Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sharing Paint Colors and More

Remember our new place in Maine? I'm thrilled to say we'll be moving furniture up very soon :)

If you are a new reader, first of all, welcome, and please allow me to catch you up to speed. After an extensive search for a vacation home, Tom and I finally found - thanks to realtor Karen Koos of Saltmeadow Properties - a historic gem in Castine, Maine. Maintenance had unfortunately lapsed on our 1804 home. The last few years were unkind and especially harsh - much TLC was needed. Well, it's been just over four months since closing, and the house already looks much better thanks to an amazing team.

Before I show the work of these talented craftsmen, I'd like to share a special book I received from the worldly Timothy Corrigan via a giveaway hosted by Jennifer of The Pink Pagoda. Many thanks to Timothy and Jennifer!

An Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Luce is an exclusive and personal tour of designer Timothy's magnificent chateau in the Loire Valley of France. Marvel at the grand architecture and the best-of-the-best in custom furniture, period antiques and important art. Here's my signed copy at our shop:

BTW, are you familiar with The Pink Pagoda's online store featuring stylish prints, original art and gracious home accessories? Don't miss the lovely collection of Chinoiserie blue-and-white pieces. My favorites are the ginger jars.

Now let's check out the progress at Castine.
ABOVE: All the walls and trim in this guestroom were in desperate need of a good scrubbing and fresh coat of paint. Even the pine floors looked a bit yellowy.
Newly painted! I chose Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray for the walls - a soothing mid-tone gray. The trim is Benjamin Moore 75% White Dove in satin impervo low lustre.
Floor is a custom color with a glossy sheen. Our wonderful and meticulous painter, Dan Bergin, applied the paint with a roller and, then immediately, brushed it out so we wouldn't have that roller texture. Dan and his crew at Bergin Painting did an incredible job throughout the house. Have you ever painted a 210 year old house? It's no easy task. Tom and I couldn't be more pleased with the awesome work by Dan and his team!
Here is another bedroom with the same color scheme. Wickham Gray looks historic yet fresh and relevant. Its neutral spirit is a lovely backdrop for gilt, whether gold (below) or silver (see first photo at top). 
For another bedroom, the walls are painted Benjamin Moore Gray Sky - a true sky blue. This room gets endless sunshine so the blue is tempered by the bright light. On cloudy days it can read a bit pastel, which is fine because we want it to always feel cheerful and summery. 
ABOVE: A "before" photo showing the family and breakfast rooms - notice the back staircase dividing them. This staircase was concealed in a closet, and had been abandoned (covered over) by the previous owners. Tom and I decided to have it removed to open these rooms.
Two work in progress photos.
BELOW: Ta-da! Staircase gone; floors patched; trim matched; and surfaces freshly painted. Because this is an old house, I chose a soft white that's easy on the eye. Walls are in Benjamin Moore White Dove and trim is 75% White Dove.
Please meet the very skillful, detail oriented and resourceful Mark Maltezos. Mark is our carpenter / contractor extraordinaire! He removed that back staircase, matched existing moldings, installed flooring, hung window shutters, replaced rotted doors, etc. This Mainer can do anything! Contact Mark at 

Mark Maltezos Carpentry
Penobscot, Maine
markmaltezoscarpentry@yahoo.com
ABOVE: A "before" photo of the yellow living room with an arched over-mantel niche. BELOW: The living room now without that fanciful niche - simple and clean.  
I chose a tone-on-tone color palette here: Benjamin Moore 100% Classic Gray for walls and 50% Classic Gray for trim. Floors are a custom gray and, once again, in gloss. It all seems very gray, but color is coming - I promise :)
Oh, BTW, we told everyone not to touch the crusty surface on this mantel - it's just the way we like it :)
We're keeping the window treatments very simple: half shutters on the bottom throughout the first floor. The wider windows received two sets of bi-folds (BELOW) while the narrower ones (ABOVE) were fitted with two single shutters.
Just like kitchen cabinet doors, I prefer recessed paneling with a simple bead to keep it from looking too Shaker. And, I always insist on the bottom rails be stacked / weighted. 

