Color Inspiration, Paint

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark Side – Paint


We seem to be having an endless love affair with bold black colors for the home and the exterior is no exception. Picking an exterior paint color for your house can be tough but making the switch to a dark and more dramatic choice can add depth and play up your home’s architectural elements.

I’m all about Farrow & Ball’s color: Railings. Always on the hunt for ‘true’ colors, I look for black hues that do not read too blue. Railings is a true deep gray that is bold but not overwhelming.

For a recent remodel project… we convinced the clients to go from a neutral green to dark and bold. The transformation was dramatic and the white trim was a great balance to bring forward a fresh new look with the perfect contrast. We used Benjamin Moore’s White Dove which we use quite often. Its a perfect white that never plays tricks in the changing light.

The perfect add to our exterior refresh were industrial sconces from Barn Light in Oil Rubbed Bronze. We had the challenge of matching the front exterior lighting to the the backyard lighting that was vintage but in perfect condition and it made no sense to change. We often head to Barn Light Electric for quality outdoor lighting that needs to feel special.

And last but not least, a new front door is an investment every homeowner should consider when updating. We have a real love/hate relationship with front exterior doors as they have the unforgivable task of greeting guests constantly and taking the brunt of weather and sun damage year after year. A contractor I work with turned me onto Jeld Wen’s Aurora line and we’ve never looked back. The doors truly look like solid wood but are fiberglass so they stand the test of time and can be totally customized.


Exterior Paint Color: Farrow & Ball Railings in eggshell

Exterior Trim Color: Benjamin Moore’s White Dove

Outdoor Lighting: Barn Light Atomic Industrial Guard Sconce in oil rubbed bronze

Front Door: Jeld Wen Aurora custom door


Color Inspiration, DECOR - lighting, Life + Style


Chic Rug, Chic Paint, Chic Books, Chic Barn Lighting


Rag & Bone Dunaway Hat / Rizzoli Breakfast Book / Farrow & Ball Cornforth White/ Rag & Bone Francis Peacoat / Cordelia Mud & Vanilla Indoor/ Outdoor Rug /  Pressed Juicery Roots 3 / Barnlight Electric Warehouse Gooseneck Light 

Color Inspiration, Outdoor Living

Santa Barbara Umbrella – Decor

Outdoor Furniture


Have you seen these outdoor umbrellas?  Made by Santa Barbara Designs, I absolutely love the classic vibe and thoughtful craftsmanship.  They are perfect for any traditional or retro backyard.  Quality craftsmanship, bold details and careful use of daring colors.

The Petite Flamenco umbrella is reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn’s dress from the horse race scene in My Fair Lady.

The Double Decker Scalloped Valance is fresh and fun but still classic, if you can’t quite pull the trigger on the darling Mirasol Flamenco

Color Inspiration, Decor, Dining


chic paint colors by Serena & Lily



Pretty girl via Olive Graham Photography Paint via Serena & Lily

1. Iron & Glass Tall Cabinet, Terrain/ 2. Custom Letterpress Round Coasters, Society Social/ 3. Carlyle Pendant, Clayton Gray Home/ 4. Wooden Truss Dining Table, West Elm/ 5. Dining Room Natural Iron Chair,  Caracole/ 6. Mustard Fleur Chinoise Pillow, Caitlin Wilson Textiles/ 7.  Raynaud Serenite Light Blue Charger, Gumps

Accessories, Art, Bedrooms

Color Inspiration | Decor

cecy j, color inspiration, design board

chic master bedroom

Pretty Girl via The Cools

Paint Samples via House Beautiful ORANGE / BLUE / WHITE

1. kenton nelson gallery / 2. Anjelica Lamp, Bungalow 5 Furniture

3. pure FSC clearmont bed via ABC Carpet & Home/ 4. Navy/ Cobalt Feather Rug, Serena & Lily

Accessories, Color Inspiration, Decor

Ombré | decor

ombre cecy j accessories color1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5


You’ve probably seen it, but you might not yet have a name attached to colors or shades that gradually go from light to dark… or Ombré!

Ombré has been seen on the runway and throughout the design world lately and has been a hair color trend for years.

Enjoy some Ombré inspiration and a few of my few Ombré décor finds.


ombre hair cecy jOmbré Hair

Ombre Heart accessories cecyj Ombré Heart

ombre spoons cecyjOmbré dining

Ombre son jungwan fashion cecyjOmbré fashion

Ombre Pillows accessoriesOmbré Pillows {Do it yourself} 

Color Inspiration, Decor

Color Inspiration | decor

color accessories+pillows decor cecyj



color, jonathan adler, pillows, interior design


Blame it on the start of summer but I’ve been obsessed with bringing the outside, inside.  I don’t normally do a ton of floral but the pretty model from Ruche and the lovely wallpaper background got me “floral inspired” for a warm, bright library room.

Have a beautiful weekend.


P.S. If you take a close look at the chandelier, you will notice the artist made it from chemistry test tubes.  So cool!

{ one | two | three | four | five | Pretty girl via Ruche |

Paint by Benjamin Moore for West Elm }