scenes from the weekend, part 2: christmas pink

December 19, 2011

Sometimes a parent’s desperate attempt to occupy children in some constructive way leads to something wonderful. A couple of years ago Olie, Solvi, Tilly, Audrey, Al and I were all outside in the snow, when I found a dead pine tree that had been cut down. On a whim I propped it up in a frozen stand and told the kids to go into the woods to find “ornaments” – pinecones, leaves, berries, etc. We spent the afternoon decorating our outdoor tree, and thus “the Nature tree” was born.

This year we thought it would be fun to enhance some of our finds with glitter. Oh, and I could photograph it for my blog. Of course once we were all set up, Olie came downstairs in one of the girl’s pink sweatshirts, cause he “didn’t want to be the only boy.” Then we could only find pink polka dot dixie cups to put the glue in. Thus what was supposed to be a Christmas shoot wound up looking like a day at the faerie factory, all pink and glittery! Oh well, I shot it for posterity. Low and behold, I really like it! Who knew pink was the new red?!

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Debbie December 21, 2011 at 11:14 pm

I love the color in your living area? would you share the color?


Justine December 22, 2011 at 12:34 am

Sure, Debbie. What you are looking at is a custom color by my aunt Sheila (the architect whose work I feature – a LOT!) It’s absolutely gorgeous, changing constantly with the light. Here is the formula for “Sheila gray” in Benjamin Moore paint.



Debbie December 27, 2011 at 9:48 pm


I went to the store to have the beautiful color mixed that is in your dining room. Unfortunately, the person at the store felt that I needed more information in order to receive the perfect result. If this is too much trouble please don’t bother but these are the additional questions that he asked. Which product line? ex. regal, Which base? ex. 1 or ultra, What quantity was mixed?
and what sheen? flat, matte, eggshell. He said everything would be on the can.
thank you and I hope you are enjoying the holiday with your family.


Justine December 28, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Hi Debbie,

No problem. See the specs you’re looking for below:

Custom color formulas for BENJAMIN MOORE /FLAT latex /Gallon

215-1B [base for * above]
OY ox 24.25
BK ox 14.00
OG ox 11.75
GY ox 8.00

I don’t have any more info regarding the exact type of BM paint, but it shouldn’t really matter.

I’m curious to see the results. Can you send me a before and after pict?

Good luck!



Debbie December 28, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Thank you for providing the additional information during your special holiday time with your family. I can certainly take pictures before and after and send them to you. This is project that we are doing down the beach and we are still removing a few decades of wallpaper so it might be a few more weeks before the walls are ready for paint.


Debbie December 22, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Thank you so much for the formula. I can’t wait to have it mixed up to try in my living room. I agree. It is gorgeous!!!


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