Orange. Stop Two on the Rainbow.


The Power Color.  Orange is joyous and thought to stimulate creativity.  For me ... it is just a happy color.  Bringing orange into a room makes it bright and cheerful.  This Master Bedroom, from my Peckham Hill project, is the perfect example of bringing in a strong color but not feeling garish because it is balanced by moody dark tones.  So rather than screaming ORANGE ... it whispers ... oh, come sit here and be happy!


This bedroom cocoons you with its' moody walls, and the orange brings in the light making it cheerful by day and cozy, warm by night.


Another one of my favorite projects Pleasant Street, features this fun boys bath.  The orange color scheme along with the turtles make it fun for a boy, but also grown up enough for a guest bath when needed.


Orange might be my absolute favorite color.  I can wear it, live in it and look at it unendingly!  One of my very first "real" projects, almost 10 years ago, was this one from Wyndstone Way where orange takes center stage!

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Orange is powerful and happy!  Next time you need a little refresh ... think Orange!!  And just remember it truly is ... all in the MIX!


Bloggers Heart Habitat.

"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."

Matthew 7:7

And it works both ways.  A family in need of a Fresh Start was given a home by Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Connecticut.  And a group of thankful bloggers and DIY'ers were looking for a meaningful way to Give Back.  A Match made in Heaven!

Lisa from Shine Your Light reached out to me to see if I would like to partner with her to make a living room feel like home for the new occupants before Christmas.  YES!

Let me introduce you to Charlotte of Ciburbanity, the mastermind behind Bloggers Heart Habitat. "A way for DIY bloggers to partner with local Habitat branches to create beautiful spaces ... on a dime.  Working with the homeowners, bloggers collaborate to help transform a newly built or re-furbished house into a warm home."

A little peek into Charlotte and Jillian's dining room ...

Lisa's and my goal was to take our unfinished space, the living room, and create a cozy place  for our homeowner, Jessica, and her children.  Jessica had a desire to bring some purple into her life and we were thrilled to help a girl out!  

We had a wonderful donation of a sofa and loveseat and I had a rug (I might have had on hand due to some mad hoarding skills :) that pulled the gold of the sofa and the purple together.  Kismet!

HomeTalk a wonderful DIY site donated $3000.00 for two houses, break that down and it ended up being $750.00 per room.  Truly wonderful ... but as you can imagine donations were a necessity! And DIY and shopping skills to find the deals! 

Lisa donated the coffee table and believe it or not, the two end tables I found on the side of the road.  (In fairness, I have to thank my husband Don ... I had my head in my phone looking at IG and he pointed them out!  Well trained Man!!) People give a way the nicest things!!  Lisa used her painting skills turning them white with a distressed look to keep the whole room feeling warm.

Lisa created the art by using a photo with WaterLogue ... she will be sharing details on this!

Very Thankful to these other ladies that shared their time and talents!  Please pop over to see what they did to give back!

Working with me on Jessica's house:

Lisa from Shine Your Light

Jillian from I Am A Homemaker

Charlotte from Ciburbanity

Shea's house:

Michelle from Weekend Craft

Lauren from Lauren McBride

Carli from Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Robin from A Home to Grow Old In

Kristen from A Thrifter in Disguise

Thankful for our Living Room Donations:

 HomeTalk for $750.00 much needed cash!

Charlotte found us the Sofa and LoveSeat!

Home Depot donated the Christmas Tree!

Fabric Place Basement donated fabric for the purple pillows!

Lisa and I tried to fill in with things we had accumulated from other projects and some of our well honed shopping skills! 

Looking forward to 2017 and bringing Bloggers Heart Habitat to Massachusetts!