How it all began…Tobacco Road

Well, this is my very first post, so I’ll just get right to it!

I have to give a little background on our home. We moved into a new construction home at the end of 2008. It’s a 2-story, open concept floor plan. I loved it, and knew it was ours when we came to look at it. I like 2-story homes because of the extra space you gain, like a powder room downstairs, game room/bonus room, bigger yard etc. One problem with the house though was that beige was everywhere. Every wall, all of the ceilings, and carpet were beige. It was beige overload.  The color the builder used was Sherwin Williams Nomadic Desert, in case you are interested. Or as I like to call it, builder beige. Did I mention there was a lot of beige?

The first room I decided to have painted was the kitchen. I chose a color that was used in one of the HGTV dream homes (Sherwin Williams “Sequin”). Didn’t test it on the wall or anything and just went off the internet picture. BIG MISTAKE. Wanna See?

Yep, that’s it in all its yellowy glory goodness. Yikes, right?!  I swear it was fluorescent yellow on the walls, especially at night. So, living with this color for fifteen minutes a day, it had to go. Why I didn’t stop the painters when I saw the first stroke put up I don’t know.

So then I began my online quest for the perfect neutral color. Not a beige, not a yellow, but a perfect medium. Then I came across The Nester’s blog, and found some posts talking about the paint color Tobacco Road.  Immediately I was intrigued by her blog, and the paint color, so I went on the hunt for this famous color and got 5 different samples of it all in different formulas. Came home, tested them all, and settled on a formula from Sherwin Williams, just tweaked it a bit.

Here is my very messy Tobacco Road paint can.

Here it is in our kitchen now.

Ahhh, much better right? My heart skipped a little beat when it was all over with. I heart Tobacco Road! Here’s a close-up…

It might be a little hard to tell in the pictures, but it is the perfect mix of a golden neutral without being a boring beige. At night it’s definitely more golden. And sorry about the kitchen counter mess.  I was working on some other projects. :)

So, there you have it! I found out about this massive home decor blog world by trying to find the perfect paint color. I’ve been addicted to these fabulous blogs ever since, and finally took the plunge in having my own. I need someone to show off all of these projects to right?

And before I close, I have to give a HUGE thank you to my awesome husband. He designed and built this site all by himself. Isn’t he brilliant? I think he is a genius. He spent many, many long hours and sacrificed much needed sleep in order to get me up and running. Thank you honey, I love you, and I love my site.

More projects to come!



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  1. OH my word I can still remember writing my first post and how exciting it was–only my blog wasn’t near as pretty as yours! Welcome to the wonderful world of being obsessed with your blog! Ok, so maybe that was just me.

    Anyhow, I”m thrilled you are here, the home decor bloggers are THE BEST group of bloggers that there are!

    • Thank you Nester! I’m very excited to get to know everyone. Everyone has been so wonderful and helpful already.

      What a rush of excitement it’s been today. No coffee necessary. Well, maybe later. :)

  2. I love this color!! I’m bookmarking this because when I move soon I’m going to want to repaint everything! Great site! Can’t wait to see more.

  3. Oh my, what a beautiful website! Can’t wait to see what else you have in store!

    Love Tobacco Road…. Nestergirl is always right :)


  4. Hi, Emily, welcome to blogworld!! You are going to be completely obsessed with it as we all are, but it’s so much fun. Thanks for letting me know you are here. And oh my yes, y our blog is so pretty. All of us started out with plain jane blogs & had to build up to this. Lucky you to have a designer hubby who got you all fixed up.

    • Yep, the obsession has started that’s for sure.

      I am extremely lucky the hubster is so talented at all of this computer stuff. I’m thrilled with the results!

      Thank you so much for stopping by the site!!

  5. Welcome to our world of home decorating and blogging ! It’s quite addicting, be prepared ! Thanks for having me on your blogroll !


