Must Have Monday // Top Gray Paint Colors

I have spent the last couple weeks in and out of paint consultations. From homeowners wanting to change up a space, staging clients getting their listings ready for the Spring market, to contractors needing color choices for new builds. One thing they all had in common was they all wanted some type of gray. Some properties were more traditional while others a little more modern but that is the best part about gray paint colors, if you pick the right one, they work in any space. These are some of my favorite Gray paint colors but please note, that doesn't mean they will look perfect in your space. Always take light, architecture, styling into consideration -- better yet, hire an expert for a color consult. wink wink.

Stone by Benjamin Moore

Oyster Shell by Benjamin Moore

Tundra by Benjamin Moore

Metro Gray by Benjamin Moore

Gray Owl By Benjamin Moore


Must Have Monday

So everyone is talking about this years Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year. Marsala.

The feedback hasn't been that great. "the 80's want their color back..." etc etc
 People have been upset and complaining about it. First, there are worst things to be upset about, but, regardless, I also had an opinion too, and I like it!

It has been years of bright peppy colors and I think we needed a little elegance and maturity to come back this year and Marsala does just that.

This weeks Must Have Monday is a tribute to a great color. Marsala. 


Feature Friday // Clients Master Bath Remodel

This past week I began working on a Home Staging clients master bath remodel. They are in the midst of considering to sell but also might stay. As a result, they want to remodel key rooms of their home that will promise the most return on their investment. Factors I needed to consider when re-designing their master bathroom was location of property, initial investment in the purchase of the property and what will be the possible list price. Updates do need to be made, but they need to be logical and within budget. 
The master bathroom needs to be completely updated and one major factor is it's open concept. Kind of like a 1980's hotel suite. No privacy wall or door. An affordable option is the sliding "barn" door. An easy upgrade. 
As for the finishes of the bathroom, I would have loved to have fun with subway tiles and mosaics, but after speaking with the homeowner and reviewing who the average buyer was in this development, a more mature neutral finish would work best. 

Here are some before pictures of the space:

Now the style board to get this ready for market:


John Plunkett Interiors in Wilmette

Spent a great evening at John Plunkett Interiors in Wilmette recently. It was so nice to meet Mr. and Mrs. Plunkett and the creative genius behind Pyar & Co. We learned some great tips on decorating your table scape for the holidays and how to incorporate items you already have in your home. 
Thought I share some great looks that the showroom in Wilmette has to offer. If you haven't been in there, you must stop by. 

Mrs. Plunkett sharing her tips on hosting a holiday meal
Paula Queen sharing her story behind Pyar&C
The magic behind Pyar&Co sari's & creating beautiful tablescapes
Here are some extra shots of all that the showroom has to offer.


X-Bench Makeover

I got my hands on this x-bench four years ago. Instantly reupholstered the seat because the fabric was worn and outdated. Other than that, I left it in it's black finish, as it moved around the house, until I was ready to commit to it's new look for my living room. 

Here is the bench before. Like always I forgot to take a picture of it until I already began to take it apart for paint and upholstering.

I knew I wanted a lighter finish but not white. I found a great mix of Krylon paint. A little satin white with some almond did the trick. 

I added a little detail in the crevices. With some gold paint I hand-brushed a few areas on the legs and then quickly removed any extra with a wet wipe.

After painting, I noticed all the cracks in the wood. I knew I had one easy fix, caulk. I think caulk is any DIY'ers  best friend. I use it for everything. 

Finally, after four years, my x-bench is complete. It was also my first attempt at cording. Lets just say there were a lot of swear words expressed, but, three attempts later, I had cording I was willing to sew on to my bench. 
I fell in love with this Jiri Nina Navy Birch Fabric. It was just perfect. 


Must Have Monday // Add A Little Color This Year

If there is one thing I love, okay there is many, color is one of them. If you are scared to add color to your home with larger pieces or even paint, then start small. Vow to add a little color to your space in 2015, why not? It's easy and cheap, from C Wonder to the Novogratz Macy collection, or an easy D.I.Y project inspired by The Moon and Me.  


Thanksgiving Tablescape

Thanksgiving 2014 is the year of family and friends. I am hosting 14 adults and a slew of children. So I created an adults only table this year. We were actually suppose to spend Thanksgiving in Florida with our kids, but 2 weeks ago we found out that my husband could not travel due to work. So, Chitown Thanksgiving it is. 
I quickly searched my house for items I could use for my Thanksgiving tablescape. I wanted to use as much as I already owned and not have to spend at the store. Won't lie, it helps I have a storage area for Staging accessories. 
I also didn't want to go with the typical orange and Autumn red colors. I wanted a more neutral palette. Nothing like whites, golds, creams and a little burlap to call it Thanksgiving. 


Must Have Monday // Holiday Throw Pillows

One  of the easiest ways to update any space for the holidays is to add a couple of pillows. You can throw them on a couch or even on your bed. Easy peasy. 
Who says your holiday pillows have to have a fuzzy face Santa on them or reindeers that light up. 
Here are some of my latest loves for Holiday Pillows. I know, festive, simple, modern and BAM - Happy Holidays