Navy and white: Classic. Gorgeous. Nautical.
AJ and I were on a date to the Colgate Inn in his home town of Hamilton, NY about a month ago and were poking around the inn. One of the gorgeous rooms was a navy with crisp white molding and wainscotting. It was traditional with a little bit of an edge and we couldn’t get it out of our minds. When we got home we started googling “navy rooms” because we were a little nervous to move forward without seeing some other inspiration and came up with some gorgeous photos. One of the colors we kept seeing, and adoring, was Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy. So we got a swatch, after not liking all the color samples at our local hardware store. We really loved both Hale Navy and the swatch right above it, Newburyport Blue.
After living for a few days with each of the swatches painted in about a 2x3ft area on a couple spots on our walls we really couldn’t make up our minds. We loved the color of Hale Navy best but liked how Newburyport Blue flowed better into the foyer and kitchen better. After finally deciding that Hale Navy might be too dark compared to the kitchen we decided on Newburyport Blue and I’m thrilled we did. It looks rich and nautical and contrasts gorgeously with white. I’m currently brainstorming options for a new rug for the space… something with a little navy in it and probably 8×10. Rugs USA has some I’m in love with at prices that are a thousand times better than Pottery Barn’s.
AJ and I will be the first people to tell you that we are not great at drywalling. Or plastering. It was a labor of love to get the living room to this point. Or maybe I should say “a labor of almost tears”. It made us crazy. For about a week and a half we had drywall dust everywhere. It felt pointless to clean because the house was going to be dirty anyways with dust. But then we decided to just motor through it and get her done.
My parents took the kids for two days last week and while AJ was off on school vacation we decided to have a little staycation. Thursday and Friday we logged a couple of hours working on the living room and then went out and had fun the rest of the day. Then on Saturday we worked for about four hours on the living room putting molding up, painting the navy and cleaning like fiends before my parents brought the kids home. We wanted them to come home to a clean and organized space and well, it wasn’t quite there but it was back to normal after they woke up from their naps.
One of my favorite new additions to this space is this little brass table lamp we found at this vintage shop during our staycation. We went running in Rocky Neck (part of Gloucester) and ran right by this little hole in the wall and came out with a $20 lamp. I love it. I love adding vintage pieces to a room, especially when the piece has a fun memory… every time I look at this I’ll remember our fun morning running through Rocky Neck, brunch at Sugar Mags and working together on this room.
What do you think of the color?
I’ve teamed up with some great women for an Inspire Me DIY Challenge… basically all the bloggers that were part of the challenge had to finish something that they’d wanted to do for a while now. Ours, obviously, was to finally get the living room done (well, done-ish). Here are the other talented creatives out there… after you visit them tackle one of your own projects and hashtag it #inspiremediy