It was quite a challenge to hang the shutters as the windows had settled so unevenly. For the shallow-depth windows, carpenter Mark Maltezos compensated with a clever molding strip attached to the stiles. Great work, Mark!
All the window shutters were custom made by the talented Fred Mitchell of Shutter Works in Lewiston, Maine. We love our shutters, Fred. They turned out really nice. Below is Fred with a pair of custom shutters for another client - now those are cool! I'd love to see them in situ. BTW, Shutter Works will ship out of state.
Tom and I would like to thank Dan, Mark and Fred for their fine work. We are grateful to each of them!
Gotta run and help Tom pack - wish us luck!!
Loi  

109 comments:

  1. I so enjoy these posts! Thanks for sharing!
    Kristin

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  2. Oh, your Maine home looks so fresh and lovely. I can't wait to see it with your furnishings. Those craftsmen are amazing.

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  3. I am so excited for you! I know that it will be beyond stunning when it is complete.

    Happy Easter!

    xo

    Andie

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  4. The colors are so lovely and soothing! They will be such a wonderful backdrop for all your beautiful things! Looking forward to seeing more!

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  5. Loi, thank you so much for showing us the progress on this wonderful vacation retreat!
    Your team has done an excellent job and I am so excited to see your wonderful pieces arrive!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  6. Wow, Loi, I love it all. I would love to get an old house to renovate. Can't wait to see more.

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  7. the image of the boat framed in gold against the gold..... love!!!

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  8. Wow Loi, looks like a big project. But you and Tom are progressing well. I like your grey paint with the white trim and the Blue Sky room. So chic. Your shutters are beautiful. Looking forward to the finished house. Enjoy your Easter Weekend!

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  9. You've accomplished so much and it's looking great! I love the gray especially in contrast to the peeks of the dark wood of the banisters and the mantel. Love the interior shutters too. I've wanted to do that since I had my new windows put in but it's just never happened. You're also giving me permission to paint the floors in my guest room. Thank you!

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    1. Painted floors hold up well in bedrooms because of reduced traffic. I think your guestroom would look amazing with painted floors, Steve.

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  10. The most amazing part of all this is just how fast it has been done! So many skilled people involved and yet, in just a few months you're almost there….!!! Congratulations on a beautiful job: well done.

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  11. Loi,

    Your attention to detail is masterful! I love these progress images. Your home in Maine is going to be beautiful, and most of all restful!

    Happy Easter! Liz

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  12. Beyond love it!! I love the color choices and those half simple shutters are my favorite!! This will be magazine worthy as well, good luck!

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  13. This is so fun! I love starting this journey with you on your Maine home. It already looks like you inside!!! Your soothing clean and crisp palette is gorgeous. I love all the simplicity and the millwork and shutters. Great work so far. Love the floors painted gloss white. Your dream home is looking beautiful my friend! xo Nancy

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  14. I know that one of the best parts about doing our renovation was getting to meet and see wonderful craftspeople at work! Love all of your updates and color choices, and it really reflects yours and Tom's personalities...simply beautiful!

    xo Kat

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  15. Excellent job by your skilled contractors, and I very much approve of the simple palette upon which to layer your personal very pleasing style. Makes me want to do it again...although the renovation upstairs is very noisy this morning, so it's not a happy thought today!

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  16. It is looking so great, Loi. I can't believe what a difference removing that old staircase makes. Painting the floors was an absolute stroke of genius. I just love the direction this is all happening. I can't wait to see more. (Hurry up! :))

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  17. Hello Loi, What an elegant background you are creating for you future plans, which I cannot wait to see unfold. The slight color on the walls really emphasizes your beautiful old woodwork, which we can now see was somewhat lost and receding in the all-white rooms. You obviously appreciate how lucky you are in finding such great craftsmen. When I first saw those tall blue shutters, I was wondering how on earth they could be for your house!
    --Jim

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  18. Perfection, Loi! The serene color palette and the simple shutters are beautiful, and I love the painted floors. It is the perfect setting for your beautiful things - I can't wait to see the furniture!!
    xo,
    Phyllis

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  19. OMG....I love every color you picked. Of course it is all neutral because those are the best and your art and accessories will totally be fabulous! And you know I love the painted floors:)

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  20. LOI!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Here I am, enthusiastic about EVERY THING YOU and Tom do....my friend, your sensibilities are unmatched. You have such a touch of grey beauty and you are taking this gem and polishing her up to high shine. Every detail you select is perfect in its sparse presence, with no unnecessary clutter. Each piece so beautifully placed then planned. I am so happy for you both that you have found this place to retreat to in summer and care for.

