Meet our new friend, Benjamin Moore.

A few weeks ago after we signed the contract for our new home, I reached out to my dear friend Meredith for some inspiration and advice on color and wallpaper. Mere is one of my oldest friends- we’ve known each other since second grade! Here’s Mere and me in third grade doing a “talk show” for Mother’s Day dressed up as our moms (?!) Mere was so chic, even at age eight! (Note: Mere is the mini-Audrey Hepburn. I’m the one that looks like Hyacinth Bucket from Keeping Up Appearances. See reference photo below.)

We grew up together in Richmond, but Meredith quickly outgrew RVA and went on to study at SMU in Dallas before heading to New York City for design school. She now works for one of the top interior design firms in Manhattan, Gomez Associates, with a bevy of socialite and celebrity clients (don’t pump me for gossip, though. Mere is as tight-lipped as they come about her clients! Privacy first!)

Meredith has always had an impeccable eye for style and design, even before studying it professionally. She has an effortless way of mixing traditional with funky, neutrals with pops of color, and envisioning how to make a space come to life even from just a simple photo. Everything she touches looks like it magically came to life from the pages of a magazine. Which is why, as a clueless design neophyte, I absolutely needed her help in building the very basic-but essential-foundation to our home’s design: paint and wallpaper.

First up, our dining room. I sent her a safe, neutral grasscloth idea. Now? We’re doing this beautiful grasscloth from Phillip Jeffries to punctuate a statement dining room that will look similar to this:

This is our furniture that will fill the room:

Mere also advised us on our paint colors. I picked up my paint samples from Benjamin Moore this week, and tonight I did giant DIY paint swatches on white posters.

Here are some of the color examples for each room we’ll be using these paint colors, and some real-life examples of that room in others’ homes. ALL are Benjamin Moore, our new friend!

Kitchen: Wickham Gray

Living Room: Manchester Tan

Master Bath: Palladian Blue

Master Bedroom: Wythe Blue

Guest Bath: Oyster Shell

I want to find a room SOMEWHERE to do Edgecomb Gray and Gray Owl, but that is for another project, another day….

What paint colors do YOU love??



  1. Omg. Sooooo you have GOT to check out my Pinterest board for our house. Lots of similar colors there!! We’re not using grass cloth but are doing hunter/British racing green (non glossy) in our living room. Wyeth Blue is divine, right?? You have such good taste



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