Posts Tagged ‘Blue Hubbard’

Paint Colors



Rooms with white walls and black mantle

Image Interior Design by Ashley Putnam

I love this room.  I love the colors and textures so much that it wasn’t until my third or fouth viewing that I even noticed that modern Christina over the mantle.  And I loved her so much I had to contact the woman who made her, the talented Lucy Kirkman, and beg her to make me a print.

Which she did.  How nice was that? (Now you can get one too).

You see, my aunt had a framed copy of the original over her couch and I used to just get lost looking at it.  I was so curious about the girl and whether she wanted to get back to the farm or had run so hard to escape it that she’d fallen, panting, in the waving grass.  I loved the scary sense of possibility it gave me, like I could be untethered from the life I knew at any moment just by wandering a ways away.   I get the same chills from Christina in Void.

But we were talking about color.  We’re moving in a few weeks and as much as I’d love to paint my walls a soft white or pale neutral like those above, our new apartment has zero architectural charm.  It needs color.


BLack walls and leather chesterfield sofa

Image: Chicago Home

Matte black walls look elegant with bright white trim, warm wood and leather.



Lamplight, books and brown velvet warm a cool blue.



An all-time favorite palette, courtesy of the inspiring color blog Creature Comforts.

Yesterday I brought home samples I may have chosen more for their names than colors: Pearlware, Wishbone, Heavy Goose, Grisailles, Stout, Black Truffle, Intaglio, Pudding Mold and Bitume, which sounds romantic but means asphalt. They are all from the discontinued Martha Stewart line that produced our current living room color, Blue Hubbard.  I talked about that color here.  Though Angus was taken aback when he first walked in, he is now committed to Blue Hubbard and wants to repeat it in our new place.  But I want to play around a bit first.

So tell me, what colors did you paint your walls?


P.S. All these images are one I’ve collected on Pinterest.  Are you pinning?  It’s an amazing tool for curating your own personal library of likes. Request an invite here.


In the Kitchen


We spend a lot of time in kitchens.  Not surprising then that we try to make ours as pleasant a place as any in our homes.

Here’s what keeps me happy in my kitchen.

This good-looking radio has great sound.  I usually cook to talk radio.  Or plug in my iPod for classical music or— if Angus is out— French pop! M. Sarkozy and Charlotte Gainsbourg are faves.

My kitchen walls are painted Blue Hubbard, a calm and happy Martha Blue from the now-discontinued Sherwin Williams line.  It’s close to her new Araucana Turquoise.  I think of it as the perfect robin’s egg and it looks clean and cheerful against our blonde cabinets.

Stylish lamps makes the kitchen feel less utilitarian and more like an extension of your living space.  I keep a similar one on my breakfast bar.

A full French press is the best kitchen companion.  I’ll upgrade to this gorgeous gold version when it becomes available.

An inexpensive luxury given that it lasts forever and whips dense foam clouds every time.  I love my Bodum frother.

Half glass bookends keep favorite cookbooks close.  Mine do not house goldfish.

Bright tulips are a much happier sight to see.

After this weekend’s trip to Artisanal LA, I’ll add a Woolly Pocket herb garden to the mix.

What happy bits are in your kitchen?