    Bravo to you dear LOI! And I am always present, but enjoying my time off from posting for a while. I hope you will visit me when I do post again.

    Much love and happiness to you both! Anita

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    1. Thanks so much, Anita. Enjoy your time off, and have a wonderful Easter.

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  21. The house is SO spectacular.....it has me so excited and eager to see more! Your paint colors are PERFECT. So beautifully done, all in my favorite palette of all. You are doing a truly incredible job and its going to be such fun to follow......

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  22. Such talent . . . and all so beautifully done.

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  23. amazing, and can't thank you enough for listing your colors, loi. donna

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  24. Congratulations on such great progress, Loi! You assembled an amazing group of craftsmen, and they've worked wonders, particularly where that closet was removed and the flooring replaced. I like that you've used glossy white floors, and I especially like the sky gray room. Perhaps that will feature some of your nautical motif . . . Can't wait to see the decorating phase!!

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  25. Oh Loi … this is going to be gorgeous! The colors are so YOU and soothing and meticulously done. Cannot wait for the furniture move-in! I am predicting a busy but beautiful Maine Summer for you and Tom!

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  26. Wow, Loi. Things are coming along beautifully. Love the colors you are choosing and all the attention to detail. What a lucky house to have you and Tom find it and make it gorgeous. Can't wait to see it furnished! Congratulations on your progress.

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  27. I am so excited reading this and seeing your great ideas. Congratulations Loi and Tom. It really is such a lovely house and you are so generous to share it with us! What a great backdrop for your antiques. Back to read it all again as usual. Happy weekend, hope you get to spend it outside!

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  28. I'm in love with your world of gorgeous grays and how they "play" together! Can't wait to see you both In and Settled!!! I know it will be AMAZING!

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  29. Loi, LOVE all of your updates & changes. Getting rid of that stair makes for such a great space in the back of the house with elegant proportions, and getting rid of the 3rd arch in the living room certainly helps as well! Everything looks beautiful.

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  30. Loi...good luck with the move...love the transpiration...its going to look amazing!

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  31. Wow... love everything you have done. So fun to watch the progress!

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  32. So exciting to see the beautiful transformation Loi! Have a very happy Easter weekend, and thank you so much for your kind comment and birthday wishes to Patch recently!

    Sophia x

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  33. FAB! The best thing about this house is that the "bones" are top notch. I love that area of Maine...so you have it all. BRAVO!

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    1. Thanks! We love Castine and the surrounding towns, too. Cheers!

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  34. Stunning! + can't wait to see the rest + remember, you are only as good as your helpers + what a team you have assembled + just in time for Spring in Maine + how lovely for you & Tom. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  35. Outstanding!!! Love the mantelpieces!!!
    xx
    Greet

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  36. Loi-
    I love Timothy's work. Congratulations on the win!
    Every thing you design reaks of gorgeousness. Love the paint!
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  37. Hello Loi:

    Needless to say we are HUGELY impressed. And we love the grey which you have used extensively. It does, as you say, create a very classical feel in keeping with the period of the house whilst also having a crisp, clean contemporary edge to it.

    As for the yellow of your drawing room. Perfect. We have always wished to use a similar colour and now you have possibly spurred us on to change. So wise to have been rid of that ghastly alcove over the fireplace which must, surely, have distracted from the overall elegance of the room.

    Kellemes húsvéti únnepeket!

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  38. Loi,

    I LOVE every little thing you did. It is so gorgeous! Dying to see how beautiful it will look with your personal touch on it. Have fun!

