Benjamin Moore Color Trends 2017

Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. We’ve passed Christmas and New Year’s!!

Things have changed in our household and I’ve put my DIY projects on hold for a bit while I get a handle on things. We’ve brought in our 3 nephews to live with us and I’ve made it a priority to give them a great place to call home for now. 6 children in the home has been challenging and it leaves less time for my blog and projects, but this is what needs to happen! The boys deserve it! Please be patient as I navigate through this and definitely stay tuned as we take it day by day! Now on to business as usual..

The Benjamin Moore color trends were announced for 2017 and I would love to share them with you! Color can make or break a room and it’s just as important as the decor or furniture you put in it.

So are you ready to find out what the color of 2017 is???! Drum roll please!


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Picture Credits: Benjamin Moore


Last year’s color of the year was simply white which came with excitement, but also disappointment. Benjamin Moore made up for the lack of color by choosing a deep and dark color that changes in the light between black and a blue/violet. It has the ambiance to make a room divine as the light changes through the day.

The 2017 color palette follows the same trend as the color of the year. There are some deep colors like Sea-Life, Burgundy, Salamander, Dinner Party… Benjamin Moore really loves the dark tones this year! A dining room or office would be great with any of these colors.



Some lighter colors on the list are Pink Bliss, Chalk White, Cloud Cover, and Iceberg. They are soft and light with a hint of colors such as pink, cream, and green.

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Picture Credits: Benjamin Moore

I’m loving Iceberg for a bathroom. It might just make it into my master bathroom!

The current project is building a bedroom for the boys! They are picking out paint colors and I think we narrowed it down to gray walls with a thick red stripe. Who knows, it could change by the time paint is ready to go on the walls. It’s so fun to do it with them. I will be sure to post pictures of the bedroom when it’s finished!

I hope everyone is enjoying the New Year!



Disclosure: some of the links above are “affiliate links” that when clicked and purchased, I will receive an affiliate commission. The opinions are still mine and truthful about the product recommendation for your project.

Searching for the Perfect Dining Set

I’m currently shopping around for a new dining set since our old counter height table has seen better days. We bought it back in 2006 for our first formal dining table.

At the time I was in love with the counter height look even though it wasn’t well thought out with having little kiddos being around. The color of the wood was ok with me back then since it was a natural golden color and neutral like the chairs taupe microfiber fabric. I hadn’t really established my style and buying furniture for my home was exciting no matter what it looked like!

Buying a new dining set in my 30’s feels completely different! I know exactly what I want and I will be making it happen!

Here are some requirements for the new dining set.

  • Add some rustic/farmhouse charm!
  • The table color should be a dark walnut or a similar finish.
  • It needs to seat all 5 of us plus extend to seat 8 for guests.
  • The chairs need to have tufting on at least 4 of the chairs because I love it!
  • The swoop arm chairs draw me in so there is a couple of options to include this style.
  • Possibly add a pattern or color to the end chairs.
  • Find the look for less!!

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These photos inspire me and help guide my purchase by figuring out what direction I want to go.


Pottery Barn



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The first places I like to shop are World Market, Pier 1, Wayfair, Pottery Barn (mostly inspiration), One Kings Lane or Joss and Main, and Target.

Here are the tables in the running!

Home Decorators

Home Decorators

World Market

World Market


One Kings Lane

And here are some great chairs that I’ve found! More than likely I will do a mix and match from more than one place to get the exact feeling I want.

World Market

World Market



Home Decorator

Home Decorators



Pier 1

World Market

World Market





I’m really loving the World Market Greyson Java extension table that retails for $799, but it’s on sale for $500 thru this week. It has the dark distressed coloring I love and it extends to seat 12 people! Holy batman that’s a lot of people!

Tufted chairs make me excited for my new dining set. What do you think about having mostly tufted chairs with different end chairs possibly in a pattern? Or I could get the wooden chairs from Target and have the tufted chairs on the ends?? Ohhh, I’m so excited, but I can’t decide! Sure it is very formal when the tufted chairs are added, but I love the formal feeling for a nice family dinner.

I want to hear your opinions so sound off! I highly recommend the Greyson Java Table from World Market since I’ve seen it in person and it seems solid and well built! It’s #1 on my list at this point and I need it in time for Christmas. ๐Ÿ™‚


Products Sources

Home Decorators Table

World Market Greyson Table

One Kings Lane Reclaimed Wood Table

World Market Chair

Wayfair Chair

Home Decorators Tufted Chair

Pier 1 Patterned Chair

World Market Teal Chair

Target Wood Chair

Target Tufted Chair

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving!


