The Details :: Moldings & Millwork

It was one of those weeks…I broke my iPhone, our cleaning lady shattered my favorite mirror (that was part of a wall grouping perfected over the years), Mr. B. and the Fashionista baked cookies (I’m trying to get in a pair of jeans from last year, and count the cookies as a very bad thing), and George Clooney got married (even if you don’t think you care lets face it you do). Luckily it’s Monday, and I like to think I’m starting off with a clean slate. So let’s go back to last week, I had a company ask to photograph one room in our home, using some of their products (which are drop dead & fabulous) causing a chain reaction of panic. Because, it’s not finished yet. The room functions as everything except it’s intended purpose which is a guest room. So yesterday I sat on the bed (okay laid on it and took a nap), and contemplated what I could do to make it just a little better. For one thing, I dislike white crown molding, but we have it throughout the house. It’s a safe choice, but in a year of living dangerously, I want something with more impact. When I was working with clients, I had a lot of fun with mouldings. Sometimes I had them painted the same color as the walls (even if they were Indigo Blue and I still dream about that particular room), once had them painted with a Chevron pattern for a young girls room, and on another occasion had the mouldings gilded to match one of the predominant colors in the wallpaper. So then I wondered, what to do with the stark white molding in the guest room? Who came up with the rule that moldings always had to be white? Because in my design book, they don’t. Well I still haven’t decided what to do as dawn breaks on Monday, but while I was sitting on the deck at Casa B. yesterday watching geese land on Greens Pond, I looked at all the possibilities on my iPad Mini (what’s a new iPhone without a coordinating iPad?). In fact, I was shamed into the purchase when the salesperson loudly announced that I had one of the first ones ever made, and made a snarky comment about whether or not it was internet compatible. So I bought a new one, and I’ll say it’s pretty cute with a sassy pink and coral cover.

While I was surfing the net with my new Mini, I didn’t quite find what I was looking for, but I did find enough proof to show Mr. B. that people (other than me) actually paint their crown mouldings a different color, and that it wasn’t another of my schemes to pull him away from the TV and football. Yes, unless a large section of the population does it, he won’t budge. I am sadly lacking in the DIY department, including painting anything, so I am sadly at his mercy. I thought I would share some pictures that I thought were great examples on how to make your crown mouldings just a little more interesting..






Paint it all with the same hue of paint, and change it up with different sheen’s, it makes for a bold choice.


 Designer/ Phoebe Howard

I am positively obsessed with black mouldings, and Atlanta’s own Phoebe Howard does it so well.


Designer/ Kelly Werstler

Contrasting patterns all made cohesive by using similar colour tones. Of course, black crown mouldings…


An eclectic interior benefits from contrasting mouldings…



I love blue, can you tell? The crown moulding in this boy’s uses a contrasting blue crown moulding to actuate the colour palette.



This hallway is defined by black lines, and the black crown moulding gives the illusion of  lower ceilings serving to make this space a little less austere.

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Source: Luxe Magazine

A little grey, a little glam…


 Designer/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

From a dining room I did for a former client…the wallpaper is from, and is called Celestial Dragon. The mouldings were handpainted a gilt finish.  The client was all about high drama…

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The Comeback Kid Series:: Olive Green & Orange (Together Again)…

Well, if you read my last post then you know that we were having a design battle with Polka Dots, and after living with them (THE DOTS) on my daughter’s bed for two days, she decided they had to go. Well…they now reside in a closet, and neither Mr. B. or myself have shed a tear. In fact, it took all my self-control not to do “the happy dance” on the street in front of our house. So now that we have solved another design dilemma, we are on to the next. Because as most battles go there is always going to be another, and our house is no exception. Yes, we took it to a tile and stone showroom. Why? Because we are totally gutting our master-bath in the next month. So when Mr. B. came home early one day (this never happens) and surprised me with “Hey, you want to go and pick out tile?” I knew that another battle Royale on the design horizon. I’ll save that entire story for next week including the ending because it deserves its own post. Plus, I have been dying to showcase all the gorgeous products that Kohler gave us including a custom designed dual vanity (that is simply jaw-droppingly gorgeous).

The design saga continues next week. So what is the subject of this weeks “Comeback Kid?” It’s a color, or two. Yes, a resurgence of the 60′s inspired color scheme, “olive green & orange.” A totally hip throwback to an era where we saw the world of June Cleaver morph into the Brady Bunch complete with short skirts and go-go boots. Where the Beatle’s were the shaggy-haired cause of teenage angst, proportions the world had not yet seen…Yes, it was an era of free love, box-shaped box-shaped PVC dresses and an emergence of unexpected color pairings. One of which is olive green and orange. It’s cool or hip, classic, or mid-century modern, and I think we are going to see more of this “Comeback” trend in 2015. Of course, one of my favorites is from my go-to paint company. I think I’d like this palette with Martini Olive “shaken and not stirred.”



