A LITTLE GARDEN SPOT
Having a spot outside to call your own is essential for your sanity
I kid you not
A little oasis in a shady spot,
a quiet spot to read
to take in nature
is good for the soul
and if you have a spot you can enjoy in the cool of the night
while the crickets chirp
and the stars twinkle overhead
its even better
on a cool night
nothing warms like an outdoor fireplace
Whenever possible add the sound of water
the crunch of gravel
make your seating as comfy as possible
and then sit back and enjoy...
QUESTION FROM A READER:
I love your blog and great suggestions and ideas.. I was hoping to ask your quick opinion. I did a recent renovation and renovated a new kitchen and added a dining and livingroom area. So its an L Shaped area. At the time I should have used a kitchen decorator but went with my contractors suggestions): I didn't realize I could have custom painted. So it was either bright white or this antique white cabinet. I went with the antique white and soapstone counter tops and this gray tumbled marble.
I actually really like the vibe of your new kitchen. You can switch out the pewter for chrome, it will give it a little reflective quality, but I don't think it will solve your dilemma. I think the soapstone is beautiful. The only discordant part is the cool gray marble against the warm gray walls and the cream toned cabinets, as you said. I agree that needs to be fixed. I don't know how the flow of these 3 rooms works, if there is a stopping off point in the kitchen or if you would have to paint all three rooms again. If you can paint just the kitchen, it is probably the most economical way to go. Find a cooler medium gray for the wall that goes with the Carrera marble (try Hushed Hue by Benjamin Moore). Your current wall color is one of my favorites: Revere Pewter is one of the most loved of Benjamin Moore colors - and it has a wonderful warm undertone - but its not really blending with the cool backsplash. The cabinets are creamy warm, so they are not really blending with the gray backsplash either...
So, if paint isn't feasible - plan be is to change the backsplash. A creamy subway tile or a subway cut
stone, like a beige honed Travertine, tumbled Crema Marfil (a marble without the gray veining),
Fiorito Beige (marble) or beige Limestone will blend better with the cabinets. Take some samples home, or a cabinet sample with you when you shop for the material. Here are some examples of those materials.
Calcutta Gold Marble
Fiorito Beige marble