Autumn, Amazing Paint Colors & Surgery (Random!)

By the time you read these words, it is likely I will be on my way to LALA land.

Entry with rustic alder door, French prayer chair, and simple serene fall decor. Hello Lovely Studio.#hellolovelystudio #entry #frontdoor

Hello Lovely Studio.

Yes, m’am.

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Photo by Jody Stella (she’s an unforgettable goddess, btw) for Hello Lovely Studio.

Surgery time at long last.

I met with a wonderful surgeon near Chicago today. Not only was I scheduled for surgery (joy!)…he said it could happen tomorrow! That was an offer I simply could not refuse. I must say there was a lot of tenderness and mercy in that doctor’s office today. How grateful I am. One more sleep before I am on the road to recovery.

Goodness, I am quite ready to: say sayonara to the abdominal and back pain, resume my healthy low-fat/high fiber diet (as opposed to NO fat which is how I have been living, and keep me in mind even an egg has 5g of fat), go for long walks again, and transcend the brain fog which accompanies fat-free nutrition (at least for me…also, I never knew how important the fat in my diet was to help me feel satiated. Ever hear recommendations to avoid fat-free products when dieting? I’m guessing that is because you never feel full and may actually eat MORE).

Thanks for all the encouragement and get well wishes–they mean so much and truly have kept me positive.

I hope you are savoring the days putting September to bed and looking to October with joy. The end of October may include a trip to London to attend Amara’s Interior Blog Awards for this girl – wouldn’t that be something?

Provence kitchen with blue plates on wall, old wood stove, and farm sink. Villa St-Saturnin. Haven In. #Provence #kitchen #blueplates #frenchcountry

Photo: Haven In. Villa St-Saturnin.

Did you see the tour of this beautiful French country house?

Provence country home with framed etchings massed on staircase wall. Haven In. Villa St-Saturnin. #havenin #provence #frenchcountry #interiordesign #staircase

Photo: Haven In. Villa St-Saturnin.

Here’s a sweet vintage country house near my own home, and I made some fresh fall PINS for you to enjoy as well.

Small humble white country house. Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #countryhouse #farmhouse #oldhouse #clapboard #houseexterior #frontporch

Hello Lovely Studio.

For Everything There is a Season

AUTUMN SEEMEDTO ARRIVE SUDDENLY THAT YEAR. THE MORNING OF 1ST SEPTEMBER WAS GOLDEN AND CRISP AS AN APPLE. J. K. Rowling. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #fallquote #quote #jkrowling #fallinspiration #fallsaying

AUTUMN SEEMEDTO ARRIVE SUDDENLY THAT YEAR. THE MORNING OF 1ST SEPTEMBER WAS GOLDEN AND CRISP AS AN APPLE. J. K. Rowling. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio.

Small humble white country house. Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #countryhouse #farmhouse #oldhouse #clapboard #houseexterior #frontporch

Hello Lovely Studio.

COZY SWEATERS. EARLY SUNSETS. BONFIRES. WARM TEA. AUTUMN LEAVES. MESSY HAIR. Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #fallquote #fallsaying #fallinspiration #autumn

COZY SWEATERS. EARLY SUNSETS. BONFIRES. WARM TEA. AUTUMN LEAVES. MESSY HAIR. Hello Lovely Studio.

Autumn Splendor

Did you see the fall inspiration from Elizabeth (of Pretty Pink Tulips blog)?

Autumn pumpkins and front porch decor with ferns and mums. Photo: Elizabeth of PPT. #fall #outdoordecor #frontporch #pumpkins #ferns

Photo: Elizabeth/Pretty Pink Tulips.

Thoreau quote. I WOULD RATHER SIT ON A PUMPKIN AND HAVE IT ALL TO MYSELF THAN BE CROWDED ON A VELVET CUSHION. Henry David Thoreau. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #pumpkins #fall #quote #fallsaying #thoreau #henrydavidthoreau #autumn

I WOULD RATHER SIT ON A PUMPKIN AND HAVE IT ALL TO MYSELF THAN BE CROWDED ON A VELVET CUSHION. Henry David Thoreau. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio.

I take a decidedly simple and airy approach to fall decor…

Still life with apple, pear, and branch by Hello Lovely Studio. A serene, shabby chic or French farmhouse moment. #hellolovelystudio #frenchfarmhouse #shabbychic #whitedecor #stilllife #fall #autumn

Hello Lovely Studio.

More images from my cheese board styled shoot are RIGHT HERE.

AND JUST LIKE THAT, SUMMER COLLAPSED INTO FALL. Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #apples #fall #quote #fallsaying #autumn

AND JUST LIKE THAT, SUMMER COLLAPSED INTO FALL. Hello Lovely Studio.

I snapped the following photo in a Paris garden in the fall – maybe this year I will get the opportunity to snap fall moments in London!

BUSY SQUIRRELS - LEAFY PATHS - PINECONES AND CRISP AUTUMN AIR - SO MUCH LOVELY IN THE FALL. Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #fallquote #quote #autumn #quote #inspiration

BUSY SQUIRRELS – LEAFY PATHS – PINECONES AND CRISP AUTUMN AIR – SO MUCH LOVELY IN THE FALL. Hello Lovely Studio.

Paint Color Ideas

If you saw yesterday’s post spotlighting a Tudor home for sale, you may have seen this next Before/After reveal by Studio McGee who transformed a Tudor style home in Denver with fresh modern vintage style and shared the smart paint colors which work so well together.

It is SO worth your time if you like small house makeovers. Best of all, you will be able to see expanses of these paint colors and consider them for your own interiors.

A Smart Suite of Benjamin Moore Paint Colors

Exterior: BENJAMIN MOORE China White

Benjamin Moore RMI- 74 (china white). Holds up against a pure white with its off-white/ grey-ish undertones. Also stands alone as a pure white with bold character. My go-to white!

