26 posts categorized "weblogs"

April 19, 2010

Find Expert Design Professionals From Benjamin Moore

For all of you looking for a design professional who knows how to make a design project a success, listen up!  Today Benjamin Moore is launching The Experts Exchange.  It  gets you connected with designers, architects, color professionals, and contractors who can help inspire you to create your dream home.


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Experts like  Darryl Carter, Jamie Drake, Brian Gluckstein, Jeff Hester, Celerie Kemble, Amy Lau, Ralph Rossi, and Vladimir Topouzanov are sharing their design testimonials here. 

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By simply becoming a Benjamin Moore Fan, you'll have access to an extended group of design professionals and their portfolios. 

Explore the Benjamin Moore Experts Exchange to get great design and color ideas, find out more about each professional, and even participate in Q&A forums with both professionals and other design-minded people like you!  P.S.  Full disclosure, here-- I'm beyond excited to be one of the design professionals you'll see in the Experts Exchange.  Tell your best friend, tell your co-workers, tell anyone who needs a dose of design in their day and I'll see you there!

April 12, 2010

Share Your Spring Makeover Ideas

Spring is in full swing and it's time for each of us to figure out which decorating projects to start.  It has to be quick, simple, colorful (of course), and brilliant!  

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House Beautiful gives fun fresh tips like this one from Raymond Waites:  "Have a party where every guest is asked to bring a plant of one color-- say, purple-- for an instant garden with a little story of friendship behind each plant."  The colorful memories live on long after your party!

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Find these personalized sheets complete with a touch of color from Pottery Barn here. 

Stylecaster's Nina Freudenberger suggests using crisp white sheets to "Keep your bedroom serene".  She says it will "freshen up the entire look.  Simple accent colors are great-- choose a simple piping or border, rather than an all-over pattern.

I've got a few ideas to share later this week, but first, what spring decorating or makeover ideas do you have in store to bring spring into your home?

February 23, 2010

The Best Painting Project Begins With...

What does it take to keep the "pain" out of painting?  

It's really just all about planning ahead, being mindful of your goals, and having some fun! 

Sam Gaines is a very enthusiastic reporter I spoke with about about paint and how to get a project off the ground successfully.  I comfortably let my inner Paint Geek loose for these articles.  Take a look and how to pick paint and how to have a great painting day, too. 

From Flat to Gloss, Oil to Latex-- Everything you need to know about paint

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Painting Project Success--Get the results you're after with these painting prep essentials


January 20, 2010

The Paint Gurus

While I live by color and design, some others live by open time and spatter resistance.  Whether you're using your right brain or your left, Benjamin Moore's got your back. 

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My technical counterparts at Benjamin Moore, Mike Branch, Don Gordy, Mike Mundwiller, and Kevin Policay are four people who have some serious coating application know-how.  Well, in other words, they know and love everything about paint.   

They're bringing you all their expertise with a new blog, Paint Gurus.  These guys can answer any and every question you can come up with about paint.  Go ahead, try them!

You know you're a paintophile if you've ever found yourself wondering...

How do they paint observatories in Hawaii

What is the cause of 99% of all paint job problems? 

Does "green" paint matter?

Even if you've never pondered these points, check out the Paint Gurus for some great stories and advice.  The technical story behind paint is as important as the color you choose.  You can make smart decisions when you know a.)  What kind of paint to use on a garage floor, b.)  What finish will work best in a bathroom, and c.)  How you can clean spaghetti off a painted kitchen wall. 

Answers: a.)  Waterborne Polyamide Epoxy P42 in a variety of colors  b.) Flat or Satin.  Aura Bath and spa or Benjamin Moore's Kitchen & Bath allow you to have sophisticated lower sheen walls that still resist moisture and mildew  c.)  If you've used a good quality paint like the ones from Benjamin Moore, that greasy mess should wipe off well with a sponge, a little water, and a bit of laughter, leaving you time to figure out who started the food fight.  

January 19, 2010

Ten Giveaway Winners


Thanks again to all of you who have read along over the last two weeks of ten!  Remember that you can come back to ten anytime and feel free to share your favorite posts with your friends, too!

Here Are All Our Winners From Our Trivia Q&A For All Ten Posts

Have Fun with Interior Design Hall of Fame Inductee, Jamie Drake:   

Ellen won the book Gracie Mansion, autographed by Jamie.

Learn From the Past with International Antiques Expert, Judith Miller:    

Virginia won Judith's two books, Chairs and Miller's 20th Century Design

Get Organized with Pottery Barn Creative Director, Clay Ide: 

Katherine won $150 gift certificate to Pottery Barn

Improve Your Relationship with Celebrity Interior Designer, Kenneth Brown:

Cindi won Kenneth Brown Signature King Size Embroidered Sheets from his sold out QVC collection.

Exercise More with Fitness Trainer to The Stars, Ramona Braganza

Cindi won Ramona's 321 Baby Bulge Be Gone Fitness DVD and Andy won Ramona's Hot Hollywood Body, Level 1 Fitness DVD.

Be More Green and Save Green with Award Winning Production Designer, Kelly Van Patter:  

Cindi won a BlueQ 95% Recycled Shopping Tote and the book by our friends at www.treehuggers.com, Ready Set Green:  Eight Weeks to Modern Green Living

Learn More with Color Expert and Forecaster, Kate Smith

Melissa won the on-demand class, Color Confidence:  The Crash Course.

Spend More Time with Family and Friends with Entertaining Guru, Jenn Sbranti:  

Debbie won a Signature Cocktail Set that includes Wendy Sweetster's book, 500 Cocktails, 8 cocktail glasses, and mojito mix. .

Expand Your Horizons with Wine Educator and Consultant, Michael Green:

Ciarah won Living With Wine by Samantha Nestor and 2 tickets to Michael's Wine Down Events.

Give Back to Your Community in Your Own Way

Arlene won $100 from Kathy and me for her charity of choice, ShelterBox.  This gift becomes $150 because Benjamin Moore will match my portion of the donation. 

A gift of $500 from Benjamin Moore is awarded to DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS), who received the most number of votes in this category.

The ongoing Gift to everyone is the invaluable information we've gathered through ten from an amazing cadre of experts.  Color and Design are a part of everything in life and simply make it more beautiful.  Thanks to all our design experts for sharing their knowledge and thanks to all of you for joining us on the journey and keep reading along to see what comes next!