60 Downton Abbey Colors +10 Palettes {like you’ve never seen}

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SIXTY DOWNTON ABBEY COLORS

and TEN UNIQUE DOWNTON ABBEY COLOR PALETTES!

 

WHAT??? Laurel, are you alright?

 

Hold on a sec please…

I’ll be right with you. I’m very busy today because…

It’s my BIRTHDAY!

I’m one of these people who really loves her birthday and this is a super big one. I have now crossed the threshold to where I get to swear all I want!

Did you know that? When you get to be sixty you can swear your head off and nobody will complain. :]

In honor of my big day, I’ve whipped up a special treat for y’all. Really, though, the treat is mine. I could do this all day long–every day and be very happy.

Wait, Laurel!

Yes, I see the look of concern on your face.

No, I’m not going to start swearing. Well, not here anyway! :]

Oh, I know what it is…

You’re thinking that there must already be a million Downton Abbey colors and palettes out there.

Right?

Well, I thought so too, but you know what? Not really. Or if there are, I thought they were missing something.

Here’s what I did.

I found these hi-res production shots on the interwebs. I don’t know who they belong to but they don’t belong to the person that posted them. That’s their business. I don’t want to get into trouble. And, I wanted to do something fun and different. So, I turned each one into a water-color rendering!

It really helps to separate out the colors. From there, I was able to create the TEN palettes. Each palette has nine colors. There is some overlap, but it’s at least SIXTY COLORS!

Most of the colors today are by Farrow and Ball, but there are also many from Benjamin Moore.

If it’s a Farrow and Ball color and you’d like to know the Benjamin Moore equivalent, please click here.

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending an event at the D & D building where I was treated to a preview of their nine new colors by the showroom manager, Lydia. Most of them, I am going to include in the palettes.  like ***this***

[tweet_box design=”default”]You can take these palettes and build an entire room, or even your entire home around them. The Downton Abbey colors feature, lots of greens, grays, creams, blues and many shades of  rusts, reds and violet.[/tweet_box]

 

The plan, so far is to do six posts— one for every season and

it just so happens that’s one for every decade of my life!

 

Let’s get started with Season One of Downton Abbey

 

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 BLACKENED,  STUDIO GREEN, CORD, RECTORY RED, PURBECK STONE

FEATHER GRAY 2127-60, STUNNING 826, CHALK WHITE 2126-70, BLACK BEAUTY 2128-10, REVERE PEWTER HC-172, KENNEBUNKPORT GREEN HC-123,

The beautiful eldest daughter of the Crawley family looking most elegant on horseback. So frighteningly English, isn’t it? Did you ever notice that Mary and her late husband had the same last name from birth? They are actually third cousins once removed and share the same last name. Very convenient!

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PEALE GREEN HC-121, GREAT BARRINGTON GREEN HC -121, REVERE PEWTER hc-172, KENNEBUNKPORT GREEN,  TROUT GRAY 2124-20, DEEP SILVER 2124-30, THUNDERCLOUD GRAY 2124-40, BUNNY GRAY 2124-50, FRESH CUT GRASS 2026-50,

MANOR HOUSE GRAY, DOWNPIPE, MAHOGANY, BORROWED LIGHT

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Lady Grantham, Cora Crowley. Remember Elizabeth McGovern in Ragtime?

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GRAY OWL, SHORELINE, WHITE DOVE, CHANTILLY LACE, TROPICAL DUSK, COVENTRY GRAY, STONINGTON GRAY,

BLACK BLUE

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HALE NAVY HC-154, HAZY LILAC 2116-40 , MEDITERRANEAN SPICE 1337, WHITAL BROWN HC-69, GRAPPA 1393, FIRE AND ICE 1392, MIDDLEBURY BROWN, HC-68, GEORGIAN GREEN, HC-115

BLAZER, DEAD SALMON, YEABRIDGE GREEN,

While many of the Edwardian colors are soft and muted, not all of them are. Cora and Violet having an intense convo no doubt in the library.

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CALLUNA, RAILINGS, BLACK BLUE,

QUEEN’S WREATH 1426 DIOR GRAY 2133-40,

Awww… Matthew. I know several people who stopped watching the show after he died. He is missed.

