First of all — congratulation to Beth, who won the gorgeous Jess Franks Art Calendar from last week’s post! Thanks to everyone who read and commented on the post. I hope you enjoyed learning about Jess and her beautiful work. Now, on to business! Every year, marketing and retail entities roll out their “Color of the […]

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  • What a pretty post, thank you Amy. I am a sanctuary girl also. My main family living room is Paliadian Blue, and has been for about 12 years. The color shifts with the light and seasons and still feels fresh. I am always complimented on the color and several people have used it after seeing it in my home, including my college aged daughter in her rental house. I am looking forward to the kitchen reno post! Enjoy the week.ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Palladian Blue is almost always a winner! Our living room in our New York apartment was a similar shade, which we combined with ivory, berry red, and black iron accents. Everyone loved it. It was our oasis in the gross concrete desert of Washington Heights.ReplyCancel

  • Beth

    Yeah!!! I won I won the calendar!! Thanks Amy and Jess!!

    I think Sea Foam can make a comeback! My younger son’s bedroom has a very light mint green, almost white. I find this color very peaceful. Perhaps sea foam would be a more noticeable shade but still light and peaceful!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Congrats, Beth! Thanks for being a subscriber! Your son’s bedroom sounds perfect–whether or not he’s the quiet type himself, if it gives you a peaceful moment, then the color is doing its job!ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous post Amy! Your dining room with the Chenonceau wallpaper is divine! I too love that pattern. I’ve only used it once– for pillows.

    This made my eyes roll in a smirking kind of way.

    “…evokes a sense of sanctuary and relaxation amid our busy, always-on lives.”

    hahahaha. right. Thanks, guys for letting us know. lol

    And Suzanne Rheinstein’s vignette made my heart skip several beats. It’s the Chinoiserie art over the mantel. Totally makes the room! And I love window treatments that pick up the wall color. Makes a lot of sense since they are both on the vertical plane.

    As for COTY. When I first began blogging, I actually took it seriously,(or as seriously as I am capable of) but now I really couldn’t care less. It’s because of the quote above. Marketing BS designed to make consumers BUY, is all it is!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      It does make one gag a little 🙂 However, having spent 7 years in the PR industry myself, my heart goes out to the poor blighters who have to create story ideas out of thin air so that we will write about them when there is no real news to report.ReplyCancel

  • Patricia Freeman

    Palladium Blue or Stratton Blue by Benjamin Moore for the win! At least paint a room a color you look good in ……ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Good choices! I adore Stratton Blue, but I’ve yet to have the chance to use it.ReplyCancel

  • Love the seafoam in the kitchen but I am really hoping for a black variety as color of the year. From anyone. 🙂ReplyCancel

I am so pleased to bring you today’s post! I’ve become a bit of an art monger in recent years, and one artist who has caught my eye (along with an enormous following on Instagram) is Jess Franks. Stick around to the end of the post for a nifty little giveaway! (All photos by Jessie […]

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  • Nancy

    Great story. Beautiful art work! Especially love pictures of the sea. Thanks for opening our eyes (teaching) to so many different things/paths.ReplyCancel

  • I enjoy reading your blog and plan to add Jess Frank art to my ‘wish list’
    Beautiful calendar.ReplyCancel

  • Paula Moreshead

    Ditto on the wish list calendar. Lovely artwork, and it’s always nice to know something about the artist.
    Thanks,
    PaulaReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    How bright and cheery! These would freshen up the darkest of winter days and remind you of summer’s vibrant blooms.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah

    I’ll take one of each! Haha! Floral prints are my favorites!ReplyCancel

  • Joanna

    Jess’s art is so pretty. I showed my four daughters who are also homeschooled what you can do with what you love. She is a great inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Christy

    Oh my gosh…I just read this (after re-reading my favorite blog of blues and greens being highlighted) and had no idea how beautiful Jess’s paintings would be!! I recently bought a painting to go above my fireplace with Amy’s help and now I want one of Jess’s pieces of art as well!!ReplyCancel

  • Beth

    What a wonderful story and beautiful artwork!! I really enjoyed reading the blog Amy, and Jess’s floral and landscape artwork captures movement and color like no other!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I’m so happy to learn about this artist! And, love that she was homeschooled. My kids were homeschooled as well (all now grown). Jess, you’re so right about the typical homeschool kid — time is spent reading, playing outside, and creating! Thanks so much for the generous giveaway offer.ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Thanks so everyone for reading and commenting! I hope you enjoyed learning about Jess and her beautiful work!ReplyCancel

Pictures of the summer show houses are coming out and flooding the web, eagerly awaited by those of us who can’t go. Marcus Design and Elements of Style have leaked pics of the Coastal Living Showhouse by Mark Sikes (a blue and white beauty), and there are some really creative, drop dead gorgeous rooms in the 2017 Hamptons […]

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  • Paula Moreshead

    What a lovely home, and it makes me very happy to hear that cream is coming back….but it never really left for me. In our recently remodeled kitchen, my cabinets are linen colored, and all of the trim is a cottage white, not a crisp white. Pure white just doesn’t work in some homes, including my own.

    I almost did a dance when I read your comment about the light fixtures in the kitchen fighting each other! It was the first thing I noticed about the room. It’s amazing what you can see when you look at a room in photos in addition to being there. Sometimes, I take pictures of my home to give me another perspective on how things look.

    Thanks again for a lovely post.ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Your kitchen sounds lovely!

      Thanks for your feedback! The Idea House kitchen looks like is might have a rather tricky situation for lighting with the raised ceiling right behind the island. Both areas need some sort of drop-down fixture, and yet the areas are in super close proximity. Perhaps a more understated, clear island pendant would jive a little better, or if the fixtures related more. However, there are soooo many brilliant and original-yet-classic things going on in this kitchen, that I still find it very inspirational.ReplyCancel

      • Paula Moreshead

        I totally agree. I took advantage of the chance to pin several of the pictures, and I would like to see more by this designer.ReplyCancel

  • Oooh, I love this house! LCH is the best. Oh, and thank you for the shout-out! Not only was it green and orange, but also cream! LolReplyCancel

    • Amy

      I know! I find this house unusual, yet comfortable and *livable* in its colors.

      I totally caught your Ben Moore Cake Batter CSP-215! I’m saving the image for my reference for later on. You rock, Kelly.ReplyCancel

Little late this morning! Well, I’m back from vacation and totally not rested at all, but very happy nonetheless! We made great memories and were in beautiful places with lots of family everywhere — York in Maine, Squam and White Lakes in New Hampshire. But we certainly weren’t in the lap of luxury. I will […]

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With big lighting vendors like Visual Comfort, Currey & Co., Urban Electric, and so many others populating design magazines with their fabulous and seemingly endless designs (there are SO many I’ve bookmarked to use someday!), it can be easy to forget that vintage lighting can also be an option. Sometimes vintage can be a cost-saving way to add character to […]

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  • Well this was a revelation! What a great source. So great, in fact, that I’ve already found the perfect piece from TBC for my own home, and am in the process of purchasing it. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      I’m thrilled! Can’t wait to see where you put it.ReplyCancel

  • OH MY GOSH… you are so right- I am dying! My hands are sweating because I’m hyperventilating over all the gorgeousness! Thank you for sharing! You are the best! xxojoanReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Hehehe. Do you have space for any more lighting in your amazing house?! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful pictures of chandeliers! I think my favourite is the Iron Curl one.ReplyCancel