Monday, July 23, 2012

Sweet Things

Happy new week, Darlings ...
As you walked through this past weekend ...

I hope it was filled with SWEET things ...

... like the taste of sweet treats ...

... the scent of sweet memories ...

... the promise of sweet romance ...

... and, of course, the very sweet time
you take just for yourself ...
time to relax and recharge ...

As for me, my weekend was filled with
SWEET things such as
sleeping in {just a little},
a delicious strawberry waffle breakfast out and
a country club dinner al fresco
under this red umbrella
with a view of a beautiful golf course ...

Time this weekend (and everyday these days!) was also spent
dreaming SWEET color scheme dreams
for our new historical house.
Since our style of home is sometimes called a
"wedding cake"
we will have the exterior painted
in a pretty pale, pale blue-green called
Benjamin Moore's "Icing on the Cake" next year.
The plan is shiny black shutters, door &
elegant shiny black floors on porches.
Porch railings and all trim will be white.
Similar to this townhouse on my Pinterest boards:

But, "Icing on the Cake" is much lighter,
very similar to the background color
you see on the blog.
 So pretty, don't you think?

For the interior,
I haven't decided yet.
I want to be ready to paint when the walls are
finally all ready and that will be very shortly .. help!

Normally, I would most likely go with neutrals
for the wall colors (i.e. taupes or pale grays), but I decided
maybe I wouldn't do that after
I removed the taupe painted-over-grasscloth wallpaper
that a previous owner had left up
(as you saw previously in my breakfast room in this post)
 and white plaster walls were revealed.
The white suddenly made the rooms
feel SO much more light and airy.
I'm enamored with talented designer
and her beautiful designs and use of color.
I want a very happy house, so
I'm thinking either of going with an all-white scheme
(except for pretty glossy black interior doors throughout)
with hits of golden yellow here and there,
as if the yellow are hits of sunshine everywhere.
This idea came from these rooms of Mary's ...

The second scheme choice would be
using the same "Icing on the Cake" color
that we use on the outside of the house in the same way
that yellow is used above,
with hits of it throughout.
If I go with that scheme, I may also paint the breakfast room
in that color of pale blue-green.
 I had a previous kitchen painted in that color
in a previous house and it was lovely with the white marble.
But ... I LOVE the golden yellow sunshine idea too ...
what do you think, stylish readers?
Would LOVE your opinions!

Maybe I should combine both colors like
Mary Douglas Drysdale did in this room:


In closing, as usual, I also spent
lots of time wrapping up several illustrations
for some lovely clients in the studio.

One of those was a
quick fashion illustration
requested for the
Miss Bahamas Universe Pageant 2012,
featuring Herve Leger designer swimwear.
You can read the first press on the event
here in The Bahamas Weekly.

The illustration above will appear
on a banner at the Pageant
I am told.  Fun!

Have a great week, everyone!
What have you been up to?
I'd love to know!

Ooh La Frou Frou
is the blog of
Illustrator SANDY M.
"Ooh La Frou Frou" is simply a name she created
to describe the chic things she love to illustrate.

Photos above are via Ooh La Frou Frou's
Pinterest boards
with the exception of the red umbrella photo,
which was taken by Sandy M.
All illustration in this blog is by SANDY M
the owner and author of the blog.

For custom illustration,
contact SANDY M here.


Not Just Another Milla said...

Your home is going to be as amazing as you are! Love the colours you mentioned.

Have a great week Madame M!


Margarita Bloom said...

Hey Sandy! Happy Monday buttercup! Ooooh, both color schemes sound lovely! Your house is just going to look gorgeous. :)

Elizabeth {Ms Classic Glamour} said...

Beautiful post, as usual!! Love the color schemes in the home pics... I'm such a sucker for cream colors.
Have a wonderful week, Sandy!

Pink Champagne said...

Oh my, my! Your paint color choices sound divine! I just adore your clever "Icing on the Cake" fitting. Cannot wait to see the finished product, love!

Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

I love that buttercream feel of your potential interiors Sandy--I can say that after 4 years of pale gray walls I am ready to go white again...but I know whatever you pick will be beautiful. I'm glad you've been enjoying yourself along the way! Have a wonderful week!

xo Mary Jo

Fashionista622 said...

Your home in the end sounds worthy of an editorial feature on House Beautiful. Your inspiration and colors are so chic and elegant. Thanks for sharing such sweet images with us. Great post honey!


Vanessa@Luxuria said...

Wow Sandy! Every color combination sounds divine. I have a Victorian house in the UK, and apart from the 10 Downing Street black front door, everything else is white. I'm just not very adventurous with color. So can't wait to see what you come up with. Congrats also on your artwork for Miss Universe; what a scoop!

rolala said...

Sandy, I love all the eye candy as usual and it's always wonderful to hear more about how your dream house taking shape. The color combinations you describe sound great. I think the exterior of the house is gonna be beautiful. And you can never really go wrong with white walls with pops of color. Congrats on the Miss Bahamas Universe pageant illustration. So exciting that it will be featured on a banner!

Hope your week is off to a lovely start Sandy and thanks for dropping some of your sunshine on my blog :)

Rowena @ rolala loves

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

Sandy, i love the "icing on the cake" concept that you are bringing to reality. i didn't think about that when it came to decorating. that's why i love you girl! that is so SWEET! your home is a dream! i love that blue and black together. perfect! ok, are you sure your house won't be edible? hahaha because it's going to look so good, you'll swear you can eat it! keep giving us more Sandy! love that you think out the box.

Angelica Ng said...

I just realized how in tune this blog is with this season. Pastels galore, feminine touches, dreamy lace and sequins...

But of course, you've always been in tune with my tastes! A timeless blog.

Shop N' Chomp said...

You have a wonderful eye for design and color! I like the second scheme more. :)

Fashion-isha said...

Aah I needed this post. It was like a mini virtual vacation. Those images were divine and your illustration is just amazing! I really have to get my act together and come up with an idea for those business cards!
Have a great week!

classiq said...

Your house is going to look beautiful, Sandy! As far as I'm concerned, nothing beats white in terms of wall colour. Matched with gorgeous floors, there's nothing more elegant. Enjoy your weekend! xo

Taj Acosta said...

congrats on the banner!
also, I love the combo of the two colors, it's very warm and inviting! xx