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LAMP ROOM GRAY, STONY GROUND (FB) BRINJAL,  ***SALON DRAB***, DROP CLOTH, GREEN SMOKE, HARDWICK WHITE, FRENCH GRAY, PELT, TANNERS BROWN,

ROCKPORT GRAY HC-105, KENDALL CHARCOAL HC- 166, GARRISON RED HC-66

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DRAWING ROOM BLUE, LONDON CLAY, BRINJAL, DEAD SALMON, YELLOW CAKE, ARCHIVE, CHARLESTON GRAY

lovers-downton-abbey-colorsFRENCH GRAY, PIGEON, BLUE GRAY, CROMARTY, MIZZLE, DOWN PIPE PLUMMETT, BLACK BLUE, TANNERS BROWN, INDIA YELLOW

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GREEN SMOKE, CHURLISH GREEN, CARD ROOM GREEN, HAGUE BLUE SIFFKEY BLUE, BALL GREEN, FARROW’S CREAM, STUDIO GREEN

MIDDLEBURY BROWN HC-68

sybil-brans-downton-abbey-colorsSTIFFKEY BLUE, GREEN SMOKE, STUDIO GREEN,

PHILLIPSBURG BLUE HC-159, KNOXVILLE GRAY HC-160, NEWBURG GREEN HC-158

maid-downton-abbey-colorsCALKE GREEN, BALL GREEN, BREAKFAST ROOM GREEN, LICHEN, VERT DE TERRE,

EVENING DOVE 2128-30, ABYSS 2128-20

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HENDERSON BUFF HC-15, CHIC LIME, PRINCETON GOLD hc-14, RICHMOND GOLD HC-41, WENGE AF-180

***PEIGNOIR*** ELEPHANTS BREATH, DEAD SALMON, LIME WHITE, CORD

Peignoir is one of the new colors from Farrow and Ball. It’s a very pretty warm gray with a touch of lavender.

brooding-downton-abbey-colorsKENDALL CHARCOAL HC-166

Oh, the brooding Thomas.

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PEIGNOR, ELEPHANTS BREATH, LONDON CLAY, BRINJAL, DEAD SALMON, MATCHSTICK  ARCHIVE, SMOKED TROUT, LONDON STONE, CALAMINE, PELT, WIMBORNE WHITE, NEW WHITE, OXFORD STONE, DIMITY

edith downton abbey colorsFARROW’S CREAM, DORSET CREAM, RED EARTH, PICTURE GALLERY RED, EATING ROOM RED, BRINJAL ,BOOKROOM RED

CHESTERTOWN BUFF HC-9, BRYANT GOLD HC-7, ROXBURY CARAMEL HC-42,

SPICED PUMPKIN 034 TROPICAL DUSK, PHILADELPHIA CREAM HC-30

Edith, played by the brilliant actress Laura Carmichael. I think that she has the most amazing face! Have you ever seen photos of her IRL? She’s drop dead gorgeous!

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HENDERSON BUFF HC-15 , MIDDLEBURY BROWN HC-68

GREEN GROUND, ***YEABRIDGE GREEN***, ST. GILES BLUE, SUDBURY YELLOW, FARROWS CREAM,

The parlor with a little shot of St. Giles Blue from Farrow and Ball. More below in Sybil’s dress!

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COOKING APPLE GREEN, FARROW’S CREAM, ST. GILES BLUE, CHURLISH GREEN, INDIA YELLOW, MAHOGANY, SUDBURY YELLOW

highclere-castle-downton-abbey colors***INCHYRA BLUE***, ***YEABRIDGE GREEN**,

BASIL GREEN 2029-10, DIOR GRAY 2133-30

Well… that was episode one!

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Thank you all who voted for me for the Design Bloggers Conference. If you forgot or didn’t see this before and still want to vote, it’s not too late. The deadline is February 8th. Just click on the link above and it will take you to where you vote. It’s just two clicks and you’re done. I’m a finalist for Best Writing and Best Over-all Design Blog. I still can’t believe it!

Thank you so much!

I love you all!!!

Laurel

 

 

PS: I need to get some better sharing buttons. But as always, if you like this post or any of the images, please pin to pinterest, tweet, facebook… much appreciated!

  • Bianca Maria Moretti - March 22, 2016 - 7:09 PM

    Happy Belated Birthday, Laurel. I think it’s never to late to send well wishes on such a great day, your birthday! Tanti baci!

    BiancaReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 22, 2016 - 10:20 PM

      Hi Bianca,

      Thanks for stopping by dear pinterest friend. No, it is never too late. I accept half birthday wishes on August 7th too. Hell, really any day is fine. xoxoReplyCancel

  • SHERYL - February 12, 2016 - 12:16 AM

    You bring a lot of joy with your talented sharing. Happy Birthday and enjoy a blessed year of health, fun, frolic and cussing. Hate to say it, but it’s refreshing to read it on occasion. Makes me feel better. HaReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 12, 2016 - 11:08 AM

      Thank you so much Sheryl. A colleague I saw at a conference was saying to another colleague about my blog. “Oh, Laurel is so funny. There’s no filter.”

      and I said… No, THIS is the filter! hahahaha!ReplyCancel

  • Deborah Main - February 9, 2016 - 1:20 AM

    Happy Birthday Laurel!! Glad you’re paving the way for some of us who aren’t quite there yet. Absolutely LOVE this post and how you made the pics into paintings and all the fabulous colors!!! Can’t wait for the others. I’m looking forward to more time too come empty nest in September. Wishing you a fabulous decade ahead!! I heard 60 is the new 40 and yes, you actually can swear all you want once your 50. I think you’ve got some catching up to do…lol. xo♡ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2016 - 1:54 AM

      Hi Deborah,

      Like I said, I have a very foul mouth but I do restrain myself pretty much here except for the occasional “shit.” Somebody once lambasted me for saying “friggin.” I say, really? Go pick on somebody else! Not really interested. Now, how did you make a little heart in the comment?

      BTW, it was really a very, very short time ago that I had NO IDEA what I was doing–how to start a blog or anything! So, if I can do it, really anyone can! xoReplyCancel

  • Lidia - February 8, 2016 - 3:12 PM

    Dear Laurel:

    May God bless you in abundance in this New Year of Life!
    Happy Birthday!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Johanson - February 8, 2016 - 1:59 PM

    Happy Birthday Laurel! The big 6-0!!! Enjoy!
    There is a fun app called Waterlogue which turns you photos into various types of watercolors. Love your blog posts!!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2016 - 1:56 AM

      Hi Diane, I have heard of that one too. I think it’s only for I-pad or phone though? I might be wrong about that. Not sure. I do have a little i-pad which i never use! I really prefer my mac. It’s much faster for me. Thanks so much for your kind wishes!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa D. - February 8, 2016 - 1:05 PM

    Happy Birthday, Aquarian Girl! I’m just a little ahead of you – my birthday was January 23rd. You definitely have that one of a kind, originality that Aquarian’s possess. I have a few questions for you: (1) Do you prefer a MAC or a PC, or do you have a preference at all? (2) What kind of camera do you use?, and finally, (3) I hate to admit this publicly. I feel so stupid, but I’m having a bit of trouble following your F&B colors. (Sorry – I guess I’m just a very literal person, or I need some hand holding.) As far as I can see, the blocks of colors are not listed in the same order as the color names, which is a bit confusing to me as some of the names are a bit ambiguous. Am I missing something here? Please help!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2016 - 1:47 AM

      Hi Lisa,
      Yes, I apologize, it’s not you at all! The colors do not always line up perfectly because I was starting to go cross-eyed. Then, I had two paint companies. And even if you go to the Farrow and Ball – Benjamin Moore post, the colors are not always accurate because that’s the way that Farrow and Ball put them up. The best I can suggest is if you want to see the colors is to get the Benjamin Moore Fan Decks and the F&B color card to see the colors. F & B also has a fan deck, but the bloody cards stick together so it’s very hard to use.

      The other thing is even though I used a paint color a lot of the palette in a room would not be paint. It would also be as in the photos, fabrics and accessories, woods Mrs. Patmore’s red hair. lol

      Alright to the questions. I do love my Mac. I loved my PC too but then it started having problems and more problems and I couldn’t take it anymore! I was told that the macbook would be better for me and over-all, I think it is. Also, the macbook is so light, that I really can take it to clients and conferences/trips very easily. It was very easy to switch over too. I got used to the small differences very quickly. Whenever I get stuck, I just google “how do you do whatever it is I want to do on a macbook” and there it is!

