lester the blue lobster

***UPDATE: note, I refer to the blue one as "that little guy", however, I do not know the sex. Yes, there are boy lobsters and girl lobsters, and I have it on good authority from my East Coast peeps that when you are buying lobster to cook and eat, you should always request female lobsters. Much more tasty.

Check it! I told you there are blue lobsters in real life - and orange ones and freckled ones, too. But that blue guy - what an amazing colour. Next time I am called upon to name paint colours (it has only happened once but I live in a perpetual state of preparedness for the next time), I will for sure be naming a blue paint colour after that little guy: Lobster Blue, Lester Blue, Blue Lobster, Claw Blue, Crustacean Cerulean...just spitballing a few ideas.

Read more about the phenomenon of coloured lobsters in the HuffPo.

Countdown is on to PEI Road Trip Summer 2012. 

coastal overkill?

It's that time of year. Every mag is full of dreamy coastal retreats. You can't flip a glossy page without a visual assault by all manner of seaside design conceits. Starfish? Check. Resin coral or *gasp* the real thing? Check. Navy and white stripes? Check and check. Wicker? Check. Nickel hurricanes? Check. Blue Hydrangeas? Check. Of course, I'm a stylist and continue to use many of these tricks. But when is enough enough? When does a room go from gorgeous coastal to cloying coastal? When is it too much of a good thing? Here are 2 examples. 

A Cape Cod home by Meredith Hutchinson from Veranda June 2010

A dunes home on Long Island by Steven Gambrel.



5 things to love

Well, there are more, but here are 5 things to love about this room.

1. sky-high ceilings.

2. blue sofa + green armchair (always love B+G)

3. campaign chair. yummers.

4. portrait. 

5. giant undressed windows that flood the space with light.

OK, yes, there's somethings bare -- even unfinished -- about this room, but sometimes you don't need the bun and all the toppings. Sometimes the burger is delish on its own. Would you add/change something here? if so, what would it be?

source: fawn galli

nature = paint colour names

I've been thinking about paint colours recently, 'cause, you know, that's just the kind of girl I am. I took this snap when I was on vacay this summer -- off the north shore of PEI. When I look at it, the pic kind of reminds me of how they depict heaven in the movies -- the sky, the light, and then George Burns' voice... But today I look at it and see probably about 30 different paint colours with names like: Cirrus White, Morning Ray, Atlantic Blue, Surf, Shadow Grey, Deep Sea, Oceanic, First Light, Horizon, Calm Sea....