I’ve got something really special for you! If you aren’t familiar with the enneagram, it is a system of nine personality types which not only describes our personality but the motivation behind why we do what we do. And…I can really geek out over it. The enneagram has helped me understand myself, my husband, kids and others so much more and has given me a greater appreciation for how we are all created and wired. So, in order to have some fun with the enneagram, I’m sharing my recommendations for home décor gifts for each enneagram type! It is going to be so exciting to explore with you and I hope it will spark some ideas and brighten your day.
Before I dive into my gift recommendations, I am going to summarize each type for you here. If you don’t know your type, I highly recommend The Road Back to You by Ian Cron and Suzanne Stabile. The summaries below come from this book.
TYPE ONE: The Perfectionist, The Improver, The Reformer — Ethical, dedicated and reliable, they are motivated by a desire to live the right way, improve the world and avoid fault and blame.
TYPE TWO: The Helper — Warm, caring, and giving, they are motivated by a need to be loved and needed, and to avoid acknowledging their own needs.
TYPE THREE: The Performer, The Charmer — Success-oriented, image-conscious, and wired for productivity, they are motivated by a need to be (or appear to be) successful and avoid failure.
TYPE FOUR: The Romantic — Creative, sensitive and moody, they are motivated by a need to be understood, experience their oversized feelings and avoid being ordinary.
TYPE FIVE: The Investigator, The Observer — Analytical, detached and private, they are motivated by a need to gain knowledge, conserve energy and avoid relying on others.
TYPE SIX: The Loyalist — Committed, practical and witty, they are worst-case scenario thinkers who are motivated by fear and the need for security.
TYPE SEVEN: The Enthusiast — Fun, spontaneous, and adventurous, they are motivated by a need to be happy, to plan stimulating experiences and avoid pain.
TYPE EIGHT: The Challenger, The Defender — Commanding, intense, and confrontational, they are motivated by a need to be strong and avoid feeling weak or vulnerable.
TYPE NINE: The Peacemaker — Pleasant, laid back and accommodating, they are motivated by a need to keep the peace, merge with others and avoid conflict.
Watch for my next blog where I’ll share home decor gift ideas for enneagram Type 1’s!
One of the questions I am most often asked is “Is gray still on trend?” For years now, the design world has utilized gray in all of its hues from cool blue grays to warm greige tones. Couches, painted walls, decor, and clothing showcase gray colors in all their glory. So, back to the question, “Is gray still on trend?” The answer is yes, but the gray tone is changing. Before you go and repaint that 20 foot gray entry wall, hear me out. I see a shift from cool grays to warmer grays because our world is shifting right now into a place where people crave nature. Naturally, the interior will reflect that change. When I think of gray hues in nature, I think of mushrooms, fungi, tree bark, and the Rocky Mountains; warm gray tones. Therefore, when you decorate your home or paint a wall, consider a warm gray or a “greige” which is a mixture between a brown colored beige and gray.
These are my favorite gray paint colors by far. Agreeable Gray and Repose Gray are heavier on the gray scale, while Gossamer Veil is warmer and Accessible Beige is even warmer and borders on a brown. All four of these paint colors look amazing in kitchens, bedrooms, hallways and dining rooms. They are neutral enough so that your decorative pops of color really shine. Blues, greens, and even coral hues look fantastic with these gray colors.
From Left to Right: Toulouse Nightstand from Pottery Barn, Arhaus Avignon serving set, Anthropologie sectional, Divya Cabinet by Arhaus, and the Rhys Chair from Anthropologie.
Dark charcoal gray is also rising in popularity which is displayed in lava, earth’s soil, and the midnight sky. Deep hues such as charcoal gray look dramatic as an accent wall in a dining room. Pair this with board and batten and the dining room will be a show-stopper. Vases, frames, throw blankets and decorative candles look beautiful in charcoal gray tones.
The above dining room was designed by Nate Fischer Interiors and it showcases the drama created by a gorgeous board and batten wall in a dining room. Black vases look fantastic with wood hues against a neutral grey-white wall. And, there is nothing like a warm and cozy throw blanket like the charcoal throw by Pottery Barn.
If you are wondering how you can incorporate warm gray tones into your home and aren’t quite sure how, give me a call and we can schedule a Design Consultation!
Stepping into Fall and leading into 2021, green is a go-to color that is going to be seen in fashion and home interiors. Be on the lookout! We were made to be in and around nature, which soothes us and helps us feel more at peace. Even before the Pandemic, incorporating green into our homes has been vital. I love to bring nature indoors by adding faux or real plants, trees, and succulents. And now that green is taking off in the design world, more shades of green will be seen in furniture than ever before.