      My good camera is a Canon Rebel t2i, but a lot of the shots I take were taken with my Iphone! The trick is in editing the imagesReplyCancel

  • Kelly@mysoulfulhome - February 8, 2016 - 11:49 AM

    WTF Laurel you are 60?! Rock on Mama. Enjoy swearing to your hearts content & all the other things you do with such style! Happiest of years to you. LOVE this post! Thank you for the gift…ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2016 - 1:36 AM

      Yes, I am SIXTY! But still can’t quite believe it. Oh well… I keep reminding myself that Cher is going to be 70! Then, I don’t feel so badly. We will talk soon!ReplyCancel

  • Holley Johnson - February 8, 2016 - 9:48 AM

    Happy birthday Laurel!
    What a fabulous way to celebrate your special day. Such luscious colors and photos! Great idea and by the way, you look fantastic.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2016 - 1:32 AM

      Thank you Holley! I say it’s because I eat all the sugar and fat I want. lol and moisturize my skin until it’s ready to melt off my face. I love neutrogena with the retinol in it. It really does help! It’s very light and no disgusting perfume either!ReplyCancel

  • Dayle - February 7, 2016 - 9:51 PM

    Outstanding as usual….your colour sense is absolutely superb!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Laurel! The best is yet to be!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2016 - 1:29 AM

      Thank you so much Dayle. I agree. The best is yet to be!ReplyCancel

  • Cyndi Johnson - February 7, 2016 - 7:24 PM

    Happy Birthday! I loved this blog post. Well I love all your blog posts but this was extra fun because who doesn’t love Downton. I read many of your posts to choose the palette for our new to us home. The house was painted something close to Chesterton Buff in every room regardless of the other room element colors. It was hideous. I went with White Dove in the living room, entry hall, stairway and adjoining upstairs loft. White Dove trim throughout. The dining room is White Dove wainscot with Horizon on the upper wall. The kitchen and family room are done in Shoreline and I am in the process of painting the honey oak cabinets White Dove. The master bedroom is Silver Satin and I absolutely love it. My husband’ s office is Revere Pewter and mine is Bunny Gray. I did an accent wall in the entry in a small bump out in Kendall Charcoal. Thanks so much for your posts that provided the inspiration for my color choices. They all look fabulous. Although we did have a scare after painting the entire 20 by 18 foot family room and the adjoining kitchen nook and kitchen Shoreline, when my son came in and said ” Oh, I see you painted it purple”. We almost repainted the room, but instead changed out the light bulbs and the color changed dramatically, becoming the soft blue I was looking for.

    I tried to convince my husband to remove one of the kitchen cabinets and replace with open shelves. But he was concerned with earthquakes damage. You can add that to your list of reasons people come up with to not add open shelving. I did get him to remove some center panels and add glass, which will have to do until we can afford a new kitchen.

    Love your blog. You always make me laugh. And I always come away with something to ponder. Good luck with the Design Bloggers Conference voting. You have my vote.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2016 - 1:29 AM

      Oh wow, Cyndi! The light bulbs! I bet someone talked you into those gross “daylight” bulbs. Just one problem. Daylight is never that white! My bathroom is shoreline and if anything with my bulbs which are halogen it goes ever so slightly greenish at night. But you would never call it green. It is a bluer gray during the day. It’s really a lot like Stonington Gray but one step up lighter.

      Thanks so much for the great comment and vote too!ReplyCancel

  • Megan - February 7, 2016 - 7:06 PM

    Happy Birthday!!! I hope you had a lovely day!!!
    Thank you for the amazing post!!! Absolutely breathtaking!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2016 - 1:24 AM

      Thanks for all of that Megan! The idea had been germinating for a while and I experimented with a couple of the photos and loved the effect. It was a lot of fun for me too!ReplyCancel

  • Jill S. - February 7, 2016 - 6:53 PM

    Happy 60th Laurel! What a beautiful post! I always look forward to reading and oohing and ahhing over what you’ve posted. I voted for you twice and hope you win!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2016 - 1:20 AM

      Jill! Hi!!! How are you? Gosh, your “babies” must be at least 15 now? That’s insane! Hope you guys are all doing well! And thanks so much for your votes! Really appreciate that! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Terri Davs - February 7, 2016 - 5:17 PM

