Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Exterior Paint Reveal!

I'm a regular gal, living in a regular house.  

Is it my dream home?  Honestly, no. 

However, it is a home perfect for us, right now. 

 I love that our home is... 
 in my favorite city in the whole world…. surrounded by lots of trees…..
a size that means we live in every square inch….has endless gardening potential…..
a white kitchen…..hardwood floors….. our own...

Photo taken in full sun.

When we moved in this home just over three years ago we
inherited it's exterior paint color {SW Sea Salt}.  It was a fine
color but I didn't love it as an exterior color. You can see it HERE.

Our home really was due to be painted - it's a cedar sided home
and the Sea Salt was it's original color when the home was 
built just over 10 years ago.

I stressed a lot about what color to choose.  I would have loved to have
painted it white but it just isn't practical in the Pacific Northwest -
we get so much rain and fight moss build up on our exteriors
and roofs all the time.  I knew white would be a bugger to keep clean.

As I debated color options, I made fast friends with the fellas
at my local Benjamin Moore paint dealer Powell Paint Center!
I knew I really wanted to use a quality paint product
and getting the color perfect was very important.
Lucky for me, a new Powell Paint store had opened 
very close to my home so it was so convenient
to zip in and out to get sample size colors.  I am sure
the very helpful guys at Powell Paint thought 
I was a very crazy thorough designer!

In the end, the contenders were BM Soot, BM Hale Navy and the 
ultimate winner BM Abyss which is the color you would get 
if Soot and Hale Navy had a baby.  Our trim is BM Snow White
and the door is color matched to Farrow & Ball 'Light Blue'…..
sorry, I could not justify the F&B price per gallon for my two doors.

I really love it.  I think the dark color is a nice contrast to 
the year-round greenery that surrounds our home.

We did NOT paint it ourselves - we would still be painting!
I have a great painter that I often use for clients that did 
a great job for us.  And I am very grateful to my new
local paint store Powell Paints in Cedar Mill, they were
so helpful and really educated me on the merits of outdoor
paint products - something I just did not know much about.
By using Benjamin Moore paint, I was able to have confidence 
that the color would be accurate and that the paint will 
last for many, many years.

HERE is the post I did on my inspiration for my ultimate choice.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Living Room Reduex……and I can do the same for you! {TWO August spots available!}

I received the photo above from my sweet e-design client in
preparation for our work together on her living room.

This room probably looks a lot like one in your own home - it has 
the basics - the popular Ikea Ektorp sofa, an equally popular
World Market coffee table, some random tables and one
lone lamp begging for friends!

The room has a lot going for it, besides the basics I mentioned above -
great windows/light, a gorgeous piece of art and it's relatively 
generous size.

My client knew she wanted her young family to use this room more -
for reading and playing games - so it had to be casual and inviting
but also have a sophisticated elegance as it was the room immediately
off their entry space.

Because budget is always important for my clients,
we were keeping the Ektorp sofa and coffee table.
What we concentrated on 'fixing' was updating
paint color,  hanging drapes on every window, a larger
area rug and some additional seating.

kruger2 Living Room

What I really wanted to give this client's space was the feeling of warmth -
a space that you could not help but feel comfortable in.  For that, I 
included lots of texture, warm woods and comfortable textiles.
I think this design accomplishes that!

Thank you to my brave{and really fun} client for allowing me to share her
photo and design board!


I have had some changes to my August design queue - and 
find myself with TWO openings for e-design clients!

If you are ready to cozy up a space in your home and would
like my help, please email me at
And we can get started in August - hardly any time to wait!

I will honor the summer special I was running in June -
which means a one room design board is $200!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday fog…..

This photo is sort of like me this week….out of focus and distorted!
I got a terrible summer virus/cold and it sort of kicked my butt!

Winner of the $300 is Sharon Barnes!
I just sent you an email!

Coming Monday - winner of of the Lewis & Sheron giveaway!

Hope your weekend is full of the good stuff!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My Forever*Cottage Garden…..

Gardening is a lot like decorating your home - it's mixing 
textures, colors, contrast and scale.  So it's no wonder
that I have always loved gardening.  This season of my
life is very busy with my teen girls so I feel like I don't
have as much time to devote to my gardening. But,
pruning and planting and being out in my garden
 brings me great joy and is really
a form of relaxation for me.

The Pacific Northwest is a great place to garden - we really have
a 12 month growing season so it seems there is always pruning
and dividing and editing to be done.  Plants grow like crazy!

Our yard is small and believe it or not has NO grass!
Yes, it's true.

 Our front yard slopes down and is planted with a mix of spirea, boxwood,
hydrangea and other perennials - day lilies, lavender and ornamental grasses
{a combination I love}.
 Despite it's small size, we are lucky our home backs to 
a wooded area and has an empty 'greenspace' to one side so it
feels very private.

Our backyard has a brick patio that runs the length of our house.
We have room for a fire pit with adirondack chairs around it
and a teak table and benches to accommodate bit groups
of outdoor diners.  The yard is terraced which means 
there is really three levels - the patio level, a upper garden area and
then an additional level where the wooded area is along with 
a trampoline area for our girls.

I have lots of hydrangea in the back - 'Endless Summer' and some
Oakleaf hydrangea.  I also have been adding boxwoods
along with ornamental grasses.  I love mixing textures!

We have two sets of french sliding doors along the back of our house 
and provides a great view of the garden!

As this garden has evolved over the three years we have
been here, I have noticed I gravitated toward planting
a pretty monochromatic color palette.  I would
like to add some more vibrant colors in the future.

Right now we are experiencing VERY hot temps -
I look forward to the cooling the weatherman is calling
for later in the week so I can have the windows and doors open!

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