December 16th, 2014

Color of the Year, 2015?

Posted by Cris

I’m returning to my blog after an overlong repass to add my voice to the collective designer outcry against Pantone’s chosen color of the year for 2015: Marsala.

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It’s like a washed-out burgundy. I keep having horrible, and I do mean horrible, memories of burgundy and hunter green and teal and bizarre floral wallpaper all used in the same room back in the 90s. Remarkably like the “Home Alone” house:

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Seriously, this frightens me.

Unfortunately, sometimes things are so firmly fixed as “bad” in the corners of our minds that it’s difficult to correct it, and see a new angle. Color and smells can both be very firmly planted in memory, good or bad.

It’s not that Marsala is really that terrible. It’s all in how a color is used. Certainly it offers a little more flexibility than Tangerine Tango. I think it’s great for lipstick or nails perhaps (if I had any, but who has time to maintain a manicure? Not me.) I can see it as being fabulously flattering in the wardrobe for any number of skin tones, and I think it would go surprisingly well with the aforementioned Tangerine Tango.

However, as always… I am a neutrals girl. I might layer the color in the form of a rug over top of a seagrass or jute:

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(don’t you looooove that navy wall? Completely infatuated with navy… I believe I have beaten that horse to death on this blog before.)

Or, as in the below – Marsala is a great book spine color, painting the insides of the shelves would offer a bit of surprise color.

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Other than that… I can’t say I’m overly thrilled. I’ve seen it paired with teal for a rather loud combination, and with soft sky blue–again not my first choice–but I do believe it would play nicely in more historic and native patterns and reserved shades such as… navy… soft whites, tans…

All right I have said my piece on it.

September 18th, 2014

Featured on Nashville Weekend Getaways on Weather.com

Posted by Cris

I am so thrilled! My interior design work at StoneFort Inn and TerraMae Appalachian Bistro were featured on Weather.com this morning – check it out!

 

Nashville Weekend Getaways Featuring StoneFort and TerraMae

Goosebumps!

 

August 28th, 2014

I Promised…

Posted by Cris

To post pictures of the house. Haven’t done it. Truth be known, we are so busy that most of the time, the place is too much of a wreck to even CONSIDER whipping out the camera, even though it’s massively improved in many, many places. With much, MUCH more to be done yet. Consider all this to be a really small snippet of a peek at what it was, what it is now, and later, I will post what it will be.

Ugly Living Room

Believe me…. that front door went away really fast…

We bought it for the view. And because it was on auction, and we got it really, really cheap.

These cabinets were handmade by somebody. Tile is chipped... and slightly pink.

These cabinets were handmade by somebody. Tile is chipped… and slightly pink.

The view from the deck off the kitchen (taken in November):

How did a finger get in the way? Crap.

How did a finger get in the way? Crap.

The inspiring hall bathroom:

Again... pink toned tile. I sense a theme. And I don't like it.

Again… pink toned tile. I sense a theme. And I don’t like it.

And a long, but not too narrow hallway:

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We’ve done cosmetic things. Refinished all the wood floors (which had a distinct pink tone). Painted the kitchen cabinets, and the ones in the bathrooms. Replaced lighting, replaced doors, added a WORKING garage door, a front picket fence, shutters, repainted the whole interior.

Hallway is still a work in progress. I am looking for the right mirrors to finish the end of the hall, and there is a big, unfinished built-in space on the right... which we have an amazing concept for.

Hallway is still a work in progress. I am looking for the right mirrors to finish the end of the hall, and there is a big, unfinished built-in space on the right… which we have an amazing concept for.

bath_treeThe guest bath now sports some new colors and a little artwork…

The kitchen was too messy to photograph much yet. But last week's purchase was a top for the antique watchmaker's desk, now our kitchen island.

The kitchen was too messy to photograph much yet. But last week’s purchase was a top for the antique watchmaker’s desk, now our kitchen island.

New top (on top of the old top)

New top (on top of the old top)

I am in looove with this granite. Found it while shopping for granite for a client. It’s called Normandy — so funny, how that comes up. Benjamin Moore’s Normandy is the color of the ceilings at TerraMae. I considered the name to be an excellent omen.

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Maybe over the long weekend I will get the house tidy enough to take pictures of.