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Oct 14, 2017

LAKE GARDEN RENEWAL

Karen,

I have posted my ideas below for your garden areas you want to spruce up.   There is only one area where I would use the drip system - the back area where you said you didn't want spray on the wall.   But you could actually put it anywhere - its just a little labor intensive and more expensive in materials.  


FRONT YARD WALKWAY

I keep seeing white landscape roses with rounded boxwood here, and some pops of purple.
Here are some examples of the landscape roses - they grow horizontally as opposed to vertically, and stay low and shrub-like.  They don't need to be tended like the regular rose varieties.





The boxwoods I'm thinking of have a natural rounded shape (we know you like that shape) and are called globe, I think.   They look like this without a lot of trimming.  Probably just a little here and there to keep them tidy.

I have two in pots in my back yard that I have completely neglected and they are still rounded.
There are a lot of purple flowering plants to choose from - a perennial is best here that will continue year after year without having to replant.

WALL PLANTER NEAR FRONT STEPS

I think this is the perfect spot for a dramatic plant.   You mentioned you liked bougainvillea, but my choice would be wisteria.


Wisteria needs to be kept trimmed as it grows rapidly, but your gardener should be able to stay on top of that pretty easy.   As the vine is kept trimmed, the trunk thickens and becomes stronger and he will need to guide the branches against the wall into a nice tree shape.  Mission in SJC had one that was very very old - they live a long long time.  The flowers are amazing and fragrant and come in white, pink and purple.

Another idea for this area is an espalier fruit tree.  This takes a little work to shape the tree while its young and then to keep it trimmed in its shape, but it is beautiful and works with most fruit trees, keeping the fruit within easy reach and larger.   I think we could make it work if we removed all the clay soil in the planting area and replaced it and then treated it with gypsum to break up the clay soil further.  I would recommend an evergreen fruit tree as opposed to one that would lose its leaves.






I would plant a small hedge (boxwood) at the base on the perimeter of the planter and landscape roses inside to carry on the same look from the walkway.


BACK WALL PLANTER - NO OVERSPRAY

I think we decided this got morning sun and then shade?  We may be able to do hydrangeas here, or camelias, which are evergreen, or a combination of both.  A drip system to water them will keep the water off of the wall.

Camelias come in whites, pinks, reds

and many different forms







SEMI CIRCULAR PLANTER ON RIGHT SIDE FENCE AREA

Here I see a hedge with a fountain in the center, and low color plants at the base of the hedge.  We would have to find a way to get electrical to that area - shouldn't be hard - so that the pump can run.
There are some solar fountains, but I'm not sure how well they circulate the water.
picture a fountain in the middle of these instead of the urns or statuary

BACK WALL OF BACK YARD

I would fill this in with butterfly bush, another evergreen flowering shrub, or hibiscus.


hibiscus you are familiar with.
Here are some other choices
butterfly bush



ceanothus (california lilac)
 comes in blues, lavender, purple, white





and pink



Escallonia





plumbago


privet

strawberry tree (hummingbirds and butterflies love it)





FUTURE SIDE ENTRANCE TO BACK YARD

Its always good to have a plan, right?   You may not be ready to do this right now, but if you have a plan you are able to move forward when the time comes.  Or even attack it in stages.

If you were to do grass there, as a pathway, I would meander it a little like this.

with background shrubs in the borders (many of the ones listed above will work)


and a gate - lots to choose from since you have both wrought iron and stucco and white railing.

so, see through wrought iron...

more private (stucco instead of brick to match wall)

white and charming

just to get your ideas flowing.

I don't know costs.  Matine is $20/hr and a hard worker, but I don't know plant costs - they vary depending on size.  He may have a better idea.

Let me know what you think about the rest.  I have a call in to Matine - would you want him to do all of the planting, or just the drip system area?
























Aug 25, 2017

PAM - TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

Your text to me:
I'm concerned that I'm not picking the right color to paint ceiling tray.
1.  Does Benjamin Moore offer color palettes for each of their colors?
2.  We're still favoring BM Titanium and also like BM Moonshine
3.  Do you think these colors are dark enough for the space we're painting?
4.  Can you suggest ceiling tray colors that would coordinate well with these colors? (Titanium and Moonshine).

1) First, NO and YES.  Benjamin Moore does not provide color palettes.  They do, however, suggest colors that may go well with a particular color.  I usually hate the combination.  For example for Titanium, this is their suggestion:

They do give you similar colors of varying intensity.  And I use their tool that allows you to see the colors in a room (like the one above).

2) I know this is a bathroom, but its one of the few room examples that has neutral furnishings and a good part of the ceiling visible - so I have used this room to show you Titanium and Moonshine with some of the ceiling colors you were contemplating.  (All trim color in these examples is White Dove).

MOONSHINE:
Moonshine walls; Glass Slipper ceiling
Moonshine walls; Palladian ceiling
Moonshine walls; Quiet Moments ceiling
TITANIUM
Titanium walls; Glass Slipper ceiling
Titanium walls; Palladian ceiling

Titanium walls; Quiet Moments ceiling

3) Are these colors dark enough?   That depends a lot on what you are looking for.  A light filled room with a hint of color on the walls, or a definite color on the walls?  Both Titanium and Moonshine are considered whites.  They are both 2nd on their respective paint strips and may look white to you early on in the day and deepen into the evening.  With a white trim, they will stand out a little more as a color.  In the larger rooms and with taller ceilings your walls would look lighter than in smaller rooms.  However, that's a very popular look right now - light filled rooms with just a hint of color on the walls.