    Happy 60th Birthday,my friend.I am not far behind you. As always, you knocked it out of the park with this post. You are brilliant! Love the watercolor images!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2016 - 1:18 AM

      Hi Terri,

      I had no idea but there are many, many of us born around the same time! I know some people don’t like to talk about how old they are, but it doesn’t change the fact that one IS that age. Thanks as always for your kind words and wonderful support! It means so much to me to have a talented colleague stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • Val Edwards - February 7, 2016 - 4:08 PM

    Hey Laurel:

    In my best imitation of Stevie Wonder (in tribute to Dr. MLKJr.), I sing, happy birthday to you! I hope you have a great day. And since you’ve begun swearing, I suggest a martini. That’s my plan when I turn 60. Bra-less with a martini, and an occasional damn thrown in for emphasis …. everyday!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2016 - 1:15 AM

      Hi Val,

      As I said a little earlier, I haven’t started swearing, it’s just that now, no one will complain. Or if they do, I can bop them over the head with my cane. lol Alright, thankfully, don’t need a cane just yet.

      I still can’t quite get used to that number. But you should see some of the women that I dance with. (ballet) One of them just turned 79 and has the body of a 25 yr old in really good shape! That’s most inspiring for me!ReplyCancel

  • Vita Sims - February 7, 2016 - 3:44 PM

    Hi Laurel:

    I love the watercolor renderings ( Since I am a watercolorist ) and especially the color palettes!They are delicious! You Go Girl! Happy Birthday!

    VitaReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2016 - 1:13 AM

      Hi Vita,

      I love putting colors together and it was the easiest part of this post. Well, the idea of the colors since the images dictated that. What took a while was making those little palette boxes because each one has to be manipulated in both color and then delicately put into place in a straight line. I think there are a few people who don’t realize I did all of this on my laptop!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - February 7, 2016 - 3:35 PM

    Happy Birthday, Laurel!!
    Thank you so much for this post. I LOVE Downton Abbey and the watercolor effect you gave the photos really are very beautiful. Pulling out the colors from them is so appreciated and such a great idea. Thank you!!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2016 - 1:10 AM

      Hi Brittany,

      I wanted to get back to some paint colors and palettes because I know that the majority of readers really like that. And then I was thinking that Downton is winding down now. There’s always a let down when the short season is over and hopefully, this will help ease the pain! Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • Jane - February 7, 2016 - 3:00 PM

    Happy Birthday, Laurel!! thank-you for this fabulous post. it’s absolutely brilliant!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2016 - 1:08 AM

      Thank you so much Jane! I’m glad you enjoyed it! I don’t know how these things come to me. I think I see art everywhere!ReplyCancel

  • Lyn C. - February 7, 2016 - 1:48 PM

    Oh, I had to laugh! My sister in law and I just had this conversation about reaching a certain age when swearing is not only apparently okay, it’s unbelievably satisfying, like letting go of some unperceived pressure. So much lost time, not swearing. Didn’t Helen Mirren once make a comment along the same lines? This was an especially inspired and creative post, to mark your special day, and a very nice treat for your many enthusiastic fans. Wishing you all the best on this happy day from your fellow Pinterest Fireplace board partner- in -crime. Cheers and hope Champagne figures somewhere in your day?!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2016 - 1:05 AM

      Hi Lyn,
      Well… I have to admit that I can swear with the best of ’em. Not here, because it gets folks all righteous and indignant. And who needs that? right?

      Thanks so much for stopping by, your well wishes and for all of your lovely pins too!ReplyCancel

  • Heather Bates - February 7, 2016 - 1:38 PM

    Loved this Laurel, I don’t even know how you had the time to figure out and wade through all the colors!

    Happy Birthday…Will I be seeing you at DBC this year?ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 8, 2016 - 11:30 AM

      Hi Heather,

      Well… I have a very limited life right now. But that is fine. I spent so many years raising my boys and now that they don’t need me too much anymore and I got rid of…… lol I have a LOT of time!

