Kitchens, Paint

The Cecy J Interiors – Black Kitchen Door

 

Thank you for stopping by to learn how we made the Cecy J – Black Kitchen Door come to life.  I was inspired by a large black door I had seen while grabbing dinner in Venice Beach, California.  It felt chic and interesting but not over decorated or too demanding of attention.

When a project came up which included a black + white color scheme, I knew it was my chance to incorporate the image that had been dancing in my head.

I landed on a Rouge Valley Wood door.  They offered the ability to customize the glass and the ogees (the lines and shapes of the moulding on the door).  If you have not noticed before, you should always pay attention to the number of ogees on doors, window frames or moulding.  It makes a big difference on how traditional, detailed or simple a home feels.

The next step was picking the perfect paint color.  I knew it had to be glossy or a really beautiful lacquer and a true “no funny business” black.  This led me to Farrow & Ball Off Black in Full Gloss.  It’s such a glorious true black but it’s still somehow a calm color… and nobody does Glossy quite like Farrow & Ball.

Last (but probably the most important detail) was the jewelry, i.e, HARDWARE!  With a young family of three boys, a kick plate on the inside not only felt like a lovely finishing touch… it also felt extremely practical for a door that would usher busy kids in and out of the backyard daily.

We’ve worked with Rocky Mountain Hardware for years and we seem to weave them into almost every design project… so the decision to use their perfect hardware was an easy one.  My favorite finish by Rocky Mountain Hardware is Silicon Bronze Light.  It’s got a lovely gold undertone but it is also a chameleon and will live happily with just about any other finish you layer into the design scheme.

Kick plate with Bevel in Silicon Bronze Light by Rocky Mountain Hardware 

Door Hardware in Silicon Bronze Light by Rocky Mountain Hardware

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.

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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

 

Giveaways, Paint

Benjamin Moore & Traditional Home Color Sweepstakes

Benjamin Moore, Traditional Home

We were beyond thrilled when ​Traditional Home and Benjamin Moore invited ​us​ to create a custom Pinterest mood board reflecting their “traditional-with-a-twist” styles, using Benjamin Moore’s newest color palettes.

Want to join the fun? Create your own board and be entered for a chance to win a room color consultation from one of us and paint for your project from Benjamin Moore!  Check out our boards and get inspired at TraditionalHome.com/BenMoore.

Color Inspiration, DECOR - lighting, Life + Style

HAPPENING. RIGHT NOW. | 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 

Decor, Paint, Travel

Armada | Paint Color

gray, blue paint colors

Spotted on a recent trip to Santa Barbara… the lovely Armada Wine & Beer Merchant.  The wall color was killer (so I asked for the name) it’s Benjamin Moore, Silent Night.

The color was a mellow blue/ gray…  as the late afternoon turned into evening, it turned into a wonderful soft, quiet gray.

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Decor, Laundry Rooms, Paint

laundry room | decor

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Laundry can be a bit of a drag.  Okay, a big drag.  We decided to go bright and happy for a client’s laundry room to make the task seem a little more pleasant.

The color we chose was Sydney Harbor, Linen.  It’s the perfect bright color; not yellow, not green, just happy and inviting.  We went with really intentional large hardware for the cabinets… Since the room is obviously used with a lot of purpose, the hardware needed to reflect that.

P.S. If you like the rug we chose, you’ll soon be able to purchase it from Shop Cecy which launches in a few short weeks!  We will be one of the exclusive retailers in the US for this line.  Stay tuned, we’re so excited.

Decor, Paint

Pretty Paint | Decor

Chic Paint, Gray Paint, Serena & Lily

Yummy!  Loving Serena & Lily’s new signature paint line in collaboration with Colorhouse®.  Such a wonderful variety of colors that matter at the moment.  Excited to use the line on some upcoming projects. 

Accessories, Art, Bathrooms

Serena & Lily goes Brick & Mortar in San Francisco

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What a treat to check out the new Serena & Lily store on our beloved Sacramento Street in San Francisco yesterday!

Sacramento Street is a great “local” shopping district that I wrote about last year as a guest over at Confessions of a Design Geek.  Serena & Lily’s first West Coast brick & mortar store is the perfect addition to this corner of the city where boutiques and cafes line the street.

The store will focus on clients who want to peek at products before making online purchases.  They graciously welcome interior designers and their clients for a true design studio experience.  With a plethora of innovative ways to display their colorful wallpapers, perfectly patterned prints and occasional furniture, the team truly seemed to think of it all.  This includes a Living Room for designers to enjoy during client meetings which hosts an impressive gallery of rotating one-of-a-kind art you can pluck off the wall for your own home or for a client.

And, still true to their roots as a company founded in 2003 as a nursery furniture and bedding only venture… they had a sophisticated baby nursery on display, anchored by a new addition to their wallpaper pattern called Herringbone Wallpaper in Fog which I’m REALLY loving.

It’s always a pleasure working and spending time with “team” Serena & Lily.  Special thanks to our host and friend, Lydia Cullen, for the gracious tour of the space.

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Color Inspiration, Decor, Dining

COLOR INSPIRATION | DECOR

chic paint colors by Serena & Lily

 

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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