Happy Holidays!

All ready for the man in the red suit
The Beast
The Beast


10 thoughts on “Happy Holidays!

  1. Hi Stephanie,

    I love the color of living room! Can you please tell me what color paint you used? My boyfriend and I just moved into a 1920’s bungalow and we have been trying for weeks to find the perfect green with no success.

    Thank you,


    1. Hi Erin,

      The living room paint color is a Miller Paint color called Green Acre 8144M, but I believe it has been discontinued. Believe it or not, we painted this room almost 8 years ago. I still love the color though!


    1. Thanks Stephanie! I’ll look for those. I do have one more question. In some of your posts you mention using more muted colors because they look better with the dark wood, but this green doesn’t look muted to me. Does it just appear more vibrant next to the wood? Our local paint store sells Benjamin Moore and I like some of the historic colors, but we were thinking about something more bold for the living room.


  2. Hi Erin,

    I think it is muted in that it contains a lot of gray, but it is brighter than most of the olive greens people seem to use in bungalows. I chose it for two reasons – first, I wanted a green that worked well with the green glass of the sconces and box beam lights. Secondly, it reminded me of this Bradbury and Bradbury green wallpaper, which I love: http://bradbury.com/forest.html.

    That said, I think there are two other things that influence the way that color looks. One is the amount of natural light in the room – we have natural light pouring into that room from all four directions. I suspect the color would look very different in room that only had windows on one or two sides. The second thing is exactly what you said – I think there is such a contrast between the color of the paint and the dark wood that it makes the color look a bit richer than it would on its own. On its own, it is pretty olive-toned and borderline drab:



  3. Benjamin Moore makes great paint. I wonder if you might like their Woodland Hills Green (543) or one of their Affinity colors like Agave (or Seedling if you’d prefer something less yellow and more of a true green.) I would say not to limit yourself to the Historic Color palette – just look for a color you love, and don’t worry too much about the bungalow color police. 🙂


  4. Julio and Stephanie,

    I’ve been following your blog for a few years now and fully admire and endorse everything it represents. I’m currently in the process of home shopping in Long Beach, California and have also been considering Portland. What I wanted to know is; are you familiar with any awesome real estate agents in the area? One who would be able to confidently (and honestly) navigate a Portland newbie through Portland’s real estate market? Any information would be of help. And I realize that this isn’t really an appropriate place to post this question, but I wasn’t sure where else to take it.


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