    Christina :)

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  39. Loi.....that wood floor patch is amazing!
    When you say the paint is %75, what is the other %25???
    The home is looking spectacular and so stylish, removing the staircase was genuis!
    I always make the bottom rail of a panel wider too, good for you!

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    1. It means only 75% of the usual tint was added to the base color

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    2. Yes, that is correct. Thanks, Sidney. Hope this helps, Betsy.

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  40. Gorgeous! We have 10' and 13' ceilings and want to do big baseboards, what size are these?

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    1. Sidney - Your ceilings are SO tall!!! Lucky you! I'm not 100% sure, but guessing our baseboards are 10" - 12" high. Our ceilings are 10' high on the first floor. Ceilings lower upstairs.

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  41. Hi Loi, I've been waiting for an update. The "Maine House" is wonderful. The various grays make it happy. Can't wait to see what you are installing. xoxo Mary

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  42. Loi,
    As I was viewing your soothing ethereal paint palate, I could feel myself relaxing while enjoying each and every improvement to your summer home. You and Tom are creating a charming beauty to vacation at. One can tell the thoughtful planning and consideration to historic legacy that has gone into your choices. Thanks for sharing.
    Vera

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  43. What a fabulous project. Just in time to enjoy the Spring and Summer. So well done. Thank you for sharing these photos.
    Marybeth

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    1. Hey, MB - Great to hear from you. Yup, we're excited to start this adventure. Thanks! L

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  44. Oh, Loi, I knew it would be fabulous. This is so fun and when I read that the post was going to share some of your work on the vacation home I waited until I had time to study each picture and take notes. :-)

    Good luck with the move. Have a wonderful weekend.
    Karen

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  45. Loi, it is looking spectacular. I am so happy and excited for you and Tom. I know this is a labor of love and it is going to be a wonderful home for the two of you. Can't wait to see more. xo Kathysue

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  46. I am so very impressed with the progress, Loi! Its all just gorgeous. I am so glad to see BM Wickham gray it seems nicely warm without going too greige for me.

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  47. It is a magnificent Good Friday morning here in Australia and what a way to start Easter ..... (well, being with all my family as well of course) ..... reading this blog post. The scrambled eggs and orange juice can wait, I'm just going to sit here and take in all this lusciousness. Loi, you truly have been blessed with a very special gift. These rooms are like heaven on earth. Thank you so much for telling us all the paint colours and finishes you used. Can't wait till these rooms come to life once the furniture is in situ and you have added your magic touch. Love.... Love .... Love. God bless. Felicity

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    1. Hello, Felicity - Thanks so much! Hope you have a wonderful Easter :) Cheers!

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  48. Loi, I am really envious. Looks so inviting! Did you have to replaster? Or double glaze the windows?

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    1. Thanks, Vicki! We only had to replaster a small portion of the breakfast room.

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  49. you never fail to inspire loi, now i am coveting a vacation retreat in maine, tackle a good renovation and perform a total transformation. alas, i will be content to watch you and tom create magic. without furniture or decorations it is lovely. enjoy the process!
    cheers
    debra

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  50. What type of paint was used on the floors? Did you need to prep them in any way?

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    1. Yes, the floors were washed, sanded and primed. We used a water based porch and patio floor paint in gloss by Behr. Are you painting your floors? Good luck.

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  51. I can't tell you how happy and excited I am for you!! This has been such a treat watching you turn this home into the perfect retreat! I can't get over the fireplace mantel and how you left the original paint... brilliant!! I'll be dreaming of this home tonight! I want one!
    Many wonderful years to come enjoying such a historical gem!

    xoxo
    Desiree

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  52. Beautiful! Congratulations. I so envy that living room mantel.

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  53. Hello Loi,
    Fab-u-lous as always!
    Thank you for sharing pics of your lovely home. Can't wait to see the finished article.
    Hope you have a lovely weekend,
    Liz x

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  54. The house looks beautiful, Loi. It is a serene haven. I can't wait to see it with the furniture and accessories.
    Best to you,
    Liliana

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  55. Oh Loi, your home looks ready to move in to!!! I love the paint colors you chose, so true to your new homes distinctive architecture!!!! I know your excited but we are all so excited for you! Can't wait to see the furniture pieces that will go into this already gorgeous-looking home!!! Have a wonderful Easter dear!

