The Only Secret Formula For Choosing the Perfect Paint Color

peppercorn paint color

We are all looking for those foolproof, step by step rules that we can just implement, get ideal results and then forget about it. We want less work, no risk and lots of reward. Even when it comes to something as simple as choosing a wall color. And I am the queen of wanting an easy answer. If there was an app or robot that could actually make the right decision for paint, I’d buy it right now. Last week I showed you the paint that Sherwin-Williams supplied for our bedroom makeover, this week, I’m getting on my cute decoupage soap box and giving a State of the Nest address about choosing a paint color.

Choosing a paint color is an art.

I may hate a color in a room, you might love the same exact color. There really is no wrong. Therefore, sadly, no one can give you a formula for how to get the ‘right color’ for a room they aren’t living in.

But I can tell you a way to find the right paint color.

It’s not about learning the secret step by step formula to how to choose the perfect paint color every time.

I can’t teach you how to pick the perfect paint color on your first try. And anyone that says they can is a liar.

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Big Fringe & Lots of Friends

me & em

sisters. me & em Over the weekend we had a little party for locals friends and family. We all ‘sat on the cover’ and I signed their books and they all signed my original copy. I had no idea how to sign my own name in a book so a few weeks ago I practiced […]

Honor Your Story

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I can pinpoint the very moment when I realized our 13 house journey wasn’t just a sad time I tried not to think about. I realized there actually WAS a story, with adventure and fun times and totally depressed times and all sorts of emotions and with an actual plot and purpose that changed our […]

Because Sharing the Imperfect is Worth the Risk


Almost seven years ago I started this blog. And two months into it my sister told me I should talk about my window treatments. My first reaction was that I can’t share my little embarrassing secret. I was sure I’d be met with comments telling me I’m not supposed to do it that way. I […]

Wooden Arrows


I thought I’d do a fun project oh, about 3 months ago. I had a few bread boards and a pizza peel. One had a little leather strap on it so I drilled a hole in the other two and threaded some leather through the hole. Super easy right? I am my own worst enemy. […]

Meaningful Beauty for Imperfectionists :: Thank You for Preordering

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I am so thrilled at the army of imperfectionists who are ordering this book before it even comes out. Look what you have done… For the past 24 hours The Nesting Place has been the Number 1 best seller in Interior Design and it hasn’t even released yet. This has absolutely nothing to do with […]

You Are Invited!

the nesting place book

Calling all Imperfectionists. All recovering perfectionists. All of us who’ve always secretly hoped that perfect wasn’t the goal. We’re gonna gather up in one of the prettiest places you’ve ever been in: Bebe Gallini’s one of my very favorite shops. Get ready to get inspired. We’ll hear music by the talented Reeve Coobs, we’ll chat […]

Stop Waiting for the Next House


I wasted too many years waiting for the next house. The next house held all of the possibility. The current house was just temporary. I felt like I could never truly settle whether it was a house we owned that was far from perfect or a rental that felt too temporary. It took 13 different […]

Beauty Hunters Always Welcome

beauty hunters

Funny. When we made an offer on this house back in July I worried that within a few months we’d have this little house all fixed up and I wouldn’t ever have anything to write about ever again. {I’ll pause here for you to stop laughing}. I wondered if I’d start to have a new […]

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Everything I Never Expected About Being A Mother


Ten years ago my sister stood outside our average dream home and snapped these pictures. My boys were little once too, even though I can’t prove on cute instagram photos much to my dismay. I’m one of those girls who always wanted to be a mom. I always knew I would be. However I always […]

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