The color palette for the New Old Stone House finally came together. I am not kidding you, my heart was beating in my ears when it happened. I had a lightness in my breath. I felt a surge of power. Suddenly – everything flowed. As I drove back to the Country House I turned the music up a little louder. Rumor has it I may have even car danced. I felt – so alive.
I hit on this a few weeks ago, but it’s the act of creating an environment that really does it for me. As I do with every project, I dreamt on the New Old Stone House from each direction until it all flowed from one room to the next. It is going to be one heck of a beautiful place to call home! Now that the palette is nailed down, I feel vibrant and chipper. (I hope this feeling of elation will linger a while longer.)
I like the absence of color in an interior design scheme. It makes every colorful thing you bring into the space even more beautiful. Not only do flowers appear brighter and more vibrant – but so do textiles, accessories and art! At night the lighting feels moodier. It is terrific, truly. *BUT* omgosh, grey is so on-trend right now. I read recently on Veranda.com that “Grey is the new Beige.” I certainly don’t want to jump on the ‘all grey’ bandwagon again this late in the game. There will be some grey at the New Old Stone House, but the entire no-color color palette will not be built around it like it is at the Country House.
I have said this before, but the act of moving onto a new project means I can make different choices than I did five years ago. This is my opportunity to solve new problems and re-imagine our belongings in a different way. Truth be told, it is a scary thing. I can’t help but wonder what if this rendition of ‘our home’ isn’t as successful/comfortable/beautiful as the last? Fact: A little anxiety right now will insure I make the right choices.
Actually, I remember feeling the same way when we sold the Soho loft. Even though we left what most would consider a dreamy City situation, our Connecticut house did not feel like a downgrade – not even in the slightest! With the New Old Stone House it will be no different. This stone cottage is a completely different style from our Modern Farmhouse in Connecticut. It is my chance to go more traditional with our home decor. I LOVE the thought of that!
I have learned a lot about my own personal preferences during our home renovations. With the Country House I had the opportunity to realize what appeals to me when it comes to garden design and the relation of out-buildings to the main house. This is an aspect of design that I never had an opportunity to explore when New York City bound. I love this challenge/process of creating our environment so much. Creating new visual moments = completely satisfying.
I tell you what: for a minute there I was truly angsting over the interior color palette at the New Old Stone House. Truth: I have not been sleeping well for weeks. Somewhere between 3-4am my mind wakes up to put all the puzzle pieces in place. One day it all clicked. I stood in the foyer and looked into the formal living room. I visualized my color choice – it was the exact feel I envisioned from the start.
And don’t worry, I think I figured out how to use a beautiful coral-red with my favorite ‘Chelsea Gray’ in the second bedroom/office upstairs. (More Grey. HA! But gosh, I can’t do a house without CG, can I?) Besides, by going bright white on the dining room walls now, it leaves me open to splash a coat of light salmon on the walls in the future – if I so choose – but I doubt it! I am confident I have made aesthetically pleasing choices for this lovely, quirky stone house of ours.
I got the same feeling when the house colors came together as I did when I was setting up the display for our Winter Solstice Cookie Party. As I set up the tabletop I noticed the turquoise, gold, red and green holiday “sweaters” that I sprinkled onto the Poodle Sugar Cut-Out Cookies were the exact shades of the cake pedestals that I had pulled out to set the tablescape. Suddenly I saw a relationship between the amber hurricane topped with a colorful bulb tree and the colors in the cookies and cake plates, how the brass posy holders filled with red berry branches spoke to the curvy brass candlesticks that were filled with honey colored tapers which circled back by relating to the amber hurricanes.
As I started on the actual act of piling high each plate with cookies, I thought through the placement of every color on the counter top. It was like I was creating a sculpture – perfectly balanced in color, texture, height, light and weight. I am not kidding you, my heart was racing from all the pretty making. In that moment I was so excited for our friends to arrive and to share it with them! And I don’t mean that in a “I can’t wait to show it off” kind of way. It was about working to creating a multi-dimensional, beautiful, interactive, scrumptious environment and then sharing it with those we welcome into our home. It ties together the social experience with satisfying and memorable visual moment for everyone – myself included!Images in this post are my own, watermarked from the magazine they are from: Veranda, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Architectural Digest and Elle Decor. They are also pinned on my Paint it Black, Coral and Salmon Interiors and Old Stone House Pinterest Boards.