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  56. Loving all the colors you chose. So bright and fresh! Love it!

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  57. Fabulous Loi!! I love everything you have done. It is so happy, yet serene- a perfect backdrop for your fabulous furniture:) xoxoxo, K

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  58. Loi,
    I am bowled over by the seemingly simple changes that yield large results! The gray color is sublime and the perfect backdrop. Though if the decor stopped there, it's already stunning. I'm a White Dove girl, as that is the entire exterior color of my house plus all of my trim in our kitchen/family room/mudroom and upstairs addition.

    You and Tom have done a masterful job so far and once the furniture is in, I'm sure it will take weeks for me to pick my jaw up off the ground. Bravo!!!!

    xoxo Elizabeth

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  59. Your house looks amazing Loi! What a beautiful place!

    Happy Easter!

    Madelief

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  60. crusty mantel is beyond. what you're doing is magic. so happy for you two and this labor of love!

    happy easter.

    michele

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  61. Gorgeous Loi. Love all the paint colours and those floors...sigh! Heavenly!! Interesting point about the shutter beading/weighting. Such attention to detail and such a great tip. It's great to have found some contractors with such ability and integrity in their work. The house is just gorgeous. You're not going to want to leave!!

    Xo Terri

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  62. Loi--I can hardly stand it! It's all so peaceful and quiet and fresh and well, my favorite word for your projects, LOVELY! Truly lovely. Can't wait to see more--know your skilled eye will have this home magazine-ready and publishing-worthy, but more importantly, restored and enjoyed in a matter of weeks! XOXOX--Amanda

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  63. Hi Loi, Oh my goodness! Everything looks great and you are making lots of progress. We are beginning a similar project with a 30 year old home ;) . Our plan is to bump out and remove walls so we will have an open floor plan. I'll be sharing photos as we get going. I've used the Ben M. gray, white dove, and also the sky blue. Love them all but I'm considering switching to Farrow and Ball grays .. not sure yet. Your hardwoods are incredible and I like the shelving and details that you are showing here.

    My blog has changed over to wordpress so you will need to change me on your blog roll to receive updates.
    Here's a link http://www.4aroundthetable.com/2014/04/sharing-wisdom/

    Happy Easter! xxleslie

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  64. Oh Loi you and your team really are doing a beautiful job of bringing the house back to life. Your colour palette is gorgeous and the perfect foil for your incredible antiques. I just can't wait to see what my room will look like!

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  65. Simply gorgeous! I love the BM Wickham Gray. It's exactly the shade of gray I was looking for when I painted my living room. Too bad I didn't know it back then! Love that you're keeping the house true to it's original spirit but with twist that makes it relevant now.

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  66. Dear Loi
    You have made marvelous progress in such a short time. Your contractor/carpenter Mark looks to be a perfectionist. I love the floors. We had painted cream colour floors in the upstairs of our farmhouse and I loved the look. Your choice of paint colour looks fabulous. I will look forward to seeing your furniture in situ. Now if only you could find a way to spend the entire summer and fall in Maine?

    Happy Easter
    Helen xx

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  67. Dear Loi

    I have been away so much from blogging and just drop in now and then. I have been catching up on some of my favorite blogs and am so enjoying yours- such beauty- your new home in Maine, your gardens, furnishings and so much to take in- you never disappoint!

    xo

    Mimi@ A House Romance

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  68. HAPPY EASTER, LOI and TOM! My dear friend, I just came back from the most glorious morning on the lake with Ruben. We watched the sun rise, we saw the fog lift as well, and an eagle skim the water for his breakfast. Loons sang, people came out to rejoice in our first spring-like day. Now I'm home to see you have visited me, and I want to wish YOU both a glorious feast of happiness. Enjoy your day, as I too will go out to putter in my battered garden, but I know that the warmth of the season will heal the broken branches. Much love, Anita

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  69. Oh Loi-what a stunning home! LOVE the removal of the niche over the FP and those painted floors!
    Will you be gardening in blue and white here as well?

