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Simply White Interiors

June 2nd, 2016

The completion of our new home is getting close and I’m currently debating our overall paint scheme.  We all know I love some gray, but the color of the year is growing on me.  How stunning are these Simply White spaces?

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Pretty, right? Decisions…decisions…

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The Importance of Paint

May 16th, 2016

I’m coming to you today with a quick post on the importance of paint.  Paint is the most cost effective way to make a huge impact.  My greatest example is our exterior.  We repainted our home last summer and since then, three other homes on our street have gone with a darker scheme.

before home

Here’s the “before” shot.  While it’s not bad, it’s certainly one thing: BORING.  We have beautiful exterior stone that was getting lost in a sea of beige.  We also had brass fixtures from the early nineties.  My major goals were to bring more contrast and to play up the best features.  Top it with some new sconces and Voila!

home after

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We got quite a few comments this weekend that the exterior was their favorite part.  All thanks to a can of paint!

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*All imagery personal to DBK

Sprucing Up Your Porch For Fall

October 16th, 2015

I had the opportunity to spruce up my front porch for Fall recently with Home Depot and I love how it turned out. I am a self-proclaimed talent-less DIY-er, and anytime I can pull off a project like this on my own is very exciting.  As you can see, our front porch was, well…disgusting. My lovely neighbor let me borrow their power washer one morning and I spent the rest of the day repainting the deck.  Bitty sat by the screen and watched me the whole time.


While the paint dried I pulled all the weeds out of the side yard and replaced the very old mulch.  It looks SO much better.  Once, complete, I added the wreaths, some beautiful modern planters from Home Depot and some cute pumpkins. I also de-brassed the front door kick plate and handle by spraying it with a bronze metallic paint.






Happy Fall, y’all! Now where is the weather? Check out my post on Home Depot’s Apron Blog for a spookier take!

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Interior Paint: How to Pick

September 8th, 2015

The one question I’m asked most is about how to pick paint.  Truth be told, picking paint is truly a science and very easy to screw up.  Here are a few tips for the amateur painter:


Benjamin Moore has a back section called the “Historical Colors.” This is a GREAT place to look for paint.  Most colors in this section are very safe and tend to be the ones I use the most.  I would not venture into the middle of the deck.  Things get waaaaaay too bright and it’s easy to misjudge that perfect green you’re looking for. Sherwin Williams has the same but I would stick to the Exterior Historical Preservations.  The interiors are a little too pastel for some weird reason.  Don’t worry about the exterior label.  It doesn’t matter.


Pottery Barn and West Elm usually have a partnership with a big name paint company where they display their picks in the store with vignettes of furniture.  This is a great way to get an idea in person of a good paint. Check their website for the current color palette. They change seasonally.  Here’s what West Elm is currently showing:

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Yes, I love Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore.  I recommend them the most.  You can still take a chip of your favorite name brand color to Home Depot and have them match the color.  If your contractor is having paint matched for you through their supplier, make sure they provide control samples for you to approve.


All paint looks different in varying environments.  Lighting is a major factor as well as your surrounding finishes.  You may love the chip, but get the color on the wall and it’s all wrong.  I highly recommend buying the sample pot of a color and throwing it on the wall to see what you think. Look at it throughout the day to make sure it works with all degrees of lighting.  From there, once you paint, this sample pot can be saved for future touch ups.


This is a tough one also as there are varying opinions.  Personally I tend to put eggshell on interior walls.  This is the lowest sheen you can get (before going flat).  Semi-gloss is usually preferred in kitchens and bathrooms for clean-ability but I do not follow this rule.  I’m not a fan of really shiny paint.


Here’s a list of my favorite go-to’s:

Gray: Benjamin Moore HC-172 Revere Pewter, BM HC-108 Sandy Hook Gray

Blue: BM HC-145 Van Courtland Blue, BM HC-165 Boothbay Gray, Sherwin Williams 6244 Naval

Blue/Green: Sherwin Williams 2821 Downing Stone

Green: Benjamin Moore 2145-30 Brookside Moss

Yellow: Benjamin Moore HC-4 Hawthorne Yellow, Sherwin Williams 2813 Downing Straw, SW2834 Birdseye Maple

Tan Brown: Benjamin Moore AC-3 Texas Leather, Sherwin Williams 2842 Roycroft Suede

Red: Sherwin Williams 0008 Cajun Red

Orange: Sherwin Williams 0007 Decorous Amber, SW0009 Eastlake Gold

Happy Painting!

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Jessica won the DBK design consultation giveaway and we’ve been talking about her space.  She and her husband are expecting their first child in March and they just moved into a storybook Tudor home this summer. She had yet to get to the nursery, so we began chatting.

