Thinking Green

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I want to share a room that shouts green.
 I recently finished a dining room that is based on the design concept green. 
From the ivy green patterned pillows to the reclaimed pine table made by a local artisan, this room uses new and old materials to achieve beauty.

I like to add in touches of fresh and dried flowers and moss as decorative accents. 

 I like to recycle prints from old books and frame them in a series.
 A series of prints is an expensive way to make a big statement without paying a fortune.

These wildflower prints are from an old French book that I purchased at a garage sale at my dad’s house in Ohio. I bought the book and didn’t have a reason, but I knew that I would find a cool use for it. I’m so glad that I did. Suzanne Kasler says that her biggest regret while shopping is not buying what she likes even if she doesn’t have a reason. These recycled prints are environmentally friendly but also friendly on your bank account.
If this room were a person, it wouldn’t get pinched because it’s wearing green! Have a green and happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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The Balancing Act: Selecting Paint Colors

Photo a la House Beautiful

Life’s been busy and I hate that I’ve been away from the blog lately. My husband and I have been house hunting; my clients have given me some tight deadlines; I’ve had some travel for some sad funerals; and I caught the swine flu last week. Excuses aside, I’m so thankful for all of my readers, and please know that you are super important to me!  
Life is a balancing act, and sometimes it’s hard to keep things in line. 
Photo a la Getty Images



Like life, your house has to have balance. There needs to be a flow from room to room with paint colors on walls, trim, bookshelves, window seats, built-ins and cabinets. It’s all to easy to mess up with the wrong colors, and the mistake can be costly.

To keep things in balance, I want to share some of my go to paint colors.

Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze
Sherwin Williams Downing Sand
Sherwin Williams Downing Sand on the Walls and Sherwin Williams Classical White on the Trim
Photo and Design a la Natalie Hager Interiors
Porter Paints Vagabond

Porter Paints Vagabond on the Walls
Design a la Natalie Hager Interiors
Porter Paints Antique White
Benjamin Moore Monroe Bisque
Benjamin Moore Kingsport Gray
Benjamin Moore Monroe Bisque on Facade and Benjamin Moore Kingsport Gray on Trim
Rendering a la Natalie Hager Interiors
Farrow & Ball Lichen
Farrow & Ball Lichen on the Walls
Photo a la Farrow & Ball
Sherwin Williams Classical White
Sherwin Williams Classical White on the Cabinets
Photo and Design a la Natalie Hager Interiors
Porter Paints Delicate White
Sherwin Williams Opaline
Restoration Hardware Silver Sage Collection
Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray

Porter Paints Stone Gray
Porter Paints Stone Gray on Walls
Design a la Natalie Hager Interiors

When in doubt, I like to go to Farrow & Ball. ALL of their colors are amazing and you can’t go wrong.

And what I always tell my clients is paint samples!!! You cannot mess up if you test a big swatch on the wall. Leave it there for a few days and see it in the morning, afternoon, evening lights and in darkness. 

Photo a la Getty Images

Happy balancing!

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Bling Bling T I L — I N G

Michael S Smith Gilt in Antique Gold by Ann Sacks
I love a little bling bling on anything–my finger, in my hair, on my sofa, behind my stove in my kitchen, on the walls, floors, anywhere, you name it, I like it. All of us need a little bling bling, so I thought that I would share some it in an unexpected way. No, I’m not talking about sharing the pyrite and quartz from my 1st grade rock collection (although, I would if I still have it–it was pretty killer!). I want to share some of my favorite bling bling through tile.
Northwest Glass in Mauve Rough by Ann Sacks 
Lake Garda (Color ?) by Ann Sacks

Aura in Deep Blue Sea by Ann Sacks

Beau Monde Grace 2 Peridot by Ann Sacks 
Beau Monde Hex Circle in Tanzanite & Chrysoberyl by Ann Sacks
Beau Monde Marilyn in Quartz, Agate, Amer & Tiger’s Eye by Ann Sacks 
Beau Monde Polly in Absolute White & Pearl by Ann Sacks

Davlin (Color ?) by Ann Sacks
Northwest Glass by Ann Sacks
Obsidian 1″ x 4″ Mercury Herringbone by Ann Sacks
Trend Aureo by Ann Sacks

Ann Sacks, you rock…literally! Happy blinging!

