Finding Inspiration

There is so much on the internet these days that finding inspiration is easy. Between the gorgeous pictures and articles on Houzz.com, to the eye candy posted on Pinterest, we have unprecedented access to ideas that can inspire us in our own homes.  We also have incredible blogs written by amazing decorators. At the top of my list are these three blogs:

Miss Mustard Seed

The Nesting Place

Blue Egg Brown Nest

I recently subscribed to Laurel Home when I went on an internet bender looking for paint colors.  Finally, someone put in print all my feelings about anything with a pink undertone! Laurel Bern’s posts are fun to read and give insight into what a professional interior designer can bring to the table. Or the wall. Or the floor.

I also subscribe to Better Homes and Gardens e-newsletter and print magazine. What I like most about BHG is the color! They are not afraid to show homes that push the envelope with color. I’m a color girl myself, just not as gutsy. Yet. (Says the girl with the Smurf Blue bathroom. )

Why, yes! The ceiling is painted the same smurfy color as the walls!  Thank you for noticing! We definitely bought this house in spite of the paint. It’s just paint, she said. It will be an easy fix, she said. Yeah, that was a year ago. But the whole house was in need of triage, and I had to prioritize. I loathe this paint less than I loathed the brown walls and ceilings, as evidenced by this Facebook post about my foyer:

In one year, I’ve painted the foyer twice. It is that important to me to get this first room right. Finding inspiration led me to the finished space. (Or finished enough for now!) Here it is after I painted the walls Tranquility by Benjamin Moore. We had just torn out pinky beige laminate tile and discovered charming old pine floors under them:


Tranquility is a beautiful, sophisticated color, but it just didn’t work in this room.  I lacked any inspiration for this room when I chose the paint. In fact, I didn’t even choose the paint–the guy at the paint store did. It was big improvement over the brown, and it gave me time to breathe and plan. That said, unless you love to paint, I recommend getting inspired first!

After a lot of looking and pinning rooms, I found this room on Houzz.  I ran to my neighborhood Benjamin Moore dealer for a sample of that gorgeous Van Deusen Blue, but it turned purplish in this room. A color angel (another source of inspiration!) at the store suggested In the Midnight Hour. It has just a touch of gold rather than red, and the rest is color history. I am still very much in love with it!

Thanks to this post on Miss Mustard Seed, we also pulled out the purple carpeting on the stairs, repainted the whole thing, then installed Dash and Albert runners. So much better!

Now it’s your turn! In the comments, share some of your inspirational finds. I’d love to chat with you! And who knows? There may be a giveaway in the near future!

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