Our backyard neighbor’s house is the most beautiful blue. One of the first times we met them, I told them how much I loved the color of their house and how it reminded me of the east coast, where I grew up. She laughed and said they went to medical school on the east coast and built the house inspired by the homes back east when they settled here. We love having it right next door, it feels like home.
For this month’s Ace Hardware project we were encouraged to break the rules when it comes to paint and really go out of our comfort zone. We’ve painted a ceiling a pretty turquoise, painted our base cabinets navy and in this home a pretty green-gray, did a fun 3/4 pink paint treatment on Greta’s walls, have no qualms about painting over wood (most recently our banister!) when it is needed–we’re not shy when it comes to bending traditional paint rules. But this month, we wanted to do something big! So we painted our house blue, too.
Just kidding! But we DID help my sister pick the new color for her house. And I bet you could guess what color we chose. :) Her house was a blah yellow in a sea of beige homes. That’s Idaho and Utah for you–a lot of beige and brown and gray homes. She wanted hers to feel fresh and was totally on board with blue. I walked over to my neighbor’s with a few samples in hand and found an almost perfect match: Clark+Kensington’s Union Square.
While it might look like a dark gray indoors, outside, colors are a lot brighter and when you are covering something as large as a house (!!) paint colors will get a lot more vibrant, too. My sister picked the color up in exterior paint and hired painters for the job. It turned out so beautiful!
They are so happy with the new color and so are their neighbors. Much like on our street, it is like a breath of fresh air! Now, together with Ace, we’re giving away a $100 giftcard to get you started on a project of your own. Break some paint rules or just do something bold and unexpected with color! You can enter through the Rafflecopter form below and we’ll announce the winner right here on Monday. Take luck!
We’re excited to be collaborating with Ace Hardware as a part of their Ace Blogger Panel. Ace has provided us with compensation to complete this project and strive to be as generous with our readers–thanks, Ace! All opinions are our own.
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We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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