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  70. Loi, HAPPY EASTER! Everything looks great! I like the grey color on the walls and the floor.
    I wonder what the final result will be.
    Your house has a great potential.
    Loi, good job!!!

    Margaret
    http://decordesireforbeauty.com/blog.html

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  71. A Happy and Healthy Easter to you and Tom, dearest Loi!
    I'm so glad to be getting back to blog friends...I have missed you and all of the beautiful inspiration...
    Oh, I am so excited for you, dear friend! Things are looking terrific, and I do wish you the best of luck...what a thrilling adventure...
    Much love and Bon Courage! :)
    Hugs to you,
    - Irina

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  72. What a splendid renovation! Thanks for sharing the pictures. Can't wait to see the progress. Also, I have to give you a huge thank you for sharing paint colors. I just completed a renovation on my kitchen/living room/den areas and I tried the BM Classic Gray, because of you. I never would have tried it just from the paint chip(thought it had too much green), but it couldn't be more perfect! Thank you so much, I love it more each day!

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  73. Loi, the paint colours you chose are perfect! They echo the era of this gorgeous home and will uphold its integrity. I am looking forward to all the magical touches that you are going to give it! I am so happy for you and Tom! You have a great team of people working with you too. That is wonderful. Congrats on the giveaway win. It looks right at home on your coffee table. xx

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  74. Happy Easter Monday, Loi!

    What a beautiful treat for this stomach flu inflicted gal; pure design delight - who knew it could calm the the tummy! Your changes are so pretty and your style is shining through with every redo! I love your new shutters, as well as those blue ones that Fred created for another lucky client ! You have chosen very skilled and talented professionals, and as always, have worked together with them to give life to your amazing vision.

    Have a lovely week!

    xo
    Poppy

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  75. You have a remarkable team that have transformed this 200+ year old house so well. Eagerly waiting to see how your magicak touch of interior design will further transform it.
    Best wishes.

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  76. Hi again, Loi!

    I just posted some images from my my friend's shop. The last photograph made me think of you! It is a salvaged, corrugated zinc panel with a floral swag...come take a peek, will you?

    xo

    Andie

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  77. Loi! This is stunning! I cannot believe that it has only been 4 months! It is going to be fabulous!

    I love all of the paint colors, dove white is always a favorite.

    Have a wonderful week! By the way, I cannot remember the month but I was reading Southern Living a few days ago and your wonderful gardens were featured!

    Elizabeth

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  78. Hi Loi
    Thank you so much for sharing your paint colors, I just love them so much ...........I have a very similar room , an old Captains house looking over the water and I would so love to use your paint colors from the yellow living room. May I ask you to share the formula for the painted floors there as well , they are stunning and I just wouldn't have a clue what to pick myself. Also what is the sheen on the paint trim used in that room ....................thanking you in advance........Carol ann

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  80. Looking good, Loi! Can't wait to see more. Have a great weekend!

    -Deborah

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  81. Amazing what a good paint job (and excellent "bones") can do!!! Love it. So cool about your new book. I've been using some of his new fabrics for Schumacher.

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  82. I forgot to comment. I think I saw it on my phone, but it takes me too long to type on it. This is all so fantastic! I love all of the colors. I used Wickham gray once a couple years ago in a dark entrance and it made it ever so much fresher and brighter. I love all of these muted colors because they make such a beautiful backdrop for just about anything. I can't wait to see more! Oh, and thank you so much for all of your kind comments! It always makes my day! xoxo ~ Laurel

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  83. Ooh, this is going to be fabulous. Congratulations! I love it already and you haven't even put in the interiors, lol.

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  84. Fantastic Loi!! I am so excited for you, your dream has become a reality. Don't you just love it when that happens!! Sending warm wishes from Saigon... ;)

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  85. Love it all Loi, absolutely LOVE it!

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  86. Very nice post! I love the neutral grey color! It would work well with many room and design pieces! Thanks for sharing!

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  87. So excited to have found you on Pinterest. Your blog is lovely and I look forward to following. Love every single thing you've done in this post from the painted floors to the shutters.

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Many thanks for your visit and comment. If you have a question, let me know and I will respond here. Loi