the queue and what do you know?!

Tile + Grout

This is the final tile pick. Still up in the air is the grout color. It will be a quick decision once I get my hands on the color deck. I know it needs to be gray and it should be dark enough to accent the tile’s pattern while hiding the dirt.

Florentine Dark Bardiglio Marble Tile With Thassos Line $19.49

Often times it is not a quick decision. Some tiles are multicolored and the grout can be tricky as it is unclear which color to pull out and accent. Yet there are other times that it proves difficult to decide whether to accentuate or downplay the lines of the tile.

Floor tile grout is an easy decision for me: darker wins. I did Bright White with carrera on a floor in a former house and regretted that about three days later. Delorean Gray is my favorite floor gray but Dove Gray is a contender as well.

The Master Bath walls will be tiled with a standard 3×6 flat white ceramic tile.

Subway tile lends itself easily to darker or lighter grout. The darker accents the tile in a contrasting and historic way.  It can also read a bit edgy and modern.

via Pinterest
Architectural Digest

We are doing subway tile with a Bright White grout downplaying the contrast.

House Beautiful
via Pinterest

Now to decide whether or not to bring the tile on the sink wall up to the ceiling or not.  That’s an easy one compared to what is fast approaching:  closet design.