      Yes, I will be at DBC and so looking forward to meeting you for real!ReplyCancel

  • Marie-France Gravel - February 7, 2016 - 1:09 PM

    Happy birthday! And thank you for all your generosity in your posts. You are really the first one I want to read on Sunday mornings, and that is why I have just voted for you in the two categories!ReplyCancel

  • Val - February 7, 2016 - 12:57 PM

    Happy Birthday and my very best wishes Laurel!!!ReplyCancel

  • Angela Toledo - February 7, 2016 - 12:32 PM

    Happy Birthday Laurel!!! What a gorgeous post, thank you for the treat. I voted for you in both categories – Congrats!! Hands down you are my favorite blogger, always informative, fun to read and such eye candy too:) You so deserve to win and I will be cheering for you either way (though I’m betting you’ll win as the quality and talent of your blog is impossible to ignore) As a long time reader and decorator myself it’s been great to see you blossom and expand while staying true to your sense of humor and humility. You’ll go as far as you want to and I thank you for staying true to your unique voice. Cheers!!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 8, 2016 - 11:28 AM

      Hi Angela, thank you so much for your kind words, support and votes! I’m very grateful and always amazed by everything that’s happened. The first two years, nobody read my blog. I just figured that no one was interested but I was doing a lot of things wrong. After I got some good help, it helped to turn the ship around.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy Wittenberg - February 7, 2016 - 12:24 PM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LAUREL! Congratulations on turning 60! I really enjoy reading your blog. You are a great writer and have an amazing sense of style. Thank you for generously sharing your knowledge, and thanks for all the laughs! Like others, I’m dying to know how you converted the photos – they’re the best I’ve seen! Sincerely, SandyReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 8, 2016 - 11:25 AM

      Hi Sandy,

      Thank you so much!

      I use Sketcher to convert the watercolors. I have it for Mac but there’s also a PC version, I believe.ReplyCancel

  • Karan Anton - February 7, 2016 - 11:49 AM

    Happy Birthday Laurel! Love this blog. Great job!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 8, 2016 - 11:24 AM

      Hi Karan, Thank you so much stopping by and for all of your kind support on FB! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Tricia Heliker - February 7, 2016 - 11:38 AM

    What a splendid idea for a post and so artfully done! And then, more to come!! Can’t wait. I shared a link on my facebook page. I look forward to Sunday mornings and your latest post, and want my friends to enjoy it as well. Bless you on your birthday.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 8, 2016 - 11:23 AM

      Thank you Tricia for your kind words and sharing! That is a wonderful present always!ReplyCancel

  • Maureen Byrne - February 7, 2016 - 10:57 AM

    Happy Birthday, Laurel, mine is on the 17th, turning 60! Really enjoy your blog, you and Maria Killam are the only 2 I still read.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 8, 2016 - 11:23 AM

      Hi Maureen,

      Apparently, there are many who read this blog who are turning 60 this month or there abouts! How cool is that! I guess we were born at the height of the baby boom and February in a popular month for sure!

      Thank you, I’m so flattered and honored to be in such esteemed company!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Silverman - February 7, 2016 - 9:59 AM

    First things first…Happy Birthday! I’m so glad to have you in “my club” which I must admit I’ve been in for several years. And you are so right, the minute you enter you can do and say whatever you want and you don’t have to give a s**t what anyone thinks of you anymore! Next, the minute anyone says “Downton Abbey”, I’m all over it like fleas on a dog. (I know…that was an awful simile) I love this post and I love what you’ve done with the photographs and the colour palettes. Which leads me to my next question…how did you get the photos into watercolours like that? I use an app, but it is nothing like this one. Genius! Next, enjoy season 6 of Downton unless you’ve already watched it (I already have). Love you, love your blog, and I hope you win!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 8, 2016 - 11:20 AM

      Thank you so much Susan! I use Sketcher but have to play with it a little bit. It has a mind of its own it seems! Have to say that it’s a little too much fun though!ReplyCancel

  • Roberta - February 7, 2016 - 9:51 AM

    Brilliant…thanks and HAPPY Birthday!!ReplyCancel

  • Gina - February 7, 2016 - 9:17 AM

    Happy Birthday!! What a great post. The colors were magnificent! The set and wardrobe designers sure know what they’re doing, right?ReplyCancel

  • Peg - February 7, 2016 - 9:06 AM

    Brilliant post–best ever! Thank you, and Hapoy Birthday!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - February 7, 2016 - 8:56 AM

    This post is so much fun. Made me think how every little story, potentially, gives you a palette, and every palette has a potential to give you a story. Like in “Snow White”-the dark ebony wood of the window frame, white snow behind the window, a drop of red blood-and the fairy-tale is born..

