Simple Girls Room in Queen Anne Pink

This post is a short tour of my older girls bedroom. I just painted it Queen Anne Pink and rearranged things.

The room is simple, not the children.

As soon as I heard the name of this paint color, I had to have it. The actual color, a warm and soft coral pink, was just a bonus. It’s a Benjamin Moore historical collection color. They always have a touch of black to keep the color from looking too crazy.

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Embracing Late Summer

I am ready for fall. My garden has self destructed while I was gone, so overtaken by weeds I don’t know if it will recover. We are tired of swimming. It’s too hot grill, too hot to cook, and my hair looks terrible.

But this morning it was pleasantly cool for the first time in ages and now I am craving pumpkin beer, mums, cider,and chunky sweaters.

Alas, just because I’m ready for fall doesn’t mean that it is fall. Buying things will not change the season (or much else).

And yet, late summer is different from midsummer, and it is time to switch things up, just a bit.

After thinking about this for an excessively long period of time, I’ve made a few seasonal changes you can do now, in between watermelon days and pumpkin days.

Let the outdoors, not Hobby Lobby, be your guide.

1. Seasonal Fruit

Pumpkins, no. Apples, pears, plums, nectarines, yes. Would lovely if you have a handmade bowl or pretty basket.  Honeycrisp apples are in season again, making me wonder why anyone buys any other kind.


Blackberries and raspberries tend to give a second crop this time of year too.  (Supposedly.  Mine haven’t.)

2. Different Flowers

Sunflowers are perfect this time of year, especially the classic orangey-yellow ones.  These are pro-cut orange, my favorites.


And some green, yellow, and coral zinnias.  I’m sending the pink ones to the kids rooms.


3. Greenery

If you don’t have cut flowers in the garden, it is nice to bring in green branches or herbs.  They look very appropriate right now. Not so flashy.  I think some weeds actually look really nice too.  Honestly.  It’s no different than ornamental grasses, really.



4.  A Color Scheme Tweak

It feels nice to go back to neutrals this time of year.  I have olive green velvet pillow covers I made last year, but we’re not quite ready for those.  So I pulled out these beige ones I made long ago.


5. Seasonal Recipes

Corn on the cob has lost its magic, but there are tons of yummy recipes to use up corn. It is a good time for canning, since it is a touch cooler and fresh tomatoes are getting on your nerves.  Pies and cobblers would be perfect this time of year if you have the energy.

And that is pretty much all I can think of.  Pumpkins and mums are definitely more glamorous, and I am still looking forward to them.  But I think they will be all the more enjoyable in October.


Have a good weekend!

My Woodlawn Blue Dining Room

I am finally done obsessing over this project.  I did all the painting myself and am very tired.  I am going to share too many pictures and then never mention it again!

When I was looking for a color for this room, I knew I didn’t want a neutral because I have those everywhere else in my house.  I wanted the house to feel cohesive, so I copied a color scheme I saw in this blog post.  I had plenty of brown and beige, and decided to add navy blue, colonial blue, and burgundy to give the house some life.  I thought burgundy would be too intense, and navy too dark, so colonial blue was what I chose to paint this room.

What is colonial blue you ask?  I don’t know.  But Woodlawn Blue was pretty, not too crazy looking, and had a colonial name.  Good enough for me!  (I am making this choice sound very casual but it was, shall we say….not.)

Woodlawn Blue is one of Benjamin Moore’s historical colors, which all seem to be a little bit gray to keep them from looking overly modern.  (Which, as it turns out is not really accurate, as 18th century paint colors were actually very vibrant.  Anyway.)  As an avowed color-fearer, something with a little gray was what I wanted.

This room faces northeast and northwest, so it gets light early in the morning and late in the afternoon in the summer.  In winter it gets some afternoon light but is mostly shadowed.   Woodlawn Blue looks like a pretty, calm blue gray when there is no direct light:


When there is direct sun, it warms up the color to more of a blue-green, and the gray seems to disappear:



The white I chose for the bottom half is Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace, one their whitest whites, with no gray.  I would typically go for a warmer white, but I wanted something that would brighten up the gloom of this room and not look dull or dirty in the shadows.  And Chantilly Lace is obviously a beautiful name and must be obeyed.  It doesn’t match my existing trim at all.  I will repaint that trim when I work up the energy, probably when the garden is done.


In the background is a throw pillow I made this spring (three of them in total), and it matches!  As does the ocean painting above the bench.  Color scheme success.

Now it needs some burgundy.  I ordered this block print tablecloth
which should arrive next week.  Will it look right?  I think so.  Was it way too expensive for a house with three kids, one of whom eats hot sauce on everything? Perhaps.

I have some burgundy flowers timed to bloom shortly as well.  (The sunflowers here are called Procut Plum, so are not quite right.)

And now I promise not to talk about paint colors until 2019.

UPDATE: with the new tablecloth:

I love the tablecloth in here.  The burgundy block print keeps the room from looking too beauty, which I feared. And I still love the paint color!