I have included some deeper colored examples so you can determine if you want to try the next darker color on the paint strip as a possibility.

TITANIUM and HORIZON GRAY (Horizon Gray is the next color on the paint strip for Titanium)
Horizon Gray walls; Titanium ceiling

Gray Horse walls; Moonshine ceiling
I would definitely paint a sample of each of Gray Horse and Horizon Gray.  I've used Gray Horse before and it does not appear as dark as it looks above.   Color on the ceiling always looks darker simply due to the shadows.  

4) Suggestions of colors that will coordinate or look good with Titanium and Moonshine -
I like the ones we have tried here, and here are a few more:

Gray Cashmere walls; Edgecomb Gray ceiling
Night Mist walls; November Rain ceiling
Moonshine walls; Moonshine ceiling
Gray Owl walls; Vanilla Milkshake ceiling
Horizon Gray walls; Vanilla Milkshake ceiling
Titanium walls; Sea Haze ceiling
Old Prairie walls; Titanium ceiling
Edgecomb Gray walls; Quiet Moments ceiling
Moonshine walls; Gray Horse ceiling
Titanium walls; Blue Veil ceiling
Titanium walls; Puritan Gray ceiling
So, what I'm trying to illustrate here, is that with these soft grayed down blues, greens, beigey-grays - they all look amazing together, and you really can't go wrong mixing them together and switching them up a little.  Look over all these examples and find the color combinations you like, in the saturation you like - whether light or deep - these colors are going to be beautiful.  Look them over and let me know if there is a particular combination you like.
Best,
Claudine

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We've made progress - you've decided against golds and yellows - a decision I wholeheartedly applaud.  Houses just feel better with cooler neutrals on the walls.

Here are a few more in the gray green family:

GRAY WISP (SHERWIN WILLIAMS)


SEA SALT  (SHERWIN WILLIAMS)


ALOOF GRAY (SHERWIN WILLIAMS)




GRAY CASHMERE (BENJAMIN MOORE)

GRAY OWL (BENJAMIN MOORE)



COMFORT GRAY (SHERWIN WILLIAMS)






RAINWASHED (SHERWIN WILLIAMS)


AND A BEIGE GRAY

EDGECOMB GRAY (BENJAMIN MOORE)



 Let me know how your testing goes and the colors you find you like.  Best,
Claudine








You said you wanted to embrace Texas/Hill Country/Southwest style and colors (Earth Tones) and wanted the entry, main living area, kitchen and hallways the same color.  I totally agree with you that in an open concept that is the best plan.  You also mentioned you would like a pop of color somewhere in the house, and once we have the basic plan in place, that should be a fun project!
When I design a color palette I think of the interior of the house as a tree. The entry is the trunk which is the core of the home and the rooms are the 'branches'.   The 'tree' must function as a whole and the 'color' should flow (or make sense) through the house.   When we have an open floor plan, where rooms are visible and walls are minimal - I like to use the same color to minimize chopping up the space visually, and to create a greater flow of color and design.
These are colors you were drawn to:

BENJAMIN MOORE GOLDEN STRAW




BENJAMIN MOORE ADAMS GOLD




BENJAMIN MOORE AMULET




BENJAMIN MOORE GRANT BEIGE




BENJAMIN MOORE MOONSHINE


BENJAMIN MOORE HAZY SKIES




BENJAMIN MOORE NOVEMBER RAIN






VALSPAR - GREYED

[couldn't find any actual room examples with this paint]

BENJAMIN MOORE TITANIUM





VALSPAR - DAKOTA TRAIL


I think I would reject Adams Gold and Amulet as being a little too strong.  I think in the southern light, it will intensify and be more color saturated.

In addition, here are a few more colors to think about.  

BENJAMIN MOORE DECATUR BUFF 


BENJAMIN MOORE GREENBRIER BEIGE

BENJAMIN MOORE - MELLOWED IVORY
BENJAMIN MOORE SHAKER BEIGE

SHERWIN WILLIAMS ACCESSIBLE BEIGE

 SHERWIN WILLIAMS KILIM BEIGE







Look at these colors and choose some to test on poster board and pin to your walls in Colorado.  Let me know the ones you like the best and we will decide a color scheme based on your choices.  I like the more neutral colors because they tend to live longer (stay current longer).  It is also important to note that warm colors move toward you - tend to make rooms feel smaller/cozier.  Cooler tones move away and make rooms feel roomier.

In addition, I think you might like these, and they look wonderful with the beige/gold/green tones we've selected above.


BENJAMIN MOORE PHILADELPHIA CREAM


BENJAMIN MOORE GLASS SLIPPER


 BENJAMIN MOORE QUIET MOMENTS



I apologize for the delay on this.  I have an elderly sister (big family) in her 80's who has a terminal illness called Lewy Bodies Dementia.  I got a call that she had pneumonia and was on a respirator - she will be ok, but I had to go take care of that family thing and didn't get this posted when I had planned.