One of my favorite color pairings is from Benjamin Moore, as accent walls or pillows…


 via retco renovation

Orange leather, and green velvet…a brilliant combo. With the charcoal walls it all works so well together. What makes it successful besides the designer behind it? It’s the fact that they found a fabric that ties it all in together…


 If anyone knows the photo credit to this room or the designer please let me know. I rarely include photos without either, but it truly defines 60′s design with a more current twist. Complete with a green and orange color scheme.



This first thing I noticed were the twin chinoserie tables, of course the second was the green chairs. This room design gives new meaning to “traditional with a twist.”


Designer/ Ann Lowengart

Now this makes me fall in love with green & orange. This designer added just the right amount of contrast with orange artwork…and who doesn’t love a little leopard? As my readers are my witness, this talent is going to be the subject of  “The Ace Around Town.” I just haven’t asked yet…


Designer/ Ann Lowengart

Pattern in scrumptious layer upon layer. Then throw in a little green and orange and POP!


via BH&G

This vibrant green wallpaper makes a large impact in a small space…add a little orange punch and you have a successful pairing.



This looks like a study in art instead of an actual home. It takes olive green and orange to another sophisticated level. I love the curated feel of these spaces (they actually looked lived in).

I hope you are inspired to get out of neutral and fast forward to color. Starting today we are now posting five days a week, and we’ll be back this week with the wildly successful series “The Ace Around Town-Southern Tastemakers.” Next up is Julie Couch, and you won’t want to miss it.

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 Until tomorrow (I can finally say that)…



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The Comeback Kid Series: Venetian Marble

I’m just days away from renovating our Master-bath, it’s a total gut of a builder grade space. Some re-configuring, tearing down and overall general construction mayhem. Before my blog became a full-time job, I was a designer, and I suppose that’s a hat I’ll never take off. So when the P/R firm for Kohler- (shout out to Josh, Kate & Lauren) contacted me and asked if I would be interested in what has turned out to be a whole master-bath renovation, I jumped at the chance. I think I would have gutted any bath in my house for Kohler. The products are going to be from their luxury bath line, including a custom designed dual vanity, sinks, toilets, faucets, and shower assemblies. The cabinet was delivered this week, and quite frankly it is positively stunning.  We regretfully had to decline a tub. It would have required a crane, and Mr. B. had a hard time putting his game face on for that design adventure. I was totally on board, seriously it’s not as if we live in a suburban high-rise.

There are two things that I am struggling with before I drop the hammer. One is wallpaper in the half-bath, and the other is the tile. You have to really love it right? I have narrowed it to several options, and I think I’m just going to sleep on it over the weekend. The wallpaper in the half-bath is definitely going to be a Venetian Marble pattern. Did you think that was a trend of the past? Well…it came back, and has been hot, hot, HOT in design. Which is why it’s this week’s “Comeback Kid.”

The fine art of Venetian marbled paper has been around for centuries, and in the past it was mostly seen on the book bindings of high-end, antique or vintage books. Fast forward to 2014, and I am still enamored with this unrestrained family of patterns (outside of the bindings found on my treasured collection of 19th century tomes inherited from my grandfather). The swirling motifs have been updated and modernized across the design board, and the motifs can be bold or subtle. An adventurer at heart, I lean more toward the bold and my better half the opposite. What is the saying “go bold or go home?” or go “bold in your home?” I’ll go with the latter. Thankfully, this pattern has reached a point of mass appeal and you’ll soon see why, but the patterns are not for the faint of heart which really makes them the perfect choice for an accent wall or in a small space.

Here are some of the options that I am considering for our half-bath. I have an idea of which one will make the cut…but I’m going to have to keep it a secret (for now)…



An interesting (if not stunning) take on a centuries old technique…



From the Martyn Lawrence Bullard collection…this paper has my mind swirling with possibilities.


 via Nicki Clendening

The perfect example of the impact this stylized pattern can make in a small space. I am positively obsessed with this wallpaper…



Metallic’s are hot this year, and this paper is no exception…


 Fabric by Iera Mazeikaite

This pattern is so reminiscent of Venetian marble, and would be perfect as a window shade…



This paper is fluid and sophisticated…


via West Elm

This pattern is a gutsy choice. The wall tiles can be placed in any direction…

I hope you are inspired to make bold choices….

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