Last Summer I was asked to meet Karen Lewis and Interior Decorator Cynthia Nicholas for a color consultation at Allendale Plantation in Woodville, Mississippi. Karen and her husband Bruce were renovating it with Cynthia's help, despite suggestions from several friends to "burn it to the ground and start over".
Allendale has quite a history that includes two Episcopalian Bishops and two Louisiana Supreme Court Justices who were raised there. In his memoir, That Reminds Me, author Girault McArthur Jones wrote of Allendale, "So often the preservation of a house is the primary interest of the diminishing family. Such places become their own reason for being; they plead their own preservation. So it is with Allendale."
Allendale's grounds are covered in scores of old Camelia and Azalea bushes in addition to many Live Oaks.
At our first meeting, Karen explained to me that she is very sensitive to color and after recently being cured of several debilitating illnesses by a healing technique called Holographic Memory Resolution, she gave up a longtime career to become a certified counselor in HMR, as it's also known. This method is based on quantum physics, incorporating the use of color to correct and heal traumatic events people experience and store in the body as "dis-ease". HMR has been known to cure 90% of migraines after just three treatments and is also used to treat pain management, addictions and post traumatic stress. Dr. Andrew Weill requires his medical students to take a course on this technique which was developed by Brent M. Baum (www.healingdimensions.com).
Although Karen was more concerned about how the colors felt at Allendale, she hired Cynthia to help her make sure they worked with all the furnishings and materials they were using. Cynthia also re-worked the floor plan, widening the center hall and enclosing the former back porch to create a family room.
Karen Lewis on the front veranda of Allendale, Circa 1820
Shutters & furniture are painted "Magnolia" and the porch ceiling is "Haint Blue".
Cynthia widened the original center hallway and cleverly incorporated some of Bruce's duck decoy collection into the underside of the staircase. Bruce Lewis was a former National President of Duck's Unlimited and Chairman of the Board. Walls are painted "Wheat". Millwork & most ceilings throughout the home are all painted "JV Cloud White". All paint is VOC-free 100% acrylic Lifemaster, with walls painted in an eggshell finish, ceilings in flat and all millwork, cabinetry and painted furniture in the semi-gloss finish.
The Living Room (shown in photos above & below) and Dining Room walls are "Buttercream".
The kitchen ceiling was salvaged from original flooring from the Living & Dining rooms that had to be replaced because most of it was rotten. The kitchen beams were also salvaged from another area of the house.
The cabinets and stools in the Kitchen (above) and Laundry (below) are painted "75% Ashen Green" and walls are "50% Wheat". We often use percentages of our formulas to lighten our colors.
The Study (painted "Sand") and Master Bedroom beyond and also shown in the photo below, has walls painted "50% Sand" & ceilings painted "Gustavian Grey".
The Master Bath walls and cabinetry were also painted "50% Sand".
Original artwork found in the attic was framed and hung on the wall leading upstairs to guest bedrooms.
Formerly a back porch, the space below was enclosed to become the family room, also painted "Wheat".
Below: Downstairs Guest Room walls are "50% H2 Ahh!".
Now that Karen and Cynthia have finished this project, Karen is available for counseling with an office in Woodville and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 601-431-1935. Cynthia, who is also a fine arts appraiser, said “working with Karen and Bruce was pure joy. With Karen, I knew I could confidently throw out any idea, however unusual. I didn't have to hold back. I could put myself in that house alongside them and make each decision as if I might live there someday, too!” Cynthia can be reached at email@example.com, phone 225-721-1080.
After many months of hard work, Karen and Bruce are finally enjoying living at Allendale and very generous in sharing it with others. The day I came to take these photographs, Karen was showing it to several ladies who were descendants of the original Jones family that lived there for over 100 years. They had driven from Brandon, Mississippi to see it finished and were every bit as awestruck as I was!
Wishing you a very happy & spectacular Spring!
PPG Industries bought the North American architectural coatings division of AKZO Nobel, the former manufacterer of our paints. Although we do not know what changes this will bring about in re-branding (Here's hoping they get rid of the "Glidden" name!), as before, there will be no changes to the products we use which are the premium Lifemaster, Diamond and Fortis products. Also, the stores, along with their employees, should all stay the same. We'll keep you posted on any further developments as soon as we know them!
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Library of Past Newsletters
Winter 2012 (Glamour in NYC)
Autumn 2012 (Color Trends for 2013)
Summer 2012 (A Mountain Getaway)
Spring 2012 (Shameless Self-Promotion: EK Designs)
Winter 2012 (Miscellaneous Color & Design Projects)
Autumn 2011 (2012 Color of the Year & Color Trend Report)
Summer 20011 (Summer Retreat)
SPRING 2011 (Sprucing up for Spring)
WINTER 2011 (800 Sq.Ft. Farmhouse, Eco Hues & Upholstery)
AUTUMN 2010 (2011 Color of the Year & Fabulous Whites)
SUMMER 2010 (Tools for Staying in the Flow)
SPRING 2010 (Woodland Retreats)
WINTER 2010 (Before & After Projects)
AUTUMN 2009 (2010 Color of the Year and Color Trends)
SUMMER 2009 (Designer Barry Johnson's Color Palettes)
SPRING 2009 (Color & Feng Shui)
WINTER 2009 (2009 Color Trends)
AUTUMN 2008 (Transforming Spaces)
SPRING 2008 ( Recap of Previous Newsletters)
WINTER 2008 ( 2008 Color Trends)
AUTUMN 2007 (Green Tips)
SUMMER 2007 (Livin' in "Easy World")
SPRING 2007 (Vibrational Awareness)
WINTER 2007 (2007 Color Trends)
AUTUMN 2006 LIVING WELL (Creating Healing Energy with Color & Light)
SUMMER 2006 LIVING WELL (Healing Energy of Color)
SPRING 2006 LIVING WELL (Company News)
WINTER 2006 LIVING WELL (Creating Sacred Spaces)
AUTUMN 2005 LIVING WELL (Resources for Finding Peace Within)
SUMMER 2005 LIVING WELL (Tips on Exterior House Painting)
SPRING 2005 LIVING WELL (Company News)
WINTER 2005 LIVING WELL (Company News)
SUMMER 2004 LIVING WELL (Company News)
SPRING 2004 LIVING WELL (Consciousness of Water & Our Emotions)
WINTER 2004 LIVING WELL (Create Harmony & Inner Peace by Clearing Clutter)
AUTUMN 2003 LIVING WELL (Color Philosophy)
SUMMER 2003 LIVING WELL (Tools for Living in the Moment)
SPRING 2003 LIVING WELL (Creating a Cocoon)
WINTER 2003 LIVING WELL (Creating a Synchronistic Lifestyle)
AUTUMN 2002 LIVING WELL (Using Healing Energies)
SUMMER 2002 LIVING WELL (Creating a Sanctuary)
SPRING 2002 LIVING WELL (Working with Color & Light)
WINTER 2001 LIVING WELL (More Color Therapy, What Color are You?)
AUTUMN 2001 LIVING WELL (Color Therapy)
SUMMER 2001 LIVING WELL (Creating a Sanctuary with Nature's Colors)
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