Probably This showed us what they can do with our Color of the Year, and we wanted more! Whether they’re bringing new life to an old space or picking out the perfect color, this traveled duo is always up for an adventure, and it shows in every DIY they tackle together.
Q: Welcome to the Tinted community! Tell our readers a little bit about yourselves.
A: We’re Beau and Matt, a New Orleans-based couple that runs the blog Probably This, where we share our fav designs, DIY projects and entertaining tips! We’ve lived in eight (!!!) different homes together, if you count our vintage camper, and each one has taken on a life of its own. Our favorite pastimes are cooking together and arguing over paint swatches (we’re both always right and that’s that).
Q: You recently bought a Victorian-era home – what has been your favorite space to makeover?
A: Ahhhh why would you ask a question that’s going to be impossible to answer? Maybe it was the navy Victorian study? Or the open concept bedroom suite with the pink shower? Or the Garden Apartment filled with Sherwin-Williams green hues? Can’t decide. Next!
Q: Where do you find inspiration for your DIYs?
A: Usually, it starts with “we need this nice thing but can’t afford to have someone else do it,” so then we figure out how to do it ourselves. Too honest? DIYs are great for folks on a budget, and we first got into DIY because we’re always on a budget. Once you get your hands dirty with a project, the joy of getting something done right yourself is unbeatable. At this point, we find excitement in diving into a project that we aren’t 100% sure how to tackle.
Q: How would you describe your styles?
A: We’re both born and raised in New Orleans, so the city definitely influenced us. It’s such a unique place with French, Spanish, African and Afro-Caribbean influences that all blend together. There are plenty of Victorian-style homes painted in rich hues of the Caribbean and surrounded by tropical foliage. Really, there’s no other place quite like it.
Living somewhere so bold and unique has given us the liberty to have that same approach to home design, but of course, the “bones” of a house also have a major influence on how we choose to style it. In short, though, the best way to put our aesthetic is “earthy & eccentric” with both traditionally masculine and feminine colors and shapes to balance it all out. We lean into warm tones with nature-driven elements but always throw in something quirky and unexpected.
Q: All of the greenery in your home makes us smile – what do you love the most about bringing nature inside?
A: Plants are so rewarding because they act as living decor. They’re constantly changing and bringing new excitement with every offshoot. As we mentioned above, we’re in a tropical city filled with gorgeous foliage, so we want to make sure that’s reflected in our home.
Q: How do you find the perfect paint color when you’re starting a project?
A: Establishing a direction is the hard part, but it all comes down to picking out what the mood or “vibe” of the space will be. Once we have a direction, we usually go to our local Sherwin-Williams and grab a few samples to just stare at for far too long.
Once we’ve narrowed it down to three or four, we test each color next to one another in the space it’ll be used in. We test in the darkest part of the room and the lightest part of the room to see how it’ll look in each area. Then we try and convince each other of our favorite and whoever has the better argument wins!
Q: What’s your favorite Sherwin-Williams color and where are you using it?
A: This is hard. Current obsession? Softened Green, and that’s in our Garden Apartment’s kitchen. Biggest surprise obsession in the past year? Tricorn Black. We’ve never worked with a black that is so gorgeously…well… black. That made its way onto our entryway door and fireplace mantel. Old standby? Pure White. Because when in doubt, a classic white will do the trick! We used this color in our bedroom and workshop.
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