BENJAMIN MOORE China White.

Front Door: BENJAMIN MOORE Greyhound

Greyhound 1579 | Benjamin Moore

BENJAMIN MOORE Greyhound.

Interior walls, ceiling, and trim: BENJAMIN MOORE Super White

super white PM-1 Paint - Benjamin Moore super white Paint Color Details

BENJAMIN MOORE Super White.

Windows and doors: BENJAMIN MOORE Black Iron

Benjamin Moore & Co. Black Iron # 2120-20, great color for Exterior shutters/door

BENJAMIN MOORE Black Iron

Bedroom and Bathroom: BENJAMIN MOORE Newburg Green

This color is part of the Historic Color collection. A collection of 174 time-honored hues comprises our most popular palette. Steeped in tradition, the refined, elegant colors of the Historical Collection deliver timeless color that can be used in traditional as well as contemporary spaces. Inspired by the documented colors found in 18th- and 19th-century architecture, these classic, inviting tones continue to serve us well today.

BENJAMIN MOORE Newburg Green.

Dining Room and Fireplace: BENJAMIN MOORE Gray Owl

Benjamin Moore Gray Owl Mudroom laundry room kitchen family room paint lightened at 50%

BENJAMIN MOORE Gray Owl.

Kitchen Cabinets: BENJAMIN MOORE Forest Green

My front exterior door frame. Benjamin Moore Forest Green (2047-10)

BENJAMIN MOORE Forest Green.

Shop the Closeout Sale at Houzz!

Rustic French Country Cabinet
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Rustic French Farmhouse Table
French Country Sideboard
French Country Headboard
French Country Stencil With Bee
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Linen & Oak Settee
Linen & Burlap Tufted Ottoman
French Grey Side Table
French Blue Antiqued 4-Drawer Cabinet
Weathered 4-Door French Cabinet – 71″
French Linen Accent Chair
French Country Wing Chair
French Louis Style Arm Chair
Teak 3 Leg Stool
French Linen Upholstered Dining Chair
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Louis Upholstered Bench
French Country Sofa
Pamela Arm Chair
Weathered Arm Chair
Rustic Wood Candleholders
Aged Terracotta Pots
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair Set of 2
Galvanized Console Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
30″ Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Antiqued French Lamp
Light Grey Rattan Chair
French Country Altar Candlestick
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Linen Curved Loveseat
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French Country Loveseat
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Oak Accent Stool
Rustic Ring 12-Light Chandelier
French Upholstered Gray Bench
Jute ARea Rug
French Candle Style Chandelier
Swedish Writing Desk
French Linen Sofa
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Parisian Glass Bottle Vase
Magnus Table Lamp
Spindle Leg Upholstered Bench
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Tufted Headboard
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Aged White Writing Desk
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Grainsack Stripe Armchair
Fireclay Farm Sink
Striped Dress Form
Elm rustic stool
Matelasse Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Grey Bistro Set
60″ Round Pedestal Dining Table
Scrubbed Look Wood Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
French Country Chandelier
Rustic Rectangle Farm Table
Teak Farmhouse Stool

See you on the other side of LALA land, friends…

Peace to you right where you are.

~michele

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14 Comments

  1. Sara LeSueur
    September 28, 2018 / 4:58 am

    I pray your health improves and the path to recovery is short.

    • michele
      Author
      September 29, 2018 / 5:26 pm

      I covet your prayers and am so grateful. xox

  2. Joan
    September 28, 2018 / 5:39 am

    So very happy for you and the Amara short list Michele – you have gotten my vote time and time again. Sending hugs, wishes, and prayers for a speedy recovery and a fun new road that awaits. Be well soon my friend and you will be in my thoughts.

    • michele
      Author
      September 29, 2018 / 5:26 pm

      I’m so lucky to have you cheering me on, Joan. I’m in bed trying not to think about all the pizza and yum I may get to eat someday soon. 🙂

  3. Christine Salek
    September 28, 2018 / 7:54 am

    Praying all goes well with your surgery and you will be on the road to recovery !

    • michele
      Author
      September 29, 2018 / 5:25 pm

      Thanks, friend. I think it went well and now I must simply be patient as the wounds heal. I appreciate all the company and well wishes!

  4. September 28, 2018 / 9:40 am

    Get well soon. Take care of yourself. Look forward to healthy days.

    • michele
      Author
      September 29, 2018 / 5:24 pm

      Thanks, Karen. I sure am looking forward to restored health!

  5. Joanna
    September 28, 2018 / 2:27 pm

    I’m so happy to hear you are getting your surgery so quickly. Prayers and best wishes ~ Joanna

    • michele
      Author
      September 29, 2018 / 5:23 pm

      I am so grateful to finally be on the other side of surgery after a month of attacks and pain! Recovering in bed on a dreary day and dreaming of the cheeses of my future. xox

  6. Karen H.
    September 28, 2018 / 2:39 pm

    Peace to you Michele, right where you are. Prayers for your surgery and recovery to go smoothly. May you soon be be rejoicing that this is all behind you. Very best to you. Xo

    • michele
      Author
      September 29, 2018 / 5:22 pm

      Thank you for the peace – I am recovering nicely I think. Hoping to heal quickly and begin to have normal days without pain. Thanks for all of your support.

  7. September 28, 2018 / 3:34 pm

    Hi my friend,
    I’m praying for you and sending positive energy and light your way. Thanks for keeping us posted 💗
    xoxo
    Holly

    • michele
      Author
      September 29, 2018 / 5:21 pm

      I appreciate the positive energy very much. Just a quiet day of nothing but allowing my body to recover. Peace to you and bon weekend!

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