Design Roundup: Peacock Blue(ish) Walls

I love Peacock Blue, to different people they think of different colors… what comes to mind for me is a deep blue-green.  Here are a few of my favorites I’ve run across the world wide web this week.  I am all in favor of choosing very saturated, bold colors.  As Dorothy Draper said, “I don’t want to see any gravy!” (More on the fabulous Dorothy Draper here and here).

As always, if a photo is yours please let me know and I will link to it’s original source!  I link to where I found it and if I’m able to track down the original source I do credit it.  (One of my professors has made me paranoid about crediting images and as a designer I would never want to take credit for someone else’s work).







Till next week!  Catch more of my writing on The DC Ladies.  Have a great one, y’all!

Best Of

Here’s what I’m loving this week…

Piko Tops– They are tight in the arms and loose in the torso.  I have one in gray and black and love them- but of course I’d love anything you can wear with leggings.



BEHR Lotus Leaf Paint– my sister painted this color in her bathroom and I think it’s a great gray-green.  I normally shy away from Home Depot/ Behr paint but she has her whole apartment painted in various shades by Behr and they all came out really nice.



{For more of my favorite paint colors check out my Pinterest and Houzz boards.}

This filing cabinet from CB2:


via looks up all email lists you are on and lets you unsubscribe with just a few clicks.  (Totally sounds like they are paying me to say this, huh?).  I just made unsubscribing from over 50 email lists super simple.

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5k Runner App– So, I’ve decided to run a 5k.  Promise this is the last time you will hear of it, because people who constantly talk about the races they are running in are an obnoxious type, and I do not want to be that person.  My sister is getting married in April, and so as to not be a blimp going down the aisle in my creme colored bridesmaid dress, I decided I need motivation to workout on a regular basis.  I like this app because it gives you real clear guidance.  I originally searched “couch to 5k app” on my iPhone because that’s what was referred to me, but the 5k Runner app had better reviews, and I’ve been really happy with it.  I’m on week 2 day 3, they gradually work you up to running the whole time and it doesn’t see so bad.


PS- DC area folks… they are casting for a DIY Network design show.  More details here.

Great Design: Awesome Orange Paint Color

Oh my mercy is this color and this room not GOREGOUS!  Rooms like this make me want to start my design degree again ASAP.

Check out more of this room and how the owner created this awesome orange color at the LiveLikeYou blog here.  It is Benjamin Moore Grand Canyon 118 with a coat of Antelope Canyon 125 on top.  Beautiful!

My Favorite Place On Earth Part 3

More from The Homestead.  I thought this would be the last post, but it is going to take one more to get all the pictures up.  This is only because my computer is. so. slow. and it takes about 3 hours to put together 1 post and by the time I have uploaded 10 pictures I want to pull my hair out.

Chandeliers… yes.  I love the orangey color of this room… kind of a burnt orange.  That is why I love The Homestead, even though it was built in 1776 it and you feel like you stepped back in time when you are there, they have some awesome paint colors: pink, purple, orange.  Love it.

Love black and white tiled floors.  I want them in my foyer.  Not that I have a foyer…

This is a pretty pink.  Lovely.  I love their bathrooms- the gold framed mirrors, the marble, the sconces…

Just lovely.  This is in the pink ladies room.  The poor women who were using the loo when I was snapping pics…

The hallway to the spa = pure bliss.

And the hallway is just lovely.  Pinks and greens and blues and window seats and vaulted ceilings, I could live in this hallway.

Me lounging before my massage.  The actual massage was not one of the best ones I have had, but the women’s lounge was just lovely.

Oh how I love art work grouped like this.  This is what you do when you have a large wall to fill.

Leaving the spa… sad…

One last post on The Homestead to come!

My Favorite Place on Earth Part 2

Ugh.  Half of the pictures I took are apparently too big to upload.  I really need to learn how to work my camera.  More from my trip to The Homestead in Hot Springs, VA.

The Great Hall (I think that is the name… this is the main drag, although I doubt George Washington called it the ‘main drag’ when he visited’).

Domes.  Chandeliers.  Yes.

Oh I love it.

Scones.  Love them.

And I love me some chandeliers.

This is where my wedding will be someday.

Love this purple color.

Love the marble and the fixtures… and the mirrors.  Love it all.

More to come… so many lovely pictures.

Palladian Blue

The other day in my post Some Great Colors I mentioned the Benjamin Moore Color Palladian Blue.  Here are a few pictures of the color in action.  This is actually in my childhood room which my parents recently just redecorated.  I love the color, my sister hates it and says it looks like it belongs in a retirement home.  What do you think?

Some Great Colors

Some great colors!

Old Navy 2063-10 By Benjamin Moore

In action:

Benjamin Moore Delano Waters 766

Benjamin Moore Westminister Gold 200

In action:

This pink is supposedly Benjamin Moore Pink Lilly… the room is from Domino but I’m not sure this color exists… I am away from home now but I will consult my Benjamin Moore fan deck when I get home.  Either way, it is lovely:

Benjamin Moore Nob Hill Sage 450

Benjamin Moore Electric Blue

Recognize this bedroom?  It is Carrie Bradshaw’s from Sex and the City. Electric Blue in action:

Restoration Hardware Light Silver Sage

In Action:

Benjamin  Moore Palladian Blue

So apparently I really like blue… it is a great color, so calming!

Pottery Barn Fan Decks!

I’ve posted before about my love for Pottery Barn Fan Decks… I am way behind on ordering them (a year behind, in fact).  Just ordered the latest batch from them!





Speaking of Pottery Barn, I just ordered this Punch Bowl for a Christmas Party I am having, it is cute but very small…


Pottery Barn Fan Decks

I’ve mentioned them before but thought I would re-post since I just ordered the latest.  Pottery Barn every season puts out a fan deck of its favorite Benjamin Moore colors.  They are small little fan decks that are much easier to carrier around than, for example the massive Benjamin Moore Classic Colors Fan Deck.  It is also a lot easier to pick a color because they already have some great ones picked out for you!