…ukulele blue

Hey Guys! Whose ready for warm weather? ME, that’s who.

I feel like in order to put a room together you need to be in that space for a while to sort it out. We are not able to get to the lake as often as I would like so I try to play things out in my head. Originally, I was going to literally paint every itty-bitty thing white in the house – from flooring to stair rails to furniture. I halfway tried that. This piece below was one of the pieces that I painted white, but for months I could not finish it.

When I lose steam for a project it’s usually because it’s not right. I think I’m being influenced by all the color that I’m seeing out in the world. So. Much. Blue. Images that I’ve been drawn to look something like this:

I see so much texture and color and not everything is symmetrical. It feels comfortable and elegant. I’m really into it. So, I decided to try to incorporate the look into the main living space and it started with painting this console blue. It’s Napolonic Blue, but we call it Ukulele Blue based on, well, Reid’s ukulele that matches the color.

Yes, I need to scrape the glass. I also sanded down a white table that I painted early on because I wanted to expose some of the wood. I think natural wood works really well with this dark blue. It was a family affair to get it sanded.

And DH waxed for the first time!

I’m in love with how it turned out.

Lastly, I worked on a few smaller items – a little entry table and hanging some accessories. When doing a dark color, sometimes you need multiple coats. I used three on each of these blue pieces.

Love gold with blue. I framed this antique music many years ago with custom mats and think they work great here.

Feels better. Um, I think no curtains, DH.

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…reader question

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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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…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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