Bringing Poised Taupe Home



Let’s start this off honestly: Browns are not my bag. So when my long-standing partner Sherwin-Williams approached me about sharing their 2017 Color of the YearPoised Taupe – I was unsure. In my mind taupe is a drab nail color my mother used to wear in the 90s, one that I didn’t like then and didn’t feel much differently about now.

But then I actually saw the color in question, and I was proven wrong once again in life. Because this taupe? This taupe, Poised Taupe, was unlike anything I’d seen before. Plenty of grey undertones, even a little violet in some light, a modern take on a classic color.




After considering where Poised Taupe might fit into my home I had the answer. A small wood side table  that had banged up legs and had seen better days could use a bit of a makeover, a second chance at life. I was also curious how different textures might take the paint, so I decided to give a seagrass basket that I keep blankets in an upgrade as well.

I left the surface of the side table unpainted for a bit of extra contrast. After giving the legs and underside a light sanding, I wiped them off with a cloth and swiped on two light coats of Poised Taupe in Sherwin-WilliamsProClassic formula with a satin finish.




My seagrass basket took a bit more time, but I found painting each little section therapeutic. After pouring through pattern options online I went with a simple zigzag – because sometimes simple is best, ya know? I love the update and how it feels a little bit like a fair isle sweater for the cooler months that are nearly here. For this mini-project I went with the Poised Taupe in Sherwin-WilliamsEmerald formula (my favorite!), also in a satin finish.




For a color I wasn’t so sure about, Poised Taupe sure seems to fit right in in my home with its earthy feel. Both the side table and basket are currently front and center when you walk in the door, nestled in the nook of my staircase. It’s the perfect place to put a vase of fall flowers and drop your keys.




This post sponsored by Sherwin-Williams. All words and opinion are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Design Crush creating fresh content!


Carrie Lamp + Carrie Lantern



Autumn has finally shown its face in Pennsylvania, making me want to nest, wear socks, and light candles. I’m loving these two pieces from Norm Architectures – the Carrie Lamp and the Carrie Lantern – for creating a cozy evening ambiance. The Lamp is an upgrade of the Lantern, it’s USB-rechargable LED powered while the Lantern relies on a candle. (It can also function as a case though, so bonus.)






ONZA Tiles



With just a glance can you tell what MUT Design‘s ONZA modular tiles are inspired by? Chocolate bars.  In texture, production process, and how they’re melted down with heat. They’re beautifully minimal, composed of just three ceramic pieces with invisible joints that allow infinite compositions when assembled. Choose from three neutral colors – grey, terra-cotta, and white.








Let’s Getaway



It may be because I’m about to head to the beach for a few days (with 14 family members, don’t be too jealous) but I’ve been daydreaming about little getaway homes. Or maybe just little getaways in general – to the beach, to the woods, the mountains, the country, the lake – all of them. Wouldn’t it be a dream to own or have regular access to a place just the right size for you and a few others? I have to admit, this is the only time I’m truly on board with the tiny house movement.



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Let’s Talk Bathrooms


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Do you love your bathroom? Me either. It’s not that it’s an eyesore, rather it’s just not my style. (If you’ve noticed, I’ve never shared a tour of either of the two in my house on the blog.) I’d love to do a little renovation of at least the main bath on the second floor at some point, so I’m always keeping my eyes open for inspiration, I’m usually drawn to lots of white, black, and wood. Maybe some subway or patterned tile, nothing crazy. Have you ever done a bathroom renovations? Because even the idea of it intimidates me. In the meantime, have a peek at these twenty beauties.




Artifact Uprising Float Frames



I’ve had the same piece of art hanging at the top of my stairs for nearly two years and have been wanting to change things up. I actually have a folder on my desktop of my favorite photos I’ve taken, with the hope that one day I’ll print and frame them as art. So when Artifact Uprising reached out about their brand new floating frames I was ready, willing, and completely prepared.




After some hemming and hawing I narrowed it down to this shot of a group of surfboard blanks that I snapped in San Diego a few years back. It’s a really muted photo and I love that it blends in with the wall color so well. I uploaded my iPhone image to Artifact Uprising and a week or so later a very safely packaged framed print was on my doorstep. (A huge deal, I’ve had several pieces show up broken from other companies.)




After watching a video and using the handy template they sent along to hang the float frame we were all set. So sleek, right?! The frame grade acrylic is thick without weighing a ton like glass, and the brass-coated bolts give the entire piece such a polished look. Such an impact!




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Happy Weekend


1/ Shower to the People, a mobile unit that provides free showers to St. Louis’ homeless
2/ Japan’s Ghostbusters-inspired marshmallow burger
3/ Beautiful tooled leather bike saddles
4/ Paris’ first floating hotel
5/ Bit Leaves: square flowers and plants by Baku Maeda
6/ The lunar cycle displayed through 15,000 colorful origami birds
7/ Vibrant, realistic frescoes painted over old building facades
8/ Charming cut paper silhouettes transform famous U.S. landmarks
9/ How to give a car a wicked paint job using gravity
10/ Sweet Dreams
11/ This musician tattoos the names of suicide survivors among his fans
12/ Greenlid compostable compost bin



1/ Alexandria Coe
2/ Print Edition: September 2016
3/ Lisa Sofield
4/ Nick Pena
5/ Oxford Pennant
6/ Thomas Mailaender’s Illustrated People
7/ 12 places to find great bedding
8/ Where to Eat Pizza
9/ The world of Whirlpool


The World of Whirlpool

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I’ve been starting to toss around the idea of a small kitchen renovation in the back of my mind. It’s not a huge space and the layout is actually very functional as is, so it will likely be cabinet replacements and updated appliances. There are so many updated options to choose from these days, but I’ve relied on Whirlpool in both of my homes and the brand loyalty I’ve built with them isn’t likely to deviate.


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Whirlpool Corporation is actually a family of brands – Amana, Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, and Jenn-Air – featuring a portfolio of appliances that can match the personal style, use, and expectations of any consumer, any budget, and any project. Every household is unique and Whirpool’s line of appliance brands utilize cutting-edge design and purposeful innovation to fit every lifestyle.


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Whirlpool‘s Global Design Centers use consumer insights to guide design and create appliances that integrate with the entire home, not just the kitchen. Design preferences – like open kitchens – create plenty of opportunity to experiment with color finishes, textures, sounds, and the necessity for quiet and harmony within the space.


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If you’re living in an open environment you know appliances can’t stand alone, which is why Whirlpool offers color finishes and textures that make appliances feel more like a part of the home, rather than the cold, utilitarian boxes of the past. For example, KitchenAid’s black stainless finish seamlessly blends with other home materials and resists smudging.


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The eco-conscious among us can feel good knowing Whirlpool offers a “no-compromise” approach for homeowners by giving them high-performing products that have a small impact on the environment, an affordable purchase price, and a low cost to operate. Homeowners no longer need to choose between products that are sustainable and products that look good and are affordable.

This post sponsored by Whirlpool. All words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Design Crush creating fresh content! Follow Whirlpool Corporation on Twitter and LinkedIn.