tried and true paint colors: white edition

By far the question I get asked the most on Instagram, on my blog, and by clients, is “what color white did you use on your walls and trim?!”  And not just my home, but my parents home as well.  I thought I’d take a moment and go through the white choices and the finishes for The Little Glass House, the Little White Beach Bungalow, and my parents Vermont farmhouse, which still remains nameless!

In the Little Glass House, the walls are Benjamin Moore White Dove in flat and the trim and wood ceiling is White Dove in semi-gloss. Be sure to use the Regal line of Benjamin Moore paint. More on that later.

Favorite White Paint Colors
A whole lot of Benjamin Moore White Dove on walls, trim, and ceiling

The kitchen cabinets are painted with Fine Paints of Europe Eco Satin paint mixed to match White Dove.  The paint is more expensive but lasts so much longer than anything else I have ever tried.  I used it on my kitchen cabinets in my previous home in CT and they still looked like new ten years later!  Worth every penny!

Favorite White Paint Colors
Love the Fine Paints of Europe line for painting cabinets!

The bedroom was painted Benjamin Moore November Rain several years ago, but when I did the bathroom reno, I had it painted in White Dove and love how bright and fresh it feels!

Favorite White Paint Colors
White is here to stay in the bedroom.

The wood plank walls in the bathroom are also Benjamin Moore White Dove (do you see a pattern here?) but in an eggshell finish.

Favorite White Paint Colors
Walls are in an eggshell finish while the ceiling is semi-gloss. All in Benjamin Moore White Dove

The outside of the house is painted in Benjamin Moore Brilliant White on stucco and trim.

Favorite White Paint Colors
More white paint on the outside!

I mentioned above to be sure to use the Regal line of Benjamin Moore paint and here’s why:  Painters tend to use the EcoSpec line which is what builders often use as well.  It is less expensive but doesn’t cover as well and the finish is very different!  For the Little White Beach Bungalow, our vintage home in Connecticut, the interior was to be painted in Benjamin Moore White Dove (Regal!) in an eggshell finish. Imagine my shock when I arrived from the West Coast to see the entire interior of the house was shiny and the coverage was awful.  The painters used the EcoSpec line which has a completely different finish. This has happened to me twice with two different painters even after I had given detailed instructions to use the Regal.  Moral of this story, be there when the painters start! I ended up leaving the shiny finish on the low ceilings which bounced more light into the room, but had them repaint all the walls.

Favorite White Paint Colors
In this photo you can see the sheen on the ceiling. Imagine all the walls that shiny! It was blinding!
Favorite White Paint Colors
The white feels fresh and clean. Chloe approves!
Favorite White Paint Colors
The exterior is all Benjamin Moore Brilliant White.

I get asked about my parents Vermont farmhouse white colors as often as I do my own homes!  The exterior is Benjamin Moore Brilliant White.

Favorite White Paint Colors
All of our collective homes are Benjamin Moore Brilliant White on the outside.

My mom actually prefers Benjamin Moore Super White in her homes.  The walls are in a flat finish, the trim is semi-gloss, and the ceiling planks are done in eggshell.

Favorite White Paint Colors
The house still feels warm with the abundance of natural light and all the wood tones.
Favorite White Paint Colors
While I love a semi-gloss finish on our wood ceilings, my mom prefers an eggshell finish.

And there you have it!  I have tried other whites but always seem to come back to BM White Dove. I love that it is warm without reading off-white, and doesn’t have that clinical feel that some whites have.  If it ain’t broke… 😉

a tisket a tasket, a vintage african basket..

Sometimes, (ok truth be told, this happens to me a lot), an object speaks to you and it’s clear that it is coming home with you. This happened to me recently when a friend and I were on a little field trip to the malibu design center.  This place is a treasure trove of inspiration for people who love organic, natural, modern design! 😉  We spotted an assortment of various size vintage African baskets on a table.  It was love at first sight. I picked out a smallish one, and my friend chose two for herself.  I had no idea where mine was going to go, but knew it was coming to Santa Barbara.  The texture, the color, and yes, even the smell!  These baskets were used by African women to cook with.  You can still smell the fire and feel the soul of these women in every beautiful detail. Continue reading

summertime blues

I have a confession.  I’ve never decorated with blues in my own home.  Yes, I’ve used aquas, greens, and a whole lot of white, but not the blues that you typically associate with coastal homes.  I’ve certainly used them in other projects but I guess I felt it would be too obvious in a Santa Barbara house. Continue reading

seeing sea glass…

Let me start off by saying I’m not an expert on sea glass.  I won’t go into the different names and categories.  There are plenty of good books on the subject.  I am however, an insatiable collector (read addict) of these colorful frosted beauties tossed on the beach by the sea. Continue reading

when coastal living comes to call

So one day I get an e-mail from the homes editor at Coastal Living magazine wondering if I would be interested in being in one of their issues.  At first I thought it must be a mistake and how did they even find me?  Thank you Instagram!  A few months after that first e-mail, on three rare sunny days (it had been a stormy February), Coastal Living came to call at The Little Glass House. Continue reading