The Home Within Us


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The Home within Us

Just got my copy of Bobby McAlpine’s book The Home Within Us

Loved listening to the Skirted Roundtable’s interview

of Bobby McAlpine here

Wonderful book…wonderful interview…

The Home Within Us

Beyond the architectural perfection

and perfectly poised antiques…paint color is

only just a small part of the magic…

but a welcome jolt of inspiration…

Antique anchor from my Object Trouvé post here

Click for more perfect grays….


Visit the  McAlpine Tankersley website here

and here to see more gorgeous photos from

various projects and magazines…

website photo

like this gorgeous photo….

pencil sketch Trouvais

Speaking of incredible paint finishes…above images show the pencil

sketching mural of Alabama artist Davis Keith Braly with with a

gray-green translucent wash applied over the lead sketching…

From same home as top photo…

from Veranda July/August ’07

Photography Peter Vitale


The Home Within Us

Romantic Houses, Evocative Rooms

Bobby McAlpine with Susan Sully

Certifiably gorgeous book…


Back to the last bits of painting…

Found my perfect gray…at last…

Have a lovely weekend!!!!!!!

Watching Paint Dry



Here’s the first rolled layer in a corner…

Both Joni of Cote de Texas, and my reader Laurie used Pratt & Lambert’s

Feather Gray (or Gris de Plume for Francophiles)…It read really taupy

to me so I mixed mine with Benjamin Moore’s White Heron and tried it

out while waiting for my Sydney Harbour lime-wash Old Stone Wall

paint to come in…


Love how it’s so subtle with the old linen drapes

and antique barometer …



Tone on tone…

just textural change..


I’d love it to work with as many fickle changes in bedding as possible…

no matter how committed to gray I am right now…

Feather Gray paint chip…Thanks for all your suggestions…

Loved Ingela’s from Love your homes comment about adding a bit of burnt umber

to her white paint to warm it up. Most paint stores have tints you can get to nudge

your paint in another direction. I’ve also found colors I’m really drawn to that are

just too dark. My paint store will mix the paint at 25%, 50%, 75% strength.

Playing with lime-wash colors tomorrow…will let you know how that goes…