Benjamin Moore’s 2019 Color of the Year

Hi All! So it’s been a hot minute since I have been here! Holy guacamole time flies! I have been meaning to write a quick post about Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year, Metropolitan (AF-690), since it was released last month.  One of my fav color combos is gray and navy because it is soooo easy to add pops of color to that combo to make the room feel fresh, without doing a complete overhaul. Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy is one of my go to navy paint choices, and it looks fabulous paired with the company’s color of the year.   As you may know, the struggle is real to find that perfect gray that will work with various lighting in a room, but Metropolitan is a gorg gray that hits the mark.

Here is a design board I put together with some of my favorite pieces:

Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year 2019

LampArtRugPoufConsole | Pillows LeftRightLanternsFaux Tree

 

Ok, so here we are in the last quarter of 2018.  After getting a podcast kick in the pants from the likes of Tony Robbins and Rachel Hollis, I finally set goals for myself with the blog.  Guys, I LOVE writing and of course all.things.design.  So I am going to set out a schedule for the days I will be writing so that there is 1) consistency- hello! ; and 2) so you will know what days to grab a coffee and join me. Lots of new projects and endeavors on the horizon for 2019, and I cannot wait to share them with you!

Best,

Kelly

P.S. I have been obsessed with podcasts for some time now because while driving to and fro to complete the million errands that need to happen everyday, I can be learning something new! My current top five podcast favs are as follows, in no particular order- Enjoy!

  1. Oprah’s Masterclass  for interesting life stories from celebs- so far my favorite has been Cindy Crawford;
  2. How I Built This for fascinating entrepreneurial tales of how they came to be- the Barbara Corcoran episode is sooo good;
  3. Happier with Gretchen Rubin because who cannot use some more happy and Episode 172 discusses tossing unnecessary papers- upcoming resolution anyone?;
  4. Young House Love Has a Podcast with John & Sherry, Episode #90 asks what to do when a project starts to suck- anyone who has done a home renovation can relate!
  5. Diane Rehm have loved her thought provoking interviews since tuning in on NPR. She  recently did a terrific podcast on John Grisham and 30 years of legal thrillers.

 

 

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One Room Challenge Week Three!

Good Morning All!  I am not sure: #1 how it is almost the end of April (um yeah, it snowed this morning), and #2 how we are halfway through the One Room Challenge!  Yikes!  This has been a weekend warrior project for me and each Sunday everything gets moved right back into the room so it can be used during the week- wet paint, plaster dust and all.  I do not recommend this plan, but sometimes you gotta just run with it!

So here is where we started for all those not familiar with what I affectionately call the “Sad Office” (please forgive the sad photography as well):

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And below are some pics of where we are now… the “it gets ugly before it gets better” phase.  Good grief.  I primed all the existing molding and trim with my fav, Zinsser, and then used Benjamin Moore’s Simply White, color matched to Sherwin Williams Enamel Acrylic Latex…because that is what I had left over from a bazillion other projects I have used it on.  I love how much lighter an entire room looks when the trim is freshly painted white!

Also, a HUGE thank you to my parents (who last underwent this office makeover circa 1970s) for NOT gluing on the paneling, so once I took out some finishing nails that paneling was gone-zo!  And, as demonstrated below, that left clean sheetrock to prime and paint. Thank goodness the scraping of glue was relegated to the wallpaper removal above the chair rail only.

Office Reno| Sara Langley

Let the priming begin!  Truth be told, I always loathe priming because I am impatient and it seems like just another hurdle to a pretty finish.  And no matter how many times I ask the paint pros at my local hardware store if I can skip this step (“Isn’t paint and primer ‘in one’ intended for this very purpose as its name suggests?”) they shake their heads and tell me that if I want it done right, use the damn primer.  So here is proof that I did indeed listen (this time).

Sara Langley Designs| Office Reno

And here is how I left things on Sunday…as I moved furniture back in there may or may not have been wet walls.  The remaining sad wall is going to be the focal panel wall so it is on hold until this weekend…and I am choosing to focus on how much lighter the room is with painted trim and its first coat of BM Revere Pewter.

Sara Langley Designs Office Reno

Sooooo the list for this weekend is as follows: Tackle the radiators (prime and paint); Apply final (third!) coat on the trim; Touch up all walls with Revere Pewter (including painting up to trim when trim is done); Install baseboard molding; Annnnnd install paneled wall.  Truly wishing the weekend was longer than 48 hours!

Also, I finally made a decision on the desks and due to time constraints, I purchased two desk toppers from Pottery Barn that will allow me to use matching file cabinets I already have – Score!  Those get installed next Wednesday so kinda sorta need to be sure the paneled wall is done.this.weekend.  Lastly, because I don’t want to go back down the road of dark walls, dark furniture, dark accessories, etc. I found the perfect antidote below and I am totally digging the bold color:

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I am going to swap out the legs, or use it without, as there are printers etc. needing a home.  And I am also using these cool galvanized file folders to update the office-y plastic ones that were being used before.

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Wish me luck! Three weeks to go!