    Happy Birthday, Laurel!! And many-many happy returns of the day! Wishing you happiness, health, joy from your children, family, and everybody you love, and may all your dreams come true.
    PS Of course I voted for you)).” Telling the truth is easy and
    pleasant.”ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 8, 2016 - 9:45 AM

      Hi Jenny,

      Yes! Color palettes are everywhere and nowhere more perfect than in nature.

      Oh dear, it just started to snow.

      Thank you for your lovely well-wishes! I do feel quite blessed. Last year was a massive challenge for me, with crushing losses. This blog is what got me through the pain of the loss of my beloved pet and dearest friend. The latter suffered immensely for 17 months and I got to watch in horror before she finally succumbed.ReplyCancel

  • L - February 7, 2016 - 8:28 AM

    Very happy Birthday greetings! You look fabulous, you are vibrant and your blog rocks. Thank you for this amazing post.

    Quick question — how did you transform these shots into watercolors??? I am taking a photography class and it would be wonderful to make a photo look painterly — after the course, of course, and if I can learn to make painterly-worthy photos.

    Once again, an amazing post and one I will keep for a long time. I hope the gifts YOU receive for your birthday are as wonderful as this.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 8, 2016 - 9:37 AM

      Hi L,

      I used Sketcher for Mac since that’s what I’m working on.

      The best gifts for me are the love from family, friends and all of the kind people who take the time to send me such incredible messages! I am always overwhelmed and it spurs me on!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Calvert - February 7, 2016 - 8:21 AM

    Hi Laurel,

    I have voted and good luck! Just curious which of the many watercolor apps you chose? I too love them and think these appear better than the ones I have. Thanks and fingers crossed!!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 8, 2016 - 9:34 AM

      Hi Nancy,

      I have a Mac and I use Sketcher. I think there’s Sketcher for PC too. Actually when I did it on my PC I had a program that had more options. It might’ve been sketcher too but it was a little different. And thank you so much for your vote!ReplyCancel

  • Catherine Forneri - February 7, 2016 - 8:18 AM

    Happy Birthday Laurel! I am having my sixtieth bday later this year.

    Wow Laurel! Wow. Wow. Wow. Beautiful work. I am always envious of people, like you, who have artistic talent. I wish I had it, but I don’t. Lol. I spent several hours just looking at the watercolors. I could see, perhaps, having them framed and hung up. It would be a shame to put them in a drawer or something like that.

    But Laurel, once I got to looking at the paint chips and names I got confused. Do the paint names line up with the chips? Maybe they aren’t supposed to.

    I can see building a whole house scheme from one of these. I’m a bit hazy, at least right now, on how you would actually implement that. You know going from this collection of colours/paint chips to deciding what room to paint what. I’ll be mulling that over myself. But if you have some pointers in that area please share them with us in a future blog.

    Laurel you are the only blogger I follow on a regular basis. I look forward to your post every week and often go back and re-read posts. So enjoy your sense of humour. Keep ’em coming.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 8, 2016 - 9:32 AM

      Hi Catherine,

      These watercolors require no ability whatsoever other than to download an ap and hit the button. lol One can manipulate the effect but only to a small extent. The paint colors don’t necessarily line up because I felt it was more important to separate out the two companies. If you notice, the links go back to their respective brands.

      I’m so flattered by your kind words! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • micheline hamel - February 7, 2016 - 8:16 AM

    Quelle belle idée que ce montage de downtown abbey, toutes ces couleurs. Magnifique. Merci je vais partager avec des amies. Je suis du Quebec, Canada.
    Happy Birthday!ReplyCancel

  • Terry Shaffer - February 7, 2016 - 8:08 AM

    Happy Birthday! I’ll be joining the 60 Club in April. Love your blog! Let us know if you are ever in the NJ area. Would love to meet you. xo
    TerryReplyCancel

  • Monique - February 7, 2016 - 8:06 AM

    Happy Birthday, Laurel! Beautiful Post this week. I look forward to reading your blog every Sunday morning! I voted and know you will win.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 8, 2016 - 9:24 AM

      Thank you so much Monique. There’s a lot of competition but just getting nominated is a huge honor!ReplyCancel

  • Dolores - February 7, 2016 - 7:41 AM

    Dear Laurel- A VERY, VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you!!!
    May you be healthy and happy and may all be well with those whom you love!
    Now there IS something wrong with this birthday post- aren’t YOU supposed to be on the receiving end of presents? Here you’ve turned the tradition on its head and gifted us with a blog post that I will just keep forever. It is wonderful- thank you so much for all your hard work.
    And don’t tell me you are 60 years old..no way.You look amazing! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 7, 2016 - 4:57 PM

      Hi Dolores,
      I AM on the receiving end! Each of you is a gift in my eyes. And the thing is… the more I give, the more I get in return!

