Monday, October 25, 2010

Outdoor Inspiration

October is a fantastic month to be inspired by outdoor colors!

To find my own inspiration, last month I took a bicycle trip around the scenic and quaint towns of Lanesboro and Peterson in the beautiful bluffs of the Root River Valley in southeastern Minnesota. Here, we were able to enjoy some spectacular fall colors!

Season-Inspired Colors for Your Home

Fall is the season of warm, rich and cozy colors. Better Homes and Gardens recently published some beautiful terra cotta paint samples that reminded me of changing leaf colors. I love the Bronze Tone by Benjamin Moore and Russet Rust by Your Color Season.

I’ve also recommended Rustique to two of my clients in Benjamin Moore’s Affinity line.

Fall-inspired colors are bold and full of saturated deep tones and look especially great when paired with soft neutral color pallets and natural and slate tiles. Not only will a terra cotta bring a burst of color to neutral pallets, it can actually bring out their natural beauty.

Check out some photos on my Facebook page of a kitchen using Benjamin Moore’s Rustique paint, natural-colored slate backsplash, wood cabinets and green granite countertops.

Don’t be afraid to find your own color inspiration from the natural world!

Budget-Friendly Kitchen Updates

Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t give your tired and dated kitchen a fresh makeover. Through my new “Kitchen Spiff-Up” service, you can keep your existing cabinetry and still give your kitchen an entire new look with fresh products and colors!

By making simple changes, I can help give your kitchen a much-needed facelift. I’m having a great time helping clients accomplish wonders in their kitchens, customizing the services to fit taste, budget and level of involvement. While changes vary, spiff-ups might include:

• New counters
• New sink products
• New cabinet hardware
• New tiled backsplash
• New flooring
• New paint colors
• New art and accessories
• New appliances
• New lighting
• New cabinetry for an island

Be sure to check out my Facebook page later next month – I’ll post before-and-after pictures of some of my recent “Kitchen Spiff-Up” projects. You’ll be amazed with the results!