Black Doors



One of the projects I've been wanting to do for awhile is paint the inside of our front door black. The outside is black, but I'm looking for some more drama in the foyer, and right now the white front door just blends in with all trim and transom windows, instead of being an architectural feature.

Of course, I went to the Benjamin Moore store near us the other day to get the paint, and the guys there (super nice) recommended I wait until the weather is a bit warmer to tackle this project. Humph. And I was actually going to try and get something accomplished. Darn it. I'm so impatient, I just want the door black now! Until then, here's some inspiration pics to hold me over.

{Jenny's mom's black front door}

{Jan's new black front door}

{my parents painted all the interior doors in their house high gloss black...don't mind the Christmas decor}

{from here}

{from here}

{from here}

{check out this article from for a ton of other black door pics}

Do any of you have black interior doors? Or any other color than white? Anyone itching to get started on a project but waiting until the weather warms up?

The Next Mood Board Monday: Classic Cribs



Hi! For the first Mood Board Monday party of the new year, we are doing something special:)

Its the baby edition!!!! We are teaming up with Bonavita, the makers of fine children's furniture, and hopefully you, to have some fun decorating nurseries and children's rooms...starting with the crib (or its conversion bed). I know a ton of you bloggers out there are moms and it seems lately like we are waiting for and meeting a ton of new blogland babies (like mine!), so let's design some kid rooms!!!

Like every other Mood Board Monday, this blog party is all about seeing how different people are inspired differently by the same things. With no cares for a budget and an unlimited imagination, shop the web to create a kid friendly room you love. Along the way, we will all hopefully inspire some real life expecting moms looking to put together a special space for their brand new bundles of joy.

The actual Mood Board Monday Link up party will be Monday, March 7th. That means you have just under two weeks
to channel your inner child! These Bonavita Lifestyle® model cribs convert to a toddler bed, a daybed and then to a full bed with headboard and foot board, so you can design a nursery using the crib itself, or a little girl's or boy's room using the toddler or full bed!!

From the Bonavita website: "Bonavita furniture collections are built to last. Our classic designs and expert craftsmanship ensure long lasting beauty and durability. Our versatile collections are not only designed to grow with your child into adulthood, but also for other areas of your home."

Here are the two inspiration Bonavita crib collections you have to choose from:

1. The Peyton Lifestyle Crib/Bed in Espresso


{toddler bed}{full size bed}

{Peyton, the name itself sounds noble and thatʼs just what this collection is. With its clean lines, uncomplicated styling and simple good looks, this collection can easily be the centerpiece of any nursery. A contemporary look with a traditional feel, the Peyton Collection is as versatile as it is distinguished. An up to the minute look with a classic feel, the Peyton Collection includes the Classic Crib, the Lifestyle Crib®, 5 drawer dresser, double dresser, combo, nightstand, and hutch for additional storage space on the combo. In addition, every item in the collection is available in an Espresso, Chestnut or a Classic White finish.}

2. The Francais Lifestyle Crib/Bed in two-tone Cream



{toddler bed}

{full size bed}

{Reminiscent of treasures found in the French countryside, the Francais Collection offers a vintage feel and understated elegance. The details found in the scalloped apron, cabriole legs and hand distressed finish allow you to create a soothing and lovely Villa ambience. This 5 piece collection offers a Lifestyle Crib™, double dresser, 5 drawer, nightstand, and small dressing chest. In addition, this collection is available in a beautiful two tone finish as well as a rich Antique Charleston Cherry.}

If you're just joining us (welcome!), or for anyone unfamiliar with the concept of the Mood Board Monday Linky party, here's the general idea:

1. This is a fun way to share all of the creativity out there and showcase how we can all start from one inspiration point and end up with a variety of ideas.
2. To be a participant, you need to create a complete mood/design/inspiration board for a room based on one of the two Bonavita cribs (or conversion beds) shown here.
3. On Mood Board Monday party day (Monday, March 7th in this case), come back here to link up to the party. You will need to include your sources in your post and give a brief description of the room and how you were inspired by the photo.

Check out our previous Mood Board Monday Linky parties here:
MBM01, MBM02, MBM03, MBM04, MBM05, MBM06, MBM07 and MBM08.

Please spread the word...the more bloggers, the more creativity and beautiful rooms!! Let's try to give as much help as we can to all the expecting ladies and moms out there! So excited to see you back here in a couple of weeks. Thanks, everyone!