Jessica is a graphic designer.  She was wanting something bright and cherry with typography artwork and an aqua and orange color scheme.


The above is a shot of the room in it’s current state.  As you can see, she has great bones.  Beautiful wood floors, a great window and lots of natural light.

After a few back and forths we landed on this:

Hawkins Nursery

After my nursery post a few weeks ago, I’ve decided a Target crib might be the way to go.  They have great designs that won’t drain your bank account.  Found adorable bedding from Layla Grace that goes perfectly with her color scheme requirement.

Gliders are insanely expensive.  It’s a mean trick.  But West Elm has come out with two and this frame and fabric choice was too perfect.  My designer discount brings it to $680 which is still pretty steep.  Believe it or not, Walmart has some great Pottery Barn knock offs (love this one).

I love the texture (and price point) the IKEA pendant brings to the table  Surya (trade source) as always comes in nicely, all paired with great selections from Etsy.  Not to forget, blackout shades seem to be a nursery must.  These gross-grain romans from Pottery Barn are currently on sale, and designers get a discount on top of that.

She also asked if a dresser she’s had since the fifth grade could be useable:


Absolutely! I would paint this white (maybe Benjamin Moore’s Brillant?) and add these for the drawer pulls:

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Dotted Zinnia Knob from Anthropolgie (designers get 15% off!)

Or this sweet one:

Anthro knob

Through the Woods Knob from Anthro

One other problematic area  for Jessica was the adjoining bath.  Ready for the befores?

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This bathroom also has fantastic bones (built-in storage, modern pedestal sink).  All  you need is some cosmetic, love like this:

Hawking Bathroom Renovation

Good luck Jessica! I hope this leaves you inspired to tackle that nursery.

*All imagery via DBK and personal to client

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Feeling Gray?

November 6th, 2013

I’ve had quite a few people ask me for paint recommendations lately. I’m realizing that I’m gravitating towards gray these days.  Such a sophisticated neutral.  Sticking with a warmer gray (more of a brown base rather than blue) compliments most finishes without looking too cold.

My favorite of the bunch is Benjamin Moore’s HC-172 Revere Pewter.

BM Revere Pewter

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Although it’s still in the gray family, it greatly compliments warm wood floors, bronze fixtures, etc.  It is the perfect modern field color.

My second favorite is Benjamin Moore’s HC-108, Sandy Hook Gray.  A little darker, this gray looks perfect in a bathroom with white penny tile and creamy trim.  I used Sandy Hook Gray all over our family beach house.

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Another pretty option is Sherwin Williams 7029 Agreeable Gray.

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A few other choices are Stonington Gray:

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Harbor Gray:

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Worldly Gray:

worldly gray

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And last, Roycroft Mist Gray:

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As you can see, all beautiful choices! If you’re considering one of these colors, don’t forget to test it in the environment.  Paint a swatch on the wall and see how the color reacts to the lighting and surrounding finishes.  You can pick up one of these for less than $3. They also make for great touch up paint down the road.

paint samples

Maybe going gray isn’t such a bad thing after all.

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Accent Walls

September 19th, 2013

I’ve been touring properties quite a bit lately and it’s funny to me sometimes how people choose to paint their homes.


You get ONE Accent wall.

Not seven.

The Decorologist did a great post on this subject, which you can read here. She hits the nail on the head.

“Please do it right or don’t do it at all.”

Amen, sister.

The picture I posted above has at least four colors (green, light blue, gray and tan).

In general, pick one accent color and place it carefully.  The Decorologist hit it perfectly by saying the architecture should be your guide.  Very true.  Highlight a natural focal point (a fireplace wall, bed wall, etc).

If you have a weird soffit in your room, I would not highlight this as an accent.  It will draw futher attention to it.  Paint it your wall (or field) color and make it go away.

What are your thoughts? Have you painted every wall differently? Might be time to head to Ace Hardware my friend.

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August 15th, 2013

Ombre has made quite an impact on the fashion world for longer than I would have thought to be honest.  Seeing it cross over into interiors is really exciting.  What an amazing focal wall and point of interest. (more…)

You may or may not have noticed that I skipped last week’s Thursday paint post.  When I first started this blog, I thought that was going to be one of my favorite topics.

It’s not. (more…)

The Art of Paint, Vol. 7

May 30th, 2013

I’m going green on this week’s Art of Paint.  Greens can be tough.  Sometimes overwhelming. Benjamin Moore’s Brookside Moss is a great choice.  It’s a bold green without making you feel ill. (more…)



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