Painting Our Dirtiest Door (And A New Favorite Navy)

Since it’s the main entrance for seven very busy (and often very dirty) people, you can only imagine how badly the door in our garage needed to be painted. I’m happy to say the door is now a pretty shade of dark, no-handprint-showing, navy blue.

Navy blue painted door


This is what I’ve looked at every time I’ve come into our house for the last three years:

CH 1(Gross!!)


As if they knew, Colorhouse Paint recently asked if I’d like to try out one of their newest colors from a collection they’ve created exclusively for Rejuvenation (one of my favorite lighting catalogs). The new Mercantile collection is a beautiful palette of soft—but rich–colors:



I had never used Colorhouse paints before but was intrigued for several reasons, including its promise that it has a low odor and no toxic fumes (since most of my projects are done with lots of kids running around). They’re also committed to making sure all of their paints are friendly to the environment:



I knew I wanted a blue and landed on this deep navy pretty quickly:

Colorhouse paint Denim .06


They also make a mold-resistant, multi-purpose primer. (Great for doors that take a lot of daily abuse.)

CH-primer (2)

I used a semi-gloss finish so that it would be easy to wipe off later, and although it’s not intended for exterior use, it should work fine on the garage entry door.

I ended up applying two coats with a brush. I can still see a few brush marks and will probably roll another coat once I paint the other side of the door (the same color). I’ve found that it’s usually easier to start with an angled brush on paneled doors and finish with one rolled coat for a smoother finish.

navy door


And, even a garage entrance deserves a few colorful accessories:


painted door before and after


Navy Blue Door


Thanks to Colorhouse Paint for sponsoring this post.

Working With: A Corner Fireplace

I’ll start this post by saying I’ve never had to decorate a room with a corner fireplace, but based on my experience with floor plans, I can only imagine that it’s tricky. Fireplaces are usually thought of as the natural focal point of a room that everything else has to be positioned around. But, if it’s in the corner, I think it automatically loses it’s position as king (or queen) of the room.

Corner Fireplace Decorating Tipsimage: Better Homes & Gardens


Here are a few thoughts/ideas if a corner fireplace has you stumped with what to do with the rest of your space:

corner-fireplace-focal-pointimage: Farinelli Construction Inc via Houzz

Using a larger piece of furniture—or even art—on another wall not only creates balance but takes some of the pressure off of the fireplace having to be the main attraction. You could do this with bookshelves, an armoire or even a large mirror (see first photo in the post).


corner-fireplace-seatingimage: Staples Design Group via Houzz

(Btw, it doesn’t bother me to mostly block the fireplace if you don’t use it on a regular basis.)

Another great example of this:

Nester-fireplaceThe Nesting Place



corner-fireplace-textureimage: Elizabeth Metcalfe Interiors & Design Inc. via Houzz

I like the look of a corner fireplace having a different texture than the rest of the room. Wood, stone or even bead board (depending on your style) are good options. Or, you could go with something less permanent like grasscloth wallpaper—or even paint.



And, finally, if you have one of those corner shelves above your fireplace that can be oh-so-awkward to decorate, here’s one of my favorite solutions via Shannon’s blog.

corner-mantel-fill-inimage: Shannon Berrey Design

(I wrote about this and some other tricky fireplace solutions here.)


Have other design dilemmas you’d like to see me blog about? Leave a comment letting me know what has you stumped.

Last-Minute Sharpie Art & Styling Our Nightstands

accessorizing nightstands


What do you do when you have a photographer coming to take pictures of your house the next day for a feature you’ve known about for over a month? You quickly clean all of the stuff that belongs to anyone under the age of five off of your nightstands, pretty them up a little bit and very quickly make some art for the bare spot on the wall that’s been bugging you for months.  Or, maybe that’s just me. . .

master bedroom


nightstand styling


succulents on nightstand

(Succulent stems from Hobby Lobby and a surprisingly good-looking aloe plant from Ross. Is it bad to use fake plants on your nightstand? I don’t think so. My motto is “fake is better than dead.”)



My husband’s table got a little sprucing up, too, but with less fluff:

bedside table


Of all the things that Pottery Barn is trying to show me in their latest catalog, this simple little black and white circle drawing propped on a mantel keeps grabbing my attention. So, I grabbed a black fine/chisel Sharpie and started drawing circles (well, ovals if you want to be precise).

Sharpie art


I also used my trick of taping around the edges to give it a cleaner look:

DIY art


easy abstract art


master bedroom art