Monday, March 23, 2009

Finding Beauty Along the Way

The demo process doesn't usually conjure up pretty pictures, but the above struck me as oddly beautiful today. The exposed lath and plaster, weathered studs, and demo tools form a nicely textured composition.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Artful Accessories

While I can point clients in the right direction, the final, finishing touches to a home will ultimately be determined by the homeowner. Accessories make a home feel lived in, tying the home to the personality of it's occupant. While the perfectly shaped vase may look fantastic, it's that quirky shell found on the beach sitting next to it that makes the space special.

Here are a few basic tips to help you start on your accessories journey:
1. Display what you love. Whether it be a weird collection of antique chicken and bird toys (that's me) or vintage books, make it visible to enjoy every day.

2. Edit your accessories. Look at each arrangement and ask yourself if it looks right. Sometimes taking away one of the objects helps complete the look.

3. Don't take it so seriously. Who are you trying to impress anyway? Express your personality, it's your home after all!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Natura Paints by Benjamin Moore

Finally, a line of zero VOC paints that come in a wide selection of colors. If you aren't already up on the lingo, VOC stands for volatile organic compounds. The United States EPA defines a VOC as any organic compound that participates in atmospheric photochemical reactions except those designated by the EPA as having negligible photochemical reactivity. Meaning products that affect your indoor air quality. It's unknown how much a fresh coat of paint can actually harm you, but it's better safe than sorry.
Skipping ahead to the good stuff: Benjamin Moore has a new line of paints called the "Natura" line, which are considered zero VOC paints. The best part is that almost ALL of their colors are available as a Natura paint! Hallelujah options! If you are painting a baby's room, are expecting a child, or just want to avoid the fresh paint smell this is for you.
Go to Benjamin Moore's website to learn more. (And, no, I am not getting paid for this!)