  6. Hi Emily! Thanks for letting me know about your new blog, and for adding me to your blogroll.
    Love the color of your walls, and I can’t wait to see the other fabulous projects you come up with! Your husband did a fabulous job by the way. :)

  7. MrsSunnyMac says:

    Your site looks GREAT Emily!!! How exciting and fun for you!!! I love decorating too! I’ve had to ‘create’ my green teal color all over my house, because it’s so hard to find!!! Now I need some budget friendly media room ideas…hehehe

    DAWN :)

    • Thank you Dawn!! It is very fun. I love your house and of course your green teal color. :) Well you’ve come to right place for budget friendly ideas! hehe

      Thanks for visiting my site. :)


  8. Premier Jewelry Lady says:

    I love it!! The paint color and the blog!!! We are building a new home – estimated completion date is June 15th, so you know I will be checking back often to read your tips!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  9. I started the same way…looking for paint colors and chic (cheap) design ideas and found some really great blogs. It is so fun meeting people who are in the same place as I am. A SILK mom (Single Income Lots of Kids) :) Two great sites are young house love and under the table and dreaming. Great ideas and great project instructions. Thanks for visiting my site I appreciate it.

  10. Hello Emily! Congrats on your new beautiful site! You will have SO much fun! :) Your kitchen is gorgeous by the way — the cabs are yummy. Thanks for letting me know about the site and good luck!! :)

  11. Thanks for stopping by! I thought I would come by and take a look at all your beige, and it was my turn to giggle!! We sound a lot the same. We also just bought our two story open concept home…from a builder…all biege. I am also a new blogger. And my hubby also put my website together!! Lol. Great blog!! I am your newest follower!

    • Hey Holly! That’s too funny because as I was reading your blog I thought, “wow, she sounds just like me!” That beige sentence was almost verbatim. Thanks for stopping by, love your site!

  12. I love your blog it looks awesome. I cannot believe you are just starting out. I am just starting out as well. Did you have someone design it for you or did you do all the work yourself. Just curious because I am trying to improve mine a little more each day. Glad you informed me about the sequin paint from sherwin williams. I was sooo going to paint my bathroom this after seeing it in the dream home. I will definitley go with another color now:) Keep up the great work!

  13. Megan Ardoin says:

    Way to go to the hubby for designing the site- I love it. I didn’t know he could play sax and design a beautiful blog:)

  14. How funny – we bought and flipped a house a year ago and used Nomadic Desert in almost the entire place. (It sold in 2 weeks!) We used the color in our current house too but not all over. It’s a great color if you need a beige! =)
    I think the TR color looks great in your kitchen and I really liked reading through your post about the evolution of your dining room. I hate it that I can never seem to make a good color decision the first time around and am always needing to repaint later on. Arghhh…..So glad I’m in good company!

  15. How fun to read your first post.
    And while I don’t feel like my gift or passion is decorating (I am all about simplicity … decorated, but simply … it takes me FOREVER to make decisions) … I must have a bit of artist eye as the wall color I picked to be used throughout our last house was Plantation Beige & Tobacco Road (same color swatch). I loved it so and it is one that changes with the light. The funny thing is that is was very popular in the ‘building world’ here about 8 years ago?!?! Does that make it a classic? In our current house I picked Bamboo Shoot :).

    • Oh man, you do have a good eye! I would love to get some of the Plantation Beige too. Tobacco Road is by far my favorite color ever. Yea, it’s still pretty popular from what I gather. I’m not familiar with Bamboo Shoot…I’ll check it out!

  16. glad i found ya- new follower & i am getting inspired to kick it up a notch in the home “refresh” dept.!

  17. Dear Decorchick~
    I recently spoke with a friend of mine who raved & raved about a color “Tobacco Road” that she painted her living & dining rm with so my husband & I decided to go on the hunt for this particular color (& what a hunt it was)… After 3 phone calls to Lowe’s & another 2 calls to Home Depot we finally found out (from you) that it was by Sherwin Williams. However the color looks very different in my foyer than what I expected & Im wondering if it is in face the “correct” color or a variation of it?? Mine looks very pea-greenish. When I hear the word tobacco I think browns, tans, suade, chocolately~ish. Could u please help & let me know if this color is in face what Im looking at or perhaps Sherwin Williams could have made a mistake?? Thank you so much in advance..
    Tarra Dorney
    Ps. I know that it is difficult to envision without a picture so I can email you one if you wouls be willing to help me :-) Thank you again

    • Hi Tarra

      Did you ever get a reply on the formula for Tobacco Road or resolve that paint issue? Am looking to paint a dining room with the Sherwin Williams version but concerned.



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