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January Paint Sale!

January 14, 2013

I’m happy to announce that we are having a sale on our VOC-free Lifemaster paint products! $5.00 off per gallon when you order online. At the end of the check out, you’ll be asked for the secret code. It’s “2013″ (without the quotation marks). The link to our online store where you can take advantage of the sale:

Order Full Spectrum Paints & Samples Online

On another note, I am in the process of adding seven new colors to our palette of stock colors.

I also want to share this photo a client sent of her newly painted bedroom in “Lilac Mist”. This was one of my first custom colors created over 30 years ago! Still one of our most popular colors, I first used it in a client’s bedroom who said before we repainted, he rarely slept past 5:00 am, but in his Lilac Mist bedroom, he was sleeping weekends until 10:00! It’s actually also a manly color because it works so well with browns and grays.

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Lilac Mist is not only soothing, but very versatile.

Don’t forget, when you purchase our paints, color consultations are free.

Look for us in Dwell Magazine‘s upcoming Spring renovation issue!

www.ellenkennon.com

877-877-7628

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The Last Word on the 2013 Color of the Year (& other news)

December 6, 2012

In my Autumn Living Well Newsletter on the 2013 Color of the Year & Color Trends, I reported on predictions of next year’s color of the year by pretty much everyone but Pantone. Although it was looking like “Monaco Blue” would be Pantone’s pick, they just announced that “Emerald” was their pick for 2013.

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(“Emerald” in the center is Pantone’s pick for 2013′s Color of the Year)

Interesting that it is very close to Pratt & Lambert’s “Tidal Pool” which was their pick for the 2013 color to watch, a dead ringer for our Full Spectrum “Albania Teal”, that appeared in the October issue of House Beautiful. Here’s a photo of Albania Teal in artist Hunt Slonem‘s NYC studio featured in Russia’s Architectural Digest Magazine (I didn’t even know they had an Architectural Digest!). “Albania Teal” was named after one of his plantation’s in Louisiana. The great thing about this color is that it is both soothing and rejuvenating at the same time.Image

I have to say, I’m still selling a lot more whites and complex neutrals, than the saturated colors predicted. We mostly use the more neutral, easy to live with colors, in main areas and save the jewel tones for jewel box spaces like powder rooms, closets, inside of cabinets and bookcases.

Speaking of whites, one of my biggest “JV Cloud White” (JV for Designer Jon Vaccari & created for his New Orleans showroom) fans, Karina Gentinetta, has been making quite a name for herself on the national scene and will appear on More Magazine‘s television special about women who reinvent themselves (Karina was an attorney for 13 years before becoming an antiques dealer, artist and interior decorator). After seeing this video of her segment, I’m thinking she needs to have her own TV show! (Karina used “JV Cloud White” in her 1st Dibbs Showroom and Annunciation Restaurant in New Orleans which you’ll see in the video.)

(Click here to watch Karina’s More Magazine segment

I’m currently working on my Winter Living Well Newsletter featuring one of Interior Designer Marc Charbonnet‘s latest projects, where he had another designer friend of mine (Ken Tibbils of St. Francisville) make this table:

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(I have featured Marc’s projects often over the years. and this latest project showcases his amazing design versatility. Wait until you see the rest of the photos!)

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Concerned for our future and looking for some comfort?

October 19, 2012

For over twenty years I have been reading the Kryon books and channels. Shortly after reading the first book, I saw in the back of it where I could write and offer to host a Kryon channel in my home. Now I know the word “channel” sounds completely “woo-woo” to many, but Lee Carroll, who channels Kryon, has appeared many times at  the United Nations as well as numerous gatherings all over the world. The day 9-11 happened, although completely shocking and horrifying, I had an “a ha” moment because I immediately knew that this was one of the many predictions he had made that has come true. I am a firm believer in “no coincidences” and have been incredibly fortunate to have lived what he calls a “synchronistic lifestyle” where everything seems to magically drop into place at just the right moment (more on this in my Winter 2003 newsletter on “Creating a Synchronistic Lifestyle“). Within a week, I heard back that he had never been to our area, had some time the very next month and offered to come! Well, as it turned out, there were so many folks interested, that we had to move it to a public place in Baton Rouge to accommodate over 100 people. My mother even came!  Here’s a link to a recent channel that I find comforting about our future. He uses parables often to help communicate, so don’t let the word “sword” scare you. Remember, Archangel Michael is always shown with a sword.