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Put a Little Pattern in Your Room

Galbraith & Paul Fabrics 1.) Birch,  2.) Fern,  3.) Mountains,  4.) Sevilletile

I’m not a pattern person. For example, when it comes to a pattern in clothing, I typically like to stick to either solid clothing or pretty traditional patterned apparel. And when it comes to pattern in rooms, I used to be the same way. BUT I’m finding myself pulling these type of oversized/overscaled patterns over and over again for my clients.
 Galbraith & Paul Fabrics 1.) Seville Medallion,  2.) Seeds 3.) Smokebrush,  4.) Trellis

Patterns can do to a room what having a cup of tea does to your afternoon. It’s adds a little pep to your step. 
Funky vintage, Indian, geometric and European patterns are all the rage this new year. You can add pattern in so many different ways like artwork, wallpaper, draperies, pillows and carpet just to name a few. Here are some of my favorite new finds.
Manuel Wallpaper Canvas a la Lonny Magazine December 2010 
Hinson Wallpaper on Left a la Lonny Magazine December 2010 
On Right David Hicks for Starck Carpet and Second Hand Rose Wallpaper a la Lonny Magazine
Romo Fabric Curtains Above a la Lonny Magazine December 2010
Design by Peter Fallico a la Style at Home 
Photograph by Virginia MacDonald & Erin McLaughlin a la Style at Home 
Photo a la Nesting Newbies
Photo a la Bisazza Tile 
Photo a la Bisazza Tile
If you’re in the mood for a DIY that is super inexpensive, you should try stenciling. I’m not talking about your mom’s sweet sailboat stenciled border like at the top of your old room. Try finding an up-to-date pattern and fill up the whole wall so that it almost looks like a wallpaper. 
Photo a la Nesting Newbies
Photo a la Nesting Newbies

These are some stencils that I found at West Elm from Jotta Jansdotter that do the trick. You can use these stencils on just about everything from walls & fabrics to suitcases.

So put a little pattern in your room and you’ll have pep in your step all season long!
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Top 5 Highlights of the 2011 HGTV Dream Home

I spent the evening of New Year’s day in front of my tv drooling over the 2011 HGTV Dream Home. If you watched the home tour, you know what I mean. Here’s why…

#1 It sleeps 14 people. 

Below is a picture of the Dorm Room.
This is the perfect room where all the kids can bunk–just have them pick their number.
#2 It’s Functional.

The best part about the Dorm Room is the clever triple sink and triple shower bathroom. 
Don’t worry. The master is complete with a flat screen tv. It’s hidden behind the mirror. Genius!
Below is a view of the mudroom filled with cubbies and coat hooks for all of your guests’ gear.
 #3 It incorporates natural elements.

Salvaged antique wooden door (above) 
Reclaimed Vermont Barn Door (above)

Wolf Pro Island Hood (above)

The exterior patio brings the indoors out.


#4 It Makes Entertaining Easy.

Below is a picture of the Annex. The large sectional, numerous chairs and moveable laptop tables allows for everyone to find a cozy spot in just one of the house’s three public lounge areas.
Don’t worry about bringing snacks down from the main level kitchen, the Annex has its own entertaining kitchenette. It’s complete with a microwave, warming, freezer and refrigerator drawers.
#5 It’s Relaxing.

 Guest Room Suite (above)

Master Bathroom (above)

 Below is the outdoor hot tub with built-in exterior gas fireplace.

Master Bedroom

Did I mention that you can enter into a sweepstakes to WIN this home!! So pick your jaw up from your computer from gawking at how incredible it is and enter. 
Sources: All photos are taken from HGTV.com. The home was designed by architect Paul Robert Rosselle and interior designer Linda Woodrum.
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Bon Nouvel An de la Vie en Rose

Bon Nouvel An de la Vie en Rose!

Photo a la Mal Langsdon


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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

To me, this year, Christmas is simple.
The tree unintentionally never got ornaments. It’s fine with lights, garland and a star.
 To me, Christmas is about welcoming my friends and family into my home.
It’s about giving them a place where they can hang their coat and relax.
 Christmas is a time to gather around the fireplace and play cards and laugh.
 Christmas is a time to cook something special.
 It’s a time to gather around the table and enjoy a meal with the ones who you love.
 It’s about giving to those who mean a lot to you through a gift, spending time together or allowing them to give something to you.
One of the best Christmas gifts is hearing from the ones who live far away.
 The wonder and awe of Christmas comes with truly knowing what it’s all about.
Have yourself a merry little Christmas, and I’ll see you in the new year!
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