North Carolina is home to the Biltmore Estate and Olympic paint has a color palette named after the grand home. Natural Splendor Biltmore Estate has the names ‘Dancing Light’, ‘Mountain Light’, and ‘Autumn Red’ as part of that palette. These colors were inspired by those found in the woods, streams, and foot bridge that grace the peaceful surroundings of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.
It is from this palette that I chose the colors for Copper Top Cottage. I am drawned to anything that has historical significance. The interior colors of my home are Tobacco Road and Plantation Beige by Sherwin Williams. North Carolina has a rich heritage in tobacco and old plantations. So it is with that sort of trend in mind that I chose the Bitmore Estate color choices for my shed.
I am so pleased with how it turned out against the copper in the roof. I knew the copper color was well paired with a teal-ish family but getting it just right can be tricky. My eye will distinguish color exactly and it can drive me nuts if the right depth and hue are off even slightly. Drives Mr D nuts too cause he has to listen to me gripe. I can proudly say that I am pleased with Copper Top’s paint choice first time around.
I can’t say the same for my former paint attempts at my last home. I painted that kitchen 9 times before I got the right blue figured out. I was hoping for a misty blue like is found on foggy mornings on the Atlantic coast. I went from baby boy blue to finally painting it a color called Smoke and that ended up perfect. So when I told Mr D that I needed to find the perfect teal-ish blue….he ran and hid. The above kitchen is from the house we were living in last year. I loved that kitchen. My new kitchen is the color Svelte Sage which is a dark sage green.
So take a look at Natural Splendor Biltmore Estate, ‘Hidden Spring’. I simply love it and all the other colors in that series. Copper Top Cottage has several hidden springs surrounding it and that just makes it even more perfect huh? Did I say I love it? I do!
Except for a few finishing pieces and adding the 100 year old brick patio—it’s finished as far as construction goes. I still have to paint the inside which is no small task. The walls will be ‘Shining Star’ from the Biltmore Series and the floor is a ginko biloba pattern that I’ve written about already–HERE.
I think the color palette from the Biltmore Estate will work well with this pattern. I’ll put a varnish over the top as they did here. The picture is from my Old Salem collection. This is painted on the floor of one of the gift shops.
My aunt and uncle have given me several antique pieces that will furnish the inside of Copper Top. My uncle worked at RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company forever. He has given me his tall tool hutch which has a beautiful teal patina.
It’s about 4 feet long and 6 feet high. I love it as it has tons of character and fits my historical need to preserve our family and NC’s heritage. RJ Reynolds was bought out and the name is no longer king in our area. He also gave me a bunch of his tools and odds and ends of nuts, bolts, and such. I’m going to use those assorted pieces of odds and ends as adornments for the birdhouses I’ll be making.
I also inherited an old trestle table and many old galvanized buckets which have weathered perfectly. There is a tall metal stand that was in my grandmother’s house and it’s priceless. I can remember getting my towel and washcloth from this cabinet when I was a little girl. Soon as the floor is fnished,
I can start moving these items to Copper Top. Mr D will be glad cause they are lined up on his part of the garage. He has to make some real manly maneuvers to get his truck in the garage. He loves me or my stuff would be sitting in the backyard under the trees getting tooted on by the birds. Thank you honey.
And lastly, I’ve been collecting lace to make curtains. Oh I forget about the bucket of jars that my youngest son collected for me. He was out on a jobsite and they were installing landscaping. One of the holes they dug up had some cool old jars. He got an old bucket and picked up as many as would fit in the 5 gallon container. Mr D got me a cardinal welcome sign and a set of teal wind chimes. So I’ve collected quite a bit of cool things.
As you can see, I’ve got a lot to get done but the paint was certainly a major decision. Isn’t it exciting? So glad you came along to follow. You can read all the back post for my little cottage HERE.
I still have more post to do on Staunton but took a break from blogging to work on my shed. I’ll resume that series of post soon.