Disclosure: some of the links above are “affiliate links” that when clicked and purchased, I will receive an affiliate commission. The opinions are still mine and truthful about the product recommendation for your project.



Cabinet Makeover on a Budget

Our rental home is sold! Score! We close at the end of the month and I’m beyond excited to end that chapter and move on to new adventures.

I want to share the changes I made to the kitchen as we wish farewell to the old house.ย The updates I made to the kitchen were so simple, but made a huge impact on the overall style of the kitchen. The cabinets were original to the home that was built in 1915 and they were still in decent condition. Unfortunately, they lacked style and design. The doors of the cabinets were flat and plain, but the size of the cabinets were the size of custom cabinets and worth keeping! All they needed was a little love… Continue reading →

Massage Room Makeover

In case you didn’t know this about me, I’m a massage therapist and have been for 14 years! I only work on the weekends now, but it’s nice to get out of the house without the kids for a bit.

I work at a salon and spa called Colleen and Company which was my first job out of massage school. The owner, Colleen, has recently started trusting me with the interior design at the salon. Of course I am crazy excited about it!!

The building is really old and has an old house feeling to it, but I have no idea if it actually was a house at one time or not. The massage room that I updated is a room that was built by adding a wall to an open room to split it into 2 spaces. It’s the perfect size for a massage room, but it needed a little love to make you want to come in, take your clothes off with a stranger, and get your massage on! Here’s the before!

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DIY Stick Figure Costume



We’re a month away from Halloween and it’s time to start planning the costumes! Last year my boy wanted to be a stick figure and I saw a costume at Target that was what we were looking for, but didn’t have great reviews. There were more expensive options that could be bought as a kit with LED lights, but they were around $70! So I decided to make my own.. strange. ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s super easy to make and the only downfall is it has to be put together right before you walk out the door to ensure the brightness of the sticks. Here’s the supplies you will need..

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Our Rental Home Goes on the Market!

Well, hello! Long time no read! I have been so busy working on our rental home since the renters moved out on July 1. We had so much to fix and change to make it market ready! I went there every day with the 3 kids and I feel like we wasted half the summer there, but the house is on the market now and we’re crossing our fingers that it sells fast! Here’s what I’ve been up to the last month and a half!

Some things that we fixed and updated on the home were refinishing the wood floors, updating to stainless steel appliances, new light fixtures, every room has fresh paint, adding hardware to the kitchen cabinets, and repairing some walls.

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Custom Built Playhouse Part 3

It’s officially summer! How great it feels to have the sun back in my life (I live in Minnesota)! I hope everyone is getting out and enjoying the great weather. We are having a blast!

Is anyone out building a new playhouse? If not, you better get started! We’re moving onto Part 3 of the custom built playhouse so you should start building, ASAP!

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Custom Built Playhouse Part 2

Welcome to Summer! School’s out for summer and the kiddos are home which takes up most of my time. I feel like it takes a whole team to keep these kids busy! Having a full size playhouse around is definitely a plus!

If you’ve missed Part 1, check it out here!

So let’s move on to Part 2 of the custom built playhouse tutorial while the kids are sleeping. ๐Ÿ™‚ We finished Part 1 with most of the framing up so we’ll continue from there.

The roof framing goes up next to create the peak of the loft area and the entrance room.


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Custom Built Playhouse Part 1

I have been waiting to share my custom built playhouse for the right time and the right time is now! Believe it or not, the playhouse was one of my first projects of this size. Most of my projects before this were on a small scale and so this was a huge leap of faith.

Custom playhouses in this size are $4,000 +++! We built it for around $1,000 using our thrifty skills and finding cheap lumber. Building it yourself will save labor costs and give you a sense of accomplishment every time your kids enjoy it! If ours wasn’t so darn big, I would keep it in the family forever!

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The New Chandelier!

Well, I’m not feeling well and can’t do much other than sit on the couch because someone decided to share the stomach flu with me! (Maybe it was the kid vomiting at the last baseball game, who knows!) I figured I would share which chandelier I decided to go with in the eat in kitchen…

And the winner is……..






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