Paint is by far the easiest way, besides cleaning, to spruce up your home. Ryan and I have painted nearly every inch of our home. The previous owners had very unique tastes. Even before we purchased it, I had more experience painting than the average person. As a teenager, I painted my room almost annually. I don’t change my mind quite that often anymore.  I try to select a color that I will love for years. I thought I’d offer eight suggestions for your next paint job.

  • I used to think purchasing samples and painting them on the wall was a waste. I was completely wrong. If you want to be certain you have the right color, then you need to try it out first. I usually narrow it down to three possibilities, and I paint each color on a wall or remnant piece of drywall. Pay attention to lighting, focal points, and the overall vibe of the space. It’s best to compare the color to other samples as well. Samples may include flooring, fabric, rugs, etc. (Side Note: If you paint a remnant piece of drywall, you can take it with you when making decisions about furniture, fabric, tile, and more.)

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  • Use a quality paint and select the right sheen. We love Benjamin Moore paints, because the brand is durable. Messes happen, and I don’t want to accidentally wash the paint of the walls. Another reason I use Benjamin Moore is because the color matches from gallon to gallon. I’ve purchased many brands, and I’ve been disappointed when I needed to repaint one wall or touch up a nail hole. Eggshell is my absolute favorite, because it cleans well and doesn’t show every imperfection.
  • Label your paint cans and purchase a ‘Pour & Store’ lid by Shur-line. This lid makes all the difference when you have to start and stop. I also suggest labeling, because you might just forget or misplace the information. Just write it on the container with a sharpie.
  • If painting trim, I recommend painting it before it’s attached to the wall. That base coat will make your life much easier after you fill in the nail holes.
  • Use quality brushes when it matters. Home Depot sells a short handled brush for five dollars and some change. It’s my absolute favorite brush. I also use it for painting furniture.
  • I don’t use tape. I find that knowing how to properly ‘cut in’ saves time, energy, and money. You can also keep a wet cloth handy.
  • If you are painting over a dark wall with a lighter color, be sure to prime. I know it’s annoying, but it will look better if you do.


  • I recommend buying a pole to attach to your roller for those higher spots. Rolling always looks better than brushing in my opinion. I always use a foam roller to even any brush marks.

I hope you find those suggestions helpful, and be sure to check out my ‘Weekly Favorites’ for paint color ideas. We’ve got lots of exciting things going on at our house, and I’ll be sharing some updates very soon.


Weekly Favorite Finds

If you follow my blog or know me personally, you know that I love Hawaii. It is truly my happy place. The islands are where I feel centered and free from ‘busy’. We’ve been planning our next trip, and I’m beyond ready for a vacation. With that in mind, I thought I’d share three of my favorite pieces from my travels.

Let’s start with the beautiful painting of Isabella. I commissioned my dear friend Mike Carroll to bring Isabella to life for me again. This painting is hanging by our bed, where Bella typically spent her time. She used to sleep right by my head, and I miss that ball of fluff by me. This painting captures her so beautifully, and it is the first thing I see in the morning. Mike did an incredible job as always. I actually have several pieces in our home from his gallery that I’ll feature at a later date. If you get the opportunity to visit Lanai, I encourage you to visit his gallery. You can also check out his pieces by going to or liking his Facebook page.

When we were in Maui last, I had hoped to find someone to carve another whale for me. I have a smaller whale, but I wanted a statement piece for our home. I couldn’t find a single person selling their carvings until the very last day. I came across a gentleman from Tonga, and he was actually carving on the lawn by the beach. He had this beautiful whale on a table, but someone had already purchased it. He offered to make me my own and ship it to our house. I was so thrilled when it arrived. This man has an amazing gift.

I’m always looking for beautiful pieces of art that capture the essence of Hawaii. When I saw this beautiful turtle, I knew I had to have it for our laundry room. This item, along with others, are made by hand. The colors and detail are beyond words. I honestly can’t remember the artist’s name, but I’m going to see if I can look it up. If I find it, I’ll let you all know. There are so many ways to see, enjoy, and purchase art on Maui. If you love art like I do, I can’t encourage you enough to visit Maui.

I hope these pieces inspire you like they inspire me. Part of creating a beautiful life is collecting beautiful pieces to enjoy.