Ps. Bonavita is blogging, tweeting and posting on their Facebook page about this Mood Board Monday too, so hopefully we will get to meet some new faces!

bluebell + daisy



My first stationery project since we had Maura was this set of double-sided Save the Date cards for Rachel and Jason, who are getting married this summer at a winery in Illinois. When we spoke on the phone for our consultation, Rachel told me about the french country, vintage feel she wanted for their wedding.

{the front}

{the back}

Her color palette of blue and yellow already worked perfectly for this. In addition, nothing says french country to me like a mix of patterns, so we used a floral on the front of the card and a stripe on the back.

To get the vintage vibe they wanted, I used a combination of fun fonts and decorative ornaments inspired by old french soap and perfume labels. The border (used on both sides of the card) reminds me of a vintage stamp, and the two graphic frames (outlined in yellow) that contain the important text also help add to the throw-back feel.

Thanks for making my transition back to work after the baby so easy and fun, Rachel!

PS. Blue and yellow is such a beautiful, versatile palette. Click here to see some other wedding invitation sets I've done in this color combo.

CSN Stores Giveaway Winner!!



Happy Valentine's Day!!! Hope your day is sweet and filled with lots of love:)

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the CSN Stores giveaway last week! We have a winner...according to, its lucky number 74!!

Congratulations, Liz!!!! I'll email you with your CSN Stores $40 gift code. Happy lamp shopping:)

Rate My Space Rockstar



With all the great blogs out there to read, I sometimes forget about good old Rate My Space from the HGTV website. I was browsing around there the other day and came across another awesome series of killer spaces, this time from dwanderson.

{small den/TV room}


{master bath}

{kids bath}

So inspirational! This home seems to hit a lot of the styles I like but have had trouble envisioning how to pull all together.

PS. Don't forget to enter the CSN Stores giveaway!!! Friday, February 11th (today or tomorrow depending on when you read this!) is your last chance to get in on the action. Thanks for all the great response so far:)

CSN Stores Giveaway!!



***Edit: This giveaway is officially closed. Thanks!***

Hey, everyone! I've only ever done one giveaway before, its high time for another one!

CSN Stores has over 200 online stores where you can find furniture, lighting, rugs, wall art and decor, cookware and so much more. They have it all, people!

One of my home obsessions is decorative throw pillows, such a great way to add color to a room and so easy to switch in and out to freshen up a space. I found so many I'm loving right now on their site:)

I've been dying to try using wallpaper somewhere, either as an accent wall or maybe on the back of a bookcase or hutch. Did you know CSN carries wallpaper?! I love these:

CSN Stores has kindly offered a pewter + sage reader the chance to win a $40 gift code! Awesome, right?!
  • To enter, please leave a comment on this post about something currently on your home decor wish list - what are you on the hunt for?
  • For an extra entry (leave a separate comment), become a follower of p+s if you are not already.
  • This giveaway will be open until Friday, February 11th at 11:59pm EST. The winner will be chosen via and announced the following week. Open to US and Canadian residents only.
Good luck and happy shopping!

A Frame Makeover



Hi! I've had this really large (like 11" x 14" opening) with a huge profile (3 or 4 inches all around) frame kicking around for a while. But it was black and a bit heavy and dramatic. So in effort to lighten and brighten things up, one night after Maura went to bed I painted it white. I just used some random white trim paint we had lying around in the basement, and didn't even sand it before hand. It took a couple of coats to cover and then at the end I sanded down the edges to reveal some of the original black and give it that distressed look. I also got out my regular old artist acrylic paints and brushed watered-down black and raw umber in various areas, wiping it off with a paper towel, to add more dimension and antiquiness.

{before...all ready for painting with Frog Tape}


I liked it a lot better once I was done and decided to use it on my ledge shelves in the family room (I hadn't restyled them since I took down the Christmas stuff). I went brighter here than in the bookcase in the foyer because I needed some injection of color after all this snow we've been getting. I set up the frame in the middle of the two shelves, with a corner lying on each. This is something I've never done before and I like how it makes this look like one long vignette/shelf, instead of two distinct, different ones.

I love this yellow and orange print, its actually from a really cool 2010 calendar I had (that's the top half of the word June down there at the bottom). The entire calendar was designed and printed by different members of the Ffrench family (yes, even the kids!) who live in Stockbridge, MA and own The Dolphin Studio. They've been collaborating together to make a calendar each year for the last 40 years!

The smaller print is actually from a calendar as well (one of my favorite sources for cheap wall art - the other is to cut pages out of books) Cavallini Japanese Woodblock calendar that I already used in our downstairs bathroom here.

{I collect letter "P"s}

PS. Some exciting stuff coming up - stay tuned for a giveaway and the next Mood Board Monday announcement:)

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