Click Here to Read Channel

On a more frivolous note, I just posted my Autumn Living Well Newsletter on the 2013 Color of the Year and color trends. One of the things I learned from the Kryon books is that each one of us can create miracles and if you focus on your intent and just ask (especially out loud), you can make things happen! My intent (and mission statement) for my line of paints has always been that everyone who comes into contact with them is JOYFUL and BALANCED, whether it’s someone just holding samples, a paint store employee tinting the paint, and of course, the people who live in rooms painted with my paints. I repeatedly get confirmation from clients that my prayers and visualizations are working. Considering I’ve never advertised in the eleven plus years since I started creating them, I know that this is not only my passion but what I’m here to do. Here’s a link to my latest newsletter on the “Color Trends and Color of the Year for 2013″ . Interesting that the driving force behind the newest trend in colors is all about “balance”. I hope you enjoy!

AUTUMN 2012 LIVING WELL

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Local Talent & Local Events

October 3, 2012

It’s been way too long since I’ve posted anything. I must confess, I haven’t been quite myself this Summer as I was attacked by a bulldog in July and it threw me for quite a loop! I was squatting down to look at some paint cans at a client’s camp and their bulldog charged at me from across the porch and both hit and bit me in the face in one hard punch! By the time I got to the hospital, my blood pressure was 200/116. I’ve never had high blood pressure before in my life and the trauma was so shocking, I’m still battling it. Thankfully, my face is healing fairly well and that part of it could have been much worse. I’m still trying to figure out “the lesson” in all of this, but for the life of me, I have no earthly idea! Any thoughts or ideas are most welcome.

On a more pleasant note, my dear friend Beverly Walker, who’s well-known around the St. Francisville-Baton Rouge-New Orleans area for her brilliant and beautiful parties and flowers, has outdone herself once again, by creating one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever seen! I couldn’t resist sharing some of the photos.

The wedding was at the bride’s family home which was designed to look like Live Oak Plantation. 

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I love the tablecloths Beverly used which are made from bleached burlap.

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Beverly even used some of the same bleached burlap to make the grooms’ boutonnieres.

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The Bride’s Bouquet

As you can see, Beverly is our local “Martha Stewart” and is available both locally and she also will travel to create magical parties just about anywhere. She can be reached via her email: rosebank1989@aol.com. (Rosebank is the name of the plantation where she and her family have lived in St. Francisville since 1989 when I first met her.)

On another note, Randy Harelson and New Orleans’ photographer Richard Sexton just came out with a gorgeous and most interesting book, New Roads and Old Rivers, on Pointe Coupee Parish which has already received glowing reviews by Southern Living Magazine. The town of New Roads in Pointe Coupee Parish is just across the beautiful new bridge from St. Francisville and I love making the short trip (now only 15 minutes!) because it has such a totally different landscape and architecture from our English-inspired parish.

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Pointe Coupee is one of the oldest settlements in the Mississippi Valley, dating to the 1720s. French for “a place cut off,” the name refers to the area’s three oxbow lakes, separated from the Mississippi over centuries. A peninsula edged by the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers, Pointe Coupee remains a land rich in Creole heritage, distinct in geographical beauty, and abounding in historic homes and farms. 

If you are thinking about planning a visit to our area, now is the perfect time as fall weather has finally arrived! Winter is also an excellent time if you live in the cold northern climates as temps can easily get up into the seventies during our mild winters. And if you are looking for a unique and private place to stay, Shadetree Inn in St. Francisville has never looked better after sprucing things up for Willem Dafoe, who stayed in our Gardener’s Cottage while filming his new film with Matt Dillon and Tom Berrenger, “Whiskey Bay”. He liked it so much, he brought back his wife for a visit!

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Shadetree Inn‘s Gardener’s Cottage features 13 stained glass windows and sweeping vistas overlooking the 4 acre hilltop in St. Francisville’s historic district. (Above photo is of the living room in the Gardener’s Cottage.)

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Hally-Loo! Power is on and we’re back in business!

August 31, 2012

So thankful to have our power back on after Isaac whirled through here. Well maybe I should say “crawled”! Actually, it wasn’t nearly as bad as expected. We lost power for a couple of days, but before the sun came out, so it wasn’t hot and it was certainly breezy.

I did manage to get my newsletter out which features photos of a newly renovated mountain retreat in Georgia: Summer 2012 Living Well

Since most of the paint stores we fax our formulas to will be closed for Labor Day, we will be, too. However, you can order paint online (http://store.ellenkennon.com), and it will be in your store’s fax machine when they re-open Tuesday morning. Wishing you a happy fun-filled Labor Day weekend!

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New Orleans’ New Restaurant “Annunciation” – Heavenly!

