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Ready for Spring!

February 9, 2015

It looks and feels like Spring here in Louisiana, yet I hear it’s snowing up East and pouring rain out West. In any event, I’m able to sit outdoors in the sunshine today as I write this blog post. I’m so thankful for the sunny days we’ve had as I have been busy reformulating all of my colors into PPG’s Pure Performance product and it helps to have good light. In my last Living Well newsletter, I mentioned that Pittsburgh Paints bought out the company who has been manufacturing the paint products I use, and are replacing the Lifemaster product with their Pure Performance product (both VOC-Free). They tell me it’s an even better product than the Lifemaster which has been my best seller. I especially like that the PPG pigments are also VOC-free and there are so many more of them! Here are the new labels that we’ll soon be seeing:

New Labels: Manor Hall is available in  both interior and exterior products. Diamond 350 is the exact same top of the line product we have been selling for 15 years (formerly called "Dulux Ultra"). All new pigments are VOC-free!

New Labels: Manor Hall is available in both interior and exterior products. Diamond 350 is the exact same top of the line product we have been selling for 15 years (formerly called “Dulux Ultra”). All new pigments are VOC-free!

I have been using the Manor Hall product on some local projects. Although a little more expensive, it has a primer & stain repellent in the paint, so the price evens out. I’m slowly adding the colors that are available on our online shopping page.

Did you know I also sell the Hunt Slonem fabrics and wallpapers that just came out? I’m especially crazy about the wallpaper and just used it in a local project featured in my newsletter:

HutchWeb

“Hutch” wallpaper in the color “Pink” is taken from artist Hunt Slonem’s famous bunny paintings. There are many other background colors to choose from. It is made by Groundworks for Lee Jofa and arrived just a few days after we ordered it!

All patterns come in a wide variety of colors and at $496 for a double roll (5 yards x 24″ wide per roll), the cost for a bathroom is far less than a bunny painting! Here are the other two patterns:

"Bunny Wall" on left and "Finches" on the right

“Bunny Wall” on left and “Finches” on the right.

By the way, did you see the December/January House Beautiful magazine? I’m thrilled to be featured in an 8-page article as Hunt Slonem’s “color specialist”!

I finished a couple of decorating projects just in time for Christmas. One was a kitchen remodel for Ashley and James Fox-Smith of Country Roads Magazine who live in a wonderful old farmhouse. I previously helped them renovate & decorate their living and dining rooms, featured in my Spring 2012 newsletter, and most recently, their very outdated kitchen. When I first moved to St. Francisville 25 years ago, the kitchen was part of Country Roads Magazine’s office!

FS Kit Live Oak

The sink window was centered to overlook the huge live oak. The rest of the kitchen was as dark as the ceiling, pretty much the only surface that we kept. Cabinets & millwork were painted “Snow” with “Sky” inside of cabinets.

FS Kit overview

Walls were painted “Classic Cream”. Wainscoating and millwork is “Snow”.

FS Kit Sink wall

The island was painted in custom color “Fox-Smith Blue” to coordinate with the backsplash tiles (Walker Zanger “Blue Danube”). Countertops are soapstone.

The other project I mentioned finishing before Christmas was featured in my last newsletter and features an addition to an original A. Hayes Town house built in 1963: Living Well Autumn/Winter 2015.

Last but not least, here’s a new project I’ve been working on that should be ready to open this March in Baton Rouge at Circa 1857. It’s an old mechanic’s shop that I was asked to help turn into a “sacred space” for America’s Wetlands advisor Sidney Coffee. Not an easy task but we’re getting there!

Guru

The Guru (note the name change since my last post) will be an event venue available for rent starting March 1st in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

fountain

The first thing you see when you enter is this huge Buddha fountain which is already helping the place feel very Zen!

Speaking of Zen, I wrote about Sidney’s Zen House in my March 23, 2011 blog post “Spring Full Moon at Sidney’s Zen House”.

If you’ve stayed with me through this long post and are ready to order paint, you’re in luck! I’m having a sale! Enter “blog sale” in the coupon box at check out and you’ll receive a 10% discount: Order paint on Sale

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