      But, I also love a good challenge and finding ways to produce unique posts! And this one yes, took quite a while, but it was so much fun!

      Gosh, I wish I had this app when I was in design school!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy S - February 7, 2016 - 7:25 AM

    Two of my favorite things — your blog and Downton Abbey! Happy 60th birthday! Hope it’s a wonderful day and next decade!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 7, 2016 - 4:52 PM

      Hi Tracy,
      Every time I see you here, I have a big sloppy grin on my face and you know why. Life is sure funny sometimes, isn’t it? After all, the most beautiful roses can only grow when they’re rooted in a deep pile of dirt and shit. :]ReplyCancel

  • Mari - February 7, 2016 - 6:29 AM

    So inspiring. Thank you so much. Some of the watercolor renderings remind me of my old paint by number projects.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 7, 2016 - 4:49 PM

      Hi Mari,

      Yes, some of them do look a little bit like that. One can manipulate them a little in the program, but it does the “painting.” I swear I could sit here all day long hitting the paint button and seeing the photos transform.

      I have no idea how it works, but no two renderings are ever the same! My favorite is the one of Edith. I think it looks pretty believable.ReplyCancel

  • Liz - February 7, 2016 - 3:42 AM

    Ha, my birthday tomorrow!…..this must be an Aquarius thing! Have a fabulous birthday day Laurel, another great blog. X
    Good luck in The Design Bloggers competition.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 7, 2016 - 4:46 PM

      Happy Birthday Liz! I definitely fit the Aquarius profile. It’s funny, though. My mom’s due date would’ve set me firmly in Pisces. But alas… she couldn’t wait…She said. I, on the other hand, also couldn’t wait (when I was preggers) but my boys were both two weeks late! haha! Thank you for all of your well wishes!ReplyCancel

  • Ann Fulton - February 7, 2016 - 1:27 AM

    Happy Birthday, Laurel! This was a FABULOUS, GORGEOUS post. It was a lot of work, I know, so thank you!! I’m a little bit older than you, but this decade has been the sweetest one yet. Enjoy!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 7, 2016 - 4:42 PM

      Hi Ann,

      I’m so glad to hear that! I guess these are our golden years? Or is that later on? Well… who knows? What matters is right now and right now, things are going very well! I’m very grateful and blessings to you as well!ReplyCancel

  • Libby - February 7, 2016 - 1:00 AM

    Happy Birthday, Laurel! Very best wishes and don’t let the bastards grind you down!
    Im glad you had fun creating these beautiful palettes. Thank you for this gift.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 7, 2016 - 4:41 PM

      Hi Libby,

      Oh man, I had a doozy the other day that I deleted. He told me I was color blind and on and on… about the Benjamin Moore Farrow Ball paint chart. Just one problem. I took the colors directly off of F&Bs site, so if they aren’t accurate, it’s them that’s at fault. For this post, I did tweak the colors in some cases to make them match better!ReplyCancel

  • Shari - February 7, 2016 - 12:51 AM

    We share the same birthday! Happiest of birthdays!!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 7, 2016 - 4:39 PM

      oh wow! Happy Birthday Shari! I know at least two other people who have this birthday! ReplyCancel

  • KimG - February 7, 2016 - 12:46 AM

    Brilliant, really.ReplyCancel

  • Margot - February 7, 2016 - 12:41 AM

    Hello Laurel, before even reading this absolutely fabulous looking post, I just want to wish you a very Happy Birthday! We share an early February birthday, maybe that’s why I love your blog and your style so much. Congrats on being one of the finalists for best blog and I hope you win. Now, I need to get back to reading this super post!! Enjoy your special day.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 7, 2016 - 4:38 PM

      Thank you so much Margot! Yes, Aquarians rock! And happy birthday to you too!ReplyCancel

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