Best,

Kelly

 

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One Room Challenge Week Two

Good Morning All! Today marks week two in the One Room Challenge! I am transforming hubby’s office and you can see it in all its “before” glory here.  I spent the better part of last weekend getting the paneling ripped off, and scraping, scraping, scraping all the old glue off from the wallpaper. It was oh so satisfying…. but I am still oh so sore!

This is the part of the challenge where the room looks awful and I have to remind myself that it always looks worse before it gets better. Sooooo retail therapy to the rescue! I found these great items that I am looking forward to incorporating into the space. I am leaning toward a masculine vibe with a neutral palette and cannot wait to see everything come together.

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and because hubby is a huge fan of aviation:

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and while I am having analysis paralysis regarding the desk, I fell hard for these chairs:

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I am sticking with one of my go-to favs for the walls, Revere Pewter, with a dark complimentary color on the panel wall.

Revere Pewter | Benjamin Moore
Revere Pewter | Benjamin Moore
Cheating Heart |Benjamin Moore
Cheating Heart | Benjamin Moore

So the TO DO List this weekend includes: getting primer on the walls (and keeping fingers crossed that the walls are actually in decent shape to paint after all.that.scraping); adding a second coat of paint on the ceiling; finalizing a desk solution; and mapping out the focal wall panels.  Yikes! You can follow me on Instagram to see all the latest updates and progress, and can follow along with the other guest participants, as well as the featured designers here.

Wish me luck!

Best,

Kelly

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Spring Projects at the Office

Good Morning All!

On this rainy chilly day I am dreaming of the huge Spring blooms that will (soon!?) appear on the rhododendron in our front yard. This kind of weather (while hibernating inside) is perfect for planning Summer projects. I am currently working on one for hubby’s office building. The building is a gorg mid to late 1800s brick grand dame and I am in love with the exterior, particularly the large plantation windows. We have been trying to do updates each year as time and budget allow, and last year’s project was the porch with new railings. This year everything will get painted and landscaped once the handicap ramp is added on.

The major checklist for this project includes lovely lanterns for exterior lighting, and new flooring in the foyer. I have been dreaming of a black and white tiled floor for the entry which feels very brownstone-esque to me. The foyer has an antique radiator and stairs leading up to the second floor, so a symmetrical tile design is out. Here is my planning worksheet so far with sources noted below.

Porch update

SOURCES: Exterior Porch Lighting Option Lantern 1 and 2| Exterior Post Lantern|Sign Option| Indoor Light Fixture| Classic Flooring Option 1 and 2| Stair Runner Option 1 and 2

Spring is sloooooow in arriving this year, so I am trying to make as many project plans ahead so when it does arrive we are ready to jump in! ANNNNNND speaking of upcoming AWESOME projects, the One Room Challenge Spring 2018 kicked off today, with guest participants posting tomorrow! I am soooo excited to be participating in my FOURTH challenge, and tomorrow I will be unveiling the project I will be tackling.

Happy Hump Day!

xo

Kelly

 

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One Room Challenge- The Reveal!

Hi All! The day has finally arrived! I am so excited to share my One Room Challenge reveal with you! I chose to makeover my older daughter’s room, and her only request was to create some comfortable areas to relax, and to paint the walls pink.  To be honest that much pink kept me on the edge of my comfort zone for the entire project, but in the end it all came together and she is so happy with the result…and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to do it. Thank you again to Linda at Calling It Home for organizing this crazy adventure!

Here is the Entry BEFORE:

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and Entry AFTER (insert my giddy giggle):

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and AFTER:

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Before, the headboard and wall that never got completed..

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and AFTER:

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The dresser BEFORE:

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The AFTER: I am so thankful to amazing friends for pulling off this incredible makeover of my late grandfather’s dresser. The lacquered grey is gorg in the room and each brass handle was polished to perfection…

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Simple styling on the bookcase…

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and a lap desk for use as a homework area…

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And then there is the wallpaper…which definitely provides the impact I was hoping for:

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I am so happy this all came together and sooooo thankful that an extra week was added to the challenge, as I was literally polishing the brass hardware on the dresser a mere 24 hours ago.

Source List (no affiliates used): Wallpaper (repositionable) | Gold Frames | Chair | Floor Lamp | Table lamps (Kate Spade @homegoods) | Nightstands (hardware sold separately) | Pink Pillow | Floral Pillows (my own custom, Sara Langley) | Bolster | Duvet | Rug | Bicycle Art @ home goods | Mirror | Drapery Hardware

Thanks for following along with my crazy adventure! You can view the amazing final reveals of the other guest participants here.

Best,

Kelly

 

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One Room Challenge- Final Week!

Morning All! Happy Thursday! It’s time for the weekly update for the One Room Challenge! There is ONE more week left so it is time for the last push before the final reveal next Thursday, November 16th!

This week had a few curveballs in that hubby threw his back out so the molding project that was on tap for the weekend had to be, well, modified. Thank goodness the amazing carpenter I have worked with many times was able to stop by to install the upper cove and lower quarter round moldings for me on a moments notice.  Phew! And apparently the walls are far from straight or plumb so I am thankful that we brought in the professionals! Now just a bit of touch up and caulk and they.will.be.done!

