Black Beauty

I’d hoped to have a painted room to share today, but I underestimated the ability of my right arm to paint and paint and paint. I’ve primed, I’ve put a first coat on, and I’ve done half of the cutting in for the second (and final, I hope) coat of paint, but I still have a few hours of painting ahead of me before it’s done. Such tall ceilings! So many windows and doorways, and a fireplace to cut in! Such strong shoulders I will have! (On the right side, at least.) Luckily my legs are holding up just fine with having gone up and down the ladder all weekend, and I’ve finished all of the up-high work.

Black Benjamin Moore Paint Swatches - Soot, Almost Black, Polo Blue, and Black Beauty #makingitlovely

I liked the range of blacks that Benjamin Moore offered, so I stuck with them for my samples. I tried Soot (so close), Almost Black (too light), Polo Blue (pretty and nuanced, but too blue), and finally, Black Beauty (the winner!). It’s the warm black I had been looking for, and it makes the wood trim in the room look amazing. The three huge windows are South-facing, and the room is flooded with light, so it can take a dark, dramatic color. I can’t wait to see it with the furniture back in place!

Now, off to paint.

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Style: White Plus Gold

I am so ready to wear something besides boots and four million layers to go outside every day. It’s almost March, which for Chicago means what, two more months of snow to go? Come on, spring!

Style: White Plus Gold #makingitlovely

  1. Kitty Glasses, Lookmatic
    Cat’s eye frames meet a mod round shape. And such a good color! Meow.

  2. Elizabeth and James, Nirvana White, Sephora
    I was skeptical, but both scents are pretty fantastic. Here’s an interesting fragrance review.

  3. Elizabeth and James, Nirvana Black, Sephora
    Ditto, above.

  4. Charming Charm Bracelet, Kate Spade
    I just always love these.

  5. Double Wooden Ring, Moorea Seal
    A little wood to break up all the shiny and sleek.

  6. Beige Tights, Anthropologie
    These are the most comfortable tights. If beige isn’t your color (and I don’t blame you!), they have others. I have to say though, I bought a pair of opaque beige tights last year, worried that they’d be weird, and I love ‘em.

  7. Pointy Flats with Gold Ankle Strap, Zara
    The little flash of gold here is so, so good.

  8. Basic Tote, Baggu
    A basic tote made less so by being made of gold.

  9. Labworks Stripe Shift Dress, Target
    This dress looks short! It would be equally cute over leggings and boots, but I couldn’t bring myself to still be looking at boots this time of year.

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