If you are looking for a gorgeous green to paint your home, I recommend Comfort Gray SW6205 (which is actually a green) or Sea Salt SW6204 by Sherwin Williams. They are beautiful “neutral” greens that give such a soft and luxurious effect to any space. Other stunning greens are Contented SW6191, Softened Green SW6177, Jade Dragon SW9129 and Quietude SW6212.
This is a bathroom I designed for a client where Sea Salt was painted above the chair rail and Comfort Gray below. The bathroom is bright with lots of natural sunlight. If your space has less natural light, rest assured that these paint colors look remarkable in many types of lighting.
Comfort Gray takes on a different look in this room where natural and artificial light merge together. As you can see, warm tans and neutrals pair well with Comfort Gray.
As we finish out this unique year, lets be sure to incorporate green into our lives whether we daily take a walk outside, add a few plants to our home, or paint a wall a soothing green! By doing so, we will create calmer, fresher and more beautiful rooms to enjoy.
Let’s talk paint. This 5 letter word sends many people into a state of being overwhelmed. We’ve all been there…at the paint store staring at all of those little paint chips in the fluorescent lighting wondering if the color we choose will look good in our room. What color? What sheen? Which brand? Do I brush or roll? You know how the story goes from there. I get so many questions about paint from my clients…great questions, in fact. I wanted to write a series of blogs on all aspects of paint so that you can be better informed the next time you step into a paint store.
*Of course, if you need extra help, selecting paint is one of my most favorite aspects of my job, so feel free to reach out to schedule a paint consultation.
There are so many colors that are tried and true, sheens I love, and brands I trust. My next several blogs will focus on specific color groups, so this one is all about the basics. Let me break it down…
There are several brands that I’ve used personally and have had professional painters recommend. Big names such as Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore are my favorites. These brands have excellent coverage that is also true to color. One of my biggest pet peeves is when the paint doesn’t match the paint chip. With these brands, you don’t have to worry about that.
TYPES OF PAINT
I always go with a paint and primer in one for the best coverage.
Latex- Latex is a water based paint that has notoriously been used on interior walls due to its easy coverage and lower price point when compared to acrylic paints. Latex is easy to clean with soap and water and comes in a variety of sheens ranging from flat to high gloss. My favorite latex paint is Emerald by Sherwin Williams.
Acrylic Latex- This type of paint is my favorite for so many applications. Acrylic Latex is water based and is very similar to latex paint. It is often self-leveling and goes on smoothly. Many paint brands offer acrylic latex as an excellent option for interior walls. Sherwin Williams Cashmere is my go-to choice for a buttery finish. For exterior doors, I love Snap-Dry by Sherwin Williams because it dries in an hour and has an almost indestructible finish.
Acrylic- Acrylic paints are durable and bode well on interior trim. A great choice is the ProClassic Waterborne Interior Acrylic Enamel.
Enamel – For an area that requires a solid oil based finish, Sherwin Williams’ Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel paint is a wonderful pick. Benjamin Moore’s Advance Interior Paint is another excellent choice. Both offer self-leveling qualities that enhance trim, cabinetry, or any surface that needs extra durability and care.
Each paint company carries its own version of the various sheens, but this will serve as a general guide for your next painting project.
Flat/Matte – Many new construction homes are sprayed with flat paint. The benefit is that flaws are barely visible with a flat sheen because light is not easily reflected from the surface. If you have a wall that is “wavy” or that has a lot of imperfections, then flat is a great choice. The downside is that it scuffs easily, looks dull and is not easy to clean.
Where to paint with a flat sheen? Ceilings, any walls with imperfections
Where not to paint with a flat sheen? High traffic/high touch walls, bathroom walls, walls that need to be cleaned.
Eggshell/Low-Lustre– Eggshell is a very popular sheen. The benefits of a flat sheen are combined with cleanability in an eggshell finish.
Where to paint with an Eggshell sheen? Any interior wall surface.
Where not to paint with an Eggshell sheen? A high traffic wall or high touch wall that needs to be cleaned often. Cleaning often could dull the surface.
Satin– Satin is a step between Eggshell and Semi-Gloss. Textured walls look great in Satin as well as any surface that you want to allow light to bounce off of.
Where to paint with a Satin sheen? Bathrooms, hallways, any interior wall surface.
Where not to paint with a Satin sheen? Ceilings.
Semi-Gloss– For areas that may become easily scuffed, a semi-gloss finish is ideal because it is extremely easy to clean. Imperfections will radiate from the surface of a semi-gloss sheen so it isn’t advisable to paint interior walls with a semi-gloss finish. On the flip side, semi-gloss walls will reflect more light allowing the room to “radiate.”
