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“Love the lake house. Love the cabinets and all the black items but you taught everyone to paint with chalk paint and now you are saying that to make it look professional don’t use the chalk paint. I have done a lot of my furniture in chalk paint and I don’t know weather to change it now. I can’t afford to buy new stuff. Any ideas to help with that?” – Reader

Dear Reader,

Do not worry or change a thing! Like in art there is style and context to everything. Shabby and rustic have their place and clean with satin sheen has another place. Neither is right, but rather right for the context of your project. For me personally, the pleasure of working on a new interior is that I get to do and try things differently. I want this lake kitchen to have a slight sheen instead of a rubbed look, therefore, we decided to spray. I will show you that there are many pieces at the lake that I have rubbed and painted with my beloved Old White and I won’t stop.

I think this is a great time to talk about how a creative person needs to stretch and look around and if confined to a certain look is to, well, clip her wings in a way. For me, inspiration comes from exploring and looking at new things. I think about the artists and musicians that I love and they have each redefined themselves as their lives evolves. I think it’s safe to say that we are different today than we were 10 years ago. This is what keeps life exciting!

But not to worry, like I said before, I love the Sweetish, shabby look and will continue to use it, but I also think trying out new techniques is to grow and expand, which keeps me feeling excited. This is the point that you decide, with your knowledge, what look you are going for. I am just presenting the projects and looks that I’ve come to love. I am not taking anything away from my style. I am adding to it…and playing 🙂

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…what color did I use for my lake cabinets?

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Of course I’ll tell you! (Check out yesterday’s post about painting cabinets)

I wanted a white similar to what I have in my kitchen at home. We debated between three Benjamin Moore interior paints: Dove White, Simply White or Chantily Lace. I have used Dove White many, many times for rooms, including my master. This color is my favorite white, but it does off a bit of a subtle hue when next to trim. I wanted more of a white-white.

After looking up pictures and doing my resesarch, I chose the 2016 Color of the year, Simply White.

There are many sheens to choose from as well. We went with “Satin” and it is the perfect look of custom cabinets.

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If you are thinking about doing your cabinets in a professional manner, I would highly recommend this color.

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…california style

Is everywhere! I am loving this look. Let me first say, though, that this style does not give up on our love for woods, chalkboards, farm house lighting and seagrass rugs. It incorporates these in a new way by adding another kind of neutral – black. What I see is a bit of a sleeker look (that is definitely trending), but with a relaxed feel.

I’ve been seeing this look on design magazines (House Beautiful, Elle Decor, etc.) and sites like One Kings Lane, Target, Serena and Lily, William Sonoma Home and our beloved Fixer Upper on HGTV! Yup, Joanna Gaines uses black more than you realize. I’ve seen the look labeled as a relaxed California style and Global Style. Like any look, this one is layered with textures like relaxed linen with velvet pillows, black rattan with shiny wood and white faux fur and brass.

Take a look:

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I think it’s really inspiring and I definitely plan to incorporate a few of these ideas in my family room. I think I’ll start with one of these from Serena & Lily. La Jolla Basket.

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PS – I was literally shopping in Target before posting this and snapped a pick of guess what? hahaha. Love when that happens.

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