August 8, 2012

I have been anxiously awaiting the opening of Annunciation, a fabulous new restaurant in New Orleans. I mentioned it in my May 19, 2012 blog post “JV Cloud White Gets Around” and was finally able to dine there last week when I was in town. Located at 1016 Annunciation in the Warehouse District, it’s owned by the former chef of Clancy’s and the former general manager of  Tommy’s Cuisine, so not only is the food and service amazing; the decor by Karina Gentinetta is heavenly!

Karina recently used our “JV Cloud White” in her 1st Dibbs NYC showroom and liked it so much, she specified it for every painted surface in the restaurant. The building has loads of charm with old brick and plaster walls, exposed wood ceilings and beautiful arched doors and windows that she wanted to highlight, yet make the overall feeling elegant and classic. Known for being a magician when it comes to working within a tight budget, Karina kept things simple with bentwood chairs and schoolhouse pendent lighting from Home Depot. My dinner companion, Isabel Winsberg, raved the entire time about how wonderful the space felt. But that certainly wasn’t the best part! The food was incredible! As we often do, we shared everything so we could taste a number of things on the menu: Fried Oysters with melted Brie and sautéed Spinach, Eggplant Ste. Marguerite, Crabmeat salad with Creme Fraiche and Choupique Caviar, Crabmeat, Lobster and Shrimp Risotto, Cauliflower au Gratin and for dessert, Butterscotch Budino (an Italian pudding topped with caramel sauce and whipped cream sprinkled with sea salt). Every single item was amazing–a word I couldn’t quit using to describe each course. Oh, and you’d think this might have set us back a bit, but our bill (sans wine) was $83! I can hardly wait to go back and am still dreaming about that dessert!

Annunciation Restaurant on Urbanspoon (click image to the left for contact info, more reviews and menu)

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It’s a Mighty Long Way from Peter Marino Architect to St. Francisville!

June 20, 2012

Last week a video crew from NYC came to St. Francisville to interview one of our newest residents, writer Rod Dreher. Rod just landed a column with the BBC, so they came down to shoot a video of him and the St. Francisville area in conjunction with his first column. I can’t help but reflect on what a different life I am living, compared to my first year in Manhattan where I was honored to work for the great Peter Marino whose projects include some of the most opulent residences in New York.

I didn’t even know who Peter was (a friend suggested I send him my resume’) until I was sitting in his office waiting for an interview. His secretary handed me a copy of the latest House & Garden Magazine with an article about Peter’s project for Christopher Whittle in the Dakota. The first line of the article was ” ‘Peter Marino‘  Marie-Helene de Rothschild was heard to reply when asked by a dinner companion to name the most sought-after architect/interior designer on the international axis.”  The article went on to not only showcase Whittle’s apartment, but talked about all of the custom furnishings. . . upholstery made by a tapissier in Paris, the silk fabric made in Lyon, museum quality antiques. . . Needless to say, I was bowled over!

On my first day, Peter sent another new employee and I to see the Whittle project which was even more stunning in person.

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Whittle’s Edwardian Apartment in the Dakota

I learned more in that one year from this incredibly talented and brilliant man (he was often on the phone speaking Italian, German, French. . . ) than I’ve learned about design in my entire 30 year career. What a surprise it has been to see his personal transformation from this somewhat thin man wearing bow ties, button-down collar shirts and pleated pants, to this muscular black leather-clad powerhouse!

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From Bow-ties to Black Leather, Peter Marino today.

 Here’s a link to the article on Peter that goes with the above photo that appeared in last January’s issue of Architectural Digest that’s now online:  AD: Peter Marino’s Edgy Style

Needless to say, I was exposed to some of the finest interiors in New York and my first project for him was completing the punch list for the new (back in the eighties, mind you) Barney’s women’s store. I spent the first two weeks drooling with mouth agape most of the time. However, as the year went on, I found myself constantly saying how much nicer my clients were down South than the ones I had to work with in Manhattan. So that brings me back to the video that was shot just last week on Rod Dreher and St. Francisville. The opening photo is of the front of Shadetree Inn where we paint samples, pour jars and handle all things related to paint samples and shipping. Kenwood (my former husband, daughter’s Dad and still family) and our dog Rosie are also featured. Be sure to read Rod’s interesting article on the War of 1812!     

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Link to video & article: BBC News: West Florida Republic: The birth of US Imperialism

On another note, my office (where I handle the business part of my company) was featured again on Houzz.com in this article on Dutch beds: houzz=http://www.houzz.com/photos/26699/Loft-Home-Office-Guest-Bedroom-eclectic-home-office-new-orleans

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