Archive for the 'Color' Category

New Orleans House Paint Colors: Yellow, white, rust, blue

I love everything about this new paint job. The yellow exterior and fancy corbels are bright and cheery. Wouldn’t it be nice if all paint stayed looking as fresh as when it was new? Dreaming. Then, the white in-between the slats of siding sets them off nicely. The red/rust shutters and door screens pop nicely. [...]

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New Orleans House Paint Colors: Dusty rose, hunter green and butterscotch

I feel delighted every time I walk past this house. How do people come up with these combinations? And I love the etched-glass door. Here’s what we’ve got: • Siding: Dusty rose • Porch deck, shutters and mullion detail: Hunter green • Porch railings, fascia, moldings, window frames and door frame: Butterscotch • Metal work: Black See more house [...]

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New Orleans House Paint Colors: Red and green

How cute is this 1866 double shotgun in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans? And just in time for Christmas. What makes this charming house so unusual is that only two colors are used. Here’s what they did: Siding, doors, shutters: Red Quoins, door frames, window frames: Hunter green  That’s it. Short, sweet, simple and [...]

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New Orleans House Paint Colors — Lower 9th Ward

This beautifully restored little cottage is right on the levee in the Holy Cross area of the Lower 9th Ward. The exterior colors include: • House siding: Bright yellow • Doors, window mullions and foundation: Pumpkin orange • Door jambs, door trim, window frames, fascia, and corner quoins: Periwinkle blue • Steps, cornice above windows: [...]

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Etsy Find of the Week — Super cool wall decals

I just can’t get enough of these removable vinyl wall decals. They are made by a lady and her Chinese husband, who is the artist. The little bio on the Etsy website is so endearing: “We are a family run shop,my husband is a chinese artist,he design the graphics,I do some computer work.we are very [...]

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New Orleans House Paint Colors: Periwinkle Blue, Yellow and White

How can you go wrong with this combination? (click on photo for a larger view) This lovely raised Creole cottage just off Marconi near City Park is luminous with its periwinkle lap siding, softly yellow doors and bright white trim. It’s simple and stunning. Siding: Periwinkle blue Trim: White Doors: Yellow Roofing: Gray

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Famous Folks at Home: Gerry and Imaging Spence in Montecito, Calif.

When Santa Barbara Magazine asked me to write an article about the massive remodel done by Imaging Spence (yes, that’s her given name), I kind of dreaded it. You may recall that her husband Gerry Spence is a famous attorney and author, and I feared that the couple might be snotty and ostentatious and arrogant. [...]

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Super Cool Idea: Your garden flowers embedded in resin panels for cabinet inserts

This idea is so unique that we at Kathy’s Remodeling Blog can hardly stand it: You can have your own garden flowers imbedded into resin panels for use as kitchen or bathroom cabinet inserts. See some options here Can you imagine your favorite flowers, that you grew, immortalized in resin panels? You can use translucent [...]

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New Product Review: KILZ Clean Start Primer

One day, when I wasn’t looking, my once-charming front porch went from shabby chic to just plain disgusting. I waited for the crew from HGTV’s Curb Appeal to show up. When they didn’t come, I decided to take on the job. Here’s the porch I started with: As you can see, I had many challenges: [...]

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2010 Trends — Is contemporary out? Already?

In 2008, I posed this question in a poll: Is contemporary style on its way out? My theory was that hard economic times would propel people into the comfort of traditional styles. I used this June 2008 photo from Architectural Digest to illustrate the shift. Notice the farm style table and warm floors to balance [...]

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Love, love, loving this green kitchen

I'll tell a word that really annoys me: Neutral. Could there be anything more boring? Yet you'll see people walking through a boring house and remarking: "Love the neutral colors." And I'm like: "What's to love?" I guess I'm a little more radical than some. I like COLORS! This green kitchen rocks my world. And [...]

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New Orleans House Colors: French Quarter

This stucco building on Esplanade Avenue in the French Quarter is so extremely attractive. Strange as it sounds, this home has elements of a fairly typical Victorian color scheme. I could almost eat it. Here are the colors involved: • Stucco: Coral • Shutters: Periwinkle blue • Columns, window frames, door frames: Ecru • Column bases: Terra [...]

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‘Color Splash’ TV star likes muted colors at home

Well this is a fine fix: An article in the San Francisco Chronicle reveals that Danielle Hirsch, a regular on HGTV's "Color Splash," prefers muted colors in her own home in Mill Valley, Calif.  "I like neutral colors in my house because it helps keep me fresh," she said in the article. Above, you can [...]

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The Tightwad Remodel — Patio furniture on the cheap

It's time to get thrifty, people. This patio furniture was bought by Felix Neals and Arleen Flores-Neals, a young couple I met in L.A. Arleen found these pieces at a big-box store and she noticed they were faded and scratched from hanging around the store too long. So she haggled with the manager and got [...]

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Joni’s condo kitchen remodel: Picking wall color is not easy

Progress is being made on Joni’s condo kitchen remodel. See Joni and her nurse-friend Patti in their scrubs working on the kitchen. See the kitchen before any work was done. So far, the overhead cabinet that blocked the natural light has come down, and a fun s-curve track light has gone up. The boring wood [...]

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Condo kitchen remodel: Picking the palette

Here’s an update on the condo kitchen remodel being done, girlfriend style, by fellow nurses Patti and Joni. The two spent a few hours in surgical bonnets and surgical masks sanding the boxes of Joni’s cabinets. Patti took the doors home and sanded and primed them, laying them out on her kitchen counters to dry. [...]

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Blend your own glass tile

Do you ever feel “terminally unique?” I do. And that’s why blending my own glass tile backsplash is so appealing. Oceanside Glasstile of Carlsbad offers an online tool for mixing up the colors you like best. Here’s my favorite blend! It feels exciting to my bones. Granted, it’s not relaxing. It’s not classic. But, it’s [...]

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And now, a word about color trends

I heard some great advice about getting hip with color trends, and I’ll share that in a moment. But first, you have to get current. As David A. Keeps reported in this newspaper’s Home section, here’s the deal: "Orange and red aren’t quite dead, but the trendiest hues — purple, green, silver, even pale magenta [...]

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Joni’s condo kitchen remodel: Loving the glazed green top coat!

Hi, Patti here, with an update. My friend Joni and I have decided to paint all of her cabinets green but leave some chocolate brown (base color) for relief on the kick plates and in a couple of mid-sections on the top cabinets. Painting the bottom cabinets first gave us a feel for how the [...]

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Love this green tile

As I’m perusing tile stores to get ideas for my own backsplash, I come across a photo of this gorgeous green glass tile. It’s in a house featured by the L.A. Times Home Section in an article title, appropriately, Exploding with color. What struck me was the use of the same color in all the [...]

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