Sara Langley Designs

Sara Langley Designs

I am so in love with the wallpaper. It is repositionable, was easy to use (thanks Mom!), and gives the room the pop o’ fun I was looking for. The best part was that it was $29.99 a roll at Target!

Sara Langley Designs

I am still debating whether or not to paint the closet door.  SO tempted, but I think I will bring in all the other bold elements like the charcoal upholstered headboard and printed rug before I make the final decision. I am also so thankful that our 1930s house retained both its vintage door knobs and large baseboard moldings throughout the years because they add such character to all the updates we have done.

I am away for the next three days while hubby attends a conference, so I am heading to Ikea near where we are staying (lucky beak!) to purchase this rug, some pillow inserts, and figure out what I am doing for nightstands.

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In a mere 7 days this room will be complete!! You can see all the amazing progress of the other guest participants here.

Have a great day!

Best,

Kelly

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One Room Challenge- Week Two!

Hi All! Happy Friday! I am struggggggling with this design plan I committed to for the ORC.  You know how you have an idea in your head, but cannot.quite.find. the right pieces? I spent a good many hours searching for things, and finally when my eye started twitching I threw in the towel and went in another direction that is a bit out of my comfort zone.  Unlike my younger daughter who gave me explicit instructions when I did her bedroom for the last ORC, (you can read about it here) my older daughter has not given me any “must haves” except that she likes light pink. Hmmm, so I decided I am going to run with trendy blush colored walls – throw in some sophistication with black and white, and sprinkle in some fun with a  patterned rug and bold wallpaper that I have been itching to use.  Hoping that the sum really is greater than all of its parts because I have ordered all the ingredients and am hoping they will all come together!

I looooove wallpaper and use it whenever possible, however, my realtor friend tells me that if I add more wallpaper to my house it will make her job harder.  When are we moving? No idea, just always keeping options open.  As such, I found this budget friendly repositionable wallpaper that I think is going to give me the look I want but the flexibility to make changes to the room when and if we ever move:

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And adding blush tones on the walls is kind of like choosing the perfect pink (but not too pink) lip gloss.  I am leaning toward:

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And some gold accents including these frames to which I want to personalize with some black and white photos:

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Still debating space planning for the room…do we keep the dresser? Paint it? Trick out the closet and abandon the dresser altogether? Sometimes I have to pull everything out of the room and put things in piece by piece to see what should stay and what should go, or ahem be replaced.

Best,

Kelly

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It’s Week Six of the One Room Challenge! I Made It!

Morning All! I cannot believe all six weeks of the One Room Challenge have flown by! (You can check out all the amazing designers and their finished rooms here) I originally thought I would have time to tackle both of my daughters’ rooms (HA!), but quickly realized after plaster repair set me back that I needed to focus on one room at a time. It was down to the wire, painting the bookshelf side table late into the night…the night before the photoshoot. Full disclosure, I was off by a week and thought last week was the reveal.  HOWEVER, when I realized my mistake I added more projects…and more late nights.  This project was totally DIY so I am happy to now rest, enjoy the room, and celebrate Mother’s Day with my family.

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Ta Da!
Bookshelves with her favorite things
Bookshelves with her favorite things

Photo Sources: Bins– Target| Printable– The 36th Avenue| Navy Polka Dot Vase- Michaels (in store)| Flamingo– Target| Curtains– Overstock| Room paint colors (all Benjamin Moore): Walls-Stonington Gray; Ceiling- Caribbean Breeze; Trim- Decorator’s White; Closet Door Abstract Color- Razzle Dazzle; Bedside Bookshelf (see below)- Hale Navy

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Photo Sources: Bed (similar)- Pottery Barn Kids| Duvet (similar)- Pottery Barn Kids| Custom Pillows- Sara Langley Designs (my own!)- see shop link above| Blanket– Annie Selke (now only $18 in the outlet!)| Artwork- my own creations

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Photo Sources: Desk (I painted legs)- Target| Wrapping Paper to Decorate Top- Target| Chair– Amazon| Trophy– Michaels (in store only)| Rug– Pottery Barn Kids

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Closet Details
Closet Details

Photo Sources: Flamingo jewelry holder- TJ Maxx|Trophy holder– Michael’s (in store only)| Silver jewelry box- Gift| Shoes– Target| Laundry bin– Pottery Barn Kids

New Photos from Our Family Vacation
New Photos from Our Family Vacation
My husband's late grandfather made this so it is really special to have in the room
My husband’s late grandfather made this shelf, so it is really special to have in her room
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Fierce flamingo card game

I had a great time pulling this together and am counting down to the next Challenge. Already picked my room…and warned hubby. Now I am off to prepare to host Mother’s Day brunch.. so stay tuned for pics! Thanks for following this adventure.

Best,

Kelly

P.S. Do I really believe the room will stay this way!? Nah, but I have pictures for posterity and accomplished my client’s goal of having more space to play.  Now if I can only keep the Barbie Dream house in the playroom!

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