Nursery Question: To gray or not too gray?

I was ecstatic when an old friend messaged me tonight asking me advice about paint for her nursery;
Not only did I get to revel in her exciting news (she is expecting twins!!!), but I get to obsess over paint, which is one of my most favorite things to do.
She and I have very similar aesthetics it seems, and she wanted to know if I had any ideas for a gray for the nursery. She does not yet know the sex of the babies, but I decided to do a little preliminary brainstorming, just to get the baby ball rolling.

My one piece of advice to her was to make sure to get a pigmented gray. She had originally requested a white-gray, something that would “really pop”, as she definitely wants brightness, which is perfect for a nursery. However, I told her about my issues with my own “white gray”, “White Diamond” which is in both of my upstairs bathrooms. It sometimes just looks dingy, or sterile. It isn’t the warm, bright, lovely color that I was hoping for.

I geared her in the direction of one of my old favorites, Stonington Gray, which is the color of my Dining Room. I LOVE this color. It is bright, it is rich, it is neutral…I think it would be perfect for a nursery.

She said that for a boy she would want pale blues as her accent, and for a girl pale pinks, which are both right up my alley (my daughter’s nursery was ivory, white, grey and baby pink).

She also told me about the floor she was planning to use and the white cribs that she liked.

I came up with a picture of what her nursery could look like (either with two pinks, two blues, or one of each! How exciting!) and I think it is very warm, bright and chic. If I do say so myself.

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I am excited to be starting this journey with this old friend, both in decorating and in mommyhood. I can’t wait to see where we go!

511 Meets 39 (we’ve only just begun)

As I mentioned last night, our besties are moving, and are giving me the distinct honor and true pleasure of consulting with me on things like design, space planning and paint color.
I. am. In. Heaven.
Today, the husband and I were talking a lot about color, and I think they’re on a great track. Their home is beautifying before my eyes (in my imagination, that is).
One room he had a question about was the study, which is a small room with wood paneling, with dark wood built ins. His plan was to paint the paneling (to open up the feel of the room) but keep the built-ins in their natural wood color. They have a ton of natural light in their house which is wonderful, and that small room alone has 3 windows. I had two ideas:
One, was to go bold. I thought that despite the size of the room, they should think of navy paint, as a really chic statement. So I created this:
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And I liked it. But then I decided to try what the husband had been thinking, and tried this:
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And I liked it better. The Cream makes the wood pop, and they could have fun with the decor on the shelves.
Ahhh, do I love the beautiful canvas of this house.
And my besties.

511 Meets 39 (aka the beginning of a long and beautiful friendship)

Our besties bought a house! It is a 3 minute drive away and an 18 minute walk. It is amazing.
And they, so generously, asked me to help them with paint colors.
This is like asking me to help them to name their child. It is meaningful and something that I happen to love dearly.
I also know a pretty good deal about paint colors.

So, it’s Saturday night and I was supposed to go to sleep an hour ago, but instead I am designing the paint scheme for their new home (whether they like it or not!) and sending them emails with approximately 25 photos each of cool grays, warm grays, neutral taupes, blue grays…
They are going to be sorry they asked me for advice.
And I will love ever stinkin’ minute of this.

Basement

When the pipe burst, flooding my whole basement, we went from an unfinished basement filled with stored items (everything from precious heirlooms to good clothing to countless boxes of old books to my baby’s glider) to an essentially empty, clean space. And this has been an incredibly stressful ordeal. And when I stress, I ruminate. And when I ruminate, I think about design. Although it is probably not an imminent project, I have started to work on the design of the basement, for when we decide to finish and furnish it.
Our goal is to turn the basement into our real playroom. While we have a great third floor playroom space, it isn’t always practical. Especially when we are entertaining and are two floors (and two steep staircases) from our playing kids.
I would love to morph our current playroom into a cozy guest room (aka twin and Go Go’s room) and to make a big, open basement that is completely bright, light and child-proof. Toys galore, fun colors, SAFE and dry.

So I started to think of some ideas.

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or

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And then I felt a little unsettled. So I decided that I could still have fun while sticking to my design roots, with something like this:

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I love the idea of Benjamin Moore Vanilla Ice Cream Walls, a laminate tile floor in that gray, light wood, a teal shag rug, ikea furniture and teal and gold accents.

Fortunately, we already have a sink and plumbing hook up down there, so we would basically need a toilet and walls to have a full operating bathroom. For that I wanted to go bold. I decided on Benjamin Moore Largo Teal (sticking with the color palate I like, but just more of a pop).

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I love this teal and gold motif. This is what I’m thinking:

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So there you have it. Some of what I’ve been spending my nights doing.
Much much MUCH more to come…