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Be Colorful Coastal
A Midwesterner relocating to Florida but always surrounded by rooms of color
A color evangelist creating rooms of color one project at a time.
Interests: time with friends and family, painting, blogging, decorating, and making something fabulous out of the discarded and ignored.
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Toggle Commented Nov 13, 2021 on Lighting For The Guest Bath at Becolorful
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Thank you but I explain in the post that this is the fixture I have chosen. Sent from my iPad
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Im sorry but I do not have any wallpaper removal connections in South Carolina.
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These Spirit/Warrior Women would make a great gift for a Mom, daughter, sister, or friend. They could be especially meaningful for someone that has achieved a goal or has fought back against challenges. Whatever their story, Sally can create an artistic and personal gift that will be treasured for years. Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2021 at Be Colorful Coastal
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There is something magical when fall leaves turn such vibrant shades of reds, oranges, and golds. I love fall in the Midwest, but I haven't embraced bringing those colors inside our home. Instead, I like to approach fall decor with a more subtle, softer nod. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2021 at Be Colorful Coastal
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Say hello to my tropically inspired hand-painted pumpkins. Garlands of autumn leaves look out of place and black and orange Halloween flair is not a good look for our Florida home. If I wanted to bring some fall flavor, I knew I would have to do it with some Florida style. Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2021 at Be Colorful Coastal
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Some of our remodeling decisions were timely and needed design updates, while others were necessitated by Hurricane Irma. The unobstructed view of a pool without a cage is beautiful but in this land of mosquitos, this more open-designed screening option is a great compromise. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2021 at Be Colorful Coastal
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Even southern Florida has its seasons. They are much more subtle but they do exist. And just like their northern counterparts, southern homes also benefit from a seasonal change up of decor. Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2021 at Be Colorful Coastal
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What can be said about last year that hasn't been said? The pandemic slammed the entire world but we all pushed back. Some days are startlingly vivid and others are a gentle blur. But most importantly, we bore our way through the challenges, and in some ways, we thrived because of them. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2021 at Be Colorful Coastal
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The setting of this book, Odessa, Texas, and the time period, 1976, are both so key that they feel like two more integral characters in this story about rape, justice, injustice, bigotry, feminism, marriage, and loss. This isn't a feel-good book, probably because it is more reflective of real life, and real-life isn't easy. But it is extremely well written and one that you will remember long after you have turned its last page. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2021 at Be Colorful Coastal
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But these days, fairy-tale endings come in all shapes and sizes. It's okay for the princess to end up with the prince, it's okay for her to end up with the footman, it's okay for her to end up on her own. It's also okay for her to end up with another princess, or with six cats, or to decide she wants to be a prince. None of these make her any more or less a feminist. ~ Sarah Haywood, The Cactus Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2021 at Be Colorful Coastal
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There were days I wondered if I would ever write this post. It seems like we have been at this forever. The house needed a lot more than a refresh and although it wasn't our original plan, we ultimately ended up tearing everything out and taking it back to the studs. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2021 at Be Colorful Coastal
That is a post from 2011 and I no longer have the source of the paint color but it is very similar to this shade from Benjamin Moore. https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/color-overview/find-your-color/color/2067-70/white-satin?color=2067-70
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It was time to bring in some fresh touches to our Florida home. I haven't done anything major...yet, but that might be coming soon. For now, I have just added some accessories like these fabulous monogrammed towels from The Happy Crabber. Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2021 at Be Colorful Coastal
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Lately, I've been pouring over my Home Edit bibles and scratching out lists for Target, Amazon, and The Container Store. While I was straightening and rethinking some of my storage options I began reevaluating what is working for me and what isn't, and during this whole process, I decided to share a few of the tricks that have been, for me, winning organizational hacks. Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2021 at Be Colorful Coastal
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I am full of post ideas and after taking a blogging break, I am refreshed and anxious to share more design, organization, and lifestyle hits and misses with you. See you tomorrow. xoxo, p Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2021 at Be Colorful Coastal
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I had sold or donated all of our trees before we moved and I didn't want to buy another tree and then have to find a place to store it the other eleven months of the year. I also had to do some major editing before we moved and I only brought some of my choice and sentimental decorations with us. And, some years we are only up north for a few short weeks. I didn't want to spend those precious few days decorating and then taking it all down and putting it away again. So this is how I repurposed our Christmas decor and simplified the process. Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2020 at Be Colorful Coastal
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Even during a pandemic special birthdays deserve a little something extra. We kept the guest list to just family but this was a birthday we wanted to recognize and to be a little bit special. Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2020 at Be Colorful Coastal
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At first glance, this warm golden-orange makes me think of Fall in the Midwest. I can easily see it with grey flannel chairs, deep aubergine pillows, or a jewel tone rung. But this is a color that also says Florida sunshine and could be equally beautiful in a coastal or tropically styled home. Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2020 at Be Colorful Coastal
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Lighting was one place where I could inject a bit of flair and personality in to this space. It took a couple of over-served cocktail hours with my husband to convince him that brushed gold is a whole lot cooler and therefore not the same as polished brass. But I got him on board and I love how the lighting looks. Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2020 at Be Colorful Coastal
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Lighting was one place where I could inject a bit of flair and personality in to this space. It took a couple of over-served cocktail hours with my husband to convince him that brushed gold is a whole lot cooler and therefore not the same as polished brass. But I got him on board and I love how the lighting looks. Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2020 at Be Colorful Coastal
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It's true, coastal looks often incorporate various shades of bue into their color scheme, but these images of Pantone's color of the year for 2020, Classic Blue feature a color that is anything but tired. Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2020 at Be Colorful Coastal
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The National Weather Service described this derecho as a straight-line wind storm that had winds as high as 140 mph, or the equivalent of a category 4 hurricane when it hit this part of the state and then continued its forty-mile wide march across Iowa and other Midwest states. Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2020 at Be Colorful Coastal
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One of the best improvements was the upgrade to the facia of this home. The addition of the Craftsman style porch and stone accents gave the house the personality it was lacking. Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2020 at Be Colorful Coastal
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I won't sugarcoat it. Moving isn't for the faint-of-heart and downsizing is moving on a whole different level but done right and methodically, it can be a lot easier than you think. Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2020 at Be Colorful Coastal