Where to paint with a Semi-Gloss sheen? Trim, window moulding, crown moulding, chair rail, and wainscoting.
Where not to paint with a Semi-Gloss sheen? Most interior walls, ceilings.
High-Gloss– Very similar to semi-gloss in application, High-Gloss will highlight the surface it is painted on.
Where to paint with a High-Gloss sheen? Trim, window moulding, crown moulding, chair rail, wainscoting, an area you want highlighted.
Where not to paint a High-Gloss sheen? Most interior walls, ceilings.
LIGHT REFLECTIVE VALUE
On a scale from 0 (black) to 100 (white), Light Reflective Value refers to how light or dark a paint color will look. The higher the LRV number, the lighter the color, the lower the LRV number, the darker the color. Pastels have a higher LRV number while dark/deep colors have a lower LRV.
I hope that this helps you as you work on your painting project! There are so many things to consider to get it just right and with the right paint product and sheen, you will have a gorgeous result!
Let’s face it, the pandemic has affected all of us. Some have lost jobs, some are working from home now and some are working more hours outside our homes than ever before. No matter how your life has changed, one thing is for sure: your life has changed. Change often leads to opportunity and in today’s blog, I’ll share how life during a pandemic is an opportunity for great design!
Here are 5 design tips on how to spruce up your home during this unprecedented time.
SHOP YOUR HOME
You’ve traveled, lived an interesting life, and collected some really great things. It’s time to showcase those treasures in a whole new way. Start by looking at your decor in a new light. Collect all of your decorative items and place them together in a neutral spot such as on your dining table. It is important to take this step so that your home is now a blank canvas for decorating. Next, organize the decorations by color and pattern. This allows you to see which pieces will work best together. For instance, a set of vases or candleholders placed in a tray makes a beautiful dining centerpiece. A sideboard or console table get an updated look by layering a mirror, artwork and decorative items. Be sure to place decor in odd numbers to create balance.
RETHINK YOUR BOOKSHELVES
Bookshelves are a great place to display memorable keepsakes, family photos, and beautiful books, but they often get cluttered. Space decor and books out evenly so that there is balance between books and objects. Keep the color scheme similar to give a unified appearance. For instance, choose your main color, add a neutral and an accent color. Keep objects and book jackets that fit into this color scheme so that your bookshelves are cohesive.
CREATE A GREAT OFFICE AT HOME
Working from home has many wonderful benefits… and distractions. Perhaps you are juggling having the kids home asking you questions while you are trying to maintain your professionalism on your latest Zoom call. Or, your dog has become spoiled with the extra attention and doesn’t respect your work hours. No matter how you office from home, I am going to share a few ideas to help you create a great office space at home.
Designate a specific area of your home as your office. This is where you will place your desk and office supplies. Not everyone has a whole room to spare for their office, so be creative. A secretary desk doubled as your bedside table in your bedroom is a great place to work. How about a slender console table tucked along a long wall? Once you no longer need the console table as a desk, you are free to decorate it with lamps, greenery and artwork. Another great place for a desk is at the end of a hallway where a small desk stretches across the width of the hallway.
Keep your desk area neat. It goes without saying that a tidy desk makes all the difference in our mental clarity. Although, when I am in my “creative space” my desk is known to get a little messy! The more we have our things together, the better our minds feel clear and ready to focus. If you need a place to let the creativity flow, consider a dry erase board or cork board to hold your scribbles and notes. When sharing your desk with others, consider utilizing a portable file folder for your things so that sharing the space is simple and easy.
FRESHEN UP WITH PAINT
Updating your wall, ceiling or trim color can make a remarkable difference in your home. Over time, paint colors fade and walls get scuffed. Adding a fresh coat of paint is an inexpensive way to make a big difference in your home. An updated wall color also takes years off the wear and tear of a house. Keep an eye out for future blogs where I’ll dive deep into all things paint.
STEP BACK AND APPRECIATE YOUR HOME
Our homes are where we create memories and do life with our family and friends. They are our haven and refuge, especially during a pandemic. Take time to step back and appreciate the laughter you hear, the giggles, messy meals, the family movie nights, game day fun and all the things that make your house your home. I love what designer David Hicks said, “The best rooms have something to say about the people who live in them.”
I want to connect with you and give you an inside look into what influences my designs. There are so many topics to cover from paint color selections, paint sheens, space planning, current trends, environmentally friendly products, and more. I’ve learned so much from my years as a designer listening to clients, learning about trends, visiting retailers and from experience on the job. This blog is created for me to share tips and tricks to help you decorate your home with confidence and style. Check back frequently for the latest blog posts.